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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)

Speed Demons: Giants Collaborate, Give Customers Rapid Results on the Cloud

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)

Will Microsoft Be Successful in the Cloud?

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)

Big Data Analytics Without Complications and Expenses

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 specialized skills. 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)

What Are Cloud Certifications?

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 certifications. Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for example: 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)