Key definitions of Cloud Computing types

Cloud computing is a style of technology in which data, I.T. resources, and applications are streamed to users "as services" delivered over the Internet.

The key benefits of the cloud computing model include self-service, cost-savings, economies of scale and flexibility.

There are...

By VI, 03 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public.

Why choose Colocation over Managed Hosting?

Colocation is a web hosting solution often suited to businesses that want to maintain their own hardware but cut back on the costs associated with on-premise datacentres including utility bills and physical space. Colocation generally appeals to businesses that host their own customers and want to maintain their own preferred hardware specifications and platform.

With Colocation, you are able to place your server(s) in a datacentre, owned by a datacentre provider, to take advantage of their connectivity and...

By VI, 15 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Storage.

Apple devices seeping into Corporate IT networks

Apple has quietly been releasing information on now to integrate its growing list of Smart devices with Enterprise IT.

While currently synonymous with consumers or perhaps less kindly termed "masses", the evidence is clear that Macs, iPads and iPhones are infiltrating corporate environments either knowingly or unknowingly.

The recent emergence of Apple’s iCloud via the Lion OS upgrades also allows consumers to synch their personal data including apps, music, videos and e-books to Apple's remote Datacentres.   ...

By VI, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry, Security.

40-Love: New Cloud Computing Index Sparks Wall Street Interest

A new ISE Cloud Computing Index (SKYY) lumps 40 of the top pure play, non-pure play and hybrid cloud companies into a grand experiment that strives to double the index's monthly return using leverage.

This is perhaps the surest sign yet, that cloud computing has now left Geek Central for Wall Street. And giants play in this index including VMware, whose software drives Virtual Internet enterprise cloud servers, and other more recognizable names such as Apple, IBM,...

By VI, 24 December 2011, 0 comments.

The cloud transformation cometh

The New York times reports that cloud momentum continues to swing upwards, giving a nod to Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com for being one of the pioneers in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector.

In a $440 million deal, NYT confirmed that I.B.M. would buy DemandTec, a cloud-based vendor of data analysis software. This follows the announcement by SAP that it would purchase Success Factors, a cloud-based human resource software company, for $3.4...

By VI, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Industry.

A new gold standard in domain names or something else?

The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. This seems to be the common feeling on “Main Street” the world over as both first and third world economies attempt to dig them out of the recent financial meltdown.

But, even some of the most cash-strapped small businesses could always count on one thing to help them get their business online: Cheap domain names.

Depending on the registrar, new domains could be purchased for as little as $8-35 for a year or more. Purchasing a domain name...

By VI, 04 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Economy, Trends.

Aftershock: An online movie giant rides a “cloud” tremor

On April 21, 2011 a digital earthquake hit the United States and reverberated around the world. Online businesses rattled and hummed as they coped with a massive vibration that shook their faith in the biggest IT revolution since the Internet: Cloud Computing.

Some businesses shared the same cloud skyscrapers and all went down at once. And, there were some big names in this skyscraper including Netflix, Quora and FourSquare -- the very poster-childs for the cloud revolution.

The result is something IT...

By VI, 29 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security, Storage.

Is Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) still a “Killer” Cloud App?

Once hailed as a killer app and now simply recognized as a vital tool in the world of cloud computing, Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) is becoming one of the most important tools in a SMB or larger enterprise contemplating the cloud.

According to ComputerWorld, By 2014, almost one in three midsize businesses will be using a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) with the ability to backup and restore virtual machines (VMs).

By VI, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Trends.

Three Infographics to boost your cloud computing IQ

We have mentioned it enough times: By 2020 just about all IT resources consumed by people and enterprises will take place in a remote cloud, probably through a smartphone device.

This has a number of implications for how data is stored, optimized and accessed. It also has long term implications for reducing carbon emissions.

Here are three infographics which visually help you get up to speed and suggest insights into how you...

By VI, 06 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infographic.

Can neuromarketing really increase email clickthrough rates by 400%?

Is it possible to increase the effectiveness of an email campaign by 400%, including clickthrough and response rates? Well, yes, if you are willing to engage in a new form of market research, which uses customer brain waves to evaluate their true engagement to your brand or message.

PayPal can vouch for this after they hired a company called NeuroFocus to help formulate a coherent global image for one of the world's most visible online payment systems.

Picture one of your web customers...

By VI, 30 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Research.

Fingertip Cloud Glossary: Test yourself!

We live in a world of acronyms including SEO, CRM and SaaS. And in recent months (maybe years!) you have become becoming accustomed to phrases such as 'cloudbursting' and the 'elastic' nature of 'cloud computing'.

Several years ago, it's doubtful whether the average housewife or small business owner would have been familiar with the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or its paid counter-part, Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

But these days they often manage their own campaigns in Google and even optimize and update their website through WordPress and Social Media.

But,...

By VI, 23 October 2011, 0 comments.

New broadband networks accelerate managed hosting demand

Managed hosting in the UK and US is becoming more attractive to IT managers as connection reliability (and speeds) improves between corporate enterprises and remote web hosting data centers.

Signs that managed hosting adoption is set to increase for Virtual Internet and other hosting companies worldwide are evident worldwide.

By 2015, the UK hopes to achieve its goal of being the best and fastest broadband network in Europe.

“Super-fast broadband is key to driving the growth of digital industries, especially in rural...

By VI, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise.

Time to lighten up: Don’t get stuck in the IT past!

Over the last several months we have covered a number of technical and operational issues relating to private, public and hybrid clouds. But every now and then we all need to lighten up and enjoy the more humorous aspects surrounding the cloud hype cycle.

Here a just a few videos which tug the funny bone and offer a some pearls of wisdom. Let's start off with a Microsoft commercial which attempts to peddle their version of cloud computing by highlighting the humorous restrictions of a fictitious company called VMlimited.

Important: While you may be...

By VI, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Vendors, Virtualisation.

UK users now spend 300 billion hours online. Are you ready?

It's official: The UK is spending most of their time online, over 3 billion hours, with social media taking up the bulk of their attention. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, (all driven by cloud computing platforms) are sucking up 800 million hours of your time.

If you are left-brainer who exhibits a natural skepticism towards statistics such as those quoted above, you may be interested to know that Hitwise compiled these stats from anonymous ISP data logs, not user surveys.

About 9% of user time...

By VI, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Virtualisation.