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Looking Ahead: A Cloud Report from 2015
Looking Ahead: A Cloud Report from 2015
by Mark Settle
Mark Settle, CIO at BMC, provides his view of what the cloud will look like in 2015.
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Smart Cloud Computing Takes Risk Out of Viral Marketing Campaigns
Smart Cloud Computing Takes Risk Out of Viral Marketing Campaigns
by Jeff Vance
When successful advertising campaigns go viral, even cloud-based applications struggle to accommodate demand spikes and traffic bursts. Global advertising agency AKQA turned to Joyent and its Smart Computing technology to design campaigns for “Facebook scale.”
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Cloud Service Placement
Cloud Service Placement
by Huseni Saboowala
The shift toward cloud-based services is accelerating, whether it be Infrastructure-at-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We are seeing the emergence of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), who are standing up massive data centers, delivering on the cloud’s promise of ubiquitous access, rapid elasticity and pay-per-use. A natural question emerges: How to identify the ideal geographical location for hosting the cloud services.
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SaaS Can Deliver Tremendous Value to Small-Medium Enterprises
SaaS Can Deliver Tremendous Value to Small-Medium Enterprises
by Amit Manghani
Remaining nimble and flexible is key to success for small and medium enterprises. The leaders of small and medium enterprises are under constant pressure to continually deliver operational and financial improvements.The need to constantly improve, grow, compete and ensure compliance with constrained resources (i.e. time, money, staff, technology) is compelling the leaders of small and medium enterprises to explore technologies that will help them adapt and adjust quickly to rapidly evolving business and market conditions. Consequently software-as-a-service (SaaS), given its rapid deployment and instant consumption model, is gaining increasing prominence within this group.
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Can Cloud Computing Help Fix Health Care
Can Cloud Computing Help Fix Health Care
by Scott Donahue
Few topics have dominated the political news cycle over the past year more than health care reform. The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is aimed at improving the quality, cost, and accessibility of health care in the United States – an indisputably massive but much-needed undertaking. This article discusses how cloud computing may end up mending a health care system that has largely let a decade of IT innovation pass by and now finds itself trapped in inefficiency and stifled by legacy IT systems.
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Counting the Cloud
Counting the Cloud
by Guy Rosen
Indeed, cloud computing has spawned lots of talk bordering on hype (or is it the other way around?). Not to mention, it seems like just about everyone is re-positioning their products to somehow include cloud in their brands. But where are the hard, real numbers?
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Smart Cloud Computing Takes Risk Out of Viral Marketing Campaigns
Smart Cloud Computing Takes Risk Out of Viral Marketing Campaigns
by Jeff Vance
When successful advertising campaigns go viral, even cloud-based applications struggle to accommodate demand spikes and traffic bursts. Global advertising agency AKQA turned to Joyent and its Smart Computing technology to design campaigns for “Facebook scale.”
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Workload Partitioning across Public/Private Clouds
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

This presentation gives a methodology for optimally partitioning an application workload across Public/Private clouds. The key drivers are demand variability and cost predictability.


AppZero Survey Sizes Industry Concerns Around WS2003 End of Life
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

Microsoft ends extended support for WS2003 on July 14, 2015; Enterprises seek Solutions Redmond, WA and Andover, MA – September 24, 2013: AppZero, the fastest way to move enterprise applications to the cloud, has opened up its year-long WS2003 end of life industry survey to the IT public. The previously “by invitation only” survey is measuring preparedness among the IT community for the impending end of life for WS2003 set by Microsoft for July 14, 2015. IT professionals can take "The #WS2003 EOL" Survey here.


Cloud computing for media and entertainment industry
Richa Pokhriyal - Digital Media Specialist at Egocentrix

Cloud computing for Media and Entertainment industry. The article covers: How media and entertainment industry benefits from SaaS? How media and entertainment industry benefits from IaaS? How media and entertainment industry benefits from PaaS? Specific Use Cases Cloud deployment for media and entertainment industry


Chasing Clouds: Achieving Sizeable Growth Will Require Business and Customer Alignment
Mark Levitt - Analyst/Director Business Cloud Strategies at Strategy Analytics

For most ICT software, hardware and service providers, cloud related products and services still contribute a tiny portion of their total revenue. This blog post examines how much cloud related revenue represents today and how much it will in the next several years for ICT providers and what that means for the business and market strategies that should be considered when chasing cloud opportunities.


