Saturday, June 9, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, June 08, 2012

When people think of Cloud Computing, the service that most readily comes to mind is Infrastructure. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) refers to the infrastructure, storage and network services that are available from most cloud vendors. IaaS is a completely separate offering and market from the other services provided by cloud vendors such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or any of the many other XaaS offerings and is often confused with datacenter outsourcing or a hosting solution. And though vendors appear to offer very similar offerings, all cloud vendors are not created equally.

So, with so many vendors out there from Amazon to Virtacore Systems, how will you know which is the best for you? Click here to know more

How cloud computing is revolutionizing tablet apps

Although today the words “tablet computer” instantly conjure images of the ubiquitous iPad, the tablet itself goes back much, much farther than that; the first patent for an electronic tablet used for handwriting was granted in 1888. Fast forward to 2002, when tablets running a modified version of Windows XP debuted — and immediately flopped. Early tablets never really quite caught on. They were heavy, there were issues getting desktop software to run smoothly on the hardware, and, perhaps most importantly, there were very few applications available. When Apple overhauled the concept by releasing the iPad, it had already had an App Store up and running for almost two years. Easily downloadable applications to run games, handle productivity tasks, display maps and more had already been built, tested, released, adopted, reviewed and talked about.

Could Cloud Computing Help Restore Our Trust in Banks?

Could cloud computing help restore our trust in the banking system? That’s a tall order, since the responsiveness and stability of our financial system rests on many factors, from adroit management practices to proper and measured fiscal and monetary policies. But some financial technology experts say technology — particularly cloud computing — can help repair some of the damage wrought in recent years and advance the banking sector into a new realm.

Cloud's Big Caveat: Runaway Costs

Cloud computing is a relatively new tool for IT--Amazon really launched the modern infrastructure as a service concept with its beta service in 2006. The management tools and IT practices used to control it show that inexperience. Also at many companies, cloud infrastructure is in a small-scale pilot that doesn't justify much spending on management tools, so the tool is a spreadsheet of what employees have said they plan to use. The technical term for such a system is "deploy and pray."

The cloud will cost you, but you’ll be happy to pay

Today, conventional wisdom suggests that cloud computing will bring increased efficiency to computing markets, which will then decrease costs. Cloud computing will allow organizations to cut IT spending and help relieve pressure on IT budgets. It’s a nice vision, but that’s not going to happen.The good news is that you’re not going to mind that your cloud computing budget will be higher than what you’re paying now for IT, because you’ll be able to do more. And here’s why.

We hope these short sum-ups on Cloud Computing are helping you to take a knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming week.

Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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