Posts Tagged ‘Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)’

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.

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Alphabet Soup in the Cloud: Understanding “aaS”

31 October 2011 — There’s a new one born every minute.  We don’t mean the P.T. Barnum quote, we mean acronym. Today it seems to be Infrastructure-as-a-Platform (IaaP), to join all the other “as a” acronyms that are difficult to keep straight. If technology could just hold still for a few years, everybody could get up to speed on all the terminology. Alas, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. If you’re new, or new-ish, to cloud services you’re probably a bit muddy on what all the different “-as-a-Service” terms are. Want to know your SaaS from your PaaS and your IaaS?

Read Write Web has put together a quick primer on the differences between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Those who work in IT are likely to know what SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are. But a lot of folks who encounter the “aaS” terms have had no introduction (click here).

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How To Build A Government Cloud

7 October 2011 – The federal government’s cloud computing strategy reached a milestone recently when the Department of Homeland Security became the first federal agency to sign up for infrastructure as a service through the General Services Administration. But the path there wasn’t fast or easy, or anything like what was first envisioned.

Rewind to September 2009, when Vivek Kundra, the federal CIO at the time, announced the launch of, a GSA-operated site that would serve as an apps store where agencies could subscribe to a range of cloud services with point-and-click ease. Some apps–easy stuff like personal productivity tools–became available quickly. For example, government employees with the proper credentials can subscribe to Microsoft Exchange for $16.82 per month with USA.Net, a provider of hosted email services.

Infrastructure as a service has been a tougher nut to crack. It was a full two years from the time was announced until DHS last month signed up for IaaS services through a blanket purchase agreement managed by GSA.

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Oracle announces move into infrastructure as a service

6 October 2011 – Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Oracle data centers will soon provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for customers who wish to develop Java applications or deploy the new Oracle Fusion applications in a public cloud setting.

It was the final step of a 180-dgree turnaround in which Ellison has distanced himself from previous statements that supporters of the cloud were “idiotic” and the cloud was nothing but “water vapor” or a confused renaming of the Internet. As it turns out, the cloud is something that Oracle wants to sell. And it came on the next to last day of the 2011 Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco, a show that has been heavily dominated by Oracle’s discussion of its latest hardware appliances for on-premises computing.

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Oracle Executives to Outline Oracle’s Comprehensive Cloud Strategy

3 October 2011 – On Thursday, October 6, 2011, during Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle senior executives will outline Oracle’s comprehensive cloud strategy and roadmap. The Oracle Powers the Cloud event includes more than 25 cloud sessions, 15 cloud demos and an Executive keynote address. Executives will discuss how Oracle offers the broadest, most complete integrated offerings for enterprise cloud computing. Oracle provides a comprehensive strategy that includes both private and public clouds, and all cloud layers — software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

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A primer on cloud computing terms

2 October 2011 – The U.S. government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing some guidance on how to define cloud computing and related terms in a new special publication. Currently in draft form, the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing is based on NIST-sponsored workshops and public comments. The single definition helps ensure that government workers, industry, and other groups are on the same page when talking about cloud computing.

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Hybrid cloud computing gets real

18 September 2011 — Public Cloud Computing services are growing fast despite the fact that a lot of people do not fully trust them. Just look at the number of launched Amazon EC2 instances in the datacenter US East 1 region. In 2008, the highest peak reached 20K instances, at the end of 2010 customers launched up to 140k instances, an increase with a factor of 7!

And Amazon is not the only dog in town. According to the same measurements, the Rackspace Cloud Servers have to serve up just as much instances per day. Translation to us hardware nuts: many people are hiring a virtual server instead of buying a physical one.

But if you are reading this, you are probably working at a company which has already invested quite a bit of money and time in deploying their own infrastructure. That company is probably paying you for your server expertise. Making use of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a lot cheaper than buying and administering too many servers just to be able to handle any bursty peak … Read more

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 Cover: Cloud-based e-discovery is easier, cheaper, and improves quality and efficiency

1 August 2011 – Is the cloud just the internet? No way. In fact, the cloud is re-inventing electronic data discovery in marvelous new ways while most lawyers still grapple with the old. The cloud will make EDD easier and cheaper while improving the quality and efficiency of preservation, search, review and production.

So what, exactly, is this amazing cloud? It’s a buzzword for three on-demand service models delivered via a network (i.e., the internet). The name comes from depicting networks as a cloud on system schematics. There’s so much cloud hype in the market that the three service models warrant brief explanation.

The first, most familiar cloud model is called Software as a Service (SaaS). It’s doing things you once did with installed applications using your web browser. When you search Lexis, Tweet, post on Facebook, check webmail, or keep a Google calendar, you’re using someone else’s software on someone else’s machine. It feels like desktop computing, but software stays up-to-date without installing updates, and data is backed up more regularly and reliably than if you did it yourself.… Read more