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Cloud computing


May 17, 2011  1:54 AM

Cloud reality: IT budgets trump number of adopters



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, SMBs

A recent research report on cloud computing says that small and midsized business (SMB) buyers prefer to get their cloud applications from a single provider rather than to mix and match. That's not surprising given that for over a decade, SMBs have cited difficulties in sustaining strong technology...

May 16, 2011  2:30 PM

Battle for the data center — where are the vendors?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Android, Android@home, Apple, Cloud computing, Cloud Services, data center, data center networking, data centers, EC-OS, embedded control, embedded control device, Interop, network operators, OTT, over-the-top, smart home, telecom service providers

The big takeaway from Interop so far has been the battle for the data center, which is no surprise given that particular item has been on top of my surveys for both enterprises and...


May 9, 2011  1:04 PM

Red Hat OpenShift cloud platform highlights cloud-enabled apps



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, IBM, Infrastructure as a Service, Microsoft, platform as a service, Red Hat

Red Hat is releasing a beta of its OpenShift cloud platform. What’s interesting here is that OpenShift is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) framework that’s designed to support development of cloud-enabled apps,...


May 5, 2011  12:54 PM

Brocade’s CloudPlex: Strong story, but architecture needs details



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Brocade, Cisco, cloud architecture, Cloud computing, Ethernet switching, Juniper, Virtualization

UBS released an Ethernet switching report that confirms the trends my surveys have shown for two years now—including the fact that the data center network evolution is driving enterprise network equipment spending. What my data has also shown is that enterprises are not likely to see data center...


April 14, 2011  4:00 AM

Cloud trends emerge from recent vendor announcements



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, Lenovo, Nimbula, platform as a service, Red Hat

The cloud is in the news, in no small part because it’s earnings season and companies need to balance the need for publicity and the need to comply with SEC rules on “quiet periods.” Cloudiness is always a good way to get some positive ink. At any rate, we’re seeing three specific trends...


April 11, 2011  2:01 PM

Level 3′s Global Crossing bid points to next-gen cloud needs



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, Global Crossing, IBM, mergers and acquisitions, Microsoft, Next-Generation Advanced Intelligent Network

An industry consolidating is an industry commoditizing at the product/service level, and that’s obviously happening in telecom. The AT&T bid for T-Mobile has...


March 16, 2011  6:09 PM

IBM/F5 cloud architecture binds cloud to network



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, F5, IBM, service layer architecture

The service layer, which means cloud-to-network binding for both enterprises and service providers, is the sweet spot of the future market. Own it and you can hope to pull...


March 16, 2011  2:58 PM

Vendors/operators weighing necessary cloud strategies



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, cloud, Cloud computing, Cloud Services, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SMBs, XO

HP’s CEO is promising a more cloud-engaged HP, which seems a smart move given that it’s clear that cloud computing will in some way be the driver of virtually all...


March 15, 2011  2:16 PM

Juniper’s QFabric security integration for the cloud and virtualization



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, cloud security, Cloud Services, Juniper, QFabric, Virtualization

Juniper provided analysts, including me, with some more color on their QFabric security integration. There are two dimensions to this. First it illustrates in some detail what a “service” is in QFabric terms, and second it illustrates the exploding complexity of security in a virtualization...


March 3, 2011  3:27 PM

Juniper’s PTX MPLS-optical supercore switch — completing a cloud play



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cloud computing, data center, Juniper Networks, PTX MPLS-optical supercore switch, QFabric

Juniper made its second major announcement in two weeks, this time its PTX MPLS-optical supercore switch. The product’s roots probably lie in early interest (“early” meaning the middle of the last decade) by...


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