Cloud Adoption

Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Cloud computing isn’t merely changing the way much of the technology business works. Now it is changing itself, and putting even more computing power in more places. On Monday, Microsoft, which operates one of the biggest so-called “public clouds,” or large and flexible computing systems available for remote rental, announced several changes to its data storage and processing services that will make them more powerful.

Microsoft also announced a partnership with Dell to sell a kind of “cloud in a box,” or hardware and software that created a mini-version of Microsoft’s cloud, called Azure, inside a company. The idea is that a company could work with its own version of Azure, then easily move up to the giant version Microsoft has to handle big workloads. Hewlett-Packard may be after something similar with its effort to create a private-public cloud business based on the HP cloud, which uses a kind of open source software...

Why your future is in the public cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

It's not a question of if, but of when: Most of enterprise computing will eventually be sucked up into the public cloud, kind of like the rapture in slow motion. This is not exactly a radical notion, but signs of a great skyward event keep multiplying. Last week, Salesforce sent up a flare with the announcement of Wave, its new cloud analytics platform.

Although it's far from the first public cloud analytics play -- Birst along with such startups as Adatao, Platfora, Tidemark, and many others rolled out first -- the announcement of Wave is a seminal event. Wave's introduction is important because it sets up shop atop repositories of existing customer data already stored in the public cloud by Salesforce customers. This is a sort of triple play:...

Best practices for moving workloads to the cloud

Grazed from CSOOnline. Author: Pierluigi Paganini.

The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organizations. Of course, it is essential for organizations to maximize the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimizing risks.

Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services. For many small and midsize businesses, it represents a choice to compete in a business environment with powerful competitors. IT managers are today inundated with countless business proposals. For this reason, I will give you some useful insights for moving workloads to the cloud...

Red Hat Collaborates With SAP to Deploy Mobile Data Management Cartridge for SAP(R) SQL Anywhere on OpenShift

Grazed from RedHat. Author: PR Announcement.

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new results of its collaboration with SAP to drive the next generation of mobile database development and synchronization. With today’s news, developers now have access to new components of the SAP(R) Data Management portfolio in OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering. The mobile data management cartridge for the SAP SQL Anywhere suite makes it easier for developers creating MySQL-based database applications to extend their data to remote and mobile applications, and keep it synchronized.

Today’s announcement builds on Red Hat’s existing collaboration with SAP to bring SAP components to OpenShift. In April 2014, Red Hat announced plans to offer free development cartridges for the SAP Data Management portfolio, including SAP Adaptive Server(R) Enterprise (SAP ASE), SAP IQ software and SAP SQL Anywhere for use with the OpenShift portfolio, aimed at enabling developers around the world to build next-generation applications...

Faster 'cloud' orders for SAP hurt 2014 profit outlook

Grazed from DailyPress. Author: Editorial Staff.

German software maker SAP cut its 2014 operating profit forecast on Monday as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the Internet, delaying when those orders can be booked as sales. Company executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to so-called "cloud" software would shave about 200 million euros off a previous profit forecast, but that cloud contracts would bolster sales and profit in the future.

The corporate software industry is undergoing a rapid shift from packaged software which customers run on their computer systems to software run over the Internet in remote datacenters, making data easier to manage, analyze and use on mobile phones. SAP said it now expects 2014 operating profit, excluding some special items, of 5.6 billion to 5.8 billion euros ($7.1-$7.4 billion), down from 5.8-6.0 billion euros previously...

Cloud Computing: As vendors split and jettison, can Microsoft avoid the same fate?

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Chris Duckett.

There used to be a time when an IT leader could sign one purchasing and support contract with a single vendor, and have all the computing hardware and software needed to conduct enterprise computing for the foreseeable future.

"Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" was regarded as an axiom, and IT purchasers could get everything from mainframes, rack servers, thinkpads, and thinkcentres for corporate desktop needs, and everything in between...

The public cloud just got a new poster child

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Matt Asay.

Forget Netflix. While Amazon has been holding up the media giant for years as an example, Netflix never resonated with mainstream enterprises. Most companies simply aren't ready to unleash chaos monkeys on their infrastructure. But GE? That's a different story. In a surprisingly candid and punchy interview with InfoWorld, Chris Drumgoole, GE's chief operations officer of Information Technology, dissed private clouds as merely "well-orchestrated virtualization" and declared GE will reduce its data center assets by 90% in favor of the public cloud. Is GE the new poster child for the public cloud?

Cloud is the new normal

Remember when public cloud was only suitable for development and test workloads? You don't have to think back very far: there are plenty of vendors that still try to sell that story. The problem is that it's not true and hasn't been for some time. Just ask Gartner analyst Lydia Leong, who noted, "Out of ~20 government participants at my Gartner [Symposium] roundtable, only one hadn't begun to use cloud," which represents a "Major change from last year." If the government is going into the cloud, everyone is...

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CIOs Face Cloud Computing Challenges, Pitfalls

Grazed from CIO. Author: Ann Bednarz.

There’s no easy path to the cloud for large companies with decades of legacy IT investments. Roughly 20 percent of Progressive Insurance’s business applications run in a SaaS model, while 80 percent run on the company’s own hardware. On the infrastructure side, Progressive uses IaaS, but mainly for experimentation.

It would be “a whole new ballgame” if Progressive were some medium-sized business that didn’t have an extensive data center footprint, says CIO Ray Voelker, but “we already have assets we own that we can leverage.” Chris Drumgoole, chief operating officer for cloud at General Electric, says legacy is “where it’s more interesting for us; we need to be more thoughtful there.”...

Security Think Tank: Celebrity photo leaks highlight cloud security issues

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Indy Dhami.

The past couple of months have seen several leaks of sensitive celebrity pictures and videos. This leak is of course unfortunate and highly embarrassing for all of the victims involved. So how does this security lapse relate to corporate information that may be stored in the cloud? It is important for all employees of an organisation to understand data of any type rarely resides only on the device where it was created or stored.

Once uploaded to cloud storage services, it becomes much more difficult to manage and monitor who has access to that data. Information security professionals need to provide technical solutions and facilitate improved awareness of how to create, classify and manage data that resides in the cloud. The two Information Security Forum (ISF) reports Securing Cloud Computing and Data Privacy in the Cloud describe how organisations can protect themselves while moving sensitive information in and out of the cloud...

Using the cloud to enable a mobile student body

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Drew Turney.

Bryant University, a private education provider based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with a 150-year history, has around 3,400 students, over 85 percent of them residential, as well as 700 staff and faculty members. The 420-acre, 50-building campus is run by a centralised IT function, meaning staff members have their work cut out for them.

All Bryant University students receive a laptop configured and issued by the IT department, and they're encouraged to use their own devices to collaborate with teachers and each other. Director of computer and telecommunications services Rich Siedzik called the resulting online learning management system "state of the art", but said the proliferation of devices and application endpoints needed to support it led to a 300 percent increase in the amount of data stored and managed by the university in just the last four years...