Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey

The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.

The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.

Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, SaaS , Scalability.

Top trends in cloud computing for SMEs

Following Gartner’s recent report on what it sees as the five key trends that will shape cloud computing strategies between now and 2015, here is my perspective on the impact cloud computing will have on an SME audience.

Gartner’s trends tend to focus on the larger organisations, typically 5000 seats and above, yet in the UK 99% of businesses are sub-250 employees and will have different requirements, benefits and considerations when looking to utilise a cloud platform. 

Many customers are...

By Ian Moyse, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Trends.

Cloud downtime cost £45m over five years, IWGCR claims

This is a potentially alarming finding from the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR): a combined 568 hours of downtime at 13 major cloud providers has cost £45.8 million (or $71.7 million) in business since 2007.

In the report, entitled “Downtime statistics of current cloud solutions”, IWGCR analysed the 13 providers, including Amazon, Microsoft and PayPal among others, and worked out that on average, cloud services were unavailable for 7.5 hours per...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, Research, SLA.

Does Microsoft's Surface tablet launch offer anything new?

Microsoft’s tablet finally surfaced yesterday. I was discussing it with my son and he said the whole thing reminded of the movie The Sixth Sense, which Microsoft playing the Bruce Willis part. They’re walking around, wondering what’s going on, trying to solve people’s problems and don’t realize they’re dead. People’s computing problems are directly attributable to them, not being alive and aware of how the world now...

By Arthur Hicken, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Trends.

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.

Google bigs the green cloud up, but is it attainable?

A recent post on the Google Green Blog has revealed that the US General Services Administration saved $285,000 in energy consumption after switching to cloud based apps.

Even though most IT decision makers would freely want to admit they’re doing their bit for the environment by migrating to the cloud, the most prominent reason companies migrate would be convenience and, above all, money.

But Google claims the cloud is more energy efficient...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.

Where to allocate resources in the cybercrime war

The cost of protecting ourselves against cybercrime can far outweigh the cost of the threat itself, according to a new study led by computer scientists at The University of Cambridge.

At the behest of the UK Ministry of Defence, the research team compiled the first estimate of direct, indirect and defence costs of different types of cybercrime.

The report’s authors, which included experts from Cambridge University, working with colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA and UK, concluded that...

By Matt Henkes, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Regulation, Security.

The CRM lottery - will you get the outcome you expect?

Let’s discuss a couple of the heavyweight C words in the IT Sector: cloud and customer relationship management (CRM).

What do they have in common?

Well they have both certainly provoked a lot of press coverage and airtime; both have driven large brand name vendors to jump in with big investment, acquisitions and marketing hype; both have helped drive each other’s growth and both certainly have had customers debating what and when they should elect to use such a solution.

CRM has been a hyped...

By Ian Moyse, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, M&A, Vendors.

Cisco reveals cloud-ready networking app

Networking firm Cisco has introduced its Cloud Connected Solution, a new application that has been designed in order to allow users to connect securely to cloud services.

It will deliver cloud-enabling routing and wide area network (WAN) optimisation platforms as well as Cloud Connector software and services.

The application is also designed to enable organisations to implement cloud computing and accelerate the deployment of cloud services whilst delivering an optimal user...

By VI, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Enterprise.

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.

Is cloud computing really that much cheaper than on-premise?

Before signing any cloud computing contract, or indeed, renewing his on-premise IT agreement, the CIO should sit down with his CFO to clearly identify and understand the total cost of the IT department to the business, and compare his current solution to a cloud-based alternative. And to complete this cost justification process, the CIO must look at each of the following areas:

The IT Crowd

Whilst a company’s employees are its biggest asset, they are also its biggest cost. And if a business employs a...

By Keith Bates, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise.

Cloud-based solutions best defence against cyber “DDoS” attacks?

A recent paper on distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks by Neustar concludes that only cloud-based DDoS solutions offer a comprehensive defence against increasing attacks that are expected to surge by as much as 40% in 2012.

“Cloud solutions provide the bandwidth (as measured in Gbps) to absorb today’s massive network layer attacks, plus the technology diversity and processing power to handle application-layer and high packets-per-second strikes,” said Neustar.

Neustar...

By VI, 12 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Hardware, Security.

What IT departments need to do to prepare for cloud adoption

Cloud computing continues to gain acceptance amongst enterprises and as a result, software vendors are working hard to meet the need.

Specifically, enterprise IT has had to address the challenges concerning security, integration with internal applications, performance, and reliability of the cloud.

With the combination of maturing platforms, generational and cultural shifts, and compelling economics, cloud-based solutions are fast becoming the undeniable choice for nearly all future non-core technology...

By Paul French, 11 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise.

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.

Cloud impact and adoption until 2015 [infographic]

According to Axway, the cloud is expected to become the primary operating system for enterprise by 2014.

Among other points, Axway explains that cloud in 2012 has become "serious" as the "hype is over", with strong adoption of mobile devices in 2013 resulting in cloud dominating enterprise IT organisations in 2014.

Paul French, Axway vice president, said: "It is important that [enterprise IT organisations] assess their...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, Infographic.

The rise of Big Data and Predictive Analytics

Mobile. Cloud. Social Media. These have been the juggernauts most commonly referenced in the IT industry over the last few years. But, there is one other term brewing that is receiving almost as much attention: Big Data.

According to Pat Gelsinger, EMC president and chief operating officer, when there is an IT problem a real smart administrator would start probing around the network and try to figure out what’s going on.

“Now I want to be able to do that in an automated fashion. That’s an...

By VI, 06 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Why did you resist the name “cloud computing”?

The question of course could be directed to none other than Larry Ellison.   While Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff took the term and made it a cornerstone of their CRM marketing, Ellison and Oracle took umbrage at trying to re-invent an operating model he believed had been around for a while.

At the recent D10 conference, Kara Swisher interviewed him about this famous brush-off of the term cloud computing.

“I objected to people saying, “Oh my God, we just invented cloud...

By VI, 01 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Trends.

Europe two years behind US in cloud adoption, says Gartner

Many European companies may be moving to cloud now but they’re two years behind America in terms of cloud adoption, according to research house Gartner.

The analysts have put the difference down to a wide range of problems, including the diversity of Europe’s 44 different nations, the recession and Euro crisis, as well as European privacy rules relating to data protection.

Gartner elaborated...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research.