One of the concerns with the emerging cloud paradigm is the lack of standards to guide development, deployment and integration efforts. Now, a step has been taken to standardize architectural principles in the cloud sphere -- and service oriented architecture as well. The Open Group just announced the availability of two new industry standards intended to enable businesses to more effectively integrate fundamental elements of SOA and cloud computing into a solution or enterprise architecture. The Open Group's first cloud standard, Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework (SOCCI), outlines the concepts and architectural building blocks necessary for infrastructures to support SOA and cloud initiatives. In addition, the group released SOA Reference Architecture (SOA RA), a blueprint for creating and evaluating SOA Solutions. SOCCI is the industry's first cloud standard for enterprises that wish to provide infrastructure as a service in the cloud and SOA. Developed … [Read more...] about At last: standard for cloud Infrastructure as a Service launched
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Cloud computing encompasses a lot of different technologies but the two biggest categories are Software as a Service (apps) and Infrastructure as a Service (servers). IaaS is the focus of our new special feature from ZDNet and TechRepublic. As part of the feature, we have a Q&A video with our editors in which we share some the things we've learned about the state of the cloud in the enterprise. Cloud: Moving to IaaS Special Feature: Moving to Infrastructure as a Service ZDNet and TechRepublic have produced a special feature on how Infrastructure as a Service is offering irresistible benefits to businesses, but also has its caveats. We've got original research, advice, case studies, and a free ebook. Read More IaaS providers make a very convincing argument for businesses to stop running their own data centers and simply purchase server capacity on-demand and scale up and down as needed. How many companies are buying into it? Are they saving money? Is it meeting their … [Read more...] about Video: Infrastructure as a Service, a Q&A with the Editors
Aryaka recently added a Cloud Networking-as-a-service offering to its portfolio of services. This should be of interest to distributed organizations or organizations having a distributed customer base that are needed to reduce their overall networking costs and increase levels of flexibility. What Aryaka has to say about its new service Aryaka®, the leading provider of WAN Optimization as-a-Service, Network as-a-Service and Application Delivery as-a-Servicesolutions, today announced Cloud Network as-a-Service to optimize and simplify access to all private and public cloud services including, but not limited to, Office 365, Google Apps and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The solution ensures a uniform, private, low latency network experience for all users within the enterprise, irrespective of where the cloud service or the user is located. While cloud services targeted to the enterprise like Office 365 and AWS are global in their availability, individual enterprises are assigned one … [Read more...] about Cloud Networking-as-a-Service
Amazon Web Services led the infrastructure-as-a-service category in price cuts in 2013, but rivals also stepped up the race to the bottom, according to Rightscale, a cloud portfolio management company. In a report, Rightscale tracked pricing changes for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) vendors and compared 2013 to 2012. At a high level, cloud compute prices continue to fall and the race to the bottom is good given most of IaaS spending revolves around compute. Among the key points: Four public cloud providers: AWS, Rackspace, Google and Microsoft's Azure cut prices for compute, storage and networking 25 times in 2013, up from 22 in 2012. AWS accounted for 12 price drops in 2013, down from 13 in 2012. Azure, Google and Rackspace combined for 13 price cuts in 2013, up from 9 in 2012. Compute prices were cut the most---10 times compared to five times in 2012. Database price cuts were the most rare. AWS leads in price reductions, but Azure is reacting to them the most. Azure had 7 price … [Read more...] about Infrastructure as a service price cuts accelerate
The chase is on to catch up to Amazon Web Services, a leading infrastructure as a service player, and Google has launched an all-out price war that Microsoft's Azure, Rackspace, and the rest of the pack will have to follow. Special Report Moving to IaaS: An overview Should your business retain its in-house datacenter or outsource itr? What are the drivers and barriers when it comes to cloud infrastructure? We look at recent research on key IT architecture questions. Read More It's a infrastructure as a service (IaaS) pack that's getting increasingly crowded too. IBM's SoftLayer, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Verizon, and a bevy of others are all playing the IaaS game. But Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner is betting that IaaS really boils down to a three-horse race. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. The other players either have economic conflict of interests or won't be able to scale in the deflationary cycle that AWS and Google are about to start in technology infrastructure. … [Read more...] about Infrastructure as a service: Really only a three-horse race?
