Cloud Services

2014 Cloud Trends Outlook - Future of Cloud Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Asher Baig.

We talk about the “cloud” today just like we used to talk about the “Internet” back in 1996. Now the Internet is an integral part of our lives and we hardly even use the word—we talk about the applications and services it enables, such as web applications and services (we get more of our information from the Internet than anything else), instant messaging and Internet telephony.

Cloud is going through the similar rapid adoption. Cloud adoption is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 40 percent per year. Three years from now we won’t even talk about the “cloud”—we'll talk about the applications and services it enables, such as Office 365, Google Apps,, BCDR, mobility and file sync and share...

Cloud Services And The Hidden Cost Of Downtime

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Frank J. Ohlhorst.

As any networking professional knows, downtime costs money. However, few know exactly how much money downtime costs. Estimates, calculations, and incidentals are all open to interpretation. This creates a lot of uncertainty. Cloud computing is a good tool to use here. Many IT pros are turning to cloud-based technologies to mitigate the cost of downtime. However, is the viability of a cloud migration backed by facts or based on suppositions?

The assumption that cloud services can reduce downtime is founded on the belief that third-party providers deploy all sorts of continuity technology that all but guarantees uptime. That belief, coupled with service-level agreements (SLAs) that make promises about limiting unscheduled interruptions in service, can give you a sense of security. The real question becomes whether that sense of security is false or justified -- and, more importantly, whether a value can be assigned to it...

Cloud Computing: Red Hat to take on Microsoft with .NET hosted service

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Challenging Microsoft's Windows Azure on its own turf, Red Hat is ramping up services that would offer Microsoft .NET and SQL Server capabilities on its OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS). Code to enable the Microsoft services is being provided by Uhuru Software, a company started by a number of former Microsoft executives and engineers that specializes in rendering Microsoft software as cloud services.

The Microsoft services will not be available immediately, and Red Hat has not set a date for when the capabilities will be ready, either on OpenShift itself, or as part of OpenShift Enterprise, a package for running OpenShift services within an enterprise, said Joe Fernandes, who leads product management for OpenShift...

SAP adds subscription pricing for Hana cloud services

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Chris Kanaracus.

SAP is introducing a set of new subscription pricing options for its Hana in-memory cloud computing platform, in a move that falls in step with the pay-as-you-go model common in the cloud computing industry. Customers were already able to bring their existing on-premises Hana in-memory database licenses to SAP's infrastructure service.

Now it's possible to buy Hana software via subscription there as well, SAP said Wednesday. A third cloud subscription option adds a series of development tools and services to the infrastructure and Hana software components. Cloud computing has dramatically changed the way enterprise software can be obtained, SAP executive board member and technology chief Vishal Sikka said Wednesday during a press conference, which was webcast...

The $17 Billion Cloud Professional Services Market is Poised for Continued Double-digit Growth

Grazed from ITBusinessNet. Author: PR Announcement.

Technology Business Research Inc.s (TBR) Cloud Professional Services Customer Report shows demand for cloud professional services continues to escalate, with more than 74% of enterprise clients, compared to 59% in 2011, purchasing or considering purchasing cloud computing services engaged with a cloud professional services vendor for assistance. Recently, clients professional services demands shifted, with a need for assistance in system integration and implementation taking the lead. TBR surveyed 900 end users of cloud professional services across North America, Europe and Asia to map vendor opportunity and customer and competitor landscapes for the report, which is one of three customer-facing research initiatives in TBRs cloud customer portfolio.

As the only study in the cloud computing market looking specifically at professional services, the Cloud Professional Services Customer Report provides an array of insights for professional services firms in addressing the changing needs of current and prospective customers, said Senior Analyst Ramunas Svarcas...

Is your trust in cloud services misplaced or true? Find out with a cloud trust rating

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Linda Musthaler.

In June 2013, David Linthicum wrote in InfoWorld, “The journey to the cloud has moved from Interest and study to experimentation, and now it is moving to true production. In the next few years, we’ll see the accelerating adoption of cloud computing, though perhaps with less hype.” Linthicum asserts that this acceleration will in large part be due to the trust that enterprises are willing to place on cloud services.

But where does that trust come from? Is it simply because, as Linthicum wrote, “data has resided in the cloud for years without huge security breaches” and “businesses have figured that out”? That hardly seems like a good reason to place trust in a cloud service or application where an enterprise’s data will live...

Cloud Computing: Need to Know - Satya's Microsoft

Grazed from WindowsITPro.  Author: Paul Thurrott.

After six months of speculation and rumors, Microsoft this month finally announced that it had selected Satya Nadella as its next CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. But who is Satya Nadella, and are there any clues –in his decades of experience at the software giant or otherwise—to suggest whether he'll toe the line on "devices and services" or plot a new path for the world's largest maker of software?

A cursory examination of Mr. Nadella's resume shows that he hails from Hyderabad, India, has serious education credentials—including an engineering bachelor's degree, a master's in computer science, and a second master's degree in business administration—and worked at Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft in 1992. But this early experience will almost certainly have less impact on his leadership tendencies than will his two decades at Microsoft...

Prevent “Cloud Spare”: Professional Services in the Cloud Era

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Don Simpson.

Whenever I get the chance to talk with our sales divisions, I always like to weave in a statement that gets their attention. During a recent meeting to discuss Professional Services, I started by saying, “The products that you resell are worthless!” After a pause for effect, I added, “Unless the customer actually uses the product.” I now had their attention.

What made me think of this was my time in the federal government as an agency CIO. Within the first few days on the job, I was briefed on a multi-million dollar software purchase that occurred more than two years prior. This agency had been spending several hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on maintenance and the software was up for renewal again. However, the software was pure “shelfware,” still in shrink-wrap: There was no adoption...

Gravitant adds support for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service to its Cloud Services Brokerage Platform

Grazed from Gravitant. Author: PR Announcement.

Gravitant, the leader in cloud services brokerage, today announced that it has added VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to its ecosystem of supported clouds. Gravitant's cloudMatrix brokerage-enablement platform gives enterprises optimized choice and control across the most widely used public and private cloud services. cloudMatrix makes it easier for enterprises to adopt cloud computing by providing a common collaboration platform between business and IT across the entire lifecycle - from initial application infrastructure design and sourcing to financial management and governance of the cloud spend. With the addition of vCHS to the cloudMatrix catalog, enterprise customers can now:

  • Design multi-tier cloud solutions across VMware-based public and private clouds using a visual cloud solution designer
  • Include vCHS in a consistent framework for cloud services order management using a comprehensive business platform
  • Add managed services as needed to complete their cloud infrastructure solution and enable production applications
  • Have a common consumption framework between VMware private clouds and VMware public clouds...

Calligo launches new cloud services

Grazed from Calligo. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud service provider Calligo has launched two new products, CloudAnalyser and CloudCentre, to assist client' moving to cloud computing. Written in-house by Calligo's software development team, these two solutions give Calligo clients visibility into their own environments to help them decide whether to move some, or all, of their IT infrastructure into the cloud, along with making the on-going management simpler.

CloudAnalyser imports statistical data taken from existing systems and combines this with the results of a detailed questionnaire. The software then uses custom algorithms to evaluate the costs and benefits of using the cloud along with recommending the type of cloud technology the client should be considering for each of their business applications...