The growth of Chinese cloud computing
China is the latest country to realise the full potential of cloud computing as they are now pushing a huge amount of money into it.
Chinese cloud computing now accounts for 3% of the global cloud computing market share, which in monetary terms equates to an awful lot - especially if you consider the fact that the market was said to be worth around $90 bn US dollars back in 2011 and it has continued to grow exponentially since.
It is expected that the Chinese cloud computing market will grow to...
IT leaders prepare for the arrival of the federated cloud
“The future of the cloud is federated, and when you look at the broad categories of apps moving to the cloud, the truth of this statement begins to become clear.” ~ Ditlev Bredhal, CEO, OnApp
And the federated cloud will be coming to a city near you, allowing your team to take advantage of a globally scattered array of datacentre infrastructure that will power the next generation of gaming apps, social media, e-commerce and online publishing applications.
New tipping point: Chinese mobile cloud Vs Google Android
Smartphones are generating new battlefields between those who want to service applications through the cloud and those that wish to distribute them through tightly controlled App marketplaces.
Ironically, it is the Chinese who believe their new mobile OS called Aliyun, built on Linux open source, is the true flag bearer for a new generation of cloud computing applications and websites which will run remotely in Alibaba’s cloud and mainly appeal to a Chinese audience (shortly set to overtake...
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How can accountancy adapt to the cloud?
The Journal of Accountancy reports that doing business in the cloud should cost less than doing business on-premise. A survey of 1,000 accounting firms found that 70% of respondents increased their use of web-based applications in the cloud between 2010 and 2012, and that cloud accounting is becoming more popular.
The article suggests doing a three-year amortisation of upfront costs for an on-premise application including servers, software licenses and...
How a SaaS product shook the foundations of its on-premise rival
What’s an example of on-premise software being threatened by the emergence of a SaaS upstart operating in the cloud? Answer: Mint Vs. Quicken
Quicken, for years, had cultivated a devoted base of users who waited for each new version of the software to appear from Intuit. This nifty little personal finance tool is easier to use than QuickBooks albeit more limited in scope.
Then came along this amazingly simple and intuitive online offering called
Cloud Computing: essential to SMEs?
Is cloud computing ready for the Olympics?
With the Olympic Games just around the corner, one wonders whether, in a time where cloud computing is coming on leaps and bounds and gaining popularity by the day, it will be ready to service the Olympics.
Now the Olympics will of course be taking place in London this summer, one of the financial and...
Cisco reveals cloud-ready networking app
Networking firm Cisco has introduced its Cloud Connected Solution, a new application that has been designed in order to allow users to connect securely to cloud services.
It will deliver cloud-enabling routing and wide area network (WAN) optimisation platforms as well as Cloud Connector software and services.
The application is also designed to enable organisations to implement cloud computing and accelerate the deployment of cloud services whilst delivering an optimal user...
Cloud-based solutions best defence against cyber “DDoS” attacks?
A recent paper on distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks by Neustar concludes that only cloud-based DDoS solutions offer a comprehensive defence against increasing attacks that are expected to surge by as much as 40% in 2012.
“Cloud solutions provide the bandwidth (as measured in Gbps) to absorb today’s massive network layer attacks, plus the technology diversity and processing power to handle application-layer and high packets-per-second strikes,” said Neustar.
Samsung unveils cloud gaming service
The rise of Big Data and Predictive Analytics
Mobile. Cloud. Social Media. These have been the juggernauts most commonly referenced in the IT industry over the last few years. But, there is one other term brewing that is receiving almost as much attention: Big Data.
According to Pat Gelsinger, EMC president and chief operating officer, when there is an IT problem a real smart administrator would start probing around the network and try to figure out what’s going on.
“Now I want to be able to do that in an automated fashion. That’s an...
Why did you resist the name “cloud computing”?
The question of course could be directed to none other than Larry Ellison. While Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff took the term and made it a cornerstone of their CRM marketing, Ellison and Oracle took umbrage at trying to re-invent an operating model he believed had been around for a while.
At the recent D10 conference, Kara Swisher interviewed him about this famous brush-off of the term cloud computing.
“I objected to people saying, “Oh my God, we just invented cloud...
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Five benefits of “blackbox” managed hosting
Two of the biggest stars in business collaboration software in the last few years have been Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Server respectively. However, running these in-house can suck up 70% of your IT department's time and help contribute to server sprawl as you attempt to keep legacy servers and software up to date. Consider using a 'blackbox' approach to running your IT infrastructure through managed hosting services. Here are the top five benefits of adopting...
Deep dive into cloud computing issues and benefits
A recent special report on cloud computing in iWeek outlined some of the key challenges and benefits attached to cloud computing. They are worth reviewing as they give an ‘unclouded’ view of virtualization technologies which are reshaping the way web hosting companies deliver IT resources to SMEs and SMBS over the Internet.
Generally, a company with a legacy IT department needs to carefully consider which cloud services to launch first, before undertaking a complete migration. There are issues with cost, timing...
Every 6 seconds a new virtual machine “cloud” is born
IT business leaders turn on one VMware virtual machine every six seconds, that's faster than the rate of babies born in the United States: 1 every 8 seconds.
A virtual machine of course is the kernel of cloud computing, a device enabling SMEs to deploy virtual resources in the cloud using a utility pricing model from Virtual Internet. A range of enterprise cloud offerings are powered by VMware software in the Virtual Internet Datacentre, which are...