Archive for January, 2012

The Growing “Big Data” Tools Landscape (coming to CloudExpo NYC)

31 January 2012 –  Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, Hbase, Lucene, Solr?  The only thing growing faster than enterprise data these days is the landscape of big data tools. These tools, which are designed to help organizations turn big data into opportunities, are gaining deeper insight into massive volumes of information. A recent Gartner report predicts that enterprise data will increase by 650% over the next five years, which means that the time is now for IT decision makers to determine which big data tools are the best – and most cost-effective – for their organization.

In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, David Lucas, Chief Strategy Officer at GCE, will run through what enterprises really need to know about the growing set of big data tools – including those being leveraged by organizations today as well as the new and innovative tools just arriving on the scene. He will also help attendees gain greater insight on how to match the right data center tools to a specific enterprise challenge and what processes need to change to handle big … Read more

Managing risk in a public cloud environment: cloud computing insurance

23 January 2012 –  In an interesting post today, Brian Gracely (Director of Global Solutions at EMC) relates how  a couple weeks ago there was an interesting discussion on Twitter amongst the “clouderati” about ways to manage risk in a public cloud environment.  It was fragment off the discussion that James Urquhart started about how “Cloud is complex” and one from Alistair Croll and 2012 cloud predictions.

Beyond the normal discussion about how companies need to “design for failure” (re: applications) when using public clouds, someone brought up that SLAs will need to evolve before companies can better mitigate risk. Most people tended to dismis this, since SLAs usually only compensate customers for the service value of the outage window (eg. $/hour of compute time), not for any value related to lost business due to downtime, lost data or a security breach.

So Brian got to thinking about what it might mean to obtain an insurance policy to protect against “loss” as a result of a public cloud service.  His initial thoughts fell into a couple buckets:

  • What would/could be
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Cloud server market explodes, fueled by of cloud-based consumer services from Apple-Amazon-Google


23 January 2012 – Cloud server sales will double in 2012, compared to 2010, and will double again by 2015, as a result of the stellar success of cloud-based consumer services from Apple, Amazon, Google and other industry powerhouses.

Cloud servers, which supply services to smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, are on track to become the most important segment of the server market, according to IHS iSuppli, which predicts that cloud server shipments will reach 875,000 units in 2012, up 35 percent from 647,000 in 2011, and nearly double the 460,000 cloud servers sold in 2010.

Consumer services such as Apple iCloud and the exploding diversity of software-, platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service business models, are driving a skyrocketing demand for cloud servers. Over the next three years, growth rates will be between 23 percent and 30 percent, ultimately doubling the consumption of cloud servers over 2012 to more than 1,774,000 units by 2015, according to iSuppli. This will make cloud servers the fastest-growing segment of the server industry.Overall, the five-year compound annual growth rate for cloud servers is destined … Read more

France’s cloud computing market set to exceed EUR 2 billion in 2011

23 January 2012 – The recent boom in data transmission and storage capacity has given rise to an increase in cloud computing in France — a sector that has been given the backing of the government’s National Investment Program. This market is set to surpass the €2 billion mark for France in 2011, and may make up more than 6% of the French software and IT-services industry in 2012.

“France is a growth market for high-tech and innovative companies, particularly in the cloud-computing sector, where the leading players are already here [in France], doing business,” points out David Appia, Chairman & CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA). 

In 2012, revenue from the global market for cloud-computing services totalled US$68.3 billion while, in Europe, the cloud computing market surged 20% and is predicted to account for almost 15% of the European software and IT-services market by 2015. 

The French market, which continues to grow strongly, was worth €1.85 billion in 2010, €672 million of which was generated by SMEs. This market is set to exceed €2 billion in 2011 … Read more

Data Services: the Cloud and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA)

22 January 2012 – The principles behind Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) were established long before the Internet became a force, and certainly before the appearance of Cloud infrastructure.

Although many people consider SOA as well as Cloud to all about ways of building, deploying and managing applications, these technologies and methodologies are also important in making “big data” useful and manageable. Indeed, SOA and Cloud are increasingly becoming so intertwined as to cause major confusion in the marketplace.

