Everything as a service promises to simplify our lives, from cutting edge business to consumer applications. It is too early to tell, but the concept of everything moving to the cloud poses some interesting issues, from bandwidth to security.Who would have guessed that in 2015, launching a business would require virtually no physical assets? You simply turn on your computer and everything you need is done in the cloud. The age of anything and everything as a service has arrived.Typically referred to as Everything-as-a- Service (EaaS), or anything-as-a-Service (XaaS), it promises to create a new paradigm on how to start and run a business. On the consumer side, it promises to take everything from your recipe book to your daily programs, and the slew of applications and move them to the cloud.But the implications are much more significant for business, namely where the focus is on ROI. And XaaS doesn’t restrict the business to just intellectual property businesses such as … [Read more...] about Anything As A Service
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This week's podcast provides a case study on how new forms of cloud-based integration are helping a major high-tech company build new relationships among and between extended enterprise business processes.We'll examine how Fairchild Semiconductor has been an early adopter of integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The venerable Silicon Valley company has been using graphical tools to build integrations among and between far-flung applications and services but with those integration platforms housed in a newly unveiled Workday Integration Cloud.We'll learn here from the chief technology officer at Workday on what the integration cloud approach can do and how it points to a future in which broad integration capabilities are increasingly built into Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.This cloud-based integration model will prove far less vulnerable to the complexity, fragility and cost that plagues traditional on-premises middleware integration methods. It should also spur the … [Read more...] about PODCAST What Makes IaaS Tick?
Welcome to a special BriefingsDirect podcast from the HP Software Universe 2010 Conference in Barcelona, an interview with Kevin Bury, vice president and general manager; and Neil Ashizawa, manager of products, both with HP Software as a Service.We were at Software Universe in early December to explore some major enterprise software and solutions, trends and innovations making news across HP's ecosystem of customers, partners and developers.This discussion, with two executives from HP, focuses on the Software as a Service (SaaS) market and how it and cloud computing are reshaping the future of IT.Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, moderated the discussion just after the roll-out of HP's big application lifecycle management (ALM) news, the release of ALM 11.Here are some excerpts on the future of SaaS discussion:Listen to the podcast (22:48 minutes).Kevin Bury: We are seeing a lot of interest in the market today for SaaS and cloud. I think it's an extension of … [Read more...] about PODCAST Cloud 2011: Everything as a Service
As many active users of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) can tell you, IaaS, whether implemented by an external service provider or provided by an internal service provider team, arguably grants you much more control of the underlying technology "substrate" than other cloud deployment models. In some cases, this is a good thing; for example, when you have unique legacy constraints or technology requirements that must be satisfied for applications to work properly.This control over the environment is generally perceived by customers as a security and operational benefit. However, there are situations in which this added control over the operation of the platform can have a downside as well. In other words, there are times when additional levels of operational control and transparency can actually increase the likelihood of security dangers. In addition, they can actually bring about usage challenges.How can that happen, you ask? Because each degree of added control that the … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Does Your IaaS Environment Have Sleeper Cells?
The quick answer: It depends. The type of cloud services you select might be dictated by your IT budget, the core competencies of your IT staff, and your IT strategy and tactics (meaning which applications you keep in-house, versus which ones you selectively outsource).To begin, let's look at the three main "as a Service" layers that make up the cloud computing model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).Infrastructure as a Service includes all of the systems and services that make up the foundation layer of the cloud -- the server, computing, operating system, storage, data backup, and networking services -- virtualized and delivered as a service. IaaS is popular in the data center, where virtual servers are purchased as a fully outsourced service and usually billed based on usage. This is in contrast to the traditional method of buying equipment outright. IaaS supports the PaaS and SaaS layers. Common examples of IaaS … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE What as a Service Is Right for You as a Business?
