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Cloud has been marketed as one of the key advances in technology and every day we hear about new areas where cloud services are being utilized. Cloud is the bright shining star that is being leveraged for it's elastic, on-demand, resource pooling capabilities. However there have been C...
Definitions of cloud computing are easy to find, but a single, authoritative definition is hard to come by. Perhaps the best work in this area was done by Böhm, et al. By compiling characteristics of 17 different scholarly and industrial definitions, the authors identified five primary...
IT professionals including server and storage managers often think that the adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise puts their jobs in danger. To the contrary, the role of the IT professional is evolving into a more strategic position as more organizations adopt private and publi...
Cloud computing has given birth to a broad range of online services. To maintain a competitive edge, service providers are taking a closer look at their Big Data storage infrastructure in an earnest attempt to improve performance and reduce costs. Large enterprises hosting their own ...
Cloud computing and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) may seem like something only for the IT guys to get excited about, but the ultimate benefit is accruing to ordinary users. While most day-to-day non-tech folks don't understand the inner workings of PaaS (nor should they have to), this d...
Business is continually seeking ways to improve functions. One of the most financially burdensome departments for many companies is IT. To succeed in any industry, a system needs to be in tune with the fast pace of the world it serves. Sustaining such an environment requires dedication...
In 2012, much of the industry was focused on what’s going inside the data center to enable cloud computing. As we move into 2013 and beyond, enterprise IT will need to consider the network that connects the data centers – particularly how these inter-data center networks need to change...
The best thing about public cloud is it’s cheaper to fail than belabor conversations about whether to try it or not. If you physically touched it, estimated your peak demand before buying, and/or don’t have a re-occurring OpEx fee… IT’S NOT CLOUD. If you're an IT manager calling your...
One of the major criticisms of private clouds is that the end user still has to build, manage and maintain the infrastructure to the extent that they are continuing the ‘keeping the lights on’ approach of IT. Ultimately this lacks the economic benefit that makes cloud computing such an...
What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013? In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the year ahead.
The Akamai Board of Directors announced Monday that Dr. Tom Leighton will succeed Paul Sagan as CEO of Akamai effective January 1, 2013. Sagan announced earlier this year that he intended to step down as chief executive by the end of 2013. Leighton and Sagan will remain Akamai director...
I worked extensively in the telecommunications area to lead large, innovative nationwide mobile application and portal rollouts that included mobile platforms, applications, databases, services and integration mechanisms. With the explosion of the Cloud and Mobile Cloud, the entre digi...
When eGestalt of Santa Clara, CA, announced in November they were launching a cloud-based security and compliance solution, it set the stage to change the way enterprise businesses could cope with complex compliance and security issues. The solution, powered by Rapid7 scanning technol...
Many organizations say they rely on real-time processing of big data to fuel their business, and many of them say they are thinking about taking their big data to the cloud. It's no surprise that most enterprises are now taking big data more seriously. But what might raise an eyebrow ...
Cloud computing is changing the way big business communicates and is fast becoming the new technological standard for enterprises. With employees working across so many devices from numerous locations, cloud computing is taking on a growing importance for a seamless work experience. ...
Perhaps the only thing worse than a disaster happening is seeing it coming and knowing nothing can be done to stop it. Businesses along the northeastern seaboard had several days of warning before Hurricane Sandy struck, certainly not enough time to implement a disaster recovery plan f...
Enterprises are quickly realizing that their future success is dependent on their ability to adapt their business to the Cloud. That realization however comes with more questions and concerns about executing an effective cloud-based strategy. The explosion of the OpenStack community ha...
The article discusses cloud strategy as the first and foremost step towards cloud adoption by larger enterprises. It talks about its merits and how vendors need to provide this critical piece in order to be successful in selling their cloud services. Just returned from the AWS re:Inve...
one of the main movers of the IT world. The IT industry's transition to "The Third Platform," built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and Big Data analytics technologies, has dominated annual predictions from IDC over the course of the last several years. For 201...
Outsourcing the IT operations, support and associated infrastructure maintenance has been the norm for large enterprises over the last decade. Typically the multi-year IT outsourcing contracts cover the following aspects: Application Development Services: These will be the set of reso...
