Five CIO cloud computing trends

CIOs and CTOs are becoming ‘comfortable’ with the idea of the cloud, according to a California-based cloud solutions provider, Enteracloud.

“The cloud has become an expectation rather than a novelty in IT today,” says Tim Doscher, CTO of Enteracloud. “So it’s not surprising that discussions among top IT pros are taking a new turn, focusing on the type of cloud solution that can be of most benefit to a company, the best ways to deploy a cloud strategy...

By Matt Henkes, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, PaaS, Private, SaaS .

Cloud Computing could cut IT C02 emissions by half

Large companies that move their data storage into the cloud could slash their carbon emissions by up to 50%, according to a new European study.

The London based Carbon Disclosure Project focussed on large firms un the UK and France and found that these companies could achieve significant cost savings by 2020 if they moved their IT systems onto shared networks.

The report said that a company which adopts cloud computing can reduce its energy...

By Matt Henkes, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise.

Interdepartmental spat highlights US G-Cloud complexities

A substantial incidence of inter-departmental friction within the US government this week has served to demonstrate the complexities surrounding the implementation of the administration’s G-Cloud project to migrate US government departments over to Cloud systems, one by one.

The US General Services Administration (GSA) agreement with a number of cloud vendors to provide cloud services including messaging and productivity solutions found itself at the centre of the argument after complaints were levelled...

By Matt Henkes, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, PublicSector.

Storage issues hamper virtualisation strategy

Storage limitations are getting in the way of increased virtualisation strategies for many organisations, according to a new report.

While many organisations are reaping the benefit of smart virtualisation programmes, server consolidation, improved resource utilisation, faster application deployment and general overall flexibility, the cost and performance of storage is becoming a significant barrier to running greater virtual environments.

Tintri, the California-based VM storage appliance manufacturer, found...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Storage, Virtualisation.

Lack of service transparency hurting Cloud adoption, says survey

The adoption of Cloud systems among contact centre businesses is being hampered by a perception that vendors are simply not playing straight with them, rather than concerns over security, a new study has found.

Global contact centre specialist NewVoiceMedia found that firms are getting cold feet about transferring their operations to the Cloud because they fear that service providers are not being open with them.

Despite recognised Cloud benefits like lower costs and improved contact centre customer service,...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SaaS , SLA.

Amazon's potential $1bn Cloud business

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the online retail giant’s cloud computing division, has the potential to be a $1bn business as early as next year; that is if a number of respected industry analysts are to be believed.

The speculation comes as Amazon prepares to release its Q2 results, and the firm has admitted that it has hundreds of thousands of customers in more than 190 countries.

The firm's cloud services, centred around Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3), among a number of...

By Matt Henkes, 26 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Storage.

Acer reveals cloud intentions with $320m acquisition

The Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Acer looks about to embark on cloud odyssey of its own as after paying out around $320m for the little-known Silicone Valley-based firm iGware.

The company has had a difficult year so far, suffering a share-price fall of almost 50%, declining retail revenues and the loss its CEO Gianfranco Lanci following a series of disagreements over business strategy.

Earlier this month, until recently the world’s number two PC producer, was shunted to fourth by analyst...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, M&A.