Utility Computing

Cloud computing's 'utility' model faces a surprising challenge

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

For years now, advocates have been claiming that cloud computing would follow the path of power utilities, with the vast majority of customers choosing to buy the computing resources they need from some central utility rather than generate it themselves. It has become an article of faith that due to economies of scale, this utility model would always deliver better service for less money than trying to go it alone.

That may still be true for cloud computing, but an article in today’s Wall Street Journal suggests that the analogy is no longer a slam dunk. It’s not because of some fundamental difference in cloud computing, but because as "more companies across the country are producing their own power," the electric utilities may no longer be a model that cloud computing wants to emulate...

Utility Storage for Virtual and Cloud Computing

Grazed from DataCenter Knowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Today’s IT environment is being built around direct efficiencies. This means better resource utilization, improved monitoring, and the consolidation of enterprise systems. Many organizations are building a business around an efficient and well-controlled IT environment. The idea is to create an IT as a service model where administrators can allow for self-provisioned services and automation to help control administrative overhead.

This is where technologies around the converged infrastructure can really help. Intelligent storage systems can help an organization cut costs and control very vital resources. In HP’s whitepaper, we learn how utility storage creates a unified platform for efficiency and growth. Directly modeled for the needs of virtualization and cloud computing, HP’s converged storage infrastructure leads to three very direct benefits:...

Cloud computing's utility future gets closer

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jack Clark.

Cloud computing is converting from a market defined by different technologies into one defined by quality of service. Existing utility markets include ones for water, electricity, gas and, to a degree, basic internet connectivity. A utility market occurs when an item has been commoditised to the point that it becomes very hard to differentiate on a technology basis, and instead companies distinguish themselves through different levels of service, availability and support.

In the same way that in the early days of electricity there were arguments over whether AC or DC delivered the 'best type of electricity', the technology industry continues to debate the merits of certain technologies over others for delivering cloud computing. However, these arguments are growing less fervent as datacentre infrastructure is commoditised and homogenised by large cloud providers...

When does the cloud become a utility?

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Clive Grayson.

The benefits of removing the capital investment and the day to day management of hardware and software to leverage an on-demand, metered computing service, charged on a consumption basis, are now widely accepted. The rise in cloud computing is indicative of our need to make the most efficient use of resources and minimise costs by accessing computing resources and infrastructure when, and as, it is needed.

This business model has drawn many comparisons between the cloud and what we think of as more traditional, public 'utility services' such as gas, electricity and water. Yet, to what extent are these comparisons valid? Are we at the stage where cloud services can be accessed and delivered in the same way as any other utility service; where we can activate the service quickly and easily, switch the service on and off, and easily move between different providers?...

Utility Computing, Cloud-Style

Grazed from IT Business Edge. Author: Arthur Cole.

Now that enterprises are becoming more comfortable with the cloud computing model for basic applications like backup and recovery, attention is starting to shift toward some of the more advanced possibilities.

Key among them is Infrastructure-as-a-Service, which promises not only software and operating instances on-demand, but entire data environments. While a number of high-profile services are up and running (most of the time, anyway) the question remains how close we are from making the transition from ad hoc service-based infrastructure to full utility computing.

At the moment, implementing a working IaaS architecture is a bit more complicated than switching the lights on. Hardware and software integration, network pathways, usage and governance policies and a range of other items generally mark the "to-do" list when it comes to establishing cloud infrastructure. However, it seems the process is becoming more streamlined, particularly as enterprises transition to more cloud-like architecture within their own data centers...

Amazon hails era of 'utility supercomputing'

Grazed from PC Advisor.  Author: Sophie Curtis.

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services is heralding the era of utility supercomputing, whereby massive computational resources and storage requirements can be accessed on demand.

Speaking at the launch of Intel's Xeon E5 processor family in London this week, AWS technology evangelist in residence, Dr. Matt Wood, said that cloud computing was a utility service like electricity and gas, in that it allows consumers and businesses to pay for consumption of a service on demand...

Cloud Benefits in the Energy and Utility Industry

Grazed from CloudTweaks.  Author: Rick Blaisdell.

A report issued in June 2011 by the Carbon Disclosure Project and supported by AT&T discovered that companies which embrace cloud computing technologies can reduce energy consumption, lower their carbon emissions, and decrease their capital expenditure on IT resources while improving operational efficiency. By 2020, the same group estimates that large US companies using cloud can achieve annual energy savings of $12.3 billion and annual carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil.

In addition to environmental benefits, the energy industry is fostered to adopt the technology in order to reduce costs, enhance efficiency, and help address growing oil and power needs, such as increasing amounts of data, real time access to data, or integration and standardization of IT operations...

The Rise of Utility Computing

Grazed from CRM Buyer.  Author: Dennis Pombriant.

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) is a big company, and that point gets driven home when you start to go in-depth on their products. At a show like OpenWorld, which is dedicated more or less to touching on every aspect of the business, you can quickly get out of your depth...