How can we better define IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS? Which are “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”?

The Cloud phenomenon continues to remain the major trend, almost unanimously identified as the main “guilty” of the emergence and rapid development of all other disruptive technologies. However, there are many unclear points and discussion topics related to defining Cloud patterns and especially their beneficial or evil influence…

That’s why Stratoscale, a hyper-converged software start-up asked 32 worldwide experts from IT industry to share their insights on the differences between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. The result of this valuable summary of expert content contribution was published on the Stratoscale’s website in a comprehensive article named: “IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Who is Stratoscale?
Stratoscale is the cloud infrastructure company, allowing anyone to deploy an AWS compatible region in any datacenter. Stratoscale Symphony, can be deployed in minutes on commodity x86 servers, creating an Amazon Web Services (AWS) region supporting EC2, S3, EBS, RDS and Kubernetes. Stratoscale was named a “Cool Vendor in Servers and Virtualization” by Gartner and is backed by over $70M from leading investors including Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm Ventures, SanDisk and Leslie Ventures.

cloud☁mania had the honour of being invited to participate in this initiative. You can read the cloud☁mania’s contribution to the matched theme and some consideration related to the evolution of the Cloud phenomenon. Read here our contribution:

The Future of Cloud Computing 

“We think about cloud computing when we need a scalable solution that can be quickly adapted to the requirements of the organisation’s time and that does not require substantial human and material investment. New business models that migrate existing solutions to the cloud or simply use applications and platforms lessens the burden on managers and allows them to focus entirely on business issues. In my opinion, the different classification models adopted by the cloud community and assimilated as standards by cloud ecosystems are only conventions. IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS are clearly different models, involving different technology components with different addressability.

Hyperconvergence solutions - stratoscaleIt is difficult to directly compare these models because there are very different. It’s important to understand who the users for each model are, and how cloud migration is solving their basic needs: IaaS addresses IT departments; PaaS and all middleware solutions migrated in the cloud are meant for apps developers, and SaaS is very clearly meant for end-users (be it enterprise or private users). Each model has his own adoption popularity and migration threats.

Additionally, from the enterprise point of view, the majority of cloud migration projects are involving a mix of models. This is similar to the attempt to compare public and private cloud – today, it is clear that the most accepted form is actually the hybrid cloud. But there already are a lot of different interpretations, even for the hybrid concept. Recently, the hybrid cloud has started to define various combinations between cloud and on-premises delivered solutions, which is now being discussed as distributed cloud or edge/fog computing in different interpretations. This type of cloud technology is moving the initial processing phases to the users’ terminals (networking edges) in real time, sending to the cloud only recordable data.

The next step is towards software-defined everything or hyper-converged systems, consisting of bundles of hardware and software that integrate particles of processing, storage and networking. Everything is managed by IT admins and by orchestration systems based on cloud tools and development practices.” Contributed by Radu Crahmaliuc, Founder, cloud☁mania.

From Cloud models flavours, benefits and dark sides, to XaaS, CPaaS and containers  

Connecting-To-Public-CloudHere is a briefing summary of other contributors perspective can be synthesised in few general conclusions. Important to note this is a personal selection aimed only to underline the most interesting aspects of this big Cloud diversity. To read the full specialists/ statements please see the original Stratoscale’s article “IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

“While these cloud models offer a lot of convenience and flexibility, they do all have downsides. Things can go horribly wrong with either SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS when the provider hosting your instances has an outage”Peter Tsai, IT Analyst, Spiceworks;

“Clients should strive to separate application lifecycles from hardware lifecycles, which is greatly enhanced by allowing cloud service providers to handle the challenges of maintaining capacity and services in the face of unknowns” Niels Goldstein, Director of Hybrid IT Management and Modernization Practice, CGI Federal

Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) is a beautiful thing – consume the best of breed services or the service de jour that your business organization wants, at the scale that it’s needed, anytime, anywhere. The good in this is clearly the agility, availability and scalability of services. In addition, on-demand services mean that one only pays for the services consumed at the time of consumption.”  – Kong Yang, Head Geek, SolarWinds

“The future of cloud computing depends upon factors that go way beyond the many services it offers. It’s not just about understanding what will work, won’t work, or what will fail terribly – it’s about thinking about the big picture, and noticing the obvious, which is getting ignored”. Naveen Joshi, DirectorAllerin

