Cloud Adoption

Where is cloud computing heading in 2013?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Rebecca Merritt.

Analysts have predicted a trend towards moving IT from on-premise to off-premise, new cloud applications and an increase in spending on cloud services next year. IDC head of research Matthew Oostveen said with cloud computing maturing this year, more organisations will start to move their IT infrastructure from on-premise to off-premise. “2012 was the year that we all got tired of cloud – there’s cloud fatigue. But with Australia being the country that rapidly takes up technology, I think we have reached a period of maturity with the way that we view cloud,” he said.

“What is certain is we are watching a migration taking place where on-premise computing is moving to off-premise computing. It may start incrementally where we see an up take of co-location services, and obviously the co-locations services are being supported by the influx of new data centres in the market place [provided by] NextDC and Macquarie Telecom, which has built new facilities as well.”...

The Cloud under Threat; the Top Three Enemies

Grazed from UCStrategies. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is rapidly expanding. This means that large and smaller business is increasing their bandwidth consumption as they make the most of the many opportunities the cloud has to offer. Companies particularly enjoy the ability to purchase services that were once only accessible to enterprise-level businesses, such as data storage, security, billing support, and business voice.

Though no longer in its infancy, the age of cloud services is relatively young and it has to surmount a number of obstacles that are set to impede further growth. Here are the three main threats to cloud technology...

Gartner sees cloud computing, mobile development putting IT on edge

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jack Vaughn.

A variety of mostly consumer-driven forces challenge enterprise IT and application development today. Cloud computing, Web information, mobile devices and social media innovations are converging to dramatically change modern organizations and their central IT shops. Industry analyst group Gartner Inc. describes these forces as forming a nexus, a connected group of phenomena, which is highly disruptive.

As in earlier shifts to client-server computing and Web-based e-commerce, the mission of IT is likely to come under serious scrutiny. How IT should adjust was a prime topic at this week's Gartner ITxpo conference held in Orlando, Fla...

The Unanswered Questions Of Cloud Technology

Grazed from TechWeek Europe. Author: Peter Judge.

Everyone is out there selling the cloud like there’s no tomorrow, so it’s tempting to think the technology is all done. But there are people out there who say that is not the case. The cloud is still scaling up, and it’s not always a hundred percent clear how services will be operated, as more and more users turn to public shared resources for more of their IT.

The dream of cloud activists seems to be a shift away from in-house IT , and long term outsourcing deals, running on stable hardware in known locations. Instead, resource locations will be flexible, and customer processes will be running in an increasingly ad hoc, transitory way, on different providers’ services...

Cloud Computing: ARM, Red Hat, AppliedMicro To Develop Disruptive 64-Bit Server Platform

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

ARM, Red Hat, Inc. and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation today announced a collaboration that aims to develop a disruptive 64-bit server design platform to dramatically lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of cloud computing, data centers and enterprises.

Fully compliant with the ARMv8 architecture, the AppliedMicro X-Gene Server on a Chip has been purpose-built for cloud and enterprise server deployment to deliver unprecedented low power, high performance and integration, with the goal of changing the way servers are designed for cloud, data center and enterprise applications. Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, is actively engaged in developing support within the Fedora community for the new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, also known as AArch64...

The Risks And Benefits of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Abby Shagin.

Life is easier with your head in the clouds, right? Perhaps. But does the same hold true for your company’s data? Are there risks to implementing this progressive solution into your business? The answer is yes.

Like most things in life, the benefits come with risks—it’s just a matter of knowing if the benefits outweigh the risks and vice versa. Let’s take a look at some grounded facts about cloud computing to help you decide if you are ready to go up, up, and away...

Peak 10 Inc. Achieves Cisco Cloud Provider Certification with Cisco Powered Cloud Service Designation

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

To support the expanding role of the network in deploying cloud services, Cisco announced today that Peak 10 Inc. has achieved the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation.

The Cisco Cloud Provider Certification recognizes Peak 10’s investment in building, owning and operating its own data centers to offer cloud services in a multitenant environment to end customers. Additionally, as a Cisco Powered IaaS designation, Peak 10’s cloud offering is deployed using Cisco’s Unified Computing System™ (UCS) infrastructure...

CloudPlus Service Attains vCloud Validation

Grazed from Ping! Zine. Author: PR Announcement.

Edgewebhosting Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical managed hosting services, today announced that its CloudPlus managed cloud hosting service has achieved VMware vCloud® Powered status, illustrating to customers that the company’s cloud services are underpinned by VMware’s leading virtualization and cloud computing technology, namely VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud® Director™. A member of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP), Edge provides its VMware vCloud Powered service as a set of cloud computing services across a common platform, supporting the largest set of existing applications and offering distinctive application mobility uniquely available from VMware.

“We are excited to join the VMware vCloud Powered program and are committed to providing our customers the performance, security and application portability they require to maximize the effectiveness of cloud computing,” said Michael Altman, Chief Operating Officer...

Reframing The Cloud Computing Argument: Managing Inaccurate Perceptions

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Don Cleveland.

Human rationality is quickly becoming a castaway in the study of economics and psychology. That humans make decisions irrationally is an irrefutable precept as evidenced by empirical research. What these studies have uncovered is than when it comes to dealing with the emotions that naturally arise in the decision making process, avoiding risk trumps rational decision-making. The key issue is how the issue is framed to begin with.

One of the problems with cloud computing is overcoming its name. For most people, “the cloud” does not relate to some diagraming by computer scientists to illustrate how cloud computing operates. That frame of reference is only relevant to a narrow portion of tech savvy professionals. When most people here the word, “cloud” they unconsciously begin framing a set of references like: dreamy, foggy, haziness, overcast, and overshadow. Without being aware of it, putting one’s valuable data in the cloud becomes a lot more like driving one’s children around in an exploding Pinto from the 1970s than purchasing the latest technology...

Why the Cloud Needs a Network Decongestant

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Dan Woods.

Every part of the world of business computing is getting cloudier. By that I mean that computing resources are becoming virtual. Instead of running on a physical machine, our applications run on virtual machines, ones created by software and controlled by APIs. This is happening in data centers who are using VMware and other virtualization technologies to increase utilization and flexibility, and in public and private clouds created by the likes of Amazon and Rackspace that provide on-demand computing resources.

In the face of all of this hardware becoming software, It is easy to think that we can forget about the physical world. But this is not true, especially when it comes to the network layer. I recently started studying a company called Gnodal, which creates a new kind of Ethernet-based, ASIC-accelerated switch that can dynamically optimize the flow of network traffic. Learning about this technology has convinced me that more and more companies are going to face a large bump in the road as their infrastructure becomes more virtual...