5 Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy

Over the last 18 months, the media, technologists, analysts, CIOs and CEOs have all been talking about the cloud. Now, most organizations are embarking on some form of cloud computing, but as always, technology is the relatively easy part. For those of you wanting to keep your feet firmly on the ground, and looking to set your direction and strategy, here are some simple guidelines to help you along the way.

By Gregor Petri, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Virtualisation.

Buzzword Bingo and Acronym Update V2.011

By Greg Schulz

Buzzword Bingo and Acronym Update V2.011

Note: THis is in part fun!

R U (e.g. Are you) JASSD about JACD or do you have a case of JAID and JACBUS? Will RAID RAIN on your cloud parade?

For those who like to keep up on buzzwords (for buzzword bingo) and acronyms, perhaps even FTW (e.g. For the Win), here are some old and new, fun and real ones to ponder.

As to which are real or new, fun or old, I will leave that up to you.

  • BD = Business Development or Big Data or Backup Device
  • CEO = Chief Evangelist Officer or Change Everything Often
  • CJO = Chief Jailable Officer or anyone who is a legal Chief of a company
  • CMO = Creative Movie Officer or Chief Marketing Officer (same thing)
  • CNOC = Cloud network operations center
  • CPOP = Cloud point of presence aka cloud gateway, cloud appliance, cloud ...

By Greg Schulz, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

What Do You know? Our Survey Results

Earlier this month we harnessed the power of social media by running a short survey on Twitter to find out what our followers think about cloud computing.
The results are a snapshot of what a selection of our Twitter followers know and their opinions about cloud computing. Around 100 people from all over the world completed the survey did find out some interesting things that we’d like to share with you.

By Shaping Cloud, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, Research, Trends.

The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy

Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Consumer, Developers, Enterprise, Hardware, M&A.

Live Video streaming from the Cloud

Live video streaming from the Cloud is an interesting area. Cloud’s elastic infrastructure provides new ways of delivering rich media content (video and audio) . One can run their own rich media infrastructure ,flexibly and effectively at low cost with out depending on third-party hosts. This includes delivering Ondemand video and Live video streaming.

Wowza media on Amazon EC2 cloud provides such an opportunity. However, with wowza’s low...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Enterprise.

Microsoft’s Big Easy: An Easy Way to Earn Some Extra Money

Just as apple picking, raking leaves, and football are reminders of fall, Microsoft’s end-of-year Big Easy Promotion is a reminder about how to obtain some extra subsidy dollars to put aside for future purchases.   Yes that’s correct, the Big Easy is back for another go round, and I know you’re excited.  

You may be asking, what are you talking about?  Did you say Microsoft and promotion?  That’s like saying oil and vinegar, Athens and Sparta, Sox and...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, M&A, Vendors.

A Flash in the Page

For those of you who haven’t been following it (IE people without a smartphone), there has been a little tiff between Apple and Adobe for the last couple of years regarding Flash. I’ll discuss it more in detail shortly, but in brief, Apple decided not to include or even allow Flash to run on it’s IOS devices such as iPad and iPhone, based on their assertion of problems with CPU usage, battery life, security, and general UI issues...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Developers, Forecasts, Industry.

If my Computing is Unified, why can’t I Determine my System's Health?

Unified Computing is an attempt to recreate what was desireable about mainframes using industry standard systems, read X86-based, off-the-shelf memory, storage and networking equipment. The goal was to recentralize all of the components of modern computing systems into one package.Recently Cisco joined the ranks of those offering unified systems, which included eGenera, IBM, HP, Dell and others, in offering unified computing systems. Ciscso, by the way, cleverly named their products Unified Computing Systems or...

By Zenoss, 20 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Enterprise, ERP, Monitoring, PaaS, SaaS .