“Many IaaS vendors restrict customers’ network configurations, so sometimes really ugly workarounds are needed to get applications to work properly without redesign.” Ruslan Synytsky, CEOJelastic

“There are three Very Different Cloud Model ‘Flavors’ of current Cloud computing. Sometimes there are no clear-cut divisions between the three and the edges can be a bit blurry.” –  Dr. Roman Zenner, Industry Analyst & Content WriterCommercetools

“The most wonderful advantage of IaaS is the capability to transfer work to the cloud during peak demand in on-premise systems.” – Rahul Singh, Assistant Manager, Digital Marketing, SEO & BrandingPersistence Market Research (PMR)

The typical understanding is that the application sphere of cloud computing models is applicable only for pooling of ICT resources: servers, storages, switches, and so on. But the application sphere is obviously much broader – it may cover the entire spectrum of services and products and can be applied not just to servers, storages and switches, but to any kind of resource, such as vehicles, industrial equipment, buildings, and so on.”  – Alexander Gerasimov, Director of Сloud & ICT Market AnalysisJ’son & Partners Consulting

Deploying both IaaS and PaaS offers flexibility for design and deployment. The good news is that the delivered solution is fully operational, and you can focus on your data and processes without having to worry about operational details. The bad news, of course, is that you are limited to whatever features and modifications the vendor offers”. – Roger Strukhoff, Director of ResearchAltoros 

“The main concerns when using IaaS involve the details of the platform that are somewhat opaque (for example, networking performance, and particularly networking performance characteristics of different node types.”-  Mark Chopping, COOKognitio

Promising and innovative developers need the right tools to bring their application visions into the world. If they’re stuck working with a subpar development environment, they spend more time trying to work around the limitations in the system than they do meeting their original goals.”- Mark Geene, CEO & Co-Founder, Cloud Elements

“Why is Anything-as-a-Service good, and why might it be bad? The simple HR answer is: “It depends.” An “-as-a-Service” offering exists for almost anything you can think of in IT these days. Some of those services are fairly baked, like IaaS and SaaS, and are relatively easy to consume.”Mark Thiele, CSOApcera

“The cloud is definitely one of the key accelerators of digital transformation because it functions as a catalyst in promoting effective dialogue between businesses and IT today. The cloud is fast and easy to use, less expensive and increases business agility.” contribution of Suyati

IaaS requires expert knowledge to deploy complex applications in the cloud. The customer cannot manage and control the underlying physical infrastructure, and can only control the virtual platform.”Ekaterina Yudina, Project Manager and Content EngineerIT-GRAD

In recent years, PaaS is viewed in combination with microservices and concepts like containers and DevOps, which broadens its scope for innovation. But PaaS is not yet a very mature market and is still at the early stage of adoption. PaaS offerings also have a confusing marketing message.”- Nandavarapu Kiran, Director, Hi-Tech PracticeBlueocean Market Intelligence

“Despite its many benefits, IaaS is not optimal for certain use cases. Businesses that need ultra low-latency for sensitive applications are probably better off building a local data center where they can always guarantee optimal performance.”Contributed by DoubleHorn

PaaS has a definite dark side because it is most likely to cause lock-in to a particular cloud. Additionally, use of PaaS services is often metered, and can result in unexpectedly high costs if the use case scenarios are not appropriate.“ – Scott Chate, VP Partner & Market DevelopmentCorent Technology Inc.

“Everything is SaaS. IaaS is basically someone with a big server using software like VMware or Hyper-V to split up the server’s resources into software-based virtual servers. PaaS is basically someone with a big server using software like Azure to create software-based development environments. On these environments, people can write their own software – maybe even another SaaS solution – and present it to the world.”Richard May, Managing Director, virtualDCS

“When choosing cloud vendors for business-critical services, it is, therefore, worth to at least check to see how difficult it would be to migrate. It might not be that difficult to switch infrastructure providers as long as you stick to pure virtual machines, but the more you use higher-level platform services, the more bound you become to them.”Marcin Okraszewski, Software ArchitectCloudorado

“Before the cloud, every huge enterprise had a data center with walls, guards, fences, and locks to secure critical data. Now, organisations of any size can take advantage of world-class data centers run by Amazon AWS or Google GCE.”Patrick Kerpan, Co-Founder and CEO, Cohesive Networks

