Friday, March 18, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, March 18, 2011

The cloud is evolving real fast, and we are witnessing key changes in the world of cloud computing. This week the WOLF weekly cloud sum-up highlights the Cloud Vision of Hewlett Packard and the Gartner’s predictions of the battle for leadership in PaaS in 2011

HP’s Cloud Vision laid out by its CEO Leo Apotheker brings another player into the Cloud. In a nutshell, Apotheker talked about a future where HP customers can use their HP devices (tablets, PCs and servers) to access a wide suite of HP cloud services built on top of HP’s own cloud infrastructure. Even though HP has minimal track record of dealing with Cloud Computing, for businesses, this means everything from IaaS to PaaS to SaaS. All this began with the acquisition of Vertica, a company dealing with data warehousing and analytics platforms. As Apotheker provided a clear picture of the recent market trends in the Cloud Business, HP has to move fast till its vision is fresh and build on it so that it is flexible to evolve. More

Here are some of the tops picks of the week relating to the Cloud:

Gartner says: 2011 will be the year of Platform-as-a-Service

Gartner believes 2011 is going to be the year of Platform-as-a-Service. Leading vendors will deliver new or strongly expanded PaaS service offerings and cloud-enabled application infrastructure products. The cloud era has just begun and there would be a rapid growth through technological and business innovation. During the next two years the fragmented PaaS offerings will start consolidating and in the next five years most of the enterprises will have their line of business applications running in the cloud.

The Collaboration Imperative for SMBs

With the large number of choices opened by Cloud Computing, the Small and Medium Businesses have to understand their unique business infrastructure needs. Successful collaboration and information-sharing strategy varies from one business to another but now SMBs will have more IT resources than earlier as they consider whether collaboration is a priority.

There is no security standard for cloud; move forward anyway

Considering cloud computing a key to the future of the IT industry, Microsoft has started to design behavioral and technical specifications to set standards for security in the cloud. Microsoft's plan is a set of processes called the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), which is designed to create documented, auditable, traceable processes to help service providers or end-user companies to develop secure software for any environment.

Gaming as a Service – The Future of Cloud Gaming

The Gaming industry is a big business. Social gaming portals have brought cloud computing into the picture today. If MMORPG doesn’t mean anything to you, it stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, one of the most successful human collaborations of all time. Since today’s gaming market involves a very high end PC, it leaves behind the less powerful machine users out of the market. OnLive, gaming company, based out of Palo Alto seeks to provide a new service called GaaS or Gaming-as-a-Service. The company seeks to reshape “the way we think about and use digital media – The shift to cloud computing, displacing the limitations, cost and complexity of local computing”, thereby offering the ability to play games through a subscription service without having to download software or worry about hardware requirements.

Stay tuned for more sum-ups on Cloud Computing in the forthcoming weeks. Appreciate if you can add more to this list and help our readers to keep in touch with the Cloud...

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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