Infographic of Cloud Computing Outlook 2011

Today Cloud.com, Zenoss and BitNami released the results of a recent survey to determine the key IT objectives and obstacles to cloud adoption.  The survey respondent base consisted of the development communities from BitNami, CloudStack and Zenoss Core, all open source projects, and included more than 500 IT professionals.  For an analysis of the results see Cloud Computing Survey Finds...

By Louis Columbus, 25 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .

Resellers being ousted from cloud, warns report

End users are missing out the middleman and heading straight to the vendors for advice on cloud adoption, according to a report published today.The survey, carried out by channel-only hosted IT services provider Rise, polled 100 SMB prospects of one of Rise's clients and found that just eight per cent of IT decision makers are engaging with resellers over cloud computing while 77 per cent said they would consult IT vendors and 15 per cent admitted they sought advice on cloud from the internet.The poll also found that almost 70 per cent...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Security.

Cloud could cut staff sickies

Companies who move into the Cloud could see a reduction in the number of sickies their workers take, according to an industry expert.

Figures released by the TUC suggest there are now 3.7 million home workers in the UK and InTechnology, a cloud-based managed services provider, believes this number will continue to grow as more organisations sign up to the Cloud.With significant investment being poured into the UK's digital infrastructure over the last decade, coupled with the fact that many parts of the UK now boast high-speed broadband connectivity...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Trends.

Salesforce teams with Yammer to offer interactive sales feed

Yammer has announced a Force.com app that will allow users to pipe information from Salesforce.com to Yammer rather than its own social network, Chatter.With a focus on microblogging, much like Facebook or Twitter, the new app offers several social networking features. This is part of a new Activity stream for Yammer which allows users to follow updates from enterprise software such as customer service tickets, new leads, purchase orders and the like, in the same vein as Twitter updates viewed via Facebook. There will also be a...

By Verity Gough, 23 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Trends.

New focus on security and data portability as Cloud gets overcrowded

As the meteoric rise of the cloud continues, IT leaders are pushing for better standards to address key issues such as security and data portability in the cloud. Only last month another organisation joined the demand for standards. IBM-backed Cloud Standards Customer Council, www.cloud-council.org, announced its committee members which include Citigroup, Costco Wholesale and Deere & Co as well as launching its working groups covering such topics as: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS);...

By Verity Gough, 23 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Industry, Security.

HP plumps for Cloud in £7bn deal

Hewlett Packard has shunned hardware in favour of the cloud after it acquired UK-based software company, Autonomy, in a deal that sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash.The Cambridge-based company, which launched in 1996, has become a global leader in infrastructure software with a customer base of more than 25,000 global companies, law firms and public sector agencies. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Trends.

First ever Cloud certification course launches at university

Those interested in learning more about the SaaS, PaaS and LaaS are now able to take a certified university course after the first ever cloud computing course was launched at the University of Washington, last week.Dr. Erik Bansleben, program development director, Academic Programs at the University of Washington, revealed the outline of a new certificate program offered by the university in cloud computing. Topics covered include cloud computing models: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a...

By Verity Gough, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, PaaS, SaaS , Trends.

Google acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

In its largest ever acquisition, Google has announced that it will buy Motarola Mobility, the tech giant’s phone division, for a massive $12.5bn, launching the global search leader into the mobile handset market at mach 5 and surely shaking up the Android ecosystem almost beyond belief.

The deal is yet to win competition approval, which may not be entirely plain sailing, and brings Google into direct competition with the raft of handset manufacturers that licence the Android OS, providing ...

By Verity Gough, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Private.

Viewpoint on ‘ERP as a Service’

Recently Sandhill has published an article called  ERP as a Service: A Discussion of Cloud-Based ERP Considerations by Martin Browne from Skyline Consulting. Primarily, the article mentions about the various factors to consider to enable ERP as a service and consume it in an ondemand model.

While this is an interesting article, I think there is more to getting ERP as a Service practically. I would like to add some of my...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

Amazon cloud service disrupted as lightening strikes

Amazon's Web Service was temporarily disrupted this week when a data centre in Dublin was struck by lightening, causing a break in service to parts of America’s East Coast and shutting down a number of sites including Netflix, Reddit and Foursquare.

