Euro Cloud award-logoContinuing the marathon review of winners in the Romanian EuroCloud Award 2015 contest, it’s time now to know more about Zitec Cloud Migration services established by the Romanian jury as „Best Cloud Transformation Methods”. 

Zitec – one of the main Romanian online applications developer, has been appointed in 2015 edition of EuroCloud contest as the local supplier with the best Cloud migration methodology. Zitec is currently offers Cloud migration services to multinational companies, but also is addressing small & medium and start-up’s needs. The migration process is involving a large range of server configuration for each application. Migrations are covering both open-source and proprietary technologies in one or multiple Cloud platforms geographically distributed.


Alexandru Lapusan, CEO and Founding Partner at Zitec.

“Receiving recognition for the Best Cloud Transformation Methods is honoring Zitec and is a confirmation for many successful Cloud projects deployed as migration or new services development. We had delivered such projects for both open-source or proprietary products, having as clients small, medium companies, but corporate also. I want to thanks to whole Zitec migration team for their proved commitment, to our clients, to our partners, and to all involved in EuroCloud phenomena”, said Alexandru Lapusan, CEO and Founding Partner at Zitec.

Zitec Cloud Migration Service is coming with a package of professional benefits offered to the clients:

  • Based on proper handling of potential business impacts – The first step in every migration is a technical audit, in order to understand the architecture of all the applications running on the servers that need to be migrated. The audit report contains the service architecture of the system, and at least two migration scenarios: one tailored for lift-and-shift migrations, second as a migration process that involves code changes. The second step is to create a proof of concept migration, which usually means migrating all the application components. This step is required in order to test the cloud architecture in a controlled environment. The customer’s Quality Assurance / SysOps departments are involved to validate the migrated application.
  • Expertly and punctual execution of the consulting service – Having  quality assurance tests successfully completed, the service is fit to full capacity run, import production data and perform a stress test on the system. Customer being ready to switch to the cloud platform, a final data sync is performed and apps DNS entries are changed to point to the application hosted in the cloud. For large scale migration automation scripts are developed to help the team in charge of overseeing the system scale resources up and down, depending on the traffic patterns.
  • Proven methodologies and tools to ensure customers transformation and Zitec
    migration processes –
    Zitec is using various tools for migrating and adapting the customer application to the targeted cloud platform , like Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter, Microsoft Migration Accelerator (for real to virtual conversion), or  AzCopy, Amazon Web Service CLI, Microsoft Azure PowerShell (for copying). Also a set of stress test tools are used ( Apache JMeter,  Siege, Apache Bench), as well as tools for monitoring and logging ( Pingdom, Nagios, Amazon Cloud Watch, Azure Monitoring, SeaLion,  AppDynamics, NewRelic, or Zend Z-Ray. Centralized logging tools like Amazon Cloud Watch and Loggly are mandatory for cloud solutions, as all instances hosted in the cloud are considered volatile.
  • Customer compliance conformity – For generic cloud industry standards compliancy only EU and International certified platforms are used. Both platforms Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are complying with EU Model Clauses – the European standard for data protection and with the global ISO 27001 security standard. If the customers are from a highly-regulated industry, such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, or utilities, the services could be verified with specific authority for compliance, industry laws and regulations. Finally, the services should be compliant also with internal customer established standards.

Speaking about the most interesting Cloud projects delivered by Zitec on local market we can see Black – Friday event campaign generated by local retailer Flanco on the Microsoft Azure platform, a pilot program for one of top energy provider, the migration of business management systems for, and implementation of platform on the Amazon AWS infrastructure.

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Euro Cloud award-logoDuring the sixth annual EuroCloud Europe Forum from Barcelona, EuroCloud Award 2015 gala was the special moment of announcement of best European Cloud services. Participants representing various players, policy making organization, professional communities, and academic research from all Europe had meet in Barcelona to discuss the latest Cloud technology and policy trends and to recognize Europe’s best Cloud services.

What are the trends discussed this year? It was clear Cloud computing become a more and more driver engine for developing of Europe’s digital economy. According to the results of a recent Survey commissioned by the European Commission about the reasons for interacting with research and innovation, Cloud computing industry could create until 2020 more than one million new jobs in Europe, adding a cumulative total of €449bn to the European GDP.

Having as flag motto „It’s all about Europe’s future with Cloud”, the EuroCloud Forum 2015 Agenda included a wide range of Cloud-related topics, from Cloud adoption, Cloud security, data protection, Cloud standards and certification, Cloud in the European science, or Cloud for European startups and innovation. The conference concluded with a concertation session and will generate a set of recommendations on the role of Cloud according the recently announced European Digital Single Market action plan.

EC Forum-news-01Other certitude of this year Forum the Cloud is becoming the platform for development and provision of innovation throughout many European sectors and industries. The EuroCloud Awards serve to showcase many of these innovations and recognize the winners among the best Cloud services coming from all European countries.

Like last year, over 50 Cloud services providers from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, had runned in EuroCloud Europe Awards 2015 competition.

And the winners are:

  • Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets – from Commerce Guys, France.
  • Best Cloud Service for Vertical MarketsChamp Hybrid Logistic Cloud from Champ CargoSystems, Luxembourg.
  • Best Cloud Service provided by Start-up Cloud Service Providers SkyIdentity from Ecsec Gmbh, Germany.
  • Best Cloud Transformation Methods – Swiss Cloud Computing from Swiss Cloud Computing AG, Switzerland.
  • Best Business Impact provided by Cloud Services – business case provided by ALSTOM/ Simplicite Software, France.

Let’s see some brief descriptions of each contest category and associated awarded Cloud services:

Best Cloud Service for horizontal markets – Among the specific characteristics considered by EuroCloud Jury for this category are the ability of horizontal cloud services to fulfill best requirements for achieving wide market acceptance, provided functionality offered through strong connectivity and interopperability, and effective use of data center resources. More that the provided services need to comply with the data security and data privacy requirements in relation to customer data sensitivity and compliance.

The winner in Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Market category is from Commerce Guys, France. was built for a buzzing web development process and blazing fast production run-time. No system administration chores and projects start faster, and get delivered earlier. The architecture provides enhanced stability and scalability by decoupling dependencies between system components, while code-based configuration and read-only architecture mean that many common attack vectors are simply not available. The main result is: all production sites developed on are fast, secure and resilient.

Best Cloud Service for vertical markets – Here the specific characteristics usually considered are the ability to fulfill the specific requirements of a particular branch or market sector (e.g. Logistics, Public Sector, Agriculture, Chemical Industries, Manufacturing etc.) while fulfilling best requirements for achieving wide market acceptance. Further, the provided functionality offered through strong connectivity and interoperability and a particularly effective use of required data center resources. Same requirements relating data security and data privacy are mandatory.

Champ Hybrid Logistic Cloud awarded as Best Cloud Services for Vertical Market is a complex infrastructure platform offered by Champ Cargosystems from Luxembourg which is providing a comprehensive range of integrated IT solutions and distribution services for all players in the air cargo transport chain, being appreciated for business-critical content and best of class, reliable connectivity. Hybrid Cloud services is a mix of in-house data centers and global cloud providers assigned to distribute Champ logistic services to 80 airlines and more than 300 handling facilities operated in over 180 countries.

Best Cloud Services provided by Start-Up Cloud Service Providers – For this category
the main condition is to be a three years or younger, but start-up have to distinguishing themselves with innovative and future-oriented cloud services. A particular focus is given to the originality and creativity of the solution. Among the specific characteristics are the customer benefits enabled by the service, and the scalability to fit customer’s requirements. A good competitive advantage could be the Go-To-Market strategy and the company growth rate.

