HP's Cloud Object SLA: 99.95% uptime or your money back

The cloud uptime debate rumbles on with Hewlett Packard promising their Cloud Object storage service will have at least 99.95% availability, with customers receiving service credits if it’s down.

The credits, as one would expect, increase the longer the cloud is down.

Customers who experience between 99.95% and 99.9% uptime get 5% of their bill credited; anything above 99.5% gets one tenth credited; while 99.0% gets one fifth of their bill back and if the Object Cloud is down more than 1% of the time,...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, SLA, Storage.

Gartner research: Enterprise cloud vital to IT spend

Recent research from analyst house Gartner has forecast a slight increase in global IT spend from 2011, with public cloud services and telecoms leading the way.

Telecoms continues to have the largest numbers in terms of IT spend, with nearly half of the overall spend ($1.7tn) accounted for in that sector, put down to net connections in emerging markets and multiple connected devices in more mature markets.

The cloud highlights of the research were:

  • Overall IT spend is predicted to go up to $3.6tn this...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts, Public.

Public cloud on increase in India – in line with wider trends?

The past few days have seen a variety of cloud-oriented news come from the Indian market and reveal some intriguing trends. What are the highlights?

  • The cloud market in India is on the verge of being worth $1bn, according to consultants Zinnov
  • Public cloud – a hitherto nascent market in India – has increased significantly and should only go higher
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) “have started taking advantage of the cloud” in terms of economic benefit yet exercises caution overall

The report from Zinnov, entitled...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Trends.

Is Google about to launch a new IaaS service?

With Google’s developer conference due to kick off this week, rumours are afoot that the internet giant is preparing to announce the launch of an expanded batch of cloud services.

Google I/O opens on Wednesday in San Francisco, and a number of leading industry commentators have reported that the company will announce a new IaaS offering, in addition to its existing App Engine and Google Cloud Storage facilities.

On Friday

By Matt Henkes, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Public, Vendors, Virtualisation.

The private cloud strikes back

Having read JP Rangaswami’s argument against private clouds (and the obvious promoting of his version of cloud) I have only to say that he’s looking for oranges in an apple tree. His entire premise is based on the idea that enterprises are wholly concerned with cost and sharing risk when that can’t be farther from the truth. 

Yes, cost is indeed a factor, as is...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Private, Public, Trends.

Dell enterprise cloud to hit Europe by end of August

The specifics of Dell’s major cloud expansion have been revealed, with their infrastructure as a service (IaaS) enterprise cloud to arrive in Europe by August 31.

The platform is currently undergoing a trial in the US and Canada, with Dell Cloud aligning to VMWare’s vCloud Datacenter Service for the platform.

As reported by CloudTech last year, the service will help provide hosted infrastructure and

By James Bourne, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Public.

Oracle Cloud is finally brought out but is the criticism fair?

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been on the warpath for most of this week after announcing the data giant’s move to the cloud, in what was modestly described in the press releases as “the most comprehensive cloud on the planet Earth”.

Oracle Cloud had according to Ellison been seven years in the making, which perhaps explains its comprehensive nature, but the credentials sound pretty good at face...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, Public, SaaS .

Samsung unveils cloud gaming service

Samsung have revealed that they will be offering a cloud-based gaming service which they will build into their flagship 7000 series HDTVs.

This is a big step forward for an idea that has been around for quite a while now. The back-end infrastructure is to be performed by...

By VI, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Public, Trends.

2012: the year of the cloud

2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?

Efficiencies is the answer.

If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.

To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your...

By Nathan Elcoate, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Public, Security.

HP brings out public beta cloud on pay-as-you-go

Hewlett Packard has released its first public beta cloud services with over 40 companies publicly supporting the move.

The company announced that its three services – HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network – were to be made available through a pay-as-you-go system after the free beta ended last week.

HP stated that their goal was to “enable developers, independent software vendors and enterprises of all sizes to build the next generation of web...

By James Bourne, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, PaaS, Public.

Unicorns more likely than cloud migration, says survey

Many IT decision makers feel they are more likely to have a close encounter with a flying saucer than see the completion of their company’s cloud migration in the next six months.

This was one of a number of alarming findings contained within Cisco’s 2012 Global Cloud Networking survey this week.

The company polled 1300 IT decision makers in 13 countries spanning five continents, and revealed a lack of universal confidence in the cloud among IT professionals unless a proper cloud migration...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Migration, Private, Public, Research.

Gartner predicts the personal cloud will quickly eclipse the PC

A report from Gartner has indicated that the personal cloud will overshadow the PC as the main element of consumers’ digital lives by 2014.

The IT analysts claim the rapid growth in the usage of apps has led to this verdict, meaning a sea-change in how consumers stream, share and synchronise content providing more flexibility, user satisfaction and productivity with the...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, PaaS, Public.

Key definitions of Cloud Computing types

Cloud computing is a style of technology in which data, I.T. resources, and applications are streamed to users "as services" delivered over the Internet.

The key benefits of the cloud computing model include self-service, cost-savings, economies of scale and flexibility.

There are...

By VI, 03 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public.

Why Public Clouds are More Secure than Private Clouds

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Conventional wisdom would have you believe that Public Clouds are inherently insecure, and that the only way to meet your organization’s stringent security requirements in the Cloud is to implement your own Private Cloud. Conventional wisdom, you say? Unfortunately, there is precious little wisdom available of any kind when it...

By ZapThink, 08 February 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Public, Security, Storage.

Cisco CloudVerse: a Comprehensive Cloud Framework

Multinational company CEOs are one of the most vocal advocates of the managed cloud services phenomenon. Many have been through the painful process of watching helplessly as their CIO championed the deployment of monolithic ERP and CRM systems -- only to discover that these huge enterprise software projects failed to live up to their promise. Meanwhile, purposeful line-of-business executives have successfully utilized software-as-a-service (SaaS), with their CEO's support, to break free from the legacy IT platforms and thereby give their employees the business technology (BT) productivity tools that they had hoped for -- or that the power-users demanded. Forward-looking vendors and prescient BT service providers are now leading the transition to the next wave of...

By David H Deans, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Private, Public, SaaS .

Using a cloud service to collect information on European cloud infrastructure services

The public cloud infrastructure as a service market is developing quickly, also in Europe. Over the past months we saw the number of international IaaS providers setting up shop in Europe increase, while also several European based providers launched new or upgraded offerings. To keep a finger on the pulse of developments we, started as part of the European Cloud IaaS coverage at Gartner surveying pan-European providers of Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service . We are now extending the invite to participate in...

By Gregor Petri, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, PublicSector.

Cloud computing named in top 10 strategic technologies

Analysts have found that cloud computing will make significant impact on industries during the next three years. At the Gartner Symposium last week, delegates heard that enterprises will deliver a broader range of cloud services over the next two years. Users will notice an increase in enterprise-level cloud services. Providers, including Oracle, IBM and SAP, have major initiatives to expand services and Microsoft will continue to build on its offering. Hybrid cloud computing will also be a major focus next year, along with new certification programs, including fedRAMP and CAMM, which will be ready for trial, enabling more...

By Dani Millward, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public, Security.

Private cloud service is a last resort

Enterprise should leave private cloud services as a last resort, says Gartner, beginning their journey to cloud computing with simple apps running in the public cloud, though only after thorough analysis.

During the IT Symposium on Tuesday, Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer advised how, if you do plan on using the cloud, you should start with common apps, like email, social, productivity and Web, then work your way through to the advanced apps.

This...

By Dani Millward, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Private, Public, SaaS , Security.