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).

2011 Acquisitions:

By Ray DePena, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Economy, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Vendors.

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...

By VI, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Vendors, Virtualisation.

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...

By Arthur Hicken, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Developers, Industry, OpenSource, Trends.

The Advent of the Privileged Cloud

What’s in a name?  Well, it could be a lot.  In fact, the name we assign something can have a huge impact of our perception of that thing.  Would you eat reconstituted chicken parts?  Thanks to whomever decided to call that a “nugget” you might.  

On the other hand, sometimes we come up with a name for something that makes a great idea seem much less great.  Remember New Coke?  It registered quite well on blind taste tests.  The problem was...

Model Driven DoDAF Architecture: Building for Change

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On first glance, the marriage of Dovèl Technologies and ZapThink might appear to be somewhat of a mismatch: boutique Federal contractor acquires iconoclastic architecture thought leadership firm? But look below the surface, and the synergies become apparent, as Dovèl has long had an iconoclastic approach to architecture, since after all, we focus...

By ZapThink, 28 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Developers, ERP, Government, IaaS, Industry, Migration, Monitoring, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .

Cloud: IT in 3D?

While watching TV the other night, I saw several trailers for movies, all of which advertised “in 3D.”  This got me thinking about how 3D and the move toward cloud computing share similar stories.

3D was first utilized in film in the 1950s, but because of several factors, the format was not widely adopted until almost 40 years later.  Even then, the application of 3D in feature films was relegated to a niche market.  Only more recently, with advances in technology, standardization...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, Economy, Enterprise, Forecasts, Hardware, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

Not Only Is Tape Dead, Backup Is Too

I just finished reading a piece of marketing nonsense hoo-hah from Iron Mountain that argues that tape isn’t dead. Methinks Iron Mountain doth protest to much. Let’s see, what’s Iron Mountain’s digital business? Oh, that’s right – tape vaulting. The death of tape, and Iron Mountain’s sudden exit from cloud-based storage and backup, must be cause for alarm in Boston.

Now, before I go any further, let me be clear that yes, I know that tape is being used today, and not technically dead… yet. When nScaled and others...

By nScaled, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Industry, SaaS .

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

There’s an amusingly pugnacious post over at ZDNet by Ken Hess that asks why so many people seem to be paranoid about cloud computing.

Hess, with tongue in cheek (I think), conjures images of survivalist loonies in describing the mistrust that some of his readers apparently exhibit towards cloud. That seem like a bit much, but what with all the vendor hype surrounding cloud, I wouldn’t blame buyers for being...

By nScaled, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Security.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Predictions

[Rant on] Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered about all the rumors and predictions that seem to dominate the technology news stream? I would hazard a guess that more top articles in the technology space are gossip or guesswork than actual reporting.

Part of this trend, perhaps the most annoying part, is the tendency to take the guesses of other people (predictions,forecasts,…) and report them as fact. Recent examples from the news:

“Sorry Android, iPad to Dominate Tablet Sales Until at Least...

By Arthur Hicken, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry.

The Cloud’s Tipping Point

I always enjoy hearing from those of you who have come to the conclusion that Cloud computing will not work, and decided you will not be developing plans to shift your business to the Cloud.

Sometimes the analysis is sound. More often than not, it omits key variables.

Perhaps you relied too much on vendor input for key variables in your analysis, or on your own in-house staff that may not necessarily have the skills, experience, or vested interest in such analysis. After all, how often do they undertake such...

By Ray DePena, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure, Migration, SaaS .

How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption

During the last few weeks of completing a research project on buyer personas, a key finding of of just how quickly enterprises are switching out legacy reporting apps for SaaS-based analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) is emerging.

I’ve been interviewing sales VPs, sales operations...

By Louis Columbus, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, SaaS , Security.

Will Humanoids manage the Cloud?

I came across an interesting news article about a company called IPSoft and would like to share it to the readers.

The crux of the article is about  IPSoft’s software based heavily on expert systems that mimic the human brain. They are capable of self-healing, self-learning and autonomously solving a majority of the problems that arise on computer networks.

And IPSoft’s correlation engines do what the human brain just cannot: pick trends by analysing hundreds of...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, Monitoring, SaaS , Trends.

UK users now spend 300 billion hours online. Are you ready?

It's official: The UK is spending most of their time online, over 3 billion hours, with social media taking up the bulk of their attention. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, (all driven by cloud computing platforms) are sucking up 800 million hours of your time.

If you are left-brainer who exhibits a natural skepticism towards statistics such as those quoted above, you may be interested to know that Hitwise compiled these stats from anonymous ISP data logs, not user surveys.

About 9% of user time...

By VI, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Virtualisation.