Cloud

Cloud services -- whether SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS -- are the IT investment of choice in today's "do more with less" market. Get the latest thought leadership and expert guidance here.

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    A Quick Guide to Use Cloud Computing Through Amazon's Platform

    There was a time when companies used their own generators to produce electricity for running their factories or plants. This usually required a large capital expenditure when purchasing dynamos, and also required maintenance costs. This business model was quickly dropped and companies started to buy electricity from a utility supplier...

    Provided By University of Essex

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Applying Cloud Computing to IT Management

    Cloud Computing is a concept at the height of its popularity. In addition to driving frenzied desires at the infrastructure layer, its driving changes to how applications are developed and delivered, how IT services are provided, including automation. This brief paper provides a working definition of "Cloud Computing" and then...

    Provided By RedMonk

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Eucalyptus Cloud Computing Platform Administrator Guide

    Cloud computing is the delivery of computer resources through a Web service interface (e.g., SOAP or REST) on an as-needed basis. The term "Cloud" refers to the organization of the underlying physical infrastructure remaining opaque (Not Visible) to the end user. In other words, cloud computing gives a user access...

    Provided By Eucalyptus Systems

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Cloud Computing: Revolution or Evolution

    Is the Cloud an IT revolution or the next evolution of IT - a natural progression from the true revolution begun 30 years ago with the advent of the Personal Computer, and later the Internet? As with time, the advancement of technology is inevitable. The problem facing most organizations in...

    Provided By CompuCom Systems

  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Cloud Computing Key Initiative Overview

    Cloud is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided as a service to external customers using Internet technologies. Cloud computing can help enterprises improve the creation and delivery of IT solutions, by allowing them to access services more flexibly and cost-effectively. In public cloud computing,...

    Provided By Gartner

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Adopting Cloud Computing: Enterprise Private Clouds

    Cloud computing delivers IT capabilities as services-on-demand. This scalable and elastic model provides advantages like faster time-to-market, no capex and pay-per-use business model. While there are several such benefits, there are challenges in adopting public clouds because of dependency on infrastructure that is not completely controlled internally and rather shared...

    Provided By Infosys Technologies

  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Cloud Computing: Australian Lessons and Experiences

    Cloud computing promises to bring sweeping changes to the way organisations use information technology. It is currently a focus of attention in business, government and the IT industry. Despite this, decision-makers are still struggling for insights on what it really means in practice, the benefits achievable today, and the challenges...

    Provided By KPMG

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    VMware Professional Services: Cloud Computing Services - Pave the Way for a Smooth Transition to the Cloud Computing Model

    Today's companies need flexibility to keep up with the changing pace of business and they need cost-effective solutions that can scale as the organization expands. What is more, faced with expensive and brittle IT infrastructures - and with server utilization rates of 10 percent or less - many companies are...

    Provided By VMware

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Shedding Light on Cloud Computing

    Maybe with the exception of the iPad, Cloud Computing is by far the most discussed IT innovation of recent times. And like the iPad it is enjoying great interest both inside and outside the IT community. Both groups are embarking on a Cloud Computing journey, but from very different starting...

    Provided By CA

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Accenture Drives High Performance IT With Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing is promising to become the most important technology development since the Internet. Even as Accenture is helping dozens of companies develop and roll out cloud computing strategies, the company's Information Technology (IT) organization is aggressively pursuing this approach as well. As with all innovative technologies, Accenture is focused...

    Provided By Accenture

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Intel Cloud Builder Guide to Cloud Design and Deployement on Intel Xeon Processor-Based Platforms

    Cloud computing offers a path to greater scalability and lower costs for service providers, infrastructure hosting companies, and large enterprises. Establishing an infrastructure that can provide such capabilities requires experience. Intel has teamed up with leading cloud vendors through the Intel Cloud Builder program to help any customer design, deploy,...

    Provided By Intel

  • White Papers // May 2010

    A Framework of Cloud Computing in the Real World

    Computers have become an indispensable part of life. The authors need computers everywhere, be it for work, research or in any such field. As the use of computers in the day-to-day life increases, the computing resources that the authors need also go up. For companies like Google and Microsoft, harnessing...

    Provided By Research India Publications

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Cloud Computing: Forecasting Change

    Cloud computing will be the next technological disruption to transform enterprise IT delivery and services. To those who have embraced Cloud computing, it is powerful and is already embedded within their professional and personal lives. To others, it is immature, hyped, and distant, yet intrinsically compelling. Such conflicting descriptions are...

