Friday, 1 October 2010

The Charity Cloud

ThinkGrid and appiChar are aiming to offer cloud services such as SaaS and Hosted Virtual Desktops for charitable organisations. The cloud suits such organisations as they operate on a variable headcount and a low budget. 

Read more here.

How is Uncle Sam using the cloud?

We heard Ian Osborne revealing the latest on the UK’s G-Cloud project. 

This made me curious to check out how Uncle Sam is using the cloud. It is said that the US has saved 1.7m$ by moving its services site onto the cloud. Then it has allowed its army to adopt a cloud based CRM tool saving 90% of the cost. And its interior department (DoI) is on track to save 67% of the costs. And there is more.

Lack of cloud computing vision is hurting most enterprises

This is the view expressed by David Linthicum in his cloud computing blog. So, it is really back to the basics then. Enterprises must look at their business problems and look for technology options that solve them instead of jumping on the private cloud bandwagon. 

We agree. In fact we
are trying to formulate a step by step process for creating a cloud computing strategy. We are sharing this message in our regional cloud workshops and webinars.

Do join us to know more about this procedural approach on October 6th between 2 and 2:30 PM BST

Cloud Services with End To End Service Levels

Orange Business Services, Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed an alliance, called Flexible 4 Business. Their plan is to offer four cloud services with tiered end-to-end service-level agreements. 

The services being offered include: 
(1) Private cloud that can be deployed either on customers' sites or on Orange Business Services’ (OBS) network 
(2) data backup 
(3) security-as-a-service and 
(4) unified communications services.  

Good for businesses – I think. 

What attracted us is the phrase “end to end service levels”. 
But there are some immediate questions that come to my mind: 
(1) Are all of the four services fully ready and available in one go? 
(2) Are the SLAs limited to availability and data location? 
(3) How would SLAs vary if the private cloud is deployed on customer’s site and not on OBS? 

These questions need detailed investigation.