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Larry Dignan of ZDNet shared stats from a recent IDC report that global revenue from public cloud computing services is expected to grow at five times the rate of traditional IT. Public IT cloud services revenue is expected to hit $55.5 billion in 2014, up from $16 billion in 2009. Tha...
With the recent launch of Verizon Cloud Storage based on the Nirvanix SDN, it’s a good time to review how easy it is to access the Nirvanix SDN using Gladinet Cloud Desktop. As you may well imagine, we look forward to the addition of Verizon Cloud Storage to our long list of supporte...
There are quite a few visual development tools that have failed in the past. When I say past, I meant the pre-cloud era. The commercially successful ones are Visual Basic, PowerBuilder (just googled and found out that PowerBuilder still exists (and has its own Journal) and Oracle Forms...
In my mind, the cloud computing ‘sell’ is pretty straight forward. Fundamentally, cloud computing is a proposition of improving the time to value ratio for end users. Cloud solutions enable users address their needs faster (and in some cases cheaper) than traditional approaches to the ...
The question is usually presented by someone who’s in charge of “Security” in an organization. Now, I wouldn’t have had a problem with this if this was a technician, or a pen-tester of sorts, but I get really nervous when the CISO/CIO/Security manager is the one asking.
In spite of the security and reliability concerns, some organizations are adopting cloud technologies? The reasons are many. The organizations types are different. Here are 5 examples where organizations have leveraged cloud technologies. What is interesting is that each of the exa...
CEP isn’t really about low latency.  The ability to do things quickly is important, just as in any system – especially those systems that grow and need to handle a lot of information.  Doing things quickly means doing things efficiently.  And doing things efficiently means ...
Google has different storage options before the announcement of the Google Storage for Developers. You can store file attachments in GMail, pictures in Picasa and documents in Google Docs.
Jon Stokes from Ars Technica has an interesting interview today with Ping Li of Accel
Hidden deep within an article on scalability was a fascinating insight. Once you read it, it makes sense, but because cloud computing forces our attention to the logical (compute resources) rather than the physical (hardware) it’s easy to overlook.
Google Storage for Developer was announced at the recent Google I/O event. A closer look at the Google Storage API reveals that it is similar to Amazon S3’s API. This means direct competition between Google Storage and Amazon S3.
For Small and Medium businesses (SMBs), having hundreds of public clouds to pick from is a very good news. Businesses can continue to drive the infrastructure cost down by leveraging the clouds and focusing on the key competency of the business. As shown below, AT&T Synaptic Storage is...
I can't comprehend that any event producer anywhere in the world today would answer this question by picking any one of the five available options presented. "A leading tool?" What do you mean by "a leading tool?" What other tools would you possibly have in this day and age? This quest...
Cloud storage wasn’t well known until Amazon popularized it with S3. S3 is still ahead of competition, while competitors like EMC Atmos and Windows Azure are quickly closing in. Windows Azure went from beta to release in February this year. EMC makes major marketing push for the Atmos...
The cloud topic is already everywhere. How to best leverage the cloud? How to access the EMC Cloud Storage from user’s desktop? access from traditional file servers? access from web server? If you were the CTO or IT admin thinking about EMC Atmos Cloud Storage, you may be looking for a...
There are two ways to access Nirvanix SDN using Gladinet Software. As illustrated below, you can either use the Gladinet Cloud Desktop to map a drive to your Nirvanix account directly or you can install CloudAFS with mounted Nirvanix account and access
Running a small business is like being chased by a pack of wild animals. Every one step you fail to take, they gain two steps on you. If you stop, you will be devoured. You must constantly be ahead of the pack and make every effort to increase your distance. You ask how? First, stretch...
Cloud Storage Services 2010 could be the year of cloud storage and cloud services. Consider the recent developments: Amazon’s
  Windows Azure as a cloud service platform has gone commercial since January this year. Azure Storage is one of the key offering, providing pay-as-you-go cloud storage for your organization. Thinking about how to best leverage
  Late last year, Google cut its storage pricing for its Picasa and Gmail applications, offering 200GB of storage for $50 per year (25c/GB/year). The pricing was fantastic for online storage. The downside is that it was limited to Picasa
It was fairly easy to understand the concept of a Cloud Desktop, with cloud services such as Google Storage, Windows Azure/Live, Amazon S3, EMC Atmos Online, AT&T Synaptics Storage, Nirvanix, Box and Mezeo all mapped through a network drive to your desktop. It should be pretty easy to...
