Why your business really needs the cloud – Part 3 Continued From Part 2 If you are running a basic, content-driven website then utilizing the cloud won’t give you much advantage. After all, your website just needs CPU power and a way to upload content and manage the application. And publishing to one of the many Virtual Private Servers (VPSes) or Shared Hosting providers will more than suffice, and can be done at much lower cost. But there are instances where startups and SMBs should only consider the cloud: Cloud computing vendors are offering excellent techniques to auto-magically scale your
2011 Cloud Computing Predictions In 2010, we have seen a transformation of skeptics from their belief that cloud computing is suited mainly for small to mid-sized business, to a general acceptance that “the cloud” is everywhere. However, we have also seen a lot of inconsistency in how to differentiate cloud-based computing from on-premise computing. As a result, there has been confusion created in the market as software vendors like Microsoft promote their cloud offerings, and CIOs of large companies claim that their private cloud has been in place for years. As I take a macro look at the industry today,
President Bill Clinton will join salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff at 8th annual user and developer conference20,000 expected attendees will collaborate in more than 325 expert-led sessions to realize customer and partner success with Cloud 2 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ – Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced Dreamforce 2010, the cloud computing event of the year. Special guest, President Bill Clinton, will join salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff to speak at the 8th annual salesforce.com user and developer conference. Grammy winner Stevie Wonder is scheduled to entertain the more than 20,000 attendees who are
Cloud Computing Giant Amazon Reduces S3 Storage Pricing Amazon has reduced Amazon S3 storage prices for both Standard and Reduced Redundancy Storage regions effective November 1st. Here’s a breakdown on some of their changes: Amazon S3 Detail Page. Old New First 1TB $0.150 $0.140 Next 49TB $0.150 $0.125 Next 50TB $0.140 $0.110 Next 400TB $0.130 $0.110 Next 500TB $0.105 $0.095 Next 4000TB $0.080 $0.080 (no change) Over 5000TB $0.055 $0.055 (no change)
AWS Free Usage Tier To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a new free usage tier. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS. Read more on
Google Cloud TV & The Logitech Revue The Logitech Revue with Google TV is nothing if not ambitious. Accompanied by a keyboard that incorporates a universal remote as well as mouse functions, this Android-based set-top box brings to your TV search capabilities and an honest-to-goodness Web browser along with solid media-playback and streaming services. With the addition of an optional USB video camera, the Revue also turns your set into a video-chat monitor. It’s not perfect, however. Key TV-network sites are blocking the Revue’s Chrome browser from playing their content, its Amazon on-demand application doesn’t yet support HD video streaming
Microsoft Windows Azure Part IV Pricing: Microsoft is cognizant of the fact that its cloud services Windows Azure, SQL Azure etc., needs to be accessed by developers so that innovative applications can be built on the platform. Towards this, promotional attractive offers consisting of a lot of compute hours were provided in the past, including the CTP Community Technology Preview. There are continuous requests from this community that prolonged free access should be provided; recently Amazon Web Services came up with micro instances at 3 cents per hour for Windows instances and there had been no matching announcements from Microsoft.
Amazon Private Cloud: Secure, Flexible and Cost-Effective For a long time now, companies have been deploying project management software on local servers. Since all data is stored behind a corporate firewall, local software use ensures high-level data security. However, it has its considerable disadvantages too. In-house software deployment allows to access data from work place only therefore limits employee flexibility. Also, every network requires maintenance and expenses associated with it. For a small or startup company such expenses may be unaffordable. With the development of cloud computing technologies things have become easier. Cloud-based PM applications do not require any hardware