December 2011

HP Wants Third Parties Selling Its Cloudware

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Back in the olden days, when cloud was still a young thing and not everybody's middle name, back before the Apotheker distractions and false trails, and before HP, in catch-up mode, started indiscriminately trying to be all things cloud to everybody, it simply wanted to sell its widgetry into the cloud.

That still seemed to be the key takeaway from the jumble of programs and widgetry it announced in Vienna on Wednesday where at least part of its message was a come-on to service providers and resellers.

It wants service providers using its stuff in public, private and hybrid deployments and is willing to educate third parties, even college kids, to help. Only the message gets watered down because HP talks in the same breath about enterprises and government like maybe they're direct accounts and although it seemed to want to focus on hybrid clouds it couldn't help throwing in public and private clouds too to make sure it's touched all the bases...

Why Investors Should Keep Their Eyes on the Cloud

Grazed from USNews and World Report.  Author: Michael Morella.

With the launch of Apple's iCloud system in October, many consumers got their first clear glimpse of the future of computing. Giving users the ability to store their music, photos, and data online and call it up on any of their computers or mobile devices, iCloud has all the benefits of a hard drive without any of the bulk. In recent years, more and more businesses have been embracing so-called cloud computing, and many market analysts and technophiles forecast that the concept will revolutionize the way companies and consumers use technology (and make a lot of money for some firms and investors along the way).

In essence, cloud computing means doing business over the Web rather than keeping it on location. That might mean that one company pays another for use of its servers, or to store digital information at an off-site data center, or to control and maintain its software instead of having the expense of an in-house IT department. The idea is that computing "be made available to people anywhere, anytime, like electricity or utilities," says Venky Ganesan, managing director of Globespan Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in a range of technologies...

Cloud Optimization for Business-Critical Applications

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Brady Reiter.

With cloud computing adoption and growth well established, more cloud vendors are entering the market and differentiating themselves by providing specialized services that focus on specific customers, geographies, applications or service models. Cloud services focused on optimizing business-critical applications make sense for enterprise customers looking for high-performance, highly available infrastructures.

But as a cloud customer, how do you know if your managed cloud provider truly has a specialized touch when it comes to optimizing, for example, BI applications from Oracle or ERP solutions from Microsoft?

Generic cloud infrastructure is insufficient for the demands of business-critical applications. IT executives seeking the efficiencies of cloud computing for critical enterprise applications need to evaluate the overall application expertise of their cloud infrastructure providers and assess their application expertise and their ability and flexibility to optimize their cloud infrastructure for business-critical applications. Application optimization needs to be addressed across the entire technology stack, from the physical hardware to the service delivery architecture to the application...

SAP offers $3.4 billion for cloud software company SuccessFactors

Grazed from Reuters.  Author:  Michael Shields.

Germany's SAP announced a $3.4 billion cash deal to buy U.S. web-based software company SuccessFactors, joining the scramble among technology firms to offer cloud-computing services to businesses.

SAP said on Saturday it would pay $40 per share for SuccessFactors, a premium of 52 percent over both its Friday closing price and the one-month volume-weighted average price, making it expensive for any rival bidder that might want to put in a counter bid.

SuccessFactors, which first went public at $10 a share four years ago, makes human resources software used by companies to review employee performance, It competes with Taleo Corp and Kenexa Corp...

Oracle Rides WebLogic Server 12c to the Cloud

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Darryl K. Taft.

Oracle announced a new version of its Java application server, Oracle WebLogic Server, 12c, which enables enterprises to better integrate cloud computing into their IT mix.

As the center piece of Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation, and a core part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family, Oracle WebLogic Server continues to deliver innovative capabilities for building, deploying and running Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications. It also features enhancements to help customers and partners lower their total cost of ownership and derive more value from their current application infrastructure, while accelerating the development cycle and reducing time to market for their applications...

Radiant Technologies achieves Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Certification

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Radiant Technologies today announces their achievement of the newly created Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner certification. As a cloud partner, Radiant Technologies provides customers the power to choose how they deploy Microsoft Dynamics, whether in the Cloud via SaaS, or on-premises.

Due to high demand, rapid globalization, and intense competition, Microsoft developed a solution to reduce IT costs, minimize staffing expenses, lower expenditures, and increase flexibility. This solution is the existing, proven Microsoft Dynamics product line, now available as a Cloud Computing solution with a hosted server model. Radiant Technologies also has recently introduced a cloud industry website: Microsoft Dynamics in the Cloud...

i-CloudInc., Standing out from the Crowd

Grazed from PR Wire.  Author:  PR Announcement.