Cloud Computing - Survey of Optimization Problems
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

A survey of Optimization problems in the Cloud Computing space.


Who Controls the Cloud Market - Providers or Consumers?
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

We first went from reserving cloud capacity to securing capacity on-demand, and then we even started to bid for unused capacity in the spot market – all in an effort to decrease cost in the cloud. Can we take this one step further? Instead of us bidding for capacity, wouldn't it be interesting if we can get providers to bid for our demand?


The Cloud in HP’s Cloud (Part 2): HP Discover, the Enterprise and AWS Cloud
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Last month I attended HP Discover (disclosure: my participation was funded by Ivy World). The IT war already started however HP stands still not taking initiatives and real risks as true leaders should take. At the three-day conference I learned why some companies don’t last and why this IT giant is at a great risk of losing in this new era IT battle. This is a story of a lasting company that might have already lost.


5 Enterprise Cloud Predictions for 2013
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

I believe that this is the year when the enterprise will find its way to the cloud. The mega Internet sites and applications are the new era enterprises. These will become the role models for the traditional enterprise. IT needs remain the same with regards to scale, security, SLA, etc. However, the traditional enterprise CIO has already set the goal for next year: 100% efficiency. The traditional CIO understands that in order to achieve that goal, IT will need to start and do cloud, make sure that IT resources are utilized right, and that his teams move fast.


Newvem Shines at Amazon AWS re:Invent Conference
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Last week the Newvem team participated in the first Amazon AWS re:Invent Conference. According to some leading analysts and bloggers, this was one of the most momentous technology conferences in the last few years. For Newvem it was the second most important milestone since the company was born.


The dark side of the internet
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

This article looks at the issues that arise because of inefficiencies in large datacenters


Why the Cost of Sales Gap is Shrinking between SaaS and Legacy Software Vendors
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

Today’s leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies continue to steal share from their legacy, independent software vendor (ISV) counterparts due to rising demand for their cloud-based application alternatives. However, many of those offering enterprise SaaS solutions are also seeing their sales costs rise as well. This is raising some serious questions about the short- and long-term profitability of the SaaS model compared with its traditional, on-premises predecessor. This commentary examines the industry implications of these trends.


Channeling New Cloud Opportunities
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

Channel companies must accept that the cloud fundamentally disrupts their traditional business models. They must recognize that meeting their customers' rising expectations requires transforming their go-to-market strategies and services. It changes the skills required, the sales tactics, the value propositions and service delivery methodologies. This article discusses the channel opportunities and challenges which were examined at the second annual Cloud Channel Summit on November 5, 2012.


The Hard Part About Rolling Up Clouds
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

Oracle's (Nasdaq: ORCL) recent acquisition of RightNow (Nasdaq: RNOW) raises a question: Can multiple cloud companies be merged together to form a tightly coupled suite of solutions like those which were promised but never delivered during the client-server era? On the face of things, it would appear that merging cloud companies together should be relatively easy and straightforward since many of them already interconnect with the advent of application program interfaces (APIs). Alas, not every cloud company is built the same. Like snowflakes, cloud company architectures, programming languages and a myriad of other operational pieces and parts can differ dramatically.


Future of Cloud Computing in 2013
Richa Pokhriyal - Digital Media Specialist at Egocentrix

Cloud is hot, cloud is here to stay and no matter how inefficient and insecure you feel it is, you would not like to miss any update on cloud. Probably 2012 is the year when cloud market has faced many negative allegations too for example cloud marketing is blamed of misleading the clients and users. Cloud was called the victim of over marketing. At the same time businesses have realized that cloud computing is not just about going on-premise to off-premise for saving few thousand dollars but it is a complete business transformation strategy. Cloud, Mobile application development and big data was the popular trio of the year. Now year is about to end. So where cloud computing is heading in 2013? What is the future of cloud computing especially what are the major shifts taking place and what form it would take in 2013 and coming years? Following are the complete details: http://egocentrix.com/blog/2012/10/29/state-cloud-computing-2013/


The next frontier
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

The article discusses the possible future of data centers and the cloud given the issues of WAN latency.


Infrastructure Management and Monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Environment PDF
Komal Gohil - SSE at iGATE

In today’s scenario, enterprises are using diverse technology platforms for their application portfolios, and as part of their Cloud journey, they are adopting multiple Clouds. This paper provides an approach for unified management and monitoring of enterprise’s infrastructure, platforms, and applications deployed in a hybrid environment comprising of Public and Private Cloud platforms offered by different vendors.


