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IT Departments Move Low-Risk Services to the Cloud

Posted by brennels on July 29, 2010

By Stephanie Overby, CIO July 28, 2010 04:21 PM ET

I”T departments continue to proceed with caution when it comes to cloud computing, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by TPI.

The outsourcing consultancy polled 140 corporate IT decision makers about their cloud computing perspectives and plans and found that nearly four out of five companies are considering cloud computing solutions. Three out of five are actually implementing them.

Those organizations that are migrating some IT services to the cloud are doing so with small pilot projects or low-risk services, says Kevin Smilie, head of TPI’s new cloud computing business solutions unit.

“They aren’t convinced that these [cloud] services are ready for the prime time requirements of their core operations,” Smilie says. “They are testing non-critical portions of their infrastructure to learn about cloud services and their own management of them while limiting their operational risks.”

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IT budgets pointing to the cloud, expansion

Posted by brennels on July 20, 2010

IT shops are in search of variable infrastructure pricing, which will take them to the cloud

By Patrick Thibodeau  July 20, 2010 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld – When debt collection agency Deca Financial Services LLC was formed last year it had two IT paths: It could buy its own servers, software licenses, and hire an administrator, at a total of cost of about $700,000, or it could turn to a cloud provider with first year costs of about $60,000.

At first, James Hefty, director of operations at the Fishers, Ind.-based company, didn’t believe a cloud provider was a possible option. It had financial compliance rules and concerns such as a client audit.

But the provider, in this case BlueLock LLC in nearby Indianapolis, said it could meet all the security rules, service levels and disaster recovery needs. “We very quickly realized with a little bit of analysis that everyone benefits from it,” Hefty said.

Deca has its own network, router and firewall and server in an Hewlett-Packard blade system and VMware environment.”

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The building blocks of private cloud

Posted by brennels on June 24, 2010

Lynn Haber, Contributor 06.17.2010

“If private cloud is a journey, then businesses need to consider transportation for the ride. Today’s existing IT data center infrastructure is yesterday’s news when considering a private cloud alternative.  

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of vendors lining up to offer the building blocks for a private cloud infrastructure — virtualization, automated workload management, self-service and metering or chargeback — which also means organizations need to inject a level of caution when considering new investments.

To begin, industry experts advise revisiting the definition of cloud computing, keeping in mind that private cloud, as discussed here, is cloud within the enterprise data center.

Defining cloud computing
According to the
U.S. Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable resources — networks, servers, storage, applications and services — that can be rapidly provided and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”

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Responses to a tension pair on the likely future of cloud computing

Posted by brennels on June 16, 2010

We wanted to share an interesting report on cloud computing that just came out of Elon University. For the study, researchers surveyed around 900 Internet, tech experts and social analysts on the topic of cloud computing, and received an overwhelming contentious that Internet users will live mostly in the cloud by 2020.

The survey reported: “By 2020, most people won’t do their work with software running on a general-purpose PC. Instead, they will work in Internet-based applications such as Google Docs, and in applications run from smartphones. Aspiring application developers will develop for smartphone vendors and companies that provide Internet-based applications, because most innovative work will be done in that domain, instead of designing applications that run on a PC operating system.”

 Here is a link to the full report:

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Google coding tool advances cloud computing

Posted by brennels on May 25, 2010

by Stephen Shankland

“Google has released a programming tool to help move its Native Client project–and more broadly, its cloud-computing ambitions–from abstract idea to practical reality. 

The new Native Client software developer kit, though only a developer preview version, is designed to make it easier for programmers to use the Net giant’s browser-boosting Native Client technology. 

“The Native Client SDK preview…includes just the basics you need to get started writing an app in minutes,” Google programmer David Springer said Wednesday in a blog post announcing the SDK, a week before the developer-oriented Google I/O conference. “We’ll be updating the SDK rapidly in the next few months.” 

Native Client, or NaCl, is designed to let browsers run programs at nearly the speeds of those compiled to run natively on a computer system. It’s fast enough to handle tasks such as video decompression and first-person shooter video games, and it’s designed to handle adjusted versions of existing software, not just programs written from scratch.”

