Cloud Adoption

Survey shows sharp uptick in appetite for cloud disaster recovery

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Karen Goulart.

Jessica Carroll, managing director of IT and digital media at the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, N.J., was something of a pioneer in her embrace of cloud disaster recovery and business continuity.

In 2008, when cloud computing was still a blip on the technology horizon, Carroll was faced with the challenge of bringing her '90s-era IT shop into the 21st century. She knew that tape rotation and colocation weren't going to be the wave of the future. Higher expectations for disaster recovery -- quick, seamless, gap-free -- led her to consider and ultimately adopt a cloud disaster recovery solution from IBM. "It enabled us to port our data to an off-site location without adding strain to the administration of managing the backups, without adding huge amounts of infrastructure and without unreasonable costs," she said...

OpenStack 'clock is ticking,' Forrester analyst warns

Grazed from PC Advisor. Author: Brandon Butler.

The OpenStack cloud computing project needs to get a move on it, says Forrester analyst James Staten. Specifically, he says member organizations need to start seeing a return on their investments, or else may become disinterested.

More than two and a half years old now, the OpenStack project has gained significant momentum in the past year, in large part because big-name companies such as VMware, Red Hat and IBM have joined the likes of Rackspace, Cisco, Dell and HP to contribute more than $10 million to the project. Despite the investments, Staten points out there have been relatively few "enterprise-ready" OpenStack-powered products on the market. Canonical, SUSE, Rackspace and Morphlabs are some of the companies with OpenStack distributions so far, he notes. Meanwhile, Rackspace and HP are two of the biggest companies to use the OpenStack code to power their own clouds...

Salesforce.com Announces Cloudforce New York, the Largest Enterprise Cloud Computing Event on the East Coast

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced Cloudforce New York—the largest enterprise cloud computing event on the East Coast. The event will take place Oct. 19 at the Javits Center in New York City, where Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff will deliver a keynote on how companies are transforming their businesses for the social revolution.

More than 10,000 attendees are expected to register to be inspired at Cloudforce, as industry leaders including General Electric and Toyota reveal how social, mobile and cloud technologies are enabling them to connect with their customers, partners, employees—and even products—in entirely new ways. With more than 30 sessions and 80 cloud companies in the expo, attendees can attend visionary keynotes, participate in interactive sessions, see hundreds of live demos and join in unparalleled networking opportunities...

How Big Data And Cloud Computing Are Pushing Networks to the Brink

Grazed from AllThingsDigital. Author: Arik Hesseldahl.

A lot is expected of corporate networks these days. Companies are trying to add new services and support new devices. There’s always more data that has to keep flowing, more stuff being connected to it. And the network is expected to perform, no matter what. Now there are about five billion devices connected to the Internet and billions of individual users, all expecting their networks to perform.

The folks at Juniper Networks started to wonder if the world of networking has reached some kind of fundamental inflection point. They got together with the people at Forrester Research and surveyed 150 senior IT executives to try to get a better handle on how big trends facing the enterprise, like cloud computing and big data, are affecting enterprise networks...

New OpenStack clouds mean something for everyone

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

If there isn’t an OpenStack cloud you fancy, wait a second, there’s more — a lot more — in the pipeline. Cloudscaling, Metacloud and Dreamhost will all preview their take on the open-source cloud this week at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego.

Don’t fret if the OpenStack clouds now available from Hewlett-Packard, Rackspace, Internap and a handful of private-cloud-centric startups don’t suit your need. There will be more options to choose from very shortly. This week at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego, new flavors of the open-source cloud will be unveiled by Cloudscaling, Dreamhost and Metacloud, among others. Here’s a roundup of some of the noteworthy news:...

Is cloud computing always the greenest option for SMEs?

Grazed from CloudComputing News. Author: James Bourne.

A new report has suggested that cloud computing is generally a better option than on-premise when looking to save energy, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), alongside WSP Environment and Energy looked at how on-premise computing compared to the cloud in terms of energy efficiency – in particular power usage effectiveness (PUE) of the server room or data centre; how much of the server’s hardware is utilised; and carbon emissions.

Overall it was revealed that while running an app in the cloud is generally more energy efficient than running it in your server room, variables such as PUE and hardware utilisation are vital to cloud’s carbon footprint...

The Cloud: Focusing On Cloud Performance - Part 2

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Suri Chitti.

Companies are usually recommended to do a workload analysis exercise before deciding on moving a process to the cloud and choosing a provider. For vendors it is, again, critical to understand in both business and computational terms (like number of records, size distributions, CPU and memory consumptions) the loads of the companies they wish to serve. While this may sound obvious, the outcome of a study conducted by the IEEE will explain why it needs to be articulated.

The study published in November 2010, Performance Analysis of Cloud Computing Services for Many-Tasks Scientific Computing, found that the major four cloud computing commercial services were an order of magnitude less in performance to be useful for the scientific community. It is understandable that the cloud was not designed specifically for the scientific community in the first place. Yet nothing prevented cloud services from being touted as viable alternatives to grids and clusters for the scientific community. This study, while seemingly unconnected to industry, may still offer the relevant message to potential cloud service vendors...

How Cloud Computing is Affecting Everyone

Grazed from CloudTimes.org.  Author: Florence de Borja.

With the current popularity cloud computing is experiencing, it is not surprising to expect that it will have a great impact on the global economy. In fact, according to the International Data Corporation, it is expected for cloud computing to generate at least 14 million jobs worldwide. In a recent Forbes article by Joe McKendrick, he pointed out 5 ways in which cloud computing will change how businesses are implemented. According to him, cloud computing will also indirectly affect jobs.

In McKendrick’s article “5 Ways Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Everyone’s Job”, he noted that because procurement of cloud computing resources can be done through a credit card, everyone can have access to it. And with that access, it is highly probable that IT will no longer be limited to a particular IT department only. Instead, the IT professionals will be part of each department using cloud computing. According to McKendrick, executives within the lines of business have greater IT budgets than their counterparts in the IT department. But, it doesn’t mean that IT executives will be eased out of companies. These IT executives will be advising the businesses as well as offer tactical and strategic guidance so that line-of-business executives can identify and select the suitable resources for their departments...

How Will Salesforce Adapt To The Next Platform Shift: Mobile Computing?

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Bruce Cleveland.

Most of us are familiar with the adage by George Santayana, who, in his biography said, ”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” You may recognize it as, “Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.” Either way, I agree.

This truism is applicable to the high-tech industry, specifically when it is applied against transformational technologies. For example, the change from mainframe computing to client-server computing. Or, for those of you old enough to remember, the move from Codasyl databases to relational databases. Companies that remain steadfastly adhered to old architectures (e.g. ADR or Cullinet – who were unassailable technology giants in the early 80’s) are eventually upended and replaced by companies with new technology architectures (e.g. Oracle)...

Amazon claims 300 US government customers for AWS

Grazed from Computing.co.uk.  Author: Graeme Burton.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon.com's cloud services division, has claimed that more than 300 government agencies and 1,500 education institutions in the US are now using AWS for a wide variety of uses including "big data" analytics, high-performance computing applications, web and collaboration applications, archiving and storage, and disaster relief.

Teresa Carlson, vice-president of worldwide public sector, AWS, attributed the rate of adoption to such federal government initiatives as the US Federal Cloud First mandate. "With the new services and features added today in AWS GovCloud, public-sector customers now have greater capabilities to rapidly design, build and deploy high-performance applications with AWS's scalable, secure, low-cost platform," she said...