Research finds 72% of Australian IT decision-makers are on the journey towards the cloud with expectations for private cloud to become the new ‘normal’ for IT infrastructure.
The VMware vSphere 4.1 virtualisation platform enables enterprises and service providers to lay the foundation for cloud computing by aggregating a pool of computing resources that can be accessed on-demand while enabling policy-based automation and management.
The Assessment Service cloud-based reporting and analytical service enables Blue Coat channel partners to remotely conduct an extensive analysis of an enterprise network.
NEC Australia has formed an exclusive ICT partnership with Australia’s two aged care peak bodies - Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) - to advance the use of cloud computing in the aged care industry.
AMP, one of Australia’s leading wealth management companies, has selected one of CSC’s growing number of cloud computing services after an extensive evaluation.
Having been CIO of South East Water in Victoria for six years has not diminished Marcus Darbyshire’s excitement for the job. In fact, he says he has the best job in the company. How many people can say that and actually mean it? Voice&Data’s Merri Mack finds out why.
Salesforce Chatter is a Cloud 2 enterprise social collaboration application that is social, mobile and real time, and allows employees to collaborate across their company using social features like profiles, status updates and real-time feeds.
NetApp’s integration with Microsoft technology is claimed to streamline data centre management and accelerate cloud computing. Customers can use familiar Microsoft management tools to monitor and manage their virtual environments that include NetApp storage and build internal and public clouds.
Cloud Solutions allows cloud providers to create services addressing individual business needs. Also announced is XenServer 5.6 to give enhanced virtualisation management capabilities for all elements of server virtualisation. As well, a virtualised delivery infrastructure for Microsoft 2010 applications and NetScaler 90-day Burst Pack licences have been announced.
Manufacturing Edition is aimed at mid-market and fast-growing manufacturers, enabling them to manage all front- and back-office operations in a single, fully integrated SaaS solution.
Andrew Collins takes a quick look at the pros and cons of cloud-based hosted security solutions.
Amazon Web Service has announced the launch of its first Asia Pacific region platform. Asia Pacific-based businesses or global businesses with customers based in Asia can now leverage the AWS suite of infrastructure web services to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. The first AWS Asia Pacific Region (located in Singapore) is now open and any business or software developer can sign up.
NetSuite SuiteFlow graphical workflow management software allows users of cloud computing business suites the ability to develop, automate and streamline complex business processes.
Sydney-based Fresh Produce Group (FPG) replaced multiple software systems, including a DOS-based financial system which was actively used by only a handful of accounting staff, and Excel spreadsheets which were used to compile forecasting and inventory, with a NetSuite cloud computing ERP system. The company improved its net profit margin by 100% and realised savings of approximately $1 million a year.
Cloud computing is becoming an important new tool for IT managers in controlling the cost and complexity of business-critical applications and data. The technology is compelling to enterprises because it allows them to consolidate resources, provision services more quickly and even rationalise costs more effectively with new business models. But there are limitations that often limit the effective gains of a scalable cloud computing model.