The recent shutdown of file-sharing website Megaupload has created a sense of unease surrounding cloud-based storage. Companies are questioning the wisdom of relying on these services, which could seemingly collapse at a moment’s notice. According to Albert Y Zomaya, The University of Sydney, companies that shy away from the cloud are potentially missing out, especially given the advances the cloud is about to go through.
DreamWorks Animation SKG used hundreds of high-performance workstations, backed up by five server farms, to produce the company’s most technically advanced film to date, Puss in Boots.
A convergence of cloud computing trends will create new business models for Australian businesses in 2012, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Executives across all industries are urged to assess how their companies might be affected by developments from tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook.
The cloud promises to liberate organisations from the limitations of traditional IT infrastructure. Here, Oracle’s Marc Caltabiano argues that early cloud solutions have created new computing silos that actually impose new limits on organisations. He suggests that organisations must take a more nuanced view of the cloud to get the most from a cloud strategy.
Village Roadshow has moved to the cloud with an IaaS model to cope with its massive data growth.
Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability 6.0 for Windows is designed to help organisations rapidly failover Windows Server applications.
Cloud 360 provides enterprises with a prescriptive approach to validate and select which applications and business services are best suited to private, public and hybrid clouds or traditional models.
Voice+Data last month earned the award of Cover of the Year for B2B magazines, at the Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. The magazine won the award for the ‘My Dog is a Cloud’ illustration, featured on the cover of the May 2011 issue.
Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr recently launched OzHub, a cloud initiative with the aim of building “Australian consumer and business confidence in cloud computing”. Merri Mack takes a closer look at OzHub and its potential impact on cloud computing in Australia.
In his eleven years at TechnologyOne, IT Manager Andrew Bauer has seen the IT team grow from just two members to a team that supports the company’s current staff of 850 people. Merri Mack talks to Bauer about the challenges of getting a hold of something relatively intangible - such as the cloud - and using it to create real-world benefits for the business.
Increased interest in the cloud across all sizes of business will continue to fuel the cloud computing service market in Australia, with revenues in Australia set to quadruple by 2015.
Cloud computing is offering small business the applications and IT concepts that were previously exclusive to large enterprises, like disaster recovery and data resiliency. Merri Mack reports on this flattening of IT.
The cloud promises many advantages - dynamic allocation of resources, CAPEX-based pricing and so on. But so far, there are no widely accepted standards for security in a cloud environment, leading some organisations to be wary of the technology. Patrick Eijkenboom, Principal Consultant at NetIQ, discusses best practices for security when adopting cloud computing.
Australian telcos have begun ramping up their cloud service offerings in earnest, as part of a larger war effort to sequester a piece of the cloud services pie for themselves. So what does this mean for IT departments looking at adopting cloud solutions? Andrew Collins finds out.
Nowadays, ‘the cloud’ is a term that’s widely misused. It’s a broad, abstract concept that is frequently applied to many technologies, as though they were the same thing, despite each being radically different from the other. This leads to great confusion and frustration among users, who are growing increasingly cynical of the real value of cloud computing. This begs the question: do we really need the concept of ‘the cloud’?