SkyIdentity from German company Ecsec Gmbh, was established as winner in Best Cloud Service provided by Start-up Cloud Service Providers. SkIDentity-Service  – is developed within the „Trusted Cloud“ Program supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). The goal of the SkIDentity project is to build a stable bridge between electronic identity cards (eID) and the existing and emerging cloud computing infrastructures. Based on the results of the project it is possible to provide trusted identities for the cloud and secure complete business processes and value chains. For this purpose the existing components, services and trust infrastructures are integrated into a comprehensive, legally valid and economically viable identity infrastructure for the cloud and tested in broadly effective pilot projects. Special attention is given to the demands of small and medium enterprises and authorities. For example the SkIDentity infrastructure will contain an eID-Broker, which will bundle the necessary eID-Services in a form which is accessible even for very small companies and municipal authorities.

Best Cloud Transformation Methods – this is a special category for consultancy companies which provides first class services to support customer transformation and migration processes towards the utilization of Cloud services. This challenging goal shall be achieved by proven methodologies and tools and shall ensure compliance conformity and a proper handling of potential business impacts for the customer. Expertly and punctual execution of the consulting service could also be taken into account.

Swiss Cloud Computing from Swiss Cloud Computing AG, Switzerland winner in Best Cloud Transformation Methods categories is a complete and comprehensive platform offering wide range of Cloud migrated services, from myDesktop – The virtual workplace from the cloud, my Aps – SME business software from the cloud,  and myServer – Computing power from the cloud via Self-Service, until myMail – professional Mail server, myFILESHARE, and MyBackup – Data Back up in the cloud:

Best Business Impact provided by Cloud Services 
- This is a customer dedicated category which is searching successfully deployed cloud services projects and evident user-benefits achieved in various ways, higher productivity, processes increasing speed, achieved competitive advantage or an estimated percentage of ROI.

Winning story case in this category is  business case provided by ALSTOM/ Simplicite Software, France. Simplicité is a universal aPaaS (application PaaS) designed to create custom strategic enterprise applications or reliable & scalable SaaS services. Whatever of business specific, Simplicité solution simplifies every steps of client’s application’s lifecycle in compliance with DevOps principles: business-oriented design, model-driven build, flexible usage, robust operation. Client is free to choose preferred cloud infrastructure provider (either public/private IaaS or PaaS like CloudFoundry). Simplicité is also available for on-premise hosting, and the client ranges from private and public large accounts to small and medium businesses. Selected case is presenting the benefits of Alstom, a key account coming from energy and transport global manufacturing sector.

infograf-elefin-2014As mentioned in previous articles in his consecutive 3rd years participation Romania was present in the international final of EuroCloud Award 2015 with Cloud solution Elefin the Cash Therapy App”  provided by Romanian company Elefin, winner in the national EuroCloud Award contest at “Best Cloud Service provided by Start-up Cloud Service Providers”.

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O strategie de abordare a modelelor Cloud bazata pe intelegerea nevoilor clientilor, anticiparea trendurilor si construirea solutiilor ce vin in intampinarea cerintelor pietei


Sorin Mindrutescu - Oracle Country Leader Romania & Central Eastern Europe Cloud Leader

Sorin Mindrutescu – Oracle Country Leader Romania & Central Eastern Europe Cloud Leader




„Momentul pe care il traim astazi prin trecerea la modelul Cloud este un punct de cotitura, din care plecam ca leader pe fiecare dintre segmente si acest lucru ne face sa ne simtim pregatiti pentru aceasta provocare, nu numai la nivel de CEE, ci si la nivel global. Poate cel mai important lucru si acum, ca si in trecut, este principiul major dupa care Oracle si-a ghidat abordarea, si anume: intelegerea nevoilor clientilor, o anticipare a trendurilor din piata si construirea solutiilor ce vin in intampinarea acestor nevoi – in cele din urma relatia de incredere pe care Oracle a construit-o cu clientii este tocmai ca urmare a intelegerii foarte bune a cerintelor lor reale.”

Oracle este unul dintre exemplele cele mai relevante de transformare strategica de business prin asimilarea tehnologiilor de granita, cu asumarea constienta a riscurilor potentiale. Mai mult de atat, Oracle este unul dintre putinii vendori IT traditionali care si-a afirmat deja strategia Cloud si pe piata din Romania, si nu numai la nivel declarativ, ci printr-o prezenta publica tot mai activa in mediile de business si mai ales prin elaborarea de servicii dedicate bazate pe pachete de solutii gandite special pentru zona Europei Centrale si de Est. Pentru a afla mai multe detalii despre modul in care Oracle a elaborat aceasta strategie de Cloud si mai ales pentru felul in care Oracle gandeste sa isi sustina clientii in amplul proces al transformarilor de business induse de asimilarea noilor inovatii tehnologice, cloudmania a discutat cu Domnul Sorin Mindrutescu Oracle Country Leader Romania & Central Eastern Europe Cloud Leader.

cloudmania: Cum se vede din perspectiva unui specialist si a unui manager aparitia si diseminarea fenomenului Cloud Computing?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Incepe sa existe un interes din ce in ce mai crescut pentru Cloud. Folosirea sa asigura beneficii la nivel de costuri, agilitate si experienta de consum, transforma practicile de business si regandeste componenta de IT din companii. In plus, schimba modul de functionare al unei organizatii, pentru ca numarul de solutii oferite in Cloud este in crestere, si se adreseaza nu numai departamentelor de IT, ci si direct diverselor linii de business, care astfel pot accesa cele mai avansate platforme, fara a necesita cunostinte sau investitia in resurse tehnice avansate.

Vedem o dezvoltare pe viitor a solutiilor de tip Cloud Hibrid, si anume integrarea solutiilor implementate on-premise cu servicii specializate oferite sub forma de Cloud public. Piata locala reactioneaza pozitiv la trendurile globale, asadar ne asteptam sa vedem si in Romania o evolutie a companiilor catre servicii Cloud Public integrate cu solutii implementate in centrele de date proprii, acesta fiind un proces normal de evolutie la nivelul adoptiei ultimelor tehnologii.

cloudmania: Care sunt principalele transformari pe care le induce in modelele de business larga adoptare a tehnologiilor Cloud?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Consumatorii isi doresc ca adoptand Cloud-ul sa aiba la dispozitie un centru de date virtual, pe care sa il acceseze rapid si in orice moment. Plecand de la cele doua solutii de business, on-premise si Cloud, tot ceea ce este valabil la nivel de infrastructura de calcul, baze de date si aplicatii (on-premise) se aplica si in cadrul Cloud. Acesta este cel mai important aspect pe care trebuie sa-l retina consumatorii, si anume ca adoptand solutii de tip Cloud Public pot avea acces oricand la propriile aplicatii si date, fiind transparent faptul ca vor accesa aplicatii instalate on-premise in centrul de date sau ca vor accesa servicii in Public Cloud. Tot ceea ce realizam are drept scop integrarea centrului de date al clientului si Cloud, rezultand un Cloud Hibrid. Trebuie avut in vedere ca Oracle a investit masiv in decurs de peste 30  de ani in dezvoltarea celor mai avansate tehnologii si aplicatii, atingand un nivel de maturitate care sa ii permita astazi sa puna la dispozitia clientilor cele mai ridicate certificari si standarde de securitate, prin intermediul centrelor de date, din care Oracle ofera serviciile Public Cloud. Practic, adoptand Oracle Public Cloud, clientii pot avea acces imediat la cele mai avansate standarde de securitate, in plus fata de acces la cea mai noua platforma tehnologica, disponibila fie on-premise, fie in Cloud.

cloudmania: Cum a fost primita pe plan intern decizia Oracle de a miza pe Cloud?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Oracle si-a construit atent strategia de Cloud in ultimii ani, investind si dezvoltand aplicatii si tehnologii care sa-i permita sa devina leader de piata pe aceasta zona in cel mai scurt timp. Interesul pietei in solutiile Cloud (atat la nivel de business, cat si la nivel de IT) ne-a adus rapid in pozitia de a putea aborda noi teme strategice de discutie impreuna cu clientii nostri:

