Cloud Computing News

2013 in review: 'Cloud' is now normal. And so the real work begins!
By: Larry Freeman
Cloud has proven to be a sticky marketing term, even (especially?) among non-technical consumers. In 2013, the average consumer began to understand just what the cloud was all about: an immense repository of data and services that are broadly accessible.
Code To The Cloud: Microsoft Announces Coding Contest For ISVs And Tech Start-Ups
By: BizTech2
Microsoft India, today, launched a contest for independent software vendors (ISVs) and technology start- ups that is expected to result in the creation of over 100 applications (apps) and solutions for businesses and governments in six months. The contest is supported by a panel of organisations including National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Government of India, NASSCOM, TiE, Nokia, Nokia App Campus, Intel and BarrierBreak.
How is cloud computing enhancing our ability to work anywhere?
By: Adam Davidi
What are the barriers to workplace mobility?: I think the concept of moving to a 'mobile' way of working can frighten organisations that are currently very fixed and immobile. Most often, mobility in the first instance means the ability of employees to be mobile within their office, and to use a far wider variety of spaces in the office. This then sets up the technological and cultural ability to allow employees to work from anywhere – be that at home, on a train, in a coffee shop and so on.
The Future of Cloud Hosting: Five Predictions
By: Ben Uretsky
The rapid growth of cloud computing follows a logical trajectory that began with the dot-com boom in the '90s. With more small businesses needing server capacity to manage the outbreak of websites, it created a market for shared hosting to meet consumer need at a much lower cost. But shared hosting has limited configuration capabilities, and user access to the operating system is constrained -- hence the rise of cloud computing.
Estimating your cloud-computing costs? An AWS client? You're doing it wrong
By: Cameron McKenzie
Estimating, provisioning and pricing is always insane, and no matter which route one takes, be it an in- house data center or a cloud-based provider, cost estimates rarely equal the dollar value of the check that gets written at the end of the month. Are cloud computing costs high? That question can only be answered if you have something with which to accurately compare it, which logically would be the cost of running an in-house data-center.
What the escalating war among cloud computing rivals means for you
By: Michael C. Daconta
This week, IBM took out several ads trumpeting its cloud market share. Following quickly on the heels of IBM’s announcement, Google announced the “general availability” of the Google Compute Engine, a direct competitor to Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute Cloud.
IBM Forecasts Major Advances in Cognitive Computing
By: Damon Poeter
IBM on Tuesday released its annual "5 in 5" list of predictions about technological innovations that will change the way we live in the next five years, with the theme this year being cognitive advances in computing that help machines "learn" how to better serve us.
Why Cities are Adopting Open Cloud Technology
By: Michael Dixon
With cloud computing, smaller cities have an opportunity to leapfrog giant metropolises, gaining a competitive advantage in efficiency and innovation — even without large information technology (IT) departments and vast data centers.
AWS C3 shortage signals thirst for cloud computing performance
By: Beth Pariseau
Amazon Web Services Inc. awaits new shipments of hardware for its recently launched C3 instances as the demand for cloud computing performance in its Elastic Compute Cloud exceeds supply.
Cloud Computing Stuck in a Web of Twisted Data Protection Laws
By: Melissa Busch
Conflicting international data protection laws may negatively affect the way in which organizations conduct business using the cloud.
Age of the Smart Cloud: Analytics
By: Mike West
Twenty-five years ago, in her pioneering study of the sociological impact of computing on the workplace — In the Age of the Smart Machine — Shoshana Zuboff defined the term “informating” to describe the generation of meaningful data by devices in the workplace that are engaged in production activity:
Avoid Cloud Storage Disasters: 6 Questions To Ask
By: Peter Long
Companies of all sizes store their data on external servers every single day, whether they know it or not. This could be an organization whose employees bring their own devices and use file storage and sharing apps that the IT department isn’t aware of, or it could be a business looking to eliminate IT infrastructure costs and leverage the convenience of the cloud by moving data offsite.
How will data protection and cloud computing develop in 2014?
