April 2011

Amazon unveils Cloud Drive, a cloud-based online music service

Grazed from GeekWire.  Author: John Cook.

Unglamorus batch processing is 'the new sexy' for financial services IT

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Sebastien Quoiran.

Five Tips for Effective Backup and Recovery in Virtual Environments

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Virtualisation is being rapidly adopted, particularly in small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) where time and money are always at a premium. It brings significant time, money and labour savings in a variety of areas, including procurement, administration, deployment, operation, reliability and recoverability. Virtualisation can radically simplify management of the entire environment and enable the SMB administrator to - do more with less.

Moreover, disaster recovery becomes significantly easier once a business has virtualized, provided the administrator adopts newer, more efficient technologies that are designed to work with the virtual infrastructure.

Why Hollywood isn't afraid of Amazon's cloud

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author:  Greg Sandoval.

On Monday evening, Amazon announced the Cloud Drive, which enables users to upload e-books, songs, films, and any other digital media to Amazon's servers. Users can then access their content from any Web-connected devices. Among the major Internet companies delivering digital entertainment, Amazon is first to make good on the promise of ubiquitous access to content.

Cloud and Efficiency Are Driving Data Center Decisions

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Microsoft tops cloud service table

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

Microsoft Windows Azure has topped a cloud service table analysing the four months to January.

According to the table, produced by Compuware, the Google App Engine is narrowly beaten into second place, followed by GoGrid.

In January alone, average response times globally on Windows Azure were 10.229 seconds, according to the data, followed by 10.263 on Google App Engine.

HP adds support for Google Cloud Print service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Agam Shah.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) on Thursday enhanced its mobile printing service by adding support for Google's Cloud Print, which will enable smartphones and tablet users to print documents from applications such as Gmail and Google Docs.

Users will be able to remotely print documents from applications on select HP printers with the EPrint capability, in which an email with print instructions is sent directly to the printer. The mobile application needs to have Google's Cloud Print extensions.

ye, Bye Qwest and Hello Cloud!

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Salesforce.com applications 'to be improved by Radian6 purchase'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Salesforce.com applications are set to improve as a result of the company's purchase of social media monitoring organisation Radian6.

This is according to Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com, who said the deal represents a "huge opportunity" for the cloud computing business to expand its operations.

"Not only will this acquisition accelerate our growth, it will extend the value of all of our offerings," he stated.

Apixio Is Bringing Big Data to Medical Records in the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

What's in a Title for Enterprise Architects?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Susan Hall.

To avoid appearing any more ignorant than I normally do, I regularly quiz my fellow staffers on the finer points of IT. My question yesterday to fellow blogger Loraine Lawson has started a discussion about enterprise architects.


Where to start with public cloud computing

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Beth Schultz.

The first step is to evaluate your workloads, says Mark White, CTO for Deloitte Consulting's technology practice.

"That's step one, and the conversation is really about the services catalog," he says. "If the company already has an IT services catalog, those entries represent various workloads. If not, you'd look literally at IT services less formally and their workloads."

Public cloud vs. private cloud: Why not both?

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Beth Schultz.

As cloud computing moves from hype to reality, certain broad trends and best practices are emerging when it comes to the public cloud vs. private cloud deployment debate.

Anecdotally and from surveys, it's becoming clear that most enterprises are first looking to the private cloud as a way to play with cloud tools and concepts in the safety of their own secure sandbox.

Tech Debate: Cloud: Public or private?

It's a Long Road to a Secure Cloud

Grazed from Virtual Strategy Magazine.  Author: Phil Lieberman.

When it comes to cloud computing, the security and compliance landscape is riddled with pitfalls and continues to shift. During the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco this viewpoint seemed to dominate the conversations between IT professionals, industry analysts and others who study the security industry. The RSA conference hosted more than 30 sessions and presentations dealing with cloud security - signaling a real hunger for reliable information on this topic.

My opinion is that cloud security, particularly public cloud security, is wholly inadequate.

Cloud contracts stalled by existing support & maintenance

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Cliff Saran.

A survey of 200 IT directors within large enterprise organisations has found that IT directors are worried about the potential management headaches of cloud computing.

The Vanson Bourne survey commissioned by 2e2 reported that 71% of IT directors are concerned about the potential management complexity cloud services will bring.

Current maintenance, support and managed service contracts act as a barrier to moving IT services into the cloud among 57% of IT directors surveyed. Such contracts would lead to delays in them deploying some cloud services.

Seven in 10 businesses worried about managing cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

Seventy one percent of businesses are concerned about managing cloud computing, according to a survey.

The companies are worried about the potential complexity of controlling a software as a service setup, the survey found. Additionally, over half of IT directors said they feared they would lose control of infrastructure if they shifted systems to the cloud.

Nevertheless, the research demonstrated changing perceptions around the usefulness of cloud computing, and around the best ways to set it up.

IEEE aims to drive cloud computing standards

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author:  Mikael Ricknäs.

Standards organization IEEE has decided to get involved in cloud computing, starting with two development projects related to cloud interoperability, it said on Monday.

The current state of cloud computing is comparable to the nascent Internet, according to IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Cloud computing is primed for explosive growth, but "without a flexible, common framework for interoperability, innovation could become stifled, leaving [users] with a siloed ecosystem," the organization warns in a statement.

A Call for the Separation of IT Church and Business State

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Slowly but surely a line is being drawn between IT infrastructures and the business processes that depend on them. In effect, this line is an attempt to provide some demarcation between what should be the IT church and the business state.

The reason that it is in everyone’s best interest to create this new line of demarcation is because back in the 90s, when packaged applications were all the rage, business processes became embedded in our enterprise applications. That sounded like a good idea at the time, but like most good ideas, it was taken to an extreme, resulting in another instance of too much of a good thing gone bad.

Cloud Architect: Triple Play of Skills

Grazed from IT Business World.  Author: Susan Hall.

According to my colleague Arthur Cole, a few things about cloud computing are becoming evident. He writes:

With a New CEO, MarkLogic Eyes Big Data IPO

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.