Friday, April 22, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, April 22, 2011

The most incredible news for this week in cloud computing is a huge research report by Forrester Research, a premium research firm, called ‘Sizing The Cloud’. This report applies Forrester’s sizing methodology for emerging markets to the cloud computing market for the first time. With some of the cloud computing definitions still posing a challenge, Forrester has decided to focus on the business models of the cloud under which IT operates. According to the report, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which has been slowly emerging now, is going to be the leading cloud market by 2020 with ISVs finding a highly attractive option for delivering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Forrester Research says that the global cloud computing market will grow from a $ 40.7 billion in 2011 to $ 241 billion in 2020.

Click here to read more about this report.

Some of the other highlights of this week’s cloud sum-up are:

What is Cloud Communications?

Cloud communications is Internet-based computing whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, similar to the electricity grid. Cloud communications encompasses several variations of service models including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS ), and includes deployment models like private, public, hybrid, and community clouds. The term means more than just VoIP, CaaS or Unified Communications. Cloud communications is also becoming an attractive option because the cloud can now become a platform for voice, data and video.

Why Should I Be a SaaS Affiliate? And What the Heck is SaaS, Anyway?

With the rapid rise of Internet and software companies around the world, there’s naturally a growing need for affiliates to help sell their products, and there is nothing to look beyond the SaaS market which is just booming. Understanding the technicalities of SaaS is not enough, it very important to understand the marketing aspects of it. One should remember that marketing a service is very different from marketing a product.

Cloud computing security considerations

Cloud computing offers a number of potential benefits including cost savings and improved business outcomes. However, there are a variety of information security risks that need to be carefully considered. Risks will vary depending on the sensitivity of the data to be stored or processed, and how the chosen cloud vendor (also referred to as a cloud service provider) has implemented their specific cloud services.

Clusters in the Private Cloud

When you think about private cloud computing there are clusters which are probably the most advanced form of shared infrastructure we have in the enterprise today. Right now, most of those clusters are in place because of the unique performance and availability attributes of a particular application. But as the march towards private cloud computing continues, it seems that a convergence between clustering technologies and cloud computing is almost inevitable.

We hope these short sum-ups on cloud computing are helping you to take a more knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on 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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1 comment:

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