One of the most exciting innovations of recent years has been cloud computing. Many of us use cloud-based services every day without really thinking about it. For example, if you take photos on your Android smartphone or Apple iPhone, your photos can be backed up automatically to the cloud, which means you can view them from any internet-connected smartphone or computer.With cloud computing, the idea is to make use of a remote, powerful, computer that’s connected to the internet, and stream its processing power to a cheaper, low-powered computer in your home. The potential for this technology is huge. It allows gamers to experience playing on powerful hardware they wouldn't be able to afford, or allow research institutes to make use of the most powerful supercomputers in the world without physically having them in the same building.Cloud computing is definitely an innovation worth getting excited about – but in its current state, is the technology too good to be true? … [Read more...] about Is cloud computing for gaming too good to be true?
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The shift to cloud computing continues to gain momentum, with nearly half of application spending going on-demand within the next four years.Across key areas of enterprise technology investment -- including system infrastructure and software, application software and business process outsourcing -- 19 percent of spending currently goes on cloud services. According to tech analyst Gartner, that will rise to 28 percent by 2022, with growth in enterprise IT spending on cloud-based offerings outstripping growth in traditional, non-cloud IT offerings. SEE: Cloud v. data center decision (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF(TechRepublic)"The shift of enterprise IT spending to new, cloud-based alternatives is relentless, although it's occurring over the course of many years due to the nature of traditional enterprise IT," said Michael Warrilow, research vice president at Gartner. But cloud computing is not the answer for everything; many companies still have significant … [Read more...] about The relentless march of cloud computing continues, and here comes the tipping point
The headline costs offered by public cloud providers are increasingly attractive, with each server/instance only a few pounds per month. However, there is much more to running a service than server capacity, and if organisations are not careful their cloud costs can quickly spiral out of control.This doesn’t mean that public cloud is necessarily more expensive – simply that it is vital to understand how the services you are proposing to migrate to are charged for, and prepare a comprehensive business case. Once you have moved services to the cloud and retired your in-house infrastructure, you have to accept what your chosen cloud provider gives you unless you migrate services again.The much vaunted ‘portability’ of cloud services between providers is not yet proven, particularly for complex applications, and please be aware it is not in the provider’s interests to make it easy. Their focus is to simplify migrating your IT into their cloud environments, and … [Read more...] about Beware the hidden costs of cloud computing
By Sourabh / February 11, 2014 Category: Cloud Computing, Technology Cloud computing is not a new concept. We have been using Cloud Computing for ages, in one form or other. In simple words, you can presume Cloud to be a very large server on which different services and data are stored and you access all those for your work. The software and data that you access for your work doesn’t exist on your computer instead it’s on the server. This concept of using services not stored on your system is called Cloud Computing. What is Cloud Computing? Free Download PDF E-Book Cloud Computing is not an object in itself, rather it comprises services and database that are accessed via web or any private network. Key Cloud Computing providers: IBM, HP, Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com, NetSuite, VMware etc. Examples of Cloud Computing services includes Google Docs, Office 365, DropBox, SkyDrive etc. Types of Cloud Computing Cloud Computing is composed of … [Read more...] about What is Cloud Computing, Basic of Cloud Computing (PDF): Free Download
The cloud has been a boon for many companies, enabling CIOs to turn off servers or even shutter data centers. CIOs rent processing power, storage and other tools from a mix of vendors in a quickly growing market. But a small contingent of IT leaders is looking to a more efficient way to rent computing horsepower. Rather than take on the often onerous obligations of designing and managing cloud architecture, they are going “serverless.”With serverless computing, cloud instances are no longer allocated, only to sit idle until called upon to fuel applications and other functions. Rather, resources are provisioned only when a specific event occurs. A textbook example of event-based computing is the internet of things (IoT), with sensor-based devices reacting to triggers on the fly. And when a user accesses a mobile app from his or her smartphone — an event — virtual machines in the cloud retrieve and serve up the information.New York Times CTO Nick Rockwell is … [Read more...] about Serverless: The future of cloud computing?