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Get on the Grid: Utility Computing
The latest business model in licensing is the utility (on demand) computing and associated pricing. Sometimes called

computing utility  on the Grid: Utility Computing Utility Computing Traditional enterprise software product licensing is being replaced with more creative hosted or managed software as service models. The latest business model is utility computing and associated pricing. Sometimes referred to as grid computing, this on-demand model is a trend that has captured the attention of technology heavyweights including IBM , Hewlett Packard ( HP ), Oracle , and Sun Microsystems . Functioning on concepts similar to common

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Customer Care and Billing (CC&B)

Customer care and billing (CC&B) solutions typically support providers of utilities, telephony, cable, or other services providing companies. CC&B software includes functionality for mediation, provisioning, rating, reporting, financial systems, and billing for voice, data, content, and utility services. 

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Data Center Automation


With the increasing complexity of the data center and its dependent systems, data center automation (DCA) is becoming a necessity. To replace the costly and inefficient human aspect of managing the data center, IT departments must adopt DCA solutions. Combined with utility-based computing architectures, these solutions can provide greater dynamics in the environment and facilitate speed of response to market demands.

computing utility  solutions. Combined with utility-based computing architectures, these solutions can provide greater dynamics in the environment and facilitate speed of response to market demands. Read More

Server Consolidation through Utility Computing


Server consolidation is a hot topic. As a supplier of enterprise-class servers, Egenera has participated in many consolidation projects, with both customers and prospects. This paper summarizes what we’ve learned about consolidation, and provides a roadmap for driving consolidation in your organization. We answer the question most often asked by our customers: How do we get started?

computing utility  Consolidation through Utility Computing Server consolidation is a hot topic. As a supplier of enterprise-class servers, Egenera has participated in many consolidation projects, with both customers and prospects. This paper summarizes what we’ve learned about consolidation, and provides a roadmap for driving consolidation in your organization. We answer the question most often asked by our customers: How do we get started? Read More

A Tour of the Clouds


The term “cloud computing” might be the next biggest trend in the IT industry. Jorge Garcia explains some of the basic ideas behind cloud computing—and how it may help your organization in the future.

computing utility  feature makes a cloud computing platform interesting from an economical point of view. A service provided by a cloud platform is used “on-demand”, which makes it possible to use a pay- as-you-go (PAG) or utility service. You can pay your service based on a fix rate or based on other factors like the number of users, usage (time), and so on. •  Elasticity : This means rapid scalability. Resources (hardware and software) are provided without any intervention or awareness from the final user side. Read More

Micron to Push "Subscriber Computing" Rentals 'R' Us?


Personal computer maker Micron Electronics said Tuesday it will spend $210 million on its "subscriber computing" initiative, under which subscribers will be offered packages of services and billed one rate for the entire package.

computing utility  to push the business computing model toward a rental-based hardware system combined with a pay-per-view software scenario. Customers who cannot easily afford to purchase hardware and software (primarily small businesses) will now find that the entry price has dropped in the short-term. This program will provide Micron with market share increase in segments such as startup companies and businesses with less than 50 people. This will overflow into other areas, such as businesses with 50-100 people. In Read More

E-mail Clustering and Cloud E-mail Services


There has been a lot of buzz about the new cloud computing paradigm. But can cloud computing offer the same benefits as clustering? Find out more in a comparative analysis of the two concepts governing the present and the future of the IT industry: the older, already-proven technology used in clustering systems today, and the new trend of cloud computing—with a special focus on the development of e-mail services.

computing utility  the brand new Cloud Computing paradigm. Supposedly, through this type of cloud resource, you would get the same performance and user experience levels as with classic systems. Some companies have moved word and spreadsheet processors online, while others plan to allow users to play HD quality games on demand, over the Internet — all striving to move from regular desktop related applications onto the Web. Cloud computing yields a series of palpable benefits such as a lower TCO for both service providers Read More

The Marriage of Virtual Machines, Software as a Service, and Cloud Computing


New technology, such as virtual machines and high-speed internet communication, is leading to wider remote application hosting. Here is a tutorial-level technical explanation of how it’s being driven

computing utility  a Service, and Cloud Computing In recent press releases, we have been besieged with new jargon such as cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), and just recently, virtual machine (VM) systems. This article describes each of the three and explains how they are used collectively for good economic and good business sense. It ties together the components permitting the term cloud computing to be clearly understood as a vehicle for application delivery. Cloud computing is the migration of Read More

