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Applications are increasingly being made available over the Internet. Several applications have a large user base that produces a huge volume of data, for example, content in a community portal, emails in a web-based email system, and call log files generated at call centers. Due to a ...
The deployment of infrastructure systems to support applications has been a challenge since we first developed a choice beyond the venerable mainframe. To some it’s a simple formula; take a server, toss in a little network and storage, bake for a few weeks and you’re done. If you’re...
As the hot, new “trend of the moment” in technology, cloud computing is touted to be a transformative way to provide computing resources faster and more efficiently through shared infrastructures. Due to the considerable hype surrounding the Cloud, organizations considering cloud as an...
Traditional approaches to scaling and distributing transactional applications need careful consideration – the phrase walking on egg shells springs to mind – and are not amenable to frequent reconfiguration. Consequently, these approaches are only suitable for situations where you are ...
The EU-funded VISION Cloud initiative, led by IBM, has been launched and is focused on creating a metadata format that will enable users' data to be interoperable among Cloud service providers. This is potentially a huge development for all business, but especially small businesses, wh...
Cloud computing brings the promise of a more-level IT playing field to all countries of the world, through its shifting of captial expense to providers rather than users. It is the latest development in an era of a rising tide of IT development that has reached most corners of the worl...
Cloud Computing offers a sense of “vastness” in terms of storage and remote processing. According to Simpson Garfinkil, a major challenge to any digital forensics investigator investigating data within the cloud; can be an inability to locate or identify data or code that is lost when ...
Cloud Computing is one of the most talked about emerging technology trends today. While the short term driver for cloud computing adoption has been IT optimization for cost savings, this paper explores its potential for fundamentally changing business models. This paper elaborates how ...
In today’s evolving corporate ecosystem, managing risk has become a core focus and function of many enterprises. Mitigating consequences such as loss of revenue, unfavorable publicity and loss of market share, among others, are of utmost importance. Risk applications vary in a variety ...
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that a...
In Lewis Carroll’s classic story “Through the Looking Glass,” Humpty Dumpty remarked: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” It seems that the same principle applies to almost any industry expert and IT vendor when they talk about Cloud Com...
A cloud service in Windows Azure will typically have multiple concurrent instances. Each instance may be running all or a part of the service’s codebase. As a developer, you control the number and type of roles that you want running your service. Windows Azure roles are comparable to...
An Enterprise Cloud-oriented datacenter is a top-down, demand driven datacenter design that maximizes efficiency and minimizes traditional IT waste of power, cooling, space, and capacity under-utilization while providing enhanced levels of service and control. The following design pr...
The Windows Azure platform is an Internet-scale cloud computing services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Windows tools provide functionality to build solutions that include a cloud services operating system and a set of developer services. The key parts of the Windows Azure ...
Microsoft’s Software-plus-Services strategy represents a view of the world where the growing feature-set of devices and the increasing ubiquity of the Web are combined to deliver more compelling solutions. Software-plus-Services represents an evolutionary step that is based on existing...
It would be an understatement to say that this past decade belongs to the Internet. Starting primarily as a research tool, the Internet has now infiltrated every aspect of life – there is very little today that users do not, or cannot, do online. Moreover, new ways to leverage the Inte...
Need a pair of shoes, an airline ticket, or a book? Looking for 100 servers to get you through an online sales rush? No problem. Go online and your needs are (nearly) instantaneously fulfilled. Instant gratification may be the single greatest driver in the revolution that is fueled by ...
Few would disagree that the Cloud computing frenzy of the last year has put more, not less, pressure on the IT organization. Much of this focus has been on the Public vs. Private Cloud debate, but what we are really witnessing here is the dawn of a new era in IT management. For th...
Cloud computing is immensely popular with companies and government agencies in search of revolutionary cost savings and operational flexibility. According to industry research firm IDC, cloud computing’s growth trajectory is, at 27% CAGR, more than five times the growth rate of the tra...
A seeming paradox exists today in most software vendors. It goes something like this: Our product is hard to explain, demonstrate, and sell. So we need to hire more salespeople to help sell it. But salespeople are expensive, so we don’t want them to spend too much time with each custo...
There are hundreds of life science labs in the U.S. using next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, proteomics, and molecular modeling to identify the genes behind, and potential drug targets to cure, many diseases including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. With increasing ...
Here’s a question: Which IT sector accounts for 25% of the industry’s year-over-year growth and, if the same growth trajectories continue, will generate about one-third of the IT industry’s net new growth by 2013? The answer is cloud services, according to research firm IDC. Cloud comp...
Undoubtedly, cloud computing is a hot technology topic that holds benefits for businesses across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, retail and service companies. Harnessing the power of the cloud to implement cost-effective information technology (IT) solut...
I have been working on this concept of Modern Mobile Architectures for about two years now. Modern Mobile Architectures are architectures that support mobile device applications connected to decentralized infrastructure. Modern Mobile Architectures combine mobile technology and cloud c...
As one of the hottest trends going in the information/computing world, how do the requirements for cloud security relate to the security concerns that enterprises have been addressing prior to the uptick in cloud computing? While the cloud is a relatively new area for concern, improved...

