Cloud Adoption

The State of Cloud Computing Around the World: Japan

Grazed from CloudTimes.org. Author: Xath Cruz.

The state of cloud computing in Japan makes for an interesting read, due to the various oddities that are present within the country with regard to the technology. For instance, the country currently comes in at first place in the BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, which is a remarkable achievement considering the fact that Japan has a track record for being a slow adopter of new, non-Japanese technology. And we all know that the Cloud was born in the Western IT landscape.

Slow Adopters of Western Technology
Japan’s slow adoption of foreign technology is made apparent by majority of Japanese businesses’ resistance against social media services such as Facebook, Mixi, Twitter, and others. Whereas other countries’ businesses have already adopted the social medium as new venue for marketing, promotion, and even profit earning, Japanese companies are still cold to the idea of using social media as part of their day to day operations. However, the good news about this is that it’s only a matter of time and they will eventually realize that they’d have to keep up or risk being overtaken by foreign businesses. This means there is a huge possibility that they will start adopting the new technology in the future, in which case a boom will happen in the industry...

Salesforce: Every Developer A SaaS Vendor

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Heroku, the Salesforce unit that sits atop the Amazon Web Services cloud, is taking a big step toward becoming a platform for software-as-a-service suppliers. But most of the budding SaaS suppliers that use Heroku will not be competing with Salesforce. On the contrary, they'll provide custom applications and add-on services to the Salesforce product line, with Salesforce opening the door to authorized developers and their work.

Heroku now offers 85 such services from its hosting environment, a total that's been built up over three years. But it's got another 80 in the pipeline that will become available in 2013 as well, giving Salesforce.com customers a wide range of potential add-on applications and services, said Oren Teich, COO of Heroku, in an interview...

Kerio Connect 8 Takes Vendor's Email, Calendaring Server to the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Kerio Technologies took a small step into the cloud computing realm with the launch of SaaS capabilities in Connect 7, but now the vendor is taking a much larger step into cloud with the release of Connect 8.

Previously, Kerio enabled its partners and customers to host Kerio Connect on their own hardware using the SaaS model, but Kerio is now offering its messaging and calendaring server on a new cloud service infrastructure. However, it's not pulling the plug on its on-premise version of Connect; it's simply adding more cloud capabilities in an effort to compete more directly with the big guys in the space, namely Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps...

Is the Enterprise Moving to the Cloud?

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

A recent study from Gartner has found that priorities are changing in the realm of application development, and cloud computing is playing a huge role in this paradigm shift. Gartner has stated that it expects 55% of enterprises to adopt some form of cloud based computing practice in less than eight years. There are some very compelling reasons for large corporations to move in the direction of cloud computing.

Current IT environments are expensive and difficult to calculate ROI. As the need for technology grew over the years, so did the complexity of IT departments. Over time, the level of support and maintenance of hardware, networking and software was so intermingled that determining if there was any real value within any particular system or application was next to impossible. With rising energy costs and the massive floor space required to house a data center, the infrastructure itself was also very expensive to maintain...

How Has Cloud Computing Evolved?

Grazed from DataCenterJournal. Author: Jeff Clark.

Cloud computing has become a fixture in the IT landscape over recent years. Some debate has even arisen over whether the development of cloud computing counts as evolution or a revolution. Leaving such questions to others (evolution and revolution both signify change, perhaps simply at a different rate or by more or less gradual steps), a brief (and broad) look at the history of the cloud may provide some indicators as to where it’s headed next.

Origins—Maybe

The origins of the cloud are often seen in mainframe computing in the last century. This is a matter also up for some debate, as some cloud proponents like to treat cloud computing as an entirely new phenomenon. Skeptics (or, perhaps, just less excitable types) sometimes see the cloud as nothing new at all, but rather just a rebranding of a computing model that has been around for decades. As with most such arguments, reality is probably somewhere in between. The fundamental model of centralized resources certainly can be traced to mainframe...

iSoftStone Teams with IBM to Co-build A Cloud Computing Center of Excellence in Central China

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

iSoftStone Holdings Limited ("iSoftStone" or "the company," NYSE: ISS), a leading China-based IT services provider, today announced that it has signed an agreement with IBM and the Xiangyang city government to co-build an IBM Central China Cloud Computing Center of Excellence (CCoE) in the city of Xiangyang in China's Hubei province.

