Cloud Billing – Interview with MetraTech’s Scott Swartz Every SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendor needs a robust billing module which works seamlessly across both single and hybrid Cloud deployments. Even though every Cloud service provider gives billing functionality, the issues arise when you have a hybrid Cloud deployment and you want to stitch together various billing services to provide a unified view of the costs. This is what MetraTech specializes in and offers products and services which enable SaaS vendors, for example, to focus on delivering value through their service while MetraTech’s MetraNet takes care of all their billing requirements.
Has The Cloud Stepped Out of Infancy? (And How You Can Benefit From Its Growth) “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955), possibly the smartest man in the last century. When we speak of cloud computing, we often speak of its relative infancy. We cite the lack of standards, the lack of understanding, the limited adoption as symptoms of cloud computing’s newness in the technological landscape. While the cloud may still be young when compared to its much-older peers, a recent survey commissioned by CA Technologies indicates
Past, Present and Future: Cloud Computing in Three Minutes Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cloud is just how fluffy it really is. Recent news indicates that it has finally gone mainsteam. Yet at the same time, most people are still not quite clear on what the cloud really is. To get a better understanding, here’s a three-minute summary of where the clouds came from and where they are heading. Looking at the roots of the cloud computing movement, it all really started in the late ‘90s when companies with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model started surfacing. Perhaps the most well known pioneer is Salesforce.com,
Double Taxing the Cloud New cloud taxes in Idaho are further proof that it’s time to look for a standardized solution. The news hasn’t made waves in the wider media, but when I heard that Idaho might start taxing cloud services, it definitely made me sit up and take notice. If you haven’t read about it, the Wall Street Journal has a great breakdown of exactly what happened. Some of the details of the case really jump out. In particular, Idaho doesn’t normally tax services. That means an accountant in Idaho isn’t subject to sales tax, while a cloud provider
Netflix: Plumbers of the Cloud Although much was made in the blogosphere of the Amazon cloud service outage on Christmas Eve — the one that brought Netflix’s video streaming grinding to a halt — cloud media proponents should actually take heart in the news. An interruption of cloud service being so widely referred to as an “outage” means, if nothing else, that the notion of video-on-demand (and with it, cloud computing in general) has achieved an important step toward banality; no one even thinks about a home’s plumbing until the water stops pouring from the tap, and everyone’s got a tap. And just as, in
Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: Software Architects Time Cockpit …..Software Architects Time Cockpit’s Activity Calendar Revolution is At Hand Is a start up in the cloud calendar and programming areas with its location in Austria. Its major rollercoaster of breakthroughs includes extending user-friendly custom scripting agility, enhancing office collaboration repertoire via calendars for schedules and improving day-to-day business commitments through date time sheets. The major software provider for this startup developer blog is the platform, Time Cockpit. Time Cockpit’s role in the Startup’s Cloud Programming Revolution Leveraging on, and even expanding, the existing scripting architecture of a database is