Looking Ahead: A Cloud Report from 2015
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Find out what the future may have in store for cloud computing.


Amazon Cloud and the Enterprise – Is it a love story?
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

As befitting any great online vendor, Amazon cloud product guys listen carefully to their market targets and ensure fast implementation and delivery to satisfy their needs. It is clear that Amazon cloud is eager to conquer the enterprise market, as I already mentioned in my past post, “Amazon AWS is the Cloud (for now anyway)”.


Infographic: Demystifying Amazon Web Services
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the biggest public cloud around, yet what goes on behind the scenes remains a mystery.For heavy users, such as enterprise level CIOs, AWS’s “Reserved Instances” are a cost effective model to scale their cloud activity and benefit from the full service offering that Amazon provides.


@IAmOnDemand View on CloudConnect 2012
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

Last week I attended one of the most popular cloud technology conferences in the world – CloudConnect. The CloudConnect conference started about four years ago. Attending the event gave me a clear understanding of the market maturity and evolution rhythm. Check out the following sections for the main points on what I learned: 1 - Cloud Performance is important 2 - That DevOps doesn’t exist 3 - The Openness of Cloud - You must be open in order to be in the cloud 4 - That“Amazon is Princess White” 5 - The the best presentations are like movies; they should be based on real cases I invite you to read more. Ofir. @iamondemand


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An Interview with Marc Benioff at the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit
Marc Benioff - Chairman & CEO at Salesforce.com, Inc

Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder & CEO at Endeavor, interviews Marc Benioff, CEO at Salesforce, about his experience as an entrepreneur, the future of technology, cloud computing, and the enterprise space, highlighting some of the revolutionary approaches Marc has taken at Salesforce with respect to innovation, internal communication, and giving back.


Telcos Show Cloudy Thinking
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

Cloudscaling CTO, Randy Bias, says telcos should take a more Internet-centric approach to cloud computing by using commodity hardware and getting to market quickly.


JDA Customers Looking to the Cloud
Joe King - Group Vice President, Managed Services at JDA Software Group, Inc

Joseph King, VP of JDA Managed Services, discusses JDA's customers movement to the cloud.


Supply Chain Management Migrates to the Cloud Via the Channel
Joe King - Group Vice President, Managed Services at JDA Software Group, Inc

Joseph King, SVP JDA Managed Services, discussed how JDA selected Layered Tech as its cloud provider and Burstorm's role in this selection process.


Cisco CTO on Cloud Computing
Padmasree Warrior - Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc

TalkinCloud FastChat Video interviews Cisco Systems CTO Padmasree Warrior. She describes how Cisco developed its cloud computing strategy and why Cisco won't become a public cloud provider, preferring instead to leave the cloud market to service providers and channel partners.


Syneuros 1st Public Introduction @ Cloud Camp San Diego
Michael Krumpe - President at Intelligent Technology Integration
Dave Nielsen - Co-Founder of CloudCamp & Founder & Principal Consultant at Platform D LLC

First public introduction of Syneuros, an Open Source project by Intelligent Technology Integration (ITI) that enables a desktop pc to allocate power to a Private Cloud. This presentation builds the business case and how Syneuros addresses it. This presentation was was Cloud Camp San Diego, after The Open Group Architecture Framework conference. Michael Krumpe is also TOGAF 9 certified, and Patent Pending holder for the Syneuros method.


Dreamforce 2010 and the State of the Cloud
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

Dreamsimplicity catches up with industry veteran, Jeff Kaplan, at Dreamforce 2010 to get an update on THINKstrategies, the SaaS Showplace and the Cloud Computing marketplace.


Reality & The Cloud
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

Building on massive regional broadband and access initiatives, individuals and organizations now have ample opportunities to access a continuously growing variety of online services that are based on cloud computing.


Computing Remotely
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

Amazon.com CTO, Werner Vogels, talks about cloud computing, the Indian market, and the economics of free services.


OSCON 2010: The Journey So Far
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

The Cloud Manager at Cisco Systems discusses the past five years of cloud computing.


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Infrastructure Management and Monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Environment PDF
Komal Gohil - SSE at iGATE

In today’s scenario, enterprises are using diverse technology platforms for their application portfolios, and as part of their Cloud journey, they are adopting multiple Clouds. This paper provides an approach for unified management and monitoring of enterprise’s infrastructure, platforms, and applications deployed in a hybrid environment comprising of Public and Private Cloud platforms offered by different vendors.