“If your organisation provides digital or software-based products and services which differentiate you from your competitors, you need the flexibility to build solutions that are your own product, and which distinct from your competition’s. This is what leads organisations to consider IaaS/PaaS over SaaS.”Dan Norris-Jones, Director and Co-Founder, Priocept

“Working with IaaS raises concerns with regards to sensitive data. There is also the question of security compliance and adhering to external data security regulations: Does the provider have security measures in place to manage communication outages such as denial of service, or attacks such as IP spoofing, DNS poisoning, ARP poisoning or RIP? “ – Cohen, Principal Blogger, Electric Monk

You should begin from strategic objectives, and ask: What should the cloud bring your company? Cheaper IT, better IT, or faster IT innovation? These are different goals, which, together with your company’s current or planned IT competence, drive your service model decisions.”Peter van Eijk, Head Coach, clubcloudcomputing.com

Compared to deploying on-premises bare-metal servers, leveraging the IaaS model can provide higher levels of physical and logical security, a more robust underlying hardware platform and complete management by IT professionals.”- Matthew Chesterton, CEO, OffsiteDataSync

“XaaS is the new hulk of the cloud computing. Born due to elasticity offered by the cloud, XaaS can provide an ever-increasing range of solutions, allowing businesses to choose exactly the solution they want, tailored for their business, irrespective of size/vertical.” Amarkant Singh, Head of ProductBotmetric

“In my opinion, there are three major benefits of any XaaS solution: mobility, security, and predictability.” Paul Powell, Microsoft Practice LeadBishop Technologies, Inc.

“IaaS, SaaS and PaaS all have their own pros and cons. Just like other available solutions, such as on-premise or a private cloud, the current situation a specific organisation is in defines which solution fits best.”Jelle Visser, Sales and MarketingValueblue

“The good thing about SaaS is that you can set it and forget it – usually everything works well for the first few months/years. Certain SaaS providers also offer trial periods or even free memberships as long as you remain under the quotas.”Mark, Blogger, Marksei

“The biggest concern with SaaS is data security and on-premise integration. Challenges include: integrating SaaS with existing applications, availability of well-defined APIs and the cost of accessing them, user onboarding and offboarding, and integrating SaaS with existing on-prem applications.” – Pradipta Banerjee, Blogger, CloudGeekz

“SaaS is ideal for businesses where certain software is used irregularly or in the short term, such as for tax or billing software. Furthermore, businesses that rely on remote access from different devices benefit from SaaS models, as their software can be accessed on any device.” –  Contributed by CTS

“Many public clouds limit the amount of customization and control you have over the environment, potentially leaving you to contend with noisy neighbours, latency issues, suboptimal application performance, and security concerns – all of which eat up time and energy.” – Contributed by B2cloud

“Although some experts believe that when it comes to security and performance, a single-tenant model would fit better, I see multi-tenancy as the most elegant and cost efficient cloud deployment model.”- Richard Velden, Developer, Werken bij Qualogy

“The biggest change in the field of cloud services is the enthusiasm around containers. I see the success of this as similar to the success of APIs compared to the success of SOA”John Mathon, CEO, Agile Stacks Inc.

 “Most organisations manage network assignments using Excel spreadsheets. When the networking team receives a request to set up a new network, they access the spreadsheet for suitable resources.” – Juha Holkkola, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist, FusionLayer Inc.

“When security is done right, the cloud can be even more secure than traditional software. 62.9% of IT professionals believe the cloud platforms have equal or better security than on-premises software.” – Kamal Shah, SVP of Products and MarketingSkyhigh

“These two trends – the shift from standalone, siloed communication environments to embedded communications, and the shift from on-premises communications systems to cloud-based services – are big market drivers today, and the pace of those shifts are accelerating.” Dan Nordale, Chief Revenue Officer, Flowroute

“Although the SPI models are important, the impact of XaaS will tip the scale toward a massive paradigm shift in which technology is no longer considered a mere resource, but also a strategic imperative for ensuring business profitability in mass.”James O’Connor, Analyst and Technical Writer, eFileCabinet

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CASTIGATORII EuroCloud AWARD 2014 ROMANIA

LogoEuroCloudRomania3EuroCloud Romania a anuntat castigatorii competitiei interne EuroCloud Award 2014, care vor merge anul acesta la Luxemburg pentru a reprezenta Romania in competitia Premiilor EuroCloud Europa 2014.

