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Dell has made its first serious cloud move and gone into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business using VMware’s multi-tenant virtualized vCloud Datacenter Services environment hosted in a Dell data center. It’ll provide vCPUs, memory, storage networks, IP addresses, firewalls...
The “cloud era” of information technology is upon us. Connectivity is pervasive and everyone and everything is connected. Readily available, low-cost, Internet-based services providing access to new capabilities and infinite amounts of information have given rise to a new set of experi...
Adaptive Computing, a provider of cloud systems management and Optimized Dynamic Cloud solutions, today announced that IT management and their staff no longer need to accept static cloud environments. The latest release of Moab Adaptive Computing Suite 6.1, a cloud decision engine, fea...
The market for cloud technology and integrated services is currently transforming from the hype cycle to testing, piloting, and implementation by larger enterprises. Given the potential for significant cost savings, smaller and medium sized organizations are also becoming early adopter...
Developing your Software as a Service (SaaS) takes you away from the dark ages of programming and into the new age in which copyright protection, DMA, and pirating don’t exist. In the current age of computing, people don’t expect to pay for software but instead prefer to pay for the su...
I would venture a guess that many cloud service providers are happy with cloud conversations going on in enterprises today. I say this because, at least in my experience, enterprises are truly starting to seek out and embrace the idea of PaaS. Many times these enterprises have adopted ...
Any new technology adoption happens because of one of the three reasons: Capability: It allows us to do something which was not feasible earlier Convenience: It simplifies Cost: It significantly reduces cost of doing something What is our expectation from cloud computin...
Real benefits of the Cloud Computing model will go beyond the Dynamic infrastructure and on demand computing. For the enterprises saving 10% of the Server Cost is important but that is not their core need, rather adopting Common industry standards for service end points,...
The cloud: few topics are as frequently discussed among information technology (IT) professionals. But why? Internet hosted applications and services certainly aren’t a new concept. In fact, application service providers began delivering functionality via the Web more than a decade ago...
Enterprise IT organizations are in the midst of deep and lasting change. IT used to be your cable company: It held the local monopoly for IT services. The wait you experienced was a frustrating, but necessary part of your relationship with enterprise IT. You had no choice. But with...
As the business software industry embraces cloud computing, App Stores for business applications on a Web platform are growing in size and number – Salesforce.com’s AppExchange, Google Apps Marketplace, and IBM’s Smart Market to name only three. But what does this mean? Are companies r...
While most enterprises are increasing their IT spending over the year, the business value derived is not propotional. Studies have indicated that resources spent on maintenance takes the bulk of IT spending. One of the core tenants of PaaS platform is to enable the organizations to co...
A free-spending Salesforce.com announced its fourth acquisition in four months Wednesday when it said it’s buying Radian6 for $340 million in cash and stock, mostly cash. Radian6 is the Canadian start-up that eavesdrops on what people are saying about its customers’ product on social...
Solving bottlenecks is no small feat, but it may be one of the greatest long-term benefits of the cloud computing model, both in terms of cost and agility. It's the processes, after all, that count most and should be easy to safely make, remake and iterate on. Recognizing broad integr...
Firefox 4 has been officially out since Tuesday – albeit hurriedly because of IE 9’s appearance last week. It’s got an overhauled Chrome-like UI, hardware acceleration, a souped-up JagerMonkey JavaScript engine, support for HTML 5, CSS3, WebGL and the controversial WebM codec plus a ...
DotCloud, described as a second-generation Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) start-up that lets users mix and match pre-configured software components, has gotten a $10 million A round from Benchmark Capital and Trinity Ventures. It also got Yahoo’s errant co-founder and ex-CEO Jerry Yang...
SoftLayer Technologies on Tuesday announced that the research firm Longhaus has named SoftLayer the strongest offshore (no Australian data center) trusted infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider for Australian enterprises. Longhaus conducted a detailed review based on 60 criteria ...
With Java EE being a major platform on enterprise, a good PaaS platform like vFabric is very exciting. This gives lot of choices for existing Java EE based applications to move to the Cloud. The comparison with Windows Azure is done only for the new Cloud applications or...
Broadview Networks is launching its Cloud Computing Services nationwide. Its services is a suite of fully managed enterprise-grade business software and infrastructure applications hosted in the cloud and is tailored for small and medium-sized businesses. According to Brian Crotty, C...
