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Cloud Computing: Windows To Try And Dominate The Field

Cloud Computing: Windows To Try And Dominate The Field

It was written before that we rarely talk about the operating systems and the code behind cloud computing. We can talk until we are blue in the face about what cloud computing does and how it works but the technical part in the background rarely gets it 15 minutes of fame. So lets not wait any longer and let’s put these cloud computing code talkers on display.

The wolf in sheep’s clothing

Microsoft has snuck in behind a lot of other companies and are now offering a massive cloud computing operating platform. This is a rather large undertaking for a company that has been getting hammered for not having a hybrid platform to begin with. What Microsoft has done is turn it up a notch, not just by offering a hybrid platform that any system can use, but taking that hybrid platform and opening up to….wait for it….windows based servers. The global push for Microsoft has turned into a frantic shove to use their cloud based platform for all window servers. Plan on hearing a lot more about Windows Azure in the very near future as more and more webhosts that already run windows servers can easily migrate into their cloud software.

Opening the door to the future or cutting it off from everyone else

Virtual machines, websites, service management portals and applications can and will all be affected by how Azure comes to life for Microsoft. The expanding nature of Azure is going to turn an already competitive market into an even more competitive one. All the major players are doing a great job of pushing the small personal cloud companies into the background. In the past simple price cuts and flooding the market would put these companies out of business. Except the constant changing technology is making it so even the big companies are feeling the pinch from the small ones, this competitive nature tends to help the market then hurt it. Cloud computing has become the industry it is today in part because of the competiveness that has been found in the midrange companies that have been dominating the field up to just a few years ago.

Is it everything I need

Dell has been working with VMware for a while to offer cloud computing and security all in one spot. The combination has worked. But only for that niche, and right now cloud computing is broken up into so many different niches that it is hard to keep them all straight. As hybrid clouds have become the norm (based off the idea that end users will use more than one cloud service and need one portal to make each work) the questions that remain are, security and if it will work with x or not. Security gets answered when places like Dell team up with VMware, but what about the other names in the market? Each offer their own approach to security but much like the lack of hybrid portals until recently the divide with security has become a ongoing problem. Time will only tell if this is something that will really need to change or something that people learn to deal with.

By Emma Joseph

Social Cloud: Oracle Continues To Expand In The Cloud

Oracle Continues To Expand: Buys Involver

Buzz Buzz

We have gone through the massive cloud computing crazy rather unharmed by everything. Cloud computing is the rage when it comes to just about every aspect of business. From the personal level cloud computing has been more of just giant storage for your typical at home user. To help change this view and to expend into everyone’s living room around the globe and they have been doing this by merging cloud computing with Social media. Today’s new buzz word fraise, social cloud networking. Oracle has really jumped in feet first in this new approach to cloud computing.

Eating them up

Last week, Oracle just bought into and acquired Involver. Involver creates front end applications that let users control or have more control of their branding pages over social networks. Oracle has now bought and taken over three cloud computing or cloud computing related companies and they move deeper and deeper into the fray of cloud computing. Back in June Oracle bought Collective intellect which is on the marketing end of cloud computing. Collective Intellect helps companies respond to customers on social media websites. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) All the way back into October of 2011 Oracle jumped on the bargain priced Rightnow Technologies for 1.5 billion. Rightnow Technologies markets services to cloud customers and deals with support applications. These bold moves by Oracle are pushing them closer to the top of the cloud computing food chain.

Why Social Media

Business is business and there is a sharp divide between the have and have not’s in the business world. But business will never work without the employees to do the job and the customers that buy the goods or services. There is a vast market out there and Social Media has become a stepping stone for customers to voice their complaints, wants and needed over that same Social Media. No one likes sitting on hold, and waiting for an email to show up, but Social media has taken part of the waiting game out of the equation. Customers can quickly connect with other end users that may be having the same issues or looking for answers for the same questions, combine that with a smart company that responds back to customer comments and you now have a design for near perfect customer’s service. Think of it this way, people are already on places like Facebook, why not come to them instead of them coming to you.

Next round of buzzing

As Oracle climbs up the cloud computing food chain do not think they are the only one. IBM has blitzed the market with new ad campaigns, and midsized companies like Dropbox are increasing their size that they offer and not the prices they charge. All in attempts to either keep or gain control of bigger market shares. As the economy stables out and people find themselves venturing back into the job markets businesses are going to expand and cloud computing is going to be there to catch them when they do. The time is hot for any company looking to increase their customer base in the cloud computing fields.

By Emma Joseph

Storing And Consolidating Your Data

Storing And Consolidating Your Data

All That Data: It Has To Go Somewhere

Mass effect it all has to go somewhere

Word is that the internet is filling up. Okay so that might be a stretch, but is it really? About a year ago the internet gurus from around the globe realized that when you open a website, take up room, host something or do anything else on the net, it takes up space. Not a ton of space but enough that slowly but surely all that information becomes a giant mess that has to go somewhere. But where does it go, how much of that space is being wasted and what can be done about it to solve the issue, and really is it a real issue?