A fost a doua editie a celebrei competitii organizata in Romania de EuroCloud. Scopul concursului EuroCloud Award este evidentierea solutiilor de business inovatoare, recunoasterea performantelor industriei locale de cloud, precum si promovarea unui climat competitional in cadrul furnizorilor romani de servicii cloud.

Evaluate de catre un juriu independent, din care anul acesta a avut cinstea sa faca parte si cloudmania, premiile EuroCloud Romania fac parte din competitia europeana. Castigatorii din Romania sunt deja nominalizati in finala competitiei europene, ai ai carei invingatori vor fi anuntati in 30 septembrie 2014 la Luxemburg, in cadrul unei traditionale gale organizata in cadrul Congresului EuroCloud.

eurocloud_award_2014Pentru a acoperi cat mai bine diversitatea tot mai mare a serviciilor de cloud oferite, anul acesta au fost stabilite mai multe categorii fata de editia din 2013:

  • Cel mai bun serviciu SaaS de pe piata 
  • Cel mai bun serviciu IaaS/PaaS de pe piata
  • Cel mai inovativ startup de cloud
  • Startup-ul de cloud cu cel mai bun potential de business
  • Cel mai bun serviciu de cloud pentru sectorul public
  • Serviciul de cloud cu cel mai mare impact in business

In urma procesului de jurizare, anul acesta au fost acordate premii doar la acele categorii care au corespuns tuturor conditiilor de reprezentabilitate stipulate de regulamentul international al competitiei.

Asadar, laureatii competitiei EuroCloud Award Romania 2014 sunt:

  • Cel mai bun serviciu SaaS: 4PSA cu serviciul VoipNow Cloud on Demand 
  • Cel mai bun serviciu IaaS/PaaS: BigStep cu solutia Full Metal Cloud
  • Cel mai inovativ start-up de cloud: Marketizator
  • Cel mai bun serviciu de cloud pentru sectorul public: Ymens cu proiectul “Registrul pacientilor cu poliartrita reumatoida” 

 

Sa trecem scurt in revista fiecare dintre solutiile premiate:

VoipNow Cloud OnDemand, furnizor 4PSA –  platforma de comunicatii in cloud dedicata furnizorilor de servicii si organizatiilor care au nevoie de facilitati PBX Enterprise, comunicare video, mesagerie instant, elemente de contact center, conferinte, fax si mobilitate. Cu serviciile VoipNow Cloud OnDemand beneficiarii au acces la aceleasi solutii de inalta performanta pentru comunicarea in cloud, care ruleaza in propria infrastructura cloud. Solutia poate fi instalata si configurata in mai putin de o ora si oferita ca UC-as-a-Service.

Bigstep Full Metal Cloud, furnizor Bigstep – este o solutie de tip IaaS de inalta performanta pentru aplicatiile big data ce ofera o extraordinara scalabilitate fara a se baza pe un hypervisor, astfel incat poate asigura intreaga putere conferita de structura bare metal, precum si flexibilitatea si garantiile de securitate ale cloudului. Arhitectura solutiei o pozitioneaza ca ideala pentru structurile de cloud public care ruleaza aplicatii big data de mare putere, cu performante  care pot fi cu 300-500% superioare aplicatiilor similare ce ruleaza in mediile publice bazate pe infrastructuri virtuale.

Marketizator, furnizor Marketizator Friends – este o aplicatie de tip SaaS destinata marketerilor. Aceasta ajuta marketerii fara cunostinte tehnice sa faca diverse ajustari ale site-ului in vederea imbunatatirii vanzarilor, sa insereze diverse mesaje personalizate in functie de istoricul respectivului vizitator sau sa insereze sondaje de opinie. Mesajele si sondajele de opinie pot fi declansate in momentul in care vizitatorul doreste sa iasa din pagina.

