Cloud will change business, says Google's Schmidt #mwc12

It’s no longer in doubt that Cloud Computing will be transformative for business, with access to high powered applications in the cloud for everything from accounting to design enabling businesses to grow faster and be more successful.

This was one of the messages from Google chairman Eric Schmidt in his keynote address to a packed

By Matt Henkes, 29 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Mobile operators could become cloud providers? #MWC12

Mobile operators possess all the necessary skills to offer their customers cloud services, according to the CEO of Telecom Italia Franco Bernabe, speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

The cloud presented interesting opportunities to the main mobile players, as they already possessed many of the attributes necessary to make a splash in the market.

"Mobile providers have the assets, the local knowledge... the...

By Matt Henkes, 28 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Mobility.

The Cloud (Storage) War

By now you’ve probably heard the term, “Cloud Wars”, though with so many fronts sometimes it’s difficult to ascertain which Cloud battles are being referenced. In The Battle for the Enterprise the reference is to cloud computing leaders making their way into the enterprise segment taking market share from the legacy IT providers. Others may be referring to the Oracle and SAP acquisition shootout or the

By Ray DePena, 27 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Storage, Trends, Vendors.

Do we need a standard user interface for cloud applications?

These days, the number of Cloud applications on the market is rapidly expanding as businesses warm up to the Cloud delivery model. While the proliferation of Cloud options on the market is great for spurring competition and innovation in the Cloud, it has resulted in a diverse array of user interfaces (UIs). For users that interact with multiple Cloud apps on a given day, it can be disorienting to switch in between disconnected UIs.    With all the rapid development going on in the Cloud, I think it's time that we start considering what a standard Cloud-based application should look and feel like. In short, we need...

By Derek Singleton, 23 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise.

Wyse reveals new mobile cloud apps for Japanese enterprises

New mobile cloud apps and services have been announced to help businesses manage and deliver content from the cloud.

Cloud client computing giant Wyse Technology has joined forces with Japanese telecoms provider Softbank Mobile to bring clients remote desktop access and multi-device content management from its enterprise apps.

The collaboration will allow users to create personal clouds in order to access data from various devices...

By Dani Millward, 23 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise.

Antenna unveils new SaaS for enterprise app development

A new SaaS offering has been released in order to help businesses develop their own enterprise apps or consumer apps.

Antenna Software has revealed its new service, AMPchroma, as a means to create and deploy applications from one console, including native web-apps, hybrid web-apps, mobile websites and entire corporate app stores.

The solution also enables IT departments to oversee app development and unify strategies, alongside keeping...

By Dani Millward, 22 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

Rethinking Cloud Service Level Agreements

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It’s so easy these days to purchase Cloud-based services. Go online, click a few times, enter your credit card info, and presto! You’re in the Clouds. There’s no question the novelty really hasn’t worn off yet. Have you ever wondered, however, what you’re really paying for? Sure, you have some expectation that the service...

By ZapThink, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, SaaS , SLA.

Can Public-Sector Procurement Reach the Clouds?

Cloud applications are continuing to gain prominence with both enterprise and consumer-users. The US public sector, however, is an area where the Cloud has not been equally embraced.

Take into account high-profile Cloud failures, such as the LAPD abandoning its Google Apps deployment back in December, and it may seem like the public sector just isn’t ready for the Cloud yet.Why is that? I got in touch with Alan Webber, Principal Analyst...

By Michael Koploy, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, Government, PublicSector.

UK government opens CloudStore procurement system

Small technology suppliers are among 258 firms included in the UK government’s new CloudStore, a system designed to make the process of selecting software services simpler and, crucially cheaper for public sector procurement officers.

 The online catalogue of services represents the first wave of the UK’s £60m ‘G-Cloud’ framework, and allows public sector IT departments to choose from around 1700 online ‘pay-as-you-go’ services.

For smaller providers, the system...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .

Quality of Experience Management: The (Next) Holy Grail of IT -2

By Michael Halperin

In our last installment, we introduced the concept of Quality of Experience (QoE) Management.

In this installment, we explore how QoE Management differs from traditional IT monitoring and how adding just one component can change everything.

Let me first say that the issue isn’t with existing IT monitoring tools and approaches.  For over two decades, IT...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise.

qTrace: A Love Letter to Testers of Cloud apps

As a software QA tester, how do you work? Your mission is to find bugs. That’s when the drudgery starts. Most likely your day looks like this: you start by retracing steps, you grab screen captures, you take notes, open a defect tracking tool, and then finally submit a ticket.

Most likely you missed a few things. Same old story.

The good news is that someone loves you; or rather, someone loves the problem you’re facing enough to develop a work-around.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day,...

By Victor Cruz, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Monitoring.

Cloud Life Cycle Management: How Do I Patch It?

The complexity associated with patching, service packs, hotfixes, upgrades and firmware updates, defined as general life cycle activities, are nothing new to IT professionals. This has been an ongoing effort for many years now, and we have all come to expect that vendors will provide regular updates that include bug fixes, security patches and feature enhancements. 

We have all experienced that common call to technical support to be greeted by the phrase: “are you running the most recent...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SaaS , Virtualisation.

Electronic Design heads to the Cloud

Cloud computing is in the middle of one of the biggest build up cycles since the dot com days, and there has even been a recent flurry of interest in cloud computing for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Is this just propaganda, or is there really something of compelling value that cloud can offer for electronic designers?

First, we should distinguish between “EDA” and electronic design. Rather than viewing the situation from a...

By Sujit Janardanan, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS .

Quality of Experience Management: The (Next) Holy Grail of IT

By Michael Halperin

So there’s a problem in your IT infrastructure.  Maybe a server crashed. Maybe a firewall just went down. Maybe a network segment is completely jammed up with traffic. Or it could simply be a maintenance window to reconfigure a device. The list of potential events is endless. But they all lead to one question:

Who cares?

Now, I don’t ask that question from that flippant, rhetorical perspective with the implication that something doesn’t matter.  Rather, I ask it quite...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO.

3 Tips to Enhance your IT Staffing Strategy

In the past, a competitive salary with challenging projects was enough to attract top tech talent to your organization. Today, paying competitive salaries, while important, is only part of the IT staffing equation.

We asked Conor Sibley (CS), CTO of Higher Logic, a prominent media services company in Washington D.C, Stephany Samuels (SS), Bluewolf’s VP of nationwide recruiting, and Michael Kirven (MK), co-founder at Bluewolf, what they thought were the most important tips for hiring tech talent in 2012. Here’s what they had to say:

Tip 1:...

By Bluewolf, 10 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

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.

Costs Hiding Behind the Cloud

When Cloud computing first moved on to the IT horizon, many of the headlines focused on how this future hosting option would save businesses money. Experts and vendors alike touted the potential savings that cloud solutions could offer to companies.

However, as with most things in IT, the picture became less clear the closer you got to it. In fact, as many businesses have since discovered there can potentially be a number of hidden costs to cloud computing that may lead to an overall increase in...

By Dave Paulding, 07 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.