Archive for the ‘Private cloud’ Category

Domino’s Pizza cloud computing use offers food for thought

4 February 2013 – The lure of a takeaway pizza is well-known and thanks to technology it’s becoming ever easier to order whenever the mood takes you. Smartphones and tablets let us place orders from any location via dedicated apps and one firm that’s seen the rise perhaps better than any other is Domino’s Pizza.

We were at the Cloud Expo in London last week and we had the chance to hear Domino’s chief information officer, Colin Rees, talk about the cloud.  It now sees over 50 percent of its orders placed online, and 20 percent are coming from mobile applications on Android and iOS devices, according to the firm’s chief information officer Colin Rees.  He explained how the firm has embraced the benefits of cloud computing to ensure it can cope with the growing demand placed on its ordering systems.

Domino’s, understandably, has fairly predictable demand windows, that revolve around a peak between 5pm and 9pm and particularly on Fridays, Saturday and Tuesdays – when it runs its two for £10 deal. As a result, the firm has increased … Read more

Cloud Infographic: The Cloud Wars – Private vs Public

19 April 2012 – Cloud computing is not an all-or-nothing option. In the past decade, the industry has matured to a point where there are almost a dozen different options to move your data and processes to the cloud. Two of the most discussed are Private and Public clouds.

Here is an infographic presenting a breakdown of the two different cloud models from CloudTweaks (click here).… Read more

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

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

At the heart of the private cloud

22 August 2011 – Cloud computing is without a doubt one of the trendiest terms in the ICT industry today, says Roelof Louw, Cloud Computing expert at T-Systems in South Africa. However, for those in the know, the term really represents an evolution of sorts; the next mature step in providing a flexible infrastructure that can be scaled up and down with relative ease.

So let’s substantiate this argument. For the last seven years or so, the world has been dictated by shorter market cycles and constantly changing technologies. To meet this need, technology providers have had to come up with new ways to adapt quickly, enabling organisations to move with times competitively.

Enter dynamic services that effectively represented an operating model that included flexible IT services, reduced operation costs and short-term preparation of relevant applications.

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Investing: is there sunshine ahead for cloud computing?

31 July 2011 – Technology investors have their heads in the cloud these days.  Cloud computing, which supplies on-demand hosted services over the Internet, requires only that its clients have a computer and Internet access. It handles the functions traditionally performed by a firm’s in-house hardware and software.  Cloud computing’s potential is reflected in the soaring stocks of companies actively involved in providing cloud services, but stumbling blocks include security concerns and confusion about what the cloud really is.

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New job for mainframes: hosting private clouds

18 July 2011 – Mention cloud computing to a mainframe professional, and he’s likely to roll his eyes. Cloud is just a much-hyped new name for what mainframes have done for years, he’ll say.  A mainframe is a cloud.

And if you define a cloud as a resource that can be dynamically provisioned and made available within a company with security and good management controls, then all of that exists already in a mainframe.  Of course, that isn’t the only definition of what constitutes a cloud. Most experts say that a key attribute of the cloud is that the dynamic provisioning is self-service — that is, at the user’s demand.  But the controlled environment of the mainframe, which is the basis for much of its security, traditionally requires an administrator to provision computing power for specific tasks. That’s why the mainframe has a reputation as old technology that operates under an outdated IT paradigm of command and control.

For more from ComputerWorld click here.… Read more

The private cloud explained

15 July 2011 – While the real world adoption of cloud computing in still in its infancy the technologies that enable cloud computing are evolving rapidly. Traditionally the cloud has been viewed as hosted services. However, that is what is now known as the public cloud. In contrast, the private cloud is built using the same type of computing paradigm as the public cloud but the private cloud is comprised of your own organization’s resources.  To get a better understanding of the private cloud let’s dig a little deeper into the different types of public cloud offerings and the then see how they relate to the private cloud.

There are three basic types of public cloud offerings:  Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). SaaS is best typified as software products that are immediately ready to be put to use. Examples of SaaS cloud offering include Office365 and Windows InTune.

IaaS is different from SaaS in that it provides a platform for running your applications but you have to provide those … Read more

A private cloud checklist

6 July 2011 – So you think you want (or you’ve been told) to build a private cloud. Where do you start?

Building your own private cloud is not about saving money; you’ve already extracted the most savings (and built a private cloud foundation) by building a virtualization infrastructure. The advantage of a private cloud is speed and agility – the ability to turn your business on a dime as conditions change. But building a private cloud is not easy. Automation, processes, the funding model, building a service catalog, the culture, and certainly politics are all hard. In the end you will have a world-class mechanism for supporting your business.

Here’s a nifty checklist from Sean Deuby of Windows IT Pro.  Click here.… Read more