Why is Your Virtualization Effort Stalled: What's the barrier?
Enterprise Cloud Applications Ongoing Impact on IT
New broadband networks accelerate managed hosting demand
Managed hosting in the UK and US is becoming more attractive to IT managers as connection reliability (and speeds) improves between corporate enterprises and remote web hosting data centers.
Signs that managed hosting adoption is set to increase for Virtual Internet and other hosting companies worldwide are evident worldwide.
By 2015, the UK hopes to achieve its goal of being the best and fastest broadband network in Europe.
“Super-fast broadband is key to driving the growth of digital industries, especially in rural...
The Right End of REST
Transactions and Complex Selling: Strong Catalysts of Cloud Growth
An Apple a Day
I was sad to hear yesterday about the passing of Steve Jobs. He was a man with a vision and a dream and he certainly changed the way regular people interact with their computers. I’m sure Apple will survive, but he will be missed.
Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft Windows world. It can be a bit...
MaaS – Municipality-as-a-Service
As I have been learning about the government sector, for purposes of developing new Cloud solutions for this market, I realized that actually the most interesting dimension to it is not the technology, but rather the potential it offers for economic development.
Certainly of course the technology is great and offers real benefits like reducing...
Why the Way We Work Will Never Be the Same Again
Guest Post By Rick Blaisdell: CTO at ConnectEdu
Many journalists are comparing the rise of cloud computing with the invention of electricity. Now, we know that journalists are usually prone to the use of hyperbole, as electricity has completely changed the way humans live, and we are now completely dependent on it. What about cloud computing?
Deciding Which Applications Belong on SaaS
What is Static Analysis… and What is it Good For?
Predicting Cloud Computing Adoption Rates
Build an Apps Store – Cisco on Government Cloud Computing
A few months back we ran the ‘Open Government Cloud Computing ‘
Cloud Security Part 2: The SECRET Sauce
Enterprise Cloud Computing and The Services Led Organization
Charge! That’s the rallying cry not of your IT on the way to the Cloud, but your business units as they use their corporate American Express (AMEX) cards to buy Cloud services. The Cloud, like the Internet before it, it seems deceptively easy.
Back then, it was just connect. Done. Today, it’s just subscribe. Done. The illusion is powerful and seductive, isn’t it?
As a C-level executive, you know better though. Being the CEO, CIO, or other senior executive responsible for running a global business with more than 10,000+...
Rethinking Cloud ROI from a Customer’s Perspective
Top Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011
Are you wondering who is gaining mind share in the 3rd quarter of 2011? Well wonder no more. Lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Up and Coming Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). As you know, Cloud computing has gone mainstream, and large enterprise information technology companies must continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand model enhancing their portfolios largely through acquisitions. So lets see how they’re doing.
Here are the most recent changes this quarter, and a quick look at the 2011 acquisitions (2010 activity can be found here).
- ARM Holdings buys Obsidian (RAVEN)
- Black Duck Software acquires Olliance (Open Source Strategy Consulting)
- BMC acquires Aeroprise (Mobile)
- CA acquires Torokina Networks (Service Assurance Management)
- CA Technologies buys ITKO (Application Development)
- CA Technologies buys Watchmouse (SaaS Monitoring)
- CenturyLink acquires Savvis (Managed Hosting Services)
- Cisco picks up Pari Networks (Network / Change Management)
- Cisco acquires Versly (Collaboration)
- Cisco acquires newScale (Data Center Services)
- Citrix closes Netviewer acquisition (Software-as-a-Service -SaaS)
- Citrix acquires Cloud.com (CloudStack)
- CoreLogic acquires Dorado (Transaction Management – PaaS)
- CSC acquires AppLabs (Software Testing)
- CSC acquires Maricom (BI and DM)
- Dell to acquire InSite One (Healthcare/ Medical Storage, DR)
- Dell SecureWorks acquisition (Security)
- Dell acquires Force10 (Networking)
- Google acquires SayNow (Social Voice Platform)
- Google acquires Zagat (Content / Reviews)
- Google buys Motorola Mobility (Mobile)
- HP Buys Vertica (Real-Time Analytics)
- HP acquires Autonomy (Information Management Software)
- Infor Launches Bid For Lawson (Enterprise Resource Planning – ERP)
- Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems (Ethernet Switch)
- Intel to acquire Infineon’s Wireless Unit (Mobile)
- Microsoft acquires Skype (Communications)
- NetApp acquires Akorri (Infrastructure Optimization)
Time to lighten up: Don’t get stuck in the IT past!
Over the last several months we have covered a number of technical and operational issues relating to private, public and hybrid clouds. But every now and then we all need to lighten up and enjoy the more humorous aspects surrounding the cloud hype cycle.
Here a just a few videos which tug the funny bone and offer a some pearls of wisdom. Let's start off with a Microsoft commercial which attempts to peddle their version of cloud computing by highlighting the humorous restrictions of a fictitious company called VMlimited.
Important: While you may be...
Cloud Identity and Security Best Practices
Central to developing our abilities to provide Government Cloud Computing is the best practice focus area of Cloud Identity and Security.
I group these two together, both “Cloud IdAM” (
My Favourite Open Source Software
I have a love-frustration relationship with open-source software. I could never say I hate it, because I don’t. I am however painfully aware of not only how many bad open-projects are out there, but how many almost-great ones there are that come tantalizingly close to making the grade.
We still haven’t reached the point, for example, where you can put a Linux desktop in the hands of the average consumer without good Sysadmin backup. Contrast that with the millions upon millions of windows systems...