Cloud Adoption

Government Cloud: Layered Technologies Buys New World Apps

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

A new acquisition puts compliant and secure cloud and hosting services provider Layered Technologies directly into the federal, state and local government market. The company announced it has acquired New World Apps, a secure private cloud and community cloud computing provider focused on the government markets.

With experience and expertise in serving the U.S. intelligence community, law enforcement, the Department of Defense and most civilian federal agencies, New World Apps brings a new level of secure cloud and a new market to Layered Technologies...

Canonical: Cloud Bursting Important, But Not Key Sales Feature

Grazed from Talkin Cloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Burstability may be an important feature for many businesses, but cloud services providers pinning their sales plans on bursting had better think again. According to Kyle MacDonald, Canonical‘s vice president of cloud, bursting is not a primary use case for cloud computing, but a nice-to-have add-on feature.

Vendors have been hyping the importance of bursting in their cloud computing strategies, most of which revolve around a hybrid cloud mix of both public and private cloud services, but while bursting is a useful tool to have during peak times, such as the holiday rush during November and December, it’s not a feature that is top-of-mind for most businesses, MacDonald told Talkin’ Cloud...

eBay Deploys OpenStack Cloud For R&D

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Matt Endler.

Online retailer and auction site eBay this week announced that it has been using Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) within the OpenStack open source environment to run some of its research and development operations. The move is one of the first by a high-profile company to build a cloud service using OpenStack.

OpenStack has gotten a lot of attention as an open source cloud-computing framework. It was originally developed at NASA, and has attracted support from a number of the tech world's heavy hitters, including IBM, Dell, and Red Hat. Rackspace is using it for its public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service offering.

Nicira's NVP within the OpenStack environment lets eBay spin up hundreds of on-demand virtual networks in which new Web applications can be quickly tested and deployed. This process lets the company reduce or eliminate the time-consuming and error-prone task of manually reconfiguring network hardware...

Will Cloud UC Breathe New Life Into Unified Communications?

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Denis Culver.

When unified communications (UC) was first bandied about by vendors and service providers, the pitch was that enterprises would flock to it en masse, wooed by the promise of seamless integration of voice, video and data across platforms and devices.

But that isn't exactly what happened--UC didn't live up to the promise, failing to integrate and interconnect on many levels. A bad economy sucked the bravado from traditional first-to-market IT mavericks, who instead retreated to the shadows of their legacy-based PBX systems rather than risk any bottom-line scrutiny that might reveal fiscal irresponsibility.

Meanwhile, vendors and service providers failed to prove a hard case for ROI, instead holding fast to isolated case studies that illustrated improved communications and collaboration without answering the much-needed question: How much will UC save in telecommunications and technology costs if I implement it?...

Cloud Computing: Expand your computing capacity virtually anytime

Grazed from TheServerSide. Author: Jason Tee.

Virtual computing lies at the foundation of cloud services. But what exactly does this term mean? What is it and what does it do? Most important, how might it enhance the performance of your business? Let’s take a look at the answers to each of these questions.

Virtual computing basics

Some people confuse virtual computing with cloud computing or distributed servers. In fact, the cloud and .net servers can be and often are used for virtual computing. However, the actual term simply refers to divvying up any computer or similar hardware infrastructure to act as if it is many computers. In other words, a desktop PC could seem like a single machine on the outside. But it can be linked to a network that allows many users to access storage space, apps, computing capability, and even different operating systems using the computer’s internal resources...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce Attracts Big Rivals as Strategy Delivers

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Aaron Ricadela.

Even before Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) went public in 2004, Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff wasted few opportunities to poke fun at bigger, more established software companies, calling their products “landfill.”

In his management book “Behind the Cloud,” Benioff advised upstarts to “box above your weight.” Salesforce.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff said, “The moves that Oracle, SAP and Microsoft have made validate what Salesforce.com has been saying for over a decade.”

Now, Oracle Corp. (ORCL), SAP AG (SAP) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) are punching back, buying companies that offer business-management tools over the Internet, gaining traction in an area pioneered by Salesforce. That’s stepping up pressure on Benioff to move beyond his core -- programs that manage sales -- and accelerate a push into software-development and social-media marketing, part of a bigger market valued by UBS AG at more than $100 billion...

Controlling Cloud Costs with Cloudability

Grazed from MSPNews. Author: Erin Harrison.

One paradox about cloud computing is that it is an economically viable strategy for organizations that are looking for an on-demand network access to a shared pool of computing resources to meet a variety of business needs. From a sales perspective, the cloud is often touted as an enabler of lowering operating expenses, however, cloud services are not free and bills can easily rack up if no one is paying attention.

In fact, unexpected spikes and overages can downright destroy your cloud budget. This is where cloud bill tracking systems such as startup Cloudability come in. The Portland, Ore.-based firm is able to help customers track spending across multiple cloud services and identify waste and potential cost savings...

With cloud computing SLAs, odds favor the house

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Stuart J. Johnson.

Companies such as Hewlett-Packard tout cloud service-level agreements to attract customers, but cloud SLAs do little to help companies recoup outage-related revenue losses.

In fact, many cloud services vendors promise between 99.95% and 99.9% of uptime on a monthly basis, but typically only pay out on their service-level agreements (SLAs) if service falls far below those levels.

When Hewlett-Packard (HP) made its Cloud Object Storage and Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) offerings generally available last week, the company bragged a premier SLA with a guarantee of 99.95% (three and a half nines) uptime or better per month. Otherwise, it credits customers as much as 30% off their monthly bill -- but there are caveats...

Federal Cloud SLAs: Devil's in the Details

Grazed from TechNewsWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud technology appears to have taken the world by storm. The U.S. government is among those moving aggressively to the cloud, as federal agencies implement a White House generated "cloud first" policy that instructs agencies to give primary consideration to using the cloud for IT solutions.

Adoption of the cloud depends on a number of factors: adequate security, appropriate functionality, cost Simple Strategies for Enhancing eCommerce Profitability. Click to download white paper. and performance. For both the government and the private sector, a central element in cloud adoption is the Service Level Agreement, or SLA, between the cloud user and the cloud service provider...

Cloud Hosting Buyer’s Guide

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge.  Author: Bill Kleyman.

Today’s modern IT environment is no longer asking “What is cloud computing?” Rather, they are actively looking to enter the cloud space with an intelligent and flexible platform. Cloud computing has come a long way and is now a solid means of data delivery over the Wide Area Network. One of the most important aspects of working with cloud computing is understanding the numerous variables which come with the technology. Knowing the difference between public, hybrid, and private cloud designs is important when business goals need to be aligned with an IT project.

An intelligent cloud orchestrator will have a solid understanding of the cloud delivery model. Whether an organization is looking for SaaS, PaaS or even IaaS – cloud computing can be a powerful add-on to any organization. When working with a cloud infrastructure, there are many benefits and use cases to be aware of. In this white paper, INTERNAP outlines where an organization can utilize cloud computing and make intelligent decisions revolving around their environments. Aside from just expanding an existing data center, cloud computing has several key benefits including:..