There is no doubt that Big Data holds infinite promise for a range of industries. Better visibility into data across various sources enables everything from insight into saving electricity to agricultural yield to placement of ads on Google. But when it comes to deriving value from dat...
One of the major issues facing cloud service providers is the expense of building out infrastructure without knowing how or when revenues will follow. As a result, cloud providers are reevaluating their approach to hardware and software investments and engaging with technology and netw...
Cloud computing has reduced deployment times and the ability to try out new ideas without significant investments in hardware and software. Cloud supports business agility and Cloud projects may have a quicker turnaround time for releases. Many programs have declared victory as being A...
Cloud hosting has been creating quite a buzz lately as being the latest, and some claim also the best type of web hosting around. It is quite different to your usually hosting server and certainly requires a lot of skill to use. Most of the time it cannot be run by a single person, but...
Do chief information officers really prepare and provision their datacenter backbones especially for Christmas? Do CIOs honestly talk to systems architects, software development team leaders and individual programmers about the festive season and plan for an additional data burden? Th...
The Cloud market is diverse and highly fragmented – typical of any market in its early stages. The broad range of cloud activities and the frantic pace of new products / services getting launched is driving the need to consolidate and unify cloud services for the end user and for the m...
Technology changes so rapidly that a business will be left behind if it does not constantly consider newer and better ways of doing things. Chances are that if you are not thinking out of the box, looking ahead, and making continuous advancements, your competitors will. The defining ...
With the cloud space getting crowded each day, cloud service providers list a host of benefits by moving to the ‘Pay as you Go’ model…. Among other benefits, reduced capital expenses (fixed Capex costs), and increased operating expenses (variable Opex costs) is listed as a key benefit....
In a tough economic climate everyone is looking for ways to cut costs without sacrificing performance. More and more small and mid-size businesses are realizing the benefits of business management software. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and other business management tools ...
A new survey about cloud computing explores the business growth opportunities for buyers and consumers of cloud services alike, with surprising findings about confidence and a high degree of ongoing experimentation. The multi-year annual survey on the cloud market provides a springboa...
Big Data is everywhere. Predictive analytics and real time in-memory computing isn’t everywhere. This truth (if we can accept it to be so) represents something of an imbalance. As a subset of data mining, predictive analytics driven by in-memory computing efficiencies now has an opp...
Companies are continuing to move along with adopting cloud computing even though they haven't completed their formal strategies for using it, according to ZDNet.com. Analyst IDC found that nearly three-quarters (69 percent) had already started using private cloud technologies, with ne...
When I talk to CIOs, they usually complain that the trend of Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is undermining their ability to keep their organization’s infrastructures and data secure. Every employee who comes to work with his or her smartphone or tablet and pulls up sales reports, help...
It’s rather difficult to get a good read on public opinion, especially about things that half of them don’t know about. Cloud computing is one of those things. How does one get a really good view on the overall public perception of particular things? Sure, you’ve got your own persona...
For the real-world enterprise, cloud computing promises flexibility, efficiency and convenience. But those attractions mask realistic potential risks to data integrity, privacy and oversight. And that's enough to make even the earliest of early adopters hesitate to move to the cloud. ...
Cloud computing has dramatically altered how IT infrastructure is delivered and managed, as well as how IT functionality is consumed. However, security and privacy concerns continue to be major inhibitors for risk-conscious organizations to adoption of cloud computing – whether infrast...
The Society for Information Management (SIM) recently released findings from its annual CIO survey that indicate CIOs around the world plan to commit more of their budgets on IT outsourcing in 2013 to boost productivity and reduce costs. Not surprisingly, cloud computing was cited as a...
Over the last decade, Business Process Outsourcing has become an enterprise standard way of delegating the non-core processes to third-party service providers, which resulted in cost controls and business efficiency. This BPO industry has further matured by providing innovation to the ...
A cloud-of-clouds approach is providing new types of IT services to Thomas Duryea’s many Asia-Pacific region customers. Why cloud services for your consulting and business customers now? Have they been asking for it Certainly, the customers are the big driver while we are moving into...
Since ZapThink wrote our ZapFlash on Cloud Brokerages in April 2011, the Cloud Brokerage marketplace has exploded. Or at the very least, the noise level involving such Brokerages has reached a fever pitch, which the vendors in the space want you to think is the sound of an exploding ma...