Let’s be clear – there’s SOA, and there’s Cloud and there’s the intersection of SOA and Cloud. That intersection is a very exciting place to be.

Quoting Hollis Tibbets: “I remember long discussions on things like CICS which embodied many of the principals behind SOA, and I’m sure there are technologies (and methodologies) older than that which similarly embody various principals of Cloud as well as SOA). Like so many things in this industry, the more things change, the more they seem strangely (though never entirely) similar. I suppose that’s evolution for you”.

For more from Hollis Tibbets click here.… Read more

The Rise of Cloud Computing Ecosystems

20 January 2012 – It would be fair to say that in the last year the dominant form of cloud computing has been infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). As popular as those services have proven to be, the odds are good that IaaS is not going to be the dominant form of cloud computing going forward. The reason for this is that IaaS still leaves much of the responsibility for managing the software environment in the cloud in the hands of local IT people. That’s appealing to a subset of customers, but in reality most cloud computing customers are looking for a more turnkey experience.

Obviously, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings go a long way towards delivering that experience. But PaaS has been slow to catch on because most of the offerings to date have been tied to specific application development languages and associated middleware platforms. In effect, vendors have treated PaaS as an opportunity to extend long-standing platform wars into the cloud. Customers, however, have grown weary of being caught up in such conflicts.

For more from Michael Vizard click here.… Read more

From The 451 Group: Symantec gets the M&A “cloud” ball rolling in 2012 … and more

20 January 2012 –  Quoting Simon Robinson of The 451 Group: “As if to underscore our belief that the cloud is set to play a bigger role in all things Information Management-related in 2012, Symantec announced this week that it had acquired cloud archiving specialist LiveOffice for $115m, its first acquisition in eight months.   Though the deal was not a huge surprise — some of LiveOffice’s executive team (including CEO and COO) hail from Symantec, which has for the last year been reselling LiveOffice, rebranded as EnterpriseVault.Cloud – it is a significant endorsement of the cloud archiving market; a sub-sector that we have been following closely for a couple of years, but has yet to really come to life”.

For the full post from Simon click here.

The announcement also afforded Symantec an opportunity to unveil what it calls “Intelligent Information Governance”, an over-arching theme that provides the context for some of the product-level integrations it has been working on. For example, it just announced improved integration between its Clearwell eDiscovery suite and its on-premise archive software, EnterpriseVault. … Read more

Quantum physics to encrypt clouds of the future

20 January 2012 – Boffins looking for the perfect alliance between science and technology have married quantum computing to the future of IT – the cloud.

The researchers have used quantum mechanics to encrypt heavy-duty number-crunching computing, thereby removing a major obstacle in the adoption of the cloud for many enterprises – how safe is my data when it’s hosted on someone else’s computers?

Their experiment envisions the data processing servers as a quantum computer, and the eggheads have succeeded in hiding the input, data processing and output of a computation from any possible snooping.

“Quantum physics solves one of the key challenges in distributed computing. It can preserve data privacy when users interact with remote computing centers,” said Stefanie Barz, lead author of the study.

Quantum computers use the ability of quantum particles to be in more than one state at the same time to rapidly check lots and lots of possible solutions to a problem, thus ramping up their processing power. There aren’t actually any quantum computers in significant production yet, and if and when they do get … Read more

Why Poor Data Classification in Government Will Impact Bring Your Own Device

20 January 2012 – In recent discussions with IT leaders from both federal and Department of Defense sides of US government, representatives stated that they are having a heck of a time accommodating expansive growth in mobile computing. This is critical given that today, in most cases, agencies and departments still have control over which mobile devices can be used. In the future, these executives realize that the changing demographics of contractors and employees means they will not only need to support continually growing traffic, multiple presentations and increased asset management, but will also have to deal with a wide spectrum of mobile devices due to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

This idea that these executives will one day soon have to loosen their grip over endpoints is a major concern. Contrary to belief it is not about power and supremacy over their domain.  Most users have no concept of the level of complexity for managing access and availability of data and applications when there is no control over the endpoint; nor should they. While network security solutions have improved … Read more