2012 Will Be All About the Data, and How We Manage It Part 1 I can’t decide if this is the most exciting time to be in IT or, frankly, if it sucks. While our budgets have yet to move upward, the number of initiatives, new strategies and technologies we need to evaluate and implement are growing at exponential rates. And for those of you with CIO’s pushing a cloud strategy, it’s even harder; as you are now being told to use the cloud to solve all of your company’s woes, and you likely have employee’s signing up for SaaS
iCloud: Features and Competitors With the release of iCloud, Apple has revolutionized the process of storage and interaction via the cloud computing technique. The best part about iCloud is that it is free. It does not charge subscribers any sort of fee during the usage of most of the iCloud services. The specific services provided in iCloud are discussed in the paragraphs below. iCloud facilitates its subscribers by offering synchronization of mail, address book and calendar. The brilliant and unique aspect about this service is that it functions as a PUSH feature. This means that an update made by any
Cloud Computing Helps Decode German E. Coli Strain When a nasty strain of E. coli flooded hospitals in Germany this summer, it struck its victims with life-threatening complications far more often than most strains — and the search for an explanation began. Over a feverish weekend after the rogue bacterium’s genome was sequenced, scientists from all over the world submitted the E. coli genome to rounds of rigorous study. Thanks to a unique Argonne-developed computer program and cloud computing testbed, researchers mapped the strain’s genes — and came a little closer to understanding the bacterium’s secrets. A team of Argonne scientists near Chicago, Illinois, developed the
Who’s Afraid of the Cloud? In a previous article, A Brave New Cloud Computing World: How do You Transition From Traditional IT to Cloud Computing? I have started to discuss how the cloud has a massive impact on the IT infrastructure industry and services. Of course, the shift towards computing as a service means great changes for the industry and the professionals working within it, and especially for the enterprise IT infrastructure sector. Recently, I have been reading a very interesting piece of research from the Info-Tech Research Group called “Is the Cloud the End of Infrastructure?” and the title
The demand for cloud computing is an undeniable, unavoidable trend in business IT. Business managers are hearing all about the benefits of the extensible, flexible and scalable features that the cloud offers. This puts pressure on the IT team to pull together some sort of cloud solution for the organization. However, without a clear set of benchmarks, a defined scope and a thorough assessment of needs and resources, building a cloud quickly turns into a stormy nightmare. Chuck Hollis of EMC recounts the story of what he saw at a large financial institution in a recent post on his blog.
How to Determine How Much Your Cloud Costs Because I am a long term supporter of cloud computing, and I try to spread the idea that moving to the cloud will help any company lower costs and better leverage resources, I am often asked, how much the cloud actually costs. People fear that the initial investment and their ongoing expenses will be difficult to be amortized in time and are wondering overall if the cloud investment is worth it. From my own experience, I would say it is a definite yes. I believe that in order to determine the costs
The Dao of Tau: Which Countries Have the Most IT Torque? — It’s been a year since I published my first Tau Index results here at Cloud Computing Journal. It has since been featured in Computerworld Philippines, as well as publications in Hong Kong, Canada, and Europe. I am now integrating more than 20 new parameters to the Index, to get an initial view of how aggressively countries are moving toward cloud computing. Its my view that cloud computing will be the great productivity engine of the next few decades. I’ll be presenting these results at Cloud Expo November 7-10