A recent study from 451 Research reveals some interesting facts about the nature and complexity of cloud pricing. In theory, one of the major benefits of using the cloud is that on-demand pricing makes it easy to know exactly how much a company will be spending and avoid large-scale capital expenditure. That’s certainly true, but the cloud space has yet to develop into a fully mature market, which means that companies have to tangle with wildly different pricing models and the cost itself can vary between vendors. That makes it difficult for companies to discover where they should put their investment in order to generate the best ROI.
20 Feb / 2014
If you were born earlier than the late 1980s, you’ve lived through a revolutionary change in the way people consume media. If you were born in the 90s or later, you might not be aware of it, but you grew up in a media world that would be unrecognizable to both the consumers and producers of earlier decades.
We have media consumption expectations that require production and distribution workflows that are radically different from those of the past. To meet the expectations of the modern media consumer, media producers are beginning to rely heavily on the cloud, because cloud platforms are the only technology that provides the level of flexibility, reliability, and speed that modern media production processes need.
In traditional data centers, server configuration and management was the purview of system administrators. They lugged around the servers, hooked them up to power and networking infrastructures, and installed and configured the software and services required of them by clients.
For the most part, that’s still how data centers are run, except for the last part of the process: the configuration and management of server operating systems and other software.
As companies like Google and Facebook found they needed ever quicker and more agile server provisioning, they automated much of the process, developing programmatic tools that made server configuration more akin to development than traditional server administration. So began the rise of devops, which applies the techniques of development to system administration tasks.
13 Feb / 2014
Media production is now an international industry. One project might involve production crews in the US, effects houses in London, editing services in Mumbai, and music production in Cape Town.
Cloud computing and digital asset management makes global collaboration more cost-effective, efficient, and practical. Data can be made securely available to participants wherever they are in the world. Access to expertise and talent is no longer artificially limited by geographical area. Media production companies can use cloud technology to take advantage of a global talent pool.
Effective media asset management is key to implementing reliable collaborative media production workflows. Cloud technologies work together to leverage the efficiencies inherent in infrastructure abstraction to radically improve the productivity of media projects that depend on multiple stakeholders being able access and manage diverse and complex collections of media assets.
Even just a decade ago it was enough to produce content that satisfied users of one delivery channel. If your primary market was TV, you’d produce videos appropriate for transmission over the air. If you were creating content for online viewing, it was very unlikely if you also need to produce high-quality HD content that will be played on a 60-inch television screen.
Times have changed. Faster home Internet connections and widely available Wi-Fi and LTE connections mean it’s no longer sufficient to prepare content for distribution through one channel. Audiences have become fragmented. Content producers have to be prepared to go where the viewers are or risk losing their audiences and the associated advertising or subscription revenue. It’s now necessary to encode and transcode content that is of a suitable size to be watched on devices that run the gamut from high definition TVs, through desktops with HD monitors, laptops, large-screen mobile devices like the iPad, and the huge variety of screen sizes that modern smartphones have.
17 Jan / 2014
Bellevue, WA (PRweb) December 17, 2013
ComputeNext, a cloud services brokerage and marketplace technology provider and Switch SUPERNAP, the world’s leader in data center ecosystem design, development and critical operations, providing unrivaled independent solutions for colocation, connectivity, cloud and content ecosystems, plan to bring to market a Switch SUPERNAP branded marketplace for transactional cloud services. …Read More
12 Dec / 2013
SEATTLE, WA, USA (EINPresswire) December 12, 2013
ComputeNext Inc. today announced that it has been named winner of the 2013 UP-START Cloud Award for the category “Best Cloud Broker Solution.” The company was recognized for its flagship Global Cloud Marketplace (GCM) solution, an e-commerce platform for the discovery, procurement, provisioning and use of on-demand software, cloud store and infrastructure which is used by 100s of IT professionals and organization to deploy and manage IaaS.