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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Web Host 1&1 Launches Server Management App for iPhone, iPad

Web host 1&1 Internet (http://www.1and1.co.uk) has launched a new, free iPhone app to manage 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Servers remotely at any time or location.  According to 1&1’s Tuesday announcement, the 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server app is now available free of charge from the Apple AppStore.  Suitable for both private customers and businesses, the 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server package can be of particular benefit to those that has fluctuating server requirements, as well as for start-up enterprises that cannot easily predict the future performance of their projects.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cloud computing: how to navigate the legal and contractual pitfalls

With all of the hype about cloud computing, you’d think it is a novel concept that will revolutionise the IT industry.  They were not initially called ‘cloud computing’—but ASP or Application Service Provider contracts, or hosted or managed service arrangements, to name a few aliases.  The reason cloud computing is making a lot of noise these days is because the benefits that it can now bring are more tangible than a decade ago, with improvements in internet speeds, IT infrastructure and the increase in the number of service providers in the industry.  The advantages of cloud include: scalability; cost control; opex versus capex advantages through reduced upfront payments; quicker IT deployment and better technology refresh; ‘greener’ IT solutions by avoiding over-provisioning of IT kit and centralising IT infrastructures within the cloud.

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Four Big Trends Changing Computing, Gartner Says

Cloud computing, social computing, context-aware computing, and pattern-based strategy are the four big trends that will alter IT in the next few years, according to Peter Sondergaard, SVP of Research for Gartner.  Opening Gartner Symposium, one of the biggest annual gatherings of IT professionals, Sondergaard and other Gartner analysts expounded on the topic of “new realities, rules, and opportunities” that they say are transforming the technology and practice of IT.  While none of these trends is particularly new, taken together, they do have the potential of really changing IT.

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CA Technologies Revamps Cloud Automation Suite

CA Technologies revamped and relaunched its CA Automation Suite for virtualized dynamic cloud computing environments, CA said Oct. 18.  The new CA Automation Suite features two new products and enhancements to four other products, including The CA Server Automation, CA Virtual Automation, CA Client Automation and CA Workload Automation.  CA realigned the automation suite with its overall cloud portfolio of products that automate, integrate and standardize the provisioning and nagement of physical, virtual and cloud resources, CA said.  The revamp will make the product line more visible to customers, said Ryan Shopp, senior director of product marketing of the Virtualization and Automation group at CA Technologies.  The refreshed automation suite is more business service-centric, so that IT managers can look at the application and know what it does and who it’s for, according to Shopp.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Citrix looks to build bridges in the cloud

One of the issues currently holding back the adoption of cloud computing is the difficulty of moving data between different services.  The problem stems from the fact that cloud providers and virtualisation companies work with their own competing proprietary technology stacks, meaning tasks such as moving data held by a cloud computing vendor to an internal private cloud can be a tricky affair.  Virtualisation company Citrix is attempting to tackle this problem with its OpenCloud technology, unveiled at its Synergy user and partner conference in Berlin recently.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Interest Growing in Private Cloud Computing

Merrill Lynch says the public and private cloud infrastructure will be a $160 billion market by 2011.  While there’s still plenty of room for growth among enterprises for straight ahead, consolidation-oriented server virtualization projects, many organizations are looking to take their virtualization deployments to the next level.  By shaping their data centers into elastic and self-service platforms akin to those built by large cloud computing outfits such as Amazon.com and Salesforce.com.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Virtualization Beyond Consolidation

A funny thing has happened on the path to virtualization Nirvana: We’ve stopped, or at least greatly slowed, our progress toward highly virtualized data centers.  Gartner says that just 16% of data center loads are virtualized, and our own survey shows ambitions for virtualization are actually backtracking.  “We don’t know what the savings are. We just know they’re there,” is a common response.  At the same time, our InformationWeek Analytics survey found that 35% of respondents say they expect to virtualize less than 25% of their data centers by 2011.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Cloud Offerings Grappling With QoS — Report

