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.

Cloudonomics: Improving Canada’s digital advantage

In a time of sustained and depressing economic crunch one of the most important factors about Cloud Computing is not technological, but more importantly what potential the industry sector offers for accelerating economic development: Cloudonomics.

This is especially important in countries like Canada where for various reasons the ICT industry is under-developed, and this has knock-on consequences.

There is an infamous ‘D for Innovation‘ scorecard, and an...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Economy, Government, Industry.

Dome9 launches new cloud firewall service

A new product aimed at creating a firewall for public and private clouds has launched.Dome9, a Tel Aviv based software company which founded last year, is just one of several cloud security companies to crowd an increasingly busy market sector. Its new offering is software as a service as well as an API that allows customers to let legitimate users access the ports for cloud-based servers. When deployed as an agent, the software works on any number of public and private clouds, such as Amazon, GoGrid and others...

By Verity Gough, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Vendors.

A marketing revolution: Social Media and the Cloud

Cloud services have played a key part in marketing for a lot longer than you might think; with services like Gmail and Hotmail being cloud-based even established practices like direct email marketing are reliant on cloud offerings.

Recently though, the way cloud computing has revolutionised the way services are offered online has particularly helped marketing departments. To find out how, we have to go back a few years and consider the importance of the rise of social media.

Twitter, Facebook and Photobucket...

By Shaping Cloud, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Trends.

Mobile consumer cloud market will be worth £4 bn by 2016

High-profile launches from players such as Amazon, Google and Apple are expected to galvanize the growing market for consumer cloud mobility services, generating revenues reaching almost £4 billion ($6.5 billion) a year by 2016, a new report has found.

According to the study by Juniper Research, while initial consumer deployments in the cloud were focused primarily on the social networking space, music and video storage/acquisition services such as Amazon's Cloud Drive and the forthcoming Apple iCloud are expected to...

By Verity Gough, 10 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, Research, Trends.

Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users

Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.

Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.

In addition to Hotmail, the outage...

By Verity Gough, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Security.

Power Over Ethernet, PoE Plus and the Weather Channel

In light of the recent weather conditions, I thought I would write up a short take for Journey to the Cloud on Power over Ethernet (PoE).  Over the last decade there have been several variations of PoE – starting with the proprietary (heard this story before) and moving to a standards-based solution.  This doesn’t mean that the confusion has gone away.  

The original standards-based PoE was classified under the 802.3af specification.  These...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Hardware, Industry, Infrastructure.

Preparing for Your Cloud Migration

So let's say you've read our blog about the wonders of cloud computing and you've taken our advice - you're moving to Office 365. What do you do to prepare?
The good news is that you'll probably have an expert, or a Microsoft partner like us at Shaping Cloud, guiding you through the migration. Your IT consultant will handle most of the complicated bits and pieces, but there are still some key things that you can do to prepare for the move.

By Shaping Cloud, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Big Data, SaaS .

HP announces tentative private cloud service

HP has finally announced its long awaited cloud services offering with the launch of Cloud Compute and will be in direct competition with Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace.

The new beta IaaS offering will provide storage for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms and a limited number of clients will be able to use the beta. It will allow users to deploy compute instances on-demand as well as customising them to handle clients’ unique workloads and offering scalability options.

HP Cloud Object Storage...

By Verity Gough, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS, Storage, Trends.