GoCloud Hosted Desktop News Roundup #14

Cisco announce UCS update, Cloud in India grows 25%, Amazon announce Cloud Drive for Android

Cisco Systems has announced two major changes this week; one a “major” update to its UCS platform and the other, which may prove more important to many, is an update to Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC). The latter now includes more tools for vendors which include more infrastructure auto-discovery features in the cloud management system.

IAC is designed to help channel partners and end users to manage public, private and hybrid clouds that support UCS deployments. According to Talkin’ Cloud, Scott Hammond, the vice president of Cisco IASBU told them that: “the next generation of cloud infrastructure needs to be developed as a service, and that’s where IAC comes in. Cisco partners deploy IAC on top of a data centre (sic) to deliver infrastructure as an orderable set of consumable services”.

The updates made to IAC 3.1 include: Cloudsync, which adds discovery capabilities to IAC; virtual data centres “that go beyond self-provisioning” and a network services manager that integrates IAC with UCS Manager and Cisco Network Services Manager.

This, it seems, is designed to make the Cisco management system more “cloud-aware” and whilst IAC 3.1 was originally designed for large scale deployment for multiple virtual data centres, the job is made much easier by integrating it with their other two products.

Hammond added that the updates are designed to “provide the foundation for network-as-a-service offerings”, all of which can be carried out from a self-service portal. This simplifies the management process, despite the geographical location of the data centres.

VMware Cloud Index survey

The third annual VMware Cloud Index survey has found that a huge surge in cloud adoption is taking place in India, where half of those asked said that they already use cloud-based services.

This represents a 25% growth on last year and further to this, another 30% of those who said they haven’t yet adopted cloud said that they plan to within the next 18 months. This doesn’t come as a big surprise to many, India’s emerging economy is finding that many struggling EU businesses are outsourcing to the area to reduce costs in the struggling Eurozone economy.

The VMware Cloud Index is a study which is commissioned and carried out in 11 Asia Pacific countries by Forrester Consulting and Japan’s ITR.

Despite the surge in cloud usage however, 40% of those asked said that there is some resistance to the change that the new technology brings. This suggests that India is just as wary of the technology as much of the Western world has been, with worries surrounding security most likely being an issue.

“The survey demonstrates the potential for cloud computing in the country and reflects a double digit rate of adoption,” said T Srinivasan, Managing Director, VMware India and SAARC.

The research also found that 54% of IT professionals consider the technology to be “a top business priority” and knowledge surrounding cloud has improved hugely, with 72% of respondents claiming to have a good understanding of cloud, as compared to just 59% last year.

“There is a lot of optimism around cloud in India. According to the study, 62 percent of organizations in India are reimaging cloud for the past six to 24 months and 90 percent of organizations are looking to adopt cloud. There is a clear indication that cloud is on the rise,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research.

The survey found that the main barriers of adoption were similar to those found in other studies with 64% citing loss of control as a reason not to adopt cloud, 62% worrying about integration with existing systems and 60% expressing concerns about security.

India is outputting IT professionals with excellent computer science skills, with many relocating to the USA in order to fill the IT skills gap that is being experienced across the water.

Amazon announce Cloud Drive Photos for Android

Online retail giants Amazon has announced that it will be launching a new photo-management app for Android mobile devices which is based on Cloud Drive, commonly thought to be a major competitor to Dropbox and Google Drive.

The app, Cloud Drive Photos for Android, is free for up to 5GB of storage and is designed to allow users to store photos in the cloud and then view and share via an Android handset. Further storage will have to be purchased at $10 per year for an additional 20GB of space.

It’s thought that the Cloud Drive app can be integrated easily and “deeply” within the Android OS and will appear in the Android Gallery; users simply press and hold a photo and are given the option to send it to the cloud for storage, thus freeing up space on their phone.

Users sign in with their existing Amazon account details, with no other sign-up options available, meaning that you have to have an Amazon account in order to use the service. Once photos have been uploaded, users have a number of options, including enlargement, sharing via Facebook, SMS or any other social networks.

The service is already available on Kindle Fire HD so it’s not very surprising that the service has been extended to run on the Android platform as this is what the Fire is also based on, albeit with some special Amazon tweaks.