The cloud is making it easier for companies of any size to add on services without adding on to their infrastructure.  In its latest report, “Cloud-Computing Quality of Service in Perspective,” Research and Markets notes that cloud providers should expect and be prepared to counteract the fear, uncertainty and doubt that on-premise supporters are generating regarding cloud computing.  QOS and security are two things that worry the industry.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Astadia Launches ROI Calculator for Cloud Computing

Astadia, a pure-play Cloud computing integrator and top Salesforce.com partner, today announced the launch of the I.T. Cloud Transformation (ITX) ROI Calculator which is a free online service.  A 2010 report on I.T. spending priorities by Kaufman Bros. shows a strong trend of I.T. infrastructure consolidating or rationalizing software applications, servers, data centers and back-office functions to cheaper web-based software applications.  Manylack time or resources to build the business case to move specific technologies to the chosen platform.  The ITX ROI Calculator gives a fast estimate of which pieces of an I.T. infrastructure and application portfolio will cost less and perform better when moved to the Cloud, specifically to the Force.com platform.

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Cloud computing ISO Standards in the pipeline

This was the opening remark from Standards New Zealand chief executive Debbie Chin at the recent workshop ‘Corporate governance of information technology’ that was held in Wellington recently.  Interest in cloud computing is growing rapidly in the International Standards Organisation (ISO) community.  Cloud computing delivers economies of scale and can be used to develop, deploy, and maintain business critical systems quickly and flexibly.  It is through Standards New Zealand that this country contributes to the development of international Standards, such as the new cloud computing Standard, by participating in ISO committees and running mirror committees locally.  Key issues in cloud computing are sovereignty, privacy and portability, and in understanding these requirements this country could be considered a favourable place to host services for an international audience.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Windows Azure Gains Single Sign-On Support

Microsoft has announced that the August preview release of a component of its Windows Azure AppFabric cloud computing platform adds support for federated identity and single sign-on.  The announcement was made in a blog post by Justin Smith, a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) program manager on the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS) team, on Wednesday.  The ACS update should be good news for developers and service providers working on applications meant to run on Windows Azure and Windows Server as it also enables access control as a service for federating identities.

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Cloud might let users bypass IT—for a while

Undoubtedly the greatest bit of hype around the predicted rise of cloud computing is that the role of the CIO and the IT department is going to be diminished as end users bypass internal IT and go directly out to the cloud for what they need.  That is until the cloud provider goes out of business one day, and you find out your people can’t get access to all those great documents and ideas and data they had stored in the now-shuttered provider’s servers.  Or until the group of go-getters discover that the Web app stopped working for their co-conspirators in the St. Louis office because of some conflict with that location’s new server settings.  It’s for reasons like these that agency IT departments will still need to be fully engaged with the process of making sure end users have the IT resources they need to do their jobs.  What will change as cloud computing gets more popular is where those resources are coming from, and that will mean a change for IT department’s role, not the reduction or elimination of it.

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Assess Security of Cloud Computing Apps

New research finds that while cloud computing services are being widely adopted, more than 50 percent of IT professionals surveyed say their organization isn’t aware of all the cloud services employees are using—and few were evaluated for security before use.  The rapid-fire adoption of cloud computing might offer real advantages for small and mid-size businesses, but it also carries significant risks.  Too often, organizations simply aren’t keeping up with the cloud services their employees are using, according to recent research by the Ponemon Institute, an independent think tank focused on privacy and data security, and CA, Inc., an IT solutions provider.  More than half of the IT personnel surveyed in the May study said their organization isn’t aware of all the cloud services employees have deployed, and less than half said that cloud services are evaluated for security before use.  “I think it shows a potential security meltdown in using cloud computing,” said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Cost reductions just ‘scratching the surface’ of the cloud’s benefits

Businesses are only just starting to realize the benefits of cloud computing, and rapid growth cannot occur until vendors address particular obstacles, according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum, the Irish Times relays.  The cloud has been lauded for helping businesses reduce their costs and improve overall business productivity, but the report found these benefits are merely the “scratching the surface of cloud’s potential.”  The obstacles discussed in the report are security and long-term commitments with vendors, the news provider relays.

