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James Urquhart on what cloud boils down to for the enterprise

20 November 2011 — James Urquhart is a field technologist with almost 20 years of experience in distributed-systems development and deployment.  His focus has been on service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization.  

He is one of cloud computing’s “gurus”  (we had the opportunity to meet him this year at the Enterprise Cloud Summit in New York) and up until a few weeks ago he was blogging about the cloud on the CNET Blog Network under a blog called “The Wisdom of Clouds”.  His blog posts were brilliant.  He covered the tenuous relationship between existing law and cloud computing in several posts (including an in-depth legal analysis of the impact of cloud on the Fourth Amendment), detailed analysis of cloud interoperability, a great post on why cloud computing is an operations model, not a technology, plus scores of others.

He has also spent the last three years helping develop Cisco’s cloud strategy.

But he had to bring the blog to a close because he was taking on a new job as vice president of product strategy for cloud management software provider … Read more

Software Pricing Starts to Catch Up to Cloud Computing

7 November 2011 — One of the more confounding aspects of cloud computing is that software pricing is frequently out of sync with the way hardware is acquired. IT organizations can easily pay for hardware on an hourly, monthly or yearly basis. Software pricing, on the other hand, has generally remained tied to the number of processors being used on a yearly basis.

OpSource, a unit of the IT services firm Dimension Data, is taking that issue on starting today with the release of OpSource Cloud Software, an offering that allows customers to consume Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and eventually other database and middleware platforms on a pay-for-use basis that can be priced hourly or monthly.

According to Keao Caindec, chief marketing officer for OpSource, this shift to giving customers a usage software-pricing model for software consumed in the cloud is long overdue. As a unit of Dimension Data, OpSource is leveraging special pricing and payment options that Microsoft provides business partners to resell its software as a service.

Over time, OpSource expects to make available usage-based software … Read more

Infographic: What Your Admin Should Know About Cloud Management


24 October 2011 — How fast is the average virtual infrastructure growing?  Would you believe that 80% of them are adding 10-50 VMs annually? And that 63% of those surveyed are handling cloud computing installations. IT management provider Solarwinds interviewed 120 of their customers and came up with this infographic. It also includes five tips for making better cloud choices.

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IDC Says Cloud Adoption Fuels Storage Sales

20 October 2011 – As businesses and consumers literally take to the clouds — both public and private — in coming years, storage vendors will continue to find a vital growing market for their goods, according to a new report.

In June, analyst firm IDC said it sees users’ data doubling every two years.

Now, in a new report, IDC projects strong sales of storage products through 2015 as movement to cloud environments triggers swelling demand for someplace for all that data to go.

Indeed, IDC foresees that by 2015, global sales of storage for both public and private clouds will hit $22.6 billion annually.

“Despite current economic uncertainties, IDC expects cloud service providers — both public and private — to be among the most expansive spenders on IT products and services as they continue to build out their facilities worldwide and expand their service options,” Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems and executive strategies at IDC, said in a statement.

In fact, public cloud service providers’ spending on storage hardware, software, and professional services is likely to swell … Read more

Cloud May Put Operating Systems Out of Their Misery

14 October 2011 —  Think back to 1995, to one of the biggest events of that year — Microsoft’s launch of Windows 95. Lines formed at computer stores. Mick Jagger performed the OS’s adopted theme song “Start Me Up.” Jay Leno emceed the launch event. Graphics! Icons! Toolbars! Everyone was excited.

Nowadays, outside of developers, does anybody really get excited about new OS launches anymore? Now the excitement is on the services that reside out on the Web — be it social networks or cloud-based services. Often anymore, the OS just seems like something that gets in the way.

That’s why Mat Honan’s latest post on Gizmodo was so intriguing — suggesting that Apple’s now-available iCloud represents the beginning of an era of computing without computers.

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Data centers: fusing database architecture, commodity server and storage technology

8 October 2011 – Data is driving revolutionary changes in computing and the Internet, including new opportunities for generating revenue and more efficient use of current business processes and infrastructure. Data is now the most important and valuable component of modern applications and websites, and downtime or poor performance has a major cost to a business’ bottom line, impacting customers, reputation and revenue.

