Playing Catch-Up With The Big Boys Microsoft dipped into their pockets a few days ago and shelled out $1.2 billion to purchase the social network Yammer. IBM has set the benchmark by merging cloud computing with social networking. It’s an interesting mix of work and play at the same time. It’s a nice idea, but for one of the world’s biggest companies, they are really lagging behind the other cloud computing giants out there. It is projected that in the next decade the developing and sharing of information through cloud computing technology is going to greatly increase. Cloud computing may
Private Cloud Considerations The private cloud market is getting hot as plenty of advantages to enterprises in industries with higher-level security and compliance requirements are being offered. While the attractions are obvious, it must be noted that private cloud implementations can significantly differ from those of public clouds. If you are ready for the jump to private clouds, virtual private clouds (VPCs) or managed public clouds, you should make sure you understand the following: Workload and performance What are your performance and workload requirements? Can your applications run on virtual servers that are physically shared among multiple applications? If the
Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead, PaaS Carefully We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way. Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a Cloud First Policy, nor in State
HP CloudSystem Matrix: Benefits of Private Cloud and Infrastructure as a Service Today Get the freedom and flexibility to provision infrastructure and applications in minutes rather than months. If you are like most companies, you have been adding servers, storage, and networking devices to keep pace with your business demands. You could be spending upwards of 70 percent of your IT budget on operations and maintenance, which means you are spending 30 percent or less on innovation that is critical to growing your business. You don’t have to be captive to unmanageable IT sprawl. Solutions are available today to help
Cloud Pitfalls to Watch for in 2012 As the end of the year for 2011 makes its inexorable approach, the forecasts for 2012, in particular for cloud computing are flying helter-skelter. Both IDC and Gartner have weighed in with their forecasts and many more continue to release their forecasts regarding cloud computing for next year. Key amongst these predictions is the fact that this time around many of them are saying that 2012 will mark the beginning of the cloud computing revolution. While some newcomers to the cloud bandwagon will gush with great gusto and enthusiasm about the upcoming landslide
Amazon Cloud Host stops hosting WikiLeaks site (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has stopped hosting WikiLeaks’ website, which posted thousands of classified U.S. government documents this week, U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman said on Wednesday. The move comes after Lieberman’s staff made inquiries to Amazon on Tuesday as reports surfaced that WikiLeaks had asked Amazon to host its website on the Amazon servers after hackers targeted the WikiLeaks site. A representative for Amazon was not immediately available for comment.
Cloud computing has created some great opportunities in IT, but many still consider cloud computing a threat to their livelihood It’s difficult to track cloud computing without stumbling upon a few stories about cloud computing coming in and pushing IT workers out. There’s also the threat that if they don’t adopt cloud computing, they’ll be labeled as “non-innovative” and shoved out the door just as fast. I hear about these concerns more in one-on-one conversations than in meetings these days, as it’s become very politically incorrect to push back on cloud computing in public statements. My response is a bit
When a small business first starts up, there’s a good chance everything it needs resides on the founder’s PC. Customer lists might be in word processor documents or spreadsheets, and assets are probably scarce enough to be tracked on paper. But as the business grows and additional staff and computers are added, especially if they’re laptops, the number and criticality of files on various PCs gets to the point where it’s too risky to keep them where they are. And when any given laptop is out of the office, so are important pieces of the business. So, all you need