Cloud Adoption

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...

Brocade Powers Up Its Cloud Network Efforts with Piston OpenStack

Grazed from Enterprise Networking Planet.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

There is a lot of interest an activity around the open source OpenStack cloud project from all types of IT vendors, including networking vendors. One of those vendors is Brocade, who is now partnering with Piston Cloud Computing to build a joint solution set.

The partnership will see the Brocade VCS Fabric melded to a Piston Cloud designed OpenStack platform. Piston Cloud is a commercial vendor building its own OpenStack distribution. With OpenStack and its included Quantum network virtualization components the line will be begin to blur between Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the cloud...

Can Oracle Thrive In Cloud Computing?

Grazed from Seeking Alpha.  Author:  Cris Frangold.

During the OpenWorld 2012 conference, Oracle (ORCL) announced its Oracle Public Cloud service that will provide on-premise web hosting and management or strictly cloud computing using remote servers to businesses. To enter this growing market quickly, Oracle acquired a number of small startups over the past year with plans to integrate some of its existing products into the new service.

Acquisitions included Taleo and SelectMinds; both of which provided contact management services to businesses. Instead of building a cloud computing service from scratch like it had originally intended, Oracle decided to acquire several small companies and combine products into one offering...

VMworld Europe 2012: Key highlights and technology takeaways

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

Software defined datacentres, cloud management and automation, virtualisation licensing, mobile virtualisation, heterogeneity and the need for IT executives to develop new skills in the cloud era were some of the themes of the VMworld Europe 2012 conference.

“Cloud is a disruptive technology,” said VMware’s new chief executive Pat Gelsinger, in his opening keynote, setting the tone of the Right Here, Right Now conference, heavily focused on cloud computing’s role in datacentres and its automation...

Expect To Save Millions In The Cloud? Prove It

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: John Foley.

The General Service Administration, in justifying its decision two years ago to adopt Google's cloud services for email and collaboration, projected it would save $15 million over five years. Now, an internal audit has found that evidence of those anticipated savings is lacking.

GSA's inspector general recently released the results of its audit of the agency's transition from Lotus Notes to Google Apps for 17,000 employees. Unisys is the lead contractor on that part of the project. In a related move, GSA awarded a five-year contract to Salesforce.com to use its Force.com service to support the Notes migration. GSA's undertaking is significant because it's one of Uncle Sam's first big steps into the cloud. The agency became the first "to move its entire staff to a single cloud-based email system," according to the inspector general...

The ABCs of Cloud Computing

Grazed from the Huffington Post. Author: Steve Hamby.

You can't engage in a conversation about IT today without hearing having cloud computing dropped in the first two sentences. But behind that term is an overwhelming number of types, issues, solutions, and architectures to consider and digest. The world could benefit from a translation of sorts to explain to the cloud non-experts all this IT mumbo-jumbo. Here's my attempt.

Multiple Cloud Types

It's common to envision "the Cloud" as one huge computer network hoarding gobs of information. However, there are many clouds and even different types of clouds, each suitable for different types of problems. Specific features and benefits of cloud types should affect decisions in developing and deploying cloud solutions. And sometimes one cloud type isn't enough, and multiple cloud types need to be combined to solve a problem. For example, a utility cloud often provides the core computing resources needed for data and storage clouds. Here is a closer look at four of the most common types of clouds that I encounter in enterprises...

Synchronizing The Cloud: The Rise Of HTML5 And WebDesktop Platforms

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

The new kid on the block is a rather interesting one known as personal cloud computing. It is a contradictory statement because as it allows one to cultivate individual freedom with one’s device, it also taps into a plethora of public resources in remote servers. In other words, while it helps to personalize individual pleasures, it uses multi-device networking as the stepping stone.

The WebDesktop is a classic example of this platform: it allows users to manage software functions online and offline without having to set up any programs. It also helps to synchronize apps in computers and stats in cell phones devoid of any brand restrictions because they are all open source. Need one say that it helps to run simultaneous gadgets on the desktop because unlimited space is on the web? That marks it public face. The personal face lies in the simple fact that it synchronizes all functions that an individual with an affinity for infotainment would require without buying expensive equipment. One can play live games, trade in futures, network and do virtually everything that personality can allow...

How to get your first cloud computing job

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Cloud computing is expanding rapidly, with an accompanying need for for cloud computing "experts" to make this technology work. That translates into many new jobs chasing very few qualified candidates. At the same time, many IT professionals are attempting to figure out how they can cash in on the cloud.

Most of the cloud jobs to be found these days require deep knowledge around a particular technology, such as Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Salesforce.com, or Azure. This is typically due to the fact that the company has standardized on a cloud technology. I call these jobs cloud technology specialists, in that they focus on a specific cloud technology: development, implementation, management, and so on...

The Greening of the Cloud

Grazed from IEEE TechTalk. Author: Tekla Perry.

An abundance of cheap, renewable energy, particularly hydropower and geothermal, has drawn aluminum smelters to Iceland. It's become an industry that already consumes five times as much electricity as the country’s residents, and more aluminum plants are on the drawing board—raising concerns about how much the country’s economy is relying on one industry.

Meanwhile, there is another fast-growing, power-hungry industry in the world: cloud computing and storage. “The cloud” seems so light and fluffy, but building a cloud involves huge clunky buildings full of servers. Just one of these server farms, according to an April report by Greenpeace, can consume the energy equivalent of 180 000 homes. The companies that run them do their best to be efficient, because high energy costs hurt profits—and also, in some cases at least, because of a corporate commitment to the environment. The April Greenpeace report praised Yahoo and Google for “prioritizing access to renewable energy in their cloud expansion” but criticized Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft for rapidly expanding their clouds “without adequate regard to source of electricity,” relying “heavily on dirty energy.”...