By: Joanne Frears
Data protection is coming of age. 2014 means it's 16 years since the Data Protection Act was enacted, but the technical environment has evolved almost beyond recognition in that time.
Public sector cloud in 2014: Four trends you need to know
By: Ivan Harris
As we head into 2014, the potential for growth in public sector cloud services adoption looks more promising than ever. The ‘Public Cloud First’ policy on IT procurement should continue to drive further growth in demand and the CloudStore marketplace provides a straightforward way for government departments to buy the services they need off the shelf.
The Pros and Cons of Schools Using the Cloud
By: Morgan Reed
A study released Friday by Fordham University, "Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools," raises concerns about whether schools are asking the right questions about the privacy of student data stored remotely. One issue that received particular attention is paid to third-party cloud services that store student records.
Cloud Computing, the Media Industry and Midsize Firms
By: Marissa Tejada
Cloud computing is a game-changing technology that is making a difference in most industries, including the media industry. In a recent article, the CTO of Amazon.com pointed out that the cloud has changed the way in which firms are approaching media production, enabling them to innovate in new and creative ways. The promise of the cloud in the media industry parallels the experiences of growing firms today when considering the cloud to help them to become more productive and competitive.
Box has been thinking outside of the cloud
By: Brandon Butler
Many people think of Box as a cloud company. But really, it's a collaboration company, says Vikrant Karnik, senior vice president of enterprise cloud consulting services for systems integrator Capgemini, a newly minted Box partner.
Cloud Computing for DoD & Government
By: Directions Magazine
5th Annual Cloud Computing for DoD & Government - Cutting costs and growing capabilities through enhanced migration, mobility, and scalability The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement announces the 5th Annual Cloud Computing for DoD & Government, taking place February 19-21, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
IBM Invention Protects Mobile Devices
By: Darryl K. Taft
IBM has patented an invention that prevents mobile devices from running compromised code. Big Blue officials said inventors in IBM Research have patented a technique that can enable businesses to improve cloud security and support secure transactions by preventing mobile devices from accessing software code that has been maliciously or inadvertently modified after it was encrypted.
Finding Holiday Success in the Cloud
By: Kelly Meeneghan
The end of the year is an ideal time for small businesses to leverage their products and services in order to drive profits. In fact, this holiday shopping season, consumers are expected to spend more than $1,260. The secret to making the most of this opportunity is preparation and shoppers are looking online for a majority of their purchases. However, slow loading times, website errors, outdated information and a lack of online security can lead to abandoned searches and loss of business.
Five Small Companies Cashing In Thanks To The Cloud
By: David Prosser
There was a time when technology represented a barrier to entry for companies targeting new markets. The high spend required on IT in order to break into many markets acted as a brake on competition. Small businesses, in particular, found it difficult to compete with larger, more established rivals.
Data storage revolutionised - why two into one will go
By: Nick Booth
If the word cloud is a byword for service, then what can we expect when the server makers are disrupted. That’s exactly what is happening now, say analysts, and the causes of this disruption - companies like Nutanix - have a lot of explaining to do
Building Secure Cloud Apps: CSA, SAFECode Provide Guidance
By: Sean Michael Kerner
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is partnering with the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) in an effort to improve the security of cloud applications. The two groups have published a 27- page document on Practices for Secure Development of Cloud Applications, which outlines the approach for what needs to.
Dell and Red Hat Will Announce a Big Cloud-Computing Alliance Today
By: Arik Hesseldahl
Dell, the newly private computing company, will later today announce an alliance with the software company Red Hat that will become a significant piece of its cloud-computing strategy going forward.
Cloud Computing Expected To Continue Accelerated Growth
By: Cloud Tweaks
Cloud computing is on the rise, with the worldwide market expected to rise from $111 billion last year to $131 billion in 2013. Gartner, Inc., one of the world’s leading information technology research firms, indicates its growth will continue well into this decade. By 2016, it predicts the majority of new IT spending will be on cloud computing technologies. Read on discover what’s driving this growth.
The benefits of SaaS: Is software as a service your pot of gold?
By: Wilson Teixeira De Magalhaes Jr.
