Cloud Adoption

Virtualization, Open Source Cloud and PaaS Adoption Numbers

Grazed from InfoQ.com.  Author: Abel Avram.

Zenoss has conducted a survey among IT operations specialists in order to evaluate virtualization, open source cloud and PaaS adoption. This article contains a digest of the survey results.

With The State of the Open Source Cloud 2012 survey, Zenoss has tried to evaluate data center virtualization and cloud computing usage. One of the main questions was related to the virtualization technology used, VMware taking the first spot with 74% followed by Linux KVM – 23.3%, and Microsoft Hyper-V with 19.6%. Several respondents noted that they were using multiple virtualization technologies, while 5.9% did not use any such technology. The graphic below shows all the responses to the virtualization question:..

HP and Autodesk Move AEC Workflows to the Cloud

Grazed from Cadalyst. Author: Carles Marti and Rick Rundell.

Two industry insiders provide perspectives about hardware and software solutions that are changing the way professionals work. Cloud technologies are increasingly prevalent these days: There are web-supported calendars, cloud-based phone systems, and CAD software programs hosted in the cloud. You even can print projects from cloud servers.

That said, what is the impact of cloud computing on the AEC field? Rick Rundell, Autodesk's senior director for project, data, and collaboration services, joined Carles Marti, marketing project manager for Designjet web services at HP, to address that question. Their consensus is that AEC companies that want to stay competitive should consider the cloud as a way to help their employees be productive outside the office...

Oracle Disrupts Cloud Industry with End-to-End Approach

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Bob Evans.

As cloud computing’s enormous business value is convincing a rapidly growing number of CEOs and CIOs to join the cloud revolution, it’s not surprising to see IT vendors of every stripe attempt to position themselves as the industry leader. And hey, why not? It’s a market filled with massive opportunities for customers eager to begin bending their IT spending curves toward away from infrastructure-sprawl and toward innovation, and for tech vendors looking to satisfy that surging demand.

Business executives are viewing the cloud as a way to begin shifting the IT-budget spending ratio away from 80% on infrastructure and 20% on innovation to something much closer to 50-50, which would liberate desperately needed capital to fund market-facing growth initiatives. (For more on that incredibly important topic, please check out our recent post called The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues for 2013.)...

Why CIOs have problems with cloud computing: Sunk costs in legacy IT

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jessica Scarpati.

Are customers scared of cloud security breaches? Absolutely. Are they uncomfortable with their lack of control over cloud providers' infrastructure? You bet. But do businesses see these two issues as their biggest problems with cloud computing? Not exactly, according to a new TechTarget survey.

More enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) say they are delaying public cloud adoption because they've sunk too much money into legacy IT, according to TechTarget's recent Cloud Pulse survey, which polled 1,497 IT professionals about their use of and attitudes toward cloud services...

Is OpenStack cloud computing certification a sign of things to come?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Caitlan White.

As talk of cloud computing makes its way from the CIO's office to enterprise IT departments, companies want to ensure they have the right talent for the job -- and employees need to ensure their skills remain relevant. Much debate has come up around cloud computing certification among IT professionals. And much fear has been stirring that cloud signals the end of the IT admin. Can a stamp of approval or a certificate for a cloud technology help job retention as IT departments evolve?

Rackspace Hosting Inc., announced Wednesday its open cloud training initiative, which aims to certify IT administrators on OpenStack software. Open source cloud computing has made waves in cloud-savvy enterprises, but with OpenStack still not in a large number of production environments, can this certification make a difference among IT job candidates?...

Cloud Computing: IBM Boosts Enterprise Servers, Storage & Software

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge. Author: John Rath.

IBM unveiled several new technologies to help customers take advantage of cloud computing, and manage and analyze vast amounts of data. The new offerings include the most powerful enterprise Power Systems to date, a new high-end disk storage system and key software updates for IBM’s newest mainframe computer.

Power Systems

As a result of a $1.4 billion research and development investment IBM announced its enterprise Power System, with Power 770 and Power 780 Servers featuring the new POWER7+ microprocessor. The POWER7+ offers an expanded 2.5x L3 cache memory, greater security with faster file encryption for the IBM AIX operating system, and memory compression that results in no increased energy usage over previous generation POWER7 chips. The Power 795 addresses demanding applications, such as business analytics, fast by utilizing up to 16 terabytes of memory with new 64GB Dual In Line Memory Modules (DIMM)...

5 steps to overcome cloud insecurities

Grazed from ComputerWeek. Author: K.S.Abhiraj.

Speaking of current cloud security landscape, while security and privacy concerns gets ameliorated the way cloud gets procured yet, major concerns are amplified by re-permeterization and control over organizational assets and the potential for mismanagement of those assets. Transitioning towards public cloud involves a crisp transfer of responsibility and accountability to cloud provider over information, as well as core systems whereas the core pain area seen in today’s date in private cloud environment is the way Cloud gets procured in sync without proper security equation with an unknown security denominator.

Despite the inherent loss of control, the cloud service subscriber still requires to take the responsibility for their methodology on how to align the business operations vertically with the cloud providers architecture and near-to-perfect stratagem on how to procure and integrate with the provider, thus to avoid any security fluctuations which can exhibit an opportunity for external players to penetrate...

Opscode Expands Overseas as Enterprise Cloud Software Biz Grows

Grazed from Xconomy. Author: Curt Woodward.

Opscode, a Seattle startup that offers cloud-computing software and services for businesses, is putting some of its recent venture cash to use with expansions in Europe and Asia.

The new European office—which starts with just one London-based employee—will focus on sales and fostering the open-source community participating in Chef, the software system that Opscode created for managing IT resources. In Japan, Opscode is partnering with another company that will distribute its software and support the open-source community...

Cloud Computing Myths Explained: Part 2

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Richa Pokhriyal.

OWNERSHIP: Cloud would make me lose control and ownership over my data

A common feeling – I would lose control over my data. Because you are not storing your data physically with you it’s obvious to feel like this. You don’t know about the data storage, security mechanism and legal terms at the storage location (if it is a different country). Well this is actually a precaution you need to take care while negotiating SLA. Usually good cloud providers explain ownership in the service agreement and store and protect data as per your requirement and specifications. In case you don’t see this clause, you should ask your provider for the ownership clarification.

If you have a feeling of getting locked in with one vendor, simply ask for a plan in advance about the process of data and application transfer if you choose to migrate to another vendor later or back to in –house. It may sound asking about the divorce process even before engagement but to avoid any doubts you should discuss with your provider...

IBM Chases Amazon in Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Saroj Kar.

IBM is targeting a market where the technology giant is considered as a newcomer. A major change in a society that generally deals with the largest corporations and governments around the world, IBM will increase its efforts to sell the so-called cloud computing services to medium-sized companies. The company has lined up partners to resell its services and is helping software companies to adapt their products to the IBM machines.

The decision puts IBM in more direct competition with Amazon and Salesforce. Both have been successful in dealing with SMEs and are expanding their offerings to larger companies. The software giant hopes that its knowledge of the industry and the wide range of technology will help the company to gain a large share of the market and that a series of more limited size of business may be added to new sizable revenue...