When anyone is planning to break the barrier for Cost, Quality and time, the only option is to look for a different paradigm. I readily agreed when Ramasubramaniam VP of Chennai PMI Chapter asked me to speak on ‘Cloud Computing’ – obviously :-) ! But, I realized the twist only later. ...
SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe told the Wall Street Journal in an interview at Cebit in Germany that the German software company isn’t in discussions to get sold. The paper says there have been “persistent market rumors of an impending deal,” with IBM or HP considered potential buyers...
The decision framework for cloud migration that US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra recently published as part of his Federal cloud computing strategy, offers advice applicable to all organizations. In my last blog, a cloud of two speeds, I mentioned Vivek Kundra's very readable cloud strate...
SoftLayer Technologies, in partnership with Parallels, on Wednesday announced the availability of Parallels Automation on-Demand (PAoD), integrating the Parallels Automation Suite (PAS) with SoftLayer’s fully automated infrastructure to create a ready-to-go cloud service delivery solut...
Manufacturing software vendors are making aggressive moves to the cloud. In the past year alone, four vendors rolled out a full suite Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings for the industry. That brings the current tally of SaaS players in the manufacturing arena to five: Epicor Expres...
While SaaS On Public Clouds is the most obvious benefit of Cloud, this needs to be high adaptable to differing enterprise needs. This article discusses some of the aspects that will make SaaS more adaptable. With these in mind, the popularity of SaaS is expected to grow several times...
The adoption of cloud computing has brought renewed focus to the software as a service (SaaS) application delivery model. Some small and medium businesses (SMBs) see SaaS as an equalizer that gives them the same application functionality as larger competitors, without incurring the mas...
Historically Software development have taken much of the IT budget, much like Operations. While software development results in business capability this does not mean that any amount can be spent in this tight economy. while most case studies position Cloud for run time cost efficie...
Compuware Corporation is offering a new integration between its professional services automation (PSA) solution, Changepoint, and Salesforce CRM. This integration is supposed to tie together PSA and CRM business processes, as well as account data, sales opportunity and contact informat...
By combining the power of rich client applications with that of the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, a new breed of application components can be created which can provide the best of both worlds.By building new services on top existing rich-client environment, users will be ...
CA Technologies on Wednesday announced that ScaleMatrix, a new managed service provider (MSP) run by data center industry veterans, has chosen CA 3Tera AppLogic software as the primary platform for delivering its catalog of cloud computing services. To launch and build the business,...
UCC can be enhanced to UVC, Unified Virtual Collaboration, through the addition of new software, and then delivered via Cloud services. The Canadian government calling out for insights into the gaps in their R&D innovation strategy is timely and provides a context for the market oppor...
SoftLayer Technologies on Monday announced that it has been listed in the “Niche Players” quadrant in the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting” released December 22, 2010, written by Gartner analysts Lydia Leong and Ted Chamberlain. “We are pl...
Dell is buying 11-year-old Security-as-a-Service house SecureWorks Inc, whose widgetry, which Dell already resells, includes managed-security services, security and risk consulting services and threat intelligence. The acquisition is supposed to expands Dell’s global IT-as-a-Service ...
Traditionally business process services are built on applications that are running within the enterprise to fulfill business demands. In the recent past, the concept of SaaS Clouds gained significance with services being hosted in a common cloud environment within the enterprise or out...
When it comes to protecting unstructured data, such as spreadsheets, documents, images and other data on file servers, most organizations acknowledge that their existing processes and risk profiles are less than ideal. Unfortunately, IT personnel – rather than data owners – are typical...
Cloud computing can be seen as an important enabler for more user and business empowerment. Traditionally we consideredany IT outside the IT department’s purview“Rogue IT” or “Shadow IT”. In this blog we examine how further user empowerment may impact the future of corporate IT. Rogu...
This week, Gartner is holding their Symposium/ITxpo to Europe in Cannes .  For some reason the industry seems to be cramming all their events in the two short
Hubspan, which peddles cloud-based business integration mojo, has launched WebSpan Analytics as part of its flagship enterprise-class WebSpan SaaS Integration Platform. WebSpan combines Hubspan’s cloud-based platform and managed services with IBM WebSphere integration software. The ...
A while back, I wrote about the importance and benefits of patterns-based middleware solutions for the cloud. You can check it out here if interested, but the gist is that by representing middleware application environments as patterns, we target traditional inefficiencies when dealing...
The General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. government’s procurement arm, has given 11 companies a shot at selling federal agencies an estimated $76.5 million worth of the cloud over the next five years. Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and Amazon made the list of approved sources of...