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PaaS

PaaS: Platform as a service (PaaS) is the delivery of a computing platform and solution stack as a service. PaaS offerings facilitate deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software and provisioning hosting capabilities, providing all of the facilities required to support the complete life cycle of building and delivering web applications and services entirely available from the Internet. (Source: Wikipedia)

Cloud Computing Checkpoint


Section: Research
We’ve heard the promises, we’ve listened to the hype, but where exactly are we in terms of tangible activity and commitment when it comes to cloud computing? This report by Freeform Dynamics covers:   -  Introduction -  The context for hosted cloud -  Perceived relevance of hosted cloud -  Traditional versus cloud-based infrastructure/platform services -  Traditional ...   read more

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) - 2 minute video explanation


Section: Research Video
SaaS goes the whole hog, offering fully functional applications on-demand to provide specific services such as email management, CRM, ERP, web conferencing and an increasingly wide range of other applications. ...   read more

Cloud Adoption Guide


Section: Research
This book examines the various cloud platform options, highlights best practice approaches to cloud adoption, and defines an assessment framework to help prioritise applications for cloud adoption. Written by Fujitsu a leading cloud provider, it serves as a valuable guide as you and your management colleagues together seek to maximise the business benefits of the move to cloud. This white paper covers What is Cloud? What Cloud M ...   read more

Cloud Definitions, Deployment Considerations & Diversity


Section: Research
This White Paper provides clarity on the language of Cloud Computing, offers a practical description and ordering of the key Cloud terminology in use. It also puts forward the basic, but often unspoken, argument that organisations will need to address an increasingly fragmented notion of how IT is delivered going forward. The constraints of server rooms, DMZ’s, ownership and dedic ...   read more

Opportunities for the Cloud in the Enterprise


Section: Research
Cloud computing represents the next evolutionary step toward elastic IT.  It promises to transform the way your IT infrastructure is constituted and managed, through consumable services for infrastructure, platform, and applications. The big picture is to convert your IT infrastructure from a "factory” into a "supply chain”. But there are a number of concerns with adopting this model, most notably around maturity levels, security and compliance, performance and reliability, ...   read more

High Availability Cloud Computing


Section: Articles Video
Brian Gracely of The CloudCast Video Channel discusses the basics of High Availability for applications in both Public Cloud and Private Cloud environments. He discusses legacy applications, virtualized applications and new web-scale applications, along with the underlying infrastructure t  read more

5 Trends in Cloud Computing


Section: Articles
As cloud computing continues its swift transition from slightly nebulous industry catchphrase to real-world business-critical solution, we are getting a clearer picture of who cloud customers are and what is driving them into the cloud. Here are five major trends in today’s emerging cloud landscape. SMBs and micro-businesses as major adopters of cloud computing technology.  The basic value proposition of the cloud means that the SMB and micro-b ...   read more

Cloud and Storage - The way ahead


Section: Research
Today people are slowly becoming aware that the term Cloud does not describe a single offering but is rather used to conveniently refer to a broad range of solutions. In addition the term is now being used in both the context of solutions residing inside the data centre or outside the business entirely. This research explores the considerations an organisation should take as they look at external cloud and storage and also questions what is the reality behind Cloud and ...   read more

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector


Section: Research
Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services” where different departments share a single source of function. This report looks at the promise and issues of cloud computing today in the Public Sector, along with the direction cloud needs to take in order to fulfil on its promise. The following topics are covered: -  The public sector in 2011 and beyond ...   read more

Cloud computing risk factors, and the real and imaginary bogeymen that lurk in data centres


Section: Articles
Nearly every company, from one-person startups to FTSE 100 enterprises, either has an active cloud strategy or is at least considering one. The maturity of the technology and robustness of cloud data centre offerings has overcome most irrational fears of the cloud and the technology has earned its place in the canon of acceptable business practices. Excitement abounds over the prospect of lowered or nonexistent capital expenditure, the ability to roll out a p ...   read more

Cloud computing 'still in the early adoption phase'


