The Real Pioneers of the Cloud Long ago, in the early 1990s, the business landscape was rife with what were then known as “dumb terminals.” These didn’t last forever: in just a few years, the consumer-driven market–assisted by a publicly available Internet and a commoditized PC ecosystem–managed to completely change the business IT landscape. Now, it seems, were are about to witness such a consumer-driven change again. Only this time, it won’t be the machines themselves that will be changing, but rather the software that runs on them. The change that is upon business IT is, of course, the cloud.
Should Your Email Live In The Cloud? A Comparative Cost Analysis When Google launched Google Apps Premier Edition for $50 per user per year, it raised the question, “How much should we be paying for email?” But it’s not just this eye-popping price that should trigger the question about where you should run your email. Instead, every time you have to upgrade, switch, or add users to your email system, you should examine your fully loaded costs and consider the delivery alternatives. This report presents a spreadsheet cost model to help you calculate your fully loaded on premise email costs
Cloud Computing Email Provider ‘Brio’ Offers Service Using Google Apps Hyderabad, India based Brio will be offering a complete email solution on the cloud with Google Apps and Google Postini. Brio is a business partner for implementing Google Apps and Google Postini services. The company notes that Google provided training, support and deployment services to Brio as it is a Google Postini Authorized Reseller and Google Apps Authorized Reseller. Google Apps allow customers to use applications such as Gmail webmail service and Google Talk instant messaging service for business on their own domain to work together more effectively. Users don’t
Cloud Computing Hosting – Keeping Your Head in the Cloud Why Cloud Hosting is becoming more important for developers and web designers. Cloud computing has officially moved on from being just a buzz word. Start ups, ecommerce giants and freelance web designers have all embraced cloud technology in some form – from Google Apps to Basecamp. Cloud computing offers some pretty exciting opportunities to web designers and web developers. In particular cloud servers and hosting enable web developers to develop scalable web apps and create websites backed by large environments that traditionally were only available as expensive high-end dedicated server
Are Cloud Computing Service Providers Shirking Responsibility On Security? Former American President Harry S. Truman famously had a sign on his desk at the Oval Office with the phrase, “The Buck Stops Here!” It signified that it was the President who had to make the hard decisions and bear responsibility for them; he could not pass it on to someone else, being at the head of command. Unfortunately, it seems that cloud computing service providers believe in a completely different ideology. For them, it’s passing the buck that has become an established norm, especially regarding security. While the recent outage
Cisco Cloud Addresses IT Demands for Industrial Training Institute Industrial training institute, SENAI Santa Catarina, has deployed the Cisco Unified Computing System and will use it to support the 35 SENAI branches in the state of Santa Catarina. The institution was searching for a solution with which it could expand its server farm to address the burgeoning IT requirements. “One of the reasons for adoption of the Cisco Unified Computing System was the ability to attack all items of complexity with a unified solution,” said Rafael Silva, project manager of Teltec Networks, a Cisco Premier Certified Partner, responsible for designing
Reactions to the Amazon Cloud Outage and the Company’s Explanation The last two weeks have been the most difficult for cloud computing in general and Amazon Web Services in particular. The outage that left several online businesses non-functioning just before Easter. The cloud has led to many analysis and debates. When Amazon finally came out with an apology and an explanation a week after the incident, it gave rise to further speculation and comments, and also taught some valuable lessons to providers and consumers alike (See: Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage). For example, questions still remain as to the
How Early is the Cloud Storage Market? Cloud storage and cloud computing are generating more and more interest as we move forward. By looking at the Google Trends graph of “cloud storage”, we can see the search volume going up exponentially since 2008. However, if comparing “cloud storage” and “FTP” on the same graph, you will see the search volume of “FTP” is declining but is still much greater than that of “cloud storage”. This makes sense, everyone knows FTP and it is widely used. However, the interest is declining. Cloud Storage is on the way up, but still in