Posts Tagged ‘Software as a Service (SaaS)’

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 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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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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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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Cloud Computing and the Disruption of the Sales Cycle

24 August 2011 – In the golden age of Enterprise software sales, one of the last things an enterprise sales rep wants to do is hand over  software to a prospect. This was mainly driven by the fact that sales reps don’t want the prospect to “twiddle” with the software before they know how to guide the prospect to a decision that put money in their pockets.

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Experts help clear air on cloud computing

23 August 2011 – In essence, cloud computing is an umbrella term referring to the technology that allows IT services such as computation, software or storage to be handled by data centres offsite. These resources can be accessed by an individual or organisation through the internet.

William Fellows, co-founder of technology analyst firm The 451 Group, believes cloud computing offers a very attractive model for enterprises today.

“The main advantage is that instead of buying new computers and having to shell out capital expenditure, you can rent space on a cloud provider’s computer and you can recognise the money you spend on it as operational expenditure,” he says.

“The economic benefit is that it allows people to avoid having to provision all the IT to meet their peak demand – they can offload many of the tasks to a third-party client provider.”

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How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education

22 August 2011 – When Bridey Fennell’s parents pulled her out of high school for five months so the family could sail their new catamaran from Brazil back to the United States, the challenge was more than a nautical one. How could they keep Bridey, then a sophomore in Illinois, from falling behind in her schoolwork?

Bridey’s parents got creative, enrolling her in several classes at the largest online learning high school in a neighboring state, the Indiana University High School (IUHS). Over the next few months, as the family sailed through the Atlantic and the Caribbean, Bridey downloaded homework when in port, completing her assignments while at sea, then uploading them to a Web-based drop box or emailing them to instructors. For exams, the family turned to dock masters, ship captains, and retired teachers as proctors, who then signed the tests and mailed them back to IUHS. At the end of it all, in addition to an unforgettable adventure, Bridey got straight A’s in all her courses.

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