Aftershock: An online movie giant rides a “cloud” tremor

On April 21, 2011 a digital earthquake hit the United States and reverberated around the world. Online businesses rattled and hummed as they coped with a massive vibration that shook their faith in the biggest IT revolution since the Internet: Cloud Computing.

Some businesses shared the same cloud skyscrapers and all went down at once. And, there were some big names in this skyscraper including Netflix, Quora and FourSquare -- the very poster-childs for the cloud revolution.

The result is something IT...

By VI, 29 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security, Storage.

Capitalizing on the Cloud – a case for Capital Markets

The Clouds usually make for turbulent flights and hamper perspective overall, but in many applications they can provide clarity, ease of operations and a platform for enhanced customer focus and responsiveness. Despite the issues of privacy and data sensitivity the first reports of effectiveness of Cloud networks for Capital Markets are in – and they seem very positive.

Recent events in the capital markets reflect the continued fragility of a long promised recovery. The crisis in the financial markets...

By Sujit Janardanan, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Industry.

Is Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) still a “Killer” Cloud App?

Once hailed as a killer app and now simply recognized as a vital tool in the world of cloud computing, Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) is becoming one of the most important tools in a SMB or larger enterprise contemplating the cloud.

According to ComputerWorld, By 2014, almost one in three midsize businesses will be using a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) with the ability to backup and restore virtual machines (VMs).

By VI, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Trends.

The rise of IT-industrialization

A few days ago I attended the analyst summit of one of Europe’s large service providers and the theme of industrialization rang through very clearly in many of the presentation and interview sessions. Those of you who followed my earlier writings know that applying the lessons of modern manufacturing to today’s IT, is a topic near to my heart. 
Back in 2004, long before joining Gartner, I wrote an article on IT-dustrialization in CFO magazine , followed...

By Gregor Petri, 23 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise, Industry.

Where now for HP's Cloud strategy?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

But with a number of key decisions reversed, dropped and discontinued, one could be forgiven for doubting the firm’s stated direction. So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Hardware, Industry, M&A.

Hey Webster! Adopt My Definition of the Cloud

I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the obstacles of Cloud adoption is the term Cloud itself.  What does it truly mean?  Is it a thing, a place, a methodology or a philosophy?  Is it singular, plural or a collection of many different things?  Capitalized or lower case? Can it be defined in such a traditional way?  

If you think logically, the term “Cloud” is generally accepted to have come from the depiction of the internet we all have used for years in...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

The Ins and Outs of Opting

There has been another rash of security/privacy issues by major internet companies. Actually it’s more of an ongoing issue than it is a recent outbreak. And much of the ongoing trouble is related to a poor understanding of “opt in” vs “opt out” methodologies, and some pretty poor business choices in that area.

By Arthur Hicken, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Security.

Disaster Recovery 201: An advanced course

There’s a very good piece by Esther Shein over at Computerworld today called “Disaster recovery 101: What you need to know”.

Shein does a great job of reviewing the pressing need that all businesses have for DR, and cites some scary statistics about the paltry uptake of DR among SMBs.

The most important part of her story covers the need for companies to have a DR plan. This is great advice,...

By nScaled, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Planning for Cloud Infrastructures: Build It and They Will…Not Pay For It?

Some of the biggest complaints I’ve heard (mostly from the SMB crowd) around the idea of the “build it and they will come” methodology of planning for cloud infrastructures, is that no matter how great the actual business value might be:  

A) It is simply too expensive upfront (i.e. the capital expense or CAPEX required)

B) They are mistrustful about being able to recoup their CAPEX costs by charging for utilization

C) With no clear asset owner (more on this later), they doubt...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise.

Inadequate IT security creates 'perfect storm for hackers'

Fears around new technologies like cloud computing, smartphones and virtualisation are central to the security concerns of many IT departments, while pressure to improve business productivity and a lack of collaboration with different business divisions is leaving enterprise IT open to increased security risks, according to a new report.

The annual ‘State of Endpoint’ study, carried out by the Poneman Institute for endpoint management and security specialist Lumension, found that the...

By Matt Henkes, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Research, Security, Virtualisation.

Developing Clouds in the Forecast

These days it seems like everyone has their head in the cloud. At least from an interest level that is. When it comes to actually using the cloud, they’re not necessarily ready for a real cloud deployment. The conversation usually goes something like this:

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“Do you support...

By Arthur Hicken, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Private, VMware.

Five CIO cloud computing trends

CIOs and CTOs are becoming ‘comfortable’ with the idea of the cloud, according to a California-based cloud solutions provider, Enteracloud.

“The cloud has become an expectation rather than a novelty in IT today,” says Tim Doscher, CTO of Enteracloud. “So it’s not surprising that discussions among top IT pros are taking a new turn, focusing on the type of cloud solution that can be of most benefit to a company, the best ways to deploy a cloud strategy...

By Matt Henkes, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, PaaS, Private, SaaS .

The Maths Behind Disaster Recovery ROI

Disaster recovery plans and solutions are a form of insurance. Companies hope that they’ll never need them, but pay the “premium” because not to do so is to put their business at risk.

With any insurance policy, the subscriber tries to calculate what a fair premium to pay is. The calculation is based on the likelihood of making a claim, the size of a claim, and the premium payments. As long as the sum of all premium payments is less than the expected value of the policy (likelihood x...

By nScaled, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery.

Open Washing in a “Cloud Washed” World

Hidden in an era of “cloud washing”, products, new companies, and marketing campaigns must contain the word “cloud”, is something I’ll call “open washing.”

 

Today’s Top Open Names:

By Zenoss, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Often Missed Considerations when Moving Apps into a Virtual Environment

Moving apps into a virtual environment is a good way to reduce their dependency on the underlying hardware, increasing functionality and portability. In addition, cloud computing can improve your company’s bottom line, enhancing customer service while enabling reduction of costs. These are some of the obvious benefits of virtualization, as is the scalability that allows your workload to grow with grace. However, moving into a virtual environment has other benefits that...

By NEI, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration.

Architecting Beyond Cloud Computing’s Horseless Carriage

Today is a wonderful time for anyone interested in Cloud Computing to be working with the US government. On the one hand, the government considers Cloud to be strategically important, and they already have a track record as an early adopter of Cloud Computing on a grand scale. On the other hand, the government is also in the unique position of being able to drive standards for the approach—and in fact, they are even responsible for establishing the most widely adopted definition of Cloud Computing.

The federal agency...

By ZapThink, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, PublicSector.

How does assumptive reality effect IT descision-making?

Driving home the other night I heard a story about a Mexican soccer team who replaced the names on their jerseys with their twitter handles.  According to this article, the club gave a statement that said:  “in football as in life, 140 characters are enough to decide what side you are on”.   

Scary statement, and even scarier if you think about how we make real life...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Security

Cloud security ranks very high on the list of concerns for potential Cloud users. AWS went to great lengths to address these concerns and is attacking security issues on multiple levels: • physical security • providing secure data and services • certifications

Cloud security is shared between cloud service provider and customer. Both parties are thus responsible for managing and securing IT environment. AWS provides highly secure and controlled platform with many security features customers can use. AWS manages and...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector, Security.