As a sub-center city in Hubei, Xiangyang has become one of China's largest automotive industry bases in which many manufacturers of vehicles, engines, and other vehicle parts are located. The IBM CCoE, located in Xiangyang and taking all of Central China as its service area, aims to build the first cloud platform to integrate the information needs of the automotive industry supply chain in China...

Will Cloud Computing Be To Labor What The Internet Was To Capital?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Robert Shaw.

In 1992, the CME Group launched the first electronic trading platform, which heralded a completely new age for anyone with capital to spare. Electronic trading and money transfers meant a whole new world of opportunity for potential investors.

In essence, the Internet freed wealthy (and even not-so-wealthy) investors to move their money wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, at a negligible cost. The result has been hedge funds, day traders, a huge uptick in emerging market investments, and a veritable explosion of highly complex “financial instruments.” (Plus, grandpa gets to trade stocks at home.)...

What Happens When Cloud Computing Embraces Evolving Antivirus Brands As Security Models?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

Three areas of cloud computing are the crisis points of security breaches. Were it not for Software as a Service (SaaS) programs, there would be no malware. Similarly, but for the openings in the server connections in a network or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), cases of mistrust between proxies would never be an issue. Lastly, were it not for the break in the wall of Platform as a Service (PaaS) as the development platform where hackers can find a field day, there wouldn’t be any security concerns for the cloud community.

Still, the evolving nature of traditional antivirus giants may one day become the saving grace against hardware and cyber crimes that center on mistrust. Though antivirus is like a physical injection, it still qualifies as an all-embracing technology that has legal implications. For example, McAfee, one of the biggest antivirus providers has migrated into the cloud with the aim to certify server networks and a collection of IP sites in a certain domain with particular security details. If the cloud computing providers breach these enforcements, they stand to lose their support by the antivirus companies while their clients may learn that their data stays unguarded...

Successful cloud adoption: It's the fit, stupid

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

InfoWorld's IT advice columnist Bob Lewis reached out to me last week after my blog post "How AWS can conquer enterprise IT's resistance to public clouds" with a few ideas. He suggested we should take a page out of the early PC and Web playbooks to help readers understand how to match up the new technology with the old problems. For example, we could use Amazon Web Services -- or any cloud computing technology -- to address business problems that would be impractical to deploy on traditional IT platforms.

Indeed, cloud computing providers tend to push their technology as the solution to any and all business problems. Unfortunately, there is not a universal fit for cloud computing technology, so you have to be careful to match the business problem you're looking to solve with the technology that best addresses it. To paraphrase James Carville, the political strategist for former President Bill Clinton, it's the fit, stupid...

On the Horizon for Cloud Computing in 2013? Greater Openness and Control at the User Level

Grazed from Business Wire. Author: PR Announcement.

The forecast for cloud computing in 2013? A veritable downpour of innovation: the first touch-based operating system. Greater emphasis on the “open cloud.” Apple’s new virtual server. VMWare’s new “self-service” virtualization product. And that’s just for starters. “With openness comes questions of security and data and application interoperability, among other issues.”

For an IT environment defined by seemingly non-stop evolution, cloud computing will welcome a host of groundbreaking technologies in 2013, according to Infinitely Virtual CEO Adam Stern. “In looking at innovations shaping the cloud hosting and computing environment for next year, I believe this will be the most exciting time in the history of the cloud model,” Stern says. “Whether you’re a medium-size business or an early stage startup, in 2013 you will be able to take advantage of new technology that gives you both greater control over your virtual environment, and also more flexibility.”...