  • definirea unei strategii de adoptie a Cloud-ului in organizati;
  • tranzitia catre un model IT hibrid;
  • transformarea de business avand la baza solutii de Cloud;
  • platforme digitale de inovare in organizatii.

cloudmania: Tinand cont de diferitele experiente, unele nereusite, prin care au trecut vendori traditionali, cat de disruptiv poate fi modelul de business bazat pe Cloud si care sunt riscurile pentru un vendor si pentru clientii solutiilor traditionale?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Oracle si-a construit atent strategia de pozitionare in piata pentru servicii de tip Cloud. Primii pasi au fost orientati in construirea sau aducerea in portofoliu a unor solutii complementare atat in zona de aplicatii (de exemplu, solutii de tip Customer Experience, integrare cu Social Media, Service Cloud etc.), cat si in tehnologie (Cloud Integration, Data Services etc.). Aceasta evolutie a permis promovarea Cloud-ului, extinzand in celasi timp prezenta ca leader de piata in ceea ce priveste solutiile software on-premise. In acest moment, Oracle a efectuat tranzitia in a deveni compania cu cea mai completa oferta de servicii Cloud, actualizand si tagline-ul oficial al companiei in „Integrated Cloud Applications & Platform Services“. Acest tagline scoate in evidenta abilitatea unica a companiei de a oferi solutii integrate de tip Cloud, care sa permita transformarea digitala in orice domeniu de business.

Modelul de business bazat pe Cloud nu este provocator doar pentru clientii care isi propun sa se indrepte spre o astfel de paradigma, ci si pentru furnizorii de aplicatii si tehnologie, care trebuie sa isi adapteze produsele software acestui nou model.

Modelul Cloud este fara doar si poate disruptiv, dar credem ca, printr-o pozitionare corecta a solutiilor on-premise sau a serviciilor Cloud si o segmentare adecvata a clientilor, Oracle va deveni numarul 1 in domeniul serviciilor Cloud, mentinandu-se totodata in topul furnizorilor de solutii on-premise.

cloudmania:  Cum se vede migrarea spre Cloud, ca tehnologie si modele de business din perspectiva regionala a Europei Centrale si de Est?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Din punct de vedere tehnologie, evolutia este una extrem de rapida: servicii de baza de date, servicii Java, servicii de dezvoltare, servicii de integrare Cloud, servicii de tip proces de afacere, sunt numai cateva din cele peste 30 de servicii platforma Cloud aflate deja in portofoliu, la care se vor adauga multe altele noi, care vor fi lansate in cadrul evenimentului Oracle Open World. Ce este important de mentionat este ca in aceasta migrare spre Cloud, Oracle pozitioneaza din punct din vedere tehnologic o strategie de tip Cloud Hibrid, in care unele aplicatii pot fi implementate on-premise si se vor integra natural cu serviciile din Public Cloud.

Pe langa lansarea acestor servicii, Oracle a elaborat metodologii de adoptie si tranzitie catre Cloud-ul Public, fiind in masura sa oferim si servicii de consultanta specializata clientilor nostri.

Din punct de vedere model de business regional, Oracle a creat deja o structura organizatorica unitara la nivel tehnic si de vanzare, iar rezultatele de business depasesc chiar obiectivele noastre initiale privind adoptia serviciilor Cloud de catre clientii Oracle.

cloudmania:  Care dintre atuurile Oracle poate avea o contributie mai importanta in afirmarea pe una sau alta dintre pietele regionale?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Sunt cateva aspecte care credem noi ca vor fi determinante in urmatoarele luni si vor pozitiona Oracle ca si leader de Cloud in regiune:

  1. Portofoliul extins de clienti si relatia de incredere pe care Oracle a reusit sa o construiasca cu acesti clienti de-a lungul timpului;
  2. Completitudinea portofoliului de servicii Cloud pe care Oracle il ofera deja, atat in zona de aplicatii, cat si in cele de tehnologie si infrastructura;
  3. Flexibilitatea alegerii pe care o oferim clientilor nostri prin implementarea unor servicii Cloud compatibile cu solutiile on-premise, astfel incat organizatiile sa poata in orice moment sa faca tranzitia intre on-premise si Cloud, fara modificarea aplicatiilor sau platformelor tehnologice asociate.

cloudmania: Platforma Oracle Cloud include cele mai imporante solutii si produse tehnologice Oracle, dar vine si cu solutii noi, precum Platforma Sociala. Care este nivelul de interes al clientilor existenti in CEE pentru aceste doua mari categorii de solutii?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Interesul pentru platforme si solutii in Social este extrem de mare, avand in vedere necesitatea organizatiilor de a dezvolta domeniul Digital si prezenta in mediul online, de a inova si a-si transforma business-ul astfel incat sa raspunda cerintelor din ce in ce mai exigente ale consumatorilor. Cunoasterea clientilor, posibilitatea de a intelege comportamentul lor si abordarea lor cu noi produse si servicii personalizate, implementarea unei strategii de tipul Mobile fac ca zona de servicii Social sa fie adesea abordata in discutiile nostre cu clientii din zona financiar-bancara si telecomunicatii, dar nu numai. Experienta Oracle privind solutiile de tip CRM reprezinta un atu important, iar serviciile de Social Cloud pe care le oferim deja (de exemplu, Social Cloud Service, Service Cloud Service) ne diferentiaza pe acest nou segment de solutii.

Pentru categoria solutiilor si produselor tehnologice Oracle deja consacrate (bază de date, server de aplicatie, integrare, portal etc.) constatam un interes ridicat al clientilor si in modelul Cloud, nu numai din considerente tehnice (usurinta in a crea medii de dezvoltare si testare, usurinta in provizionare etc.), dar mai ales din considerente comerciale (trecerea de la un model tip investitie – CAPEX, la un model de tip operational – OPEX, agilitate ridicata in business etc.).

cloudmania: Se poate estima o pondere intre solutii traditionale in Cloud vs. solutii noi in Cloud?

Sorin Mindrutescu: In ultimele luni Oracle s-a axat pe dezvoltarea unor noi servicii Cloud complementare, de exemplu Document Cloud Service, Integration Cloud Service, dar, in acelasi timp, a certificat multe dintre solutiile traditionale care pot fi astazi instalate si in Oracle Public Cloud. Este greu de estimat o pondere in acest moment, dar cu siguranta aceasta va fi dictata de piata. In acelasi timp, Oracle va continua sa ofere clientilor flexibilitate maxima, acestia putand sa aleaga utilizarea solutiilor noastre, atat on-premise, cat si in Cloud.

cloudmania: Cat de pregatita este echipa locala Oracle pentru aceste transformari?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Structurile organizatorice, atat la nivel de vanzare, cat si tehnic sunt deja create, iar ultimele luni au fost extrem de dense din punctul de vedere al training-urilor de profil. Senioritatea, continuitatea si experienta echipei Oracle ne permite sa ne ridicam la nivelul acestei noi transformari a domeniului IT.

Ca un exemplu, as vrea sa mentionez pionieratul si deschiderea echipei Oracle locale de la momentul lansarii Cloud-ului in a intelege acest nou model, in a vedea care sunt barierele legislative, comerciale, culturale si in a gasi solutii inovative de pozitionare a serviciilor de Cloud.

cloudmania: Faptul ca Oracle este singurul vendor care detine solutii in toate domeniile cheie din Cloud creeaza un mare atuu concurential pentru fiecare dintre segmente, dar aceasta pozitie de leadership este destul de riscanta, pentru ca solutiile trebuie sa se mapeze pe cerintele reale ale clientilor. Cat de pregatita este Oracle CEE pentru aceste provocari?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Stiti cum este, Cine nu risca, nu castiga… si de-a lungul anilor, Oracle a demonstrat, prin deciziile strategice pe care le-a luat, ca acestea au fost cele corecte. Unii analisti la momentul respectiv nu au pozitionat Oracle ca jucator important in domeniul Cloud, dar ulterior s-a dovedit ca viziunea si executia Oracle au facut ca in acest moment sa fim leaderi si sa detinem solutii in toate domenii cheie ale serviciilor Cloud.

