We recently commissioned an independent global study of senior management and C-suite executives that looked at the business model changes services organizations are making in the Everything as a Service (XaaS) economy. The XaaS economy is where products and services are delivered in a continuous relationship with the customer, rather than as a series of […]
Although it can be difficult to imagine for the millions of us who live in safety and comfort, 24 people are forced to leave their homes every minute and become refugees. These are people faced with violence, political unrest, or persecution, and it’s simply not safe for them to stay in their home country. Currently, […]
More people are turning to the cloud for their business needs today. This is because the cloud has a lot of software and collaboration tools they need. In fact, a recent report published by cloud security company, Okta, says that most companies are using an average of 16 cloud apps at work now. If you’re […]
Every time you’ve installed a piece of commercial software, you’ve invariably been presented with what must have appeared to be legal gibberish- a seeming difficult to read, needlessly long, solid block of text that was almost impossible to understand. Most people never bother to read the information presented- quickly scrolling to the bottom of the […]
Insights as a service is a model experiencing supersonic growth, so it’s natural to wonder where it’s headed. Fortunately, there are some clues that can give us a sense of where and how it is likely to evolve. Consider what is fueling its growth. That starts with determining its added value in a marketplace already […]
There are thousands of apps that rely on cloud computing to store important information and files from their customers, but the general public still doesn’t fully trust the nature of the “cloud.” This can manifest in a number of ways. For example, a consumer with an iPhone might be reluctant to use Apple’s cloud backup […]
IoT business models hinge on data analysis. From responding to emergency situations to discerning patterns in vast troves of historical data, a variety of approaches to derive insights are being made possible by IoT businesses. Despite the critical role that data plays in creating new business value, enterprises often do not have robust strategies to […]
Iceland. A fascinating, strange place. And misunderstood. Did you know that the famous Blue Lagoon is actually a man-made pool filled with runoff from the power plant next door? Or that Iceland could become the world’s next data center capital?
Today’s cities are living entities. They develop, grow and become more complex over time. Yet, many of their most pressing issues, such as the need for utility improvements and monitoring crime, remain the same. Like never before, city officials have the capabilities to implement analytics technology. But surveillance will be at the heart of smart […]
Customers of cloud computing need to be assured that providers apply appropriate security practices to mitigate the risks they both face. They need this guarantee to be able to make good business decisions and to maintain or obtain safety certificates. An initial symptom of this need for assurance is that numerous cloud providers are bombarded […]
It’s no surprise that companies implementing dynamic IoT solutions are doing so by harnessing the power of cloud computing. However, it may surprise you how cloud computing is benefitting these IoT initiatives. When referring to the cloud, many talk about its scalability, cost-effectiveness, and low maintenance, yet the cloud has so much more to offer […]
In large companies, cloud computing is a transformative shift where the greatest challenges amay be more about people, process and politics, not technology integration.
The little plug-in gadget can play more than just the trickle of streams Google announced at launch. And many more could rush in.
A step-by-step guide to publishing your work worldwide on Amazon.
Whether you’re looking for a cloud-based storage app to upload and organize your personal photos or you’re seeking a platform where you can manage user data on behalf of your tech company, you’ve likely heard promises that cloud-hosted apps are inherently more secure than storing data on your own local servers. Cloud computing certainly has […]
The advent of fast and reliable Internet paved the way for a more interconnected world. People now have the ability to interact with one another, no matter where they are in the globe. But after “perfecting” interpersonal communications through the web, we’ve begun to experiment on interactions with common household and commercial products. By embedding […]
Cloud computing is a technological revolution in progress and has been emerging as one of the most reliable paths for business innovation. Facilitating businesses to be more agile and responsive to the dynamic conditions and opportunities; cloud computing propels productivity growth and widens profit margins. Hybrid cloud solutions are the future of enterprise IT. The […]
Technology has always been positive for impacting businesses. Technology is the grease on the wheels that will bring growth to your business. With growth as your mindset, here are a few facts you can’t ignore namely, that the positive evolution of your business depends on the tech revolution. After the Industrial Revolution, the business world […]
Software Defined Networks (SDN) promises to make high-capacity networks cheaper to build and easier to configure, not to mention faster and more efficient. So why do so many people dismiss the technology as hype?
Remember when you couldn’t send video or audio files because of attachment size limits? That’s history.
Even if your data is “in the cloud,” it’s still housed somewhere. And as we’ve written about before, the location of cloud providers and data centers can be an important factor in performance, as ideally you want to route and store data through the server that’s the closest.
In preparation for the launch of its new backup and migration tool…
The rise of cloud computing has prompted many businesses to debate and discuss – both internally and publicly – their data storage plans. Arguably this is a change from the longstanding practice to guard with great secrecy these plans, particularly when it comes to building data centers.
