RightScale: How The Cloud Will Scale

RightScale, which was built by ELC on top of Amazon’s EC2 cloud service is featured today in a ReadWriteWeb story that highlights some impressive cloud growth numbers, including an increase in cloud computing usage growth of 1000% in just one year.

Cloudy With A Chance of DNS Services

Here is an idea what to do if you are tired of managing DNS servers. BlueCat Networks’ Proteus Cloud Services is the first managed DNS service to offer IP address management (IPAM) hosted in the cloud.

160,000 Phones Each Day Do Not Lie

Smart phones are redefining the definition of mass market. The iPhone is routinely shattering sales records, but feels Android phones breathing down its neck. There are massive volumes in play and it is critical to your business to choose the right platform for your application, whether that is Android, iPhone, Blackberry or Symbian.

How To Reduce Your Cloud Hosting Cost

When you are planning hardware resources for a web presence that needs to be available, you tend to assume the worst case scenario, the maximum connections that need to be supported – and then some to make sure you don’t go down when there is one or 1000 more connections. Cloud hosting changes the view and strategy of capacity planning. In fact, we are now talking about reverse capacity planning. Forrester Analyst James Staten highlights a stealth startup that is subscribing to an IaaS cloud and “most of the time pays next to nothing to do this”.

Dreamworks Big Into Cloud Computing

Future animations from Dreamworks SKG will not be rendered on its own servers anymore, but outsourced to Cerelink, the studio announced. The company said that it will use Cerelink’s supercomputing infrastructure at the New Mexico Applications Centre (NMCAC). The advantage over its own supercomputers is the availability of supercomputers on demand, a feature that is commonly referred to as elastic cloud computing.

Government Approves Cloud Apps

If there is a concern about cloud applications that we here of these days, then it certainly is the security of cloud apps. Where is the data stored? How secure is the environment? Can it be as secure as if you were to store the data locally? Of course it can and we invite to contact us for details how secure your data is. However, Google has some news that will change perceptions.

Gartner: SaaS Matures, Merges Into The Cloud

What is exactly the difference between software-as-a-service (SaaS) and a cloud application? If you aren’t confronted with both topics frequently, this question is likely to be confusing and you may be tempted to simply answer that there is no difference. In fact, the difference is subtle and is based on the fact that SaaS is a subsystem of cloud computing that represents the application layer of the cloud. Down the road, this differentiation may not matter anymore as SaaS has matured over the past few years and SaaS services could be considered as cloud services in the not too distant future, at least if we believe Gartner’s projections.

Cloud Moving Into The Enterprise Fast

Savvis this morning posted the results of a new survey, which indicates that decisions makers and executives are more and more looking to the cloud as a way to recover from the global economic downturn.

Facebook Apps Are Going Mobile

As Facebook is getting ready to announce a registered user base of 500 million, there is also some interesting news that the company will be enabling the development of mobile applications for the social network. While most of Facebook’s services are designed for use on desktop PCs and laptops, a new generation may be on its way – a generation that is laid out to work especially with smartphones. It is not difficult to imagine that there may be a whole new opportunity for app ideas within Facebook.

The Linux of The Cloud? Rackspace OpenStack.

One of the leading IaaS (infrastructure as a service) providers, Rackspace, today said that it is open sourcing its cloud platform. OpenStack represents the full software stack behind the company’s cloud servers as well as cloud files offerings. OpenStack will be licensed under Apache 2, and can be used by enterprises and governments as well as Rackspace’s rivals

Amazon EC2, HPC Edition

We have been proponents of Amazon’s EC2 service from  the very beginning and – warning: shameless self-promotion – have built some pretty impressive applications on top of it. Check out the Sweety High social networking site, for example. Now you can take high-performance computing to the cloud. Amazon has added a relatively cheap HPC service […]

VMware Embraces Cloud Computing

VMware has just announced a new version of its virtualization platform vSphere. It may not be too surprising that the new version 4.1 is introduced with a focus on cloud computing abilities and benefits, but it is remarkable nevertheless. VMware says vSphere 4.1 comes with new memory management and expanded resource pooling capabilities to “accelerate the evolution of datacenters and service providers into cloud computing environments.”

Just How Mainstream Are App Phones?

Smartphones, or app phones, are dominating the headlines these days and simply judging by that, there is nothing else but smartphones anymore. To make a business case, we like a bit more solid data that goes beyond a press release. Have you ever wondered what the actually addressable smartphone market in the U.S. is?

Amazon EC2 Gets Intrusion Prevention

More security options for cloud services are a logical new step for cloud services as more users are stepping up to the cloud – including government agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau. I already wrote about McAfee, but Sourcefire is actually offering a security service that works inside the cloud to protect your cloud assets.

Is Federal IT Ready To Move To The Cloud?

Earlier this week, a wide range of companies testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the question whether it makes sense to bring government IT infrastructures to the cloud. The key concerns of the hearing surrounded security issues and data that is not under local control anymore on the side of critics as well as cost and security improvements on the side of proponents.

Malware Protection Moves To The Cloud

McAfee announced its first cloud-based malware protection software. Called “SaaS Web Protection” the software promises to offer traditional reporting and protection capabilities malware, spam, trojans and other Internet-borne threats. However, there is no local installation required.

AT&T Fall Out: The Mobile Data Tsunami In Numbers

Nielsen’s Roger Entner provides some numbers about mobile data usage that may be fueling the discussion about how much data we actually consume on our mobile devices and if tiered smartphone service plans make sense.

Gartner: Agile is Mature And Proven

Michael Blechar, vice president in Gartner’s Applications Architecture Research division, just posted his thoughts on Agile development, a development method we at ELC prefer to achieve superior results. Blechar’s post go back to a recently published Gartner research notes entitled “Agile Development: What’s Still Fact and What’s Still Fiction?” (subscription required.)

The Hidden Implications of the iPhone 4 and Droid X

This has been the biggest week for the smartphone industry this year. Following the release of Apple’s iOS 4 on Monday, Motorola and Verizon released the new Android-based Droid X phone on Wednesday. Apple brought its iPhone 4 to stores on Thursday and you may have also heard that Google released a highly anticipated new version of its Android operating system.

Survey: Cloud Computing Key To IT Revenue Growth

Audit firm KPMG has released the results of a survey among IT executives, which points to cloud computing as the main driver of revenue growth in the next three years.