Enterprise Cloud Solution Runs Order-to-Cash Billing Operations Cycle30 utilizes the enterprise-grade cloud platform from SunGard Availability Services for its billing services for telecom, cable and utility operators in North America. Jim Dunlap, president of Cycle30, addresses why cloud computing is an integral part of the company’s plans. Last year, Cycle30 adopted a cloud computing solution. What do you see as the key business benefits of cloud computing? “Cloud computing allows us to evolve our application platform as rapidly as our business needs dictate. Provisioning a virtual machine does not require the detailed planning it once did because we can always
Akamai Introduces New Cloud Defense Solutions Akamai Technologies, Inc. unveiled new cloud defense architecture aimed at protecting customers from increasing number of sophisticated Web attacks. Enhancements include improved protection from distributed denial of service (DdoS) attacks as well as improved cloud firewall featuring advanced vulnerability scanning and custom rules for additional protection against application layer attacks, the company said in a press release. Companies worldwide incur estimated losses of one trillion dollars a year, according to antivirus company McAfee, and Akamai unveils a new cloud security solution to help global business reduce financial damages from the growing number cyber attacks.
How Cloud Computing Affects Real People “Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.” - Albert Einstein (1879-1955), the most famous scientist of the 20th century. Any business decision is invariably taken considering its impact on different stakeholders. In this context, stakeholder refers to any individual or entity that influences or influences the business. Consequently, the term encompasses as wide a variety of people as owners, managers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, customers and even the local community. We will use the same approach in evaluating the effects of migrating to cloud computing. In other words, we will look at
Data Center Map, the leading website for finding data center service providers, has launched a new service indexing cloud server providers from all over the world, in an attempt to make the availability of cloud server offerings more transparent. Aarhus, Denmark, 8 February 2011 – Data Center Map today announced the launch of a new feature on their website, intended to guide customers through the growing jungle of cloud server providers via an interactive map. Rather than investing in expensive hardware and pay a monthly lease to have it located in a data center, a lot of companies are moving
Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing Before getting into the nitty gritty of what we did in our projects for hardening the cloud servers hosted by us, we would like to emphasize the following, so that these can be firmly embedded in the mind set of readers. First, the way cloud computing is attracting attention is mind boggling. Enterprises have started adopting to cloud concept where in they go for sharing public infrastructure. Having started this trend, it will go without any stopping in future. Traditional Security measures practiced in-house are not enough in the new trend. Second, the inherent nature
Zimory Expands by Offering Carrier Grade Cloud Computing Solution Berlin-based Zimory GmbH is a cloud start-up, describing its core product as a Carrier Grade Cloud Computing solution suite that delivers end-to-end service for private, public and database cloud. Actually, the company is involved in Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) business allowing enterprises to transform corporate virtualized data centers into Cloud Services infrastructure while offering application and data portability. Their solution offers on-demand scalability, which is not unique in the world of Cloud Computing, but the company utilizes an open and independent technology that is able to connect different virtualization
IaaS and PaaS to disappear by 2012 Cloud computing comes with its own unique acronyms, which can at times make it a confusing space to work in. The two key acronyms people know are: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The provider gives you on-demand access to compute infrastructure, with console access (RDP or SSH) to a server that you completely own. Application administrators can request as many servers as necessary to meet the scalability needs of their application. IaaS is typified by the Amazon Web Services cloud. Platform as a Service (PaaS): In this case the provider gives you on-demand
Cloud Computing vs Utility Computing vs Grid Computing: Sorting The Differences The Pacific Ocean is a water body, but not all water bodies are Pacific Oceans. This may be oversimplifying the situation but you do get the drift. Grid computing and utility computing, though sharing several attributes with cloud computing, are merely subsets of the latter. They may also be considered as implementations of cloud computing, rather than being different names for the same technology. Before analyzing this further, it is necessary to define grid computing and utility computing. It is noteworthy that the nomenclature of both grid and utility