Global spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is expected to reach almost $16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 33 percent from 2014, according to the latest estimates from Gartner. At the same time, IaaS vendors aren't exactly celebrating, the analyst firm suggests -- the IaaS market, they say, is "in a state of upheaval, as many service providers are shifting their strategies after failing to gain enough market traction." IaaS is all the nuts and bolts of computing -- processing power, messaging and storage. A separate analysis from Gartner puts Amazon Web Services in the catbird seat. Gartner analyst Lydia Leong puts AWS out ahead in its so-called Magic Quandrant rankings, observing that the IaaS vendor alone has more than ten times the computing capacity than Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Rackspace combined. Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine are also gaining traction, however. Leong, who also led Gartner's work on the IaaS market sizing, pointed out that competing … [Read more...] about Infrastructure as a Service market going gangbusters, but no time to celebrate
Special Feature Cloud Computing: Moving to IaaS Infrastructure as a Service providers make a very compelling argument for businesses to stop running their own data centers and simply purchase server capacity on-demand and scale up and down as needed. This is our deep dive on IaaS strategy and best practices Read More Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud revenue is expected to triple to $43.6 billion by 2020, up from $12.6 billion in 2015, according to research firm IDC. The projection, which equates to a compound annual growth rate of 28.2 percent over five years, is based on the number of enterprises ditching on-premises hardware for the public cloud. IDC said a survey of more than 6,000 IT organizations found two-thirds are using or planning to use IaaS. IDC noted that "public cloud IaaS is slowly transforming the enterprise IT value chain". In 2015, IDC said the IaaS market grew 51 percent and there would be a 41-percent growth through 2016 and 2017. Other key points: … [Read more...] about Infrastructure as a service cloud computing revenue to surge by 2020
Oracle's fiscal first quarter results highlight a shift to the cloud as the company gained traction in areas such as platform-, software- and data-as-a-service, but CTO Larry Ellison is hell-bent on solving for the infrastructure-as-a-service piece and argued that the company can close gaps with Amazon Web Services. Make no mistake. Oracle's infrastructure-as-a-service is the laggard when it comes to cloud growth. SaaS and PaaS revenue was up 82 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago (in constant currency). The cloud portfolio bookings overall were up 42 percent from a year ago. The revenue mix shows Oracle's transition to the cloud, which will be a primary topic at its OpenWorld conference next week (along with an updated database). Also; Oracle misses Q1 expectations | Eyeing Oracle OpenWorld: What's in store | Oracle's Database 12c R2: Boom, bust, or meh upgrade cycle ahead? | Oracle acquires Netsuite in $9.3 billion deal Special Feature Cloud Computing: Moving … [Read more...] about Oracle to step on infrastructure as a service gas, convinced it can trump AWS in cloud
Oracle CTO Larry Ellison is beginning to sound a bit obsessive about Amazon Web Services and his love affair with infrastructure-as-a-service may not be all that strategically sound. The enterprise software giant delivered a solid third quarter as its growth in the cloud continues to outpace declines in software licensing. Software- and platform-as-a-service continues to fare well for Oracle. These results got an assist from the NetSuite purchase, but it's clear that Oracle is a significant cloud services player. But in a time when Workday and Salesforce are strengthening ties with Amazon Web Services and SAP is partnering with the likes of AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure you have to wonder about Oracle's infrastructure-as-a-service fascination. Clearly, IaaS is a scale game and the value beyond AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM is going to be in SaaS and PaaS. Also: Stacking up the cloud vendors: AWS vs. Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, Oracle | AWS Schema Tool allows you to … [Read more...] about Oracle CTO Ellison fixated on AWS, infrastructure as a service but why?
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud computing service model. As is the case with all cloud computing models of business, IaaS provides access to computing resources in a cloud-based environment. In the case of IaaS, the computing resources provided are virtualized hardware, or a computing infrastructure. Such product offerings range from virtual servers to network connections to load balancers. The core concept of IaaS The main appeal behind any cloud computing service is that the hardware and software used is virtualized. The hardware resources used in IaaS are pulled from multiple servers and networks located across multiple offsite data centers, and maintained independently of the company using the service. An organization simply pays a monthly fee to use these resources as needed internally, and the cloud host is responsible for ensuring the ongoing care of the hardware and virtualized services. The benefits of IaaS IaaS caters to the same consumer mentality as with two … [Read more...] about What is IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)?