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In terms of technology trends over the next three years, its all about cloud, cloud and mobile. Here is Forrester’s top 10 list:

1) Elastic application platforms emerge to handle variable scale and portfolio balancing. “A new generation of elastic applications is emerging to help firms realize cloud computing benefits,” Hopkins observes.

2) Platform-as-a-service crosses the chasm. What does Hopkins mean by this? He observes that despite a lot of interest in PaaS by early adopters, “a wide chasm exists in technology maturity” before a majority of the market will adopt it.

3) Data services and virtualization reach critical mass. “Over the next three years… leading firms will implement data services to extend their enterprise data warehouse and/or to operate in a multitechnology environment with a mix of physical and virtual data stores.”

4) Holistic integration enables agile enterprises. The silos are breaking down, but technology “does not overcome cultural obstacles.” A more holistic approach is emerging to address both technical and business integration, says Hopkins.

5) Social technology becomes enterprise plumbing. “Social interaction will become part of normal workflows, and applications must be architected from the inception to enable this.

6) Improved virtualization sets the stage for private cloud. “Expect to see more focus on virtualization maturity to raise utilization rates, standardization, and automation,” Hopkins says.

7) Always on, always available is the new expectation. High availability will be the watchword for IT. Expect to see such improvements as “cloud-based disaster recovery services.

8) Network architecture evolves to meet cloud demands. “Over the next three years, firms will consolidate their network tiers to a flattened topology using virtualization features that are already a part of most currently shipping data-center-class switches.”

9) Personal device momentum changes mobile platform strategy. “Strategic changes will include IT support for at least BlackBerry, iOS, and Android devices as well as much more openness to individually liable devices connecting to corporate resources.”

10) The app Internet ushers in the next generation of computing. Expect to see fully enabled context-aware and secure app-based mobile computing, Hopkins says. Also, the jury is still out on HTML5 development versus platform-specifc app development.

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  • The Singapore Polytechnic Electrical and Electronic Engineering Cloud Computing Center is set to launch, marking the first educational institute in Asia Pacific to provide students with the latest skills in cloud computing through an operational data center environment.
  • Conceived by its School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the SPE3C3 will provide teaching staff and students in the school with “on-demand, scalable, virtual computing and storage in labs to enable more sophisticated projects and research work,” according to the press release.
  • The SPE3C3 was developed in collaboration with technology providers Cisco, Citrix Systems and NetApp.
  • Singapore Polytechnic is using the benefits of cloud computing to realize cost savings, energy efficiency and dynamic scalability.
  • The resources will initially be available to the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering students on campus, then later be accessible to all students on and outside of campus via Internet access in the near future.
  • The new SPE3C3 shows Singapore Polytechnic’s commitment to innovation in education and the use of cutting edge technology to provide its students with relevant and up-to-date training to develop their skills in virtualization, enterprise and cloud computing,” said Tan Hang Cheong, principal, Singapore Polytechnic. Singapore Polytechnic graduates will be truly work-ready in the cloud era and be able to contribute immediately to the industry upon graduation.”
  • Starting in April 2012, students in the third year of the Diploma in Computer Engineering course at Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be able to take two new elective modules, Data Center Management and System Virtualization.

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  • Even as cloud computing is emerging as a path-breaking paradigm, city-based start-up, Anoosmar Technologies, on Wednesday launched an advanced and innovative cloud-based backup solution ‘Vaultize’ at Mumbai-based INTEROP. INTEROP is a hub of business technology events across the world where cutting-edge information technology is demonstrated.
  • Vaultize (www.vaultize.com) is the first enterprise-class data protection solution designed from the ground-up specifically for cloud with high returns on investment.
  • It is built to ensure complete protection of files, emails and application databases on laptops, desktops and servers.
  • In addition to secure cloud-based backup and quick disaster recovery, Vaultize has advanced features like collaboration between users, synchronisation of devices and sharing over web-giving high returns on investment to SMEs and large enterprises. Two Pune-based techopreneurs, Anand Kekre and Ankur Panchbudbe have set up Anoosmar Technologies.
  • Both Kekre and Panchbudbe, who are graduates from IIT and share 69 US patents between them, have toiled hard for almost a year to come up with Vaultize.
  • Vaultize is based on software-as-a-service (SaaS) pay-as-you-use model. It is affordable, simple and easy on books. The pricing starts at just Rs750 per month where a business gets 10GB space in cloud (post de-duplication and compression),” said Kekre. Moreover the enterprise-grade protection from all types of disasters and its affordability make Vaultize popular amongst small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Vaultize has been designed with enterprise-class centralised administration, security, availability and robustness. Firms can use Vaultize public cloud (hosted on Rackspace) or choose to deploy it in public cloud of their choice. Enterprises will find it useful for backup of executive and mobile workforce laptops

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  • ClearCube Technology, which specializes in virtual desktop products for cloud computing, including rack-mounted workstations, blade PCs and zero clients, today announced that it has acquired privately-held Network Elites, a cloud computing and managed services provider based in Dallas, Texas.

 

  • The acquisition accelerates ClearCube’s entry into the public cloud services market and expands on ClearCube’s portfolio of private cloud computing offerings.

 

  • Network Elites, founded in 2001, has developed a comprehensive platform for cloud computing service delivery. The company is said to be profitable and that it achieved a 40 percent revenue increase between 1H 2010 and 1H 2011.

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  • EMC Corp. recently announced that it has opened a new datacenter in Durham, North Carolina. The 450,000 square foot Center of Excellence (COE) is EMC’s seventh datacenter and the first one in the US. The other six COE’s are located in India, China, Egypt, Israel, Ireland and Russia.

 

  • The new COE will extend EMC’s private cloud and will support more than 50,000 users across 400 corporate offices in more than 80 countries. In addition to the data center, the COE includes 130,000 square feet of space for research and development labs. COEs perform essential services for EMC business units, including engineering and research and development, customer service, translation services, IT and technical support, and customer executive briefings.

 

  • With the increasing spending on IT and rapid growth of virtualization and cloud computing, huge data centers have become a necessity in the global IT environment. Worldwide IT spending is expected to total $3.67 trillion in 2011, a 7.1% increase from $3.43 trillion in 2010, according to the latest outlook from Gartner. Spending on public cloud services are expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 19% for the 2010-2015 period.

 

  • According to market research firm Infonetics, North American enterprises plan to increase their data center infrastructure spending by roughly 25% in 2011.

 

  • We believe the increasing adoption of cloud-based technology will be a key growth driver for EMC. EMC has invested $40.0 million in the cloud infrastructure business and expects to grow from its cloud-computing initiatives. Moreover, new products and cloud-computing initiatives are expected to drive revenue growth in 2011 and beyond.

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