Voice in the cloud – is there an identity crisis?

As time goes on we are, without question, witnessing acceleration in the adoption of services being purchased as mainstream alternatives to on-premise, on a global scale. Whatever buyers are looking for, from CRM to business backup, a cloud option is out there.

It is the term ‘cloud’ that has won the battle to describe anything that isn’t located within a client’s physical location. However, issues have arisen because there are many variations of technology that fall within this offsite category including ‘hosted’ and ‘colocation’. The generic definition associated with ‘cloud’ causes confusion not only amongst the industry but, most importantly, for customers.

Businesses trying to decide if cloud technology will play a part in the total IT infrastructure of their organisation face an even bigger challenge by the variation in definition. This is even more critical when choosing a solution for a service as business critical as voice …

Next two years “era of the hybrid cloud”, asserts Microsoft report

The latest cloud computing report this time comes from Microsoft in collaboration with 451 Research, and again looks towards the hybrid as the tangible future of cloud computing.

The study, ‘The New Era of Hosted Services’, took responses from more than 1500 organisations and revealed that in two years’ time 68% of organisations will adopt the hybrid cloud model, up from 49% currently.

“The next two years will be the era of the hybrid cloud”, trumpeted Marco Limena, Microsoft VP hosting service providers business.

This is simply the latest in a series of reports examining the importance of the hybrid cloud, utilising the best elements of private and public clouds.

Earlier this month CloudTech reported that hybrid cloud was the “wave of the future”, according to seven in 10 IT executives, with the primary reason for adoption being that cloud apps were deployed faster; whilst back in April Virtustream research …

Nimbo to Exhibit at Cloud Expo New York

SYS-CON Events announced today that Nimbo will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10–13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York.
Nimbo helps medium to large organizations discover, create, integrate and manage their IT environment using public and hybrid cloud technologies. Nimbo is headquartered in New York City with offices in Austin, TX, and Tampa, FL.
Cloud Expo 2013 New York, June 10–13, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.

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Scalability – The New Buzzword for Cloud Computing

“I think SMAC will continue to grow and mature and the demand for more sophisticated data like streaming videos and online television will be a real game changer,” stated Barbara P. Aichinger, co-founder of FuturePlus Systems and VP of New Business Development, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair. “Analytics is also very important and will become part of “Big Data,” meaning the data pulled and pushed to and from the cloud will have an analytic associated with it.”
Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn’t about saving money, it is about saving time – agree or disagree?
Barbara P. Aichinger: It’s about saving time and money but it can be scary. As someone who really understands how the hardware works and, more important, how it doesn’t work I can understand the apprehension. The cloud needs standards especially in the quality and reliability area so that folks know their data is safe.

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Prepare Your Data Center for the Future

Experience the power of a unified data center, and learn the advantages of Cisco ONE, Cisco Unified Fabric, and the Intel Xeon processor-based Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).
Geared for Business and Technical Decision Makers
Cisco, in collaboration with Intel, is coming your way with a full-day event. The morning session provides an overview of Cisco Unified Data Center, and the afternoon offers deep dives into networking, compute, and storage capabilities.
Cisco Unified Data Center changes the economics of the data center by unifying networking, compute, storage, virtualization, and management into a single platform. The results are operational simplicity and business agility, which are essential for cloud computing and deploying IT-as-a-Service.

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Is Jive Ready to Sell Out?

Since Bloomberg blew the whistle the other day after finding out that SAP had been in talks to buy cloud-based Jive Software, but dropped the idea after deciding there was too much overlap between their product lines and Jive wouldn’t add enough market share, there’s been speculation that somebody else big will come along and scoop it up.
The names that come to mind are Oracle and IBM, even Salesforce.com, whose own social networking business software isn’t as comprehensive as Jive’s.
Jive is run by CEO Tony Zingale, who sold Mercury Interactive to HP for $4.5 billion in 2006 and Clarify to Nortel Networks for about $2.1 billion in 1999.
Jive’s market cap is currently $1.14 billion so it would take a few bucks to buy.
Forrester Research projects the market for social enterprise software will be worth $6.4 billion by 2016, up 60%.

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Is Hybrid Cloud a Realistic Destination?

We’ve all heard it. Security and regulatory compliance are issues in the public cloud. And building a private cloud many say does not pass a cost/benefit analysis. Given these hurdles, what is an enterprise to do? Well, according to Datamation, 47% of enterprises are going to implement some sort of private cloud in 2013 regardless of perceived challenges. And Gartner’s latest report on public cloud computing adoption, finds that global spending on public cloud services is expected to grow from $76.9B in 2010 to $210B in 2016.
It’s become increasingly clear that every enterprise will have at least one internal cloud and at least one external cloud in use. As every enterprise architecture will be hybrid and multi-vendor, the better question is how to properly assess the enterprise portfolio to determine which applications and services are best delivered by public and private clouds.

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Focus on Business, Not Infrastructure

Join us for an exclusive briefing with Gartner where they will talk about how IT Executives are modernizing data centers and transforming operations to focus resources on business value.
During the session they will discuss how innovative IT solutions are needed to help IT deliver against rapidly changing business expectations, where the converged infrastructure market is heading and how it can establish a foundation for organizations to capitalise on new revenue opportunities.
Engage with other industry executives as well as leaders from Cisco, EMC and VCE at this invitation-only event and consider how you can focus on your business, not your infrastructure.

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Cloud Expo New York: Harnessing APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications

With the rapid rise of open cloud services, organizations face a future of sourcing and integrating functionality from multiple open APIs. But harnessing this API-centric ‘cloud of clouds’ to deliver competitive applications is not simple. You will need to understand and adopt new disciplines, processes, and technologies – like service analysis, cloud brokering, process orchestration, service integration, agile development, accelerated testing, devops collaboration, continuous delivery, and of course, API management and security.
In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, will explain how the new digital enterprise can take advantage of this API-centric ‘cloud of clouds’ to deliver new competitive applications faster, cheaper, and safer. Aimed at an architect-level audience, this session will include multiple case studies, implementation advice, execution best practices, and other practical lessons.

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The Who, What and How of Selling Cloud to SMBs

Cloud enables SMBs to access new, scalable resources – previously only available to enterprises – in flexible and cost-effective ways. McKinsey’s SMB Cloud Report projects the public cloud market to reach $40-$50 billion by 2015, with SMBs comprising 65% of public cloud spending in 2015. But selling cloud to SMBs raises the questions of who, what and how.

In this session Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco’s Global Cloud Business Development Team, will discuss the importance of knowing who SMBs are through market segmentation; understanding what cloud services they will consume; and understanding how best to sell to SMBs and from which channels.

Speaker Bio:
Manjula Talreja is Vice President Global Cloud Business Development for Cisco, where she is creating new business models and partnerships with technology vendors, SPs and SIs in cloud. In addition to her focus on key customers and partners, she is helping shape the next phase of Cisco’s enterprise cloud strategy. She is a highly sought-after industry thought-leader, and was recently named to CableFAX Magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Cable 2012’.

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