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)
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
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)