PSU International Botswana


PSU International (“PSU”) is the leading supplier of financial systems and services in the Public Service and Utility industries in Africa and the company has been successfully involved in projects in 14 African countries, and in more than 300 Local Authority and Utility organisations. PSU has been responsible for the implementation of both the Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and Cogsdale Billing systems currently being used by all the Local Authorities in Botswana. The relationship between PSU and the Ministry of Local Government (“MLG”) began in 1998 with the initialisation of the computerisation project within MLGLH. PSU (Botswana) was established in 1998 to provide the necessary services to this project from a Batswana company.

computing utility  International Botswana PSU International (“PSU”) is the leading supplier of financial systems and services in the Public Service and Utility industries in Africa and the company has been successfully involved in projects in 14 African countries, and in more than 300 Local Authority and Utility organisations. PSU has been responsible for the implementation of both the Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and Cogsdale Billing systems currently being used by all the Local Authorities in Botswana. The Read More

What I Hate About HTML5, Multi-Tenancy, and Context-Aware Computing


The terms HTML5, multi-tenancy, and context-aware computing are often-used technology buzzwords representing the current megatrends of mobility, the cloud, and data in enterprise software. Read on to learn the story behind these buzz-words and what to watch out for in your enterprise software research.

computing utility  HTML5, Multi-Tenancy, and Context-Aware Computing The terms HTML5, multi-tenancy, and context-aware computing are often-used technology buzzwords representing the current megatrends of mobility, the cloud, and data in enterprise software. Read on to learn the story behind these buzz-words and what to watch out for in your enterprise software research. Read More

Ventyx-Utilities’ One-Stop-Shop Provider?


In 2012, there is still no such thing as a true “total solution provider” for energy and utility companies. These companies just have too many needs across the board that require robust industry-specific functionality and deep domain expertise for a single vendor to satisfy them all. But Ventyx, an ABB company, comes close to the mark. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discusses Ventyx’s strategy with its product marketing team.

computing utility  the advantages of cloud computing while also meeting our customers’ expectations for security and data availability. We see some exciting trends and potential advantages to future releases of our software. TEC: What is your strategy towards social enterprise 2.0 tools and their deployment for your target customers? Ventyx: Perhaps due to the more industrial nature of our client base, we have not seen an earnest demand for enterprise 2.0 tools for our solutions. Should that change, we are certainly willi Read More

8 Reasons to Outsource Your Desktop in the Cloud


With organizations looking for new ways to cut costs and increase productivity, cloud computing has become a popular trend. In the most common form of cloud computing, vendors offer software via the Internet in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Many of the benefits of this model can be translated to desktop management. Learn how SaaS principles are being applied to offer companies desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).

computing utility  and increase productivity, cloud computing has become a popular trend. The most common form of cloud computing is for vendors to offer their software via the Internet, also known as Software-as-a-Service or SaaS . Users are able to access the software and their data online for the length of their contract, paying just a subscription fee. There is no software to purchase and no upgrades to be made. The SaaS model has many benefits to the business community that can also be translated to desktop Read More

Staying Aloft in Tough Times: Why Smart, Innovative Businesses Are Turning to Cloud Computing


Demand for business expansion, profitability, and an enhanced user experience is accelerating the move to cloud computing. Cloud answers the enterprise’s need to simplify and to use the best resources from the best devices, wherever they happen to reside on the network. For chief information officers (CIOs), it’s an opportunity to reduce operational complexity and deliver greater value to the organization. Find out more.

computing utility  Are Turning to Cloud Computing Introducing IBM Smart Business cloud solutions. Whether you choose to use clouds built behind your firewall, or the IBM cloud, these secure workload solutions provide superior service management and new choices for deployment. Source: IBM Resources Related to Staying Aloft in Tough Times: Why Smart, Innovative Businesses Are Turning to Cloud Computing : Cloud Computing (Wikipedia) Staying Aloft in Tough Times: Why Smart, Innovative Businesses Are Turning to Cloud Read More

THINKstrategies


THINKstrategies is a consulting firm specializing in cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), outsourcing, and information technology management. The company hosts the Cloud Innovators Summit, a forum series that looks into cloud market opportunities and challenges.

computing utility  firm specializing in cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), outsourcing, and information technology management. The company hosts the Cloud Innovators Summit, a forum series that looks into cloud market opportunities and challenges. Read More

Scale without Fail: How to Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations in the Telecom Industry


A global telecommunications provider was mired in a hardware-centric architecture for its network applications. Even with a sizeable computing infrastructure investment, failure of server components was inevitable, and application failover schemes were risky. The provider needed a more cost-effective way to scale its operational support system (OSS) applications—without sacrificing dependability.

computing utility  Even with a sizeable computing infrastructure investment, failure of server components was inevitable, and application failover schemes were risky. The provider needed a more cost-effective way to scale its operational support system (OSS) applications—without sacrificing dependability. Read More