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Salesforce’s Benioff: Microsoft, IBM play catchup in cloud computing

Posted by brennels on May 20, 2010


 “Benioff has been championing the service as disruptive technology for more than a decade. Technology Live caught up with Benioff shortly after he delivered this keynote presentation at a Google event promoting Google Apps Marketplace. Excerpts of that interview:

CEO Mark Benioff is a champion of cloud services.
With Google, IBM and Microsoft suddenly racing to deliver Software-as-a-Service to small businesses, Marc Benioff, outspoken co-founder and CEO of, couldn’t be more tickled.”
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EMC chief sees the future in cloud computing

Posted by brennels on May 18, 2010

by Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff / May 11, 2010

EMC Corp. chief executive Joe Tucci said yesterday that the true revolution in digital technology is only just starting, as cloud computing technology begins to link billions of computers and cellphones into seamless information networks.

“We’re now going through what I believe is pretty much going to be the biggest wave in the history of information technology,’’ said Tucci, adding that Hopkinton-based EMC is in position to ride that wave to more success.”

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Cloud computing is a private affair

Posted by brennels on May 13, 2010

By Harshal Kallyanpur, InformationWeek, May 10, 2010

It would be safe to say that today, cloud computing is a reality in India. Once regarded with great apprehension, this IT delivery model is slowly beginning to find a fair share of takers in the country.

Over the past few months major software and hardware vendors announced partnerships with telecom and data center service providers to provide a cloud-based service-oriented IT delivery model in India. Organizations such as Reliance Communications, Tata Communications, Wipro, IBM and Sify recently announced their cloud-based services. Other organizations such as Netmagic have been offering cloudbased services for almost a year now.”

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Ebix Unveils Cloud-Computing Strategy

Posted by brennels on May 11, 2010

From Businesswire

ATLANTA, May 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Ebix, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!ebix/quotes/nls/ebix (EBIX 15.20, +0.50, +3.40%) , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, unveiled today its strategy for Cloud-computing and announced the new Ebix Cloud family of products and services for the Insurance market.

Within the Cloud-computing model, all Ebix solutions and software will be delivered as a utility or on a pay-per-use model basis. Built on top of the current Ebix product portfolio, these offerings would provide a range of services from collaboration infrastructure to data integration solutions. Ebix’s Cloud-computing platforms will allow an insurance entity to outsource data center and application hosting across multiple platforms to a single managed service provider. This will work to drive costs down and improve overall performance and reliability.

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Six Ways To Decide Which “aaS” Is Right for You

Posted by amcanty on April 21, 2010

Making sense of the complex “as a Service” ecosystem

By Max Coburn, Margaret Dawson

The benefits of doing things “as-a-Service” (aaS) and leveraging cloud-based technologies are well-known and documented, such as a low barrier to entry, reduced capital outlay and infrastructure, easy scalability, and device/location independence. Many companies also appreciate the reliability of service and the ability to leverage specialized domain knowledge expertise from an experienced aaS provider.

However, there is still a great deal of confusion about the many different types of aaS and questions remain over how much companies should rely on the cloud. Specifically, when is the right time to turn to aaS rather than build and manage in-house and what are some of the pitfalls that can be avoided when moving to an aaS-based solution?

Leveraging the cloud and delivered as a service, each aaS has the ability to help you do things faster, better, cheaper. The most attractive characteristic of the aaS movement is a flexibility that allows for an incremental or selective approach to deployments. You don’t need to do it all at once, and you can mix and match.

The following is a brief synopsis of current aaS variants, when you should consider them, and what the future might hold for this technology.

First, here’s a quick cheat sheet of three most common aaSes:

  1. IaaS – stands for both Integration-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service
  2. SaaS – Software-as-a-Service
  3. PaaS – Platform-as-a-Service

Integration-as-a-Service (IaaS) is probably the oldest, and has historically been the most stagnant, of the aaSes. IaaS originally functioned as a connector, providing integration for businesses to transmit documents to each other, such as EDI (electronic data interchange) and VANs (value added networks). Examples of this type of business document interchange go back to as early as the 1960s and really took hold during the ’70s and ’80s when early service providers helped companies automate this exchange. IaaS improved substantially once documents could be sent digitally over the Internet.”

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