Automation is the key to saving cash in the cloud. But how to do it?

  SUMMARY:On this week’s Structure Show, we discussed how VMware handles automation both for its customers and in its own cloud, and how a startup called Mesosphere wants to turn parts of that approach on their head by taking inspiration from Google and Twitter. We’re a month out from our Structure conference, so we took the ...

How the PaaS market is moving beyond deployment and scaling

This report underwritten by: Restlet Executive Summary Platform as a Service (PaaS) is not only about deploying and scaling apps using APIs but also about creating, testing, and debugging those applications, as well as mashing together different web APIs to create new applications for business users. This report will examine the state of the PaaS ...

Google Compute Engine is “generally available” and it’s still not Amazon Web Services

  SUMMARY:Google probably does need to become feature-competitive with AWS sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to match AWS tit for tat. Maybe being Google will actually pay off in the end. Google finally designated its Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service offering as generally available on Monday, about 18 months after announcing the service ...

Cloud and data third-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook

Slower and less-hyped growth occurred in the cloud-computing marketplace in the third quarter, including noticeably less news coming from cloud-computing providers. The normal summer slowdown accounts for part of this trend, but it seems most enterprises are just starting to work with cloud computing rather than following the technical drama of the past several years. ...

Microsoft breaks Telstra Office 365 monopoly

news Technology giant Microsoft has revealed plans to break the monopoly which its partner Telstra has on selling its Office 365 software as a service productivity suite in Australia, in a move which will widen the software’s ecosystem substantially. Office 365 has been on sale in Australia exclusively through Telstra for the past two years, after ...

Microsoft gooses Azure security with multifactor authentication

SUMMARY:Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security — and another step — to accessing your data on the Windows Azure cloud. Microsoft checked off another checklist item for Windows Azure when it turned on multifactor authentication on Thursday. Multifactor authentication requires that a user put in her password or code as the first step ...

Meeting the bandwidth demands of taking your business into the cloud

Deciding if the cloud is right for an organization is a tricky, mathematical dance. Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock Moving infrastructure from premises to the cloud can make sense for a lot of businesses. Few are going to look back on their lives, warmly recalling that time that they backed up their Exchange server or increased ...

Tough questions to ask your cloud provider, part 1 1

What should you ask a potential cloud provider to decide if they are right for your organization? Some tips to get you started. Cloud computing has evolved a lot over the course of the past few years. The market has changed significantly since its inception, and many good practices have evolved into de-facto standards for ...

Don’t be fooled: The cloud will be here quicker than you think

While cloud computing remains a small but fast growing component of tech spending, it is likely to develop in ways technology chiefs will not expect. Although use of cloud services is growing faster than the overall enterprise IT market, it is still a small part of overall IT spending. But while just 38 percent of ...

Choosing a cloud provider: Bringing business and IT together

As the public cloud industry matures, more companies will face the challenge of choosing the right cloud provider. It’s not a decision to be made in isolation. By now, most organizations have thought about migration to the cloud and evaluated top class cloud IaaS providers. Presumably all these organizations did their best to be diligent when ...