Value Lies at the Intersection of Disparate Disciplines

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IDG just published a very concise summary of some of the myths about cloud computing that regularly do the rounds.  Written by HP and Intel, it’s a very quick read, but useful reminder of some of the key topics related to the adoption of cloud computing. Here are the main points: Myth #1: The public cloud is the most inexpensive way to procure IT services As our own analysis has shown, when your workloads are running constantly and you already have a private cloud or data center, you’re better sticking with what you have than moving to the cloud.  One of the key benefits of the cloud is flexibility and agility, not necessarily cost. Myth #2: Baby steps in virtualization are the only way to reach the cloud Not sure about this one.  I wonder how many IT departments would really make it a step-function move to virtualization without first moving a targeted group or port... (more)

Health Care Companies Moving to the Cloud

Reading an article by Cloud prognosticator David Linthicum, we were very happy to see another market move aggressively towards the cloud. According to the research collected by Markets and Markets,  the cloud computing market in the health care sector is expected to grow to $5.4 billion by 2017. While privacy and security are still cited as reasons to be cautious, users of the cloud are finding security models and technology that they can use today in the cloud. Here is the key paragraph that relates to every industry out there: “Most IT organizations in the health care sector do... (more)

How Quickly Will Software Vendors Move to the Cloud?

There’s an excellent discussion going on over on the Cloud Computing Google Group about the pace of migration of traditional software to a SaaS model. Here I recently went into some of the very real reasons why the migration is slower than some would like, but didn’t really talk about the pace of adoption.  There are some numbers that make for some interesting analysis. According to PwC, in 2009, the top 100 software vendors (traditional non-SaaS) generated 3.7% of their revenues from SaaS in the US; and 1.1% of their revenues from SaaS in Europe.  In the same report, the US has a ... (more)

Installed Software Leverages Cloud Computing, Not Replaced by It

Explore why not just revenue streams and business models are slowing the demise of installed software.  And see how independent software vendors and their customers are leveraging the cloud.... Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has arguably been around since the launch of SalesForce.com in 1999. We could even say that it’s inception pre-dates even this milestone, but under a different name - Application Service Provider (ASP). Remember those? The revenue growth rate of the SaaS market is a healthy 22%, and has grown to around $12 billion annually. At the same time, installed software i... (more)

Top 10 Interlaken Protocol IP Cores and Verification IP

Interlaken is the name of a very picturesque town in Switzerland (pictured), but it’s also the name of the next communications protocol that will be driving a cloud near you! Maybe the fact that Interlaken, the town, sits between two huge lakes in the Alps is what inspired the name of the protocol. Think of the lakes as huge pools of data that needs to move from one lake to another. You get the idea. Chip-to-chip bandwidth is one of the major bottlenecks in cloud computing as the amount of data that needs to be moved around increases incessantly. Cisco and Cortina Systems recog... (more)