Finding a Cloud service to keep all your files safe, secure and internet accessible whether it’s for your personal use or to manage your business content online, just got a lot easier. Cloud computing has been around for more than a decade and is becoming widely adopted as individual consumers and businesses are realizing the benefits the cloud presents. There has been an unprecedented increase in the availability and quantity of data users require to store and the search is on to find providers with the best features at the right price for comparison and review.

For home use, instant, automatic protection for photos, music, and digital files while having information accessible wherever you are is a priority. Executives looking to increase their agility and to manage organizational complexity are finding that with Cloud computing they have a valuable tool that forms the core of a new business process that is capable of radically improving performance...

2011 Golden Bridge Award for the Cloud Security Product of the Year Goes to Cloud Access

Grazed from SFGate.  Author: PR Announcement.

CloudAccess, the leading provider of cloud-based security solutions and services, received a coveted Golden Bridge Award for Innovation in Technology at the 3rd Annual Golden Bridge Awards ceremony in New York. The award for best cloud security solution was presented to CloudAccess for its SingleSource platform.

Cloud Access has been an innovator in developing high-performance security solutions that make cloud computing viable for organizations with critical operational, compliance and regulatory issues. Its robust SingleSource platform offers organizations an array of cost-effective solutions to meet their unique security needs, including: software as a service (SaaS) applications, identity management, log management, security information and event management and single sign on (SSO) web security solutions. CloudAccess provides enterprise security in a SaaS application for amazing dependability, scalability and affordability. Each component of the SingleSource platform can be configured to meet the specific business requirements of an organization...

New Zealand may beat US to cloud code of practice

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Stephen Bell.

New Zealand could be leading most of the world in the evolution of a code of practice for cloud computing.

Looking around the world, says project coordinator Joy Cottle, it appears there is only one fully-fledged code, in the UK. The US National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has developed terms of reference towards a code, a process that took two-and-a-half years. New Zealand’s code, scheduled to be issued in version 1.0 by the end of March next year, could well arrive before the NIST code is finalised, Cottle told a consultation meeting in Wellington. There is interest in the New Zealand code of practice effort from Australian parties with a stake in the cloud...

Cloud Investing, Buffett-Style

Grazed from Wall Street Journal.  Author: Jack Hough.

For a way to invest in "cloud computing" without paying a stratospheric price, take a cue from Wall Street's newest tech enthusiast: Warren Buffett.

Mr. Buffett, who has long avoided computing stocks while favoring railroads, soft drinks and insurance, announced this week that his Berkshire Hathaway has amassed a $10.7 billion stake in International Business Machines, making it the second-largest shareholder.

Last year, the century-old tech giant announced a goal to boost yearly cloud-computing revenues by $3 billion by 2015, to $7 billion. That is a sliver relative to its current total revenues of $106 billion, but it is an important source of growth...

Microsoft Answers Your Azure Questions

Grazed from Gizmodo.  Author: Editorial Staff.

We asked readers for questions about Windows Azure to put to Microsoft, and you came up with some great responses. Tim Buntel, product manager for the Windows Azure platform at Microsoft Australia, has all the answers. Read on!

There’s so much happening in the cloud computing area nowadays, and Windows Azure just seems like Microsoft’s version of Amazon Web Services. I notice that Azure is coined as “platform as a service”. Can you walk us through the differences?

Amazon Web Services are generally considered “infrastructure as a service”. Both Infrastructure and platform as a service are public cloud offerings to deliver computing resources. The difference lies in the level of abstraction provided by each...

Cloud computing disrupts the vendor landscape

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Christine Burns.

If you think cloud computing is a disruptive force within the enterprise, just imagine what the cloud is doing to the vendor landscape.

The sheer number of cloud players - or companies that claim to be cloud players -- is staggering. By some estimates there are more than 2,000 software as a service (SaaS) companies alone. At this early point in the cloud revolution, there are certainly front runners, but the field is wide open.

For example, the marquee SaaS player,, owned a paltry 8.7% of the total SaaS market, according to a 2010 IDC report that tracked 84 vendors. Other big names --Intuit, Cisco, Microsoft, Google and Symantec - were all below 5% each. That leaves scores of other competitors with tiny market shares today, and no place to go but up...

Insight Surpasses 1 Million Cloud Seats Managed Across the Globe

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading global provider of technology solutions, has exceeded a significant milestone in the emerging area of cloud computing, having now sold more than 1 million seats in various cloud offerings. Insight offers a collection of Cloud solutions including messaging, security, infrastructure and collaboration.

