|Startup Nicira to Blaze New Trails in Cloud Computing|
|Nicira is a new startup that is making great waves in the cloud computing industry. Everyone seems to be impressed with its networking virtualization solutions and is waiting to see who will next buy its software. To date, among the users of its Network Virtualization Platform include eBay, AT&T, NTT, Rackspace and Fidelity Investments.|
|New Microsoft Office University product comes with tougher verification rules|
|Microsoft is replacing its Office Academic SKU with a new Office University one that it hopes will help curtail fraudulent use.|
|AWS & Windows Azure – Side by Side Comparison|
|Many customers evaluating Public Cloud will invariably consider Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. With both the stacks adding new services at a rapid pace, it becomes hard to understand how the features stack up. This is an attempt to put them side by side and do a quick comparison of the features. We will be updating this grid to reflect the latest additions to either stacks|
|Cloud computing centre has potential to save Government 50% of IT costs|
|EMC is building a cloud computing innovation centre to be called Cloud4Gov, which could save the state anything up to 50% on its IT costs.|
|Move over iCloud, Google Apps has Spanning 3.0 Cloud Backup|
|With more than 7 billion documents, calendarevents and contacts already on file in Google Apps, Spanning Backup v. 3.0 promises “Business-Class Cloud to Cloud” backup and is showing its users a pretty new face courtesy of its newest VP of design and UI, ex-Frog Design guru BJ Heinley.|
|Analyzing the PaaS Landscape – Microsoft Windows Azure|
|Microsoft Windows Azure Platform is a Platform as a Service offering from Microsoft. It was announced in 2008 and became available in 2010. Since then Microsoft has been constantly improving the platform by adding new features.|
|Cloud Benefits In The Health Industry|
|Imagine reading your electronic health record on your smartphone, or better yet consulting a doctor’s opinion live from your tablet! These are great possible services enabled by cloud computing applications, which will change the nature of the competition between healthcare companies. To this end, like in any other field, CEOs of the health industry understand the paramount importance of cloud in their business..|
|Microsoft CFO: Cross-platform services key to Microsoft’s Windows 8 iPad-compete plans|
|Microsoft’s CFO said common consumer and business services running on Windows 8 and other devices will give Microsoft leverage against its tablet competitors.|
|Microsoft’s Windows Azure Active Directory plans takes shape|
|This year should be a big one for Microsoft’s Windows Azure Active Directory cloud service, yet another piece of its hybrid public/private cloud puzzle.|
|Cloud computing will create new business models in 2012|
|A convergence of cloud computing trends will create new business models for Australian businesses in 2012, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.|
This week, startup Nicira making great waves in the cloud computing industry. Martin Casado is the brainchild of Nicira who gained popularity after he completed his Stanford dissertation on OpenFlow protocol. This project was backed by $50 million investment funding from New Enterprise Associates, Lightspeed Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Diane Greene of VMWare. Nicira has made significant efforts to solve the migration problems created because of VMWare’s action to push virtualization and hypervisors for computer and business IT solutions.
Nicira’s strength comes from its Open vSwitch that is initially placed inside the hypervisor, which has the ability to run with variety of hardware and protocols. The Open vSwitch communicates with the controllers running the software inside the physical storage then enables the OpenFlow to work.
EMC is building a cloud computing innovation center to be called Cloud4Gov, which could save the state anything up to 50% on its IT costs.
According to the global research firm Gartner, cloud will be a $149bn (€113bn) industry by 2015. Meanwhile, a recent study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, commissioned by EMC, found that cloud computing could generate 800,000 jobs and save €14.5bn in state capital and operating expenditure by 2015 for Europe’s five largest economies.
Cloud has benefits in The Health Industry. Imagine reading your electronic health record on your smartphone, or better yet consulting a doctor’s opinion live from your tablet! These are great possible services enabled by cloud computing applications, which will change the nature of the competition between healthcare companies. Streamline costs, device and location independency, and proficient information management are all general cloud-applied benefits. . Relating them to the health industry, we can summarize a safer, faster, and more efficient healthcare system.
We can talk about cloud-based billing and consumer-oriented management applications, which provide a better access to healthcare and data, especially in the remote and emerging areas. Although data privacy, security and safety policies are still the recurring barriers for embracing cloud computing, I picture the cloud health industry to become a system which will globally connect information and facts into a shared easy-to-access world.
A convergence of cloud computing trends will create new business models for Australian businesses in 2012, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm has three converging predictions for the year ahead: cloud computing will finally become mainstream; the rise in cloud services will drive mobile computing; and the pervasive nature of social networking plus the need to manage online reputations will see social media widely integrated into business activities.
Microsoft is replacing its Office Academic SKU with a new Office University one that it hopes will help curtail fraudulent use. The new SKU is for “higher-education” students and faculty only. “Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 is the recommended product for parents and families with K-12 students”.
Microsoft Windows Azure Platform is a Platform as a Service offering from Microsoft. It was announced in 2008 and became available in 2010. Since then Microsoft has been constantly improving the platform by adding new features. Windows Azure is the heart & soul of the Azure Platform. It is the OS that runs on each and every server running in the data centers across multiple geographic locations. It is interesting to note that Windows Azure OS is not available as a retail OS. It is a homegrown version exclusively designed to power Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft’s CFO said common consumer and business services running on Windows 8 and other devices will give Microsoft leverage against its tablet competitors. Many believe Office will be Microsoft’s trump card, especially givenMicrosoft’s plan to “include” four Office 15 apps on Windows 8 ARM tablets and PCs. But if Microsoft ends up fielding Office for iPad, as rumored, that advantage may be moot. In related news, Microsoft is planning to detail more about its cross-platform Xbox Live development strategy at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) in early March in San Francisco.