Amazon Web Service suffers outage

Amazon‘s cloud offering suffered a brief outage this week causing a break in service to parts of America’s East Coast, shutting down a number of sites including Netflix, Reddit and Foursquare.

European services were also disrupted as lightening struck a data centre in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.

The Amazon Web Service was restored quickly after a half hour break but the incident was reminiscent of a similar disaster suffered by the organisation in April which lasted for two days.

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By Verity Gough, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Security.

Five top Cloud trends for 2012

As Cloud computing becomes less of a buzz word and more the norm for forward facing organisations, we take a look at five trends tipped to be hot in 2012.

A recent poll by research firm Gartner revealed that worldwide Cloud adoption is growing at an annual rate of around 17 percent while industry surveys show 50 percent or more of organisations polled have implemented some form of cloud computing.

So now we have dipped our toes in the proverbial waters, what’s next for the Cloud?

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By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Industry, Security, Smartphones.

Survey reveals CIOs' lack of confidence in the Cloud

A new report has revealed that confidence in the security of cloud computing is at an all time low.

The study by SunGard Research, published last week, surveyed 250 UK chief information officers (CIOs) and found that a paltry 10 percent were “completely confident” when it came to security and resilience of third party cloud offerings.In addition, a further lack of trust was cited by two-thirds of those polled who had already experienced downtime for cloud applications. However, it wasn't all bad news: 68 percent displayed a more...

By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Outsourcing, Research, Security.

The Myths, Hype and Reality of the Cloud

Jim Morin is Ciena’s Product Line Director focused on Cloud solutions.  Jim has been a member of a commission looking into recommendations for the use of Cloud technology in U.S. government and industry.

 

In March 2011, TechAmerica helped pull together a commission of experts from industry and academia to form...

By Ciena, 26 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, N America, Operators, Research.

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba to launch mobile OS

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is believed to be building its own mobile operating system, to be launched later this year.

Suggestions of the project have surfaced in the Chinese press, as well as the Wall Street Journal and through Reuters, though Alibaba, which has operated a dedicated Cloud Computing unit since 2009, has yet to make any official statement on the project.

Quoting an unnamed source, ‘close to the situation’, WSJ...

By Matt Henkes, 06 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Cloud, Mobile.