Looking Ahead: A Cloud Report from 2015
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Find out what the future may have in store for cloud computing.


Integrated Cloud Framework and Social Management or Crowdsourcing the easy way
Vladimir Baranek - Cloud Strategy and Architecture at Accenture
Mark Skilton - Global Director at Capgemini

Crowdsourcing is one of the real examples of shifting paradigm between IT Worlds created exclusively for Business Purposes and Society following their global goals. Crowd is in physical world depended on proximity, in virtual world the communities are able to connect together anytime, anywhere in the world and most important, they are growing and acting exponentially cumulating their “crowd power” by socializing and following community goals. What makes CrowdSourcing so powerful is the broad participation that takes place at relatively no costs. Solutions are generated from volunteers or freelance professionals who get paid only if you use their ideas. The most famous example of Crowdsourcing is Wikipedia, collaboration of millions people, concentrated around one goal – to describe world around us in structured way; following integrated semantic and reference rules, driven by volunteers. Contribution model is literally spread out into all social levels and geographically speaking – everybody is contributor of this Collective Intelligence product.


Measuring the Business Benefits of Today's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Solutions
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

In 2009, THINKstrategies launched the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award program to recognize SaaS companies who are offering solutions which deliver measurable business benefits for their customers. Since the BoSS Award program was launched, there have been over sixty (60) award winners ranging from well-known brand-name companies to little known niche players. This report is a compilation of the BoSS Award winners. It clearly illustrates the tangible benefits which today’s SaaS solutions are delivering to organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry. These stories also demonstrate why the SaaS market is growing rapidly and fundamentally changing the nature of the software industry. Go to http://www.saas-showplace.com/bestofshowplaceawards.html to learn more about the BoSS Awards program, apply for an Award, or read about the latest Award winners.


Cloud Computing: How Client Devices Affect the User Expereince PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

The growth of Cloud Computing, along with the consumerisation of IT, is driving enterprises to support a compute continuum in which users will increasingly be able to access applications and services using a spectrum of client devices in a variety of form factors. Whilst mobile business PCs remain employees' primary client devices, other devices such as smartphones and tablets are being enabled. Providing employees with the freedom to use these devices, in addition to mobile business PCs, further enhances mobility and increases productivity. This paper presents the results of research and analysis to compare the user experience with different client devices when accessing a range of cloud-based applications to illustrate their value with respect to mobility and productivity.


State of Public Sector Cloud Computing PDF
Vivek Kundra - Federal CIO & Administrator at Federal CIO Council
Company Profile: Federal CIO Council

This report provides details regarding the NIST's efforts to facilitate and lead the development of cloud computing standards for security, interoperability, and portability. Furthermore, it details federal budget guidance issued to agencies to foster the adoption of cloud computing technologies, where relevant, and provides an overview of the Federal Government's approach to data center consolidation. It also includes 30 illustrative case studies at the Federal, state and local government levels that reflect the growing movement across the public sector to leverage cloud computing technologies.


Leaders in the Cloud Research Study Survey Findings PDF
Kamesh Pemmaraju - Leading Research on Cloud Computing & Independent Cloud Computing Consultant at SandHill

The Sand Hill Group’s new study “Leaders in the Cloud” conducted in-depth interviews with forty CIOs and tech leaders and surveyed more than 500 IT executives. The combination of these two research efforts provides unparalleled insight into customer perceptions of cloud computing, current and planned cloud initiatives, adoption drivers, business and technological benefits. The following pages contain a summary of selected findings from the survey of IT executives. The “Leaders in the Cloud” report also contains more than a dozen use cases from a diverse group of industries which demonstrate the real business value being achieved, as well as the latest best practices and lessons learned from real-world cloud projects.


State of the Cloud - February 2010
Guy Rosen - Co-Founder & CEO at Vircado

Monthly rundown of cloud computing providers.


