Grounded in the Cloud
HP Helion brings together all the speed, agility and cost benefits of cloud computing, and with all the possibilities and interoperability of open source. Providing the cloud practitioner in you, the flexibility, reliability and security that enterprises need to move forward with confidence.

In this blog, we will explore the unique challenges and solutions of enterprise cloud deployment and usage. And in so doing, help you on your way to design, build and manage enterprise-grade infrastructure, platform and application services for the Cloud. Come join us now on this journey….

You cannot fix the Internet, how about fixing your apps instead?

Do you truly understand how end user network speed will impact your application and the end user experience? This is a complicated topic and can be difficult to truly understand. There are a number of moving parts and conditions that can change the outcome.

 

Keep reading to find out what ordering lunch has to do with performance testing your application.

Four (additional) things to consider when moving applications to the cloud

Organizations across the Globe are adopting Cloud at a staggering rate, consuming various flavors of cloud such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ,Platform-as-a-Service( PaaS ) & Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). As a result, traditional and new breed of applications are moving from in-house hosted datacenters to cloud. Typically Performance testing is considered “luxury item”, a “nice to have” before go-live of application because of various reasons e.g. Project deadline, costs etc. But when applications are moved into cloud, there are additional layer of unknowns that stakeholders should test out before go-live, performance of application being one of them.

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Is Enterprise SaaS going to grow? Our take on Gartner forecast.

Cloud computing popularity poised to accelerate

A recent article in InformationWeek  caught my attention for a couple of reasons.  The article is a recap of conclusions reached via surveys conducted by Sandhill Group, a venture capital outfit that reports on computing trends for the investment community. 


Here are the key takeaways from the article:


·         Based on quantitative Web surveys with 511 IT executives and 40 follow-on interviews, spending on the cloud and software-as-a-service is expected to gather speed over the next three years.  And I've seen this really gain pace over the last 12 months, particularly in the area of IT management solutions.


·         Cloud computing will be the “norm”—the way IT is done, via one of five delivery models: SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), private or public clouds and more than likely they will be managed by a set of cloud services enforcing SLAs around security, availability and performance.


·         Business agility is the main reason IT execs will move to the cloud. Development is faster and easier in the cloud, say survey participants.  Cost efficiency (one of the main drivers during the recent recession) is a secondary reason.   Like many people I believe that in the cloud the line between business and IT blurs and to compete IT and business will look to the cloud to decrease time to market and overall agility.


·         The break even point for many SaaS and cloud projects is at three years.  The big savings come from not having to replace infrastructure, one of the survey respondents says.  This is interesting comment because it runs counter to assertion that SaaS is more expensive over time something which I've never found to be true given the competitive environment that SaaS companies face.


The research was conducted by TechWeb, a UBM company that publishes InformationWeek, and by McKinsey & Co. The link to the InformationWeek article is at: http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/app-security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224201242&pgno=1&queryText=&isPrev=


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  • Archie delivers strategic solutions focused on today’s critical and evolving business needs, linked to the growing list of Strategic Enterprise Services including Hybrid Cloud, IM&A including Social Media, Security and Mobility from BYOD to mobile applications. Archie is the author of 4 books so far, and a founding director of the Australian Cloud Security Alliance chapter.
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