Building an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model in-house is daunting, if not unreachable, for the vast majority of SMEs and ISVs that seek true business agility minus the technical complexity and costs associated with this ambitious IT rollout.
While there is a natural tendency for IT leaders to exercise maximum control over their hardware, software and application development, in terms of security, performance and competitive advantage, there are endless difficulties with managing dedicated severs or internal cloud platforms in-house. Continue reading →
The Infrastructure-as-as-Service (IaaS) layer within cloud computing is rapidly evolving to accommodate new datacentre delivery options for enterprise customers including a hot sector known as Hosted Desktop which looks set to move workers from a device-centric environment to a user-centric workspace.
A recent set of statistics published by Gartner, an IT research company, reports that $91 billion of IT budgets are allocated to cloud services. This amount is projected to increase up to $207 billion by 2016. Many businesses are switching to cloud-based services to increase flexibility, lower overhead costs, and reduce the amount of support and maintenance that IT staff has to provide.
The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing the procurement by public sector bodies of commodity IT services that are cloud-based. A series of framework agreements with suppliers enable public sector organisations to procure Cloud services without the need for the full tender process and this is now the third iteration of the G-Cloud. Continue reading →
<h3<>VMWare is well known for its virtualization products, so it’s not surprising that it is establishing a presence in the cloud computing world. Its hybrid cloud service, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service, runs off of vSphere and vCloud. It’s set up as an Infrastructure as a Service offering, with a hybrid cloud approach that seeks to expand the customer’s existing datacenter, instead of replacing it.