The Future of Cloud Computing: Opportunities for European Cloud Computing Beyond 2010 PDF
Ignacio M Llorente - Full Professor & Head of Research Group at Complutense University of Madrid
Company Profile: Seventh Framework Programme

This document provides a detailed analysis of Europe’s position with respect to cloud provisioning, and how this affects in particular future research and development in this area. The report is based on a series of workshops involving experts from different areas related to cloud technologies. In more detail, the identified opportunities are: (1) Provisioning and further development of Cloud infrastructures, where in particular telecommunication companies are expected to provide offerings; (2) Provisioning and advancing cloud platforms, which the telecommunication industry might see as a business opportunity, as well as large IT companies with business in Europe and even large non-IT businesses with hardware not fully utilized. (3) Enhanced service provisioning and development of meta-services: Europe could and should develop a ‘free market for IT services’ to match those for movement of goods, services, capital, and skills. Again telecommunication industry could supplement their services as ISPs with extended cloud capabilities; (4) provision of consultancy to assist businesses to migrate to, and utilize effectively, clouds. This implies also provision of a toolset to assist in analysis and migration.


State of the Cloud - January 2010
Guy Rosen - Co-Founder & CEO at Vircado

Monthly rundown of cloud computing providers.


Worldwide Software Maintenance 2009-2013 Forecast
Amy Konary - Director, Software Pricing, Licensing & Delivery at IDC Research, Inc

This IDC Study contains a five-year forcast for software maintenance revenue, Including a comparison with total software revenue. While SaaS and open source business models are gaining traction in the software industry, the traditional license/maintenance model is not going away in the foreseeable future. There are several elephants in the room, however, that threaten to make ISVs much less comfortable with their future ability to rely on maintenance revenue in the same way as they do today.


SaaS Sector Reports - SMB Financial Productivity Software
Kevin Dobbs - Founder & Managing Partner at Montclair Advisors, LLC

A new set of SaaS providers has emerged with products designed specifically for the small business owner. Many of these new software services are very low cost and some were even free, and because of this, the adoption of these products has been rapid. These Sector Reports cover the incumbent software providers and the promising new SaaS suppliers.


SaaS Sector Reports - SMB Office Productivity Software
Kevin Dobbs - Founder & Managing Partner at Montclair Advisors, LLC

A new set of SaaS providers has emerged with products designed specifically for the small business owner. Many of these new software services are very low cost and some were even free, and because of this, the adoption of these products has been rapid. These Sector Reports cover the incumbent software providers and the promising new SaaS suppliers.


Subscription Software Licensing: The Future Is Now
Amy Konary - Director, Software Pricing, Licensing & Delivery at IDC Research, Inc

This IDC study presents IDC's recommendations for vendors that are considering offering a subscription licensing option for customers. In particular, the focus is on vendors that have historically offered perpetual licensing as their predominate approach. While the ideal time to start transitioning toward flexible licensing models like subscription was probably three to four years ago, major licensing changes within established software companies happen at a glacial pace and there is probably still time to play catch-up. The key for vendors considering making changes to their licensing approach is to focus on the needs of existing and future customers.


Worldwide Software Business Solutions 2009 Top 10 Predictions
Darren Bibby - Program Director, Software Partnering & Alliances at IDC Research, Inc

This IDC study identifies the top 10 predictions impacting the software industry in 2009. The economic crisis of 2008, closely following the US banking crisis in 2007, is having a critical impact on the overall software industry. IDC expects long-lasting and far-reaching changes as a result of this impact. In light of the 2009 predictions, IDC's Applications Analysts offer their guidance.


Cloud Hosting Awareness Survey PDF
Lanham Napier - President & CEO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

Rackspace Survey Reveals that Small Businesses are Missing out on Cloud Hosting Benefits.


Enterprise Usage of Clouds PDF
Ignacio M Llorente - Full Professor & Head of Research Group at Complutense University of Madrid

Position Papers: Enterprise Usage of Clouds


Laurel Group: Thought Leaders in the SaaS Revolution PDF
Zach Nelson - President & CEO at NetSuite Inc
Josh James - President & CEO at Omniture, Inc
Tien Tzuo - Founder & CEO at Zuora, Inc

Thought Leaders give insights into the SaaS Industry. Steve O'Deegan, Managing Partner at The Laurel Group Byron Deeter, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners Bob Moul, CEO at Boomi John Girard, CEO at Clickability Adam Miller, CEO at Cornerstone On Demand Michael Braun, CEO at Intacct Lyle Fong, CEO & Co Founder at Lithium Technologies Maynard Webb, Chairman & CEO at LiveOps, Inc Zach Nelson, CEO at NetSuite Gordon Ritter, General Partner at Emergence Capital Partners Brian Jacobs, General Partner at Emergence Capital Partners Josh James, President & CEO at Omniture Mark Gorenberg, Managing Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners Kevin McClelland, Managing Director at JMP Securities Quentin Gallivan, CEO at PivotLink Tien Tzuo, Founder & CEO at Zuora


Worldwide Software Product Life-Cycle Management 2008-2012 Forecast
Amy Konary - Director, Software Pricing, Licensing & Delivery at IDC Research, Inc

This IDC study presents a sizing of the opportunity in the SPLM technology Market. IDC believes that several market forces are converging that should lead to a high demand for SPLM technologies. However, economic challenges will make it difficult for this demand to be met. SPLM vendors would be wise to position their technologies in light of tangible cost savings and revenue generation opportunities.


