Cloud Adoption

Amazon's Cloud Revenues, Examined

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Amazon.com's Web Services unit is gaining larger cloud customers than the developers and startups who first found a home on its EC2 compute service. That's one reason two analyst houses have come out with upside predictions for the firm.

The previously faltering stock moved toward recovery yesterday after Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt upgraded his rating on the NASDAQ-traded equity to "overweight." The stock went up $9.31, or 3.59%, in a day to close at $268.46 -- its highest level ever. If it were broken out into a separate company today, AWS would be worth $19-$30 billion, with a share price of $41 to $66. The high end might be justified because Amazon's EC2 is moving beyond startups to enterprise customers who are starting to rely on its services...

Dell commits to cloud client computing with Project Ophelia

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

Android-powered device will bring cloud desktop computing to mass market, claims hardware giant. Dell has unveiled the newest product in its cloud client computing range - code-named Project Ophelia - during the second day of CES 2013.

The device is roughly the size of a wireless dongle and plugs directly into a user’s monitor or television and requires only two amps of power, which it gets directly from the screen. Running the Android Jellybean operating system, Ophelia will deliver a desktop experience to users without the need for hardware and will bring cloud client computing to the mass consumer and enterprise market, the company claims...

Cloud brokers: Simplifying complexity

Grazed from FCW. Author: John Moore.

The Obama administration’s cloud-first strategy, data center consolidation directive, and security certification process for cloud products and services all point agencies toward greater cloud adoption. Indeed, the policies and programs that seek to spark cloud acceptance are now largely in place. What’s lacking, however, is a definitive statement on how to coordinate cloud resources. Over time, agencies will likely end up juggling their own private clouds, public clouds provided by companies such as Amazon and multiple software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

As a result, the concept of the cloud broker has emerged as a way to deal with increasingly complex cloud environments. A cloud broker, also called a cloud services brokerage, basically creates a buffer between the customer and the cloud solutions. Bob Bohn, cloud program manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said a broker “can take a complex situation for a consumer and make it manageable.”...

IBM Looking to Develop Affordable “Cloud Computing”

Grazed from ThePointDaily. Author: Aaron Esposa.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) was not visible at the Consumer Electronics Show. But, global connectivity was the premium topic of the event which made the company much more prominent. The reason behind IBM’s recent prominence in cloud computing can be identified as its substantial investment in this field for the past few years.

Furthermore, the company unveiled its novel cloud service delivery program during August 2012 in order to keep up with expanding network of Smartphones, TV and Tablets. Moreover, IBM announced its partnership with STMicroelectronics N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:STM) and Shaspa...

Cloud computing's Achilles' heel: Poor customer service

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I'm consistently taken aback by many businesses' disregard for customer service. As long as customers push back on companies that treat them shabbily, enterprises willing to cut service will find themselves out of business or forced to merge with establishments that treat their customers better.

Giving short shrift to customer service remains an issue in the cloud, which is based on the notion of automation and self-provisioning at scale. Dealing with people individually seems contrary to the idea of the cloud. Many public cloud providers assumed they could just put a layer of Web pages between them and their customers, and all would be right -- no phones to answer, no planes to board...

Cloud Infographic: Fact or Fiction?

Grazed from Devry University.  Author: Editorial Staff.

What is the predominant perception that people have toward cloud computing?  This infographic, related to Cloud Computing is a must view...

China and the cloud are driving down iPhone 5 and tablet prices

Grazed from The National.  Author: Tony Glover.

This year, prices of IT devices such as tablet computers and smartphones are set to fall as Asian manufacturers undercut western IT companies.  At the end of last year, even top-of-the-range Apple products such as the iPhone 5 were being heavily discounted by electronics retailers in the United States such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and Target.

Wall Street analysts from Pacific Crest, Canaccord Genuity, Mizuho Securities, UBS and Jeffries & Co swiftly sliced between US$50 (Dh183) and $100 from their Apple share targets, believing this to be the start of an inexorable drop in IT prices. The US technology investment bank Pacific Crest cut its sales expectations for Apple from 174 million devices to 151 million for this year, and from 181 million to 161 million for 2014...

Top 10 cloud storage providers, according to Gartner

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Gartner lists Amazon, AT&T, Google, HP, IBM and Microsoft among what it says are the top 10 cloud storage providers.  According to its survey, about 19% of organisations are using the cloud for production computing, while 20% are using public cloud storage services.  That means there's a pretty good sized market for the cloud, and specifically cloud storage. Gartner predicted in 2012 $109 billion was spent on cloud computing, a 20% increase from the year before.

But the cloud is a big industry too, with a lot of vendors seemingly having a cloud strategy today. So where do potential customers start? Recently, Gartner released a list of the top 10 cloud storage providers, based on enterprise capabilities. Below is a description of each, based on pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses...

Cloud Computing: All computing isn't equal - here are the four types

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Despite the idea that a server is a server, the needs of different computing customers differ widely. For those thinking about selling infrastructure, software or even services understanding the difference in computing and IT styles will help you hone your pitch and find your buyer.

The world of data centers, servers and networking cables looks pretty monolithic to most people, but like Darwin’s finches, when you spend time talking to users you realize that they have evolved into different creatures. And because the types of machines and software that enterprise customers buy are very different from what Amazon might purchase to run its cloud, it’s worth it to understand the differences if you’re buying from, selling to or investing in infrastructure companies...

Cloud Computing: FTC Slaps Google’s Wrist over Patents, Little Else

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

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it had come to a couple of so-called "landmark agreements" with Google that end the agency's big, almost two-year investigation into the antitrust complaints made against the search giant.  The deal absolves Google of stacking its search results in favor of its own properties and thereby stifling competition, a winning decision for Google that has Microsoft ticked off. Alas, Redmond hoped Google would be embroiled in a major antitrust case.

One of the two consent decrees forbids Google to seek injunctions from the federal courts or the International Trade Commission against "willing licensees" of the standards-essential patents (SEPs) it acquired in its $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility, patents that are supposed to be available to all takers on fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms...