Integration challenges in cloud computing have always been intriguing to me
and I had posted a previous blog on the importance of SaaS vendors supporting
standards enabling easier connectivity.
Patchwork solutions integrating applications written over the years have
created an inventory of application portfolios so complicated to maintain
that their budget drains a large percentage of corporate information
technology expenditure even today.
>Cloud computing makes the need of world-class integration services important
to the overall success of solutions. Vendors are not ignoring this customer
need. Several studies indicate integration as a top barrier to cloud
computing. Informatica has built a cloud integration solution. IBM purchased
CastIron in May, 2010.
Start-ups like SnapLogic and RunMyProcess seem to be changing fundamental
techniques of delivering integrati... (more)
There are several platforms available to Systems Integrators (SI’s),
Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) and start-ups to migrate or develop
their cloud computing solutions on. The battle between cloud computing
technology vendors is to attract partners to their technology platform.
Several aspects go into the decision of platform choice including vendor
experience, technology readiness, skills availability and standards support.
In addition existing partnerships, trust and relationships play an important
role. In the days of PC operating system market share battles, vendors who ... (more)
When you think of IT vendors and cloud computing, companies like Amazon and
Google first come to mind because they are very successful with start-ups
that leverage their cloud services. HP, IBM and Oracle are making big strides
primarily by targeting large enterprises with private cloud solutions. Cisco,
EMC and Intel are primarily technology vendors serving as arms providers to
cloud service providers. Microsoft falls in a unique category that dominates
certain IT segments and covers customers ranging from start-ups, consumers
and large enterprises. The recent Microsoft Build co... (more)
Cloud computing attention is often paid to moving compute requirements from
the enterprise data center to public clouds. While the technology enables a
number of innovative solutions around mobile and social environments,
analytics is often seen as an in-house solution that requires highly
Cloud providers have upped their game in data analytics. No longer are they
just providing you with an environment, managing the underlying machines,
they are now managing underlying systems - systems specific to your needs
like Big Data. This fits well with mid-sized compa... (more)
Recently a number of companies have been talking about cloud certifications.
The topics cover security, resilience and HIPAA among other certifications.
The federal leadership in cloud computing talks about centralized
Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for
Standards: Do products or solutions adhere to industry or technology
standards e.g security, etc Communications: Platform portability and
inter-cloud communications should fall here. Encapsulation of multiple
standards become important here. Individual certifications:... (more)