How SaaS Ecosystems are Evolving to Meet the Needs of Emerging SaaS Vendors
Chris Hoffmann - Sr Principle & Research Director at TripleTree, LLC

SaaS ecosystems are changing as CIO's warm to the idea of "renting" their application functionality and specialty software firms seek partnership opportunities that offer more than marketing support. This panel discussion included three industry executives from technology firms whose solutions roadmaps include SaaS Platforms. As key features like compliance, collaboration and administrative functions begin to categorize areas of strength for SaaS Platform vendors, this webcast helped listeners formulate a checklist of considerations for selecting SaaS partners or making SaaS investments.


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Verizon Acquires CloudSwitch
By: CloudSwitch
Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it has acquired CloudSwitch, an innovative provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help boost industry adoption. Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Mass, with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, further accelerating the company's global cloud strategy by enhancing Verizon's hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities.
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Salesforce bucks tech trend, boosts outlook
By: Jim Finkle
(Reuters) - Web-based software maker Salesforce.com Inc raised its full-year revenue outlook, fueling hopes that cloud computing companies can avoid getting caught up in a possible slowdown in tech spending.
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CSC offers “on-premise private cloud”
By: Renai LeMay
Multinational IT services giant CSC this week launched in Australia a service which it described as private cloud computing infrastructure which could be hosted in customers’ own datacentres, giving them an additional option for migrating to the burgeoning range of infrastructure as a service platforms. Private cloud refers to a form of cloud computing infrastructure which is typically segregated from the infrastructure used by other users. It consists of highly virtualised storage and processing bundles and is typically hosted by large organisations in their own infrastructure, or outsourced and managed by an external provider. For example, top-tier bank Westpac is known to operate its own internal private cloud solution, which it uses to provide services to different divisions within it
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Easing Latin America Into the Cloud
By: Paul Rainford
Cloud computing presents a real opportunity for operators to "rise up the value chain" in Latin America, according to new report from Pyramid Research . The latest edition of Latin America Telecom Insider, "Why Cloud Computing Services Are Good for Operators and SMEs in Latin America," examines what the advent of cloud-based services means for both operators and their potential clients in the region -- whether large companies or small businesses.
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Three Cloud Computing Stocks That Could Be Takeover Candidates
By: Nick Santiago
This afternoon, the street is buzzing over the Google Inc.(NASDAQ:GOOG) buyout of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.(NYSE:MMI). Most investors on Wall Street were betting that InterDigital Inc.(NASDAQ:IDCC) was the leading candidate for a Google takeover. It just proves that any company with good intellectual properties and important patents could be a takeover target. While investors are focusing on the mobile handset makers today it is the cloud computing stocks that should be watched as takeover candidates. In 2010, the cloud computing stocks where getting taken over by many of the old technology giants. Recently, stocks such as Cisco Systems Inc.(NASDAQ:CSCO), Microsoft Corp.(NASDAQ:MSFT), and Intel Corp.(NASDAQ:INTC) have really struggled. Any of these tech giants could be ...
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After power outages, cloud insurance looks even better
By: Derrick Harris
Last week’s possibly lightning-caused outages at Microsoft and Amazon Web Services reiterated a very important lesson in cloud computing: Stuff happens, and even the best-laid plans won’t stand up to an act of god or faulty electrical infrastructure. That’s why the burgeoning field of cloud insurance looks even better than ever. A well-thought-out insurance model will address the actual costs and risks of cloud outages or security breaches, for both customers and providers.
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John Lewis deploys cloud-based appointments system
By: Antony Savvas
John Lewis is deploying a cloud computing-based appointment booking system across all its department stores.
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AppFog Gets $8 Million
By: Maureen O'Gara
Year-old PHP PaaS hoster AppFog, née PHP Fog, has gotten an $8 million B round led by Ignition Partners with participation from new investors Simon Crosby, Citrix' former data center and virtualization CTO, and VC Matt Ocko as well as existing investors, Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital and Founders Co-Op.
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The 4 biggest threats facing the cloud
By: JP Mangalindan
Cloud computing is clearly here to stay. But these factors could make the transition a bumpy one.
