The success of PaaS and IaaS will be driven by SaaS

A business manager reading some of the more technical descriptions of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) would quickly conclude that the information on offer is not that relevant to them. He or she may note that this was all to do with “the cloud” and, especially amongst the more conservative that harbour doubts about such things, believe that a wide … Read More

Beating physics – latency in the cloud doesn’t have to be an issue.

One issue that needs to be addressed when implementing or procuring a hosted service is latency – what is generally perceived to be the time it takes for a response to come back from the provider’s data centre after an action is taken out on an end user device. In the majority of cases, even a good connection between the access … Read More

Europe can profit from a stronger cloud strategy

Several large cloud providers are US based, but the European Commission already decided that Europe has to put itself in a competitive position, and is preparing a new strategy for “cloud storm”. The new strategy wants to promote de use of off-site data storage in a bid to cut information technology costs and create new jobs. And Brussels is working … Read More

When an apple is not an apple

When considering two or more items, there is the concept of “comparing apples with apples” – i.e. making sure that what is under consideration is being compared objectively. Therefore, comparing a car journey against an air flight for getting between London and Edinburgh is reasonable, but the same is not true between London and New York. The same problems come … Read More

Does anyone read the small print of web services?

When we look for a new service the main considerations are usually the price and the level of service, but no one (or almost no one) bothers to read the Terms and Conditions (or Service Level Agreements) that represent the official contract between the client and the company. And Yes, even in a pay per use service there is a … Read More

Four top use-cases for public cloud

So far in this series of blogs, Quocirca has made the case that any cloud platform, be it public or private, has to improve the way an application supports a business in some way and that the take-off of private cloud heralds an increasing uptake of public cloud, providing a usable set of open standards emerge. But, what is it … Read More

Don’t head down a cloud cul-de-sac

Cloud computing promises much when it comes to the capability to move workloads between dedicated private and shared public infrastructure so the that the use of resources can grow and shrink as needed. As mentioned in the last post from Quocirca, the strong growth in the adoption of private cloud is good for public cloud providers, providing there is the … Read More

How safe is the cloud?

Security is one of the benefits of cloud services, and most people recognizes that for many companies the storage and backup systems provided by cloud services are much more secure that local procedures. But is it safe enough? When you move information out of your “house” there is always a risk of losing computers and smartphones with critical information or … Read More

Ubuntu 12.04 now available

We’re pleased to inform that Ubuntu 12.04 is now supported. You can now create a Cloud Server with this new Ubuntu version. During July we also plan to release Fedora 17.

All hail the private cloud

In its last post, Quocirca reported the finding from its report, entitled “2012 – The year of Application Performance Management (APM)” (freely available here), that the overriding priority for IT managers was application performance. Respondents were asked about 15 possible areas for focus altogether. With the ranking system used, APM scored 36%, second was private cloud with 27%, closely followed by … Read More