    Provided By Deloitte Consulting

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Seeding the Cloud: Enterprises Set Their Strategies for Cloud Computing

    Content provided by Google. Enterprise Information Technology (IT) departments are coming under greater pressure than ever to reduce infrastructure costs, manage capital expenditures, and consolidate operations, while at the same time providing higher and more sophisticated levels of service and support to the lines of business. To manage these seemingly...

    Provided By Google

  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    The Power of Client Plus Cloud Computing to Democratize Research

    Whether the authors realize it or not, nearly all of them as consumers experience client plus cloud technology in the daily lives: when the authors share photos, shop online, download and use applications for mobile phones, or use a search engine. This seemingly invisible technology has changed how the authors...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Cloud-SAFE - Accounting for Cloud Computing

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology define Cloud Computing as "A model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction". In...

    Provided By SourceForge

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Making Cloud Intermediate Data Fault-Tolerant

    Parallel dataflow programs generate enormous amounts of distributed data that are short-lived, yet are critical for completion of the job and for good run-time performance. The authors call this class of data as intermediate data. This paper is the first to address intermediate data as a first-class citizen, specifically targeting...

    Provided By Princeton University

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Toward Spatial Modeling in the Cloud

    ESRI develops software and custom applications for the creation, management, analysis, and visualization of spatial data. A key piece of this is a modeling framework which consists of over 700 tools for compilation and editing, spatial analysis, and cartographic map production. These tools can be combined into custom analysis tasks...

    Provided By Environmental Systems Research Institute

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Cloud Resource Allocation Games

    Cloud computing is a newly emerging paradigm in which a client pays as it uses computing resources owned by a cloud provider. Since multiple clients share the cloud's resources, they could potentially interfere with each others' tasks. Current pricing and resource allocation mechanisms are quite preliminary (E.g., Fixed Pricing In...

    Provided By University of Illinois

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    GeoInformation Computing & Cyberinfrastructure

    Geographic information processing is expanding in several dimensions in the past decades: 1) Earth observation, ground sensing, and other data collection techniques accelerated exponentially the capability for collecting petabytes of data on a daily basis. 2) Research in the past years produces computing intensive algorithms and models for analyzing the...

    Provided By George Mason University

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Xen in the Cloud

    The computing industry is buzzing with this seemingly amazing new paradigm shift in how to compute; however, those of one in the industry realize that Cloud Computing is really just the final step in the centralization of computing power back from the PC revolution where decentralization was the norm. Of...

    Provided By Citrix Systems

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Dynamic Cloud Management System for Monitoring and Managing Services

    As cloud computing becomes more widely adopted, the size of cloud systems will necessarily become larger. In recent years, large companies, such as Google and Amazon, have become reliant on resources and services provided by cloud computing environments. While these large corporations have most likely implemented efficient, dynamic, and scalable...

    Provided By George Mason University

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Intel's Vision for the Ongoing Shift to Cloud Computing

    The cloud computing model is a step beyond virtualization, one driven by the ever-increasing demands placed on data centers. Initially, virtualization allowed organizations to consolidate server infrastructure to help reduce costs. Next, resource management technologies enabled dynamic resource allocation to help further reduce costs while increasing flexibility and performance. Now,...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Flying into the Cloud: Do You Need a Navigator?

    Cloud Computing is the hot topic in IT computing services at the present time. While some still wonder whether this is just the latest trend, most technology professionals and industry analysts are convinced that the potential cost-savings and management benefits offered by cloud services make them an attractive alternative to...

    Provided By Dell

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Stratus: Energy-Efficient Mobile Communication Using Cloud Support

    Cellular radio communication is a significant contributor to battery energy drain on smartphones, in some cases inflating the energy cost by a factor of 5 or more compared to the energy cost of the base device. Stratus is a system to reduce this energy consumption by leveraging cloud resources to...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    CloudCmp: Comparing Public Cloud Providers

    While many public cloud providers offer pay-as-one-go computing, their varying approaches to infrastructure, virtualization, and software services lead to a problem of plenty. To help customers pick a cloud that fits their needs, the authors develop CloudCmp, a systematic comparator of the performance and cost of cloud providers. CloudCmp measures...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    The Case for Crowd Computing

    The authors introduce and motivate crowd computing, which combines mobile devices and social interactions to achieve large-scale distributed computation. An opportunistic network of mobile devices offers substantial aggregate bandwidth and processing power. In this paper, they analyse encounter traces to place an upper bound on the amount of computation that...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    VMTorrent: Virtual Appliances On-Demand

