Cloud Services

Alibaba to expand cloud-computing services overseas next year

Grazed from Alibaba.  Author: PR Announcement.

China's e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba is planning extending its cloud-computing services to overseas markets in March.   According to China Daily, Aliyun, Alibaba's spinoff cloud-computing division, is scheduled to set up data centers outside China to provide cloud-computing services to local enterprises and Chinese companies' overseas operations.

By building platforms for companies to manage and store data in the cloud, Aliyun will become the first Chinese company to reach out to the foreign public cloud segment.  The move from Aliyun comes days after its US counterpart Amazon announced the launch of a similar services in China...

How To Navigate The Minefield Of Cloud-Based Computing

Grazed from Sungard.  Author: Janel Ryan.

The cloud is like the shiny “new” toy of IT – everyone’s talking about it. But there are still a lot of unknowns regarding cloud-based computing, making it a veritable minefield for those looking to get involved. Fortunately, it’s completely possible to march onward through the minefield without blowing up your infrastructure. Knowledge is power, after all.

Studies have shown that more and more companies are embracing cloud computing. In fact, according to a study by TheInfoPro published in September, the worldwide cloud computing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 36% through 2016. Organizations are recognizing the many benefits of cloud-based computing, as evidenced by a study that showed IT executives are embracing it for its decreased costs (45%), scalability (57%), and business agility (54%)...

Why Software as a Service benefits trump IaaS

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

The next big wave of cloud computing may favor Software as a Service benefits over basic cloud infrastructure, at least if one professional staffing services firm has its way. Sean Perry, chief information officer for Menlo Park, Calif.-based Robert Half International Inc., a heavy user of Amazon Web Services for cloud infrastructure, is looking to deploy more Software as a Service (SaaS) products. SearchCloudComputing caught up with him to reflect on 2013 and hear his cloud computing predictions for 2014. What cloud computing projects did you work on this year? What were the benefits of those projects?

Sean Perry: There were three types of projects that we executed in 2013 related to the cloud.

The first type was projects that positioned systems for easier migration to the cloud in the future. These were very pragmatic projects where some type of upgrade or other work was already planned, and we took advantage of the opportunity to change the underlying technology infrastructure to support future migration to the cloud. This had incremental benefits, in that the newer technologies performed much better. [It also gave] us the opportunity to move [development and test] environments to the cloud and out of our data center...

Amazon To Offer Its Cloud Services From Inside China

Grazed from CruxialCIO. Author: Brian T. Horowitz.

Amazon Web Services has signed an agreement to expand its ability to provide cloud computing services from data centers located inside China. The company announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Dec. 18 with the Beijing and Ningxia governments. Businesses such as Xiaomi Qihoo 360, TCL, Tiens, NQ Mobile, FunPlus Kingsoft, Mobotap and Papaya Mobile already work with AWS in China.

During a limited preview of its China Region, a select China-based and multinational companies will be able to use the AWS platforms to run their applications. Chinese providers ChinaNetCenter and SINNET will offer the infrastructure, bandwidth and network capabilities to allow AWS to operate in the country...

AppDirect to Build Out Application Integration Services in the Cloud

Grazed from ProgrammableWeb. Author: Michael Vizard.

One of the most efficient routes to market for any developer is through an application store that is used by a lot of other applications. For that reason there’s naturally a lot of interest in the AppStore from Apple, GooglePlay or app stores associated with specific cloud computing platform such as Essentially, all of these function as central points of application distribution.

But beyond certifying that applications work, Apple, Google and providers of cloud computing services don’t do much in terms of promoting the adoption of third-party applications. By way of an alternative, a new class of application distributors has emerged in the form of organizations such as AppDirect, which not only showcases cloud applications to potential customers but also helps market them, provide financing, and manage the billing services needed to actually monetize them...

India To Spend $3.9 Billion On Cloud Services By 2017

Grazed from CXO. Author: Editorial Staff.