Momentul pe care il traim astazi prin trecerea la modelul Cloud este un punct de cotitura, din care plecam ca leader pe fiecare dintre segmente, si acest lucru ne face sa ne simtim pregatiti pentru aceasta provocare, nu numai la nivel de CEE, ci si la nivel global.

Poate cel mai important lucru si acum, ca si in trecut, este principiul major dupa care Oracle si-a ghidat abordarea, si anume: intelegerea nevoilor clientilor, o anticipare a trendurilor din piata si construirea solutiilor ce vin in intampinarea acestor nevoi – in cele din urma relatia de incredere pe care Oracle a construit-o cu clientii este tocmai ca urmare a intelegerii foarte bune a cerintelor lor reale.

cloudmania: Urmatorul val tehnologic legat de Cloud si de mobilitate este fenomenul Internet of Everything, cu implicatii considerabile pentru stocarea si prelucrarea datelor, aplicatiile mobile si hiperconectivitate. Care este strategia Oracle pentru aceasta noua provocare tehnologica?

Sorin Mindrutescu: Intr-adevar, Oracle a investit de mult timp resurse si efort de cercetare pentru aceasta noua provocare pe care noi o numim IoT (Internet of Things) si pot spune ca exista o echipa virtuala raspandita la nivel global, care lucreaza la noile standarde tehnologice care sa defineasca aceasta noua paradigma. Mai mult, suntem foarte mandri ca avem chiar in Romania o divizie dedicata de dezvoltatori care a contribuit si contribuie in mod activ la dezvoltarea produselor si serviciilor legate de IoT.

Un prim anunt care va fi facut public curand si reprezinta practic primele beneficii pe care le va vedea piata ca urmare a acestui efort imens de R&D este cel privind lansarea unui nou serviciu in Cloud-ul Oracle, si anume IoT Cloud Service. Asadar, asa cum am specificat deja, o serie de alte noutati si servicii vor aparea curand in domeniul serviciilor Cloud.

Ii multumim domnului Sorin Mindrutescu pentru amabilitatea de a discuta cu cloud☁mania si pentru consistenta informatiilor furnizate. Ca exemplu concret la commitmentul asumat de Oracle pentru satisfacerea celor mai specifice cerinte ale clientilor, am reinserat inregistrarea video in care Sorin Mindrutescu vorbeste despre Initiativa Oracle Fast Cloud care propune companiilor din regiune un pachet complex de servicii ce include credite Cloud, platforma de testare si dezvoltare pentru Java si Database Cloud, consultanta si cele mai bune practici.


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: LARRY ELLISON, ORACLE – cloud☁mania, Iunie 2015






Revolutia Digitala e mai brutala in efectele ei decat Revolutia masinilor cu aburi sau „Dot Com Bubble”, afectand procesele de business din toate marile verticale, de la finante, resurse energetice, manufacturing, utilitati si transporturi, pana la distributie si retail, bunuri de larg consum, sanatate, administratie publica si educatie. Adica tot…

Poate cea mai importanta mutatie indusa de noul trend Business Transformation este translatarea polului de putere dinspre Informatie catre Cunoastere. Cu alte cuvinte: „Information is Money” s-a cam perimat, iar noua reteta de succes mizeaza pe „Power of Knowledge”.

Explozia volumului de informatie si inovatiile incorporate de impropriu numitele ”tehnologii disruptive” precum Cloud computing, Big Data & Analytics, Social Media, Mobile computing sau Internet of Things (IoT) au inceput sa faca diferenta, in toate fluxurile industriale, in relatiile de afaceri si in obiceiurile noastre de fiecare zi.

De ce impropriu numite? Pentru ca din punct de vedere conceptual notiunea de ”Disruptive Technology” a suferit ample mutatii fata de perioada in care a fost teoretizata de Clayton Christensen de la Harvard Business School. In cartea sa “The Innovator’s Dilemma” publicata in 1997 si devenita peste noapte best-seller, profesorul Christensen definea tehnologiile disruptive ca ”acele tehnologii de granita care in mod cu totul inexplicabil le inlocuiesc pe cele traditionale”. La polul opus se situeaza “Sustaining technologies”, care sunt adoptate in mod natural ca urmare a evolutiei tehnologice, chiar daca adoptia la scara larga se produce in etape succesive. Spre deosebire de acestea, conform autorului, “tehnologiile disruptive se caracterizeaza printr-o totala lipsa de rafinament, au deseori probleme de performanta, nu dovedesc o reala aplicabilitate si se adreseaza unui public restrans”.

Intre timp termenul “Disruptiv” a fost preluat in vocabularul curent al comunitatilor tehnice si de business. Chiar daca e clar un neologism pentru limba Romana, nu am gasit inca un echivalent care sa sune multumitor si l-am preluat ca atare… Poate ca cel mai apropiate ca inteles de notiunea de “Disruptie” ar fi substantivele “Dislocare” sau “Deranj”, dar tot suna cam aiurea… In fine, chiar daca termenul de „Disruptive Technologies” a fost inlocuit ulterior cu cel de „Innovative Technologies”, tehnologiile disruptive au intrat in vocabularul curent de business si sunt folosite in continuare pentru orice solutie inovativa care produce o dislocare in mersul uzual al lucrurilor insotita de un mare deranj pe pietele traditionale…

Dar desi a produs un foarte mare deranj in ultimii ani, se poate spune despre Cloud computing ca vine cu o totala lipsa de rafinament? Putem baga mana in foc ca Analiticele si Big Data au deseori probleme de performanta? Putem crede ca pleiada de aplicatii Internet of Things si M2M nu dovedeste o reala aplicabilitate? S-a dovedit oare ca industria generata de mobile computing se adreseaza unui public restrans? Pai cam aceste domenii tehnologice ar fi ”cei patru cavaleri” ai Apocalipsei Digitale, propovaduita de unii cu mult sarg, fara sa stie prea bine despre ce e vorba…

Daca acum zece-cincisprezece ani, in patru din cinci prezentari ale unor solutii de corporatie al treilea slide era inevitabil denumit: ”Provocari ale tehnologiilor Internet”, acum cinci ani acelasi slide avea titlul ”Provocari in Era Cloud computing”, in timp ce acum acelasi al treilea slide de corporatie incepe cu ”Provocari  ale Tehnologiilor Disruptive”… Si asta chiar daca din urmatoarele slide-uri reiese clar ca tehnologiile inglobate de solutiile oferite nu sunt de loc lipsite de rafinament, asigura  o reala crestere de performanta si vin cu o mare diversitate de aplicabilitati.

O spun de cate ori am ocazia: disruptive nu sunt tehnologiile, ci modelele mutante de business aparute acolo unde algoritmele economice nu au mai fost modernizate de o gramada de vreme. Revolutia Digitala nu a aparut odata cu Uber, ci a debutat din perioada, iar multi dintre „Elefantii” Industriei Digitale de astazi sunt fostele start-up-uri care au stiut sa produca valoare din Internet Economy si care acum promoveaza si fac bani buni cu solutii Digital Transformation pentru Business Transformation Economy. Dar sa nu uitam ca un fenomen genereaza la randul sau o serie de transformari care favorizeaza aparitia de noi fenomene. Caci dezvoltarea fulminanta a noilor tehnologii a favorizat aparitia si evolutia a peste 60.000 de start-up-uri bazate pe inovatiile tehnologiilor de frontiera, din care doar vreo 50 au devenit  in 3-4 ani in ”Unicorni”, adica SMB-uri care au depasit un prag de afaceri de 1 miliard de dolari…

Caci disruptive nu sunt tehnologiile ci modelele traditionale de business, iar marea batalie pentru competitivitate pe piata globala nu se mai duce astazi doar in arena produselor si a concurentei, ci si in calitatea serviciilor si in rapiditatea de adaptare si asimilare a unor noi modele mai dibace de business.

