Enterprise Adoption

Cloud Computing: Evolving Technology Trends Drives Enterprise IT Transformation

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The enterprise wide area networking (WAN) landscape is rapidly changing. Adoption of IP-based WAN is being driven by evolving business requirements such as increasing business agility with the adoption of virtualization and cloud computing, providing distributed employees, suppliers, and customers with anytime, anywhere access to enterprise applications, as well as planning for the evolving hybrid IT architecture. These ever demanding business requirements, in addition to the decline of available IT budgets, are pressuring enterprise IT to do more with less.

New Frost & Sullivan white paper titled, The Role of High Performance WAN in Enterprise Cloud Transformation, discusses the business trends that are driving enterprise IT transformation, the role of WAN services in a cloud-centric IT environment, and how EarthLink can help with its high performance WAN solutions...

Are we reaching the end of the cloud utopia?

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Sam Pudwell.

Cloud security is a hot topic if ever there was one, so it certainly didn’t slip through the cracks at Intel’s Focus 15 conference, with a talk led by Raj Samani, Chief Technology Officer for EMEA at Intel Security, raising some particularly interesting points. Anyone with even a slight interest in the technology industry will be aware of the hype that has surrounded cloud computing for some time now, but are the security implications really being taken seriously by organisations and, more importantly perhaps, are they fully understood?

Right at the beginning of the talk, Raj made the statement that, although it has been hyped up more than anything else, “to me, cloud computing is not a remarkable technology.” Putting whether you agree with that or not to one side, what is hard to disagree with is that, so far, it has in general been used for fairly unremarkable means...

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Oracle founder, CEO Larry Ellison: Cloud computing is still in its infancy

Grazed from BizNews. Author: Brian Womack.

Oracle Corp. Executive Chairman Larry Ellison said his company will continue its push into the cloud while noting the industry still has much room to grow. Leadership in the field remained up for grabs with the biggest cloud-only businesses still relatively small — none at around $100 billion, Ellison said, probably referring to annual sales.

Oracle now counts relatively newer entrants such as Amazon.com Inc, Workday Inc. and Microsoft Corp. among its most formidable competitors, the company’s billionaire founder said on Sunday. “This is how much our world has changed,” Ellison said during a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. “We no longer pay any attention” to traditional competitors SAP SE and International Business Machines Corp. “It is quite a shock.”...

Enterprises Are Leaving Cloud Security Policies To Chance

Grazed from DarkReading. Author: Ericka Chickowski.

As the lines blur between data center and cloud provider facility, very few organizations are keeping up with policies and technology geared to handle the shift to dynamic data centers, reports a new study out by the SANS Institute last week. The report shows that even at the most basic level, planning is scarce: fewer than a third of organizations have a strategy in place to tailor security requirements to the mix of environments they use.

“Security teams need to do a lot of thinking to keep up with the rapid diversification? of enterprise computing into a variety of private, public, cloud and traditional environments,” says Dave Shackleford, SANS analyst and author of the report. “Teams that are ahead of the game have already developed strategies describing how traditional and cloud computing models fit together, typically outlining what data or other assets can go to which type of external provider and what conditions should be placed on providers of different types or security levels.”...

Get off of my cloud

Grazed from The Economist. Author: Editorial Staff.

EVEN before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down the “safe-harbour” privacy pact between the European Union and America on October 6th, data-protection lawyers were in high demand. American clients asked if their firms’ data-flows across the Atlantic would become illegal—and if so, how to cope? The fears were justified. Though the ruling does not “break the internet”, as doom-mongers have it, businesses may have to find awkward and costly workarounds for data transfers, or shift to European data centres. More broadly, it marks a worrying escalation of a transatlantic row over privacy and data protection.

The safe-harbour pact, signed in 2000, was an attempt to bridge cultural and political differences regarding online privacy. The EU sees protection of personal data as a human right; America considers it mainly in terms of consumer protection, which leaves room for trade-offs. The pact allows firms to transfer data from the EU to America if they provide safeguards equivalent to those required by the EU’s data-protection directive (hence “safe harbour”)...

Oracle services help enterprises mix cloud and on-premises software

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Katherine Noyes.

For all the talk about cloud computing, it's a rare enterprise that doesn't still use at least some on-premises software. With that reality in mind, Oracle on Monday rolled out two new services designed to help companies integrate the diverse pieces of those mixed environments.

Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service are both new additions to Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration, the database giant's suite of services aimed at helping users integrate on-premises and cloud applications. Built on Oracle's SOA Suite, which taps the concepts of service-oriented architecture, Oracle SOA Cloud Service provides easy provisioning, simplified management, automated upgrades and the ability to easily scale out, Oracle said...

Cloud computing and beyond

Grazed from CIO. Author: Chris Doig.

For the past six years, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) San Diego chapter has hosted the annual one-day Cloud Computing Conference in San Diego. This year is no exception, and the seventh conference is being held on Oct. 29 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. This time around the conference has expanded beyond its cloud computing roots to include big data, Internet of Things (IoT), innovative technology and hands-on cloud coding labs.

From my perspective, it has always been interesting to hear speakers like Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research at Salesforce. Peter has been the opening speaker for the past few years and, as a senior executive of a major Silicon Valley company, he brings a very interesting perspective on the leading edge of innovation. To quote Matt Stamper, VP of Services at redIT: “Peter is an amazing speaker and technical evangelist. His insight into the industry and how computing services continue to evolve is thought provoking. I've had the opportunity to hear Peter speak on cloud (networked) computing and have benefited from each discussion.”...

INSIGHT: The financial case for moving to the Cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: James Henderson.

Many organisations are slow to adopt Cloud computing due to confusion around the financial impact of its implementation and management. “Despite the hype, the uptake of cloud computing as a solution has not been as rapid as first anticipated, in part because of the confusion created around the financial benefits,” says Sanil Solanki, research director, Gartner.

“While it’s said to be cheaper than on-premises, Cloud gets push-back from the finance function because it increases operating expenditure (opex) costs. “IT departments let finance take the lead on this decision, and this stalemate is rarely broken.” Solanki claims that while using cloud computing does increase opex costs, CIOs and IT decision makers should consider other financial factors before making a decision...

Placing the Need Before the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Arguing over which kind of cloud is “best” for the enterprise is like arguing over what kind of apple tastes better than the others. Some people like the crispy sweetness of the Red Delicious, others the floral spiciness of the Courtland or the classic apple-taste of the Macintosh. And then the criteria change completely if you plan to bake a pie, make applesauce or press some cider.
The best cloud, therefore, is obviously the one that satisfies strategic and operational objectives to the highest degree, which means that most enterprises are going to rely on a mix of public, private and hybrid infrastructure to get the job done...

The enterprise and hybrid cloud: What CIOs need to know

Grazed from Dell. Author: Shelly Kramer.

When it comes to the enterprise and the hybrid cloud, and what CIOs need to know about that, let’s start here: Nine out of 10 IT decision makers say embracing the hybrid cloud for their business is necessary for building a future-ready enterprise. Odds are that those same nine out of 10 CIOs are still struggling to agree on exactly what the term “hybrid cloud” actually means.

That’s because hybrid cloud is a bit of an “umbrella term,” covering all sorts of collaborative scenarios. That said, it almost always requires the intermingling and central managing of public or private off-site cloud technology, along with some in-house IT—both operating independently of one another—and both able to communicate over encrypted connections. Hybrid cloud also describes the general coordination of two or more clouds...

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