In a move to compete more directly against Amazon in the U.S. market, the world's 29th largest company opened up its cloud infrastructure service to U.S. customers Thursday.
06/03/2014 - Spotlight: Database choices--NoSQL or NewSQL?
Traditional databases are prima donnas and resource hogs, writes Nick Booth on CloudPro. Hard to argue--though several of his supporting sources have every monetary incentive to shovel dirt on the mainframe's grave.
03/03/2014 - Spotlight: Inside American Hustle's surprisingly sophisticated, cloud-based special effects
GigaOm's Barb Darrow finds a lot of CGI special effects work behind the screen--much of it an ideal use case for public cloud.
03/03/2014 - More analysis of security in an SDN world
At last week's RSA security conference in San Francisco, Robert Hinden offered a presentation looking at potential security risks, as well as some possible benefits.
Windstream is giving its channel partners more tools to pursue potential cloud service opportunities in the small to medium business market that's often overlooked by larger incumbent competitors.
Thinking about public cloud? Don't overthink it--and don't start with mission-critical applications. Of course.
FierceEnterpriseCommunications interviewed Paul Savill at Level 3 Communications on the higher dedicated speeds and security benefits of providing a private network option to Microsoft's Window Azure.
Alcatel-Lucent announced this week that it has rebuilt a number of services running on its CloudBand platform.
Monitoring clouds? For that you'll want to turn to third-party solutions, David Cartwright of CloudPro says.
10/02/2014 - Spotlight: Gartner revisits OpenDaylight skepticism
In hindsight Lerner stands by that critique--but also notes that moving forward, open-source SDN software will be a boon to the industry. No matter what got left in its wake.
The OpenDaylight Project announced the first release of its open-source Software Defined Networking software, dubbed Hydrogen.
06/02/2014 - Multi-cloud toolkits for avoiding vendor lock-in
Getting scrambled in the cloud computing context might mean seeing your vendor go out of business or something less dramatic, such as poor service, a data breach, unmet service level agreements or a simple lack of leverage in price negotiations.
The practical impact of Nadella's selection for enterprise IT buyers won't be known for some time. So much the better for poorly supported speculation!
03/02/2014 - Sprint adds Microsoft Lync to its cloud-based UC solution, enhances mobile workforce trend
Sprint is helping business customers simplify their movement into the bring your own device trend by adding Microsoft Lync to its Complete Collaboration cloud-based unified communications solution.
03/02/2014 - IBM shopping its SDN business?
According to Re/Code, IBM's sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo wasn't the last shoe.
03/02/2014 - Open Compute Project tackles networking, gradually
The Open Compute Project, originally born at Facebook, is aimed at simplifying enterprise computing "in preparation for the hyperscale future," as Arthur Cole writes on Enterprise Networking Planet.
30/01/2014 - Enterprise service architecture for mobile era
Do we really need a distinct branch of Enterprise Architecture to address mobile computing needs?
Two of the knocks on desktop virtualization have been cost and complexity. Big DaaS providers (that's Desktops as a Service) like Amazon's new Amazon WorkSpaces can build your VDI infrastructure much cheaper than you can, argues Brian Madden.
Deploying enterprise communications in the cloud makes sense in many regards. However, as Robert Lee Harris points out, "nothing is as unforgiving to a slow network connection as real-time voice and video services." So service levels are of paramount importance, and in some instances the cloud is not the right solution.
IBM is doubling down on its IaaS cloud strategy, announcing plans to invest $1.2B building out 15 new cloud data centers around the world. That expansion brings the company's total number of cloud data centers to 40.
23/01/2014 - OpenFlow embracing wireless, mobile
Open-source Software-Defined Networking program OpenFlow is putting more muscle into the integration and support of wireless and mobile technologies.
23/01/2014 - Spotlight: VMware puts its money where mobility is
VMware's $1B-plus purchase of AirWatch gives the virtualization company a big step forward in mobile computing, according to industry watchers.
Verizon reported in Q4 2013 that while next-gen strategic business services were up, legacy declines and slower overall business spending were a drag on enterprise revenues.
16/01/2014 - Spotlight: PaaS turning into cloud's punching bag?
To date cloud computing has had a holy trinity consisting of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Now there's noise about the middle child, PaaS, getting squeezed from both sides and eventually, perhaps, absorbed completely.
Spending on outsourced data centers is on a rampage, and is expected to grow faster this year than last.