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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Cloud Computing and the Communications Industry

    This viewpoint paper provides insight into current trends in the communications industry driven by the increasingly visible convergence of telecommunications, media, entertainment, and IT. It not only explains the unique challenges these trends pose to every player in the industry, but also helps identify new business opportunities to companies capable...

    Provided By Hewlett-Packard

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Ten Things to Ask Your SaaS Vendor Before Entering the Cloud

    Over the past decade, the semantics surrounding what one now call Cloud Computing have evolved. In the late 1990's the term application service provider (ASP) was common, and then On Demand was the accepted parlance. This was followed by Software as a Service (SaaS) and then, most recently, The Cloud....

    Provided By RightNow Technologies

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    A Categorisation of Cloud Computing Business Models

    This paper reviews current cloud computing business models and presents proposals on how organizations can achieve sustainability by adopting appropriate models. One classify cloud computing business models into eight types: Service Provider and Service Orientation; Support and Services Contracts; In-House Private Clouds; All-In-One Enterprise Cloud; One-Stop Resources and Services; Government...

    Provided By University of Southampton

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    A Walk in the Clouds

    Capital costs related to technology are now in focus more than ever. This paper explores cloud sourcing portions of IT infrastructure, as a strategic component in reducing both operating and capital expenses by up to 40% and 50% respectively. The advantages and disadvantages of this approach are evaluated along with...

    Provided By IHETS

  • White Papers // May 2010

    The Journey to Private Cloud - Taking the first step

    The modern IT organization is changing. IT organizations need to increasingly deliver IT through a services orientated model. As such, leveraging consolidated and convergent infrastructure will lead to the desired cost efficiencies and deliver IT service to the required and agreed upon service levels. IT functions will increasingly be automated...

    Provided By IDC

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    An Introduction to Cloud Computing in the Federal Public Sector

    The Cloud Computing industry represents a large ecosystem of many models, vendors, and market niches each with their own approaches to exploiting the gains that cloud promises. In May 2010, a simple Web search of the term "Cloud Computing" returned over 14 million hits, creating an intractable task for any...

    Provided By Apptis

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Ensuring High Service Levels in Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing is getting a lot of coverage in the media and a lot of space in the slide decks presented in analyst briefings. Seemingly, however, each pundit has his or her own way of both defining and evaluating the merits of cloud computing. On one end of the spectrum,...

    Provided By MTM Technologies

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Moving Into the Blue With Cloud Computing

    Doubtless, the heard plenty of hype about cloud computing. Indeed, respected market research firm IDC expects spending on cloud computing to almost triple by 2012, reaching an eye-opening $42 billion worldwide. Why are so many organizations willing to make this leap of faith with something as critical as their technology...

    Provided By Data Techniques

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Cloud Computing II

    Cloud computing is becoming suitable for business - that has to be the initial conclusion in 2010 of the hype so far. More and more companies are deciding to use cloud computing, not just within projects but also to permanently support business processes. This is documented not only by the...

    Provided By T-Systems

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Enabling Security in Cloud Storage SLAs With CloudProof

    Several cloud storage systems exist today, but none of them provide security guarantees in their Service Level Agreements (SLAs). This lack of security support has been a major hurdle for the adoption of cloud services, especially for enterprises and cautious consumers. To x this issue, the authors present CloudProof, a...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    The Cloud Adoption Toolkit: Addressing the Challenges of Cloud Adoption in Enterprise

    Cloud computing promises a radical shift in the provisioning of computing resource within enterprise. This paper describes the challenges that decision-makers face when attempting to determine the feasibility of the adoption of cloud computing in their organisations; illustrates a lack of existing work to address the feasibility challenges of cloud...

    Provided By University of St Andrews

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Cloud Computing Security Considerations

    This paper provides a high-level discussion of the fundamental challenges and benefits of cloud computing security, and raises some of the questions that cloud service providers and organisations using cloud services need to consider when evaluating a new move, or expansion of existing services, to the cloud. This paper presumes...

    Provided By Microsoft

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    The Cloud Supply Chain: A Framework for Information, Monitoring, Accounting and Billing

    Cloud computing is changing the way in which companies deploy and operate ICT based services. This paradigm introduces several advantages compared with traditional data centers, such as a great degree of flexibility, pay-per-use models, and rapid resource provisioning. However, the lack of a well defined supply chain for clouds and...

    Provided By University College London

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Cloud Hosting Overview

    The term 'Cloud' is a metaphor for 'Internet'. It originated from the literal 'Fluffy cloud' image so beloved of illustrators when physically depicting the internet on IT architecture diagrams. "Cloud Computing" therefore simply translates as 'Internet Computing" and has come to mean 'Computing resources that are delivered over the internet...