Setting up internal server and network monitoring can be a time-consuming process, sometimes taking weeks. Servers usually need a VPN connection to your monitoring server. This can be a pain to set up, especially with remote servers, particularly with open source systems like Nagios ...
So we talked about some of the challenges – and hence opportunities – faced by Cloud Providers. Last time we talked about Trust, and how important Trust is for business relationships. Trust is already difficult in pretty straightforward environments, but in the context of Clouds, i...
At first glance, cloud computing can appear to be “virtualization taken to its logical conclusion.” After all, if the main benefit of virtualization is to consolidate data center resources and increase the speed of provisioning, then cloud is the ultimate pay-off: don&rsquo...
Among both users and industry professionals, there is no shortage of discussion about mapping application types to the different cloud domains (public, private, hybrid, etc.). In my experience, quite a bit of this discussion centers on breaking down the characteristics and traits of th...
Last time, we saw that the biggest impediments to Cloud Provider’s adoption are Trust and Visibility. Today, we’ll look at the difficulty of predictive rightsizing, and how elasticity is one of the biggest value proposition of Cloud Providers.
Public and hybrid Clouds are upon us. They offer a unique value proposition and solve some big issues in the Industry, streamlining IT infrastructures, enabling enterprise business processes and operational models, offering industrialization of Best Practices, and shaving investment c...
While almost everyone in the tech industry is talking about the promise of cloud computing very little dialogue focuses on the technology challenges that will need to be addressed (before enterprises fully embrace cloud computing). And it is in that blue sky between cloud vaporware an...
Though it is generally believed that biggest challenge of architecting a cloud application is security and reliability, there is another major dimension which is generally overlooked which is cost optimization. Traditionally, actual cost of deployment has never directly been considered...
Design of enterprise clouds incorporate multiple dimensions (security, data,service brokering, infrastructure management, etc..) and one of the most critical to understand is the impact of latency. With Network vendors starting to provide 10GigE connections, switches and fabric, and gi...
When I was a child, I wanted to be a spaceman. No great surprise there, perhaps, and also no great surprise that I — like so many others — never got to achieve that dream. Still, when the opportunity presented itself to write a space-y piece as my latest contribution over on GigaOM ...
No one can properly understand anything related to enterprise-level Cloud Computing without having first gained a deep understanding of the capabilities of different Cloud players. SYS-CON's pioneering Cloud Computing Bootcamp is designed with that in mind. It is a one-day, fully immer...
The future of enterprise software is the platform. No software company has all the smart people in the world on its payroll. Apple recognized this and created the App Store. Google are now doing the same. These new cloud platforms will unleash unprecedented innovation and creativity th...
Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one wh...
As of March 10th, 2010 almost exactly one year after uploading our first how-to video, our videos are averaging 150 collective hits per day and have reached the 20,000 view milestone. Being the author of these videos, I am glad to see that people are benefiting from our content and rea...
Orchestra explains how we use Cloud Computing and how it can benefit many small businesses. Cloud computing allows us to lower our IT costs, keep out IT resources scalable, and provides greater security and stability than we can ourselves. Find out more about how cloud computing can be...
Expo, of which Microsoft is a Gold sponsor and one of the biggest exhibitors (out of over 70 leading Cloud companies exhibiting), came out of the corner swinging. Specifically Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, gave a speech on Thursday to computer science students at the University of...
How does a small or medium business ensure it can meet the basic needs for disaster recovery and business continuity? Whether it be Internet-facing applications, or Enterprise-facing applications and data, one of the most important issues faced by small companies is the potential loss ...
SAP Netweaver B1iSN for SAP Business One is an enterprise level integration tool, built for small and midsize companies. Netweaver allows for seamless integration to dozens of systems using pre-built integration frameworks. Whether it is an E-commerce website, parent company running R/...
Electric Cloud has accelerated the software production management field today with improvements to two key products: ElectricAccelerator and ElectricCommander 3.5. ElectricAccelerator boasts a new feature that provides parallel processing and subbuild technology. Dubbed "Electrify,"...