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Linux Labs' NimbusOS Upgraded for Use as OS for Cloud Computing Service
By: Shamila Janakiraman
Searchlight Solutions Ltd. announced that its subsidiary Linux Labs International Inc. has upgraded its proprietary NimbusOS for use as the Operating System for its High Performance Cloud Computing (“HPC2”) service.
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iCloud: It's not the cloud, but it's good for the cloud
By: David Linthicum
Apple's iCloud is coming this fall, and I agree with with my InfoWorld colleague Galen Gruman that we should not be afraid of iCloud. However, this synchronization service could be delivered to an audience that has yet to understand what cloud computing is, let alone know if they should accept it into their homes and offices. A recent survey from the NDP Group found that just 22 percent of consumers are familiar with the term "cloud computing." The survey discovered some differences between cloud-savvy versus nonsavvy (NDP's categories) consumers. For example, 84 percent of respondents familiar with the concept use cloud-based email, whereas 68 percent who are not familiar with the term nonetheless have their email in the cloud -- they just didn't think of it as the cloud.
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Government Agencies Moving to Cloud Computing, Study Shows
By: D.H. Kass
Nearly a year after the federal government instructed agencies to opt for cloud-based technologies, about two-thirds have identified applications to move to the cloud, with half of those already commencing the migration process, according to a survey conducted by ScienceLogic, a Reston, VA-based provider of IT operations and cloud management software. In November 2010, the federal government, in a cost-cutting move, issued a directive to agencies to opt for cloud-based technologies whenever possible, followed in February, 2011 by a report entitled Federal Cloud Computing Strategy that detailed the government’s cloud strategy authored by Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer.
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Cloud Computing Brings Challenges for Health Care Data Storage, Privacy
By: Brian T. Horowitz
To learn more about the state of cloud computing in the health care industry, eWEEK talks with Chris Witt, president of IT provider Wake Technology Services, about how health care companies should approach cloud computing.
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IBM's Growth Fueled by Cloud Computing
By: Chris Stuart
OSTON (TheStreet Ratings) -- IBM(IBM_) is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings after the stock market closes today, with analysts forecasting year-over-year improvements in earnings and revenue.
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CA to Support StratITsphere Cloud
By: Staff
Information technology (IT) and management software developer, CA Inc. (CA - Analyst Report) recently revealed that its cloud computing, energy management and service assurance solutions will support StratITsphere’s new package of cloud-based services (Nimbus) and other offerings.
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Apple Gets Ready To Unleash Its Big Cloud Service
By: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Apple just bought the domain name iCloud.com for $4.5 million, according to an Om Malik source. The obvious reason why Apple would do this would be because it's releasing a big, widely anticipated cloud computing service and it's going to be called iCloud.
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Sony, Amazon Uptime, Security Problems Arent Unique to the Cloud
By: Fahmida Y. Rashid
Cloud services aren’t inherently riskier or more insecure than maintaining applications and data in the corporate data center. In fact, some experts still believe that the cloud provides greater security to enterprises.
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CenturyLink Set to Acquire Savvis for $2.5 Billion
By: Dealbook
CenturyLink, the nation’s third largest telecommunications company, announced on Wednesday that it would buy the information technology firm Savvis for $2.5 billion, in a play on so-called cloud computing.
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Data Migration Becomes Major Cloud Computing Issue
By: Mike Vizard
It was really only a matter of time before data migration in the cloud became a major issue following the shutting down of the cloud service run by Iron Mountain and the well-publicized Amazon outages . With many customers now either looking for alternatives to these providers or simply exploring contingency plans, the subject of data migration across divergent public clouds is now a major IT issue. Of course, the problem that many IT organizations are often going to discover when studying their options is that in a fair number of these cloud computing platforms, their data will be stored inside a proprietary file system that will hinder any migration effort.
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VMware is a Virtualization Company - So Why is it Buying a Slide Show Service?
By: Alex Williams
VMware is a virtualization company, right? Then why did it announce yesterday that it is buying SlideRocket, a services company that helps people make their presentations look all snappy? The same reasons as last year when it bought Zimbra, the email services provider. Microsoft.
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