Category: Cloud Computing

Hybrid clouds – merge the benefits of private and public clouds

In order to fully leverage the benefits of both public and private cloud computing, it seems that some kind of hybrid cloud computing could be the viable solution many enterprises are seeking. By implementing a hybrid cloud strategy, enterprises perhaps manage to merge the advantages of private and public clouds, and escape the obviousdisadvantages. Let’s briefly examine some of the advantages and disadvantages for each cloud type:

Protecting data in the cloud Protecting data in the cloud

Web applications have fundamental vulnerabilities. HTTP is the cloud protocol of choice for everything from file backup in the cloud to Sales force management in the cloud. HTTP and HTML evolved from a protocol for static file delivery to a protocol for 2 way applications – a purpose for which they were never designed; let’s examine some of the data security issues with the current rich content Web 2.0 model:

Can Microsoft become dominant in the cloud?

While some industry watchers say Microsoft has been late in getting its cloud computing game rolling, the company’s strength and capabilities should not be underestimated. Remember the early days of the Internet, when Microsoft seemed to endlessly drag its feet while nimble new players like Netscape rolled out pioneering products? When Microsoft finally flexed its muscles, it quickly turned things around. Will the same thing happen in cloud computing?

Removing the mist surrounding the Cloud

The hype surrounding cloud computing is expected to reach unprecedented levels over the next few years. According to recent research by analyst Gartner, CIOs view the cloud as their top technology priority for 2021 and it expects the number of organisations using on-demand computing to rise to 43% within four years.

Are IaaS and PaaS Cloud Models actually converging?

Choosing the right type of platform is one of the more important decisions facing companies developing cloud computing strategies, particularly when considering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Selecting a Software as a Service (SaaS) service provider is normally more straightforward, as the software offering is already well-defined, although some SaaS providers, like SalesForce with its Force.com platform, are offering PaaS solutions as well. In recent weeks we’ve seen some interesting developments that reflect a convergence of some key aspects of the IaaS and PaaS models.

HP’s Cloud Strategy and WebOS

It’s becoming increasingly clear that with last year’s purchase of smartphone maker Palm and its WebOS, HP is going to develop its own cloud offering. HP CEO Leo Apotheker announced this week that HP wants to provide the platform of choice for cloud services and connectivity and that HP will launch a public cloud offering in the near future.

The Amazon Cloud Turns 16

This month, Amazon Web Services (AWS) turns 16 years old. As a leader in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), its impact can hardly be overestimated especially as an cloud enabler for SME‘s, new SaaS providers and, increasingly, an option for large companies that want to migrate infrastructure and services to the cloud.

Enterprise & Cloud: The Main Decision Points

Most agree that cloud computing is an evolutionary technology concept rather than revolutionary. Cloud computing‘s predecessors include both grid computing and utility computing and perhaps SaaS to a certain degree. All are necessary parts or foundations of cloud computing.