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Seeking Clarity in the Cloud’s Security Haze

Corporate execs and IT managers may soon get clearer answers to fuzzy questions regarding how secure or insecure cloud computing really is.  In an effort to solve that lingering mystery, the non-profit Open Security Foundation (OSF) late last month launched its cloutage.org website.  The new website is aimed at empowering organizations by providing cloud security Planning for the next peak season?

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Whatever the Numbers, Cloud Growth is Skyrocketing

A UBS research report sparked a lot of discussion this week with its estimate that Amazon Web Services’ total revenue will top $500 million this year and $1.1 billion by 2014.  Even if the numerical estimates aren’t entirely quantifiable, stated growth from other cloud providers suggests UBS’s estimated growth curve for AWS is probably accurate.  This week, for example, RightScale announced a 1,000 percent customer spending increase from June 2009 through June 2010.  Aside from consistent cloud-based revenue growth, its cloud customer count almost doubled between the first quarters of 2009 and 2010—- from 43,030 to 80,080.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

CloudFail.net: Posting Failures of the Most Popular Cloud Providers

It’s difficult to know how often a cloud computing service fails.  In this regard, services that provide updates about outages can be invaluable.  CloudFail.net monitors service updates from companies such as Amazon, Google and Rackpace.  On Thursday, for instance, it reported a Google service update for Postini, the enterprise email security service.

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CRM Cloud Computing Set for Significant Growth

This week, we learned that the talk of cloud computing is dominating the news pages, especially as more companies are jumping on board.  According to a Server Watch report, research firm IDC (News - Alert) shows the continued uptake of CRM cloud computing in the enterprise as the key driver for server hardware spending.  Earlier in the week, they discussed how social CRM and mobile applications are a hot area for a number of businesses seeking to advance their positioning in the market.  According to BatchBlue President Pamela O’Hara, this solution is now about gathering thousands of followers, but instead focuses on the one-to-one contact.  A variety of CRM applications are moving to mobile app format and are available at online venues such as Apple’s (News - Alert) App Store and the Google Apps Marketplace.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Review: Cloud automation tools

One of the promises of the public cloud is the opportunity to quickly dial up server resources in order to do a job that calls for heavy-duty batch processing.  But first you need a way to manage the life cycle of that job.  Fortunately, there are tools that can automate setting up and tearing down jobs in the public cloud.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Cloud Market Share: 2 Percent, But Growing

Despite all the buzz and hype it has generated, cloud computing represents just 2 percent of the revenue in the IT infrastructure market, according to Tier 1 Research.  But not for long, as cloud computing is the fastest-growing business model in the sector, and will grow to more than $1 billion a year in revenue by next year.  “Slowly but surely, that 2 percent will become a bigger piece of the pie,” said Antonio Piraino, the Research Director of Tier 1, in his keynote message at Wednesday’s Datacenter Transformation Summit in Reston, Va.  Internet infrastructure is currently a $35 billion market, according to Tier 1, with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing revenue expected to reach $735 million for 2010.  But that cloud market share is expected to grow to $1.25 billion nest year, $2 billion in 2012 and $3 billion in 2013.

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Keeping Cloud Costs Grounded

The cost of cloud computing has generated little debate because the savings appear so self evident.  IBM’s CTO for Cloud Computing, Kristof Kloeckner, estimates that it reduces IT labor costs by up to 50%, improves capital utilization by 75% and reduces provisioning from weeks to minutes.  The City of Los Angeles anticipates savings of more than $5 million with its move to Google Apps.  Because of such apparent savings, few companies have taken the time to question the cost implications of working in the cloud.  The problem with this is that cloud computing takes on many forms, and, if not planned for properly, will not deliver the expected ROI.

