The Cloud Reality Is Setting In
A recent survey reveals that cloud computing fears regarding security, data management, total cost of ownership, regulatory and compliance issues, and vendor lock-in have actually increased...
Amazon's Private Cloud: Virtually Private Or Maybe Private?
Amazon, purveyor of the EC2 public cloud, suddenly announced Aug. 26 it's a private cloud supplier. Isn't there something wrong with a multi-tenant, shared resource provider transforming itself into a private cloud service? I'm not sure Amazon can offer a private cloud --yet. Then again, I see no reason why it couldn't sometime in the future.
GMIS 2009 Report
I'm here in Rhode Island at the GMIS International 2009 conference, and it's apparent that even though budgets are tight, local governments are still investing in training conferences that make sense and that ultimately benefit citizens. There's good attendance and sessions ranging from the coupling of 311 and local government metrics program to cloud computing (moderated tomorrow by yours truly).
Are Consultants Killing Cloud Computing?
It's clear that hype-driven cloud computing translates into dollars given to consultants who promise to lead enterprises to the Promised Land of 'As-a-service.' The coordinates being set by some consultants could lead enterprises to the wrong clouds with the wrong applications, and cost enterprises millions more than expected...
Cloud Computing Takes Away Business From IT Outsourcers
Something that often gets lost in the discussion about cloud computing is what it means for traditional IT outsourcing. Many of the benefits are the same: Reduced costs, less internal development of software, reduced management of applications and hardware. So as cloud computing matures, it seems the IT outsourcing industry will have to evolve to adapt.
VMware Got What It Paid For: A Vision Of The Future
VMware's acquisition of SpringSource is not a match made in heaven. It's going to take an effort by both parties to make this marriage work. Still, it looks like one of the few responses VMware could make to counter Microsoft's dangerous invasion of its turf.
The SaaS Industry Should Eat Its Own Dog Food
SuccessFactors, provider of an employee-performance management software service, announced today that it's using NetSuite's ERP software service. Well, good for them. And shouldn't we see more of that--the software-as-a-service industry eating its own dog food?
VMware's Cunning Acquisition: SpringSource
Cloud computing and virtualization function hand in glove. We knew that. What we didn't know was that there are likely to be efficiencies if the application is built from the ground up for the cloud. The Spring Framework is one of those new development platforms that make it easier to develop Java applications--for the cloud.
Microsoft's Drag-And-Drop Windows Azure Cloud
Citing an unfavorable change in tax laws, Microsoft is moving its Windows Azure cloud from a data center in Washington state to one in Texas. It's an interesting new twist in the cloud computing market-moving a cloud across state lines in response to the regulatory climate.
Washington Chooses Data Center Over The Cloud
The state of Washington is investing $180 million to build a new data center, and not everyone is thrilled about it. Opponents wonder if cloud computing wouldn't be a cheaper alternative. Ironically, Washington is home to two of the biggest cloud service providers, Amazon.com and Microsoft.
Panaya's SaaS Helps On-Premise SAP
More and more we're seeing examples of how on-premise software and SaaS can work hand-in-hand, and not necessarily in opposition. Consider Panaya, the provider of a software service for automating on-premise SAP upgrades, which just got $5 million in a second round of venture capital funding.
Will Cloud Computing Kill the Data Center?
I'm consistently hearing that cloud computing is the "data center killer." That sentiment typically comes from cloud computing providers, but now it's coming from some in the press and analyst community as well. I figured I would set the record straight here, and reflect upon some of the key issues.
Cloud Storage Needs A Hybrid
Cloud storage is ideal for small businesses to perform backups, archive important data and to share files when collaborating on a project. Small businesses are typically built on desktops and laptops making the cloud the ideal connection point. As the business grows and servers are added, applications become more critical and the cloud becomes the bottleneck. At this point to handle the needs of a growing business cloud storage needs a hybrid.
Amazon Outpaces Google In Part Of The Cloud
New analysis of infrastructure-as-a-service providers shows that Amazon Web Services is used for Web hosting by 20 times more sites than Google App Engine. AWS usage for site hosting grew 9% in just one month this summer, the equivalent of a 181% annual growth rate.