The Cloud World Gets A Shock, Eucalyptus Joins The OpenStack Love Fest

There are two camps when it comes to cloud operating stacks. On one side you have the OpenStack crew who believe their products give users the greatest degree of flexibility and deliver the most choice. On the other you have those who claim that Amazon Web Services have already won the public cloud battle and that any private cloud that wishes to succeed should emulate the AWS APIs. Perhaps the person who most typifies this view is Eucalyptus’ CEO Martin Mickos. Eucalyptus is, of course, the private cloud vendor that has long crowed about being the only vendor anointed by AWS to have full access to all the AWS APIs. Indeed I’ve seen Mickos go head to head with with Chris Kemp, co-founder of OpenStack. In the lively debate (see here) Mickos called OpenStack the “Soviet Union of the cloud”.

Federal Govt unveils cloud services panel terms

Australian Government CTO John Sheridan today offered a first peek at a whole-of-government cloud panel at this morning’s Technology in Government conference in Canberra

The Department of Finance is gearing up to formally invite tenders for membership of the panel before the end of the quarter, but is currently taking some last minute feedback. Sheridan said he plans to have the scheme up and running before the end of the year




Equinix promotes top sales gun to country manager

Co-lo provider Equinix has promoted its top-performing sales manager to run the company's Australian operations following the departure of former MD Tony Simonsen.

Simonsen left the company in March to take on the role of managing director for networking vendor Avaya.

Jeremy Deutsch, Equinix's new country manager, was the third Australian employee at Equinix in 2001 and has since tripled the size of the company’s local sales team.



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5 Reasons Why Cloud Should Be On Everyone's Resume

Cloud computing may have been designed and initiated by tech professionals, but it’s something in which everyone should be involved. It doesn’t matter if you’re in accounting or market research or field service — having knowledge and experience with the right online resources is a powerful capability to bring to any employer or client.

Cloud is an expanding world no longer limited to the technology folks — though it’s benefiting them as well. I recently spoke with an accounting manager at a major financial services company who has taken a leadership position in his organization by successfully moving many of the company’s operations to the cloud. For a market research professionals, online Software-as-a-Service-based survey research tools provide a wealth of best practices and techniques that enable them to reach conclusions in the blink of an eye.

SAP to restructure worldwide

Global enterprise software corporation SAP today said it will restructure the company to become more cloud oriented, but will try to avoid job cuts.

SAP's vice president of media relations, Christoph Liedtke, told iTnews the plans were part of the company's strategy to become more agile, faster and to simplify customers' dealings with the organisation.

The HANA in-memory database will be the focus for SAP as it aims to transition away from its traditional enterprise software licensing business to supplying cloud-based services and products, the company said.



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Microsoft buys NZ big compute startup GreenButton

Microsoft today said it had acquired New Zealand high performance cloud computing specialist GreenButton, with the latter's tools to be integrated into Azure's big compute offering.

Scott Houston, who was the chief technical officer of animation and special effects firm Weta Digital before he co-founded GreenButton, said the deal is an inspiration to other NZ companies.

"It shows that if you take your ideas to the world stage, Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft might just notice. It happened to us, so it's entirely possible it could happen for other Kiwi start-ups," Houston said.



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Amazon's Aussie cloud profit dragged down by increased costs

The Amazon division that provides marketing, sales and data centre services to Amazon Web Services grew its Australian revenue by 170 percent in the last year.

In financial results filed with corporate regulator ASIC for the 12 months to 31 December 2013, Amazon Corporate Services turned over $69.4 million, significantly more than the $25.7 million it posted in the previous year.

But its bottom line was less rosy - the company's net results were pulled into the red by $370,000 due to a number of major increases in costs. In the previous year, it posted a $722,000 net profit.



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Bulletproof trials 'cloud-only' IPv5

Bulletproof Networks will lead a global consortium to trial internet protocol version 5 in a “baby steps” effort to address the limitations of IPv6.

The IPv5 trial, code-named IP Freely, will attempt to avoid a “digital doomsday” caused by exhaustion of existing IPv4 IP addresses and the slow take-up of IPv6.

Bulletproof CEO Anthony Woodward blamed the underwhelming adoption of IPv6 on the wholesale technical changes required with its take-up.