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Logicworks Launches “The Compliant Cloud”

Logicworks, a New York-based cloud-computing provider, announces the launch of Compliant Cloud, the first private cloud service capable of enterprise-level security and compliance.  Compliant Cloud is a breakthrough for businesses looking to take advantage of the flexibility and efficiency of cloud-computing without sacrificing the security of traditional in-house IT operations.  Logicworks Compliant Cloud provides a full range of solutions including; PCI for e-commerce, SAS-70 and Sarbanes-Oxley required for internal systems at public companies, HIPAA for healthcare applications, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) for government projects and safe harbor for European Union projects hosted in the United States.

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Microsoft Opens Cloud Computing Center in Taiwan

Microsoft opened a joint cloud computing center with Taiwan’s economics ministry on Thursday at the Computex electronics show, and announced a plan to work with two local companies on new designs for servers meant specifically for cloud computing, the growing trend towards decentralized, virtualized computing services.  Microsoft, which has worked with Taiwanese companies for 20-years, will license patents from its technology portfolio and share its software expertise with companies, academia and research institutes in Taiwan to develop connected devices and cloud data centers, the company said in a statement.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Google touts benefits of cloud computing

Google has launched a new campaign designed to tempt more enterprises onto its cloud computing applications.  The Go Google cloud calculator offers insights into the capabilities of cloud applications in an effort to allay some common concerns.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

How to Evaluate Cloud Computing Providers

New cloud providers are popping up every month and many traditional service providers are rebranding services as cloud hosting.  First off, as most Data Center Knowledge readers may know, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud platforms are a viable alternative to traditional server and storage infrastructure.  And while this article will focus on IaaS, many of my points are relevant for Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) clouds, too.  Almost all cloud providers offer a utility-based pricing model where you can use the resources you need and then simply pay for the resources that you use.  When comparing cloud providers, you need to be aware of three different pricing dimensions: computing, storage and bandwidth.

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How cloud computing is affecting call centres

In the last ten years, cloud computing has been used by forward-thinking firms across the globe, looking to increase their productivity, revenue and customer satisfaction.  Up until now, cloud computing has largely been confined to consumer web space.  However, as contact centre customers are increasingly demanding a faster, more responsive service, so the industry is also embracing this type of new technology.  As applications are delivered over the internet or in ‘the cloud’, organisations can move away from complicated physical set-ups on-site.  These applications can be updated dynamically, meaning that agents always have the most up-to-date customer information to hand.  And because contact centre staff can access the cloud wherever they are in the world, this provides greater scope for home-working, as well as dealing with more unforeseen circumstances.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

BMC Software Comes Out with Its Own Cloud-Building Tool Kit

BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management is designed to enable enterprises to make the most of their cloud computing hardware and software and find ways to be more efficient, improving the bottom line and finding green IT benefits.  Data center management software provider BMC Software, an original partner of Cisco Systems in the Unified Computing System initiative launched in 2009, has come out with its own cloud computing management package for large enterprises.

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Private Cloud Computing Takes Off in Companies Not Keen on Sharing See full article from DailyFinan

The most familiar examples of cloud computing are big, publicly available, Web-based applications such as Gmail and Google Docs.  But given concerns about security and reliability, few big companies are ready to entrust their IT operations to publicly shared infrastructure, even if it’s cheaper.  Large companies are creating private clouds by shifting their internal computer power and applications off the PC desktop and onto shared infrastructure, where employees use it only as needed. “These large, enterprise organizations have the economies of scale to deliver the same thing as [public clouds].  Oracle (ORCL) founder Larry Ellison prefers to call it “fashion driven” computing or “complete gibberish.”

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India to emerge as central hub for cloud computing

According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is currently in India these days stated that India is a hot destination for cloud computing vendors, confirmed sources.  It is the most discussed about technology globally and India seems to be a hot bet for the same.

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The Dangers of Cloud Computing

To this end here are five things you need to be aware of before you move your data to a cloud service.  Cloud services can be a huge money saver for businesses and looks to be the future direction of IT for many.  There are three types of cloud services: Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a service, and Software as a service.

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