To the Cloud? – Developing a Cloud Migration Strategy Following the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference last year, it became pretty clear that cloud computing had risen to dominance. This was going to be the next big thing, and following Microsoft’s lead, the concept of “cloud” rose to the top of everyone’s mind. So it was no surprise Microsoft soon after launched a huge ad campaign that included national television spots and placements in high profile mags such as Wired. With the prominence of cloud established, the question has now become, when you hear that cute little couple in the airport
Metanga Enhances Microsoft Cloud Adoption MetraTech, a provider of agreements-based billing and compensation solutions, has launched its multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based billing solution, on Microsoft Windows Azure. Known as Metanga, this solution will help Microsoft’s customers to monetize their Windows Azure offerings. It facilitates the adoption of Windows Azure to new audiences and also make Microsoft’s cloud platform more relevant. According to MetraTech, this announcement highlights its relationship with Windows Azure and continues its business relation with Microsoft. Metanga is a native Windows Azure building block solution, which provides Microsoft’s independent software vendor (ISV) customers with the shortest path to cloud-based
Database Services on a Private Cloud For database environments, the PaaS cloud model provides better IT services than the IaaS model. The PaaS model provides enough resources in the cloud that databases can quickly get up and running and still have enough latitude for users to create the applications they need. Additionally, central IT management, security, and efficiency are greatly enhanced through consistency and economies of scale. Conversely, with the IaaS model, each tenant must build most of the stack on their own, lengthening time to deployment and resulting in inconsistent stacks that are harder to manage. A private cloud
“Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion.” – Julius Caesar (100BC – 44 BC), legendary Roman general and statesman. Some background on the above quote before I elaborate on the health care industry’s reservations about cloud computing: Julius Caesar, as everyone knows, was one of the most powerful leaders in history. Even before he became emperor in all but name, he exhibited a strong sense of political shrewdness and the importance of perception. The following incident is an excerpt from Wikipedia: In 63 BC Caesar was elected to the position of Pontifex Maximus, the chief priest of the Roman state religion,
Likewise Announces Cross-Platform Storage Access and Control Likewise Storage Services targets the intersection of identity, security and storage BELLEVUE, Wash., June 2, 2011 – Storage in the cloud, as well as physical and virtual environments, across Linux, Unix and Windows platforms is more secure and powerful today with the release of Likewise Storage Services. Likewise Storage Services is a new offering that adds an NFS (network file system) module to the widely used Likewise CIFS platform — already licensed by industry leaders like EMC-DataDomain, HP, Isilon, and other large storage companies. Likewise Storage Services offers a consistent security model for
AT&T: Benefits of Marching into Cloud Computing being a leading Telecom Company. Business is a dynamic activity, so should be your infrastructure. Of late, cloud computing has invaded the IT world, fixing its roots deeply and swiftly. With the unexpected seasonal spikes showing up in businesses every now and then, hiring cloud services has become extremely essential to counterbalance this inflated business activity. And the exponential increase in the demand has certainly shot up the allurement of setting up separate departments and organizations for development of these profitable services to a degree that even the communications giants AT&T couldn’t refrain
The Similarities between Airplane Travel and Cloud Computing “Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you.” – Satchel Paige (1906-1982), Baseball Hall of Famer. Over the decades, Mankind has had a love-hate relationship with airplane travel. In spite of the fears of cocooning themselves in an aluminum cylinder hurtling through the atmosphere at 600 miles per hour at heights of 30,000 feet, in a situation where someone once commented “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane…”, airplane travel has grown in popularity almost every year.
Case Study: HP IT Migrates to All-HP Network It’s no surprise when a high-tech company uses its own products. However, the story of how HP recently migrated its own network to HP Networking equipment has unique aspects that make it relevant to all enterprises in any industry or market segment. New relationship, new technologies drive push for network transformationHP’s network touches every aspect of its operations, from online shopping and electronic communications to business intelligence and enterprise resource planning. The company keeps its infrastructure up to date through an evergreen strategy of regular upgrades and continuous improvement. Read this case