Cloud Services

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.

Cloud Services—What's Selling, Who's Buying

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Megan Santosus.

Fujitsu launches Australian cloud services portal

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stan Beer.

According to Fujitsu, the ready accessibility of the portal overcomes the challenges otherwise blocking the adoption of cloud services at the enterprise level: security, border controls compliance issues, lock-ins and restricted licence options. Fujitsu claims the portal enables customers to adjust services and usage in real-time with actual pay per use.

Fujitsu claims to be the only vendor currently operating a true cloud environment for Australian customers with a single point of customer interaction for the provision and coordination of every type of cloud service.

Indian outsourcer Tata offers cloud computing services

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  John Riberio.

India's Tata Communications is offering cloud based computing infrastructure services in India, with plans to extend the services to other markets including the US, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. The new InstaCompute service, launched on Thursday, takes advantage of Tata Communications' investment in global communications infrastructure, managed services, and data centres, Vinod Kumar, president and COO of Tata Communications said at a press conference in Mumbai.

Software-as-a-service solutions 'enabling enterprise collaboration'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Software-as-a-service solutions are allowing companies to work more effectively while also cutting IT costs.

This is the suggestion of IT Pro Portal columnist James Nixon, who stated that such cloud-based services are helping to "revolutionise" technology for both personal and business users.

"Hosted apps known as 'software-as-a-service' … enable workers to collaborate, sharing documents and spreadsheets online," he pointed out.

Mr Nixon added that such offerings frequently have an impact on a company's bottom line.