Cloud Adoption

33years after creating the PC, IBM leaves it behind in favour of the cloud

Grazed from Phys.org.  Author: Editorial Staff.

With the sale of first its desktop PC business and now its server business to Chinese partner Lenovo, IBM has come full circle. By exiting the hardware business IBM leaves behind the low-end market it invented and returns to its roots in high performance computers, software, and a focus on the client.

Computer industry companies have to spot opportunities and ensure they change products to take advantage of shifting markets. It is an industry where leading companies can go from boom to bust in a short time, and there are many examples of those that failed to move quickly enough. The once innovative Sun Microsystems was swallowed by Oracle, the formerly cutting-edge DEC was bought by Compaq, and Compaq, instrumental in breaking open the PC market from IBM's grip, was itself swallowed by HP. In the 1990s the world's most popular computer games were written specifically for the 3D graphics chips from 3Dfx; just a few short years later the firm was bankrupt and snapped up by competitor Nvidia. Each had fixated on a certain product range, and failed to see the evolution of the market...

Cloud Technology Is The Final Piece Of The Globalization Puzzle

Grazed from Science20.  Author: Editorial Staff.

If you were a 1990s protester in a developed nation, you probably hate the idea of globalization, though democratization of culture and wealth have clearly been very good things. Globalization used to be controversial but by now no one sentient really thinks cultures that condone rape and stoning of women should be preserved.

Cloud computing will take that globalization to the next level, because it is a key enhancer of innovation and economic development - and it gives groups without giant budgets for hardware a way to compete, just like food science that lets crops grow in inhospitable climes saves lives...

Gartner Hype Cycle Highlights Challenges for Cloud, Big Data

Grazed from MidSize Insider. Author: Shawn Drew.

This year's edition of the Gartner Hype Cycle shows some big moves on the horizon for cloud computing and big data. Midsize businesses that need these technological advantages to stay competitive have to be ready to stay the course as these technologies are scrutinized.

Gartner Hype Cycle 2014

Gartner recently released the 2014 edition of its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, which looks at a range of technologies that are either in their infancy or in the process of changing the face of business technology, and analyzes how industry hype is affecting the perception of the technology that year. Once a technology makes it through the entire cycle, it either becomes obsolete or it becomes an accepted, trusted aspect of the overall technology landscape...

The Times they are a clouding

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is becoming mainstream and a familiar concept at all levels of society. A recent survey by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) estimated that approximately 55 percent of the adult population had heard of the term. However cloud computing has not yet reached the stage in Australia where mainstream newspapers devote entire supplements to the topic, as that august UK journal, The Times, did recently with the publication of its 25 page 'Cloud for Business' report.

It's full of useful stuff. There's a two page spread "Understanding the Cloud Ecosystem" that explains the distinctions and the interplay between public, private and hybrid cloud. Another looks at the role of the cloud integrator: an organisation that manages a business' multiple private and public cloud services...

AWS vies for domination within cloud market

Grazed from BitPipe.  Author: Nick Huber.

Cloud computing is everywhere in business. Whether a small van-hire business in Burnley needs a few extra servers to power its website or a multinational wants a large data warehouse to analyse millions of customer transactions.  The spread of the cloud – large networks of web servers and datacentres that are hosted online rather than on users’ own computers – is in no small part down to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In just seven years, Amazon Web Services, the services arm of US online retailer Amazon, has become one of the biggest suppliers of cloud computing. It has hundreds of thousands of customers, including Netflix and Instagram, and the Central Intelligence Agency and Unilever. Growth has been rapid. AWS’s revenue was estimated at about $1.5bn in 2012, according to a report by Baird Equity Research....

Price vs. Service – What Will Win the Cloud War?

Grazed from MarkleyGroup.  Author: Paul Diamond.

For companies that haven’t yet dabbled in the cloud, the types and options seem endless and in some cases, intimidating. Where to even start when choosing what’s best for your company? What’s worse – if you’ve been keeping up with the IT industry buzz on the topic, you know that vendors, analysts and pundits have been touting the best cloud computing solutions and strategies for years.

The reasons for why specific solutions and strategies rise to become considered the “best” are for various motives and factors, and often times, pertain to specific infrastructure scenarios. Within industry coverage and articles that debate these cloud computing solutions and strategies, you will often read the comparison described as the “cloud war.”...

A Tale of Two Companies: Measuring Clouds

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Michael Brown.

Measuring ROI for cloud usage is no doubt a difficult task, and when prospective clients are considering potential cloud-based MSPs, it may still be something they want to hear about. However each company is different and MSPs need to be able to modify their approaches accordingly. As this article from InformationWeek explains, there are big differences between a new, fast growing company like Airbnb and a monolithic, experienced company like GE, and how they use cloud services such as cloud-based file sharing.

You Merely Adopted the Cloud, We Were Born in It

The perception of the cloud is clearly very different to a company such as Airbnb versus a company like GE. Airbnb, a company that provides a platform where people can rent their apartments or vacation homes directly to strangers via the internet, has never even had its own data center. Six years ago the company launched via cloud services, and subsequently built all of their applications in the cloud...

Performance monitoring for virtualization vs. cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Brendan Gregg.

How do cloud-hosted workloads affect data center systems differently than virtualized and physical infrastructures? Are there steps that admins can take to prepare themselves for performance diagnostics and improvement once their infrastructure moves to cloud? Start by getting up to speed with different Web server and database architectures because scalability is more horizontal than vertical across new instances. You can scale further with cloud computing vs. virtualization, and more closely match your IT spend with the workload. That's great, but you now have many more distributed systems to analyze.

On a cloud infrastructure with hundreds or thousands of server instances, you can't solve performance issues until you identify the right instances to target. This requires skills in distributed system monitoring. Often the performance issue subsides naturally or from auto-scaling of the cloud infrastructure, so the administrator must identify the problem instances after the event. At the very least, enable the Linux tool sar to track historical data...

Cloud and the Internet of Things 101

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Emily Hines.

A few weeks ago, March conducted a training session, “Cloud 101 and the Internet of Things.” As an Account Coordinator here at March, I support clients that sit squarely in the Cloud and IOT space so this was a session I wasn’t going to miss. The training was presented by my fellow colleagues, Doug and James.

We began our session with a review of the basic types of clouds: cirrus, stratus, and cumulus. Once we all confirmed that we passed the third grade, we moved on to cloud computing fundamentals and the uses of the cloud. We agreed that “the cloud” is a technology term that is thrown around, overused and misused...

Read more at http://www.business2community.com/digital-marketing/cloud-internet-things-101-0969778#k7oQsqWmve0rMSPU.99

Choosing a cloud provider? Follow the happy employees

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Back in March, Louis Columbus reported on some numbers from Glassdoor.com showing employees' rankings of their cloud technology companies. They are not perfect indicators of company culture, but are certainly worth your consideration if you're looking to work for a cloud provider -- or trying to figure out which ones to use as a provider.

Reports like these give an insider's view into some of the top cloud technology companies. I can get an idea of what the culture is really like, which is an indicator of how well they are building and deploying their cloud tech. People say that having a bunch of unhappy employees doesn't measure the value of company's technology...