Achieving increased service capacity with high service availability and low response time is mission critical for many key classes of businesses, including eCommerce, social media, gaming, finance, telecommunications, and enterprise. The business opportunities are substantial, but the demands they place on the data center are daunting.

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You Can’t Handle the Truth About Cloud Computing!

25 September 2011 —   The climactic scene in the movie A Few Good Men is a dramatic courtroom confrontation between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Cruise, playing the role of a Navy lawyer, is aggressively challenging Nicholson, playing the role of a Marine Corps colonel, about his role in the death of a Marine private. Their courtroom exchange is eerily similar to the discussions that are currently taking place between the providers and consumers of cloud computing capabilities (hopefully, with a little less dramatic embellishment!). If you’ll pardon the artistic license, those exchanges go something like this:

Cloud Vendor: You want answers?
Cloud Customer: I think I’m entitled to answers.
Cloud Vendor (with feeling): YOU WANT ANSWERS??
Cloud Customer (with more feeling): I WANT THE TRUTH!!

At this point many vendors are thinking to themselves the retort that Nicholson delivers in the movie, namely: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

Although most IT organizations are seeking ways to realize the benefits of cloud computing, most are poorly prepared to adopt the changes to procurement practices, operational procedures, and organizational structures … Read more

The Mainframe as a Cloud

7 September 2011 – When the subject of cloud computing comes up, the subject of mainframes never seems to come up. And yet, just about everybody who works with a mainframe that examines the concepts behind cloud computing can’t help but note that mainframes already provide those capabilities.

It appears IBM, however, is finally starting to get that message across. The company this week announced that Yi Lian Zhong Information Technology (YLZ), a provider of information services in China, plans to develop a cloud computing platform based on IBM System z mainframe systems.

What many IT organizations don’t appreciate, says Bill Reeder, worldwide optimization and System z leader for IBM, is that the attributes associated with cloud computing are already present in the mainframe, including the ability to dynamically scale applications up and down. Given the relative expense of the mainframe, Reeder notes that it was always a requirement from the beginning that IBM leverage technologies such as virtualization to make sure customers get the highest server utilization rates possible. Now, Reeder says the x86 world is trying to address … Read more

Cloud computing still weighed down by concrete set-backs

31 August 2011 – Business seems to be switching on to the benefits of virtual computing: 37% of companies say they will migrate 61% or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology is constantly touted as the next big thing in IT, only 6% of companies are planning on moving to the full public cloud. Which suggests that concerns over security become even more real once applications move beyond a business’s own firewall.

Moves towards the private cloud at least are happening apace: according to a survey of IT managers by IT support company Precise, large enterprises are migrating both front-office and back-office applications to the private cloud. For anyone in need of a quick jargon refresher, the full public cloud involves handing your data and applications over to an external host, which stores it on a remote server along with that of a number of clients. Private cloud still involves handing everything over to an external provider, but each company’s data is kept on its own individual bit of kit.… Read more

Five Myths of Cloud Computing

26 August 2011 – In recent years, cloud computing has been as visible as any topic in IT. Its front-page news status has been accelerated by Amazon,, Yahoo, and Microsoft®, among other firms, aggressively vying for leadership in providing cloud infrastructure or services. However, this race for mindshare has obscured cloud computing facts. Many admit to the haze surrounding cloud computing.

This white paper separates fact from fiction, reality from myth, and, in doing so, will aid senior IT executives as they make decisions around cloud computing. While dispelling cloud computing myths, we will answer tough questions: How hard is it to adopt a private or hybrid cloud? How difficult is it to maintain and secure a cloud? How will the cloud transform my business? Do I have the right skill sets in place? What are some of my cost considerations? HP and Intel are committing extensive resources to helping customers with all of their questions and concerns around cloud computing.

To access the whitepaper, click here.  Registration is required.… Read more