Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information
technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that
promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud
computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and within our
But, remember, that clouds always appear to be within our grasp and bursting
clouds promise only one thing: rain!
As with all radical transitions, it takes time for the various pieces to fall
into place. Some of them are already in place; some of them have yet to be
considered. In this article, we will take a look at both and try to gauge
where we are today and what work still remains. In addition, we will try to
understand what this means to the various stakeholders involved.
So what is the cloud and who are the stakeholder... (more)
Virtualization has transformed the economics of running data centers. Indeed
one could say that without virtualization, data centers would have faced a
serious power consumption dilemma. With virtualization, it is now possible to
make more efficient use of physical resources and thereby space and power
consumption, which lead to cost savings.
Cost, space and power will continue to dominate the agenda as Internet data
traffic continues to grow between 50% and 60% per year. Indeed, for data
centers, traffic could grow even quicker as cloud computing centralizes more
computing reso... (more)
Cloud computing has now passed the stage of hype to reality. More and more
enterprises are realizing the benefits of remote hosting of IT services
rather than local IT management, especially as managing and operating IT
networks and services is not getting any easier.
Managing IT networks requires a broad set of competencies in a growing number
of technologies and products. It therefore makes sense that these
competencies are centralized in larger data centers providing cloud services
to a number of smaller enterprises for which IT is not a core competency.
Larger data centers al... (more)
In 1956, Malcolm McLean invented a shipping system that revolutionized cargo
shipping forever, namely the container. The shipping container provides a
standard, universal packing solution that can be used for transporting
whatever you need to ship. Containers can be transported on trucks, trains or
on ships, because they are of standard size.
Containers are an example of a universal solution that revolutionized the
shipping industry. Can the emergence of the standard PC server platform as a
universal computing platform herald the proliferation of even more innovative
dedicated n... (more)
Cloud services provide a new and promising opportunity for Enterprises to
address the growing complexity of IT. The availability of smartphones and the
expectation of immediate and simple access to both private and company
specific information on a global basis are driving demand for centralization
of IT services and the related competence required to support these
Cloud service providers have established the necessary competence and IT
infrastructure to deliver on these demands, but there is one potential
Achilles heel that can present a challenge; assuring cloud s... (more)