Registrul Național al Pacienților cu Poliartrită Reumatoidă, furnizor Ymens – Asociația Registrul Român de Boli Reumatice și compania de cloud Ymens au dezvoltat și implementat un sistem cloud de referinta pentru sectorul public de sanatate din Romania. Dezvoltat la nivel national, sistemul este dedicat automatizarii fluxului dosarelor pentru pacientii cu poliartrita reumatoida. Doar in perioada primului an de utilizare, aceasta solutie a deservit peste 4000 de pacienti din intreaga tara si a crescut eficienta, rapiditatea si acuratețea fluxului de aprobare pentru zece terapii biologice.

Sa tinem pumnii pentru reprezentantii nostri in finala continentala a competitiei EuroCloud Award 2014!

 

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SFATURI PENTRU ALEGEREA CELUI MAI POTRIVIT FURNIZOR DE CLOUD

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Iata un articol din seria de informatii practice pe care sper ca vom putea sa o continuam, atat prin postari si analize publicate in revistele de specialitate, cat si prin viitoarele editii ale Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania care vor aborda subiecte din ce in ce mai pragmatice. Pana atunci, puteti gasi in articolul “Când, cine, cum și pe ce criterii alegem un furnizor de servicii cloud?“ cateva idei despre o etapa extrem de dificila din procesul de migrare la modelul cloud computing.   

cloud criteriaAlegerea celui mai potrivit furnizor de servicii cloud nu este ușoară, mai ales cand suntem la inceput. Vorbind în special despre serviciile de infrastructură, e clar că deciziile de alegere a furnizorilor trebuie să fie rezultatul unui lung și complex proces de analiză. În primul rând decizia de migrare parțială sau totală a infrastructurii în cloud este legată de o anumită stare de fapt la care s-a ajuns. Aceasta e generată de starea de ”sănătate ” a sistemului informatic, care implică luarea unor măsuri. Fie mașinile hardware din dotare trebuie upgrdate sau înlocuite, fie serverele nu mai fac față volumelor tot mai mari de date, fie noile aplicații de business necesită mai mult spațiu de stocare, o procesare mai rapidă sau condiții îmbunătățite de siguranță. Și enumerarea poate continua… Cauze sunt multe.

Esențială este decizia. Ceva trebuie schimbat. Avem bani pentru asta sau nu avem. Trebuie să ne adaptăm din mers, iar procesul de transformare e îndelungat. Nu avem bani, ne trebuie o soluție deșteaptă sau ne gândim la un compromis. Cine decide ce este mai bun pentru noi? Toate acestea sunt adevăruri desprinse dintr-o multitudine de situații reale, la care inevitabil se ajunge pe parcursul ciclului de viață al unei sistem informatic.

Cloudul și-a dovedit viabilitatea. Cloudul ajută companiile să economisească, oferindu-le soluții mai performante, mai ușor de administrat și nu în ultimul rând mai accesibile. În momentul în care s-a luat decizia adoptării unor soluții de infrastructură cloud trebuie stabilită o echipă care să coordoneze achiziția și implementarea. Structura minimală a echipei trebuie să includă directorul IT – pentru evaluarea ofertelor tehnice și cel puțin un reprezentant al executivului – pentru analiza managerială și financiară. Mai departe procesul nu este de loc simplu, căci nu este suficient să studiezi ofertele de servicii de pe Internet.

Oferta de servicii IaaS este destul de bogată, dar descrierile de servicii nu sunt întotdeauna complete. Cum putem știi dacă o ofertă sau alta este mai bună pentru cerințele specifice organizației noastre?

Daca va intereseaza cam care ar fi criteriile apicabile la alegerea unor servicii IaaS, va recomand sa cititi in intregime articolul “Când, cine, cum și pe ce criterii alegem un furnizor de servicii cloud?“ publicat in numarul de Aprilie al revistei IT Trends.

 

Sursa: IT Trends, Aprilie, 2014

 

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CIO CLOUD DEFINITIONS (2)

Continuing the journey to find better definitions for cloud computing concept, model, and basically classifications, let’s look this time at CIO.com pages dedicated to Cloud Computing Definitions and Solutions. Admitting any theoretical definition of cloud computing could be controversial, CIO is proposing concise definition of consulting firm Accenture:

Business-Cloud-Direction-300px“Cloud computing is the dynamic provisioning of IT capabilities (hardware, software, or services) from third parties over a network.”

We have to recognize this is a very concise definition… Starting from here, CIO is developing the more deeply description of cloud computing as model, not as technology.