Squeeze it into place

IT research and advisory firm Gartner has released a study saying that nearly 50% of the world’s data will find its way into cloud storage. As the benefits of cloud computing has grown, so has the solutions to problems that face big business as well as the personal user. If the internet was “running out of space” before, cloud computing has opened up a whole new world of solutions to “fix” it. Apple ‘s iCloud, Microsoft has Skydrive, Google has burst onto the scene with its App engine and then the plethora of smaller companies out there all offering storage, the idea of running out of space seems rather farfetched now. If 50% of the world’s data is going to be on a cloud (multiple clouds) does that mean there is no room for the other 50%?

Growing trends

PaaS is expanding faster than any other area of cloud computing. People want to use PaaS for everything under the sun. Application Development is at 22%, Database Management is staggering 48.5% Business intelligence 38.9 % and infrastructure is at 26.5%. Those are growth rates, huge and massive in scale. Making it not hard to believe that half the world’s data would end up being stored in clouds, as we expend we expect the cloud services not to just expand with us, but to expand faster then what we need. (isn’t that how we got into the limited space problem to begin with?) Economy still rules the cloud computing business model, if we can afford it, we have shown that we want it. But if it is just data storage that we are looking for then the mass hole could easily switch to free storage and crush the cloud computing environment.

This is why

Come the end of the year the guess around the globe is that cloud computing is going to be valued at more than 37 billion dollars. Billions of dollars that is a real lot of money for a market that still has not even hit its stride yet and more importantly a market that not everyone is using yet, but everyone could be using for different needs. It is rare that something like cloud computing comes along and can tap into such a massive market. Cloud computing is only going to grow, much like the space we use on the internet and how much room we need to store out programs and files on cloud computing. Put into play how much business can be improved with cloud computing as a whole and your going to quickly see the changes in how the market handles this space issue.

By Emma Joseph

Telecommuting: Everyone Wins Work From Home Cloud Computing Options

Telecommuting: Everyone Wins Work From Home Cloud Computing Options

 

Cloud computing is all the rage

If you have the chance to work from home would you? Many people would say yes, and with good reason. You can make your own hours, dress how you want, be your own boss and pretty much you have life in the palm of your hand. Now let’s come crashing back down to reality. Cloud computing has opened a true work from home opportunity. Many small to midrange businesses have adopted cloud computing as part of their IT department and company structure. What does this does mean for some is a work from home opportunity. Not one where you call the shots, but one that lets you telecommute to work every day.

Opening the door

Any computer becomes a mobile office. Employers host the files, programs and other data needed to make your work, well work. Just log in with your user name and password much like you would an email account and you now have access to all your business applications and other data. With the ability for many of these applications to be run at once without any slowdown the ease of use and the simple design of cloud computing means anyone can use it. Yet if it is so easy, what factors are slowing down the progress of cloud computing?

Bandwagon jumpers

Have it now, the on demand service that cloud computing offers, no more needing the IT department to turn something on or wait for someone to get a program up and running for you. Convenience, work whenever you want to, want to work at 10 at night then go ahead. Get everyone involved; being able to network over multiple networks you’re able to pool resources without any limits. So these seem like great pluses, where is the issue? Security, new regulations will be needed to keep security in check and personal information safe. Servers that host the data will need to be regulated in some way for legal liability. Because of security concerns that range from the simple to major concerns such as person records. Are these fears real? Not real enough to slow down the projected increase of money dedicated into cloud computing from last year to this year.

Who is doing what

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Intel, HP and SAP all have one major thing in common. They are devoting large budgets and high hopes into cloud computing projects. Each one in return is hosting some form of cloud. Many offer the service for free (paid if you want more space) for a limited amount of space. What does this mean? It is like being able to go to the candy store and eat the candy before you decide to buy it. Giving small to midsize companies a chance on seeing how well cloud computing can work for them. As well as giving the common user a chance to be able to file away all those countless pictures of the Christmas party.

By Emma Joseph

Playing Catch-Up With The Big Boys

Playing Catch-Up With The Big Boys

Microsoft dipped into their pockets a few days ago and shelled out $1.2 billion to purchase the social network Yammer. IBM has set the benchmark by merging cloud computing with social networking. It’s an interesting mix of work and play at the same time. It’s a nice idea, but for one of the world’s biggest companies, they are really lagging behind the other cloud computing giants out there.

It is projected that in the next decade the developing and sharing of information through cloud computing technology is going to greatly increase. Cloud computing may even become the backbone of how business is done. From getting your job done, to getting a birthday party arranged, doing this all online has become common place. But now the technology is expanding, and is moving toward your smartphone.

Amazon has recently released Cloud Player for iPhone and iPod touch. You can download music from a stored source (a cloud source) into this app to create playlists.

How does all this tie in? The more cloud technology expands, the more it expands to take on (or over, depending how you want to look at it) every facet of our lives. From work to play, we will be connected to a cloud in some way shape or form. What further expansions are there? It is really limitless.

Why small is a great way to start

Zip Cloud is not new, but they have cornered their market for what they do. What they do is great for a single person or a family looking to store files. But it does not stop there; you can sync up multiple devices, connect by your smartphone and share the files between people with unlimited storage. It is a nice combination between being great for personal use and a bit of an insight for someone trying to learn a bit about how they could use cloud computing for business use. Storage and backup are key components to cloud computing.

