There been a lot written about the Cloud but some other interesting news too.

Picture tomorrow’s workday in the Cloud

clouds1I found this website by accident and it won my prize of the day.  It says that global traffic generated by cloud computing services will increase 12-fold by 2015 compared with cloud traffic in 2010, while data centre traffic will increase four times by 2015.

Regardless of your impact, your world tomorrow will not be served by one giant cloud. Each business and individual will choose different cloud solutions: Some will build private clouds; others will build public clouds; some will prefer hybrid solutions; others will utilize cloud services to create a world of many clouds. By 2015, we will create the data equivalent of 92.5 million Libraries of Congress in one year (that’s a lot of books!). 

In less than two years’ time, the amount of business done in the cloud will grow exponentially. So, what does your cloud future look like?

Are you prepared?  You can find out when you use this free assessment tool which can help build your cloud vision today.

Access “The cloud: Too much (or Too Little) of a Good Thing?”

clouds2The searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com website says that one of the major benefits of cloud services is efficiency. Without proper cloud capacity management, however, companies can miss out on that benefit.

A free handbook is being promoted which includes best practices on how to avoid provisioning too many or too few resources; it also provides guidance on how to address cost concerns with respect to cloud capacity.

The handbook is available for download here.

Winner: Best cloud management software product

clouds3On the searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com website there’s an article which tells us that the best cloud management software product winner is Dell Cloud Manager

As cloud services mature, improved performance, lower costs and fewer outages are enticing enterprises to the cloud. However, not all cloud providers offer exactly what your enterprise needs when it comes to building, monitoring and managing a private cloud infrastructure or hybrid cloud deployment. To fill that void, many IT pros turn to third-party cloud management software.

Dell Cloud Manager – formerly both Dell Multi-Cloud Manager and Enstratius – allows enterprises to deploy, automate and manage applications on a multitude of public, private and hybrid clouds.

Seven new Internet Domains go live, hundreds more to come

clouds4This week, Web users will get to stake their claim on website names for seven new domains, the first of many to be introduced in 2014.  Donuts Inc., a generic top-level domain (gTLDs) registry, went live with seven new domains this week: .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles, and .ventures. Going forward, Web users can now register names on these domains – like tech.guru or womens.clothing.

“This is a unique opportunity for businesses, brands, organizations, and individuals to find an online identity that speaks precisely to their products, services, and interests,” Donuts CEO Paul Stahura said in a statement.

New domains will roll out on a weekly basis this year. On 5 February for example, Donuts will launch .camera, .equipment, .estate, .gallery, .graphics, .lighting, and .photography.

The article on pcmag.com says that before this week, there were 22 gTLDs, including .com, .org, and .net. In June 2011, however, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a plan that would allow people to apply for new gTLDs, like .pcmag, for example. The application process closed in May 2012, and officials started sorting through the submissions. Last year, ICANN said the rollout of hundreds of new Web address suffixes was expected by mid-2013, and that started in October with the rollout of domains in Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic scripts. Now, the rollout of domains in the Latin alphabet begin.

Web users interested in learning more about purchasing new and existing domain names can find details online. If multiple people request the same domain name, it may be auctioned to those who have pre-registered, according to Web.com.

Dell’s Cloud Connect Dongle puts Enterprise Computing on a Stick

clouds5There’s another story (on Wednesday) about Dell on pcmag.com which informs us that Dell’s long-promised, cloud-tapping, enterprise-computing-environment-on-a-stick is finally here.

I have to confess I wasn’t aware of this.

Del has announced the general availability of the Dell Wyse Cloud Connect dongle, first unveiled way back in January 2013 with the code name Project Ophelia. Dell Wyse Cloud Connect devices are priced at $129 per unit and plug into any compatible monitor to deliver access to the desktops, data, apps, and corporate networks used by business users. The upshot is that the dongle, which runs a hardened version of Android, offers access to those assets and data from virtually anywhere a user can plug it in, whether it’s the corporate office, home office, or on the road.

Armed with the Cloud Connect device, enterprise users can tap into their own desktops and secure corporate networks, he said, provided they have a Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware back-end, of course

What is it?

  • Cloud Connect is a fully functional mobile thin-client solution, with an extreme emphasis on both “thin” and “mobile.”
  • It’s a working PC, albeit a very small one that’s roughly the size of a very hefty thumb drive, but with an HDMI tip rather than USB.
  • The dongle sports an ARM-based application processor, 8GB of on-board storage, 1GB of system memory, and runs a version of Android 4.3 that’s been “hardened” with enterprise-class security and networking technologies.
  • It supports Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware virtualized desktop environments and provides remote access to both PCs running Windows and Apple Macs.
  • Cloud Connect also provides access to the Google Play store and a “wide array” of familiar Android apps available to smartphone and tablet users.
  • Cloud Connect has no battery and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • It is powered through MHL connections or can use a separate USB cable for un-powered HDMI ports.
  • The device offers “quick and secure” access to virtual desktops and corporate cloud assets, Dell said, while also affording enterprise users the ability to run “plug-and-play interactive presentations in full HD directly from the cloud or device, on any compatible display.”

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect can be ordered now at www.dell.com/cloudconnect and through Dell’s channel partners. The device is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

I’m off to buy one straightaway!

Martin Pollins

Martin Pollins

Managing Director at Bizezia
Martin Pollins is a Chartered Accountant with wide experience in corporate finance and business management. He holds a number of directorships and has served on the boards of several companies, including those listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM and OFEX.

He was a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1988 to 1996.

Martin Pollins ran his own firm based in Sussex and was the first Accountancy firm in the UK to advertise on television and Martin went on to create and launch the CharterGroup Partnership (the UK's first Accountancy network) and then LawGroup UK (one of the largest networks of lawyers in the country).

Martin started work on the Bizezia concept in 1996, developing the broad range of information resources and products over the past 18 years.
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