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.

Iomart eyes big data as their stock goes up and up

UK cloud service provider Iomart is centring primarily on big data having posted “strong and solid” figures for the last financial year.

Iomart this week announced a two-thirds increase in pre-tax profits, up to £6.9 million, and a one-third increase in revenue, up to £33.5 million, and according to marketing director Phil Worms the figures were in line with company expectations.

Worms used a football analogy to describe the results, telling...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, M&A.

Cloud computing to lift off in China

It has been reported that cloud computing is quickly emerging as one of China’s fastest growing industries. The annual rate of growth has been calculated at 40%.

The nation currently accounts for less than 3% of the global cloud computing market share as it was valued at $90...

By VI, 29 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry.

The growth of the cloud [infographic]

There are plenty of metrics to show how big cloud is today, yet this infographic from CloudLock previews how much cloud is going to grow in terms of documents and sites.

Research from Gartner goes through the reasons businesses and users migrate their services to the cloud.

While the cloud is more agile, creative and economical than on-site, the research shows that trust and risk is still an issue.

So, can we trust the cloud?

By James Bourne, 28 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infographic, Research.

Are conference calls the new coffeehouses of idea enlightenment?

Edison is believed to have said "genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration", and nine out of ten times "implementation trumps innovation" when it comes to achieving commercial success, but is it just me, or has the well of new ideas around cloud computing run a bit dry recently?Big Data is rapidly gaining ground on cloud computing when it comes to search popularity on gartner.com. And SDN (Software Defined Networking) may be flavour of the month in cloud blogs, but although there is a succinct impact on cloud computing, this is really more a networking idea.Now of course,  cloud...

By Gregor Petri, 28 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Research.

Theory to Reality: Importance of partner management

 Throughout my career at GreenPages I’ve been lucky enough to work with some top-shelf IT leaders. These folks possess many qualities that make them successful – technical smarts, excellent communication skills, inspired leadership, and killer dance moves. Well, at least those first three.

But there’s one skill that’s increasingly critical as more IT shops move from cloud theory to cloud reality: partner management.

IT leaders who effectively...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 25 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

Four strategies for offshore development

Some people think that offshoring software development = outsourcing software development. That’s not the case. You have multiple options. Let’s talk about the main options and how they may or not make sense for you:

1)      Outsourcing (Project Based) – If you may have peaks in valleys in your workload (e.g., you have a project that requires a boost in resources for a period of time) it doesn’t make sense to hire full-time staff to address a period of peak...

By Michael Sadowski, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers.

VMware grabs Wanova for their end-user portfolio

Virtualisation experts VMware have acquired turnkey desktop cloud providers Wanova to further bolster their end-user portfolio.   

VMware will hope to fully utilise Wanova’s Mirage system, which centralises image management of both physical and virtual desktops and splits the desktop image into logical layers, to entail seamless transition between endpoints.

The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.

VMware...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualisation, VMware.

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.

Cloud adoption ‘cautious’ from Asia Pacific retailers, survey says

Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that adoption of cloud from retailers in the Asia Pacific region is currently slow but will progress substantially within five years.

According to the survey, only 19% of the 56 respondents were currently pushing through a cloud adoption strategy for their business, but 32% stated they were considering implementing cloud within the next two-to-five...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, Research.

Will People Fully Embrace Cloud Gaming?

In recent years the world of gaming has seen a shift in the way in which games are played and therefore the way they need to be developed. In 2002 Xbox released the Xbox Live system, allowing gamers all around the world to connect via the internet and play games together. Since then all of the...

By VI, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Trends.

The boss called, “What’s our PUE?”

Do you know your PUE?

PUE stands for Power Usage Effectiveness and it is rapidly becoming the number to know. In the past, datacenter managers were simply asked to provide enough space, power and cooling to support the IT equipment. Now, the same managers are being asked to do it efficiently. PUE can be a helpful benchmark.

Introduced by the Green Grid, PUE is a measure of efficiency. It is defined as: the total facility power consumed divided by the total IT equipment power consumed. The total facility power is measured...

By Sujit Janardanan, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hardware, Infrastructure.

UK’s G-Cloud may struggle to hit targets, says report

A report from VMware has revealed the adoption of G-Cloud is not progressing as expected with many senior public sector IT staff sceptical about the process.

VMware interviewed nearly 200 IT heavyweights about G-Cloud, the UK government’s cloud service which will attempt to reduce IT costs by £200m per year and have 50% of IT spending coming through public cloud services.

Yet there wasn’t universal agreement on whether these targets will be hit, with only 30% saying the £200m...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Research.

Top 10 BYOD and Virtualization Market Insights

Like it or not, some enterprises have already entered a post-PC world -- where their business communication network must accommodate new user-driven choices. These include traditional applications, mobile apps, social apps and operating systems; various server architectures; and an array of mobile devices ranging from smartphones to tablets and other mobility tools. Are you experiencing this phenomenon? If not, you will soon. Moreover, this latest business technology trend has huge ramifications.

Cisco’s

By David H Deans, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Industry, Virtualisation.

Going Rogue: Do the Advantages Outweigh the Risks?

Are all rogue IT projects bad things? Could this type of activity be beneficial? If rogue IT projects could be beneficial, should they be supported or even encouraged?

Recently, I took part in a live Twitter chat hosted by the Cloud Commons blog (thanks again for the invite!) that was focused on Rogue IT. After hearing from, and engaging with, some major thought leaders in the space, I decided to write a blog summarizing my thoughts on the...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Trends.