    Provided By iomart hosting

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Reducing IT Operational Costs With IBM Power Systems Cloud Solutions

    This paper describes an approach to help answer this question. This paper first examined the challenge of IT labor costs. The authors then introduced the key components of the Power Systems cloud solutions and how each tier of the private cloud stack fits within the virtualization, standardization and automation model....

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Information Stewardship in the Cloud: A Model-Based Approach

    Managing the information stewardship lifecycle is a challenge. In the context of cloud computing, the stakeholders in cloud ecosystems must also take account of the demands of the information stewardship lifecycles of other participants in the ecosystem. This paper described a modelling framework - incorporating tools from mathematical systems modelling,...

    Provided By Hewlett-Packard (HP)

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Storm Clouds - Security Issues in the Cloud and How to Address Them

    The cost-benefits of cloud infrastructure services include scalability with reduced capital expenditure and more efficient use of IT resources. Fully managed cloud infrastructure services and applications allow enterprises to focus on their core competencies rather than IT or application management. IDC estimates cloud-based infrastructure software and application services represent 79%...

    Provided By NaviSite

  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Remotely Hosted Services and "Cloud Computing"

    The switch to remotely hosted computing services is well underway. Although the phrase 'Cloud computing' has certainly become, in some quarters, a bandwagon buzzword, the economics of remotely hosted services are compelling for many situations where local standalone IT services are currently deployed: running server computers in data-centres at close...

    Provided By Becta

  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    VOLARE: Context-Aware Adaptive Cloud Service Discovery for Mobile Systems

    With the recent widespread use of smart mobile devices, as well as the increasing availability of fast and reliable wireless Internet connections for mobile devices, there is increased interest in mobile applications where the majority of the processing occurs on the server side. The flexibility, stability and scalability offered by...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Steering a Channel Through the Cloud

    The impact of cloud-computing and its effect on the channel has been a much debated topic over the last 2 years. Although some of the hype may have preceded the reality (No change there then) there can be little doubt now that: cloud-based solutions (Whether its SaaS, PaaS, IaaS or...

    Provided By Channel Partnership

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Why SAAS Makes Sense: The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Email Archiving

    As Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) continues to grow in both awareness and popularity, many organisations are considering SaaS for a range of applications. While not all solutions are suited to being deployed "In the cloud", the Proofpoint Email Archiving solution is an ideal place to start. No upfront capital investment and predictable...

    Provided By Gradian Systems

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Investigating the Cloud Computing Business Framework - Modelling and Benchmarking of Financial Assets and Job Submissions in Clouds

    Literature identifies three business challenges in clouds: little linkage between qualitative and quantitative cloud business frameworks in the same domain; few structured frameworks to measure cloud business performance and application portability from desktops to clouds, and later on between clouds offered by different vendors. To address these three problems, the...

    Provided By University of Oxford

  • White Papers // May 2010

    A DSL-Based Approach to Software Development and Deployment on Cloud

    With the advent of Cloud computing massively scalable and cost effective IT resources can be accessed and used seamlessly. Various APIs are made available for manipulating the infrastructure of the Cloud and its data models and for applying the deployment tools. Cloud computing promotes a new approach to software development....

    Provided By Crown

  • White Papers // May 2010

    Energy Measurement for the Cloud

    One of the aims of cloud-based services is to offer cost savings through elastic service provision. This elasticity refers to use of resources by the customer and the provision of resources by the provider. An increasingly important resource to consider is energy (Or power). As cloud services are intended to...

    Provided By University of St Andrews

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Enforcing End-to-End Application Security in the Cloud

    Security engineering must be integrated with all stages of application specification and development to be effective. Doing this properly is increasingly critical as organisations rush to offload their software services to cloud providers. Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) with these providers currently focus on performance-oriented parameters, which run the risk of exacerbating...

    Provided By University of Cambridge

  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    PROPHET: Goal-Oriented Provisioning for Highly Tunable Multicore Processors in Cloud Computing

    As multicore and future many-core processors emerge with more complex optimization features, how to achieve optimal efficiency in terms of energy, power, and performance when running parallel workloads poses a new challenge to both large-scale system administrators and networked machines used by individuals. Unlike traditional high performance computing systems which...

    Provided By Georgia Institute of Technology

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Building a Distributed Block Storage System for Cloud Infrastructure

    The development of cloud infrastructures has stimulated interest in virtualized block storage systems, exemplified by Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Eucalyptus' EBS implementation, and the Virtual Block Store (VBS) system. Compared with other solutions, VBS is designed for flexibility, and can be extended to support various Virtual Machine Managers and...

