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GoGrid, a cloud infrastructure company, and Racemi, the moving company for the cloud, on Tuesday announced the availability of Cloud Path for GoGrid, a joint offering for migrating customers' existing server workloads to GoGrid's cloud platform free of charge. The Cloud Path software-...
Obviously Storage-as-a-Utility will never work unless people use it that way. Cloudian, a Goldman Sachs-backed cloud storage software start-up whose technological roots go back a decade or so, means to see that they do, especially the chi-chi telecom ones and the Fortune 5000, despit...
Platform as a Service is one of the least used cloud computing services also has a great opportunity for providing value to users. Vendors need to create transparent services to grow adoption. As enterprise cloud adoption increases, CIOs are looking not just to use the cloud as the ne...
Rackspace has acquired Exceptional Cloud Services in what it calls a strategic move to add to its toolset for developers deploying and managing applications in the open cloud. The deal will bring it error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service solutions that are currently used by more than ...
A move to the cloud brings serious benefits, particularly for startups who often need to ramp up their IT capacity quickly without the burden of investing in new hardware or training staff. If your company is ready to offload its applications to the cloud, how do you decide which provi...
In a constant effort to improve customers’ cloud experience and increase adoption, cloud providers are starting to introduce WAN optimization capabilities into their service offerings. This technology will allow organizations to realize significant performance improvements for cloud ap...
Recently Amazon announced the availability of Redshift Data warehouse as a Service as a beta offering. Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing busine...
Boston Limited, which – don’t be fooled – is in England – is peddling the world’s first commercially available ARM-as-a-Service (AaaS), a cloud service offering engineers remote access to preconfigured systems so they can move their server apps – specifically x86 server apps – to ARM. ...
The IT stacks we saw and worked with until recently are almost things of the past now. This change, of course, can be mainly attributed to the Internet evolution and the way IT is being leveraged these days especially with the blurring of lines between personal and work-related IT use....
Rackspace has bought ObjectRocket, a year-old MongoDB Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) start-up. ObjectRocket’s open source MongoDB solution is supposed to broaden the Rackspace OpenStack cloud platform and expand Rackspace’s ability to help customers run Big Data in the cloud. The ac...
Red Hat closed its acquisition of ManageIQ in December shortly after it agreed to buy the joint for $104 million and on Tuesday morning it said in a webcast that it’s going to integrate ManageIQ’s cloud management and automation widgetry with its CloudForms Infrastructure-as-a-Service ...
EMC said Tuesday that it means to offer its cloud-based online file-sharing service Syncplicity, acquired last May, with its Isilon and Atmos widgetry so customers can store files as in the cloud as well as on-premise. The stuff’s in beta. It’s supposed to increase productivity, fl...
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...
Centrify, the ISV that makes its living leveraging Microsoft’s Active Directory, has got some new cloud-based widgetry that lets organizations centrally secure and control access to their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployments. The adoption of SaaS apps combined with the Bring-Your...
AIG International Group is among IT leaders who are improving performance of their services to deliver better experiences and payoffs for businesses and end-users alike. Many organizations are now focusing more on the user experience and the business benefits and less on pure technolo...
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...
Another one of Andreessen Horowitz’s seemingly endless supply of gold-tinged start-ups whose future is supposed to be theirs to lose has come out of start-up hiding to proclaim the existence of its newfangled SaaS-style data-warehouse-as-a-service for Big Data analytics running initial...
Let’s take the notion of a user identity – or to be more precise, the user’s avatar – and consider it to be a Cloud resource. The user, that is, we can provision such avatars as we see fit. And because they’re in the Cloud, they’re location independent. Facebook could use our avatar. A...
Gartner says the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market should be worth $1.2 billion this year, up from $900 million last year, and hit $1.5 billion next year on the way to $2.9 billion by 2016. Its calculations include everything from Salesforce.com’s Force.com to discrete application ...
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...
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. ...
A private cloud is to strategically build a go-to-market vehicle, such that enterprise IT can fulfill business needs and exceed user expectations. With a private cloud, IT can leverage business opportunities generated by market dynamics and offer a user experience with anytime, anywher...
