Archive for category Cloud Computing

One Company’s Journey to the Cloud

For many companies, the cloud remains an amorphous mystery that is only the stuff of speculation and conversation.  For some companies, though, the cloud has become the business as they’ve embraced what the cloud can do for them.

One company recently turned upside down its entire business model and eliminated their physical product delivery service in favor of a cloud-based electronic service.  This company, TrainSignal, provides computer-based training products for IT pros.

Disclaimer: I’ve done a lot of work for TrainSignal over the years, having created ten full-length video training courses.

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Pushing Forward on Backup as a Service

Storage-as-a-Service is something we’ve been covering for years at Wikibon. In a piece we wrote way back in 2006, we said:

“The storage needs of business and application owners are simple: Give me storage when I need it. Provide services appropriate for my application in the most cost-effective manner. Charge me for what I use, don’t charge me for unnecessary waste.

Service-oriented storage has the potential to meet business needs by inherently offering the ability to:

  1. Provision storage capacity and function that meets application requirements based on performance, scalability, availability, cost and security needs of the business.
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EMC’s Move with Capgemini is a Blueprint for Competing with Amazon Web Services

It’s Amazon’s world…we just live in it.

Amazon’s aggressive push into the traditional enterprise space will place pressure on CIOs and enterprise IT suppliers alike. To release this pressure, CIOs must treat AWS as another tool in their bag, embrace the public cloud generally and help their organizations understand the right strategic fit for public cloud services; balancing convenience with compliance. Meanwhile, technology suppliers must differentiate by focusing on best-of-breed services, industry-specific capabilities and delivering business value deep within regions around the globe.

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Amazon Takes Aim – Banks on Higher Margins from Enterprise Customers

Investors have been in love with Amazon this past year, and why not? The company’s market cap has soared to over $120B since it bottomed in 2009 at just over $20B, delivering very attractive returns.

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a report citing sources that claim Amazon’s AWS business exceeded $2B in 2012 and will generate $3.8B in 2013, an 81% growth rate. The numbers are getting crazy. Some of these same and other sources have the AWS market (unclear what this means) hitting $38B by 2015 and AWS revenue reaching $20B by the end of the decade. The Journal article cited comments from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claiming that AWS can be at least as large as the company’s retail business. By comparison, Amazon’s retail operation is expected to grow 25% this year to $73.6B.

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With Pivotal Initiative, EMC is Living Up to Its Messaging

EMC has been touting its “Cloud Meets Big Data” messaging for nearly two years now, and today it took a major step in transforming that message into reality.

EMC announced that it is forming a new “virtual organization” focused on Big Data and application development in the cloud. EMC is calling the new organization the Pivotal Initiative and it will include 800 employees from EMC’s Greenplum and Pivotal Labs divisions, and 600 employees from VMware’s vFabric, Cloud Foundry, GemFire, SpringSource and Cetas organizations. EMC owns over 80% of VMware, where former EMC COO Pat Gelsinger joined as CEO earlier this fall.

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Project Hekaton Joins the In-Memory Database Movement

At its annual PASS Summit today, Microsoft announced that it will include in-memory OLTP capabilities in the next version of SQL Server, due out no earlier than 2014. Code-named Project Hekaton, the additional in-memory transactional-support capabilities will compliment Microsoft’s existing in-memory analytics tools, namely Excel PowerPivot and its xVelocity line, as well as its new Hadoop-based platform HDInsight.

The announcement serves to further solidify in-memory data processing as critical element of next generation Big Data architectures. Other well-known enterprise technology vendors, incuding SAP and Oracle, have likewise embraced in-memory processing capabilities, as have lesser-known but emergent players like Aerospike, DataStax and Kognitio.

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Cloud Computing Infographics: The Definitive List

Last month we highlighted the big list of big data infographics. This month we’re focusing on cloud computing. Our “big list” of cloud computing infographics on the business impact; from small business to enterprise and what the C-suite is thinking about with respect to public, private, and the hybrid cloud.

Let us know your feedback and what if we’re missing anything. You can click into each image thumbnail to view the full infographic and we’ve highlighted applicable third party references as well.

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DEVOPS answers business needs

Devops – Art? Science? Hype?   Talking about these things can be quite conceptual in many cases.  How we integrate the Devops concept into the architecture of a company can quite literally be a blend of arts, discipline and the science of technology.  Where that line is drawn is really variable and it depends on a number of factors.   At the intersection of Development and Operations is a genetically embedded business agenda that begins with some issue, followed by a root cause analysis, and the production of an answer or solution.  The solutions that have come to meet this have formed into this DevOps movement.  Through this automated and focused approach, process versus technology and the balance of those elements can cover the spectrum and eventually answers to the end state, ideally factoring in an organization’s agility, capabilities, and ongoing goals.  Getting to that state can be by necessity or by design, but in doing so, effectiveness can be accentuated throughout to ensure the best results.

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Real Clouds in Las Vegas: Scale, Power, Bandwidth and Guns

One of the challenges to understanding cloud computing is that it’s not easy to visualize what the solution really looks like. Before heading to HP Discover, I had the opportunity to tour the SwitchNAP facility in Las Vegas. There are dozens of cloud solutions (including HP, EMC, Joyent, Nirvanix, VMware) hosted in the 407,000 square foot co-location facility, and there’s strong (e.g., guys with guns) cloud security. Taking the tour is a geek paradise – it’s like a James Bond villain stronghold: employees dressed in black, metal desks, red and blue LED lighting, and the most technologically advanced data center that I’ve seen. Switch is not only a showcase for the scalable, dense and efficient power and cooling of cloud solutions, but also has extra capabilities of a networking buying consortium and the US Cloud inter-cloud exchangeto enable lots of interesting cloud deployments.

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Has bitly lost its way or is it trying to become something completely different?

This morning, link-shortening service bitly launched a completely overhauled site that adds a plethora of new features, including (from the bitly blog post announcing the overhaul):

  • Easily save, share and discover links — they’re called bitmarks, like bookmarks.
  • Instantly search your saved bitmarks.
  • Curate groups of bitmarks into bundles and collaborate on bundles with friends.
  • Make any bitmark or bundle private or public.
  • See what friends are sharing across multiple social networks, all in one place.
  • Save and share links from anywhere with our new bitmarklet, Chrome extension and iPhone app.
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