Bitstream Inc. announced commercial availability of the second generation of its acclaimed BOLT mobile browser. BOLT 2.1 marks the completion of beta testing on the most fully featured browser available for mobile phones of all types. Among BOLT 2.1’s...

"Cloud can be as useful for mid-sized firms as for large ones. Mid-sized firms can actually use Cloud to quickly and cost-effectively grow and join the big league of larger firms. So while larger ones can sustain their growth rates, mid-sized firms actually get the option to grow rapid...
This article discusses the need for multi-tenancy in SaaS or PaaS solutions and the challenges involved in this. It also discusses a number of options for implementing multi-tenancy and the details of each option. Why is Software as a service (SaaS) gaining such momentum? What makes...
I often talk about the transition from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age as both an expansion in the workforce that can create software solutions and as the decline of traditional point solution software companies. To the developer who is right now sitting behind a desk in a poi...
The benefits of doing things “as-a-Service” (aaS) and leveraging cloud-based technologies are well-known and documented, such as a low barrier to entry, reduced capital outlay and infrastructure, easy scalability, and device/location independence. Many companies also appreciate the rel...
Cloud Expo General Session Speaker Marty Gauvin believes that 3G-SaaS – the combined effect of Cloud Computing and outsourcing with application management – will drive the use of IT for a significant period of time. By leveraging existing Cloud service providers, the pay-as-you-go mode...
Last time we saw the difficulty in Predictive Rightsizing, a frustrating exercise based on "guesstimation" aimed at predicting future SLA in an ever changing business environment... So what's the answer? The solution is a truly dynamic, elastic, real-time on-demand SLA with a pro...
Dear Cloud: Hello! Can you hear me? I know you can. Yes, yes…no one likes an auditor and I am even worse. I am that CPA who spent the last decade working in information security, both as a security consultant and as someone who managed the product lines of a global managed services ...
Intel's co-founder, Gordon Moore, famously predicted [PDF file link] way back in 1965 that transistors on a chip will double every 2 years. And so they have ever since (therefore, Moore's Law). With increased processing power, computers are increasingly able to process more data in les...
Safeguarding a cloud infrastructure from unmonitored access, malware and intruder attacks grows more challenging for service providers as their operations evolve. And as a cloud infrastructure grows, so too does the presence of unsecured privileged identities – those so-called super-us...
For companies considering a transition to cloud computing (CC), one of the major concerns is (or should be) security. If addressed properly while selecting a cloud computing provider or cloud provider (CP), security can actually improve for many companies. For many firms, a cloud compu...
Data is growing exponentially everywhere - in business, web, finance, government, science, and in the world of sensors and smart grids. Speaking earlier this week at OSBC, Tim O'Reilly said "The future will be all about who has most data, and who is able to extract meaning from it ...
Virtualization is the topic du jour in IT today. The technology is cool, the attributes are slick and now the stock market even is tracking it. The adoption problem that is facing virtualization strategies stems from a bottom up IT driven approach versus a top down business aligned app...
In part I of this series, we began our journey towards next generation enterprise transformation.  In part II, we will discuss some of the initiatives to abstract the enterprise, and create a virtual enterprise presence in the cloud. Last time, we spoke of undertaking initiatives, but...
Logicworks is a provider of highly reliable cloud hosting solutions. The company offers its clients managed cloud services with high service levels in the areas of high availability and increased transaction throughput. Logicworks’ cloud data center infrastructure is required to deliv...


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