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.

Private PaaS – The Next Era of Enterprise IT

Central to the Government Community Cloud model is the development of a ‘Private PaaS’ (Platform as a Service).

Public Cloud providers like Azure offer a combination of hosting and built-in software components that make life easier and quicker for software developers, to write, maintain and publish new software to production environments.

Deploying this same...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PaaS, Private, Public, PublicSector, Virtualisation.

UK IT still worried about cloud, says report

Adoption of the cloud is surprisingly low despite the much-hyped benefits, a survey has revealed.

According to Cisco's CloudWatch 2011 report, only seven percent of UK IT applications are actually in the cloud and only 23 percent intend to increase this within the next two years.

The report polled 250 IT decision makers in large UK enterprises across five sectors asking their views on the cloud. Unsurprisingly, security and privacy remained the number one concern with 76 percent of respondents citing it as a...

By Verity Gough, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Cloud Monitoring Throughout the Application Lifecycle

Cloud services performance monitoring should take place continuously, throughout all stages of an application’s lifecycle; during initial bring-up, working through scalability and availability, during the initial optimization phase and of course throughout the production lifespan.  The ability to acquire, store , visualize and analyze detailed performance metrics from all deployed instances, in real-time (seconds, not minutes), regardless of cloud services vendor or geographic location can mean the...

By CopperEgg, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Monitoring.

Backup is NOT Disaster Preparedness

I just got done reading a survey report put out by Symantec on the topic of SMB disaster preparedness. It stated what I think most of already know, that something like 50% of small and midsize businesses (SMB) don’t have a disaster plan. This is a terrible state of affairs, and I applaud Symantec for highlighting the issue with the report.

Much less laudable was Symantec’s recommendation for how SMBs can address the gap. As I read, and then re-read the report to be sure, I realized that all the...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security.

Hackers and Do-Gooders

What do hackers and do-gooders have in common? Well the other day when I was looking for detail on some hacking incidents, I ran across this little tidbit – Join me in Hacking Autism. I was intrigued and went to the site Hacking Autism.

What an excellent idea. Instead of hacking for fun (white-hats) or profit (black-hats) here’s developers putting their talent into helping others. Hackers as...

By Arthur Hicken, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Industry.

Cloud won't replace IT workers, says expert

Concerns that staff will be replaced by increasingly technical IT solutions are unfounded, says Microsoft Cloud expert, Simon May.

Companies considering moving to the cloud will always need experts to help with the migration, said May and while companies may not require staff to monitor their server racks any more, they will certainly require IT specialists to guide them in the "technological jungle" and act as a "guide or a gatekeeper," he said.May made his comments at a webinar on the future of cloud computing last month...

By Verity Gough, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Is Encryption the Solution to Cloud Security and Privacy?

By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in patent law

Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer.  Managing local computers is hard: there are security issues, computer lifecycle issues, accessibility issues.  Cloud computing, ideally, is easy: set it and forget it,...

By CloudSwitch, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Consumer, Hacking, SaaS , Security, Storage.

It’s Not a Disaster Recovery Plan If You Don’t Test It

There’s a fine story by Jacob Gsoedl over at SearchDisasterRecovery.com called, “Disaster recovery in the cloud explained” that makes for good reading.

Gsoedl provides a good overview of matters. I would like amplify one topic that I think deserves more emphasis than Gsoedl provides – testing.

As one of our customers recently put it to me, “You don’t actually have a DR plan if you...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS , Security.

Cloud computing and the 4th Dimension

It’s time to think about time.

According to Wikipedia, in physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that combines space and time into a single continuum. In cosmology, the concept of spacetime combines space and time to a single abstract universe. But you know we’re not here to talk about physics, cosmology, or the universe, as interesting as they may be.

For this moment in time, I want you to think of Cloud computing along the lines of space and time, because too many businesses shifting to the Cloud are...

By Ray DePena, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Big Data, Enterprise, Industry, PaaS, Private, Virtualisation.

Caching in on the Cloud with the Power of More Cores

Cache is a word you hear every day when you when you work for a silicon vendor. For CPUs, cache plays the very important role of reducing memory access by buffering frequently used data. But caching goes way beyond the CPU and there are many different methods to cache data – all with the common goal of increasing application performance.

The world of Cloud Computing is filled with dynamic Web applications that have many small transactions, such as page clicks and search query strings,  that are better off cached...

By Margaret Lewis, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Research, Storage, Trends, Virtualisation.

China Telecom: cloud strategy set for 2012

China Telecom is the latest enterprise to announce its cloud strategy for 2012 with plans to launch esurfing cloud devices and storage products next year.

The telecom operator first established a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi and has a data centre as the core for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a project to promote the access of optical fiber network...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Kundra to advise EU cloud strategy

The European Union has said it is preparing to embrace the cloud fully in 2012 when it begins to roll out its cloud strategy, according to vice president for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and the plans will be overseen by former US chief information officer, Vivek Kundra.

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Kroes said: "We are hoping to publish Europe's strategy on cloud computing next year and I have asked Vivek to be my advisor on this; he has said yes," adding: "My day has been made."

Vivek Kundra, also in...

By Verity Gough, 04 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

The prescient quote by William Gibson aptly describes the worldwide Software as a Service (SaaS) market today, especially in the enterprise.

Global adoption and growth of SaaS within enterprises is unevenly distributed yet growing rapidly.  One...

VMworld and The Toughest Cloud Management Question

Last week at VMworld we asked a secret shopper to visit all the major cloud management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, IBM, and CA Nimsoft) and ask the Toughest Cloud Management Question.

VMworld is a great place to do this. Because the attendees are very smart and experienced and the people working the vendor demonstration stations know their products very well.