"Industry trends continue to point to cloud adoption as part of the overall IT strategy for businesses. We anticipate this shift will accelerate growth in all client segments including public, private and hybrid clouds, as clients migrate their selected workloads away from traditional on-premise IT infrastructure and into the cloud," said Ken Lamneck, Insight President and CEO...

Preparing for the real costs of cloud computing

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:   Bob Violino.

Most experts agree: The cloud is moving past the hype stage and starting to deliver tangible benefits, primarily increased flexibility and agility.

But moving to the cloud can also mean added costs, some of which are unexpected, according to IT executives whose organizations have implemented or are considering cloud services.

While these costs wouldn't necessarily prevent companies from getting real business value out of cloud computing, they could have an impact on the overall cost-benefit analysis of cloud services...

Ping ID: Cloud Identity Connectors

Grazed from Cloud Ventures.  Author: Neil Mcevoy.

One of the most powerful areas for Cloud Computing is where you can harness key technologies like Identity, cost effectively and in a manner that provides real benefits quickly.

For example if you are the HR Manager for an organization then social networks like Linkedin are a great source of talent, so advertising there may be one step you take.

If you want to increase the response rates you enjoy from these adverts one technology you can use is ‘Cloud Logins’. This means that your HR application, where you capture the candidate’s resume, can be connected to Linkedin so that they don’t to repeat the sign-on process to your site too when they make the application...

Information Access Through Multiple Computing Devices Primary Driver of Cloud Adoption According to Global Survey

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

A survey of information technology (IT) decision makers around the globe found that the shift to cloud computing is driven primarily by a desire to connect employees through the multitude of computing devices in use today. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, 33 percent of survey respondents cited accessibility to information through multiple devices as the most important reason for their decision to adopt cloud computing.

Rounding out the top motivating factors of cloud adoption within the enterprise were accelerating the speed of business, which was the choice of 21 percent of respondents, and cutting costs, with 17 percent citing it as most important. In the United States, the trend among small businesses was even more pronounced, as nearly half, or 46 percent, of small businesses cited information access through a multitude of devices as the most important reason for adopting the cloud, while 10 percent of small businesses cited cutting costs...

Preparing the network for cloud computing

Grazed from Channel Pro.  Author: Steve Hughes.

Though the concept of “cloud computing” is not new, it is undisputable that it has captured the imagination of the IT industry and will play a large part in the ICT domain over the next decade and beyond.

One critical component of cloud computing which is seldom mentioned, and goes a long way to addressing concerns over the performance / reliability issues, is the role of the network. As applications become virtualised and are transferred at will between data centres, more and more cloud implementations will require lower latency to continue to function. One method of solving this problem will be to use faster, more reliable networks which in turn help customers address questions around service levels. After all, how can any cloud service level agreement (SLA) be worth anything if the performance and availability of the network is not an integral part of it?...

Is the cloud right for manufacturing?

Grazed from InTech.  Author: Maryanne Steidinger.

There is much discussion these days on whether cloud-based technology is “right” for manufacturing. Given the security concerns, what applications should manufacturers look for to help them get started? And, more importantly, why should they even care about the cloud?

Let’s begin with the basics. First of all, what is the cloud? Gartner, Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, defines cloud computing as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT capabilities are provided as a service to multiple customers using Internet technologies.” That is as good and as concise a definition as any. Cloud computing works like a computer operating system, managing multiple applications across a shared, Internet-based software and hardware infrastructure...

What Is IDaaS?

►  IDaaS   is an acronym that stands for:   Identity as a Service

►  IDaaS   is defined as:   A service wherein Cloud Providers will host and run Identity Management software, and provide it on a SaaS basis so the enterprise doesn’t have to install it on site.

source: Telco Cloud Services

Big Switch Networks Named a Most Promising Startup Cloud Provider Finalist

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Big Switch Networks, an OpenFlow company bringing the benefits of virtualization and cloud architecture to enterprise networks, today announced that it has been selected as one of three finalists for the UP-START 2011 Most Promising Startup Cloud Award.

The UP-START Award finalists are disruptive and next-generation cloud computing companies, as well as innovative stealth mode and emerging solution providers who are defining cloud technology. The panel of judges, representing recognized leaders in technology, evaluated 350 nominations before selecting a shortlist of finalists. Winners will be announced at this week's UP Cloud Computing Conference...