European services were also disrupted but the cloud service was restored quickly after a half hour break. However, the incident was reminiscent of a similar disaster suffered by the organisation in April which lasted for two days.

A spokesperson for...

By Verity Gough, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

Transforming unstructured content workflow

A particularly powerful area to apply Cloud computing is the automation of “unstructured content workflows” – Those business processes conducted manually via Word documents sent via email, conference calls and other multimedia that sits outside of enterprise applications.

Applications like CRM tackle a particular sub-set of processes relevant to customer information, and can often implement workflows like ‘Sales Quote’ for example. However this is just a record for reporting...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CRM, Enterprise.

Trends in the Update and Patch Management Market

Successful update and patch management processes include maintaining knowledge of available patches and updates, deciding the necessary patches and updates for a given system, ensuring they are effective, testing systems and documenting the process. For midsize and large enterprises with numerous systems, update management best practices call for automating this process.

By NEI, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Enterprise, Scalability, Security.

Why Java will shine on the Cloud?

Java has made remarkable strides in the Information technology landscape ever since its inception in 1995. The fabric of the Java ecosystem today has a widespread global adoption combined with the huge number of consumers,developers and followers. The ‘Java economy is also huge’

The key for Java to make this sort of an overwhelming impact is because of two key reasons apart from the fact of it being a very powerful programming language by...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

2011 Recession : Cloud could be positive for Indian IT SMEs

With the Standard & Poor’s downgraded its credit rating of US, the world’s largest economy, to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ triggering fresh fears about the overall health of global economy, It is widely speculated that a turbulent US market may be a trouble for the Indian IT outsourcing sector, for which the US market accounts for close to 60% of revenues.

Economictimes (ET) has published its perspectives on  how another recession may affect the IT sector.

By Sankar Nagarajan, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Government, Industry.

Study finds firms are ill-prepared for move to the Cloud

Large numbers of companies are switching to the Cloud with the belief that they are reducing costs yet many organsiations are ill-prepared for the move, according to a new report.The study by data centre analytics provider, CirBA, found that of the 94 executives responsible for virtual and cloud infrastructure decisions at organisations with more than 25,000 employees, 77 percent plan to use cloud-vendor supplied tools or spreadsheets to prepare the migration of workloads to the cloud and only 48 percent plan to implement new solutions to manage cloud...

By Verity Gough, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Migration, Virtualisation.

CIOs and CFOs lack confidence in the Cloud, warns report

Confidence in the security of cloud computing is shockingly low, according to a new report.The study by SunGard Research, published last week, was derived from a survey of 250 UK chief information officers (CIOs). Findings showed that a paltry 10 percent were “completely confident” when it came to security and resilience of third party cloud offerings.In addition, a further lack of trust was cited by two-thirds of those polled who had already experienced downtime for cloud applications. However, it wasn't all bad news: 68 percent...

By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security, Storage.

Five Cloud trends for 2012

As the Cloud gains momentum in consumer consciousness, we look at five top trends set to rock the foundations of cyberspace in 2012.A recent poll by research firm Gartner revealed that worldwide Cloud adoption is growing at an annual rate of around 17 percent while industry surveys show 50 percent or more of organisations polled have implemented some form of cloud computing.So now we have dipped our toes in the proverbial waters, what’s next for the Cloud?1.       The growth of mobile CloudAs soon as Apple lays claim to something,...

By Verity Gough, 04 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Trends.

iCloud pricing model announced

Apple has announced the pricing structure for its latest innovation, iCloud which allows customers to share music, books and photos between multiple computers and mobile devices, including an iPhone and desktop computer.Customers are to be given an initial five gigabytes of free space and those needing more will be able to purchase additional storage in annual chunks. For example, 10GB of additional space will cost £14 ($20) a year, 20GB will cost £28 ($40) and 50GB will cost £70 ($100).However, most customers...

By Verity Gough, 03 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Private, Storage.