Why Multitenancy Matters In The Cloud
There's a debate in the software industry over whether multitenancy is a prerequisite for cloud computing. Those considering using cloud apps might question if they should care about this debate. But they should care, and here's why: multitenancy is the most direct path to spending less and getting more from a cloud application.
What's The Best Cloud Mix?
At TechWeb's Cloud Connect conference in March, I'll be moderating a panel on the value of public, private and hybrid cloud. We'll assess where the value is today and where things are headed. Here's my take: Utilizing the right cloud combination to maximize the resources in your organization for different types of workloads, functions, applications,
Microsoft Announces Government Cloud
The Business Productivity Online Suite Federal is hosted on a government-dedicated infrastructure in secured facilities within Microsoft's own data centers.
Piper Jaffray Sees Gold Rush In Cloud Software
Investment advisor Piper Jaffray interviewed 100 CIOs and IT managers, then wrote up its conclusions in a 320-page report, neatly summarized by its title: "The Future Is In the Cloud." Spending on software as a service and cloud computing will grow from 5.7% today to 13.5% of all software spending in five years, it predicts.
Four New Cloud Computing Favorites
Four startups have emerged as finalists in Cloud Connect's Launch Pad contest, in which the public voted for their favorite new or in-development cloud application or service. These finalists provide a good indication of what's next in the cloud.
Piper Jaffray: 3 Firms To Grow Big In The Cloud
It's almost a manifesto. "Everything will move to the cloud," predicts Piper Jaffray & Co. analyst Mark Murphy and researcher Brian Schwartz. And as it does, three medium-sized companies will become star cloud suppliers. Do you think you know who they are? I, for one, didn't get them right.
Why Cloud Computing Won't Kill IT Jobs
At a recent IT End User Group focused on cloud computing, I detected turbulence. Roughly three quarters of the networking professionals and systems administrators I spoke with are afraid of losing their jobs once cloud computing evolves within their organizations.
Q&A: GSA's CIO Coleman Talks IT Modernization
The CIO of the U.S. General Services Administration discusses cloud computing, plans for funding innovation with a flat IT budget, and the potential for equipping federal employees with new consumer technologies.
What's the Deal With Private Clouds?
Many organizations like the idea of cloud computing, but they don't like the idea of handing over their processes and data to a third party. Thus, the private cloud was born. It's providing a nice evolution for cloud computing, and is becoming a very effective architectural pattern.
Seattle Wants Google Fiber
The City of Seattle, Microsoft's home turf, says it will push to become one of the first locales in the country to tap ultra-fast Internet service.
Government Plans Mobile Apps Store
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra outlines plans to offer mobile applications from an iPhone-like 'store' that will give the public access to new capabilities developed by both the government and third-party developers.
California Seeks Input On IT Strategy
The state's CTO has created a crowd-sourcing site and invited the public to weigh in on how it can improve in areas ranging from online services to legacy systems.
Can Microsoft Catch Up by Giving Away Azure?
Microsoft Azure finally went into production amidst much fanfare. The long-awaited Azure platform is Microsoft's big bet in the cloud computing space, but can they catch up to AWS, Salesforce.com, Google, and other existing cloud players?
Cloud Migrations Trigger Organizational Challenges
When organizations migrate to cloud computing, most of the focus is on technology components such as security, automation, and policy management. There is, however, another key element that's necessary for a cloud model to work within enterprises, and it involves organizational behavior.
NASA Gets Cloud Experience Through Nebula
Under CIO Vivek Kundra, the federal government has launched Apps.gov, an online marketplace of software where federal agencies can find what they need, sometimes at bargain prices. But behind the scenes, it's made a much bigger bet on cloud computing. It's NASA's Nebula cloud at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.
Google's Smartphone Management Drops Another Big Barrier To "Apps" Adoption
Google has removed what for many CIOs and IT professionals has been one of the last remaining hurdles to their adoption of Google Apps for business documents, spreadsheets, presentations and probably most importantly: email. Yesterday, the biggest of the cloud-based challengers to Microsoft and IBM-Lotus announced it now has a range of Blackberry-esque mobile device management features (including the ability to remotely wipe a smartphone) for iPhones as well as Windows Mobile and Nokia-based dev
Air Force Seeks Secure Cloud Computing
In a 10-month project, the Air Force has contracted IBM to design a cloud computing environment that can recognize security threats and adapt on the fly.