Upgrading Backup is Too Little, Too Late
One of the big old players in backup software recently announced that they will “blur the lines between backup and archive,” by automatically aging backups to an archive. If your perspective is that of the old-school backup mindset, this probably sounds like progress.
Unfortunately, this is just a baby step towards something that already exists: a unified platform that provides continuity, disaster recovery (DR) and...
Useless Software Predictions for 2012
It seems like everyone who is anyone is creating a list of predictions for the software industry for 2012. I decided why not jump on the bandwagon and have some fun. If nothing else, it’s a good chance to rant. So without further ado,...
Life Sciences take to the Cloud
At a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company recently, a researcher needed to perform mission-critical clinical analysis. He estimated that he needed 50 servers to complete the work, but the pharma major’s internal IT group told him that provisioning that much hardware would take at least three months.Faced with an untenable amount of lead time before his project went live, the researcher and his Project Tech lead instead chose to provision the identical server, network and storage infrastructure...
Virtual Insanity: How To Remain Lean And Green
How a Cloud Infrastructure Can Save or Make You Money
Before you left click that mouse to go to that other “work related” page, wait a few seconds while I explain what I’m talking about. While there is a ton of hyped up, blown out and super hyperventilated information out there about how the cloud makes your life better, reduces your workload and ultimately makes your coffee and butters your toast, not much is said about how the cloud can help your company save or make money. Real money…not that kinda-sorta-maybe-coulda money, but...
4 Tips for a Successful Cloud Migration
Guest Post By Rick Blaisdell, CTO ConnectEDU
Perhaps to recap some of the things that I have written about during the year, I would now like to propose a set of best practices for a cloud computing implementation, the ones that I believe are crucial. Here are the 4 most important aspects to determining the success of such an IT project:
- Security: I will start with this, since it still seems to be the most debated about topic when it comes to cloud computing implementation. Keep in mind that the managed enterprise provider you choose has specialists dedicated to the security of your...
Cloud And ERP Mobility Are Reordering Gartner’s Hype Cycle
A good friend of mine recently became CIO of a financial services firm and was given his first major project last month: make the complete accounting, financial, and loan provider data and applications available 24/7 on any iPad or Android-based tablet from any office, at any time.
The majority of loan provider applications are cloud-based and his company is running NetSuite. His corporate office is in Asia and cloud-based applications made it possible for the company to launch and operate in...
Is DevOps About Ops or Dev?
During our recent chat, Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies disabused me of the notion that DevOps fits my original peanut butter cup analogy. “It’s obvious the misconception happens because of the name,” Kanies said.
According to Kanies, DevOps primarily is about aligning operations teams with business goals.
The business wants to be secure, but it doesn’t want security at the cost of being able to adopt new technology. It doesn’t want compliance at the cost of...
New approach challenges accepted tech market outlook
40-Love: New Cloud Computing Index Sparks Wall Street Interest
A new ISE Cloud Computing Index (SKYY) lumps 40 of the top pure play, non-pure play and hybrid cloud companies into a grand experiment that strives to double the index's monthly return using leverage.
This is perhaps the surest sign yet, that cloud computing has now left Geek Central for Wall Street. And giants play in this index including VMware, whose software drives Virtual Internet enterprise cloud servers, and other more recognizable names such as Apple, IBM,...
Why Legacy Loses to Commercial Open Source
It’s always fascinating to watch legacy/proprietary software vendor’s bloviate about the value of closed software. With the advent of Commercial Open Source vendors such as
5 Cloud Considerations for the SMB Market
The cloud transformation cometh
The New York times reports that cloud momentum continues to swing upwards, giving a nod to Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com for being one of the pioneers in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector.
In a $440 million deal, NYT confirmed that I.B.M. would buy DemandTec, a cloud-based vendor of data analysis software. This follows the announcement by SAP that it would purchase Success Factors, a cloud-based human resource software company, for $3.4...
Struggling with Your 2012 Budget and the Cloud? You’re Not Alone
Garbage in the Cloud
On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
—Charles Babbage, 1864
The long-standing computer science principle of “garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) is so fundamental to IT that it predates digital computing by almost a century. And yet here we are in the twenty-first century,...
Is the Mission-Critical Application Dead?
Five Predictions for Managed Cloud Services in 2012
The proof-positive business impact from managed cloud services deployment, including the numerous associated productivity benefits and anticipated cost-savings, have pushed cloud computing well into the mainstream during 2011. As we move into 2012, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that this evolution will continue as...
5 Cloud Predictions for 2012 – Private Clouds, PaaS, & Hypervisor Uptick
Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic
Microsoft has made its Office 365 cloud-based service more attractive to US and European customers concerned with legal issues around data sovereignty.
The company has added support for the European Commission’s “Model Clauses”, which regulate how personal data is stored even when the physical location of the data storage lays beyond the borders of the European Economic Area.
Model clauses, introduced in 2010, assure customers that appropriate steps have been taken to help safeguard personal...