Cloud Services

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...

12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio. Author: Jason Miller.

In the rush to the cloud over the last three years, most agencies have tempered their desires and excitement because of security concerns. Agency chief information officers have struggled to satisfactorily answer a number of questions regarding data ownership and protection, and how do the existing cross-agency cyber initiatives fit into the cloud structure.

A new white paper by SafeGov, an industry organization promoting safe and secure cloud computing, makes 12 recommendations to help agencies move to an integrated cloud and cyber approach and away from one that is fragmented and ad hoc in many respects. Karen Evans, a co-author of the report and a former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and IT, said this paper is a deeper dive into addressing the growing challenges of integrating cloud and cybersecurity...

DISA piloting DOD cloud security model

Grazed from FCW. Author: Frank Konkel.

The Defense Information Systems Agency is piloting the cloud security model it developed for the Defense Department in an effort to better formalize processes for future commercial cloud service acquisitions. To test the new model, DISA will leverage a series of pilot programs between mission partners -- various DOD agencies -- and cloud service providers as both take initial steps to harnessing commercial cloud computing services within DOD.

According to a DISA spokesperson, "If a mission partner wishes to execute a cloud service pilot with controlled unclassified information" - the information at DOD Impact Levels 1 and 2 - "it coordinates its implementation plans with DISA, the cloud broker." Once a mission partner procures the pilot cloud service, the agency and DISA will meet regularly to assess the pilot and its effectiveness...

Amazon moves to next-generation compute instances

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Sensing the customer need for more computational muscle in smaller packages, Amazon Web Services has added a number of new packages in its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service. The Amazon subsidiary also reduced prices on selected storage packages, reducing the cost of its Simple Storage Service (S3) by up to 22 percent and Elastic Block Service (EBS) by up to 50 percent. The new packages, or compute instances, in the EC2 line fill out the company's second-generation M3 line of instances, which the company is now touting as the successor to the original M1 line.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced the M3 series a year ago as a more performance-minded alternative to the base M1 offerings. The M3 series features faster CPUs, making them better suited for compute-intensive tasks such as video encoding, batch processing and caching. The M3 line also features SSDs (solid-state disks) which, according to AWS, offer a more consistent I/O rate than M1 services...