Puteti vedea un raspuns la intrebarea din titlu citind in integralitate articolul „Cine se teme de uberizare nu stie sa aprecieze valoarea cunoasterii…” publicat in IT Trends

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Private community of DIY (Do It Yourself) Drone enthusiasts and passionate designers could participate to a free series of online workshop sessions organized by SimScale, innovative provider of powerful CAE platform based on modeling and 3D simulation technology.

Drones-SimScaleSimScale weekly DRONE Workshop series will start in October 15th at 16.00 CEST with practical simulation activities dedicated to “Aerodynamics of the drone including propellers”. Next workshop sessions will come every Thursday until November 5th, in the same timing interval: 16.00 – 17.00 CEST, and will cover Structural Design of drone components, Crash processes in landing, and Vibration analyze at chassis level.

See here complete Workshop sessions schedule. 

Every registered participant will enjoy free access to the SimScale, having the opportunity to run the workshop 3D professional simulations on his own device, using a simple browser session. Participants will learn how to design, to optimize and to build their own drone, having optional possibility to complete homework assignment, to receive a completion Certificate for 50% of homework done, and to receive a 500 Euro professional training if all simulation homework will be submitted.

concept_general-manyThe SimScale platform is representing a new paradigm in engineering simulation offering Cloud access to powerful modeling and 3D simulation. Opening a simple Web browser on usual personal computer any user need only to upload a CAD model on SimScale Cloud platform which encapsulates a broad range of simulation tools from Fluid Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, and Thermodynamics to Acoustics, Discrete Particle Analysis, and Coupled physical phenomena.

SimScale has created a completely new approach to how engineering simulation can be used by making it accessible, cost-efficient and easy-to-learn and use.



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IDC LogoExista deja o larga acceptare pentru avantajele incontestabile pe care modelele bazate pe Cloud computing le ofera organizatiilor in efortul acestora de adaptare la schimbarile rapide care au loc in business. Rolul inovativ al tehnologiilor de granita este evident, dupa cum lesne de observat sunt mutatiile induse de acestea in sfera traditionalelor procese de afaceri. Incepand cu era masinilor cu aburi, fiecare revolutie tehnologica a produs mutatii la fel de dramatice in plan economic. Cat de pregatita este economia actuala pentru asimularea si adoptia tehnologiilor reunite de IDC sub genericul “3rd Platform”? Cum au fost receptate si mai ales cum evolueaza adoptia modelelor cloud?

Parcurgem o perioada larg definita ca “Era Digitala”, dar care in ultimul timp este mult mai frecvent asemuita cu “New Age of IT” sau “Digital transformation”.  In 2008, IDC preconiza ca in urmatorii 20-25 de ani o noua platforma tehnologica va guverna creșterea economica si inovatia tehnologica. Deși se vorbea de mult despre virtualizare, puțini gandeau la tehnologiile Cloud asa cum se incearca definirea lor actuala. IDC preconiza deci necesitatea afirmarii si consolidarii unei noi platforme tehnologice, pur si simplu din nevoia de a cuantifica mutațiile tehnologice majore induse de afirmarea primei generații de dispozitive mainframe – asociate in mod normal cu 1St Platform, dar accesibile doar unei elite de specialiști. Apariția și proliferarea rapidă a computerelor personale a reprezentat al doilea val tehnologic sau ”2nd Platform”.

IDC-3rd-Platform 2In anul 2011 IDC incerca sa inbrace intr-o forma coerenta noul trend digital, care era incadrat in istoricul evolutiei tenologice ca “3rdPlatform,” o chintesență între patru piloni tehnologici majori, reprezentați de dispozitivele și aplicațiile mobile, serviciile Cloud, rețelele sociale de business și procesele Big Data Analytics. Conform IDC, amploarea dezvoltarii si adoptarii, scopul utilizarii și increngaturile multiple dintre aceste patru elemente considerate de multi analisti ca “disruptive” vor marca dezvoltarea și evoluția industriei IT în următorii 25 de ani.

E dificil de lansat o prognoza privitoare la evolutia economica pe o perioada atat de lunga, dar sa vedem care a fost perceptia pietei in fata acestui val de inovatii tehnologice? Cat de pregatita este economia pentru asimilare si adoptie?

Cercetatorii de la IDC au propus cinci stadii care descriu evolutia maturitatii Cloudului: Ad Hoc, Oportunistic, Repeatabil, Administrat si Optimizat. Fiecare dintre aceste stadii necesita o mare varietate de investitii, nu numai din zona diviziilor IT, ci in special din bugetele principalelor linii de business. In functie de valoarea si corectitudinea cu care e privita fiecare aceasta investitie, organizatiile pot evolua de la un nivel de maturitate la altul.

Cum distanta intre doua puncte este intotdeana o linie dreapta, IDC recomanda adoptarea unui singur set de bune practici ce pot ajuta organizatiile sa ajunga la nivelul optim de maturitate a Cloudului. Aceste “best practices” se bazeaza pe o imbinare optima intre tehnologii (alegerea corecta a modelului de cloud, infrastructura, platforma si software), oameni (dezvoltarea unei veritabile culturi pentru Cloud si perfectionarea abilitatilor tehnice la nivel de organizatie) si procese (implementarea proceselor cheie pentru business, asigurarea compatibilitatii intre standardele organizatiei si cerintele impuse de Cloud).

Analiza puterii de asimilare a noilor tehnologii, precum si modul in care se realizeaza adoptia inovatiei tehnologice oferita de Cloud ramane una dintre preocuparile constante cercetatorilor de la IDC, care urmarestc toate valentele de manifestare ale acestor procese. Un bun exemplu este si seria de conferinte ”IDC Cloud Innovation Forum 2015”. Conferinta internatonala organizata la Bucuresti in data de 30 septembrie 2015 a reprezentat o premiera pentru industria de Cloud din tara noastra, in care putine manifestari publice si de business reusesc sa se detaseze de un nivel general predominant declarativ, in care vendorii de servicii si solutii Cloud rareori reusesc sa depaseasca stadiul de simpla prezentare de solutii, amintind minimal de modul in care acestea pot fi asimlate.

IDC-3rd-PlatformDin acest punct de vedere este important sa apreciem ca in cadrul conferintei de la Bucuresti s-a depasit faza narativa de enumerare a functiilor “pozitiv-disruptive” oferite de diferitele modele Cloud si de solutiile de infrastructura, platforma sau aplicatiile software din arhitectura sistemelor modern de calcul. „Cloul reprezinta mai mult decat un fenomen disruptiv” a fost principala premisa de la “IDC Cloud Innovation Form” Cloudul este realitatea. Iar impreuna cu alte tendinte tehnologice precum big data & analytics, mobilitatea si social media reprezinta o forta care induce modificari substantiale la nivelul proceselor de business.

Cloudul optimizeaza resursele IT ale oricarei organizatii si faciliteaza cresterea eficientei in afaceri. Cloudul este un ecosistem care integreaza tehnologii inovative, o noua cultura de business, expertiza profesionala si o larga comunitate de parteneri.

Conform IDC, cheltuielile pentru serviciile de cloud public la nivel mondial se vor dubla in urmatorii patru ani, de la $47,4 miliarde in 2013 la aproape $108 miliarde in 2017 – adica o crestere de cinci ori mai rapida decat inregistreaza industria IT.