According CIO, “Cloud computing is computing model, not a technology. In this model of computing, all the servers, networks, applications and other elements related to data centers are made available to IT and end users via the Internet, in a way that allows IT to buy only the type and amount of computing services that they need. The cloud model differs from traditional outsourcers in that customers don’t hand over their own IT resources to be managed.”

From CIO perspective the differences between virtualization and cloud are related to different levels of abstraction used. Admitting “virtualization most often means server virtualization — in which one physical server acts as host to several virtual servers, each of which runs on a layer of software called a hypervisor whose job it is to parcel out storage, memory and other computing resources,” cloud computing is taking this abstraction one further step. “Rather than making one server appears to be several, it makes an entire data-center worth of servers, networking devices, systems management, security, storage and other infrastructure, look like a single computer, or even a single screen.”

Finally, here is CIO description of the three basic types of cloud computing:

• Infrastructure as a Service — provides grids or clusters or virtualized servers, networks, storage and systems software designed to augment or replace the functions of an entire data center. The highest-profile example is Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud [EC2] and Simple Storage Service, but IBM and other traditional IT vendors are also offering services.

• Platform as a Service — Provides virtualized servers on which users can run existing applications or develop new ones without having to worry about maintaining the operating systems, server hardware, load balancing or computing capacity. Highest-profile examples include Microsoft’s Azure and Salesforce’s Force.com.

• Software as a Service — The most widely known and widely used form of cloud computing, SaaS provides all the functions of a sophisticated traditional application, but through a Web browser, not a locally-installed application. SaaS eliminates worries about app servers, storage, application development and related, common concerns of IT. Highest-profile examples are Salesforce.com, Google’s Gmail and Apps, instant messaging from AOL, Yahoo and Google, and VoIP from Vonage and Skype.

Source: cio.com

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INFOGRAPH OF THE WEEK: OPSVIEW – CLOUD, IAAS & VIRTUALIZATION SURVEY

Opsview’s Cloud, IaaS and Virtualization Survey is based on 420 respondents – IT decision maker in large and midsize organizations from North America and Europe.

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Source: Opsview.com

GARTNER IaaS MAGIC QUADRANT 2013

Gartner just released the 2013 update of his traditionally Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Here are some consideration about the evaluation methodology and MQ players. 

In the context of this Magic Quadrant, IaaS is defined by Gartner as “a standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources, complemented by storage and networking capabilities, are owned by a service provider and offered to the customer on demand. The resources are scalable and elastic in near-real-time, and metered by use. Self-service interfaces are exposed directly to the customer, including a Web-based UI and API optionally. The resources may be single-tenant or multitenant, and hosted by the service provider or on-premises in the customer’s datacentre.”

Gartner MQTo be included in Magic Quadrant IaaS providers should target enterprise and midmarket customers, offering high-quality services, with excellent availability, good performance, high security and good customer support. For each IaaS provider included in MQ Gartner is offering deep description related to services offer like: datacentre locations, computing issues, storage & network features, special notes, and recommended users. Also deep comments about Strengths & Caution in Cloud adoption are offered for each IaaS provider, despite the MQ positioning.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for IaaS is a more than eloquent picture of actual status of IaaS major players. IaaS market momentum is strongly dominated by Amazon Web Services both Vision and Execution essentially directions. According Garner analysts, AWS is a clear leader, with more than five times the compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other fourteen providers included in MQ. AWS is appreciated for “innovative, exceptionally agile and very responsive to the market and the richest IaaS product portfolio”.

The Leaders Quadrant is positioning CSC as second player, a traditional IT outsourcer with a broad range of datacentre outsourcing capabilities. CSC is appreciated for his commitment to embrace the highly standardized cloud model, and his solid platform attractive to traditional IT operations organizations that still want to retain control, but need to offer greater agility to the business

The Challengers Quadrant is including Verizon Terremark – the market share leader in VMware-virtualized public cloud IaaS, Dimension Data – a large SI and VAR entering in the cloud IaaS market through the 2011 acquisition of OpSource, and Savvis – a CenturyLink company with a long track record of leadership in the hosting market.