    Provided By Indiana University

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Hybrid Cloud and Cluster Computing Paradigms for Life Science Applications

    Clouds and MapReduce have shown themselves to be a broadly useful approach to scientific computing especially for parallel data intensive applications. However they have limited applicability to some areas such as data mining because MapReduce has poor performance on problems with an iterative structure present in the linear algebra that...

    Provided By Indiana University

  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Efficient Resource Management for Cloud Computing Environments

    The notion of Cloud computing has not only reshaped the field of distributed systems but also fundamentally changed how businesses utilize computing today. While Cloud computing provides many advanced features, it still has some shortcomings such as the relatively high operating cost for both public and private Clouds. The area...

    Provided By Indiana University

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Clouds and MapReduce for Scientific Applications

    Cloud computing is at the peak of the Gartner technology hype curve but there are good reasons to believe that as it matures that it will not disappear into their trough of disillusionment but rather move into the plateau of productivity as have for example service oriented architectures. Clouds are...

    Provided By Indiana University

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Secure Cloud Computing With Brokered Trusted Sensor Networks

    This paper proposes a model for large-scale smartphone based sensor networks, with sensor information processed by clouds and grids, with a mediation layer for processing, filtering and other mashups done via a brokering network. Final aggregate results are assumed to be sent to users through traditional cloud interfaces such as...

    Provided By Indiana University

  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Cloud Computing - Threat or Opportunity for VARs & MSPs?

    To have a complete understanding of the opportunities and challenges the cloud era poses for resellers, MSPs and the Channel in general, it makes sense to study multiple concurrent forces at play in the IT landscape which are driving change. Moreover, this whitepaper highlights the Channel opportunities in the specific...

    Provided By HyperOffice

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    MapReduce in the Clouds for Science

    The utility computing model introduced by cloud computing combined with the rich set of cloud infrastructure services offers a very viable alternative to traditional servers and computing clusters. MapReduce distributed data processing architecture has become the weapon of choice for data-intensive analyses in the clouds and in commodity clusters due...

    Provided By Indiana University

  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Exploring Application and Infrastructure Adaptation on Hybrid Grid-Cloud Infrastructure

    Clouds are emerging as an important class of distributed computational resources and are quickly becoming an integral part of production computational infrastructures. An important but oft-neglected question is, what new applications and application capabilities can be supported by clouds as part of a hybrid computational platform? In this paper the...

    Provided By University of Texas at Austin (McCombs)

  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Peeking Into the Cloud: Toward User-Driven Cloud Management

    The emergence and growing popularity of cloud computing signals an evolution in the way IT infrastructure and services are delivered and consumed. Cloud services have a number of essential characteristics, such as self-service on-demand consumption, location independence, and rapid elasticity. There are also evolving cloud delivery models, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS),...

    Provided By University of Wisconsin

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Model-Driven Configuration of Green Cloud Computing Auto-Scaling Infrastructure

    Cloud computing can reduce power consumption by using virtualized computational resources to provision an application's computational resources on-demand. Autoscaling is an important cloud computing technique that dynamically allocates computational resources to applications to match their current loads precisely, thereby removing resources that would otherwise remain idle and waste power. This...

    Provided By Vanderbilt University

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Zero Data Remnance Proof in Cloud Storage

    In a cloud environment where Storage is offered as a service, a client stores his data with a provider and pays as per the usage. Once the contract ends, the client, as the data owner, may like to see, due to privacy reasons and otherwise that the data is properly...

    Provided By Infosys Technologies

  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Report on the First International Workshop on Cloud Data Management (CloudDB 2009)

    The first ACM international workshop on cloud data management was held in Hong Kong, China on November 6, 2009 and co-located with the ACM 18th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM). The main objective of the workshop was to address the challenge of large data management based on cloud...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Efficient Provable Data Possession for Hybrid Clouds

    Provable data possession is a technique for ensuring the integrity of data in outsourcing storage service. In this paper, the authors propose a cooperative provable data possession scheme in hybrid clouds to support scalability of service and data migration, in which they consider the existence of multiple cloud service providers...

    Provided By Association for Computing Machinery

  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Privacy and Data Security Risks in Cloud Computing

    In recent years, cloud computing has emerged as one of the fastest-growing segments of the information technology industry. The ability to leverage economies of scale, geographic distribution, open source software and automated systems to drive down costs makes cloud computing an attractive option for businesses. But many of the advantages...

    Provided By Bureau of National Affairs