What’s Special About The Joyent Funding Round?

What’s Special about the Joyent Funding Round? There is nothing special about small companies or startups getting funding, other than the obvious vindication of the opportunities in cloud computing. In fact, such funding stories have been the focus of several articles here (See the latest one: Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 8). However,…

Research Report:The Best Way to Build a Cloud

Research Report:The Best Way to Build a Cloud

The Best Way to Build a Cloud In most companies, the needs of the business are outpacing what IT can deliver. Technology is the foundation and enabler of business innovation, the foundation and enabler of business innovation, but developing and implementing new solutions is resource-intensive. Integrating and optimizing islands of IT is complex, time-consuming and costly. Now, with the advent of…

Is Nicira a Game-changer? Maybe. Harbinger? Definitely.

Is Nicira a Game-changer? Maybe. Harbinger? Definitely While Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) has been out since February 9th, little more has been said about it’s game-changing properties, especially where it involves Cloud Computing. Networking has always been the hardware bottleneck that no one has actually overcome in Cloud Computing, but according to Nicira this…

Cloud Benefits in the Energy and Utility Industry

Cloud Benefits in the Energy and Utility Industry A report issued in June 2011 by the Carbon Disclosure Project and supported by AT&T discovered that companies which embrace cloud computing technologies can reduce energy consumption, lower their carbon emissions, and decrease their capital expenditure on IT resources while improving operational efficiency. By 2020, the same group estimates…

To The Cloud: A Book Review

To The Cloud: A Book Review When I picked up this book written by three senior Microsoft employees Pankaj Arora, Raj Biyani and Salil Dave, the first thing that struck me was its size, or rather the lack of it. This is no heavy tome extolling the virtues of cloud computing, but a brief yet…

Cloud Apps Of The Week: FitDay

Cloud Apps Of The Week: FitDay

Cloud Apps of the Week From getting fit to finding your phone, this week’s apps are sure to prove of great use to cloud lovers throughout 2012. Take a look. Critical to dropping pounds and keeping them off is maintaining a detailed account of every single calorie. Cloud application FitDay makes such meticulous nutrition a…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Transformation

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Transformation

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Defining SaaS and Its Relevance to Education

Defining SaaS and Its Relevance to Education By far, the biggest challenge of the United States’ Department of Education has something to do with the depreciation of the standard and the quality of the educational services on the country. Of course, substandard services mean substandard graduates. And, in these tough times, the country cannot afford…

Cloud Computing and SaaS in the Field of Education

Cloud Computing and SaaS in the Field of Education In 2008, it was revealed that the University of Washington (UoW) was reducing the number of its IT employees due to a $10 million loss that year. At first glance, the laying off of employees might seem dark and bleak, and it may even be seen…

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Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations

Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations

Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations Everyone knows what the cloud is, but does everybody know where the cloud is? We try to answer that as we look at some of the most unusual data centre locations in the world. Under the Eyes of a Deity Deep beneath the famous Uspenski Cathedral in the…

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

5 Considerations You Need To Review Before Investing In Data Analytics

Review Before Investing In Data Analytics Big data, when handled properly, can lead to big change. Companies in a wide variety of industries are partnering with data analytics companies to increase operational efficiency and make evidence-based business decisions. From Kraft Foods using business intelligence (BI) to cut customer satisfaction analysis time in half, to a…

Cloud Security: The Top 8 Risks According To ENISA

Cloud Security: The Top 8 Risks According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does security in the cloud ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that,…

Big Data and Financial Services – Security Threat or Massive Opportunity?

Big Data and Financial Services – Security Threat or Massive Opportunity?

Big Data and Financial Services Cloud Banking Insights Series focuses on big data in the financial services industry and whether it is a security threat or actually a massive opportunity. How does big data fit into an overall cloud strategy? Most FI’s have a positive mind-set towards cloud IT consumption as it not only enables…

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

The Future (IoT) By the year 2020, it is being predicted that 40 to 80 billion connected devices will be in use. The Internet of Things or IoT will transform your business and home in many truly unbelievable ways. The types of products and services that we can expect to see in the next decade…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some of the exciting…

Gartner: Smart Clothes To Become Biggest Wearables Sector By 2016

Gartner: Smart Clothes To Become Biggest Wearables Sector By 2016

Smart Clothes to Become Biggest Wearables Sector By 2016 A new report by Gartner has predicted that the currently negligible sector of smart garments will storm past smart watches and fitness bands to become the bestselling area of the wearables industry by 2016.  Elsewhere in the report, the firm expects that smart watches will become the…

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

Cloud Security Missteps Cloud computing remains shrouded in mystery for the average American. The most common sentiment is, “It’s not secure.” Few realize how many cloud applications they access every day: Facebook, Gmail, Uber, Evernote, Venmo, and the list goes on and on… People flock to cloud services for convenient solutions to everyday tasks. They…

The True Power And Potential Of Wearables

The True Power And Potential Of Wearables

The Power of Wearables The potential of wearable computing for efficiency and innovation is enormous. For business leaders and CIOs, wearable technology represents an opportunity to find more intelligent solutions to real problems and to leverage these devices for the benefit of the organization. But before wearables can successfully realize these expectations, there remain basic…

Securing A Mid-Sized Enterprise: When A Little Assistance Goes A Long Way

Securing A Mid-Sized Enterprise: When A Little Assistance Goes A Long Way

Securing A Mid-Sized Enterprise There is no longer any subjectivity in this statement: security is at the top of list for all CIOs. Every meeting I’ve attended over the last three months has been dominated by the topic of security and when it’s injected into the conversation, it’s not necessarily by my team, but the…

Are You SURE You Are Ready For The Cloud? Cloud Readiness

Are You SURE You Are Ready For The Cloud? Cloud Readiness

Cloud Readiness Over the last three months, we have discussed the reasons why you may have wanted to move to the cloud.  Maybe the decision wasn’t yours to be made in the first place?  Either way, you are now getting ready to start down that road of cloud enlightenment! (Image source: Shutterstock) The question is,…

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