Cloud Adoption

Hard Truths About Cloud Differences

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Jim Ditmore.

We're long into the hype cycle of cloud computing. That means clear criteria to assess and evaluate the different options are critical. Which of the many cloud approaches should medium to large enterprises take to optimize their data center operations?

Typically, the cloud is envisioned as an accessible and low-cost compute utility in the sky that's always available. Despite this lofty promise, companies will need to select and build their cloud environment carefully to avoid fracturing their computing capabilities, locking themselves into a single, higher-cost environment, diminishing their ability to differentiate themselves and gain competitive advantage -- or all three...

What do you want from cloud computing? A conversation with Zenoss

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Dan Kuznetsky.

Floyd Strimling, VP Community, Technical Evangelist for Zenoss, stopped by a while ago to speak about his opinions on the topics of OpenStack, Google App Engine versus Amazon Web Service, and different approaches to open source projects he's seen companies adopt. Our conversation started by focusing on cloud computing frameworks and the approaches organizations are using to deploy their applications. I'm not going to attempt to capture all of the thoughts that were discussed. Here is a short summary:

1. Often cloud computing services are being selected based upon the the expected costs rather than what the service will do for the organization. These perceptions often are developed by business decision makers without the help of IT support...

Construction slow to build to cloud computing

Grazed from Daily Commerical News. Author: Peter Kenter.

Cloud computing is an esoteric name for a simple concept. Instead of relying on one’s own hardware and software for a suite of services, users rely on software, information storage and computing resources accessed over the Internet.

Construction companies, however, have been slow to make use of cloud technology, says James Benham, founder and president of JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc., a Texas-based information technology services provider, focusing on the construction, real estate, risk and insurance industries. “With cloud computing, you can access the digital information you need from anywhere, any time through any device — from mobile devices to the computer at home, to the computer at your desk,” says Benham...

Why the feds keep stumbling in the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum

Although federal agencies have expanded their use of cloud services, many challenges remain for full implementation, says Citizens Against Government Waste in its 2012 review of the federal cloud efforts.

There is some good news. According to a 2012 survey of federal civilian and defense personnel, $5.5 billion had been saved through the use of cloud computing technology. However, the survey respondents also stated that wider cloud adoption could have saved as much as $12 billion...

Challenges remain for agency cloud computing adoption, says CAGW

Grazed from FierceGovernmentIT. Author: Greg Slabodkin.

While federal agencies have made progress expanding their use of cloud services, many challenges remain for full implementation, Citizens Against Government Waste says in its 2012 review of the federal cloud.

As part of the Obama administration's "cloud ?rst" strategy for IT procurement, federal agencies are moving various services, including email, legacy software, archival services, public website hosting and infrastructure services to the cloud. CAGW says federal spending on cloud computing, include public, private and shared service models, is expected to total $11.2 billion between 2012 and 2017...

Understanding The Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

As a long time advocate of cloud computing, I already know most of the technology and terms surrounding cloud computing and if someone mentions a new application or feature I might be able to gleam how it works based on the technologies used. This is not necessarily true for most people even if they have been in the IT industry for a long time. That is why I write “simple” articles that the less informed might be able to grasp easily. But to get a real understanding of something, you need to get an understanding of its internal structure, understand how it works and not just what it does. If someone tells you that an airplane flies because of engines and wings, it will still seem like magic because you are not really informed on the how. Same as cloud computing, for many it simply provides them with that service that they take for granted without really knowing how it is done. And to understand it better, we must understand the underlying infrastructure of cloud computing.

To put it simply, the infrastructure or how all the hardware technology and other elements come together cloud computing is very similar to that of traditional network computing. You have your servers that contain the CPUs, RAM, and other processing elements, and then you have your various storage devices like NAS and RAID-style setups. Of course, to round out the bunch you have your networking hardware, the routers, switches, modems, repeaters, and any and all combinations of networking hardware technology. If you look at the list I just mentioned, it is obvious that the hardware used for cloud computing has been existing, but why hasn’t cloud computing existed as long?...

Everyone Envies Amazon Cloud Computing Business

Grazed from eCommerce Bytes. Author: Ina Steiner.

The largest retailers and the smallest online merchants bemoan the power Amazon wields in retail, but the company also has tech firms racing to keep up. Over the years, Amazon developed expertise building its own retail site, and in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to other businesses in the form of web services - now commonly known as cloud computing.

Some people may have been confused when an outage at Netflix on Christmas Eve was blamed on Amazon, but despite the fact that Netflix competes with Amazon in streaming digital content, Netflix uses AWS to power its site. (Amazon apologized for its outage without naming which customers had been affected.)...

Cloud Computing: HP Suggests It’s Looking at Weeding Its Holdings

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

Hewlett-Packard, which is desperately seeking ways to get its boat off the sandbar, told the SEC last week in its annual 10-K that "we continue to evaluate the potential disposition of assets and businesses that may no longer help us meet our objectives."

Bloomberg, which worked over New Year's Eve, says the company didn't use that language in its last 10-K filing when CEO Meg Whitman reversed her ousted predecessor's destabilizing notion of somehow spinning off the company's PC unit, and instead moved printers into it...

Ten predictions for cloud computing in 2013

Grazed from Business News Americas. Author: Patrick Nixon.

Chile-based Latin American IT company Sonda sees 2013 as the year when cloud computing will see consolidation in the region. Sonda's regional cloud computing manager Sergio Rademacher has identified 10 key trends.

1 Cost saving

According to international studies, 30% of companies will move a significant part of their business applications to the cloud, generating a reduction of 10-40% in the cost of hardware, servers, software licenses and upgrades, energy consumption, and support tasks...

Canonical Enhancing JuJu Cloud Services Orchestration Tools

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth is focused on JuJu, a solution for deploying cloud services. JuJu is already mature and useful, but Ubuntu developers envision expanding on it in major ways in 2013, as evidence from mailing archives and Canonical announcements.

When it comes to cloud computing -- which Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has earmarked as a major focus for Canonical in 2013 -- one of the Ubuntu ecosystem's most innovative projects is JuJu, a solution for deploying cloud services. JuJu is already mature and useful, but Ubuntu developers envision expanding on it in major ways in the new year, as evidence from mailing archives and Canonical announcements reveals...