"We believe that a far simpler, ‘baby steps’ approach is required to solve the problem. If IPv6 is too large a step, let’s get together and organise a more gradual approach,” he said.



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Cisco banks on interconnected clouds

Networking hardware company Cisco said overnight it will partner with telcos and systems integrators to build what it termed an "Intercloud", or connected clouds, as part of a two-year, billion dollar plan.

The Intercloud can be seen as a hybrid cloud offering, as workloads such as data and applications can be moved between public and private clouds securely and with ease as required.

Telstra is the first of Cisco's partners to join the global Intercloud project, with services to be offered in Australia by the end of this year.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/376047,cisco-banks-on-interconnected-clouds.aspx#ixzz2wwMat6iu

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New Qld CIO: 'Cloud is not the panacea'

Of all the Australian state governments, Queensland has emerged as cloud computing’s greatest advocate, and is the only one to date to pledge fully to the dictum of ‘cloud first’.

But soon its IT ranks will be led by a true cloud moderate, Andrew Mills, who believes in cloud where and when it fits the business need — and not really anywhere else.

Mills, who is currently the South Australian government CIO, will take up the top tech spot in Queensland in January next year. He believes cloud will not be a silver bullet to any government’s problems, no matter how hard they wish.

“Cloud is a significant change in the way ICT-enabled solutions are delivered to the business and is able to meet a large number of business needs.

MSPAlliance Unveils Guidelines For MSPs

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Today's Cloud Contracts Are Driving Away Enterprise Adoption

 "As cloud providers push 'take it or leave it' contracts, many businesses push back -- or avoid the cloud altogether.

 

Cloud computing has a growing problem: Many providers haven't built contract negotiations into their customer on-boarding processes. Instead, they offer "take it or leave it" contracts that protect the provider from everything, transferring all responsibility, liability, and risk to the businesses using the cloud services."

Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and Forecasts, 2013

The cloud is here to stay, now it becomes about choices.  Do we select a hybrid private cloud (on-premises) or go the public cloud route?  Do we use Op-EX or Cap-Ex?  Is our data secure on the public cloud or do we need to make additional protection?  Should we partner with a small innovative company (higher risk, larger reward) or an established large player that meets most of our needs (lower innovation, but less risk)?

 

It is very important to be thorough and make the right choices, as it will impact the "real" ROI you may recieve from going into the cloud.

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Verizon mulls Australian cloud node

Verizon Terremark is considering whether or not to deploy its first cloud infrastructure node in Australia.

The company currently has a single "cloud-enabled data centre" for the Asia Pacific region in Hong Kong, though the broader Verizon business has five data centres across Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

Asia Pacific head of IT consulting and complex solutions, Lee Field, told iTnewsthat all five centres were conducive to being fitted out as cloud nodes, owing to several of the facilities housing infrastructure that is already "borderline cloud in size and nature".

"Some of the services we already provide look and feel very similar to cloud," Field said. "It's not a huge leap from where we are now to look at deploying [an Australian Terremark node]."

Coalition would adopt 'cloud first' policy

The Coalition would continue the cloud computing strategy of the current Government should it come to power in the federal election, with Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull signalling an intent to push more heavily towards an “aggressive” take up of cloud computing services.

The Labor Government in May announced its National Cloud Computing Strategy, which “required” government agencies to consider public cloud services first for new IT procurements. 

It promoted the "informed" adoption of public cloud as a way to improve service delivery and lower costs, and tasked the Department of Finance and the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) with drafting guidance by the end of 2013. 

Centrelink reaps savings with mobile apps

A new generation of mobile apps from Centrelink have enabled users to complete simple tasks 69 percent more efficiently than via conventional online channels, says Human Services CIO Gary Sterrenberg.

Known as ExpressPlus, the apps were quietly launched in August last year and made available to anyone registered for Centrelink Online Services.

So far there are five designed for families, job seekers, students, seniors and a “lite” version to provide employment incomes in English, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Two more as yet unnamed new apps are in the pipeline and due to be announced shortly by the Department’s secretary, Sterrenberg told the  7th Technology in Government Summit in Canberra.

NZ wants one cloud code to rule them all

The body creating New Zealand's cloud computing code of practice has amended its second version to appeal to a global audience and make it easier for the likes of Australia to adopt.