If you ask anyone today to define "cloud computing," there is slim chance you will get agreement on an exact definition. It is one of those emerging technologies that everyone knows they want to get into, but no one seems to know why or what the real benefit is. There is a lot of promise, but very few companies have realized tangible benefits from such services. The fact of the matter is that it is one of those areas that seems to be in a continuous state of flux.Cloud computing took off in a rather unassuming manner with not much fanfare, but lately it has become a conversational topic in every IT organization. "Cloud," in this case, is really synonymous with "the Internet." Cloud computing is not a technology; it is the conversion of a set of technologies to be offered in the form of an Internet- or network-based service rather than as asset purchases.This, you may recall, is no different from the traditional hosting services provided by several Internet Service Providers or ISPs. … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Cloud Computing, or Everything as a Service
U.S. government agencies will be moving quickly to implement contracting reforms for the procurement of information technology in the wake of policy changes revealed last week by the Office of Management and Budget. For IT vendors competing for a share of the US$80 billion annual federal IT market, keeping close track of the procurement changes will be crucial to business success.The procurement reforms are based on OMB's assessment that huge federal IT investments have largely failed to achieve the same level of productivity as similar investments by the private sector.For IT vendors, the most immediate impact of the reform package presents increased opportunities for marketing cloud-based offerings to the federal government. Other important aspects of the package deal with improvements to contracting vehicles and actions designed to help federal agencies communicate better with the private sector.In assessing more than 50 troubled federal IT projects over the last 18 months, OMB … [Read more...] about Federal IT Procurement Reform: A Guide for Vendors
Computer software requires an enormous amount of support. That fact has enriched companies such as Oracle and SAP, which levy annual support fees of about 20 percent of the sale prices of their applications.That's one of the things that just sticks in the craw of Clint Oram, chief technology officer and a co-founder of SugarCRM, as he told CRM Buyer during a recent interview held prior to SugarCon 2011.CRM Buyer: Are you doing for open CRM what Red Hat did for Linux?Clint Oram: If you look specifically at Red Hat, they don't own and drive the product roadmap around Linux. They came along after this open source community and product had formed, and their value-add is to be the sheriff in the Wild Wild West and to bring support to the product.At the end of the day, every commercial open source business has to add value. Adding support to this community is their value add.We at SugarCRM started the community, started the product, owned the source code and owned the product roadmap from … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ‘The Best Software Doesn’t Need Support’: Q&A With SugarCRM CTO Clint Oram
Businesses are looking to cloud-computing models to foster agility and improve time-to-market for new services. Yet attaining cloud benefits can founder without higher levels of unified server, data, network, storage, and applications management.These typically disparate forms of management must now come together in new ways to mutually support a variety of different cloud approaches -- public, private and hybrid. Without adoption of such Business Service Automation (BSA) capabilities, those deploying applications on private and hybrid clouds will almost certainly encounter increased complexity, higher risk and stubborn cost structures.This latest BriefingsDirect discussion therefore focuses on finding low-risk, high-reward paths to cloud computing by using increased automation and proven reference models for cloud management -- and by breaking down traditional IT management silos. In doing so, the progression toward cloud benefits will come more quickly, at lower total cost, and with … [Read more...] about PODCAST Building a High-Speed Expressway to the Cloud
It's sort of like the funny story about a young person discovering that Paul McCartney was in another group before Wings. Marc Benioff had another company sandwiched in between his Oracle days and founding Salesforce.com. So for those of us who knew that, Database.com had the same kind of retro vibe when it was announced at Dreamforce.Database.com was Marc's other company, and I had assumed that they'd simply kept renewing the URL registration for the last 10 years, but I was told differently. At any rate, Salesforce is now in the database business. I guess if Larry Ellison can buy Sun Microsystems and jump into the hardware business, then Marc can get into the database business.In truth, Database.com is more of a confirmation of what Salesforce had been doing through Force.com for a long time. The big difference now is that anyone with almost any application development tool can build an application that leverages the database in the cloud. There are some other differences too. … [Read more...] about INSIGHTS What to Make of Database.com?