HP: 50% of Organizations Use Non-IT Sanctioned Clouds

For traditional hardware vendors who have strong relationships with information technology departments, the idea that cloud computing, one of the hottest trends to ever hit the technology space, is being purchased without the consent or guidance of IT is quite scary.

If you’ve been selling servers to a company for decades and all of a sudden the employees within that organization start to buy their own resources, effectively sidestepping an established relationship, you can rapidly see yourself...

By Rich Tehrani, 25 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry.

Why won’t enterprise choose telco operators for Cloud services?

At the recent Cloud Net Summit in London, there was considerable discussion regarding the role carriers and telecoms service providers can play in the provision of cloud services. One of the most noteworthy observations came from research by Current Analysis, which suggested that only 6% of businesses choose carriers as their “go-to” source for cloud services.

A number of reasons were advanced for this perhaps surprising conclusion, including the suggestion that carriers are perceived as having...

By Redmill Communications, 30 March 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.

Posterous is Joining the Flock at Twitter - The Official Posterous Space

Big news: Posterous has been acquired by Twitter!

The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler.

Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.

You can find...

By James Parton, 12 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content.

The ups and downs of China.com

In the midst of economic downturn, the Internet is reveling in a mind-boggling boom in China: with huge numbers of customers that are the envy of online merchants and service providers around the world; and their spending keeps growing.

According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China had 513 million Internet users by the end of 2011, up 12% from a year ago, and 350 million of these used their cell phone to access the Internet, up 17%.

However, the agency warns growth is slowing by...

By Dr Lin Sun, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Mobile.

How Megaupload Takedown Hurts Cloud Computing

How self-destructive US policies are hurting hiring and industry

One of the biggest concerns regarding the passage of SOPA is that entire domain names could be blocked by federal authorities due to a single offending blog or web page. In this past week, major websites such as Wikipedia and Google engaged in an education campaign in order to have consumers put pressure on politicians who eventually reversed course on their support of the bill.

On a...

By Rich Tehrani, 23 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Content, Government, Piracy.

A Future Internet Concept: In-Network Clouds

One of the key aspect fundamentally missing from the current Internet infrastructure is an advanced service networking platform and facilities, which take advantage of flexible sharing of available connectivity, computation, and storage resources.

The current Internet has been founded on a basicarchitectural premise, that is: a simple network service can be used as a universal means to interconnect both dumb and intelligent end systems. The simplicity of the current Internet has pushed complexity into the endpoints,and has...

By Alex Wanda, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry.

Top Five Drivers of Business Technology in 2012

International Data Corporation (IDC) had already predicted that the next wave of business technologies would begin its transition into the mainstream during 2011. Today, spending on these technologies is growing at about 18 percent per year and is expected to account for at least 80 percent of business technology spending growth between now and 2020. "The industry's shift to the 3rd Platform will accelerate in 2012, forcing the industry's leaders to make bold investments and fateful decisions," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC. Overall, IDC now forecasts that worldwide IT spending will grow by 6.9 percent year over year to $1.8 trillion in 2012. As much as 20 percent...

By David H. Deans, 09 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Industry, Mobile, Research.

Lack of collaboration leaves IT open to hackers

Pressure to improve business productivity and a lack of collaboration with different business divisions is leaving also enterprise IT departments open to increased security risks, according to a new report.

The annual ‘State of Endpoint’ study, carried out by the Poneman Institute for endpoint management and security specialist Lumension, found that the number of companies that felt their IT networks were not more secure than a year ago has increased over the past two years to just under two...

By Matt Henkes, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Research, Security, Smartphones.

How Seamless Mobility will shape the the Digial Swarm: Blurring Boundaries

As devices get smarter and users can access resources and applications from anywhere, the domains of work, home, and personal life will eventually become blurred. Will it really matter when, where, and how you watch your ethics training video, as long as you do it? Will anyone be willing to carry more than one device hat supports the full spectrum of enterprise and entertainment applications?

We are already seeing strong signals today as users are insisting on bringing their consumer-based applications and...

By Alex Wanda, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Devices, Europe, Geo-location, Industry, Mobile, Wireless.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.

Proof that online video doesn’t mean the death of TV

Online video.  It’s the death of TV, or so I’ve been told.  There’s only one problem though…I really love my TV.  And so do a lot of other people it seems.

A recent analysis of two of the largest over-the-top (OTT) video providers in the U.S. highlights this fact, and suggests that the days of the TV as the centerpiece of the living room are far from over.

According to

By Ciena, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, N America, Smartphones.

HP buys into Cloud with £7bn acquisition

Hewlett Packard is the latest hardware firm to make the move into the Cloud following the acquisition of UK-based software company, Autonomy, for £7bn.

The deal sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash and is yet another step away from the hardware for which it is best known. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo Apotheker, was quick to back-up the decision.

Commenting in a press statement,...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud.

First ever Cloud Computing degree available

Those interested in learning more about the SaaS, PaaS and LaaS are now able to take a certified university course after the first ever cloud computing course was launched at the University of Washington, last week.Dr. Erik Bansleben, program development director, Academic Programs at the University of Washington, revealed the outline of a new certificate program offered by the university in cloud computing. Topics covered include cloud computing models: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure...

By Matt Henkes, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, N America.

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.

A...

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.