Cloud Adoption

HotLink Named "Cool Vendor" by Gartner

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

HotLink® Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for heterogeneous virtualization management, today announced it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the “Cool Vendors in Cloud Management, 2013” report by Gartner, Inc.

HotLink’s award-winning solutions, HotLink SuperVISOR and HotLink Hybrid Express, dramatically simplify IT management complexity for heterogeneous and hybrid computing infrastructure. The solutions are built on a game-changing transformation engine that enables native interoperability of all major hypervisors and public cloud platforms using existing management consoles such as VMware vCenter and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager...

VMware vCloud Suite takes a centralized approach to cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

If OpenStack is the embodiment of the community cloud model, then VMware vCloud Suite is an example of a focused, single-vendor cloud. The goal of vCloud is to create a data center that's completely virtual -- all resources, all locations. And while vCloud is neither free, open source, hypervisor-agnostic nor backed by a consortium of vendors, it could be a good choice for companies that see the benefit in commercial software's documentation, centralized support and focused development and enhancement.

VMware vCloud Suite creates a virtual data center defined by software, and it is close to a completely transparent resource pool. It also aims to link the cloud to productivity and business agility value at all levels, unlike the positioning for most cloud computing services, which tends to focus on the public cloud or on a simple extension to virtualization. The cloud platform builds on the wide success of VMware Inc.'s virtualization products -- vSphere and vMotion...

The Pivotal launch and what it means to IT

Grazed fron InfoWorld. AuthorL Eric Knorr.

When I interviewed Paul Maritz near the end of his term as CEO of VMware, he offered this frank assessment of the company: "Unless we think ahead, we will be seen as the closing chapter of the client-server generation instead of the opening chapter of the next generation." That "opening chapter," or at least one version of it, was introduced last week with the official launch of Pivotal, a new venture led by Maritz, spun out of EMC/VMware, and boosted by a $105 million investment from GE.

Pivotal is a funny kind of startup, with 1,250 employees hailing from a grab bag of EMC and VMware acquisitions, including Cetas, Cloud Foundry, GemFire, GreenPlum, and SpringSource, as well as Pivotal Labs, a high-end Web and mobile development house. In "less than six months," that motley crew is scheduled to release Pivotal One, an enterprise PaaS (platform as a service) providing big data analytics -- and eventually hooked up to "the Internet of things."...

CoreMatrix Reports That Cloud Computing Can Help Healthcare Cure Its IT Challenges

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CoreMatrix(R), a leading cloud computing consulting company, today announced that the healthcare industry is increasingly adopting cloud solutions to help meet many of the new IT challenges it faces in an era of healthcare transformation.

Government incentives and mandates are driving every healthcare provider organization -- from the smallest medical practices to the largest healthcare systems -- to use electronic health records (EHRs). This has created an urgent need for healthcare organizations to manage volumes of data and have at their disposal IT expertise. Both capabilities are signature attributes of cloud solutions...

Intralinks Ranked Number One by Gartner in the Enterprise Collaboration & Social Software Market Share for 2012

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Intralinks(R) (NYSE: IL), a leading, global SaaS provider of content management and collaboration solutions, today announced that Gartner ranked the company the number one vendor in the team platforms and social software suites market*. Intralinks leads the category with 20.1 percent market share, based on worldwide revenues, over Microsoft, IBM and Jive Software in 2012. This is the seventh consecutive year that Gartner has recognized Intralinks as the leading technology provider for the team platforms and social software suites (formerly team collaboration) market.

"The traditional team collaboration vendors and the maturing enterprise social software vendors are evolving and intersecting to support information creation and sharing, team communication and coordination, communities and collective intelligence and collaborative decision making and informal interactions," according to Gartner.**...

Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Now $1 Billion Business

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft's Office 365 cloud is now a $1 billion business, according to the software giant's Q3 2013 earnings statement. For Microsoft, that milestone proves Office 365's momentum is accelerating. And that's also a big win for Channel Chief Jon Roskill, who wants partners to back the suite. But there's more work to be done when it comes to the Office 365 channel partner program. Here's why. First, the progress. According to Microsoft's earnings call with analysts today, Office 365 has:

  • a $1 billion annual revenue run rate;
  • strong increase in net seat adds; up 5 times;
  • 1 in 4 enterprise customers now have cloud seats with Microsoft;
  • over 75 of Office 465 enterprise seats are running premium (i.e, higher-priced) versions; and
  • recent wins include City of Chicago and the International Federation of Red Cross.
  • Office 365 Progress and Partner Challenges...

More enterprises develop mobile apps for SaaS

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Stephanie Mann.

Mobile apps have already taken hold of the enterprise, and experts say their grip is only getting stronger. Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. reported that by 2017, 25% of enterprises will have an enterprise app store. By 2014, Apple will be as accepted by enterprise IT as Microsoft is today, the group added. Couple this with the rapid rise of Software as a Service (SaaS), and you see a striking new trend: more enterprises developing their own mobile apps for SaaS.

"What we're seeing is that [enterprise software] vendors are finally catching up to really enable enterprises to develop their own mobile apps for SaaS," said Robert DeSisto, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "When you look at the CRM [customer relationship management] stuff, there's no question that's where it's going -- fast. Even Salesforce.com is now aggressively trying to meet the needs of the enterprise to build mobile apps."...

How Nebula One Will Advance the Commercial Viability of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

Combining computing power is not really a new idea, but it is one that has gained traction in recent years as enterprises have sought out the most efficient and cost-saving way to manage data. Chances are, your IT team has considered or implemented cloud solutions from competitors such as Microsoft, Google, or Amazon. There is a new player in town, however, called Nebula One. A computer rather than a service, it allows you to link up many servers and control all of them as if they were a single machine. You can essentially have your own cloud computer, as powerful as the virtual infrastructure provided by many top services on the market.

In addition, the system uses OpenStack, a popular software tool for centralized control of data centers. The software is configured on Nebula One such that companies can configure and manage their own private clouds. If your business has not found comfort in paying another company to manage your infrastructure, then this solution is just the thing. Plus, just one person is needed to control the network, using a mouse and a software console...

Bitium Closes $2.4M Seed Round for SaaS Operating System

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Today Bitium announced a $2.4M seed round for the first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) operating system. The round was led by Mike Hirshland of Resolute VC and features an all-star list of investors including Alex Bard (Desk.com); Michael Lazerow (Buddy Media); former SVP of Strategy for Microsoft, Hank Vigil; Rob Glaser (Real Networks); seasoned SaaS entrepreneurs Hiten Shah (KISSmetrics) and Sean Ellis (Qualaroo); and Southern California funds Double M Partners, Social Leverage and Karlin Ventures.

In today's era of cloud computing, software is developed for Web browsers instead of desktops. SaaS apps exist in independent silos and don't function together like they do in Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX. Furthermore, employee adoption of Web apps is on the rise and a challenge for companies to manage. Consider the statistics; according to Gartner Research, worldwide SaaS revenue will reach $22.1 billion by 2015...

Focus on the Code, Leave the Infrastructure to Cloud Foundry

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Ryan Cox.

Cloud Foundry wants to help your developers to spend more time on code, and less time on middleware. Dekel Tankel – Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Foundry & Pivotal, stopped by to talk with John Furrier – Founder, SiliconANGLE and Jeff Frick – team member of theCUBE. The one takeaway if you didn’t get to catch his interview, agility.

Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service, providing a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. It was initiated by VMware, and the goal of Cloud Foundry is to make it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry wants you to have more productive developers, plain and simple. Over and over Tankel drove home the message of “more time coding, less time dealing with middlewear.”...