Why BMC Software is betting big on the cloud

Grazed from Houston Business Journal. Author: Joe Martin.

BMC Software Inc. has had several executive hires over the past few months, but one might help determine its success in a major area of focus for the Houston-based tech company. Phil Harris, a former Cisco executive, was appointed to senior vice president and CTO in January. He's an expert in cloud computing, having been a part of Cisco's team, as well as government and industry consulting.

He sees cloud as a key piece to the IT puzzle for BMC's enterprise customers in the future. "We're going to see (cloud computing) hockey stick over the next couple of years," Harris told the HBJ. Cloud, in combination with the Internet of Things and consumer IT, will form a new environment for technology in the workplace, he said...

Cloud Computing: IBM Eyes Object Storage on Tape

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: George Leopold.

Despite a steady stream of storage technology advances, IBM scientists insist there is still plenty of life left in left in tape storage along with new cloud applications like object storage. IBM Research this week claimed a new storage density record of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on inexpensive particulate magnetic tape. The areal recording density is said to be equivalent to a 220-terabyte tape cartridge, the researcher said.

The tape storage milestone is the latest in a series recorded by IBM Research and industrial partner FujiFilm Corp. of Japan. They demonstrated the record tape storage density as part of a project with Swiss-based ETH Zurich, which uses IBM tape storage technology for central data backup...

Study Finds Only 41 Percent Of Feds Consider Cloud Part Of Overall IT Strategy

Grazed from BSMinfo. Author: Christine Kern.

A study by Meritalk finds, despite a majority (62 percent) of federal agencies in 2010 that reported they would move to cloud-based computing within five years, in a recent poll, just 41 percent of Feds see cloud as an integral component of their overall IT strategy. This latest study demonstrates that, despite the potential savings of $18.9 billion annually, federal agencies are dragging their feet in the migration to cloud services.

In the 2010 survey, just 5 percent stated that they did not intend to ever migrate to cloud services, while 19 percent predicted a shift within two years. Despite the best efforts of cloud vendors, 89 percent of federal agencies polled report being apprehensive about moving IT services and applications to the cloud, and only 51 percent have utilized cloud-only for a limited number of specific applications...

Why hybrid cloud is the way forward for IT leaders - and how to get there

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Sean McAvan.

As cloud continues to be mainstream, the question amongst progressive IT departments when rolling out new applications is shifting from “why cloud?” to “which cloud?” Currently, the public cloud is dwarfed by private and on-premise solutions, with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stating that the latter represents over 90 per cent of the total business. Furthermore, Gartner has estimated that by 2020, on-premise cloud will account for 70 per cent of the total market.

There are many good reasons for organisations still opting to host their applications on hardware owned and managed in-house. Most organisations still have large investments in technology, people, and processes that cannot simply be written-off; certain workloads still do not suit virtualised or multi-tenanted platforms; renting resources is not always cheaper or better than owning them; and there are valid security and compliance reasons for keeping certain data on premise...

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Cloud Computing: Amazon Releases Its EC2 Container Service And Takes A Swipe At Google

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

At the AWS Summit being held in San Francisco today, AWS has just announced that its EC2 container service, a service that developers use to run applications within Linux Containers, is now generally avaialble. Readers will recall that AWS announced the beta of this product late last year. The increasing adoption of, and interest in, containers has led them to accelerate the availability of this product.

It can also be seen as a counter move to Google's increasingly obvious intentions with Kubernetes. Google launched the Kubernetes initiative as an open source Docker container orchestration tool, recently it announced a deep partnership with competing container company CoreOS to tie Kubernetes into CoreOS’s solutions...

IBM brings U.S. military logistics into the hybrid cloud

Grazed from TheStack. Author: Martin Anderson.

IBM has announced that it is providing hybrid cloud solutions to the U.S. Army’s logistics system – one of the biggest of its kind in the United States. The army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) division has migrated to an on-premise IBM-supplied hybrid cloud environment handling 40 million data transactions daily, and claims to have achieved cost savings of 50% with the new arrangement.

LOGSA houses the Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW), a military depositary for logistics data which employs business and analytics tools to provide logistics information to over 65,000 end-users and 150 trading partners worldwide. General Manager for U.S. Federal at IBM Anne Altman said in the report:...

10 Mistakes to Avoid Make When Migrating to the Cloud

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

In only a handful of years, cloud computing has transformed the way many enterprises do business. However, according to Verizon's 2014 Enterprise Cloud Report, about a third of all organizations still haven't made a move to using any cloud services. For the others who have invested in cloud computing, the journey was likely a bumpy ride—especially if the migration was their first.

Given that cloud isn't going away, developing a seamless migration path to the technology can help IT minimize mistakes and, more importantly, attain objectives. However, if enterprises think all their data management and IT issues will be resolved with a move to the cloud, they'd better think again. Cloud hype is as rich in misnomers and falsehoods as it is in promising value and efficiency...

Microsoft: The future of cloud computing rests on some emails stored in Ireland

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Julie Bort.

In a case that first began in December 2013, Microsoft is still refusing the government's demands to hand over emails of one of its users. The government wants the emails as part of a drug trafficking investigation. The problem is the emails are stored on a server in Ireland and Microsoft says that the US government doesn't have the jurisdiction to demand them, at least not from Microsoft.

Last summer, Microsoft lost its appeal on the matter. On late Wednesday evening, Microsoft filed a legal brief reply on the matter, once again arguing that it should not be compelled to turn over emails stored in a foreign country, Microsoft's head lawyer, Brad Smith explained in a new blog post...

Amazon Announces 'Elastic File System' for Cloud Computing

Grazed from Barrons. Author: Tierman Ray. (AMZN), hosting its “AWS Summit” in San Francisco for its Amazon Web Services, today, announced a number of new initiatives, including a “Marketplace” in which to buy desktop applications delivered over the Internet, a new set of tools for managing files, the “Elastic File System,” and a new service for helping companies make predictions.

The company also made a pitch that more and more companies are moving all their computing to AWS, and talked up companies that are doing so, such as publisher Time Inc. Amazon shares rose 47 cents to $381.67 following the presentation. The EFS is the “missing piece” in Amazon’s cloud computing initiative, said Andy Jassy, senior VP for AWS. He billed it as a “file system that grows and shrinks, automatically.”...

Security failing to keep pace with cloud technology adoption, report finds

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Cloud service providers (CSPs) can no longer treat security as a luxurious add-on, and customers have to ensure their providers take care of the issue, a new report asserts. The research, the latest cab off the rank from Ovum and FireHost entitled “The Role of Security in Cloud Adoption within the Enterprise”, offers sound advice to vendors and users alike. True, it’s stuff everyone will have heard before – but it’s worth repeating.

“On too many occasions, security has been positioned as an afterthought when new technology initiatives have been brought to market,” Ovum analyst Andrew Kellett writes. “Any service that includes access via public networks cannot ignore user and data protection requirements.”...