Section: News
While software-as-a-service (SaaS) currently has more users than platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), new figures suggest that businesses are still experimenting with the cloud and that the latter two are likely to become more prevalent in the coming years. Placeholder0CompTIA's second annual Trends in Cloud Computing report showed that 32 per cent of respondents were using PaaS or IaaS, compared with 69 per cent making use of SaaS. ...   read more

Cloud Computing: Solid definitions for an idea that is hard to put your finger on


Section: Articles
No technological concept has elicited more confusion and marketing hype than the "cloud." The confusion starts with the simple fact that the word itself seems intangible and fuzzy, and is further complicated by marketing people who want to attach "cloud" to every new marketing product they have. And to make it even more complicated, before we had the "cloud," the Internet was typically rep ...   read more

Cloud standards 'are progressing rapidly'


Section: News
Fixed standards for cloud computing security and management are progressing rapidly as more organisations adopt the technology, it has been claimed. IT infrastructure specialist Terremark recently suggested that many large cloud computing adopters are to be found in the Open Data Centre Alliance (ODCA) and they are pushing ...   read more

Cloud Still a Small Part of IT Spending, Reports Gartner


Section: News
According to new research from Gartner, whilst the use of cloud is growing faster than the rest of the enterprise technology market, it still only represents a small part overall enterprise spending. The results are the findings of a recent survey carried out by the research house, which found that just 38% of firms use cloud services at the moment. However, 80% of those asked said that they intend to use the cloud within the next 12 months. The survey asked 651 organi ...   read more

Do IT professionals still have their heads in the clouds?


Section: Articles
According to a Cloud.com survey of IT professionals, yes, they do. At this point in the evolution of the increasingly pervasive dotcloud boom, the discussion has changed from whether to move to the cloud, to how to implement the cloud. Among those CTOs surveyed, scalability, elasticity, and the need to accommodate fluct ...   read more

EU Cloud Strategy to be presented at Cloud Computing World Forum


Section: News
The European cloud strategy is to be presented by European Commissioner Megan Richards at this year’s Cloud Computing World Forum, which will be held at Earl’s Court, London on 12th and 13th June 2012. It’s thought that the Commissioner will present the findings of its Digital Agenda for Europe consultations at the conference, which sees many of the big players in technology come together. Ms Richards will talk on day two of the forum and will present key findings f ...   read more

Government's cloud computing plans bolstered with IaaS partnership


Section: News
The government's aim of migrating its IT in to the cloud has moved one step closer following a tie-up with a specialist infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) firm. Whitehall has teamed up with Memset, an IaaS and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider, to work on the proposed G-Cloud. Placeholder0As a result, Memset is now an approved G-Cloud Foundation Delivery Provider and will be working on a new mini-server virtual machine platform. The tool is expected to be used as a PaaS ...   read more

IBM will need to 'drastically alter cloud outsourcing model'


Section: News
IBM's new chief executive officer Virginia Rometty has a huge task ahead of her overhauling the company's IT outsourcing model as it shifts towards a pay-as-you-go cloud computing model. Speaking at the Best of Breed conference in California at the start of this week, vice president of outsourcing and offshore services ...   read more

PaaS 'is not just about cost savings'


Section: News
The benefits of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions do not end at cost savings, according to IBM's vice president of cloud services Ric Telford. According to the cloud computing expert, companies do not always want the cheapest possible IT solution, they want to be able to utilise their infrastructure effectively so they can do their jobs better. Placeholder0Speaking to V3 about the rising popularity of PaaS, Mr Telford claimed that the technology allowed firms to take a ...   read more

PaaS sector 'to experience rapid growth'


Section: News
The global platform-as-a-service (PaaS) sector is expected to undergo a massive transformation in the coming years - with adoption rates more than doubling in the next four years. Gartner believes that PaaS is one of the three pillars of modern cloud computing. Placeholder0Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at the organisation, said: "Cloud has three technological aspects - infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), PaaS and finally software-as-a-service (SaaS)." He added ...   read more

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