Roadshow-ul IDC dedicat Cloud-ului investigheaza tendintele globale si regionale, ofera raspunsuri concrete si prezinta cele mai bune practici despre modul in care companiile din Europa Centrala si de Est pot valorifica solutiile de Cloud. Din larga paleta de subiecte abordate in cadrul conferintei IDC de la Bucuresti trebuie amintite: schimbarile din piata si inovatiile in Cloud, modele de Cloud privat, public, hibrid si micro, armonia dintre Cloud si alte tehnologii, ecosisteme Cloud si impactul asupra companiilor, alegerea, implementarea si integrarea solutiilor Cloud in infrstructura existenta, precum  si cele mai bune practici ale utilizatorilor de Cloud

Plecand de la nevoia de clarificare a rolului pe care tehnologiile Cloud le au in actuala pleiada de transformari digitale, prezentarea sustinuta de Laurentiu Popescu – SEE Research & Consulting Manager in cadrul IDC CEMA a oferit o fina conturare a peisajului contextual, venind cu o serie de informatii valoroase rezultate in urma celui mai recent studiu pan-European, in care IDC a analizat perceptia utilizatorilor cu privire la ceea ce se asteapta de la Cloud,  de la modelele si aplicatiile din Cloud, precum si natura driverelor si inhibitorilor ce concura la dinamica adoptiei modelelor cloud.

Din studiu reiese ca multe organizatii au inceput sa adopte deja asa-numita strategie ‘’cloud first’’pentru aplicatiile complet noi, insa au dificultati in ceea ce priveste strategia pentru infrastructura hardware si software deja existenta. Pentru a putea formula o strategie cu adevarat eficienta cu privire la tranzitia in cloud, organizatiile trebuie sa decida ce procese trebuie mutate sau complet inlocuite cu o solutie noua de tip cloud. Mai mult de atat, pentru fiecare proces in parte trebuie facuta o evaluare a fezabilitatii si plus valorii aduse de migrare in cloud.

Adesea, companiile au probleme in diferentierea dintre o plus valoare  adusa de o eventuala migrare in cloud si fezabilitatea acestei mutari, separarea celor doua aspecte fiind cu atat mai dificila cu cat cei care isi asuma migrarea se complica cu consideratii de ordin tehnic. De multe ori, discutiile despre ‘’de ce’’ si ‘’cum’’ se amesteca, lucru care face ca procesul de luare a unei decizii corecte sa devina aproape imposibil. Ca regula generala, IDC considera ca valoarea ar trebui sa fie luata cu prioritate in calcul, deoarece se raporteaza strict la aspecte finaciare. “Fara o imagine clara acestei a valorii care poate sa recomande un anumit tip de aplicatie drept un candidat ideal pentru migrarea in Cloud, nu exista nici un motiv pentru a pune in discutie fezabilitatea unui astfel de demers. Odata aceste aspecte clarificate, diferitele aplicatii trebuie evaluate din punct de vedere al fezabilitatii; aici exista trei aspecte esentiale ce trebuie luate in considerare: operationale, de performanta si de risc”, apreciaza Laurentiu Popescu.

Daca pentru performanta trebuie avute in vedere caracteristici precum: flexibilitatea, agilitatea, adaptabilitatea, portabilitatea, fiabilitatea, dar si performanta si analiza costurilor, pentru factorul risc evident ca se vorbeste de securitate, confidentialitate sau recuperarea datelor, in timp ce pentru latura operationala trebuie avute in vedere cu precadere administrarea intregii infrastructuri IT si capitalul uman aferent.

Foarte interesante sunt rezultatele studiului privitoare la cea mai imperativa strategie si tehnologiile cele mai recomandate pentru mentinerea pozitiei. Ca strategii imperative au reiesit in aceasta ordine: mobilitatea, Big Data, Cloudul privat, M2M/ IoT si Public Cloud, la extremitatea de jos aflaandu-se Enterprise Collaboration si 3D Printing. In schimb la mentinerea pozitiei un rol determinant il au Cloudul privat, Big Data & Analytics, Enterprise Collboration si Mobilitatea.

In viziunea IDC cele 6 elemente cheie care trebuie considerate la migrarea in Cloud sunt urmatoarele:

  1. Procesele  – auditul, clasificarile
  2. Business SLA (Service License Agreement)
  3. Portabilitatea & Mobilitatea
  4. Aspectele legale: compatibilitate, standarde
  5. Conectivitatea ramurilor
  6. Complexitatea TCO

In legatura cu adoptarea, este notabil demersul IDC de definire a Cloudului hibrid. Conform rezultatelor cercetarii, cei mai multi CIO considera hibridul ca un mediu IT in care se combina Cloudul public cu asseturi IT dedicate, precum virtualizarea si Cloudul privat (peste 37% dintre respondenti), in timp ce o alta larga categorie (peste 28%) il considera ca un mediu unde infrastructura Cloud este formata din cel putin doua componente: public, privat sau/si de comunitate, care sunt reunite prin standarde ce asigura o oarecare portabilitate…

Ca o concluzie a studiului IDC legat de aprecierea valentelor inovative ale Cloudului se desprinde idea ca noile tehnologii sunt percepute cu un sentiment pozitiv de catre majoritatea directorilor informatici intervievati, inovarea fiind considerata ca principal accelerator al celei de-a treia Platforme, in timp ce Cloudul este acceptat ca absolut necesar pentru mentinerea unei pozitii competitive, investitiile in Cloud privat fiind in special conectate cu optimizarea sistemelor informatice.

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Euro Cloud award-logoContinuing our review of EuroCloud 2015 awarded solutions here is the winner for a very heavy services category: “Best Cloud service for horizontal markets”. Romanian contest jury established Virtual Data Center” offered by the powerful operator Telekom Romania as best services in this category.

Virtual Data Center is the main IaaS solution provided by Telekom Romania, offering a suite of processing resources (virtual processor, RAM and storage space per disc) in any national data center, managing a vCloud interface to instantly create one or more virtual servers.

Telekom RomaniaVirtual Data Center (VDC) is a premium service server hosting, IT equipment and business applications that provides maximum data security and technical conditions for the best uptime of critical applications. Telekom Romania is the only operator with its own national data network and direct interconnection with the major international operator data.

According Telekom Romania public site VDC infrastructure benefits should be considered for:

  • Zero initial investment, CAPEX costs becoming OPEX;
  • Simple remote management of management Web portal Cloud Director;
  • Flexible configuration – VPS being configured with number of processor, RAM and disk storage space function of needs;
  • Warranty running 99.999% SLA backed by powerful technical platform and geographically redundancy;
  • Instant Activation;
  • Support 24/24, 7/7 days.

VDC is offering a wide range of service categories:Virtual_data_center_cloud Telekom

  • Colocation – Tier 3 hosting space, high security, with geographical distribution, business continuity & disaster recovery;
  • Dedicated Hardware & Software – any device and application as monthly subscription;
  • Connectivity – private or public, with guaranteed bandwidth or best effort, and unlimited traffic;
  • Managed services – specialized support services and IT infrastructure outsourcing;
  • Shared Services – the ability to share dedicated equipment.

Looking to the Virtual Data Center features it should be considered:

  • High processing power – The platform is using cutting-edge blade servers and a new concept of architecture (Next Generation Data Center) where the equipment (servers, storage, switches, etc.) are no longer separate entities, being integrated into a single infrastructure, unified and Integrated by Unified Fabric technology;
  • Enterprise class performance equipment – best equipment from world leaders in the field like EMC, VMware, and Cisco was selected for platform building;
  • Performant and differentiated storage – VDC offer is including 4 types of storage from high capacity discs recommended for back-up or data archiving,  to high speed access disks for applications with real time access to database;
  • Physical and geographical redundancy – VDC is the only platform with geographically distributed Tier 3 data centers located in different cities from Romania, being the only platform which can sustain a real 99.999% availability guaranteed by SLA.