    Virtual Appliances (VAs) are Virtual Machines (VMs) geared towards a specific set of tasks. They require little or no configuration, working out-of-the-box. VAs fit neatly into the Cloud Computing paradigm - many copies of an identical machine can be launched in a data center, or home/business users can grab the...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    CloudPolice: Taking Access Control Out of the Network

    Cloud computing environments impose new challenges on access control techniques due to multi-tenancy, the growing scale and dynamicity of hosts within the cloud infrastructure, and the increasing diversity of cloud network architectures. The majority of existing access control techniques were originally designed for enterprise environments that do not share these...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Towards a Proximal Resource-Based Architecture to Support Augmented Reality Applications

    The authors are developing a new enhanced cloud-based computing architecture, called the Proximal Workspace architecture to allow access and interaction between lightweight devices, e.g., video glasses, earphones, wrist displays, body sensors, etc., and applications that represent a new generation of computation and-data-intensive programs in areas such as augmented reality. While...

    Provided By University of California

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Virtual Environments: Easy Modeling of Interdependent Virtual Appliances in the Cloud

    This paper presents the ideas for modeling groups of interdependent virtual machines in the cloud. The authors call these models virtual environments. This abstraction is built on top of virtual appliances and the services they provide. The authors discuss previous attempts in this domain and present the motivations for working...

    Provided By Florida International University

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    More Students Turning To Online Education

    The recent economic downturn has caused many American workers to consider going back to school. Whether to change careers or update job skills, many adults are turning to education as a means of staying competitive in the job market. This is good news for online schools that cater to non-traditional...

    Provided By Inova Solutions

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Architectural Strategies for IT Optimization: From Silos to Clouds

    In business and IT, there is no steady state where one grand plan can optimize all aspects of an enterprise's architecture. Amidst the best intentions, the dynamics of business continuously drive sub-optimal, redundant, and ad hoc IT responses. As the IT portfolio grows, IT legacy investments and architectures begin to...

    Provided By Oracle

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Computing as a Service - Securing our Enterprise Class Cloud

    Cloud computing is fast becoming a viable option for companies searching to run their IT organizations more efficiently and for good reason. With it, companies can gain potential competitive advantages that could make a real difference: shorter time to market, services that can be quickly turned up or down, and...

    Provided By Verizon

  • Podcasts // Jan 2011

    How Microsoft Does IT: Microsoft IT's Lessons Learned: Moving Applications to the Cloud

    Microsoft IT is working hard to migrate existing applications to Windows Azure and the commitment has been made to take maximum advantage of Windows Azure when deploying new applications. The attendees of this podcast will gain a quick set of lessons learned and how they are being applied on the...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Jan 2011

    How Microsoft Does IT: Microsoft IT CISO Perspective on Cloud Security

    The promise of cloud computing is great and yet this new computing paradigm presents new challenges in the area of information security. In this podcast, the attendees will hear directly from Microsoft's CISO as the presenter shares his perspective on cloud security. Items will include privacy and security implications of...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Jan 2011

    How Microsoft Does IT: Cloud Computing: What Customers Are Discussing With Microsoft IT

    Discover the 'Outside-in' perspective of what the cloud means to senior business leaders from around the world and gain best practices that Microsoft IT and others have been developing in the journey. Microsoft IT is engaging with these leaders and identifying the classes of solutions that are under consideration. The...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Jan 2011

    How Microsoft Does IT: Microsoft IT Enterprise Architecture and the Cloud

    Migrating an IT department to the cloud impacts more than just IT architecture, business processes applications, employees, and facilities. Microsoft IT has the experience to tell what it means to its customers based on its ongoing experiences. Key subject matter experts explain how Microsoft IT architecture will be integrated to...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Jan 2011

    How Microsoft Does IT: What Does the Cloud Mean to the CIO

    The presenter is leading the Microsoft IT organization to invest in the cloud. This podcast will helps to find out how it will bring new possibilities and benefits to the business.

    Provided By Microsoft

  • Podcasts // Jan 2011

    Chargeback Solutions for Microsoft Hyper-V and Private Cloud Environments

    Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and the Microsoft System Center portfolio give IT organizations the flexibility to dynamically deliver IT services to end users. With the recent release of the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal solution, virtualized private cloud initiatives can now effectively provide self-service provisioning...

    Provided By Microsoft