Cloud Services

Fujitsu firms up its Microsoft cloud services

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Maxwell Cooter.

Fujitsu and Microsoft have firmed up their agreement on cloud computing services and are ready to roll out a new range of services by the middle of next year.

The companies reached a worldwide agreement last July for Fujitsu to build a range of services based on Microsoft's Azure platform and the companies are set to offer these services for UK customers.

Enomaly launches online cloud computing market

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Nancy Gohring.

Enomaly has launched a compute market that will let anyone shop for low cost, no-frills compute power offered by a variety of providers. The company, which offers software that cloud services providers use, came up with the idea as a way to help its customers fill up unused capacity.

There are currently 15 cloud providers offering their services through the SpotCloud market. Enomaly is offering the market as a beta right now to make sure that it can handle requests, so end users must register and be approved before they can buy services.

HP Pushes 'Instant On' Vision of Enterprise Cloud Services

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: David Needle.

To read some of the breathless accounts touting the benefits of cloud computing, you might think most companies have already ditched their traditional on-premises infrastructure and jumped whole hog into the cloud.

But the reality is that the cloud is better-suited to certain applications and, for compliance, security and other reasons, many enterprises aren't ready to transition their computing infrastructure to a set of cloud services powered by systems they don't own.

Amazon Offers One Year of Free Cloud Services

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Paul Mah.

Amazon earlier this week unveiled a new "free usage tier," available Monday, that opens the door to a year's free use of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.  New customers will be able to access a micro instance server, which includes 5 gigabytes (GB) of S3 storage, up to 30GB of data transfer per month and Elastic Load Balancing.


Data quality efforts 'should be proactive'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Companies have been advised to take a proactive approach to ensuring high data quality levels.

David Loshin, president of consultancy Knowledge Integrity, explained to the B-Eye Network website that there is a tendency for data quality efforts to be focused on dealing with previously-identified problem areas.

But he stated that this may not be the best approach and that the real challenge for data quality initiatives is to identify where future issues may crop up.

Amazon Web Services to make free cloud offer

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jack Clark.

"With the new free AWS [Amazon Web Services] usage tier, developers will be able to launch applications at no cost. If their new application spikes in popularity, it will seamlessly scale and run on AWS's inexpensive, pay-as-you-go, standard pricing," the company said in a statement.

The single instance that will be used to run the applications will be a Linux Micro Instance. This is a low-powered 32 or 64-bit virtual machine with 613MB of memory, up to two EC2 Compute Units (ECUs) — which function as virtual processors — and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) storage only. An ECU provides the equivalent processor capacity of a 1-1.2GHz Opteron or Xeon processor.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'to become standard'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Enterprise architects and IT managers will see software-as-a-service solutions become more popular over the next few years, it has been said.

Gene Leganza from Forrester spoke to ZDNet to suggest that software-as-a-service is one platform for data management that will be a standard in the industry in the near future, with rapid deployment a good idea for many businesses.

IBM targets telcos with cloud service platform

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jack Clark.

The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform bundles IBM hardware, software and services to allow telecommunications firms to use their networks to deliver cloud-based services, the company said on Thursday. A core piece of software in the package is IBM's Service Delivery Manager platform, which automates the deployment, monitoring and management of cloud IT resources, according to IBM.

"[Companies] can use [IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform] to deliver 'as-a-service' — offerings such as collaboration applications, customer relationship management services, data storage, backup and recovery, and industry-specific applications," IBM said in a statement.

Cloud computing 'can help tackle data management concerns'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Cloud computing offerings may help IT departments tackle the various data management challenges they are facing.

According to a recent survey conducted at the Storage Networking World conference, IT professionals list issues such as constrained budgets, data preservation fears and integration worries as among their top data management challenges.

When it comes to fixing these problems, 36 per cent said hybrid cloud solutions could help to make their data centres more efficient, reports Computerworld.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'can have business continuity benefits'

Grazed from Experian  QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Using software-as-a-service offerings provided by a third party can help organisations make improvements in the area of business continuity.

This is according to Robert Rutherford, managing director of QuoStar Solutions, who told Fresh Business Thinking one key benefit of using an external service is that if a company's premises become inaccessible for any reason, business operations will be able to continue.

He added that the best software-as-a-service providers will be keen to provide secure and reliable products to their clients, as their business depends on doing so.