The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Private Cloud By David Fletcher
Cloud Computing: A Cloudy World There has been a thunderstorm of growing noise surrounding Cloud Computing in the past 24 months. Vendors, analysts, journalists and membership groups have all rushed to cover the Cloud medium – although everyone seems to have their own opinion and differing definition of cloud computing. According to the most common definition, it is Internet-based computing where shared resources, software and information are supplied to users on demand, rather like a utility company would supply electricity, water or gas. The term is not new; vendors such as Salesforce.com have provided Cloud services in different guises for many
Firehost’s European-Based Secure Cloud Hosting Services Go Live Ultra-secure, scalable, contract-free services now available at European data centers Cloud Expo Europe, London, UK – January 25, 2012 – Secure cloud hosting company, FireHost, has today announced the expansion into Europe, with news that its secure hosting services are now available at data centers in London and Amsterdam. European organizations, as well as international firms operating in the region, can now benefit from FireHost’s award-winning, highly-flexible, secure cloud hosting services, with the added reassurance that their websites and applications are hosted in-region and under the jurisdiction of European data protection legislation.
Monetize it in the Cloud for 2012 As many experts predict, cloud computing’s popularity will continue to explode in 2012. As the New Year has now arrived, it’s time to get your organization up to speed on the possibilities of the cloud, including advanced billing of your offerings. Managing subscriptions, metered transactions, payments and accounts, a once daunting task for many organizations, is now made easier and more effective in the cloud. The benefits of cloud monetization and billing tools, from achieving desirable economies of scale to reducing sales cycles, are abundant. However, before your organization makes the shift, it’s
US Army Awards First Cloud Computing Contract I have always stated that the best vote of confidence that cloud computing can get is from the military. By their very nature they are cautious, and will undoubtedly shun use of technology that can possibly jeopardize national security. In fact, military spending has long been a bone of contention with people across the political spectrum and hence, the armed forces will definitely not take to the cloud just for the sake of cutting costs if there’s even the tiniest chance of security being compromised. Now, six months after DARPA (Defense Advanced Research
The Cloud farming out 3D rendering for the masses In a move akin to providing Supercomputing to the masses, the Cloud is currently offering 3D render farm capabilities to those who can’t create one themselves but have the talent to bring about the best in 3D stories and imagery. Having my own personal experience regarding this I can’t help but feel the bitter irony of it, but it does mean that these smaller teams can now create 3D content to compete with much larger entertainment companies. About five years back my company was seeking to break into the local cartoon
Race for the 2012 White House: Could the Cloud Factor? The pursuit of the 2013 Presidential seat is both of great interest and a major bore. Incumbent President Obama has remained mostly mum, biding his time by building up his future campaign’s financial coffers. His would-be combatants on the other side of the aisle have struggled to coronate a worthy GOP competitor. At least recent elections have winnowed down a collection of misfit electoral toys to a potentially promising few: Newt Gingrich most recently won the South Carolina Primary; Mitt Romney took New Hampshire, while Rick Santorum wrested Iowa. The
Cloud Hiring Reaches New Heights For those offended by puns, I apologize for the very obvious one in the title to this article. But considering that there has been a 61% annual increase in cloud computing-related jobs, you will undoubtedly agree that the title is no exaggeration. Backing up a little bit, it seems only yesterday that opponents of cloud computing were proclaiming the end of the IT profession as a career of choice. I had argued that in spite of the shift in job requirements, there would always be opportunities available for the right candidates (See: IT Workers will