A Hazy Future for Cloud Computing?

Grazed from InsideHPC. Author: Rich Brueckner.

Computing in the cloud could be seductive for scientists and engineers, but in his first report from the ISC Cloud conference, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World finds that there are still problems to be overcome. Wolfgang Gentzsch is certain, both when writing in Scientific Computing World and in his talk to the ISC Cloud conference in Heidelberg at the end of September: the Cloud is the way to entice all those scientists and engineers who are still wedded to their workstations (about 95 per cent of them) to embrace the advantages of high-performance computing.

Michael Resch, who runs the Stuttgart supercomputing centre, worries about the obstacles – and they come in the form of lawyers, taxmen, accountants, and politicians, he told the conference. So much promise. But, rather as literal clouds are high in the sky, so ascending to ‘the cloud’ can be hard for scientists and engineers...

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Rise of mobile devices, cloud computing shake up Silicon Valley stalwarts like HP, eBay

Grazed from StarTribune. Author: Michael Liedtke.

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

That term covers a swath of Internet-driven services that shifted technology from the days software users paid a one-time fee to buy and install programs on individual machines where they also stored all their data on hard drives. But with the advent of the "cloud," people can now rent software to use over the Internet...

Cisco is Too Big, Says RBC: Break it Into Routing, Cloud Companies

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tierman Ray.

In the wake of last week’s breakup announcement for eBay (EBAY), this morning’s breakup announcement by Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), RBC Capital Markets’s Mark Sue wrote a note urging Cisco Systems (CSCO) to go the breakup route. “Split/spin-off parts of Cisco’s business and we think the lagging stock could get to $40, a price not seen in 14 years,” writes Sue.

eBay, Agilent, JDSU and even HP this morning get high marks from investors for their ability to adapt to a changing world.” Sue has in mind a switching and routing and services company, on the one hand, and a cloud computing company on the other: We believe Cisco could separate parts of its routing, switching and services into Cisco Solutions which are mature and profitable and manage these businesses for higher FCF. Cisco Solutions could also drive industry consolidation by acquiring high cash-flow businesses, taking capacity out of the system (carriers have all the purchasing power), improve profitability metrics through cost optimization and return FCF to shareholders via dividends and buybacks...

PanTerra Networks Wins 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

PanTerra Networks, the leading provider of unified cloud services for mid-market enterprises, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named SmartBox as its 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award winner presented by TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine. The Cloud Storage Excellence Award recognizes companies that have introduced or improved cloud storage solutions for their customer base. Previous winners of the Storage Excellence Award have included Citrix and Accellion.

"More and more companies today are transitioning their data into the cloud and are increasing the use of cloud communication services in the workforce," said Arthur Chang, CEO of PanTerra Networks. "Having a dependable service that allows you not only to securely store and share your data in the cloud, but also to instantly communicate with the people you've shared content to is a must-have for today's mid-market enterprise. It's an honor to receive this award from TMC; this continues to validate the need for a comprehensive unified cloud solution."...

Government Shows Slow Progress In Cloud Adoption

Grazed from HSToday. Author: Amada Vicinanzo.

Although federal agencies continue to increase the percentage of their IT budgets allocated to cloud services, only 2 percent of government agency IT budgets go to cloud spending, resulting in agencies capturing only a fraction of potential cost savings. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of seven government agencies indicated the total number of cloud computing services implemented increased by 80 services, from 21 to 101, a 1 percent overall increase in cloud investments since 2012.

GAO found that the relatively small increase in cloud spending arose, in part, because the agencies had not considered cloud computing services for about 67 percent of IT investments. Most agencies said they only consider cloud options at times when the legacy technology needs to be modernized or replaced—a decision that is inconsistent with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) “Cloud First” policy...

Windows 10 may be the last piece of Microsoft's cloud puzzle

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

Microsoft's Windows 10 has been portrayed as way to placate the enterprise, create one platform for multiple screens and meld the interfaces of Windows 8, which had a rocky launch, and Windows 7, a hit. The reality is that Windows 10, which is expected to be the last of the traditional big bang launches, is likely to complete Microsoft's transition from a software licensing model to a cloud computing one.

Windows 10 will be built around continual upgrades and stable releases on a schedule. There won't be a Windows 11, 12 and 13, but the platform will evolve over time. In theory, enterprises will be able to consume innovation easier. For Microsoft, enterprise customers will become subscribers...

Managed Application Service Providers With A Cloud Service Broker

Grazed from HostReview. Author: Tomas Cohen.

The utilization of cloud services for organizations presents a wide range of efficiencies, but there are many misunderstood requirements that are beginning to place new burdens on organizations. The customization, management and integration of a proprietary cloud storage infrastructure can become complex, and this complexity can add costs that might prevent an organization from utilizing all of the advantages that cloud services can offer. Many opportunities can be missed including the integration of various cloud services and associated features.

Cloud service providers exist to help an organization in the formation of a cloud-based infrastructure, but these service providers are not always the best approach for an organization. The latest type of service to help in establishing a viable cloud infrastructure is known as a Cloud Services Broker (CSB)...

Cloud Computing: Hewlett-Packard Is Said to Be Planning a Split of Businesses

Grazed from NewYorkTimes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Seeking a place for itself in a digital world increasingly dominated by mobile technology, Hewlett-Packard is on the verge of a sweeping reorganization, according to executives close to HP's leadership. The company would be split into two entities - one focused on HP's traditional business in personal computers and printers, and the other consisting of computer servers, data storage devices, networking, software and services aimed at businesses, according to the individuals, who requested anonymity to preserve relations with HP.

"The split is upon us," said one of the executive familiar with the HP board?s discussions. HP is considered the foundational Silicon Valley company, originating in a garage and then serving as a training ground for several generations of technology leaders. Its changing fortunes are a mark of how much the technology industry, which has reordered many areas of the business world, is now doing the same to itself...

Move over outdated IT systems... the cloud has arrived

Grazed from TheJournal.  Author: Robert Gibson.

Traditional IT is on the verge of death.  At least that’s the view of Pete Watson, who argues that while risk-adverse companies might cling to the old ways of working for a while, all will eventually get swept up in the tide of progress represented by cloud computing.

Pete should know.  As chief executive of the Newcastle-based Atlas Cloud, he’s responsible for growing a business that depends on breaking new territory with a digital solution still treated with skepticism by “scare-mongering” IT managers...

Oracle dives into cloud (again), and this time it really means it

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

At Oracle OpenWorld last week, Oracle CEO — er  CTO and Executive Chairman Larry Ellison — once again vowed that his company will be king of cloud — in SaaS, Paas, IaaS — you name it.

That’s a tall order but one coming from a company flush in resources which has shown itself willing to buy into new markets. And Ellison and co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd trotted out news that Oracle now offers its flagship Database as a Service. Ditto Java as a Service. As for those resources, over the past 12 months, Oracle logged $35.8 billion in revenue and gross profit of $31.4 billion. See what I mean?...