Steady Cloud is a great upgrade for a small business to get their feet wet in the cloud computing field. Private servers and a full-on, virtual office; easy to understand and not overwhelming to navigate and use. Picking the right solutions can be hard, and picking one that works as hard as you do can be tougher. Steady Cloud is an entry-level company for small business.

Putting it all together

Cloud computing has moved from the Internet to the smartphone. You’re now able to do your computing from anywhere, and no longer even have to be tethered to your laptop (you can tether your phone to your laptop, but that is a different story) 100% on the go. From social cloud connections to work cloud connections, your smartphone is going to be the next step to cloud computing.

When Microsoft bought Yammer, they opened the door for what is going to be the next big step in cloud computing. Social Cloud computing is going to be big, but how cloud computing is moving to your smartphone is where the next big leap is going to be.

By Emma Joseph

Peeking Into The Cloud: Look What I found!

Peeking Into The Cloud: Look What I found!

Let’s imagine for a moment that you want to become the next super-power social site. It’s a daunting task, but you get to where you want to be by doing what? Cloud computing would help you. Cloud computing is a network of computers that are set up so that you can share data, explore new applications, and boldly go where no one has gone before. Okay, so that last part is not strictly true. No. What you can do is to have a cloud computing network setup were one part of the network handles inbound streams of information, whereas another part of that same service would be for all your outbound information.

To be any good at social media, you’re going to need to be able to store pictures, and your cloud network can do that as well. You’re not done yet – you know you’re going to need games for your visitors to play, so yet another part of the cloud service does that as well. All these things happen in milliseconds – before you even know it is happenning, it is already done. That is the power of a good cloud computing network.

Now, back to reality. The odds are that you’re not going to be the next social media giant, but let’s say you run a company. The same ideas apply to you as well. Your private cloud network can run all your applications, handle all your data and be able to store all the information you need. Your IT department is going to be wondering what to do once you put your own cloud computing system in place. Oh, and if cost is a factor for you, think about these things: How much do you spend now on making sure every computer, every system and every employee has the most up-to-date information, the best possible software to do their job, and the best equipment to get it all done? How much do you pay your IT department to do all of that?

You’re not going to be able to fire your IT department, but they will be able to focus on other projects instead of always worrying if everything is up to date. The man hours and money saved will, in many cases, make up for whatever you might end up spending on a cloud network. And remember; cloud networking is like anything else – it can be custom-made to meet your needs so that you only pay for what you use, not for more than you need.

So, is cloud computing for you? The doors are wide open, from becoming the next media giant to running a giant media company, cloud computing can be customized to meet your needs, every day. It gets better; many providers offer you a chance to test drive their services to make sure they offer what you need. Get in there and take a look – the power, speed, money and time saved and will quickly sway you.

By Emma Joseph

IBM Me: Cloud Computing Basics

IBM Me: Cloud Computing Basics

IBM has come up with great and easy ways to understand cloud computing and make it functional as well. IBM is a leader when it comes to cloud computing, so it is no surprise that they have managed to do this. Cloud computing can also go beyond cost savings by allowing your users to access the latest software and infrastructure offerings to foster business innovation. Think about what that simple statement means. Yes, saving money is good – even important – but even more important is how the end user uses software and infrastructure. Do you know what that really means?

From the infrastructure side of things, you should be able to offer something that has enough servers, storage and other essential components to get the task at hand done. In this case, the task is setting up a cloud computing structure. IBM offers four different types: X86, Power7, zEnterprise System and iDataplex.

Each server serves a different idea and purpose. The X86 is setup to be very flexible and is one of the best cloud computing platforms available. Massive amounts of data can be moved and used with minimal disruption – it is designed to adapt to changing technology. The Power7 server is about scalability and being able to optimize your workload. These servers are meant for businesses that are mid- to large-sized, and in Power7 servers, cloud computing has a new standard. But are these just fancy words and ideas to get people to buy into a product or service?

Cloud computing is based on several basic ideas. Infrastructure as a service, IaaS, is the basic cloud. Cloud computing starts (or ends) here. IaaS is all about on-demand services for virtual machines, firewalls and networks. PaaS, or platform as a service, is a little deeper, however. This is for solutions; you develop a program on the cloud for you and your employees to use. The service is that someone else is hosting your software for you. SaaS, or software as a service, is where the software that you are using is hosted and run on a virtual machine – there will never be a need for an updated computer after that point.

So, how does cloud computing, or what IBM is offering, mean? You have to determine what services you need before making a true call on it. If you’re looking to run management programs, content management or anything along those lines, you’re going to want to use an SaaS system. If you’re just looking to hold onto some photos or MP3s, an SaaS service would not be something you need. If you understand what you’re looking for, finding the right solution is rather easy. If you’re looking for a cloud computing company, whether it be IBM or not, learn to ask questions to help you figure out what you need to know. Otherwise, it would be easy to end up having too much or too little of the service(s) that you need.

By Emma Joseph

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