Public Cloud is reaching a greater level of maturity in India. According to a new Gartner report, around $3.9 billion will be spent on cloud services in India from 2013 through 2017, of which $1.7 billion will be spent on software-as-a-service (SaaS). The overall public cloud services market in India is also set to grow 33.6% this year to touch $404 million, an increase of $101 million from the 2012 revenue of $303 million, said the research firm.

Apart from SaaS that represents the most mature segment in the cloud services marketplace, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), including cloud compute, storage and print services, is also expected to grow 33.9% in 2013 to $59.2 million, said Gartner. “The public cloud services market continues robust growth in India through over the forecast period of 2011 through 2017. While SaaS dominates as the largest cloud segment, the high growth rates of IaaS and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) make them important markets to watch,” said Ed Anderson, Research Director at Gartner...

Cloud Computing: Software Services Instead of Servers

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Jason Hannula.

As cloud computing has been making its way up the IT food chain from infrastructure-as-a-service through platform to software services, it has been disrupting standard practices in IT shops. Just as infrastructure decisions are no longer focused entirely on the internal physical server life cycle, provisioning of enterprise software options is competing with external software service vendors. Patrick Thibodeau reported on ComputerWorld that 25 to 30 percent of server shipments in 2014 are destined for cloud services providers, with projections that that figure will rise to 45 percent by 2017. Meanwhile, IT managers report that they are actively reducing the number of in-house servers they manage or, at a minimum, are reducing their rate of acquisition.

Two trends are responsible for these changes: The continual consolidation of server infrastructure and the virtualization of software services. These trends are expected to negatively affect revenue for physical server vendors by 3.5 percent next year. With advancing big data initiatives and increasing macroeconomic activity, it is unlikely that reductions in server vendor revenue is the result of a drop in total computing requirements. Instead, the increased efficiencies in utilization of existing server infrastructure is slowing the need to acquire new servers...

StrikeIron IronCloud Launches at Gartner Summit

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

API management and cloud-based data solutions vendor StrikeIron has launched a fully-hosted API management platform in the cloud. Dubbed IronCloud, the cloud-based platform was previously only available to StrikeIron's partners and early adopters, but now the cloud service is available more generally.

With the launch of the GA version of IronCloud, StrikeIron has added a new front-end user interface, as well as new management console support. The purpose of the software is to enable partners and customers to monetize their data and digital assets through APIs. That, according to the company, is done through enabling clients to host digital assets and software, and then access them across any system, including web, mobile apps, customer relationship management software, SaaS apps and on-premise solutions...

How Cloud Is the Zipcar of Computing

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Cloud Ventures.

At a pre-conference Meetup recently, one of the organizers waxed poetic about how the cloud is changing how companies do business. His big example was ZipCar, the car sharing company. His example was how Zipcar uses cloud to deal with data.  But, I think he missed the bigger analogy there: how cloud is changing IT the way Zip car forever changed car ownership.

Before Zipcar, a few large firms dominated the car buying market. If you wanted a car you went to a dealership and negotiated a long term contract. You took on the responsibility for owning, maintaining, and paying down the costs for the life of your vehicle. Your car selection was also limited by what the local dealership had on the lot that day. The cost to buy, own, and maintain a car kept many people from having the mobility of a car...

SimpleScan Delivers Cloud-Based Faxing Service

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Document Capture Technologies (OTCQB: DCMT), an innovator in cloud-based document management and productivity solutions for small businesses, today launched a fax service that allows documents to be sent from a computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection. SimpleScan now turns a smart phone or desktop scanner into a virtual fax machine that transmits digitized documents to any fax number.

"Eliminate the time, cost and hassle of faxing documents on the go," said Karl Etzel, COO, Document Capture Technologies. "The inclusion of fax in SimpleScan Connect's suite of document management services is one more way we enable small business productivity and efficiency, especially for those who send faxes infrequently."...