This secrecy and what may be a trend toward more openness…
The architectural style of a data center is not what you would think as being unique.
But data centers can have a certain style as illustrated in a recent post on Data Center Knowledge, which put together a collection that shows a level of creativity in how data centers are being designed.
Rob Snevely is the author of Enterprise Data Center…
Google has doubled what it spends on its data centers – the company’s largest investment since 2008.
According to Data Center Knowledge, Google spent $476 million in the second quarter, compared to $239 million in the previous quarter .
Historically, the company’s capital spending tracks data center construction. That means this increase could…
The news from Microsoft this week about its private cloud initiative points to an undeniable trend. The concept of the private cloud is here to stay.
This sticks in the craw of many a cloud computing veteran who makes the clear distinction between what is an Internet environment as opposed to an optimized data center.
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels…
It’s such a glorious Saturday here in Oregon but I’ve been wanting to put this post up all week about Twitter’s uptime and its use as a measure of its service.
The connection to the cloud seems distinct as Twitter is simply the leading edge of what we can expect as using Web apps become standard practice for everyone, not just the geeks and…
Companies of all sizes must retain large and growing volumes of data – and retain this data for longer – in order to satisfy business and regulatory requirements. And the costs of preserving terabytes of log and application data over long periods of time, while also keeping the information secure and instantly available, can be incredibly high.
Today Rackspace announced that it plans to bring both public cloud services and VMWare-based private cloud to the U.K. by the end of 2010. Rackspace isn’t shy about its model and expertise. The company has refined the hosting experience into an energetic art form. It even has a name for that passion: “fanatical support.” It’s […]
Today at Google’s annual conference, I/O, the company announced a partnership with VMware. This news immediately turned our minds to the possibilities for enterprise app developers.
What we see is that like the parent companies, the partnership has a bit of genius embedded in the way it offers more tools and choice to developers for scaling…
NorthScale is on the move. Hot off its recent accomplishment of winning several awards – including best in show at the 2010 Under the Radar event – the company announced a successful round of financing from the Mayfield Fund.
Its successful product release in March put the company on the map as a defining leader in the noSQL approach to data…
This week, the Chromium project offered a sneak peak to its Native Client SDK.
Blockbuster Video is launching an API called “Blockbuster Everywhere.” The new cross-channel API is designed to deliver films, reviews and real-time inventory to devices that include phones, set top boxes, gaming consoles and other point-of-sale locations such as gas stations.
The Blockbuster story is another example of how companies are…
Today, we got the chance to sit down with Aprimo, an on-demand marketing automation company that has built their software business around scaling their own cloud infrastructure with VMware vCenter. Aprimo has optimized its offerings to scale with customer growth and leverage best-in-class hardware to match innovation in the software layers it…
The Nikkei Daily in Japan is reporting that Fujitsu will invest $537 million in cloud computing for 2011.
That seems like a staggering investment to us but perhaps it’s not at all surprising considering the metamorphosis in the IT sector.
According to The Nikkei and Reuters, the investments will be for more servers and external memory storage…
Microsoft revealed a bit more about its container system for data centers, giving us some pause about it as a symbol of the cloud itself.
These boxes represent the future of cloud-based infrastructures for both shared and dedicated networks. Microsoft, Amazon, HP and a number of other vendors use these containers to operate cloud networks. They…
Yesterday, Hitachi took the wraps off their Unified Computing Platform by introducing its open data center platform. It is aimed at consolidating the enterprise functions of networking, storage, and compute into an orchestration layer.
Virtualization is still guiding the evolution of the data center, in this case all the way to the physical…
Tomorrow, GroundWork Open Source Inc. and Eucalyptus Systems will be announcing that they have partnered to deliver monitoring and management of applications running in a Eucalyptus private cloud environment.
If your enterprise is running private cloud powered by Eucalyptus, you now can plug your cloud into the GroundWork’s monitoring solution…
Cloudkick is a cloud monitoring start-up that helps system admins manage cloud servers. Today, the company announced it is getting physical, bringing its cloud monitoring capabilities to internally hosted servers and virtual machines.
The company has had a lot of success in helping companies who startup in the cloud and start to achieve scale…
Early this morning, we received an announcement from Amazon the company is launching a pilot for EC2 customers to allow your enterprise organizations to move existing Microsoft Windows Server licenses to Amazon and receive a proper discount for the new EC2 instance.
The offer is open until September and is being called a pilot by the companies…
At the RSA Keynote a few weeks back, Amazon’s Security Lead, Steve Riley participated on a panel with other security leaders of the industry. We were impressed with the openness of all of the participants, and particularly excited with the new concepts coming from at Amazon. Riley used a term that is being used within his part of Amazon, the…