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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On-demand applications and cloud computing often mean different things to different people. For developers, Software as a Service (SaaS) is quickly evolving not only as a means to deliver applications -- but as the means to develop them, too.Taking the notion of "development as a service" to its full potential is the logic behind Platform as a Service (PaaS). To help understand the power of PaaS, we speak in this sponsored podcast to one of the early PaaS pioneers and providers, Bungee Labs.Learn how software development is entering a new era in this discussion with Phil Wainewright, independent analyst and fellow ZDNet SaaS blogger, as well as with Alex Barnett, the vice president of community and blogger at Bungee Labs. Moderation from yours truly.Listen to the podcast (40:04 minutes).Here are some excerpts:Alex Barnett: Everything we know is moving to the Web. And what that means in tangible terms is that businesses and service providers and software companies are providing layers … [Read more...] about Plenty of Reasons to Try Platform as a Service
It was pretty much all about the cloud at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, held last week at its Redmond, Wash., corporate campus.CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives spoke about how the software giant's latest developments span the PC, the mobile phone and the cloud.They also highlighted the revamp of Windows Azure as a PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering, pushing it as a next-generation operating system.Microsoft further used the occasion to unveil major changes in its browser with the release of IE9 Platform Preview 6 for developers.It's not clear, however, what effect its ramped-up push into the cloud will have on the software giant's competitive position in the short term.At PDC 2010, Microsoft positioned Windows Azure as a PaaS. A PaaS lets users set up the platform they heed - -- the hardware, operating systems, IT infrastructure and tools -- automatically on the cloud, instead of having to physically source some or all of these components.Microsoft … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Head Is in the Clouds
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
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
Salesforce.com on Wednesday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Heroku, a cloud application platform.It will pay about US$212 million in cash, net of cash acquired.The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of January 2011 if everything goes well.Salesforce.com made the announcement at Dreamforce 2010, being held in San Francisco through Thursday.Salesforce also announced Force.com 2 on Wednesday.Heroku is a cloud application platform offered as a service. It's used for writing applications in the Ruby language.Like Salesforce's Force.com, Heroku is based on multitenancy. It's a platform and hosting environment that's fully managed.Heroku controls all the infrastructure and software layers. It curates each layer of these so clients always get the latest in software and best practices."This acquisition strengthens Salesforce.com's position in the PaaS [Platform as a Service) market," Jeffrey Kaplan, managing director of Thinkstrategies, told CRM … [Read more...] about Salesforce.com Adds PaaS Rubies to Its Vault With Heroku Buy
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?
There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth about the Sisyphean task of protecting privacy in the Digital Age, but that hasn't stopped innovators from searching for ways to preserve it. One of the latest ideas to emerge in the field is Privacy as a Service.As with many emerging technologies, the definition of "PaaS" (which undoubtedly will be confused with Platform as a Service) is in flux.TheDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency sees PaaS as a way to share data safely while preserving privacy. To that end, DARPA has launched its Brandeis program, which aims to develop tools and techniques for building systems that limit the use of private data for an intended purpose and no other."Currently, most consumers do not have effective mechanisms to protect their own data, and the people with whom we share data are often not effective at providing adequate protection," DARPA Program Manager John Launchbury said."The goal of the Brandeis program is to break the tension between … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Privacy as a Service Advocates Promise Better Data Protection
More than 10,000 software and hardware developers, scientists and space fans will spend this weekend huddling in rooms in 136 cities around the world to participate in NASA's fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge -- a hackathon for space wonks.Using IBM's Bluemix Platform as a Service, they will develop apps, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions to help space exploration missions and to improve life on Earth.The participants will leverage publicly available data from more than 200 NASA sources, including datasets, services and tools from real-life NASA missions and technology.They will use them to design solutions to 35 challenges in four categories -- outer space, Earth, humans and robotics.Two projects from each city will advance to global judging, and a panel of NASA judges will select one winner in each of the finalist categories: best mission concept; best user of hardware; best use of data; most inspiring; and galactic impact.Further, IBM will … [Read more...] about Devs Rev Up for a Weekend of Galactic Problem-Solving