You Say You Want a Revolution: Are we in one?

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Remember the heady dot.com days circa 1999? We thought we were reinventing business, forming a New Economy, revolutionizing the essential nature of commerce. In our dreams! By late 2001 the bubble had burst, and what we thought was a new paradigm for business—the World Wide Web—turned out to be little more than a new marketing...

By ZapThink, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

The cloud security question: Benefit or barrier?

Despite perceptions to the contrary, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are benefiting from increased IT data security as a result of a move to cloud computing, according to new research from comscore and Microsoft.

The results of the research, carried out among SMBs in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the US, oppose the perception of security as the Achilles heel of the cloud argument.

The study shows that 35% of U.S. companies surveyed had experienced noticeably higher levels of security since...

By Matt Henkes, 15 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Security.

Cloud Backup Or Sync?

Whether your data is stored in the cloud, on your desktop or on your server, you should be backing it up at least daily.

There are a myriad of backup options available on the desktop, from Windows NT Backup to Symantec and other more advanced options.

Some are mirror image backups, some are file by file. As well as backing up we should also be testing our restore processes to make sure our...

By Nathan Elcoate, 14 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Consumer, Security.

HP brings out public beta cloud on pay-as-you-go

Hewlett Packard has released its first public beta cloud services with over 40 companies publicly supporting the move.

The company announced that its three services – HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network – were to be made available through a pay-as-you-go system after the free beta ended last week.

HP stated that their goal was to “enable developers, independent software vendors and enterprises of all sizes to build the next generation of web...

By James Bourne, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, PaaS, Public.

Unicorns more likely than cloud migration, says survey

Many IT decision makers feel they are more likely to have a close encounter with a flying saucer than see the completion of their company’s cloud migration in the next six months.

This was one of a number of alarming findings contained within Cisco’s 2012 Global Cloud Networking survey this week.

The company polled 1300 IT decision makers in 13 countries spanning five continents, and revealed a lack of universal confidence in the cloud among IT professionals unless a proper cloud migration...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Migration, Private, Public, Research.

Four actions every CIO should take to capitalize on cloud

No doubt, cloud computing brings with it the promise of choice:choice in how you source and deliver services to drive out cost, in how you ramp up delivery time, and in how you achieve higher quality. But choice typically comes with complexity, raising questions like:

  • How do I know which services are right for cloud and which are not?
  • What is the appropriate mix of private cloud and public cloud, and how does it change over time?
  • What is the most effective way to build a private cloud for today and tomorrow?
  • How secure are my cloud services?
  • How do I manage my service portfolio to see that I get the...

By Sujit Janardanan, 11 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO.

Gartner predicts the personal cloud will quickly eclipse the PC

A report from Gartner has indicated that the personal cloud will overshadow the PC as the main element of consumers’ digital lives by 2014.

The IT analysts claim the rapid growth in the usage of apps has led to this verdict, meaning a sea-change in how consumers stream, share and synchronise content providing more flexibility, user satisfaction and productivity with the...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, PaaS, Public.

Changing World of End User Devices

Let me start out by saying that I am not an Apple fan boy. I am not a Microsoft zealot or a Linux aficionado. I use them all daily; it is all about usability to me.

I wanted to talk about the shift I have seen in technology that we use in business every day. This transformation has been just as large and disruptive as virtualization. 10 years ago, the end user hardware and software was set and had very little diversity or customization. It was Win/Tel (Windows running on Intel processors) all the way with...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Trends.

VCs Front Cloud Investment Downpour

Patrick Houston — VCs devoted $6.9 billion in 2011 to “Internet-specific” startups, a proxy term for “cloud” because that’s what most of them are doing, according to Steve Bengston, a director of a startups practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s up 68% from last year.

In Q4 alone, cloud-related investments of $1.8 billion outdistanced the dollars that went into biotech ($1.3 billion), cleantech ($883 million,) and medical devices ($498 million.)

It’s not...

By Anthony De Monroy, 08 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

Five benefits of “blackbox” managed hosting

Two of the biggest stars in business collaboration software in the last few years have been Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Server respectively. However, running these in-house can suck up 70% of your IT department's time and help contribute to server sprawl as you attempt to keep legacy servers and software up to date. Consider using a 'blackbox' approach to running your IT infrastructure through managed hosting services.   Here are the top five benefits of adopting...

By VI, 03 May 2012, 0 comments.

5 ways to protect against vendor lock-in in the cloud

Recently Google announced a significant price increase for use of its App Engine Platform-as-a-Service. The increase itself was not a huge surprise. Google had been making noises that something like this was in the offing for a number of months. But the size of the increase shocked the Web development and cloud applications community. For most users, the cost of using the Google runtime environment effectively increased by 100% or more.

A huge online backlash ensued. For its part, Google put off the increase...

By Steve Tuck, 27 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SLA, Vendors.

Terrafugia flying car not the only car in the cloud

Terrafugia, the $279,000 airplane that drives and parks like a car, was the toast of the recent New York Auto Show. But that is quite the overhead and a long future before mass acceptance. Today we have a new reality in cloud innovation that pertains to safe driving, Japanese governance, and time-stamping data.

We’re talking about a black box for cars.  

When an aircraft crashes, investigators are able to retrieve useful information from the flight data recorder, more commonly known as the black...

By Victor Cruz, 26 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry.

Avoiding Unexpected Cloud Economics Pitfalls

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Anybody who is considering a move to the Cloud knows that the greatest economic motivation for Cloud Computing is the pay-as-you-go, pay-for-what-you-need utility computing benefit, right? Deal with spikes in demand much more cost-effectively, the public Cloud service providers gush, since we can spread the load over many customers and...

By ZapThink, 25 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, PaaS, SaaS , Virtualisation.

Deep dive into cloud computing issues and benefits

A recent special report on cloud computing in iWeek outlined some of the key challenges and benefits attached to cloud computing. They are worth reviewing as they give an ‘unclouded’ view of virtualization technologies which are reshaping the way web hosting companies deliver IT resources to SMEs and SMBS over the Internet.

Generally, a company with a legacy IT department needs to carefully consider which cloud services to launch first, before undertaking a complete migration. There are issues with cost, timing...

By VI, 24 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption.

Cloud-Oriented Architecture and the Internet of Things

Quick quiz for all you Cloud aficionados out there: what’s missing from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing? To make this challenge easy for you, here’s the definition: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...

By ZapThink, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Scalability, Storage.

Why don't employees embrace enterprise mobility projects?

Workforce engagement with enterprise mobility solutions is critical if the projects are to deliver the efficiency and productivity intended, but new research suggests many companies are failing to consider the factors that affect employee buy-in when implementing these systems.

Research firm Vanson Bourne discovered and alarming trend when it polled 1000 IT and business decision makers on their mobilisation strategies. It found that while 42% of businesses claimed to be actively developing a mobile app for...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.