The umbrella of cloud computing is a big one. Like any technology in the
early stages of adoption, there are competing models, each claiming to be the
optimal configuration and each, more than likely, suited to specific kinds of
businesses and specific kinds of business needs. Indeed, the number of cloud
permutations is nearly as diverse as the number of companies using them.
Still, over time, there are consistent models that begin to emerge.
Here’s a look at some of the top cloud computing models in production
1. The Internal Cloud. This is, in many ways, the most common type of
cloud computing. The internal cloud occurs within a single organization,
allowing them to implement virtualization for in-house services. The premise
is that internal infrastructure including server, networks, storage and
applications will be connected and virtualized, which in tur... (more)
The release of the much-anticipated Fusion Applications from Oracle will be
made available on a general basis beginning in the first quarter of 2011.
Fusion Applications is designed to be a next-gen combination of Oracle’s
mainstream offerings, including PeopleSoft, the E-Business Suite as well as
This has been no small feat. Oracle Fusion Applications has been five years
in the making, and is a tremendous effort of engineering. They design team
had to take the best features of those applications and try to implement them
onto Oracle’s Fusion Middleware infrastructure.
The shape of IT has changed dramatically in the past two decades. Not only is
IT more central in importance to many companies, it’s grown significantly,
as well. Today’s average IT department has a wider array of skills and
specialties than ever before. Along with all of those changes, the way a CIO
or IT director functions has changed, as well.
In the 1990s, success for a CIO was defined by a fairly standard set of
criteria. Email had to function properly, the network had to work most of the
time, and applications had to function as designed.
Today, success fo... (more)
More and more, organizations have turned to virtualization in order to
increase efficiency, reduce capital expenses, and give their business units
greater flexibility and scalability. Yet, in one area, we’ve been hesitant
to virtualize. Mission-critical apps still, more often than not, warrant
their own physical resources. Yet it is these tier one applications that have
the most to gain by being virtualized.
Critical apps aren’t usually virtualized first
Most organizations start to implement virtualization solutions in areas that
aren’t mission-critical. Around half of an organiz... (more)
There was a time – perhaps a decade ago, perhaps more – when the network
was simply the network. It was routers and switches and cables and power. It
was responsible for carrying data to and fro, and for acting as a hard wall
gatekeeper that would prevent data from getting from one place to another.
As time went on, the network added more functions. It connected the network
to the Internet, it measured traffic, it acted as a firewall, blocking
traffic based on any number of criteria. It dabbled in security, as well.
All of that pressure has brought us to the place where it’s hard t... (more)