One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is
manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially
the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application
failure before they know about it. That’s why services like Tap In
Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption.
Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO
Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the
beta in the near future. They are actively seeking beta customers as well,
particularly from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few
customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.” He did
reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core
application” with 200 EC2 instances.
Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)
Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering
with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica. One of the bigger objections to cloud
BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission
critical data to a public insecure cloud?
With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at
Amazon as they are in your data center. Why wouldn’t you use the cloud
for your BI needs?
Amazon Cloud on Ulitzer
I was surprised to find an Amazon Web Services booth at the Microsoft PDC
yesterday. They had nothing specific to say regarding additional Windows
support or capabilities - at least not officially. What I did get was a
wink-wink, nudge, nudge when I commented on Azure's integration with Active
Directory and other touchpoints. "This is coming soon," I was then told. Then
they saw that I had a media badge and that ended the discussion...
Looks like the enterprise is the battleground - which was only a matter of
time. Following the great enterprise roadmap pr... (more)
For those of you getting into the Cloud Computing world, the established
hierarchy of the cloud these days is as follows:
SaaS has been around for many years - first known as ASP (application service
provider) in the 1990’s. The most famous has been Salesforce.com’s
CRM/SFA application suite. In fact, any application delivered over the
internet and hosted remotely can be called SaaS - including ADP’s hosted
payroll services, QuickBooks online, and tens of thousands of applications
from thousands of vendors.
PaaS is a relatively new phenomenon, popularized again by Salesforce.co... (more)
Christopher Crowhurst, Thomson Reuters’s vice president and chief architect
for infrastructure was interviewed for an article in The Industry Standard
regarding his plans to implement storage and server virtualization on a
global level. With 20,000 servers and over 6.5 petabytes of storage today,
Thomson Reuters is a great candidate for virtualization. One of his
comments in this article points to an opening for cloud computing in their
enterprise architecture moving forward:
“I think what we’ll eventually start doing is extend this into a private
cloud and move to do some self... (more)