The momentum around cloud computing is such that this past year could go down in history as “the great cloud rush of 2009.” In fact, market research firm IDC recently predicted that over the next five years, spending on cloud computing will accelerate, capturing 25 percent of IT spending growth in 2012 and nearly a third of growth the following year. This shift is coming from all corners of the IT world -- from traditional hardware providers, to independent software vendors, to consulting shops that are extensively building out their cloud-consulting offerings. The recession is the catalyst for this trend.
Question and Answer: Cloud Computing's Pros, Cons, and Potential Consultant and TDWI instructor Steve Dine talks with BI This Week about some of the ins and outs of cloud computing for business intelligence. By Linda L.
Data clouds pose an interesting dilemma to enterprise IT organiza-tions. On one hand, they promise to drastically reduce the cost and complexity of storing enterprise data. On the other hand, they create numerous migration challenges. When considering a data cloud implementation, enterprises currently have two primary options: they can deploy an internal data cloud or they can rely on an existing third-party, public data cloud like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Rackspace Cloud. While some of the fundamental challenges like appropriate security and governance potentially exist in both deployment scenarios, a deployment in a public cloud has an additional and critical limitation - moving a large amount of data into a public cloud can take months or years because of the constraints imposed by insufficient network bandwidth. Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com, describes this issue in his blog, “All Things Distributed.”
November 16, 2009, 6:00 AM PST Takeaway: What is the cloud? Rick Vanover found one of the best collections of definitions for cloud computing terms in a recent Burton Group publication, which is available as a free download. Regardless of your level of interest, appreciation, or opinion of cloud computing, it is important that we at least agree on what we are talking about.
Takeaway: Jack Wallen spent the better part of a weekend attempting to set up a Eucalyptus cloud server. Was it worth it? Is is the solution for you? Read on and find out for yourself.
I've never worked anywhere where it would be.All I've heard about the cloud basically says.Connectivity, don't worry about it, think how much money you'll save.Up time, don't worry about it, think how... Read Whole Comment + I've never worked anywhere where it would be. All I've heard about the cloud basically says.
Cloud computing is the latest technology trend to capture the attention of businesses, consumers, and investors alike. This emerging model in which software programs are accessed through the Internet is being touted as The Next Big Thing. But for corporate America, there’s much more to the revolution than outsourcing data, applications, or hardware. PwC’s technology leader Paul Horowitz and analysts Bo Parker and Vinod Baya introduce the vision of Evergreen IT, which builds upon cloud-computing principles. Gone are the typical technology barriers—high costs, complexity, and incompatibility—replaced by a technology foundation that is both enduring and flexible. Here’s what the future of true business agility looks like and how companies are taking the first steps toward getting there.
Hewlett-Packard ratcheted up the battle for a share of increasing cloud computing revenues this week by launching a new design service aimed at helping organizations accelerate the adoption of cloud-based infrastructures. The practice, called HP Cloud Design Service, will see HP work with clients to understand their requirements and existing IT investments. HP consultant’s will then create customized cloud blueprints and an implementation plan, including cost estimates, guidelines for deployment, testing, management, governance and support.
February 11, 2010 - Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of polled IT decision-makers were not able to define cloud computing, and others defined it as software as a service, a hosted or managed service or a form of outsourcing in a recent study by Chadwick Martin Bailey, a market research and consulting firm. “That’s not too surprising,” says Don Ryan, Managing Director of CMB’s Technology practice. “In any new market, 25-30 percent of decision-makers are still unclear about the benefits, applications and uses for new technologies.” Approximately two-thirds of all organizations report already using cloud computing in some capacity.
Research from market analyst firm IDC predicts a new generation of DBMS technology will drive significant change in the data warehousing and database market over the next five years. The IDC study, "The Third Generation of Database Technology: Vendors and Products That Are Shaking Up the Market," finds that the current pace of development and adoption signals change in four areas. First, most data warehouses will come to be stored in columnar fashion. Second, most OLTP databases will be augmented or reside entirely in-memory. Third, most large database servers will achieve horizontal scalability through clustering.
Okay, I'll admit it. Three years ago I recall sitting in this chair and feeling a little bored with the same old topics at the data grindstone. It was all important stuff and remains so, but felt a little like old news. 2008-2009 saw the serious emergence of data governance, a welcome business development (that was also a sign of more maturity in the space). It was also a few years ago that the appliance and massive parallel processing markets really got rolling. We saw virtualization and the cloud model for hardware and software pop up. As a reporter, I was taken with a lot of this, but wanted to not get too far ahead of myself as I had a decade ago with the middleware and SOA phenomena.
An IBM Developerworks newsletter has the details and links to pricing for running DataStage and QualityStage on the Amazon elastic cloud. The article Cloud: IBM InfoSphere Information Server has the overview and links. IBM has partnered with Amazon Web Services to make available a pre-bundled InfoSphere Information Server AMI containing InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere QualityStage for production use.
The move to Open Source Software (OSS), server virtualization and cloud computing seems like a logical progression. And indeed I have worked with customers to execute on that roadmap. The move to OSS, server consolidation and virtualization saves money short-term and puts IT is a good position to move applications to the cloud long-term. With OSS, it is possible to deploy your applications wherever you wish without paying a license fee for each server instance - for example, you could use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to define your own Amazon Machine Image (AMI) based on OSS (or use and existing OSS based image) and create as many Amazon EC2 virtual instances as you want without concern of software license violations. But, Tim O'Reilly brings up an interesting point in the posting referenced below. Could cloud computing stifle OSS innovation and put the direction of OSS in the hands of the big IT vendors and lock in customers with their massive investments in data centers ?
The Cloud Security Alliance, a not-for-profit industry organization, has published a report identifying the top cloud security threats to help enterprises better understand and mitigate the risks associated with adopting cloud computing. The report, which was sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and released at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, is careful to note that companies are excited about the benefits that can be delivered by cloud computing. However, it said there are very real vulnerabilities that threaten to hinder cloud offerings from reaching their full potential. “Cloud services are clearly the next generation of information technology that enterprises must master,” Alliance founder Jim Reavis said in a statement.
March 10, 2010 – Software customers believe today's pricing and packaging models force them to buy more software than they need, and the result is a market push toward usage-based pricing models. It’s not clear what impact of usage-based pricing models will have on the economics of the software industry, according to a new study from market research firm IDC (“ Pay-per-Use Software Pricing – What You Need to Know Before the Meter Starts Running ”). But a number of trends are driving the pay-per-use pricing model forward. While customer interest in pay-per-use pricing is not a new phenomenon, the economic climate, expansion of software as a service offerings and the advent of cloud computing are accelerating this trend.