Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: 2015 Will Be All About Going Web-Scale

Grazed from TheVarGuy.  Author: Elliot Markowitz.

Going forward, every company must look at taking whatever IT functions they have—whatever customer communications, whatever support, whatever data access abilities—and bringing them to the Web.  It’s that clear. And the only way for businesses to get there is with the help of solution providers.

SPs need to help their clients bring their business to the Web and into the digital age quickly, or those companies risk being irrelevant.  “The era of Digital Business has arrived, in which successful companies are defined by their ability to respond quickly and effectively to transient business moments,” according to a recent report by Gartner...

Buckle up IT: The enterprise needs you for cloud adoption

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

For years, people in marketing or HR have been sneaking their apps and data onto the cloud, totally bypassing IT's approval or help. Buckle up, IT. Those days are coming to an end as more enterprises look into moving critical applications and information to the cloud. IT shops are being called in to corral all of those individual cloud projects, while moving critical data to the cloud, as well.

"Central IT departments are absolutely going to be more involved with how enterprises use, or don't use, cloud services," said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. "In the past, individual departments or employees have used cloud services like a fat guy would use a buffet...

Linux, the overweight king of cloud: Will this change anytime soon?

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Nick Hardiman.

Sadly, Linux has become old, fat, and slow. After two decades of overindulgence, the once-lean OS has gained some ugly pounds of cruft. Linux may not be the most overweight server OS out there, but it does take up more resources than it used to. According to the Linux Foundation's 2014 Enterprise End User Report, 75% of enterprise cloud platforms are Linux.

Since millions of cloud computing services are powered by Linux, that's a lot of extra resources consumed. Do we really need to use an all-singing OS like Linux -- one that requires an overloaded kernel and thousands of supporting files? Isn't there a lighter, faster, and more secure way of providing business value?...

Amazon's cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Editorial Staff.

This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored. In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser.

The case is an example of the challenges that Amazon faces as it works to expand its cloud computing business, known as Amazon Web Services (AWS). In cloud computing, clients store and process data on remote servers accessed by the Internet, as opposed to storing information in local servers...

How to Distinguish a Cloud Poser From a Cloud Pro

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimsberger.

Debates over trusting an expert as opposed to someone who claims to be an expert happen every day across all industries—from car repair to IT—and this certainly includes anything involving the cloud. While cloud computing enables significant benefits for users to access applications from any computer, it has also created a new group of "cloud posers."

These posers are defined as inexperienced software developers who make bold (and often untrue) claims about the performance of the cloud-based applications they manage. Most of these posers work as independent consultants. On the surface, a poser may talk a good game and seem like a good choice to support an enterprise, but asking a few smart questions might just reveal his or her lack of expertise—and save you lots of grief...

AURO Enterprise Cloud Enables Partners to Accelerate Cloud Services Delivery across Canada

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

AURO Enterprise Cloud announced today the official launch of their Powered by AURO Cloud initiative that empowers their clients to use and benefit from flexible Cloud Computing Services, including the company’spublic cloud computing and cloud services framework, to expand their cloud practices and generate new revenue opportunities.  With this launch, AURO has introduced three partner programs that provide partners with faster time to value and simplified cloud support for their business.

In line with AURO’s Canadian Cloud Computingstrategy to bring cloud computing across Canada, these new options to the Powered by AURO Partner programs enable value-added resellers (VARs) and global system integrators (GSIs) to offer their customers a delivery model that crosses private, managed and public cloud computing environments in Canada...

Customers reporting interest in cloud, containers, Linux, OpenStack for 2015

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen.

As 2014 comes to a close and IT departments reflect on their initiatives heading into the new year, we asked a group of 115 Red Hat customers -- ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses -- about their priorities for 2015. What we heard from the respondents is promising going into the new year: Budgets are increasing (or at least staying the same); Linux adoption is increasing; cloud deployments will be dominantly private or hybrid; OpenStack is hot; and interest in containers is emerging.

Budgets -- always a popular topic at the new year -- look strong going into 2015: 84 percent of survey respondents are optimistic about their 2015 budgets, with 40 percent of respondents planning for a budget increase, and 44 percent expecting their budgets to stay the same. According to the survey results, respondents are planning for several key IT initiatives in 2015, including:...

Equinix and IBM Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Computing Initiatives

Grazed from CNN.  Author: PR Announcement.

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, together with IBM today announced an agreement to provide enterprises direct access to the full portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ in nine markets worldwide spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Equinix also announced Cloud Exchange enhancements, including API functionality that makes it easier for service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near real-time provisioning...

Is The Cloud Really At Risk?

Grazed from SAP. Author: Editorial Staff.

While the cloud has gained in popularity in recent years, 2014 will probably be known as the year cloud computing truly exploded onto the scene. If you’ve used a mobile device, you’ve more than likely used the cloud. If your company stores information on the internet, it’s using the cloud. Adoption of cloud computing has reached unprecedented levels.

In terms of the numbers of organizations adopting public cloud services, almost 90 percent have made the leap with more ready to follow. Couple that with trends promoting bring your own device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things, and it’s clear that the cloud will continue to expand rapidly. But as the rate of cloud adoption increases, so too have the number of security risks associated with cloud computing...

Google Cloud offers streamlined Ubuntu for Docker use

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Google has adopted for use in its cloud a streamlined version of the Canonical Ubuntu Linux distribution tweaked to run Docker and other containers. Ubuntu Core was designed to provide only the essential components for running Linux workloads in the cloud. An early preview edition of it, which Canonical calls "Snappy," was released last week.

The new edition jettisoned many of the libraries and programs usually found in general use Linux distributions that were unnecessary for cloud use. The Google Compute Engine (GCE) joins Microsoft Azure in supporting the fresh distribution. According to Canonical, Ubuntu Core should provide users with an easy way to deploy Docker, an increasingly lightweight virtualization container that allows users to quickly spin up workloads and easily move them around, even across different cloud providers...

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