Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Brain Trust Gains $10M In New Funding

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Mirantis, a cloud consulting firm and one of the few OpenStack brain trusts outside of Rackspace, announced Thursday that it has received $10 million in funding from Intel, Dell and WestSummit Capital. The latter is a global investment firm with ties inside China.

Mirantis' story is a little different than other startups' because the three-year-old firm has successfully self-funded its own growth thus far. CEO Adrian Ionel said it could have continued to do so. Rather than a handful of entrepreneurs working in a garage, it's already a staff of 300 consultants and engineers with a list of pedigree customers building major cloud projects, such as PayPal and AT&T...

Report shows Banks' Cyber Attackers Are Sponsored by Iran, Using Cloud Computing

Grazed from American Banker. Author: Brian Browdie.

A string of cyberattacks that has bedeviled some of the nation's biggest banks appears to have a state sponsor who is taking the battle to the cloud. The know-how required to mount the attacks, which have slowed the websites of at least six U.S. banks since December, has persuaded U.S. officials that the disruptions are the work of Iran, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Though security experts have previously tied Iran to the onslaught, whoever is behind the attacks has showed an ability to shift tactics in ways that has left banks vulnerable, according to security experts. The experts also say that regardless of whether Iran is waging the attacks, cyber thieves from around the globe may be piggybacking on the onslaught to commit fraud...

Cloud computing? What’s that?

Grazed from ChannelPro. Author: Editorial Staff.

Two in five people say they have little or no understanding of cloud. While the IT industry continues to talk up the potential power of cloud computing, new research published today indicates the general public’s understanding of ‘the cloud’ is still poor. Hosting firm Webfusion polled more than 1,000 members and discovered that almost two in five (38 percent) said that they had little or no understanding of the term, while only a third (34 percent) said they were confident that they knew what it meant.

Although the poll found that ‘cloudy’ applications such as file hosting services similar to Dropbox, email services like Hotmail or Gmail, or online music hosting such as iTunes were each seen as cloud services by around 30 percent of the population, a similar proportion did not recognise these to be cloud. A much smaller proportion (15.7 percent) said that scalable hosting across multiple servers counted as a cloud service...

7 Modeling Tools To Help Assess Cloud ROI

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: David Greenfield.

Gone are the days when the cloud meant simply a hosted virtual instance or resource on some provider's network. We're seeing all sorts of new variants and twists emerge. I'm not just referring to the use of storage or compute resources or those that allow for elastic computing, such as Amazon's Reserved Instances.

We're likely to see industry-specific community clouds emerge. These clouds are built to address the security and compliance needs within specific industries. Examples of community clouds may well be Verizon's Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) cloud service, which targets the healthcare community; and Metal Lynx, a cloud community targeting buyers and sellers of precious metals...

SAP taps niche areas in cloud to grow beyond traditional base

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Srikanth RP.

The immense potential of the Indian SMB market is well known. Market research firm, Zinnov, says that with over 50 million units, India has the largest number of SMBs across the world. While a majority of SMBs in this sector have global aspirations, they are way behind in technology adoption – a vital parameter for competing against global players.

While this sector wants to use technology, a majority of SMBs seldom adopt technology as they are either too expensive or too cumbersome to deploy. The cloud is a perfect technology for SMBs as it gives them the ability to conserve cash, and scale without technology infrastructure restrictions...

Beware of Fake Cloud Computing

Grazed from Wired. Author: Edwin Schouten.

You’d think that by now, since we started talking about the term cloud computing back in 2008, we’d all know what its characteristics are and how it’s consumed and delivered. This, however, does not seem to be the case, even though there are some great recaps out there. I just read the Computerworld UK post, CIOs frustrated by ‘fake’ cloud services. But this is not unique to cloud alone. Think of SOA for instance, which was never really understood by the public at large.

In my opinion, this has to do with the fact that some of the large IT companies “define their own standards” and interpretations of information technology. Marketing teams at companies sometimes use different terms and abbreviations to add a false sense of uniqueness. They can also “interpret” well-known terms and abbreviations freely to suggest false similarities. This makes it more difficult for IT consumers to compare individual solutions on facts and capabilities...

Five big provider trends in 2013: The future of cloud computing is PaaS

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

By all appearances, 2012 seemed to be a good year for cloud computing. In addition to being the darling of the media for all of last year, the cloud gained a lot of ground in terms of the number of businesses that have adopted cloud computing in some form. But despite this traction, the cloud is still largely a spectator sport for providers from a financial perspective. Even by optimistic estimates, the market has realized less than 1% of its total opportunity.

Cloud providers or prospective providers are concerned; how can a service already be turning into a commodity when it's hardly begun to succeed? Fortunately, key improvements on both the buyer and seller sides of a cloud transaction will drive the future of cloud computing in 2013...

Cloud Computing: EMC Buys iWave

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Storage titan EMC has quietly acquired Texas-based iWave Software, whose Automator suite streamlines the provisioning and management of storage systems, data centers and private clouds. No price was mentioned.

It will be another Storage-as-a-Service ornament for EMC's Advanced Storage Division. EMC uses iWave widgetry in its VMAX Service Provider Platform. Users can provision, remove and extend block storage for Linux, VMware ESX servers and VMware clusters. The news got out through a posting by iWave Brent Rhymes, who's of course "thrilled" with the acquisition...

Amazon's Cloud Revenues, Examined

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Amazon.com's Web Services unit is gaining larger cloud customers than the developers and startups who first found a home on its EC2 compute service. That's one reason two analyst houses have come out with upside predictions for the firm.

The previously faltering stock moved toward recovery yesterday after Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt upgraded his rating on the NASDAQ-traded equity to "overweight." The stock went up $9.31, or 3.59%, in a day to close at $268.46 -- its highest level ever. If it were broken out into a separate company today, AWS would be worth $19-$30 billion, with a share price of $41 to $66. The high end might be justified because Amazon's EC2 is moving beyond startups to enterprise customers who are starting to rely on its services...

Dell commits to cloud client computing with Project Ophelia

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

Android-powered device will bring cloud desktop computing to mass market, claims hardware giant. Dell has unveiled the newest product in its cloud client computing range - code-named Project Ophelia - during the second day of CES 2013.

The device is roughly the size of a wireless dongle and plugs directly into a user’s monitor or television and requires only two amps of power, which it gets directly from the screen. Running the Android Jellybean operating system, Ophelia will deliver a desktop experience to users without the need for hardware and will bring cloud client computing to the mass consumer and enterprise market, the company claims...