Big surprise for Visionaries Quadrant is the comfortable positioning of Microsoft with his Windows Azure platform.  Previously strictly PaaS, Azure is becoming IaaS also in April 2013 when Microsoft launched Windows Azure Infrastructure Services which include Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks.  Microsoft place in Visionary Quadrant is motivated by Gartner by the global vision of infrastructure and platform services “that are not only leading stand-alone offerings, but also seamlessly extend and interoperate with on-premises Microsoft infrastructure (rooted in Hyper-V, Windows Server, Active Directory and System Center) and applications, as well as Microsoft’s SaaS offerings.”  

Between the IaaS providers from the Niche Players Quadrant, we have to note the presence of heawy playes triade: IBM, HP, and Fujitsu. Gartner appreciate IBM for his wide range of cloud-related products and services, IaaS MQ analyse including only cloud offering from SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE) and cloud-enabled infrastructure service IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+. In the same way, from HP’s range of cloud-related products and services Gartner is considered only HP Public Cloud and some cloud-enabled infrastructure services, such HP Enterprise Services Virtual Private Cloud. Fujitsu is one of the few non-American cloud providers, being appreciated by Gartner for the large cloud IaaS offerings, including the Fujitsu Cloud IaaS Trusted Public S5 (formerly the Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform), multiple regional offerings based on a global reference architecture (Fujitsu Cloud IaaS Private Hosted, formerly known as Fujitsu Local Cloud Platform), and multiple private cloud offerings, especially in Asia-Pacific area and Europe.

Speaking about non-America regions we should observe that significant European-based providers like CloudSigma, Colt, Gigas, Orange Business Services, OVH and Skyscape Cloud Services was not included in this Magic Quadrant. The same for Asia/Pacific region with major players like Datapipe, NTT and Tata Communications.

Gartner considered also two offerings that are currently in beta stage, and therefore could not be included in this evaluation, but could be considered as prospective players of next MQ edition: Google Compute Engine (GCE)a model similar to Amazon EC2’s, and VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) – a full-featured offering with more functionality than vCloud Datacenter Service.

Sources: Gartner public Web pages & Blogs, Cloud Computing Groups Discussions.

 

ROMANIAN WINNERS OF EuroCloud AWARD 2013

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EuroCloud Romania announced the winners of EuroCloud Awards 2013. The main purpose of competition was better promotion of local innovative solutions in cloud computing area, consolidating a real competitive Romanian cloud providers market. This is the first time the winners of local contest will participate as nominees in international EuroCloud Awards, with officialy announcement during European EuroCloud Congress.

 

Romanian edition of EuroCloud Awards 2013 established four contest criteria: Best cloud offer for Iaas, Saas, Paas solutions, Best Cloud Start-up, Best Private Cloud project, and Best Public Cloud project. Function of each category, the jury analysed each project proposal from quality and professional criteria, market availability, main functionalities, capabilities, connectivity issues, datacentre resources allocation, data security and confidentiality compliance, business benefits for client, competitive advantages offered, marketing & sales benefits, etc.

Here are the winners of Romanian edition of EuroCloud Awards 2013:congres2013

  • The Best IaaS Offer: GTS Telecom, for GTS Virtual Hosting Environment
  • The Best SaaS Offer: Ymens, for Ymens cloud platform.
  • The Best Cloud Start-up:  RenderStreet for his cloud rendering portal.
  • The Best Private Cloud Project: Ymens solutions implementation at Unior – Tepid
  • The Best Public Cloud Project: SIVECO Romania for ADLIC application dedicated to High Schools admission and management of National Exams. 

 More details about the winning solutions and projects could be found in EuroCloud Romania dedicated Web page.

 About ADLIC, the winner Best Public Cloud awarded Project you can read in deep in cloudmania previous posts: “SIVECO Romania Believe in Cloud Advantages” (English), and “SIVECO mizeaza pe tehnologia cloud” (Romanian).

 Read all details about the contest, winners, and appreciation criteria in official announcement from EuroCloud Romania.

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ACESTIA SUNT CASTIGATORII EuroCloud AWARD ROMANIA

eurocloudawards2013_180pxEuroCloud Romania a anuntat rezultatele competitiei EuroCloud Awards 2013. Asa cum precizam si in postul ” EuroCloud Romania premiaza cele mai inovatoare solutii de cloud locale”, scopul acestei competitii este de a evidentia cele mai inovatoare solutii oferite pe piata locala a solutiilor cloud si de a promova un climat competitional in cadrul industriei romanesti de cloud computing. In plus, castigatorii editiei locale s-au calificat pe listele de nominalizari ale premiilor EuroCloud Europa, care se vor decerna in acest an in cadrul Congresului European EuroCloud.

