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Some of the key things to think about when putting your application on the cloud are discussed below. Cloud computing is relatively new, and best practice is still being established. However we can learn from earlier technologies and concepts such as utility compute, SaaS, outsourcing and even internal enterprise centre management, as well as from experience with vendors such as Amazon and FlexiScale. Licensing: If you are using the cloud for spikes or overspill make sure that the products you want to use in the cloud can be used in this way. Certain products restrict their licenses to be used from a cloud perspective. This is especially true of commercial Grid, HPC or DataGrid vendors. Data transfer costs: When using a provider like Amazon with a detailed cost model, make sure that any data transfers are internal to the provider network rather than external. In the ... (more)

Contrary Opinion: Cloud Computing - Not All New Technologies Pan Out

Jon Biedermann's DonorPerfect Blog Cloud computing, as I define it, is the ability for organizations to rent computer time and space from the "cloud computing" services such as those from Amazon and Google. It is generally viewed as an alternative to either hosting your own infrastructure yourself, or outsourcing your infrastructure but managing it yourself (in essence, a private "cloud"). Here at DonorPerfect, we employ the private cloud strategy, because we feel that we are experts in software management, but not hardware. As such, we manage the software, and rely on expertise from our hardware infrastructure service provider, Peer1. Together, we deliver our solution as "Software as a Service", or SaaS, which is one of the techno-buzzword-bingo words you'll find today in our industry. But are we going far enough??? There's even more buzz in the industry that one sho... (more)

Larry Ellison Whistles Past the (Cloud Computing) Graveyard

Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing covered by Ben Worthen (with further comments from Daya Baran, Giva Perry and Dan Farber) . Here is a quote from Larry: The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing... The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Now as usual with big whoppers told by people in fear of their checkbooks, Larry's rant has an element of truth. There is much cloud lipstick being sloshed on many a barnyard animal these days. But behind all the buzzwords, a basic shift is occuring - the wholesale outsourcing of core business applications. Yes, this is a return to timesharing, but this ain't your grandfather's timesharing. It is inter... (more)

SYS-CON Announces Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Awards

With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and delivery is plunging fast by several orders of magnitude. Behind all the buzzwords, a basic shift is occurring - the wholesale outsourcing of core business applications. This is why many analysts and industry-watchers believe that Cloud Computing is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. SYS-CON Events offered all delegates at the 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2008 West in San Jose, CA, the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite cloud computing technology provider in five highly competitive categories. The results have been announced, and they are as follows: Best Overall Cloud Product Winner: VMware Infrastructure ESX - V... (more)

Cloud 2.0 – Business Transformation Strategy

The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation. The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector deficits, Ontario in this case, and the author makes a number of recommendations for cost-saving measures to bring this situation under control. Our white paper will set out to explain what role Cloud Computing technologies could play in helping achieving these recommendations, and also how a vibrant Cloud industry in Ontario would contribute to the desired economic benefits too. Cloud 2.0 One of the headline focus areas for the report is ‘Cloud 2.0‘, the mix of technologies that includes social media, open data and legacy data integrations. This offers multiple outcomes, an effect of ... (more)

Canadian Companies Embrace Offshore Outsourcing in a Big Way

According to a recent survey by International Data Corporation (IDC), a global provider in market intelligence for the technology sector, outsourcing is on the rise in Canada. A large chunk of Canadian companies are outsourcing at  least a tenth of their IT service provision to offshore outsourcing providers. And this is not some small volume of work we are talking about. Canada's IT outsourcing market is valued at an estimated $5.5 billion as of now, and is expected to reach a whopping $15 billion this year alone – a phenomenal growth prediction of 3.8 per cent from 2009 by the IDC. So, how have the equations suddenly changed? What ruffled the complacent feathers of Canada's business community? Two factors – there maybe more – have emerged as the driving force behind this growing trend.  The first is driven by finance. Offshore outsourcing presents an attractive oppo... (more)

Maximize Your Data Storage Strategy Using the Cloud

Earlier this year, Gartner published their list of Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers, highlighting key features and differentiators of the top cloud storage providers in the world. More importantly, the report highlights the emergence of a maturing industry of cloud storage providers offering a new option for businesses thinking about their next data storage purchase. Although each cloud storage provider has a unique set of strengths, nearly all offer a common set of cloud storage benefits that include: A nearly unlimited supply of on-demand capacity: organizations can avoid the dreaded cycle of refreshes, upgrades and migrations from running out of capacity Multi-site redundancy: most cloud storage providers offer multi-copy and data center redundancy for disaster tolerance Reduced maintenance: cloud storage means never having to touch or replace a disk drive or go thro... (more)

Survey suggests only 7% of European companies rate Big Data as very relevant to their business

Paris, France - 5 September, 2013 - Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, today announced the findings of its fourth Business Intelligence Maturity Audit (biMA®) survey, which found that only 7% of European companies grade Big Data as very relevant to their business. The biMA® survey has been developed by Steria over the past 10 years. This year's survey, carried out in 20 countries across Europe, found that while progress has been made in improving BI use, strategies are beginning to stagnate. As a result, many businesses are unfortunately missing out on harnessing Big Data as a strategic asset for business development. A number of technical and organisational challenges have been revealed as contributing to businesses' inability to reap the benefits of Big Data: 72% of companies haven't got a Business Intelligence (BI) strategy and 70% of surv... (more)

Achieve Software Quality Improvements via Outsourcing

Contrary to common misconceptions, offshore product development (OPD) of software involves a lot more than just cutting costs and accelerating time-to-market. Savvy companies know OPD enables them to improve the quality of their software. Outsourcing software development and independent software testing is a great way for companies to reduce cost, improve quality, cut cycle times, eliminate the need for in-house skills, and increase efficiency. Unfortunately, far too many companies focus excessively on the benefits of cost savings - and end up paying the price in poor quality software and/or poor testing results. However, companies that approach offshore product development as an opportunity can improve productivity and software quality by tapping into the skills, expertise and technology that they lack in-house. The digitization of business has created an increasi... (more)

Avoid Being Outsourced

Products and markets have well-defined life cycles that vary in amplitude and length, but follow historical patterns. As Bob Hendry described in his editorial in last month's issue ("Is IT Outsourcing Worth It?" [Vol. 10, issue 10]), the IT outsourcing craze is in full swing. Certainly the heads-down programmer jobs are rapidly flowing out of this country, but for two centuries the backbone of American success and industrial might has not been labor but rather innovation. During the industrial revolution we made great innovations in industrial technology and went from a small colony to a world industrial power. Continuing innovations as well as the enormous labor migrations of the 1800s carried the U.S. and its allies to victories in the World Wars, where victory was closely correlated to the volume of weapons manufactured and weapon innovations. Decades of American... (more)

Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word?

Read JDJ's 2004 Predictions by i-Technology Leaders Feature Story Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read From the Founding Editor by Steve Benfield In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said. No matter who uses it, it is a word most often said in private. When corporate managers use the word, it is always mentioned in a most confidential fashion as a potential cost-cutting tactic, a magic bullet to increase margins. When technical people use the word in public it is always with a hushed tone, as if speaking it aloud would give management the idea. In private it is discussed as if it were the greatest evil ever to befall the world, a faceless monster from far away. The reality falls somewhere in the middle. Outsourcing can be an extremely complex a... (more)