Cloud becomes a serious contender for email services

The cloud is becoming increasingly used in place of traditional email platforms, an expert has said.A new report published by Gartner has revealed that Google Gmail service is the new rival to Microsoft mail platforms and SaaS and cloud applications are fast becoming the email route of choice in companies with more than 5,000 seats.In particular, the report revealed that Google's Gmail service now hosts nearly half the market for enterprise cloud email services. Matthew Cain, research vice president at Gartner pointed out that this...

By Verity Gough, 20 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS , Storage.

Perception Differences between Adopters and Non-Adopters of Cloud

What makes some enterprises adopt cloud computing while others, despite being well informed, decline the opportunity? IaaS providers tout lower cloud computing cost, boast easy scalability, and assure security; but these marketing messages have enticed only 10% of U.S. firms to adopt cloud deployments thus far and another 10% plan to do so within the next 2 years. Are some identifiable cloud computing problems preventing the other...

By NEI, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Scalability, Security, Virtualisation.

Of these 10 most hated jobs, how many did you have?

Earlier this week Yahoo Finance ran an article on the 10 most hated jobs (based on a survey asking hundreds of thousands of employees at a major career site). What amazed me most - apart from the large number of IT jobs, including the top one,  making the list – was that I personally was employed in no less than five of these . Now you may think: “What a miserable career that must have been!”, but to be honest, it never felt like that.  Sure I can relate to some of dissatisfiers that people listed, such as a lack of direction from upper management (actually described for one of these jobs - guess which one - as “employers are unable to communicate...

By Gregor Petri, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

VMware publishes vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center

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VMware has released nine plug-ins for vCenter Orchestrator this year (and there is more than a quarter left !) and decided that it would be best for customers to have all of the docs gathered in one place in a more user friendly and searchable format.

vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center allows from one single page to browse the different plug-ins documentation.

By vCO Team, 17 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Vendors, VMware.

Get practical: Email optimisation and archiving strategies

Email is a popular tool for messaging, calendaring, and managing contacts along with attachments in most organizations.

Given the popularity of email and diverse ways that it is used for managing various forms of unstructured data attachments including photos, video, audio, spreadsheets, presentations and other document objects, there are corresponding back end challenges. Those back end challenges including managing the data storage repositories (e.g. file systems and storage systems) that are used for...

By Greg Schulz, 17 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Storage.

How long should you keep cloud data for?

One of the most frustrating issues for IT staff (an issue that continues to drive sales of storage [disk or tape]), is how long data has to be kept around. Anyone who has ever moved has been faced with closets, attics and basements full of stuff that they have paid to be moved or stored, that they have not looked at or used in years! No one is making us keep this stuff, and yet we do.

We also do not have to keep most of those backups and emails either. The only reason we do is for the same reason that we keep the stuff...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 15 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Scalability, Storage.

Two Kinds of Cloud Infrastructure

I’m just getting around to writing about a terrific post by Rodrigo Flores over at GigaOm about SLAs and cloud infrastructure. Flores neatly articulates something that we have based nScaled on – the importance of the enterprise service agreement and SLAs in cloud, and the factors that make a cloud “enterprise grade.”

Flores starts by pointing out a classic mistake that IT teams make when comparing...

By nScaled, 14 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

vSphere 5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

One of the questions I have been answering lately for our clients is, “Do I upgrade to the new version of VMware (vSphere 5) or wait?”  This is not always a cut and dry decision for many of us and depends a great deal on your individual situation and aversion to risk. As a refresher, this VMware PDF outlines the different licensing options for vSphere 5, and  here is my previous Journey to the Cloud post discussing

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Trends, Vendors.

Back to school: Disaster recovery lessons

The past week and a half have brought us the trifecta of business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) stories: Hurricane Irene, the San Diego blackout, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll try not to belabor the point – stuff happens, and business need to be prepared – and instead highlight some of the more important lessons.

Lesson #1 – Disasters happen all the time.

It’s unfortunate that our industry refers to “disaster recovery”. The word disaster sounds like...

By nScaled, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Security.