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"The Cloud Changes Everything" is heard so often that it is a cliché. But then again, distributed energy production and transmission enabled our 20th century manufacturing revolution and the interstate highway systems changed our society. Those of us who practice B2B technology marketi...
Organizations that are seeking to deploy cloud-based business models for their infrastructure face unique capacity management challenges. This article will review these challenges to enable cloud providers, either public or private, to avoid the pitfalls of improper capacity management...
At the end of April, Josh Fruhlinger, Editorial Director at AOL Tech, published an article called, “The Cloud: No Sir, I Don’t Like It“. If you haven’t read it, you should, especially if you’re not a fan of this new trend towards Cloud computing. Even though I am a fan of this trend, I...
The folks at Facebook can hardly sit back and laugh at the grumbling caused by the throttled Google+ launch; its own metaphorical missile, a Skype-powered video chat service that's thought to be aimed at Google vidchat, is misfiring as well. “Buggy” is the universal and dreaded term b...
BSS in the cloud offers telecom the prospect of higher revenues, increased efficiency, and decreased customer churn. For as much buzz as cloud computing is generating in the telecom industry these days, it has created an equal number of questions. Many of these have to do with the co...
With all the talk of “clouds” within the telecom industry, analysts have begun to sound like weathermen, each offering their own forecast on the business potential of offering cloud services. Regardless of who you listen to, the overall message is clear: cloud services should be on eve...
In October 2009, Enterprise Cloud Computing was considered bleeding edge technology by many but there was something that seemed different about its value potential and adoption rate. For CIOs, it seemed a chance to provision affordable infrastructure quickly, alleviating delays to miss...
A recent survey from the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) found two-thirds of outsourcing customers currently do utilize or have plans to implement cloud computing solutions. Eighty percent of those surveyed indicated their organization intended to deploy m...
When SaaS Web Apps was approached by the top coaching agency, Premier Stinson Sports, to develop a Sports Contract Management System to be used by their firm in partnership with USA Today and the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School they knew they would need...
For a couple of years now, there has been a substantial amount of hype in the business intelligence (BI) space regarding “cloud BI,” or business intelligence systems hosted by Internet “cloud computing” service providers. This “cloud BI”, which is actually SaaS (software-as-a-service) ...
Cloud computing has essentially been private from the beginning. Google, for one, demonstrates that the world’s most successful search engine runs not on an IBM Power, Sun Enterprise, or other massively powerful machine engineered for business by the go-to-vendors for computer solution...
Many ISVs are making dramatic shifts to become SaaS providers. This requires a shift in mindset from product to service and in organization from linear to circular. Once these shifts are under way, in order to succeed and stand out, ISVs we must now bridge their go-to-market strategy, ...
The last few weeks have been rife with turmoil in the cloud computing space, thanks to everything from outages at Amazon to security breaches at Sony. This, in turn, has led to a number of articles conveying extreme predictions about what this turmoil means for cloud computing. The mor...
Real benefits of the Cloud Computing model will go beyond the Dynamic infrastructure and on demand computing. For the enterprises saving 10% of the Server Cost is important but that is not their core need, rather adopting Common industry standards for service end points,...
Remaining unambiguously on Planet Earth, I'd like to mention a real-world session coming up at Cloud Expo that addresses the topic, "From Virtualization to Cloud Computing - Building an Effective, Pragmatic & Reliable Cloud," to be delivered by CA Technologies VP Andi Mann. "There a...
The strategies discussed in this article can be applied to any cloud platform that has an ability to dynamically provision compute resources, even though I rely on examples from AzureWatch auto scaling and monitoring service for Windows Azure The topic of auto scaling is an extremely ...
Generations of American business students have read the amusing little book, How to Lie with Statistics, as part of their curriculum. Written by a fellow named Darrell Huff, who died in his 80s in 2001, the book has earned a place as one of the all-time business classics. Its lesson...
While more than 90 percent of companies are using -- or plan to use -- cloud computing, the cloud model is raising some concerns, as well as some paradoxes. Unsurprisingly, security is the leading concern, while integration and governance issues are close behind. The paradox arises be...
When I go on to tell them that AppZero software can encapsulate their Solaris 2.6 and 7 applications, pick them up, and deposit them on Solaris 10 and bright shiny, inexpensive, reliable machines, all without a line of code … they are intrigued. Of course they are. Here’s a very cost-e...
Part of the new support philosophy comes from providing a more centralized, efficient, and powerful means of getting all the systems involved working, and all the knowledge necessary together quickly to get applications back in action and keep them there. As recent outages at Amazon ...
