Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: HP, Citrix Strengthen Investments in Linux

Grazed from NewsFactor. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

News from the LinuxCon Europe conference is trickling in. Along with new cloud Relevant Products/Services-oriented vendor members, the Linux Foundation is also announcing that Hewlett-Packard and Citrix are boosting their investment in the open-source platform.

HP and Citrix are upgrading to Platinum membership. HP was previously a Gold member and Citrix was a Silver member. Other Platinum members include Fujitsu, IBM, Intel Relevant Products/Services, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm Innovation Center and Samsung. HP and Citrix will each take a seat on the board of directors. Many of HP's products -- servers, printers, networking equipment and more -- are already running Linux. HP's membership upgrade is partly recognition Linux will help drive collaborative development going forward...

The Cloud made of Penguins: Open source goes 'industrial scale'

Grazed from The Register. Author: Gavin Clarke.

Thanks to projects like OpenStack and the mighty operation that is Amazon’s EC2, open source and Linux are quickly becoming the building blocks of “cloud” computing. OpenStack, which started life in 2010, releases compute, storage, networking and other components under an Apache licence, and it is being adopted by huge companies such as telecom giant NTT in Japan and IT behemoth Hewlett-Packard in its fledgling cloud.

Amazon EC2 runs tens of thousands of Linux servers, providing – among other things – storage, with 762 billion objects housed last year following growth of 200 per cent. 2012 will see the number of objects grow again. Open-source clouds - and we’re talking platform and infrastructure-as-a-service rather than hosted email or collaboration – currently have closed-source efforts such as Microsoft’s Windows Azure encircled and outnumbered...

Government involvement in cloud computing standards: a positive move

Grazed from FierceTechnology. Author: Kathy Grise.

Cloud computing has become quite the topic for discussion among just about anyone and everyone today. Google produces about 254,000,000 results on cloud computing. But do we really understand what cloud computing is all about? Ask 10 people if they have heard about cloud computing. They will say yes. Ask them what is cloud computing, and they will give you 10 different perspectives.

Cloud computing is not just a new trend, but can be compared to what happened with the introduction of the Internet. Without common and established standards for the Internet, we would not have the compatibility and reliability today behind the various browsers, FTP clients and applications. The cloud is real and has significant implications to our day-to-day lives. It is big business worldwide, and every day, new jobs, educational offerings and conferences in cloud computing are created...

Cloud Computing: An Opportunity to Strengthen the CIO-CFO Relationship

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Lindsey Nelson.

Businesses of every industry and size are facing economic and market changes that often prove difficult – if not impossible – to forecast. This leaves companies vulnerable to fluctuating swings in demand and under- or over-investment in IT. Underestimating demand can lead to missed opportunities, outages, and other major disruptions to your business. Overestimating demand, on the other hand, can result in write-offs for unused capacity and facilities. The inherent flexibility of cloud computing can free CFOs and CIOs from these worries, while providing a more efficient way to manage actual demand.

While the cost benefits of cloud computing are well understood, CFOs and CIOs have had difficulty getting a handle on the greater potential benefit – business agility. Their dialogue is likely to focus on “How much capital and operational expense can we cut with cloud?” and not “How will cloud improve revenue and make us more agile?” This focus on cost savings has shaped the relationship between CFOs and CIOs at many companies...

SAP Brings Product Stewardship and Safety Data to The Cloud

Grazed from TriplePundit. Author: Leon Kaye.

As customers demand safer and more sustainable products, companies such as SAP are in a position to help companies stay informed about their suppliers’ materials–and those of their suppliers’ suppliers. To that end, SAP today rolls out two new cloud computing solutions that provide manufacturers and their supply chains the ability to manage and track sustainability data. True, the need to stay compliant and out of trouble is one driver. But, as sustainability becomes integrated throughout companies’ DNA, and not just a silo, it will become more important for company employees and their partners to access such information in real time–and avoid any pitfalls that could harm a company’s reputation.

And trouble can come in many forms: chemicals that are unsafe and, of course, illegal in some countries; new recalls and regulations that make it more challenging for companies to operate in a cross-border environment; and a sloppy supplier that one manufacturer may have caught using dubious substances yet tries to pass off their products to other companies. So how is SAP leveraging itself in the market?...

Mental Simulations And Cloud Computing: Faulty Reasoning Meet The Coming Reality

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Don Cleveland.

My journey to purchasing a MacBook Air and adopting the cloud for all my data storage needs was fraught with many naysayers. What amazed me most was the salesman who challenged my commitment.

When faced with the idea of selling me something without a traditional hard drive no less than four salesmen attempted to talk me out of it. When pressed for reason all they could tell me was that the MacBook Pro was better because it contained a hard drive and a DVD slot for about the same price. When I explained that I was a writer and wanted the lightweight and faster processing capabilities an interesting social transaction took place that demonstrated the mismatch between my mental simulations and the salesman’s reasoning. Similar disconnects are happening every day as decisions are made about utilizing cloud computing...

Cloud Computing: AMD launches 6300-series 'Piledriver' Opteron processors

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.

AMD has released a new range of Opteron processors, a mix of quad-core, 8-core, 12-core and 16-core parts ranging in clock speeds from 2.3 GHz to 3.5 GHz. According to the data released by AMD, these new processors will offer a 37 percent 'uplift' compared to the 6200-series. The processors all feature AMD's second-generation modular core architecture codenamed "Piledriver" that allows for higher performance, and better price/performance, than the 6200-series.

All processors are manufactured using 32-nanometer architecture and feature a Socket G34 1944-pin LGA. They all have 16 MB L3 cache, four HyperTransport links, 2MB of L2 cache per core, and a quad-channel memory controller that supports RAM up to DDR3-1600...

Cloud Computing: Red Hat targets China for R&D

Grazed from China Daily. Author: Tuo Yannen.

Red Hat Inc, the No 1 Linux developer in the United States, is considering investing more in its research and development and sales team in China, said the company's President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Whitehurst. In its fiscal year 2012, Red Hat's revenue exceeded $1 billion. The company wants to reach $3 billion in the next five years. An exhibition focused on the cloud computing industry in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The sector is booming in China. [Photo/China Daily]

In order to fulfill this goal, the US-based open-source software company said it will place greater emphasis on the Chinese market, where IT spending and cloud computing technology are booming. "The open-source Linux system is the hero behind the scene. Most of the stock exchange market systems are based on the Linux system," said Whitehurst...

Real Business Value in 30 Days With Cloud Consulting

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Matthew Ramsey.

Cloud computing has created new opportunities to improve business processes through the use of technology. From freeing up resources, to letting employees use their preferred personal devices for work, to lowering your technology operating costs, operating from the cloud lets you remain focused on your core business objectives.

There are many ways cloud computing can drive business value. A respected cloud consultant can help you implement best practices for utilizing the cloud for your specific needs, your customers, and your overall operational structure.

So how can cloud computing create real business value?...

Gartner: Public cloud services are both cannibalizing and stimulating demand for external IT services spending

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Public cloud services are simultaneously cannibalizing and stimulating demand for external IT services spending, according to Gartner, Inc. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) adoption — the most basic and fundamental form of cloud computing service — has expanded beyond development and test use cases.

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating and public cloud services do, and will, cannibalize IT services spending in the coming years, most notably in the data center," said Bryan Britz, Research Director, Gartner. "At the same time, public cloud adoption offers service providers the opportunity to accelerate externalization of spending for the non-public cloud workloads and IT operations and service management responsibilities in tandem with clients pursuing a public cloud initiative."...