IBM as a Service

In what may have seemed like an eternity, at least in the way time is measured in technology and the cloud space, IBM has been putting the finishing touches on its different acquisitions and the development of the Big Blue Cloud Stack. Although IBM seems to be fashionably late to the cloud party, I believe we are going to be seeing the Big Blue Battle Plan presented and executed in the near future. IBM is getting ready to step into the octagon to take on all comers, with its eye on Oracle, HP, Amazon, Microsoft, and VMware. It seems IBM is not going to settle with the typical as-a-service mode; on the contrary, it seems that it wants to usher itself into the new era with IBM as a Service. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE Share this:MoreEmailPrintShare on...

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Spring Has Sprung: Most Significant Cloud, Informatica Intro
Mar05

Spring Has Sprung: Most Significant Cloud, Informatica Intro

If cloud is going to be the dominant IT trend for the immediate and foreseeable future – along with virtualization, mobility, software-defined-everything, Internet of Everything, Big Data, analytics, consumerization, Shadow IT, etc. – then integrating it with all the other pieces will be the dominant IT focus for the immediate and foreseeable future. That’s where Informatica Cloud Spring 2014, a “game-changing” cloud integration platform will play a significant role, said Ajay Gandhi, VP of Product Marketing, Informatica Cloud. “This is one of the most significant releases for cloud and Informatica in years,” he said. We have the industry-leading experience from on-premise. and we’re taking our core assets and core heritage to the cloud and then building upon it. “Our foot is on the gas… to be the leader in cloud as we are in on premise…”. No surprise about Informatica’s cloud ambitions. Outpacing overall IT spending growth 5X this year (25% versus 5%), cloud spending is expected to surpass $100 billion this year to over , according to IDC. By 2016 it will become the bulk of new IT spend, as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, according to Gartner, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Powered by the Informatica Vibe Virtual Data Machine, the company’s Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) solution increases integration agility and speeds projects to market with Vibe’s design once, deploy anywhere – cloud or on-premise – capabilities. Cloud Spring 2014 also introduces Informatica Cloud Designer, which provides self-service integration design capabilities directly in the cloud, making it easier for business analysts, SaaS application administrators and other LOB users to collaborate with each other and with IT to speed to market new applications and data for the business. Customers got a sneak peak at Cloud Spring in late January with the pre-release Version 1. The production version was released to customers two weeks ago. The ability for business users to quickly change a parameter and generate new data, without having to go to IT, is a game-changer, said Gandhi. “That is huge and nobody else in the industry can do that.” Also new are advances to the concept of real-time hybrid app integration, stated Informatica. This means that real-time cloud-to-cloud data integrations (e.g. Salesforce CRM to NetSuite) are processed in the cloud, but real-time cloud to on-premise integrations (e.g.: Salesforce CRM to SAP) can be processed both in the cloud or on-premise, depending on customer preference and on data privacy and regulatory requirements. In its review of its SaaS predecessor, Cloud Winter 2014, released in November, Ovum called it a major step forward that...

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