SMBs Using Cloud Storage Also High On Network-Attached Storage More than seven in ten small and medium-size businesses that use cloud-based storage solutions also use networked-attached storage (NAS), according to a newly released survey by research firm In-Stat. This report comes close at the heels of an IBM report that said sixty percent of organizations will embrace cloud computing over the next five years. This finding was based on a survey of more than 3,000 global Chief Information Officers. For those unaware, network-attached storage is a specialized server that is connected to a network which provides file-based data storage services
Working Together to Deliver the Cloud If you had any notion of not taking the cloud seriously for your business, your assumptions will certainly be challenged this year. This week alone has seen two significant developments that have boosted the visibility (if not the viability) of the cloud. First, there was Microsoft’s purchase of Internet telephony company Skype for $8.5 billion. There is a lot of speculation on whether this was a good business move for Microsoft, but regardless of how it turns out, it’s clear that Microsoft is betting big on the cloud as platform instead of Windows exclusively.
Fujitsu Rolls Out Global Cloud Computing Platform in North America Fujitsu launching free, three-month beta trial of Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering beginning May 31 Sunnyvale, CALIF. – May 24, 2011 – Fujitsu today announced the North American roll-out of its proven Global Cloud Platform, already launched in Japan, Australia, Singapore and UK. The Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform will be launched as a free beta trial of the Fujitsu Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, beginning May 31 and ending on August 31. As the world’s third-largest IT services provider, Fujitsu is well positioned to provide enterprise class, secure and highly available compute, storage, and network
Zumasys Delivers VMware & NetApp Cloud Services Zumasys has achieved both VMware vCloud Power status and the NetApp Gold Service Provider designation. Specializing in migrating custom software applications to the Cloud Zumasys claims that it is the first provider to achieve this status. The company is also gone live with production workload at the SuperNAP Data Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and is leveraging NetApp Flash Cache and Cisco Nexus Datacenter Switches. Zumasys has also announced a brand new resource pool-based pricing model that is built on VMware’s vCloud Director architecture. Businesses running custom applications can use this model to
Auto scaling strategies for Windows Azure, Amazon’s EC2 and other cloud platforms 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 important one when it comes to architecting cloud-based systems. The major premise of cloud computing is its utility based approach to on-demand provisioning and de-provisioning of resources while paying only for what has been consumed. It only makes sense to give the matter of
Can Copyright Issues Derail Cloud Computing? “If the only way a library can offer an Internet exhibit about the New Deal is to hire a lawyer to clear the rights to every image and sound, then the copyright system is burdening creativity in a way that has never been seen before because there are no formalities.” – Lawrence Lessig, American academic and political activist. “Certainly the interest in asserting copyright is a justified one.” – Johannes Rau (1931-2006), German politician. Copyright is defined as “a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including
IBM Conserves Water with Cloud Computing Cloud computing can also conserve water as proved by IBM which reduced water utilization by 6.6 percent and increased leak detection and response eightfold for the City of Dubuque. Dubuque deployed IBM’s analytics and cloud computing technology in 2010 as part of its Smarter Sustainable research program. Through this research program, both IBM and Dubuque empowered 151 households with information, analysis, insights and social computing around their water consumption for nine weeks. Smarter meter system was used for this research project, which collected and communicated water consumption to the IBM Research Cloud. This activity