This’ll resonate. ManageIQ says that when the management majors – and you know who that foursome is – saw the cloud bearing down on them like a Kansas tornado they ducked into the basement and scrawled cloud all over their wares to salvage their position. Its point is you can’t make...
It's finally summer, time to slow down, to plan, to learn and to discover your inner data geek! Summer is also the time for blue skies and clouds. And although you may know everything you want to know about the white fluffy clouds that dot the sky, do you know enough about getting you...
The London Olympics are not using the Cloud. Cloud seems a good match for the Olympics for provisioning a scalable and on demand architecture quickly, and then taking it down after the event. That is precisely what the technology supports. The integration and deployment of the infrastr...
Scott Thompson, the Yahoo CEO who left in May after four months in the job because it was discovered that he gave himself an undergraduate degree in computer science, has gotten another job. He’s now CEO of ShopRunner, a start-up that gives members two-day shipping from some retail si...
This is a continuation of my series of articles on Industry SaaS. This term ‘Industry SaaS' can be interchangeably used with BpaaS (Business Process as a Service). However, the term ‘Industry SaaS' meaning a Software as a Service meant for a specific industry is stressed for wider atte...
Many organizations are starting to look at cloud computing as a universal solution, but there are many applications that cannot be considered unless the framework of cloud computing includes Timing as a Service (TaaS) as part of its fabric. Mission-critical applications require securit...
Like their business counterparts, IT has proven to be amazingly adaptive in times of challenge. Wary for business’s growing dissatisfaction, with a few wise course corrections, for example the adoption of data virtualization, IT can continue as business’s vehicle for success. Business...
There has been a lot of press around the notion of Platform as a Service (PaaS). It seems like a week doesn't go by without an announcement about a PaaS platform. In this article, I will try to explore the various types of PaaS platforms and distinguish between them. Metadata PaaS pla...
As identified in my earlier article about Enterprise Search in Hybrid Cloud Computing Model, this particular use case of knowledge management is a natural fit for a cloud platform. However, the following aspects are aligned to the Cloud model. Knowledge Management systems may have lar...
This is the continuation of my series of articles on Industry SaaS . This term ‘Industry SaaS' can be used interchangeably with BpaaS (Business Process as a Service). However, the term ‘Industry SaaS' meaning Software as a Service meant for a specific industry need is stressed for wide...
This is the continuation of my series of Articles on Industry SaaS . This term ‘Industry SaaS’ can be interchangeably used with BpaaS (Business Process As A Service). However the term ‘Industry SaaS’ meaning a Software As A Service meant for a specific industry need is st...
On-demand subscription billing and payment house Zuora is expanding its multi-tenant cloud into Europe on the back of a $36 million D round led by Index Ventures. Greylock Partners and Workday co-CEO Dave Duffield, who started PeopleSoft, are also kicking in. The infusion brings Zuor...
This is the continuation of my series of articles on Industry SaaS. The term ‘Industry SaaS' can be used interchangeably with BpaaS (Business Process as a Service). However, the term ‘Industry SaaS' meaning a Software as a Service meant for a specific industry need needs more attention...
Kroll Ontrack, the litigation technology, computer forensics and data recovery arm of Kroll Inc, which is probably best known for its private detectives and security consultants, is taking the widgetry it developed for finding the “gotchas” in discovery to the cloud. Lawyers often su...
Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could correctly understand them i.e. ‘The Cloud Specialist’. Despit...
Be honest. What comes to mind when you picture a gamer? To speak on behalf of many of us, the typical stereotype is of a socially awkward man who never grew up that lives in his parents’ basement whose social interactions are primarily online with other gamers via his handsome avatar. ...
Independent research firm studies expects the global cloud computing market to reach $241 billion in 2020 compared to $40.7 in 2010. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers more growth opportunity than any other segment in the still largely vague market for cloud computing services. SaaS ...
While organizations spend a lot of time understanding the technical transformation required to build a SaaS or other -aaS service, they fail to understand that this is just the anchor of the transitional bridging they must do. In order to gain share, revenue and adoption they must deal...