Archive for August, 2011

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

Cloud computing under the hood: Ford introduces the Evos concept vehicle

31 August 2011 – Ford’s new Evos concept vehicle puts cloud computing under the hood with the ability to reroute through traffic, stream music from the internet, and automatically adjust the car’s climate.  Evos will also update the car’s chassis, steering, and engine settings based on road conditions identified through its satellite navigation.  Ford’s VP of Global Product Development, Derrick Kuzak, emphasizes that the Evos is not a smartphone with wheels.  Rather, it incorporates aspects of cloud computing that are tailored to a car context.

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From VMworld 2011: The Business Case for Cloud Computing

30 August 2011 — Consona’s Milt Volosyn is used to mergers and acquisitions (M&As). As CIO for the software and services company, he is responsible for managing about 14 different software products for business-critical tasks such as ERP, financing and marketing services and support.

“Think in terms of 14 different software companies with one IT department,” he told delegates at VMWare’s VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas.

“We were in a constant growth mode so we were continuously running out of disk space and what we did have was difficult to manage because of the significant number and size of requests.”

Consona Corporation’s infrastructure is made up of about 3400 virtual servers sitting on more than 200 physical servers. The organization operates five data centers around the world and has about 550 users.

“It is all tied together with a MPLS network and we have been virtualizing our services for three years,” Volosyn said.

Being virtualized has also helped the organization manage the companies it has purchased through M&A activity. But Volosyn and his team quickly realized it is not the … Read more

VMware breaks into mobile

30 August 2011 -VMware is demonstrating its interest in getting enterprise access onto mobile phones and tablets with its latest offerings.  According to a recent press release from the company, “Project AppBlast will provide the universal delivery of any application, including Windows-based applications, to any device supporting HTML5, enabling instant remote access to applications without the heavy footprint of the underlying operating system. Project Octopus will leverage data sync technology from VMware Zimbra and Mozy to enable enterprise-grade collaboration and information/data sharing. Additionally, Project Octopus will offer easy integration with VMware Horizon, VMware View and Project AppBlast to create a secure enterprise cloud service. These two projects promise to dramatically simplify the access and sharing of information across people and mobile devices, contributing to the Connected Enterprise.”

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OMG’s Soley discusses paradigms, hype cycles, cloud computing and SOA

28 August 2011 – Richard Soley was among those at the center of the move in the 1990s to the standard distributed object computing architecture that came to be known as CORBA. The Common Object Request Broker Architecture led to a massive paradigm shift in enterprise architecture, one that sowed the seeds for more shifts that followed.

Soley is uniquely prepared to analyze the path of highly-touted cloud computing and less-publicized cloud computing standards. He can also mark the path of SOA, which more or less preceded cloud computing in the hyperbole parade.

How does Soley, the long-time chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG), an organization now looking at modeling extensions related to cloud computing compute loads and SLAs, view the paradigm shift represented today by cloud computing architecture? Cloud computing’s value may be obscured just now by all the surrounding hyperbole, according to Soley. Yet, for certain companies it is already a game changer.

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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, Salesforce.com, 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.

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Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies

26 August 2011 – Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient and effective ways.

Although the current hype around cloud computing has focused on expected cost savings, the true value is really found in the mission and business enhancements these techniques can provide. When properly deployed, the cloud computing model provides greatly enhanced mission and business capability without a commensurate increase in resource (time, people or money) expenditures.

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E-Discovery Moves to the Cloud

26 August 2011 – Electronic discovery is moving to the cloud. This is hardly surprising when one considers the client-focused benefits of cloud computing and the extraordinary market opportunities for vendors.

Let’s look at the numbers. The market for electronic discovery continues to grow with some estimates indicating aggregate software and services revenue growth from over $3 billion in 2010 to in excess of $6 billion by the end of 2013. Within this quickly emerging and expanding market, there is a pronounced increase in the acceptance and availability of cloud based electronic discovery offerings. For the two dozen or so leading vendors in this market, the opportunity is staggering.

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Cloud computing ‘the new way’ for lawyers

26 August 2011 – When top lawyer Graeme Todd decided to launch his new practice in Queenstown, he was curious about what computing “In the Cloud” could offer his new lawfirm.

He was astounded by what he found.

“I was impressed with the range of capabilities that the ActionStep ‘software as a service’ offered my practice. It was extraordinary and I immediately saw the value of installing a system which was simply more efficient, less expensive and more comprehensive than old styled software.”

Mr Todd said the combination of capability and accessibility made the ‘In the Cloud’ ActionStep system a must-do proposition.

“I’ve worked with computer technology in my previous law practice and, once my head was around cloud computing, I was keen to move away from the expensive and limited software of the past. ActionStep, with the AS Legal workflows built in, demonstrated to me that firms who are deeply invested in old technology are constrained.”

ActionStep for lawyers was established in Queenstown in 2005 when lawyers Mike Holloway and Russell Mawhinney began using the programme in their law … Read more

Organizations Deploying More Comprehensive Cloud Strategies

25 August 2011 – The move to cloud computing continues to accelerate as organizations advance from limited deployments to more comprehensive cloud strategies, according to new research from CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for the IT industry.

More than half (56%) of the 500 U.S.-based IT and business professionals surveyed in June for CompTIA’s Second Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study say their organization’s investment in cloud computing will increase by 10% or more over the next 12 months.

“This additional investment will likely be accompanied by greater complexity in the overall cloud strategy, such as moving to a hybrid cloud model or adopting more advanced services beyond software-as-a-service,” Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, said in a statement. “Organizations may begin exploring options such as infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, which will allow them to experiment with custom application development.”

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