A growing trend in enterprise environments is the ability to deploy predictive analytics. Cloud services match up well with the requirements of these applications.
The software application lifecycle broadly consists of two key phases, application development and application deployment. The various cloud models support application deployment, but application engineering and maintenance activities continue to take place on traditional dedicated infrastructure. That’s where the proposed Engineering-as-a-Service (EaaS) platform comes in – to support the entire spectrum of software development lifecycle activities in the cloud.
Microsoft Windows Azure will be adding the ability for end users to create virtual machines with Linux images.
Cloud services have increased accessibility to high power resources that were typically available only to large enterprises and government facilities. While the financial and technological advantages may be obvious, underlying structures that form cloud services can be mystifying to the end user. The confusion has prompted the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to publish a synopsis defining cloud technologies, including recommendations.
Lately the menu of cloud-based XaaS (anything-as-a-service) offerings has expanded to include a virtual armada of new IT acronyms. Regardless of what type of XaaS you may be considering, the true benefit is being able to partially or fully outsource your IT needs to a highly skilled service provider who can help manage your vital IT functions.
The case for utility supercomputing just got a lot bigger, literally. Cycle Computing has created a 50,000-core virtual supercomputer to assist in the development of novel drug compounds for cancer research.
Configuring a cluster on a public cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services potentially requires a lot of work. The various steps involve setting up the machines, dealing with the security keys, installing the applications, negotiating the administration, and more. Most HPC users would prefer to avoid this time-consuming process if possible. That’s where German startup Cloudnumbers comes in.
2011 may have been cloud’s fifth birthday, but in 2012, the six-year-old will start making a truly distinctive name for itself. Leading Platform-as-a-Service providers will keep investing billions in huge datacenters with megawatts of power capacity, while Software-as-a-Service platform development will be a main goal for software and Internet industry leaders.
While the IaaS market has evolved swiftly, interoperability concerns overwhelm the ability to get onboard with some PaaS offerings.