Cloud Services

SaaS, PaaS and IaaS: which cloud service model is for you?

Grazed from TechRadar. Author: Désiré Athow.

The cloud has had a transformational impact on businesses of all sizes - from small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises - and it's showing no signs of slowing down. According to analyst house Gartner, the use of cloud computing is still growing and will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016, a year that the company predicts will see hybrid cloud overtake private cloud, with nearly half of large enterprises having deployments by the end of 2017.

Despite its high uptake, the most suitable route into the cloud is not always so clear cut for many organisations moving on from the tried and tested client-server model. To shed light on the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing's three main service delivery models - software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) - we spoke to Mike Kavis, VP and Principal Architect for Cloud Technology Partners and author of 'Architecting the cloud'...

Cloud Computing Service Preferences for Midsize Firms

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Cloud computing is on the rise at midsize firms, and many IT professionals understand exactly what they want from cloud providers. A new report shows that, as a result of the rising demand for cloud services, cloud providers are paying attention to these specific needs, and that is changing the way in which options are presented and pricing models developed.

Cloud Contracts

According to a new analysis by CloudScreener, featured in the E-Commerce Times, small and midsize companies are seeking less costly cloud storage capacity. Sixty-five percent of companies prefer not to be locked into a long contract with a service provider, compared with 25 percent that would sign a contract for a year or more. The companies that exhibited confidence in their ability to predict their future needs admitted that they would agree to a contract with a discount. Short-term contracts are increasing in price, and some vendors continue to offer pay-as-you-go packages...

Rackspace Aiding the Introduction of DevOps by Extending Their Managed Cloud Service Levels

Grazed from InfoQ. Author: Matthias Marschall.

Rackspace, cloud computing platform provider and founder of OpenStack, is currently introducing its new DevOps Automation Service. They offer managed support for things like infrastructure and workflow automation, monitoring and log aggregation, and source control for infrastructure code.Rackspace has identified the shortage of DevOps engineers as a major problem in the industry.

Based on the technology and processes they use in-house, they've crafted the new service to help their customers to speed up their development and IT.When a client signs up to their DevOps Automation Service, Rackspace works with the client to understand the client?s existing infrastructure...

Pixeom lets you set up cloud services without the data center

Grazed frin ITWorld. Author: James Niccolai.

If it's not the NSA or Google it's someone else. These days it seems there's always somebody scanning your data, looking to make a profit or to learn something about you. What if you could set up your own social network or e-commerce site that didn't require putting your information in someone else's data center? That's the idea behind Pixeom's palm-size cloud in a box, a $125 device (or $99 if you're among its first backers on Kickstarter) that aims to make it easy to set up your own social network, file exchange and e-commerce site at home without using public cloud services.

You take the plastic device home, plug it into your Ethernet network and access it from a PC using the device's IP address or, for the less technical, from a mobile app. It comes with three applications installed -- one for hosting online discussions, one for file sharing and one for setting up a digital storefront...

2014 Will Be A Big Year For Desktop-as-a-Service

Grazed from BizTech2. Author: Editorial Staff.

Scott Davis, CTO for VMware’s End User Computing B.U. shares his vision for technology in 2014. “I think we will see a growing realisation that mobile app to cloud services is the key distributed application construct to focus on. That means less focus on securing and managing physical devices, as well as less reliance on VPNs and the corporate LAN itself since it is becoming a less significant boundary. There will be a greater focus on app to cloud service security technologies. I think we will see more embracing of mobile/cloud applications in our day to day lives. The apps on your phone will become the brains for your car’s navigation and audio systems, and the car dashboard becomes just the display technology,” says Davis.

As part of this broader movement to the mobile/cloud, he predicts 2014 will be a big year for Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) aka Windows-as-a-Service. With users demanding greater mobility and access while IT departments look for ways to reduce TCO of enterprise desktops, DaaS is an ideal approach for enabling/delivering access to business critical Windows applications for mobile users in a cost effective manner...

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 Salesforce.com. 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...