Sky makes data more accessible in the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Antony Savvas.

Sky has gone to a cloud-based data storage system to make its files more accessible as its data lake grows. The company is using Cleversafe’s object-based storage solution in the UK for its private cloud platform to host large amounts of unstructured data - including video, audio, documents, backups and more.

Sky manages multiple petabytes of data. As its unstructured data began to expand, the company sought a solution that could grow with it. Sky selected Cleversafe’s storage platform to build what it says is a highly scalable and cost efficient storage system. Will Westwick, head of enterprise technology at Sky, said: “As a leading media and communications company, we manage an enormous amount of unstructured data, and every bit of that data needs to be readily accessible...

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A three-letter acronym for enterprise cloud success: SOA

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

While you can implement cloud computing without a second thought to service oriented architecture, any good enterprise cloud infrastructure really should have a solid architectural foundation. Without such a foundation, there is uneven governance, haphazard security, and uncertain scalability. In other words, one may end up operating in the dark, meshed within a tangle of ungoverned -- and likely duplicated -- cloud services snarling their way through organizations.

Dare I say it? The only architecture that evolves out of all this chaos is a JBOCS architecture -- Just a Bunch of Cloud Services. It gets very costly. SOA has taken its knocks in recent years as being too much about IT and not enough about delivering business value. But cloud computing is where the promises of SOA begin to see the light of day...

Everybody Is Hot On Hybrid Cloud, Even If They Don't Quite Understand What It Is

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

Executives of all stripes are bullish on hybrid cloud, a new study shows. Hybrid — which combines public cloud services with those of on-site systems — is seen as the best path forward between too much dependence on outside providers with unknown security risks, and on-site data centers with their associated costs and maintenance requirements.  Within three years, executives expect to see most if their applications and services running within hybrid clouds.

The costs and headaches associated with running one’s own data centers are well documented, but going too far in the other direction into public cloud carries potential headaches as well. ComputerWorld’s Charles King even suggests that purely public clouds are the new “legacy” systems,  over which enterprises may not have a great deal of control...

Cloud Computing: Mobile backhaul - What’s pushing telecoms?

Grazed from TelecomLead.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Significant growth in mobility, server virtualization and cloud computing applications are creating fresh demands on the mobile network, causing more investment in networking architectures including mobile backhaul.  Ryan Perera, country head of Ciena India, said the focus on 4G / LTE networks is causing a major shift in the architecture of mobile networks and will have a significant impact on the development of new data intensive applications like the connected car.

Customers today are demanding speed and simplicity in adding backhaul capacity that provides the necessary flexibility to handle multiple outside plant environments. As apps continue to create more data that must be managed and transported, customers need an intelligent network that is agile enough to respond to traffic demands, utilizing network resources in a way that maximizes outputs...

Xiaomi founder to invest US$1 billion in cloud computing market

Grazed from ChinaTimes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The first batch of the US$222 million investment in the 21Vianet Group, a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, has signaled the intention of Lei Jun, founder and CEO of handset maker Xiaomi, to make major inroads into the cloud computing sector, according to the Beijing-based Caixin Online.

On Dec. 1, 21Vianet announced an investment of US$296 million to buy 69.9 million Class A and 128.8 million Class B ordinary shares in Kingsoft Corporation, Xiaomi and Temasek, a Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund...

Cloud Computing, Coming to an Oil and Gas Company Near You

Grazed from Cisco.  Author: Editorial Staff.

For many in the Oil and Gas industry cloud computing might seem like a confusing IT buzzword with very little substance. Trying to wade through the complexities of all its offshoots (public, private, on-premise cloud) without understanding the base concept probably just makes things worse. So is this just technology for technology’s sake or are there some real benefits to cloud computing for Oil and Gas?  The answer is unequivocally yes. Cloud computing will significantly change the way the Oil and Gas industry will use IT, and, in fact, the change is already underway.

Not so new after all

The term cloud computing can be a bit vague but if you instead think of it in terms of the function it actually performs, it becomes straightforward. If cloud computing was called “Hosted Application Services” it might not be so confusing!...

Cloud computing, coming to an Oil and Gas company near you, Part 2

Grazed from Cisco.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In just a short time cloud computing has been revolutionary for business. This new paradigm has transformed how we work, giving us the power and information we need to be productive almost anywhere, while at the same time helping to reign-in ballooning IT costs. Much the same way cloud computing has redefined business technology, it will fundamentally change the way the Oil and Gas sector operates as it is accepted and implemented throughout the industry.

Reduce IT costs

The previous IT models of high up-front hardware and software investments were unsustainable. Not only was it costly, it limited users by handcuffing them to software suites or custom applications, delaying adoption of new tools and creating a disadvantage whereby more nimble companies could overtake. By unhitching Oil and Gas companies from the cost and burden of managing large data/compute infrastructure they will be able to have greater focus on their core competency: finding and producing hydrocarbons...

Cloud migration tools ease application cloudification

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Trevor Jones.

A move from the data center to the cloud can be costly and labor-intensive, but a number of vendors offer specialized tools and services to help IT pros cloudify their applications.  Large companies like Accenture to boutique firms like Cloud Technology Partners Inc. give IT shops a simpler path to cloud, and as more enterprises move to the cloud, these types of services will gain popularity.

Migration vendors say the key is to review customers' entire portfolio, including product lifecycles, to determine a roadmap for moving to cloud. Some older applications with high dependencies will likely have to remain on-premises, while virtualized applications will be the easiest to transition...

5 Steps To A Successful Cloud Strategy

Grazed from BusinessWeek.  Author: Colin McCabe.

The cloud has been the subject of much hype recently, and with good reason. There are significant benefits of moving to the cloud, including shorter application deployment times and plummeting costs. These measurable benefits make it tempting for businesses to run towards the cloud. Right now the most challenging, important and strategic decision that CIOs face is how to build the right cloud for their business.

CIOs that make the right choices can significantly improve their organisation’s competitiveness, flexibility and IT economics for the next decade or more. Fearing security risks and being locked in to unsuitable arrangements, many CIOs are reluctant to let go of the traditional model of capital expenditure, hardware budgets and data centres...

Cloud Computing: Cybersecurity requires more than 'patch and pray’

Grazed from SFGate.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Paul Kocher, one of the country’s leading cryptographers, says he thinks the explanation for the world’s dismal state of digital security may lie in two charts.  One shows the number of airplane deaths per miles flown, which decreased to one-thousandth of what it was in 1945 with the advent of the Federal Aviation Administration in 1958 and stricter security and maintenance protocols. The other, which details the number of new computer security threats, shows the opposite. There has been more than a 10,000-fold increase in the number of new digital threats over the last 12 years.

The problem, Kocher and security experts reason, is a lack of liability and urgency. The Internet is still largely held together with Band-Aid fixes. Computer security is not well regulated, even as enormous amounts of private, medical and financial data and the nation’s computerized critical infrastructure — oil pipelines, railroad tracks, water treatment facilities and the power grid — move online...