How The Cloud Broker Can Help Your Business The dictionary defines a “broker” as “a person who functions as an intermediary between two or more parties in negotiating agreements, bargains, or the like.” Almost all of us, at some point in our lives, have utilized the services of a broker. From renting apartments to trading stocks, the role of the broker in facilitating transactions is common. Even nations are not unfamiliar with this term, with the United States having “brokered” peace between Egypt and Israel after the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Now, it seems, cloud computing is also experiencing
Cloud Can Do Anything – But Can It Do Better? Forbes Magazine, typically an exponent of the cloud computing movement, recently questioned the trend in an article whose title goes straight for the jugular. Such a critical consideration of cloud and its import is in due order. As the piece points out, the geeks and techies of the world hold the real key to cloud computing, its history, and its ethos. Businesses and the general public have received at best, so far, a facsimile of this key — a feeling of connection to and usefulness of cloud, without responsibility for
Basic Checklist For Cloud Computing Customers Transition to the cloud could be one of the most important decisions you make in your IT infrastructure management. Thus, it is important that you do it the right way. I have collected a list of the basic things you should consider, before signing a contract with your cloud service provider: 1. Pricing What is the initial setup fee? What are the ongoing fees? Are there any usage fees (charged according to bandwidth used or number of users)? Is there a cap on how much the provider can increase the rates by? If the
Customers and the Cloud: What Has It Done for Them Lately? Too often, in my opinion, does the conversation on cloud computing circle around the gurus on the top and the fanboys that chase their coattails. Cloud is no different than any other technological revolution in that it provides a nurturing forum for otherwise outcast yet knowledgeable nerds to unite in esoteric discourse. But people, the nerds aren’t alone in purchasing cloud product. They don’t even comprise the majority of cloud consumption. That distinction falls to that lowly, knowledge-challenged, directionless and impressionable flock of sheep known as the general public.
Emerging Markets: Emerge Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – II This is the second part of a two-part article. To read the first part, see: Emerging Markets: Emerging Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – I The TCS report, which was produced after surveying 606 companies across 16 industries, followed by in-depth studies of six – CTB/McGraw Hill, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dell, AOL, an unnamed telecom major and an unnamed CPG company with $5 billion in revenue – provided some interesting results. The biggest driver of cloud applications is not to cut IT costs. Perhaps the most important finding of this
Open Data Center Alliance Creates Data Services Workgroup To Accelerate Big Data New members join Open Data Center Alliance to help enterprise IT use cutting edge database solutions PORTLAND, Ore., April 30, 2012 – Recognizing the challenge faced by IT in managing a forecasted 6.7 times growth of data within the enterprise over the next 5 years, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced the formation of a Data Services Workgroup chartered to document the most urgent requirements facing IT in their management of data towards competitive opportunity. The Data Services Workgroup will focus initially on big data by documenting usage
Emerging Markets Emerge Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – I Even ignoring my love for alliterations (“emerging leaders emerge leaders”), there’s no denying that developing nations are taking to cloud computing with greater vigor than developed economies. A recent study by Indian IT consulting giant Tata Consultancy Services, a company that is doing groundbreaking work in this field (See: InstaCompute: Simple & Instant Cloud Computing) and featured prominently in an earlier article about the growth of cloud computing in India (See: Is India The Next Cloud Computing Superpower?), has revealed that companies in Latin America (LatAm) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) far outrun Europe and the US