Premiile EuroCloud Romania din acest an au fost disponibile in patru categorii: Cea mai buna oferta de cloud – Iaas, Saas, Paas, Cel mai bun startup de cloud, Cel mai bun proiect de cloud – sectorul privat si Cel mai bun proiect de cloud – sectorul public. In functie de categorie, juriul a analizat candidaturile din punct de vedere al calitatii si profesionalismului propunerii, perspectivelor pentru adoptia serviciului in piata, functionalitatilor oferite, conectivitate, interoperabilitate, utilizare rationala a resurselor in datacenter, conformitate cu regulile de securitate a datelor, protectia datelor si compliance, nevoia de business, beneficiul obtinut de catre client, avantaje competitive pentru client, beneficiul obtinut in marketing / vanzari.

congres2013Iata castigatorii editiei de anul acesta a premiilor EuroCloud Romania:

  • Cea mai buna oferta de Cloud, Infrastructura ca Serviciu: GTS Telecom, GTS Virtual Hosting Environment

  • Cea mai buna oferta de Cloud, Software ca Serviciu: Ymens, Platforma cloud Ymens

  • Cel mai bun Startup de Cloud:  RenderStreet

  • Cel mai bun proiect de cloud, sectorul privat:  Implementarea soluțiilor Ymens în cadrul companiei Unior – Tepid

  • Cel mai bun proiect de cloud, sectorul public: ADLIC repartizarea computerizată în licee – SIVECO Romania

Pentru mai multe detalii asupra solutiilor si proiectelor castigatoare, va rugam sa vizitati pagina EuroCloud Romania dedicata acestor proiecte

Despre aplicatia ADLIC, castigatoarea premiului EuroCloud Romania la sectiunea Cloud Public ati putut citi deja in postarile cloud☁mania: “SIVECO Romania Believe in Cloud Advantages”, si “SIVECO mizeaza pe tehnologia cloud”. Celelalte solutii cstigatoare vor fi prezentate in viitoarele postari.

Cititi informatii complete despre competitie, castigatori si criteriile de apreciere in comunicatul oficial de pe site-ul EuroCloud Romania:

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PENTRU CEI 175 MILIOANE DE UTILIZATORI DROPBOX EXISTĂ UN iCLOUD PENTRU ORICE

dropboxDropbox a anunţat în această dimineaţă că a ajuns la peste 175 de milioane de utilizatori. În cadrul primei conferinţe pentru dezvoltatori, Drew Houston CEO al Dropbox a anunţat Dropbox Platform, care va beneficia de facilităţi de sincronizare. Laitmotivul evenimetului este sloganul « Există un iCloud pentru orice: Android, iOS, Web, desktop apps, smart TV apps … ».

Noua platformă Dropbox este un API pentru dezvoltatorii care vor să permit utilizatorilor să creeze, să acceseze şi să salveze documente, fişiere sau date în aplicaţiile lor, într-un mediu compatibil şi accesibil.

Printre partenerii care au colaborat la elaborarea noii platforme se numără Shutterstock, portalul de editare foto PicMonkey, utilitarul de project-management Asana, Yahoo Mail, creatorul video online Animoto, 1Password, CloudOn, Fedex şi Fargo.

English Summary

DROPBOX ANNOUNCED 175 MIL> USERS

Dropbox announced this morning that it has grown to 175 million users — and that it wants to replace the hard drive. “Sync is the new save,” chief executive Drew Houston said as he announced the Dropbox Platform at the company’s first developer conference. The new Dropbox platform is an API for developers who want to enable users to create, access, and save documents, files, or data in their apps — and make it cross-platform compatible and accessible. What Dropbox is calling the “Datastore API” provides storing and syncing beyond files, the company says, adding that “structured data like contacts, to-do items, and game state can be synced across devices and platforms effortlessly.”

Source: venturebeat.com, ” iCloud for everything: Dropbox grows to 175M users, launches platform to ‘replace the hard drive”. 
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