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Like most maturing industries, standards are required to achieve broad adoption and maximum value. For the cloud, in particular cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Cloud, it's time for a standard method for presenting these services so buyers can reasonably compare and contrast and make better buying decisions. At the moment, purchasing IaaS is similar to how groceries were bought decades ago - very difficult to compare - both the product contents and the price/value vary from one vendor to another. A recent study conducted by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) - involving Intel, Appnomic Systems and a number of other ODCA enterprise members - illustrates just how difficult the situation is today. Other industries have gone through this evolutionary phase of defining standards and the cloud computing industry w... (more)

KISS Your Cloud Integration Issues Away

Cloud computing's promise is becoming reality, but cloud integration is an ongoing challenge. As the use of cloud applications spreads throughout the enterprise, there's just no way to escape data exchange, change management, and related user issues. Why? The fact is, most top cloud and even enterprise software solutions require integration with other applications or data sources for optimal functionality and performance. Whether corporate performance and business management, CRM, ERP, or operational and transactional data analysis, an enormous number of applications benefit fro... (more)

Preventive IT Analytics

Managing software application performance is complex and increasingly challenging. Surprisingly, even today, massive IT resources remain chained to ensuring applications and infrastructures are up and running smoothly, rather than proactively leveraging strategic technologies to solve business problems or achieve competitive advantage. That world is changing. A new generation of preventive analytic technologies is emerging in the APM (Application Performance Management) industry, unlocking untapped value in this $2+ billion market that is growing $300 million per year. These tec... (more)