Cloud computing represents today’s big innovation trend in the information technology (IT) space. Because it allows enterprises to deploy quickly, move swiftly, and share resources, cloud computing is rapidly replacing conventional in-house facilities at enterprises of all sizes. Unf...
Cloud computing continues to be a hot topic in the world of technology. Many users feel cloud computing yields increased IT flexibility, allowing for faster response as market demands shift, as well as improved application availability and lower infrastructure costs. Because it is bein...
So you've been posting on WordPress.com and due to lack of JavaScript support used by many popular widgets or other reasons, you're now considering having your blog hosted on Amazon Web Services' Free Usage Tier. I decided to see what it would take to move my current WordPress.com blo...
"Cloud computing is one of the most heavily hyped, yet generally least understood trends in modern computing. Simply put, virtualization or cloud computing is the process of moving office information technology resources and data storage offsite and accessing them through a high-speed ...
Okay, things have been happening so fast and furiously just recently that many people have asked me to just take a deep breath and help them play catch-up. Here goes...
A recent survey carried out by PEER 1 Network Enterprises found that of the 88% of key decision-makers that do not use cloud computing, 39% said it was because they don’t know enough about it. So, for those who are still in the dark, what is cloud computing anyway? Cloud computing ena...
CIOs and IT directors today recognize the value in leveraging the Cloud when it comes to many areas of a business – managing customer relationships, human resources, billing, and even expense reporting. It’s a technology that is proliferating into businesses across every industry for i...
I'm returning to the US this week after spending more than a year in Asia. I'm pessimistic about many things, as I recently explained in a separate article. But let's talk about the rays of light in today's grim global greyness. Let's talk about Cloud Expo. I don't know much, but...
Given the state of the global economy and the increasing adoption of Cloud computing it’s no surprise that lately there have been a number of articles on achieving Cloud computing savings ranging from 40% savings according to an EEOC case study to as much as 80% savings according to Mi...
Is your private cloud elastic, or just a tightly wrapped ball of rubber. One of the essential characteristics defined by NIST for cloud computing is “Rapid Elasticity.” I blogged about Workload Elasticity Profiles in a previous post , but in the war between private and public cloud, p...
It's that time again. Today we take a look at 1Q 2011 to see which Cloud players are gaining mindshare. You can guarantee that the Cloud computing segment will be even more exciting to watch in 2011 than it was in 2010 as large enterprise information technology companies continue their...
India has a highest rate of adoption for Mobile. And the adoption drove the big players in the local & international market to have their presence in Indian Mobile Operators space. In the similar way you will soon see various service providers for Cloud Computing would start emerging a...
There is a common question that almost universally arises when people discuss cloud computing. The question came up in a webinar I did with Rackspace last week. It was featured in regular conversation at Cloud Connect and then again on Twitter from Adrian Cockcroft. Important to note ...
Abiquo went on a recent executive-hiring tear, announcing the addition of nine key executives, coming from VMWare, Citrix, and CA Technologies. The company has a vision of vision of virtualized infrastructure management based on open standards, and “envisions a future where private ...
With Gartner predicting $150 billion in cloud-related revenues by 2013, the march towards “the cloud” is not abating. As the market grows, “Is the cloud secure?” is a very familiar refrain frequently asked by corporate management. While those in IT will certainly tell you no environmen...
Admittedly, when I was heads-down in code earlier in my career, I did not pay much attention to reference architectures. We had our own internal architectures that served as ‘the way and the truth’, and reference architectures for our product or solution domain were simply out of scope...
Discussions of Cloud computing often revolve around strategy, business, economics, and technology, particularly in the higher levels of the Cloud stack, SaaS, PaaS, so you may wonder why I’m writing about Intel’s Day in the Cloud event when microprocessors are found deep within enterpr...
In the fall of 2010, Trusted Computing Group announced the Trusted Multi-tenant Infrastructure (TMI) Work Group to address cloud computing security and the role of trust in that security. Last week, the work group released the first in a series of use cases (http://www.trustedcomputing...
Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be traveling from all over the world to New York this coming June 6-9 to attend 8th International Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center with 11th Virtualization Conference & Expo. Here is an ea...
Obviously, the answer is it depends … on your security needs … on what you are comparing it with … on which cloud offering you are looking at. Therefore, instead of providing a one word “Yes” or “No” answer let me ask you a set of questions that will help you answer the question for y...


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