With all the hype about clouds, 2011 was a year of education. The term 'cloud' is overused and has been sullied by the sheer variety of definitions used in the industry.
Think: Education Group, an Australian private education company, has implemented a virtual private cloud, enabling a printing project that is set to save the company $500,000 annually.
The success or failure of a recent agreement between NSW Trade & Investment and SAP, which will see the government department deploy SAP’s Business ByDesign SaaS (software as a service) ERP solution, will be an indicator of the future of cloud services in Australia, according to Ovum.
UltraServe has announced the next generation of its Cloud Machine service. The service builds on its range of Managed and Hosting Services and public and private cloud computing solutions.
Citrix has announced the availability of Citrix CloudGateway 2, its unified store solution. Featuring MDX mobile technology, the product offers a single unified point of control for all mobile, web, SaaS and Windows apps and data, across any mix of corporate and personal devices.
Kyocera Cloud Connect, from Kyocera Document Solutions, is an application that bridges Kyocera’s products to cloud service provider Evernote, enabling scanning and printing of files in Evernote directly from most Kyocera multifunctional product control panels.
The EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure combines Brocade cloud-optimised networking technologies with EMC unified storage and next-generation backup architecture. VSPEX’s modular design enables customers to specify their choice of server, network and virtualisation technologies within a pre-validated framework.
What happens when a well-meaning employee inadvertently shares your company’s financial records with the world? That’s a reality organisations could face if they ignore their employees’ use of consumer cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
Australian businesses could substantially cut capital and labour costs through the use of public cloud services, leading to a yearly $3 billion boost to the economy after 10 years, according to a new report from KPMG.
Cloud computing continues to confound Australian organisations, with many IT pros still confused by the differences between public, private and hybrid clouds. But despite this confusion, a recent panel of cloud computing experts declared that more than one third of Australian organisations are considering implementing cloud within two years, and 10-20% are currently implementing some form of the technology.
The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) steering committee met in Melbourne recently for two days of meetings to chart priorities for the organisation’s mission to deliver open cloud solutions. Merri Mack reports on the findings of the committee and the question of whether vendors will support interoperability for cloud solutions.
The Cloud Services Suite from Dimension Data is a comprehensive range of cloud services designed to make it easier for companies to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing. The services aim to enable companies to be more agile, lower IT infrastructure management expenses and reduce cloud migration complexity and risk.
As a technical term, ‘the cloud’ has reached a point of oversaturation, leading many - particularly government - organisations to question the value of the concept. Cloud computing is not for everyone, but it is possible to be ‘cloud-like’ without actually entering the cloud, says Wayne Allen, Unisys Asia-Pacific data centre transformation and outsourcing practice lead.
The Capacity Edition of NetVault Backup is a new offering of the data protection technology featuring an alternative, capacity-based licensing model specifically designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
HP has expanded its IT Performance Suite of software with Service Integration and Management services. Designed in response to the trend of ‘supplier sprawl’, HP’s Service Integration and Management offering aims to enable enterprises to integrate, manage and govern complex multivendor environments to optimise the IT supply chain, improve service performance and reduce risks and costs.