For more info related to packages, configuration, and services prices you should contact Telekom Romania Web site, call centers or specialized stores.

After a simple online account opening anyone could test HERE the Virtual Data Center platform FOR FREE.

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Euro Cloud award-logoEuroCloud Award Romania 2015 Winning Solutions

Continuing the review of Romanian EuroCloud Award 2015 winners, today we will know more about StarVault Elasticloud solution provided by Star Storage, established by the Romanian jury as „Most innovative Cloud service” of the year.

StarVault Elasticloud is a Cloud service dedicated to the software developers which could access an enterprise and secure platform able to horizontally and vertically scale the processing resources – CPU and RAM – for servers and applications.

StarVault Elasticloud provides enterprise cloud software that redefines the economics of cloud deployment and management. Delivered as Platform-as-Infrastructure model, Elasticloud is bringing together the flexibility of IaaS and the ease of use of PaaS in a turnkey package, unleashing the potential of the cloud for enterprises, hosting service providers and developers.

​Designed to host Java, PHP, Ruby, Phyton, .Net, and Node.js applications, StarVault Elasticloud allows developer to automatically increase or decrease the number of memory and processing power resources according client needs and requests and to select of the right IT environment. In very short time ready to use enterprise level IT environments could be created.

Cloudlet is a resource unit created for the measurement of RAM & CPU, one Cloudlet being equivalent to 128 MB RAM and 200MHz CPU. Resources are charged on an hourly basis, measuring peaks in each hour. When calculating your cloudlet usage, we only consider the larger of RAM or CPU usage each hour (not both combined). Disk Space usage is measured in GB.

starvault_elasticloud_499x134Like all Elasticloud provided resources, the client has to pay only for actual consumption, and not need to buy extra space “just in case”. Internal or external network traffic usage is free. Public IPv4 is an external IP address which is directly accessible from outside of the cluster. This allows client to establish direct connections between the Internet and specific servers within his environment. Otherwise without buying a Public IPv4 address traffic is routed from the Internet to client environment via the Elasticloud traffic resolver. Elasticloud SSL protocol is establishing a secure connection between the client and developer Jelastic environment.

StarVault Elasticloud automatically adds or remove in just a few seconds the resources for application and server needs either vertically (for resources) or horizontally (servers instance) scalable, just with a few clicks. The platform is easy, simple and fast for deployment. Applications deployment is only a matter of uploading of developer application package and choosing the right environment with one or multiple computing instances. StarVault Elasticloud will automatically update each one of them.

The main facilities developers should consider in order to adopt Elasticloud are related to:

  • starvault_elasticloud_400x221Easy One-click installation – especially on “bare metal”
  • Resource utilization maximized by the highest application density
  • Cost and complexity eliminated by End-to-end management
  • Rapid revenue recognition by “Built-in” pricing and billing
  • Deployment costs reduced by “Zero application changes”
  • Automatic vertical scaling of any application
  • Single-point of management allows access to all application resources and configuration files
  • Wide range of standard application servers and database technologies
  • Technology used by thousands of application architects and developers
  • Dedicated hosting partner relations staff
  • Flexible pricing models
  • Cash-in new market opportunities leveraging costs and time reduction for new applications deployment
  • Wide array of application server and database choices

Main benefits offered by StarVault Elasticloud:

  • Faster developing and deployment of software applications
  • Any application support is removing the dependence on a proprietary API
  • Simple and easy to setup – deploy IT environment in just a few seconds
  • Cloudlet based service
    Pay as you go

StarVauld Elasticloud was appreciated by the Romanian EuroCloud Award jury for his Platform as infrastructure model, which is offering single interface flexible management of applications and access to the configuration infrastructure. Centralized management of the development efforts and implementation traceability allow advanced functions like automatic updates of all test & dev instances, easy returning to the last stable code version, and new code versions deployments with just a click directly from application.

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EuroCloud Award Romania 2015 Winning Solutions

Euro Cloud award-logoContinuing the presentation of Cloud solution awarded in the local contest of EuroCloud, here is a comprehensive description of “Elefin Cash Therapy App” – the only Romanian awarded solution which was nominee for the final stage of international contest EuroCloud Award 2015, in the Best Cloud Service provided by Start-up Cloud Service Providers” category.

Elefin Cash Therapy App is a Cloud service dedicated to small-business entrepreneurs offering a valuable set of functionalities for a more effectively watching, monitoring, planning, and analyzing their company cash-flow.

elefin cash therapy“Elefin is more than just a simple app, it is a system of financial culture in any organization, providing easy and accessible cash-flow management, timekeeping, payroll, scheduled transactions, due payment, balances, tax warnings, chat, comments, and complete reports,” says Marius Bogdan Pislariu – Founder & Visionary at Elefin. “Some entrepreneurs are saying they already had an accounting software, and we are asking them if the Chief Accountant or the Manager/ Entrepreneur are taking the financial decisions in their company?”

Elefin Cash Therapy is allowing a permanent access to a large volume of cash-flow data and is becoming essential in providing transparency and confidence for entrepreneurial level who are managing the business processes together with other managers and associates. The access is open anytime from anywhere, using any kind of device with a browsing application and Internet access: mobile phone, tablet, or laptop, and any operation system: Windows (desktop, laptop & mobile), Mac & iOS, Android & BlackBerry.

infograf-elefin-2014Any entrepreneur could have instant access to most useful information related to:

  • Warnings: tax, due dates, balances
  • Timekeeping and easy payroll
  • Reports, financial projections & investment
  • Small Business Intelligence & Cash-Flow
  • Customers and Suppliers interactions Records
  • Secure communication with partners.

„Elefin – the Cash Therapy app” was established by the Romanian Jury of EuroCloud Award 2015 as winning Cloud solution in „Best Cloud Service provided by a Start-up“ category. The main appreciation criteria are related to:

  • Quality of professional presentation of solution for the Romanian contest
  • Services creativity and applicability originality
  • Wide set of benefits offered to entrepreneurs
  • Market start-up and development strategy
  • Data compatibility and interoperability
  • Scalability function of user necessities
  • Security, confidentiality and compliance warranties

WATCH HERE an interactive presentation of Elefin 

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Today is beginning in Barcelona the three days EuroCloud Forum 2015. International jury of EuroCloud Award 2015 already established the short list with the highest ranking nominees in each category and will announce the European winners during the EuroCloud Award  Gala Dinner in 8th of October.

In his consecutive 3rd years participation Romania will be present in the international final of EuroCloud Award 2015 with Cloud solution “Elefin the Cash Therapy App”  provided by Romanian company Elefin, winner in the national EuroCloud Award contest at “Best Cloud Service provided by Start-up Cloud Service Providers”.

csm_EuroCloud-Europe-Award-Winners_59d32c074e„The constant presence of Romanian Cloud solutions and services providers in the final phase of EuroCloud Award is demonstrating the quality of Romanian cloud solutions and innovation capacity of Romanian providers, which are proving the value of national Cloud industry in a critical economic context and difficult stage of Cloud adoption,” says Elena Zvarici, President of EuroCloud Romania.

This year international jury of Euro Cloud Award 2015 had to evaluate over 50 winners of the national EuroCloud Award contest from 11 European countries: Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Two weeks ago, the EuroCloud Award 2015 jury has officially announced the three highest ranking nominees in each category and will soon announce the European winners in 8th of October during the EuroCloud Award Gala Dinner, which is part of the EuroCloud Forum 2015 in Barcelona.

BerndBecker“The jury members have selected the best cloud solutions, and they were impressed by the high quality of the services which were submitted. The awards candidates stood out through their impressive performance and high quality standards of their solutions and services. Only the winners from the participating EuroCloud countries could apply for this award so we already have a competition of winners”, declared Bernd Becker, President of EuroCloud Europe.