The code, developed by New Zealand’s Institute of IT Professionals (IITP), has been put forward as a model for an Australian cloud protocol, which is currently under development by the the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in consultation with industry and prospective users of cloud services.

Paul Matthews from New Zealand’s Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) said the IT industry would be best served by a standard global cloud code of practice.

The IITP yesterday issued version 2.0 of New Zealand’s CloudCode (pdf), which Matthews said had been specifically designed for global appeal, positioning it to become the model that other countries progressively adopt.

Cloud email on trial in NSW Government

The NSW Government will assess the performance of Google App's Gmail against Microsoft 365 in a three month cloud trial underway within shared services provider ServiceFirst.

NSW Finance Minister Greg Pearce today announced that Fronde and Unisys had been selected to roll out a proof of concept of Google and Microsoft-based messaging-as-a-service respectively.

The trials are expected to involve about 100 ServiceFirst staff, but the systems must be scalable to more than 30,000 users.

Fronde's general manager of sales Don McLean told iTnews that the Google pilot has been underway for about a fortnight.

Making the business case for public cloud trading

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Most enterprises understand cloud topologies (virtualisation) and privacy levels (private, virtual-private, and public), or simply the different resource types (IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS).

Some have even embraced pretty sophisticated technologies like cloud bursting – the dynamic relocation of workloads. However, compared to this sophisticated understanding of technology, understanding of the current or even future economic models of cloud computing lags behind.

Seven routes for the US to access your cloud data

The US Government has amassed an impressive arsenal of options for access to data stored by telecommunications and cloud service providers over the past decade, leaving experts surprised at the global reaction to revelations of former NSA operative Edward Snowden.

Releasing a comprehensive paper on data sovereignty today in Sydney, authors from the UNSW Cyberspace and Law Centre, law firm Baker and Mackenzie and financial insurer Aon joined security experts on a panel to discuss privacy and the cloud.

Telstra and VMware: a missed opportunity?

Telstra’s announcement that is will expand its Australian cloud infrastructure services to data centres in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom came hot on the heels of a decision by its most important software partner, VMware, to enter the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market directly.

Both of these announcements should be seen as a direct reaction to the rapid dominance of  hyperscale IaaS vendors such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Traditionally VMware used local partners like Telstra to deliver IaaS, assuming their dominance in the on-premise virtualisation market would convert into leadership in the IaaS market.

VicRoads considers outsourcing its data centre

VicRoads is considering whether to outsource its data centre as it continues a long-running transformation program.

“That is something that we’re actively working with industry and in particular through the Victorian Government strategy, to have a look at whether it’s a service that we need to continue or not,” VicRoads director of Information Management & Technology Susan Sly told iTnews.

Sly, who was last month awarded Victorian CIO of the year at the Australian Information Industry Association’s State iAwards, said the transformation process VicRoads had been through over the past five years was starting to come to fruition, giving the agency the ability to innovate.

Hacking the virtualised world

SafeNet's Jason Hart's presentation in which he runs through attacks against virtualised deployments.

Hart shows how he found thousands of hypervisors publicly accessible along with some Google dorking and key searching.

Top 5 Cloud CRM Solutions Software: Part 2
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IBM to acquire web hosting service SoftLayer

International Business Machines said on Tuesday it would acquire web hosting company SoftLayer Technologies and create a new division for clients interested in so-called cloud services, a move to better compete with larger rivals in the space.

Executives with IBM and SoftLayer declined to comment on the terms of the deal on a call with reporters.

Reuters reported in March that IBM, among others, had been in talks to buy SoftLayer in a deal that could fetch more than US$2 billion.

Dallas-based SoftLayer, which leases online storage space to companies, was founded in 2005 and has become what it says is the world's largest privately held website hosting service. The company provides its 25,000 customers, including AT&T Inc and Citrix Systems Inc, with cloud infrastructure.

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Debian 7.0 debuts with private cloud deployment tools

The Debian Project has released the finalised version 7.0 of its latest free operating system distribution, with tools to set up private clouds built into it.

Code-named Wheezy, Debian 7.0 provides testing packages for the open source OpenStack cloud operating system, and also the Xen Cloud Platform enterprise server virtualisation and cloud computing platform.

This enables Debian users to set up small OpenStack clusters with two or more servers, and also try out virtualisation with XCP.

