IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS).|Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

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Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: Web-scale Client Application Hosting

July 2, 2014
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Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: Web-scale Client Application Hosting

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, previously known by its codename, Mohoro, was released at TechEd 2014 in Houston last month as a public beta. What is it? Was it worth the wait? And whatever happened to Microsoft’s DaaS platform? Project Mohoro first came to light in May 2013 amid speculation that Microsoft was developing its own DaaS…

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RES IT Store: More of a Store Than a StoreFront

June 30, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

In February of this year, RES Software introduced its IT Store product, which at first glance looked (and sounded) like an application similar to Citrix’s StoreFront. However, once you scratch the surface, IT Store appears to be a lot more than just a pretty front end to some installed or streamed applications; it’s a full…

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Gigaom Structure: Hyperscale Cloud Innovation

June 25, 2014
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CloudComputing

Attending Gigaom Structure was an exercise in getting fire-hosed with the leading edge innovation that public cloud providers are bringing to their customers worldwide. These innovations not only will have a profound effect on public cloud computing, but also will ultimately impact data center architectures, costs, and benefits worldwide.

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Protecting ITaaS Consoles

June 24, 2014
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ITasaService

There has been quite a bit written about Code Spaces and how unauthorized access to its ITaaS console granted enough permissions to delete everything out of Amazon, including backups. There are lessons here not only for tenants, but also for those vendors who create ITaaS consoles, such as VMware (vCHS, vCD, vCAC, vCenter, Orchestrator, etc.),…

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Chesterfield County Schools Turn to Sphere 3D for Windows on Chromebooks

June 23, 2014
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ITasaService

Unless you work in education you might not know it, but Microsoft and Apple have a serious and growing Chromebook problem. According to data from Futuresource Consulting, Chromebook adoption has grown from less than 1% of all devices shipped within the education market in 2012 to more than 25% of shipments in Q4 2013. Earlier…

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Interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus

June 16, 2014
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CloudComputing

Our position that OpenStack is dead, both as a public cloud platform and as a private cloud platform, provoked a discussion with Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos about Eucalyptus’s role in the public cloud–hybrid cloud–private cloud continuum. Following is an edited transcript of our email interview with Mickos.

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Does OpenStack Have a Future in the Private/Hybrid Cloud?

June 11, 2014
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ITasaService

A private/hybrid cloud management platform must offer a rich set of services, be easily implementable, and offer compatibility with public clouds. OpenStack fails in all of these dimensions and as such is destined to completely fail as a private or hybrid cloud offering. Therefore, OpenStack will fail as a private, hybrid, and public cloud offering.

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Why Microsoft Might Just End Up Owning the Future

May 30, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

The past two years have seen an arms race at the high end of the virtualization arena. The biggest players in the space have competed furiously to add features and capabilities to their combined platform offerings, either by swallowing up smaller companies or investing heavily in product development. MDM, DaaS, hybrid cloud, profile management, application…

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Budget VDI Leader NComputing Joins DaaS Party

May 21, 2014
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Budget VDI Leader NComputing Joins DaaS Party

NComputing is joining the highly competitive Desktop as a Service (DaaS) business with an extension of its vSpace VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) platform that enables service providers to offer Desktops as a Service at a fraction of the cost of currently available services. At the same time, NComputing has announced that it has been selected…

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