The jury has nominated the following cloud providers for the EuroCloud Europe Award 2015, by categories:

  • Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets – the nominees are coming from Germany, with the service Wirecloud from Dalason Gmbh, France with the service from Commerce Guys, and Slovenia with Flip IT Cloud Orchestrator from Nil Ltd.
  • Best Cloud Service for Vertical Markets – the nominees are from Spain, with the service Drooms Data Room from DRS Digital Espana S.L., Luxembourg with Champ Hybrid Logistic Cloud from Champ CargoSystems, and Slovakia with Dkom (Municipal Data Centre) from Datacentrum elaktronizacie miest a obci Slovenska.
  • Best Cloud Service provided by Start-up Cloud Service Providers – the nominees are from Romania with the service Elefin, the Cash Therapy App, provided by Elefin, Netherlands with MochaDocs from MochaDocs B.V., and Germany with the Service SkyIdentity from Ecsec Gmbh.
  • Best Cloud Transformation Methods – the providers are coming from Switzerland, with the service Swiss Cloud Computing from Swiss Cloud Computing AG, Spain with the service Logtrust from Logtrust S.L., and Luxembourg with the service TrustedCloudEurope from EBRC.
  • Best Business Impact provided by Cloud Services – the nominees are from Spain with Cartagon, France with Simplicite Software, and Turkey with the case study Cloud Transformation in Coca Cola Icecek from Coca Cola Icecek.
  • Best Cloud Based Innovation– the providers are from Spain with Caas D Cloud as a Service from SW Hosting, and from Turkey with from the company ErikTronik Engineering.

The sixth consecutive edition of the yearly EuroCloud Europe Congress will host European and international cloud business decision makers and stakeholders. The event will gather cloud professionals from all over Europe to discuss the latest cloud technology and policy trends and recognize Europe’s best cloud solutions and services during the EuroCloud Awards Gala. As part of the programe, participants will be able to attend a free of charge Ambassador and Foundation training and become accredited for the EuroCloud Star Audit cloud certification scheme. EuroCloud Star Audit is a mature cloud certification scheme, recognized in the ENISA metaframework of cloud certifications.

Let’s wish Good Luck to all the EuroCloud Award 2015 finalists and keep fingers crossed for the Romanian start-up solution “Elefin the Cash Therapy App”!


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Initiativa Oracle Fast Cloud propune companiilor din regiune un pachet complex de servicii ce include credite Cloud, platforma de testare si dezvoltare pentru Java si Database Cloud, consultanta si cele mai bune practici.


Confirmand determinarea dovedita in ultima perioada prin lansarea si continua dezvoltare a platformei Oracle Cloud, Oracle ofera o cale mult mai rapida de acces la beneficiile oferite de aceasta prin lansarea unei initiative dedicata companiilor din Europa Centrala si de Est care folosesc pentru prima oara serviciile Cloud sau sunt la inceputul unei faze de adoptie.

Oracle cloudworldOracle FAST CLOUD isi propune sa ofere accesul facil la cele mai moderne tehnologii pentru testarea bazelor de date si aplicatiilor Java, adresandu-se tuturor categoriilor de organizatii, indiferent de tipurile de business si dimensiuni.

Oferta FAST CLOUD cuprinde un pachet de servicii ce include o platforma completa de testare si dezvoltare si o zi de servicii Oracle Consulting, ce vor ajuta organizatiile sa isi construiasca primele solutii publice bazate pe Cloud, avand la dispozitie cele mai bune practici.

„Aceasta initiativa ofera un pachet de start simplu, dar cuprinzator pentru toti consumatorii ce isi incep calatoria in Cloud. Ambele pachete Database si Java vin cu pachete standard de abonamente Cloud si cu servicii de consultanta incluse. Acestea sunt foarte simplu de utilizat si consumat, cu preturi transparente si o cale definita de implementare”, spune Michel Clement, Vice Presedinte Oracle CEE.

Conform studiului Oracle Cloud Agility  publicat in August 2015 a reiesit ca beneficiile asigurate de asimilarea modelului Cloud nu sunt utilizate in intregime de catre organizatiile de business. Pe de alta parte multi CIO au dovedit ca sunt preocupati de modelul de adoptie si de felul in care au de gând sa-si planifice migrarea spre Cloud.

Sorin M YouTube„Asa cum evidentiaza studiul «Oracle Cloud Agility», multe organizatii nu pot sa dezvolte, sa testeze si sa lanseze rapid noi aplicatii, lasandu-le slab pregatite in confruntarea cu competitia. Initiativa Fast Cloud aduce o solutie eficienta din punct de vedere a costurilor pentru toti cei care inteleg in mod clar beneficiile agilitatii Cloud, dar inca au dificultati in a face primii pasi in Cloud. Acum, pot implementa cu usurinta primele servicii Database Cloud sau Java & Database Cloud, ca o fundatie pentru viitoare proiecte Cloud mai complexe”, afirma Sorin Mindrutescu, Oracle Romania Country Manager & Oracle CEE PaaS Leader.

Studiul Oracle Cloud Agility s-a bazat pe intervievarea unui numar de 2263 de angajati ai unor mari companii din intreaga lume si a avut ca tema principala modul in care este perceputa agilitatea in business in aceasta perioada de larga adoptie a Cloudului. In ciuda unei rate de adoptie inca destul de mica si a unui nivel de cunoastere moderat, din studiu reiese ca peste 65% dintre participanti considera ca propria organizatie este agila, adica se poate adapta rapid la noi oportunitati de business sau poate asimila cu usurinta noi produse si servicii.

Asa cum apreciza Sorin Mindrutescu, “Includerea serviciilor de consultanta in pachetele oferite in cadrul inititivei Oracle Fast Cloud are menirea de a oferi clientilor cele mai bune practici pe care corporatia Oracle si Oracle Consulting le-au acumulat in implementarea servicilor Cloud. In acest fel, clientii au un acces rapid la tehnologie si consultanta, prin pachete de servicii foarte simplu de adoptat, bazate pe o oferta transparenta si la un pret convenabil.”

Cei interesati pot urmari in intregime declaratia video in care Sorin Mindrutescu vorbeste despre initiativa Oracle Fast Cloud postata pe YouTube la adresa:

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As is already well know, in September 2012, the European Commission adopted a strategy for  ”Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”.

The strategy outlines a wide set of activities that will concur to deliver a realistic acceleration in cloud adoption across all economic sectors until 2020, with initial estimation according European Commission related to opening of 2.5 million new European jobs, and an annual boost of €160 billion to the European Union GDP (around 1%). More recent estimation shows in the next five years up to 1.57% contribution of Cloud computing to European GDP in cumulative growth. Additional positive impacts identified relate to public finances (via company and job creation and taxation) and energy.

In this context different measures have been initiated at European level to ‘unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe’ and ‘support the development of an environment favorable to the adoption of cloud computing in Europe.

cloud CEOne of the main project from this period is the Deloitte study for the European Commission measuring the economic impact of cloud computing in Europe. The study aims at identifying and quantifying the main costs and benefits current and perspective measures implemented at EU level will have on the professional users and local providers of cloud computing services in Europe. The study is founded on actual knowledge level about existing barriers that limit the widespread adoption of cloud computing and is focused on the optimal ways to attain the full potential of Cloud Computing.

In order to provide the Commission with a detailed and comprehensive study whose impact will be optimal, Deloitte is interested in to know directly professional users and local providers opinions on the issues identified and how they impact the next period adoption of cloud computing services.

In this way:

  • Any professional user of Cloud services interested to contribute with his knowledge to this project could participate to online study accessing CLOUD USERS’ SURVEY
  • Any provider of Cloud services which is interested in to contribute directly to the elaboration of policy to the evaluation and to provide relevant inputs to the policy-making process could participate to online study accessing CLOUD PROVIDERS’ SURVEY.


For any related question participants could contact direct the study team at the following address:

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