It is now also possible to run 32 and 64 bit software packages on the same machine, through the multiarch support in Debian 7.0

There is now support for booting with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI that replaces the older BIOS computer hardware start-up code. Secure Boot, a controversial security feature in newer UEFI-based PCs that prevents the installation of operating system code not signed with a private Microsoft cryptographic key, isn't yet supported however.

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Telstra takes on former Optus partner Telechoice

Telstra has taken former Optus partner Telechoice under its wing, signing a wholesale agreement with the telco reseller this month.

Telechoice was dumped by Optus in October last year following a long-running relationship, after Optus decided to refocus its retail and distribution strategy.

It was a premium Optus reseller since its conception in 1995, offering mobile phone, internet and telecommunication services across 154 national stores.

Telechoice’s Optus license terminated on March 31 this year. It signed a new agreement as a Telstra wholesaler a day later. 

The wholesaler’s website now reads: “Our arrangements with Telstra wholesale means we have the ability to offer customers a great network and the best special deals.”

Microsoft hikes profit on cloud and entertainment

Microsoft ended its third fiscal quarter on a roll, with growth in its cloud and entertainment businesses helping to offset  Windows 8 challenges. 

Total revenue jumped 18 per cent for the quarter ended March 31 and reached US$20.5 billion (A$19.9 billion) compared to the same period in 2012, enabling a profit of US$6 billion.

The star performers for the company were its enterprise cloud business, but also the entertainment and devices division that reported a 56 per cent revenue hike to US$2.5 billion (A$2.4 billion), as Xbox Live membership rose to 46 million worldwide.

“The bold bets we made on cloud services are paying off as people increasingly choose Microsoft services including Office 365, Windows Azure, Xbox LIVE, and Skype,” chief executive Steve Ballmer said.

Advertising revenue from search was also a bright spot, rising by 22 per cent in the last quarter. Nevertheless, Microsoft's Online Services Division continues to lose money, albeit substantially less in the last quarter, US$262 million compared to U$480 million (A$272 and A$466 million respectively).

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Well, SaaS document management software resolved this, and there are a lot of services out there to choose from. So, I’ll take a look at a few that I find outstanding, and that I think you will too. You’ve heard of these, but perhaps chose to overlook them, or didn’t really know what they were at the time.

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Doomsday looms for outsourcers in SaaS world

At least one in four outsourcers and systems integrators will go bust within four years, according to a prominent Australian IT analyst, as end users opt against IT complexity and gravitate towards enterprise applications deployed out of the box.

End user organisations under pressure to beat competitors to market with new digital services have a greater number of standardised, templated software packages to choose from - whether cloud-based or on-premise.

The success of the Software-as-a-Service model demonstrates that end users are usually more prepared to trade flexibility and customisation for speed to market.

“Businesses are moving away from requiring an exact match for their requirements from a software solution,"  explains Warren Hill, a senior BDM for NTT Data.

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Whilst commonly painted in the press as an unreliable and risky approach to storing your data, cloud computing is actually an excellent way to create a more agile technological infrastructure for your company and cut costs by reducing capital. The article below hopes to debunk some of the misconceptions surrounding cloud computing which might stand between your company and the successful (and profitable) fulfilment of its objectives for mobility, longevity and efficiency.

SaaS Pricing Strategy Best Practices - SaaS Addict

You’re a brave futurist, embracing SaaS wholly and willing to put so much effort into pursuing your business dream through this novel and powerful approach. But, you face an impasse here, with your SaaS pricing strategy, because this is a pivotal decision that will define part of your identity to customers, and in so many ways, affect how your software and business works for years to come.

 

This is something that’s hard to change on the fly, especially early on, so you really need to do your best to not mess up with your SaaS pricing strategy. But, beyond just the many ways you can formulate how your prices in general operate, you also need to consider ethics and humanities in how you apply your pricing.

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IBM confirms inside talks in Qld Health bungle

An IBM executive has backed a former staffer who gained inside knowledge of an IT project during contract negotiations between the tech giant and the Queensland Government.

The inquiry into the Queensland Health bungle, expected to cost the state $1.25 billion to fix, is examining the adequacy and integrity of the procurement process of the IT project.

The Queensland Health Payroll Inquiry today heard the inside knowledge of an IBM staffer contracted to the Queensland Government "benefited" both IBM and the state government.

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