Friday, March 25, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, March 25, 2011

Another week in the Cloud and WOLF brings to you some more highlights. From the EU putting Standardization at forefront of Cloud Computing to the supply chain link of SaaS, the cloud has become cloudier.

The head of the European Commission's digital agenda has put interoperability and standards at the forefront of the cloud computing agenda. With migration being a big obstacle in cloud computing, besides security, the very flexibility of cloud is undermined. Commissioner Neelie Kroes said at the launch of Microsoft's cloud computing center in Brussels on Tuesday that he wants users to change cloud providers like the way they change mobile phone providers, thereby visioning a partnership between industry, government and EU. More

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

SaaS links supply chain growth in Asia Pacific

SaaS is growing rapidly in the Asia Pacific with increased awareness and proliferation of new SaaS applications. With the gap created by the traditional software providers such as ERP vendors, an array of small supply chain vendors have jumped in with their high quality SaaS solutions.

Cloud CIO: 3 Private Cloud Use Case Scenarios

Scenario One: Agile Development, Static Operations: After using a private cloud for development purposes the production deployment is operated according to existing processes, creating a mismatch between the future of applications and the operational assumptions of this scenario.

Scenario Two: Agile Development, Semi-Agile Operations: In this scenario, new applications are placed into production in an operations infrastructure that can support elasticity, complex topologies, and automated administration, while the existing applications continue to operate in the older, static operations environment.

Scenario Three: Agile Development, Bypassed Operations: I n this scenario, developers quite happily begin to use the private cloud, but, when confronted with unwillingness on the part of operations to support self-service, application elasticity, etc., become dissatisfied with the offering and choose to either: (1) deploy the application outside of the internal data center; or (2) more worryingly, turn their back on the private cloud and choose to develop and deploy in a public cloud environment.

Oracle gets juice from Software-as-a-Service

With Oracle’s Exadata line of servers entering into the picture, Oracle becomes the indirect beneficiary of SaaS applications market growth since these applications require database and middleware software to be deployed on servers. Notably, Oracle is already the dominant player in the database software market with a share of around 50%.

The Clear ROI of SaaS

The ROI of SaaS is really around the ability to understand the differences between leveraging a single traditional in-the-datacenter application, versus leveraging a similar or same application on-demand. The two significant things we need to think about here: 1) the amount of money saved in avoiding capital and operational costs; 2) the value of agility.

Cloud Computing is ever evolving. 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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