When IT consultancy OpenCredo set out to launch three new applications within seven months for a major insurance underwriter, it had three goals in mind: Trim development time from the usual years-long pace, allow for frequent changes from the client, and build a system that can handle unpredictable traffic spikes.By using the Cloud Foundry open-source framework along with … [Read more...] about Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress
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Is cloud computing just a fancy marketing term for distributed computing or is it the sign of a new trend? It depends who's using it. Here's a closer look.———————————————————————-There's a new term being bandied about called "cloud … [Read more...] about Deciphering the term “cloud computing”
A few years ago, cloud-based backups were a pipe dream; there were no economics that supported such an effort, and Internet connections were relatively slow. Today, even bandwidth-intensive services can often be supported. If your organization is deciding whether to move to cloud backups, here are five things to consider.There are a variety of ways to charge for backup … [Read more...] about Five challenges for moving backup to the cloud
Last week's Microsoft InSights column brought me a deluge of email and comments from critics who think I think Microsoft can do no wrong, just because I wouldn't want to live in a world where the company didn't exist. That's hardly the case. So this week I'm going to talk about what I believe is one of Microsoft's biggest current mistakes: Creating the public perception that … [Read more...] about Microsoft should get its head out of the clouds
Now that "the cloud" is everyday speak for many people, even in the consumer world, what do we really mean when we talk about cloud computing these days? Well, it is OSSM (On-demand, Scalable, Self-service and Metered). It's definitely about business startups, devops and Silicon Valley. Or maybe it's rapid provisioning, multi-tenant, and multi-purpose. In reality it's a … [Read more...] about What we mean when we talk about cloud computing
Perhaps the least understood, and certainly the youngest member of the System Center 2012 suite, App Controller could have the word cloud in its name. However Microsoft chose to keep the focus on the application and named this cloud management product App Controller. In its initial release, this product is for Microsoft customers that are using the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) … [Read more...] about Manage apps across Microsoft public and private clouds with App Controller
This month, Tom and I discussed ways to work more efficiently with Word tables. He uses the same formatting scheme for all tables and he's tired of setting those same formats every time he inserts a new table. Fortunately, he can save time by changing Word's default table style to suit his needs. In this article, I'll show you how to reset the table default to a custom table … [Read more...] about Office Q&A: How to save time formatting Word tables
This is part two in a four-part series that walks through a scenario in which the modern IT department in the medium and large enterprise treats internal business units as tenants (or customers) of a central IT department. There are four high-level steps to deliver this scenario using Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2012. These are the four posts … [Read more...] about Build private cloud capacity and assign to cloud tenants in VMM
Will there be a day when the word “document” doesn’t imply a piece of paper? Will we ever become a truly paperless society?Probably not any time soon, experts say. There’s a lot of pulp in the world. Take a look—it’s probably got your computer surrounded.Start-ups and small businesses would be advised to give serious thought to document … [Read more...] about In the Cloud or the Cabinet: Where Should You Store Your Data?
Is virtualization right for your business? How about cloud computing? Don't know the difference? That's OK — most non-IT folks don't either. The word "cloud" is often thrown around as an umbrella term, while "virtualization" is often confused with cloud computing. Although the two technologies are similar, they are not interchangeable, and the difference is significant … [Read more...] about Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing: What’s the Difference?