Cloud Trends

Going to the cloud? BYOS (bring your own security)

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Steve Pate.

There are many benefits to be gained by using the public cloud. Cost efficiencies, elasticity and collaborative access are mentioned most often. But will your data be secure in the cloud? And who is responsible for keeping it safe? These topics bear further exploration.

For small organizations – typically those that can’t justify adding someone with ‘security’ in their title to the team – outsourcing to a cloud service provider (CSP) may be more secure than trying to build and maintain their own data center. But for larger companies, especially organizations that must comply with privacy regulations like HIPAA/HITECH or PCI DSS, ensuring and validating data privacy can be more challenging in a public cloud environment...

Cloud Computing: StackIQ announces StacklQ Cluster Manager software-defined automation for Red Hat Storage

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

StackIQ, a leading provider of cluster management solutions for Big Infrastructure, including Big Data, Cloud Computing and High Performance Computing, today announced an extension to its StackIQ Cluster Manager featuring software-defined automation for the Red Hat Storage open software-defined storage platform. StackIQ Cluster Manager with Red Hat Storage gives enterprise customers powerful new capability to deploy and manage storage with a software-defined storage solution on premise, in virtualized environments and in the cloud.

StackIQ Cluster Manager is a comprehensive software suite for automating the deployment and management of Big Infrastructure. It leverages StackIQ’s industry-leading infrastructure management solution providing everything needed to install, configure, and manage Big Infrastructure. As a result of the extension, StackIQ Cluster Manager is now available to Red Hat Storage customers to manage a wide variety of software-defined distributed storage infrastructure and applications...

Top 5 latest trends in cloud computing

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Gil Allouche.

While cloud computing continues to be adopted in its various forms, it is also constantly adapting to the changing needs of businesses and providers. While organisations search for a long-term strategy to combine their internal system with the cloud, providers continue to offer greater benefits, such as big data analytics and application services, lowering the playing field for small businesses.

The rise of the hybrid cloud

As cloud computing has gone mainstream, it seems businesses have had a hard time choosing just one cloud service to stick to. In fact, a report by Virtustream found that most businesses employ multiple cloud providers to meet different demands, including a mix of public and private IaaS clouds. This amount of cloud sprawl has led to concerns about whether businesses can track their resources and spending effectively and maintain expertise on every cloud they are using. While it seems that companies won't be scaling down to just one option anytime soon, an increased adoption of a hybrid cloud that simplifies the public and private cloud mix through a single provider is quickly becoming a popular business solution...

Cloud Computing: Linux conference opens with vow of end of era for Windows

Grazed from ITWorld Canada. Author: Howard Solomon.

Linux has made the operating system fight into a “two-horse race”, the head of the Linux Foundation told the opening of the annual LinuxCon conference. It’s “the end of an era” for Microsoft’s Windows, Jim Zemlin, executive director, Linux Foundation told the New Orleans gathering of developers and vendors this morning.

Web-based and cloud computing is exploding and making the shift to open source operating systems and software easier. “Linux is at a tipping point.” As head of an organization whose job is to promote Linux, Zemlin didn’t hold back...

Oil & Gas Big Data Meets Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

OGRE Systems, Inc. announced today the formation of OGRE Data Systems, a big data and analytics cloud computing system for the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, exclusively distributed by TerraPetro, LLC.

OGRE Systems, Inc. is a resource estimation, reserves economic analysis, and management software company that provides powerful Petroleum Reserves Management Systems (PRMS) to national and international oil and gas companies. With OGRE Data Systems, powerful reserves and economics tools are now available directly from any Internet connected tablet or PC at It is packaged with lease specific production data, customizable auto-fitted decline curve analysis tools for forward modeling, and a user-friendly interface...

Running Your Business In The Cloud: How CIOs Should Prepare

Grazed from Forbes. Author: David Amerland.

In the world of cloud computing, your IT department needs to be agile. CIOs must become responsive to the needs of the business. The alternative is disruption—the bad kind. David Amerland explains… Even relatively small changes can have a significant impact on the way your enterprise works. But transitioning to the cloud is far from a small change: Its impact is considerable and disruptive, but in a good way. Disruption is good—at least, home-grown disruption is. The challenge requires adaptation, which plays to our Darwinistic notions of how businesses evolve, strive to survive, and come out stronger.

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As an enterprise transitions from a traditional business model to an agile cloud-based corporation, the most obvious change involves the part IT plays. Traditionally limited to a very specific role within the organization, IT was the department that would be forgotten about until a problem cropped up...

Cloud computing and IT obsolescence: Reinventing the role of IT

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Thoran Rodrigues.

Cloud computing brings many advantages to companies. The pay-as-you-go business model adopted by cloud service providers enables companies of all sizes to have access to very powerful resources and solutions without any capital expenditure. Furthermore, the easy scalability of cloud services allows companies to easily optimize their costs based on usage levels, instead of having to worry about peak demands.

The cloud has enabled businesses to focus more on their business, and less on the technology required to run it. By outsourcing their basic infrastructure to cloud providers, companies no longer have to worry about upgrading and maintaining data centers and servers, leaving that to companies who are focused entirely on the technology side of this issue. The same goes for cloud applications, which allow companies to worry more about using the software and less about maintaining it and keeping it updated. Furthermore, by moving infrastructure and applications to the cloud, companies set themselves up to take advantage of future economies of scale that will be on the side of cloud providers. For those companies that adopt cloud technologies, these developments mean that the cloud is rapidly making IT departments obsolete...

Cloud Computing: Three Megatrends Disrupting The Database Industry (And What To Do About Them)

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Editorial Staff.

Over the last decade and a half, the information-rich lives we live online mean a soaring pile of bits and bytes. And it's growing harder to manage, not easier. Experts see three related megatrends disrupting attempts to sort things out. But don’t despair—the database masters of the world are working on a solution.

The inherent problem is that not all Web interactions are built alike. Apps come in all shapes and sizes. Connecting the dots between your email, your Web search, and your online purchases, for example, requires more than just the standard age/sex/location identifiers...

Cloud Computing Financial Fundamentals: Leveraging Economies of Scale

Grazed from Genesis10.  Author: Joe Sclafani.

Ask most information technology (IT) specialists and they’ll tell you that choosing to include “cloud computing” services is more about finance than technology.  Imagine that you acquired an apartment building or an office tower and you rented the entire thing to one tenant.  Their rent would have to cover all of your costs including debt service, maintenance, operations, insurance, and a reasonable profit for you.

If the building contained, say, 70 rentable units you could split that cost 70 ways and charge each 1/70th of those costs.  Simple.  The exact same analysis can be applied to cloud servers.  Originally when a company purchased a “server” it was to run one operation that all employees could share.  There was a server that enabled users to share files, another to share communications, another to share email, others to share specific software applications...

Stealth cloud startup Connectloud: Here’s what the next-generation cloud looks like

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author:  Zeeshan Naseh.

Enterprises today are reeling from unprecedented disruption to their business models and effects of globalization that inflict new competitive and pricing pressures. These dynamics have put CIOs under the gun to meet twin goals that would seem to form a paradox:

  • To construct and operate an agile IT infrastructure capable of scaling quickly and securely to meet evolving business demands.
  • To reduce IT operating costs and total cost of ownership.

In response to these competing demands, CIOs are turning from old computing resources – resource-intensive on-premises data centers that often are duplicated, siloed and underutilized – to the Cloud. Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service models can help achieve some goals, especially related to cost...