In the context of this blog post, we can consider software as a service as a new way to deliver application functionality to a customer through a subscription model over the Internet. In this model, customers do not take ownership of the software or hardware but rather “subscribe” to a total solution that is delivered remotely. It represents a significant change in the way that independent software vendors (ISVs) are doing business today!
What Every Business Should Know About Cloud Security Read more at http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/every-business-know-cloud-security-0711422#HUWSFo0lMaWKutdj.99
By: Stephan Jukic
The data storage and computing cloud offers small and large businesses enormous benefits as a medium in which to store and share documentation and data of all kinds remotely in an environment with extremely fast access and ease of use. Now while many business owners and managers already know this, what they often don’t know or are wary of are the security questions around using the cloud. And it’s only natural that this should worry them. After all, using cloud storage means handing your company’s extremely valuable and sensitive private data over to not just a third party service provider but also to one which is fully connected to the greater web by virtue of its nature.
Case management in the cloud
By: Nagib Tharani
In comparison with North America, the legal profession in England and Wales has been a late adopter of cloud services. This situation is changing quickly as the advantages of cloud services become clearer and the need for legal practices to improve their efficiency grows.
New tools could help CIOs navigate hybrid clouds
By: Renee Millman
CIOs could position themselves as the organisation’s cloud broker with the launch of new tools and services, following yesterday's after HP has made available services and products that s will offer enterprises greater agility, simplified management and or their hybrid environments.
In Cloud Computing, It's The Era of Convergence
By: Ari Studnitzer
Today, I am on a panel at the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Conference in London to talk about all recent developments ushering in the next generation of financial technology. It probably won’t surprise many to hear that we are living and benefiting from an era of convergence – from network access to data to digitization to cloud computing. Convergence has become the new black.
CloudPassage Halo App Integrates with Splunk Enterprise
By: Chris Talbot
A new application from CloudPassage combines the cloud infrastructure security firm's Halo event data with correlation and analysis from Splunk Enterprise 6 to monitor security events on both public and private cloud servers.
Cloud Computing & Data Protection
By: Paul McCormack
From a legal perspective, cloud computing has brought with it many challenges. Given the global nature of cloud computing offerings and the ability of cloud service providers to scale depending upon the volume of users, this has meant that borders become blurred and customers have little visibility over where data is stored and who is actually processing the information.
The journey to hybrid cloud computing
By: Bob Tarzey
The use of public cloud platforms as a deployment option for applications is often talked about in black and white terms such as ‘do we deploy to the cloud or keep the application on-premise?’ This is misleading, as many businesses assess the suitability of public cloud only for the most appropriate use cases and often this will be for supplementary resources. The cloud journey will take them to a pragmatic balance between the use of their own internal infrastructure, often re-purposed as private cloud, and those provisioned from public cloud service providers—this is hybrid cloud computing.
Cloud Infographic: Is Your Password Safe On The Cloud?
By: Cloud Tweaks
In the modern world of Internet connectivity, cloud computing, online banking, social networking, personal privacy and information security is essentially dependent upon password protection. Passwords are the crucial barrier that safeguards the personal information contained in the perhaps dozens of accounts that we interact with every day from theft and exploitation. In particular, with the advent of cloud computing technology, password security becomes even more important as individuals store more and more information on virtual server networks.
Cloud Computing: From Servers to SaaS
By: Marissa Tejada
Servers will increasingly be shipped to cloud service providers, a new survey by IDC finds, as cloud computing creates a shift in how servers are being used in today's business world. This trend shows that more businesses are choosing to migrate to the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS).
Cloud Storage - A No Brainer For Small Business
By: Mike Gingerich
The advancements in cloud-based computer file storage systems in the past few years have made it a simple and helpful method that business and personal computer users should absolutely consider. The ability to setup once and then work as normal on a computer while having files backed up and synced behind the scenes to the private cloud storage is a great advantage!
What are IaaS, PaaS and SaaS?
By: Cliff Boodoosingh
IaaS, PaaS and SaaS – like most acronyms in the IT industry, are mostly lost in translation. However IaaS, PaaS and SaaS simply explain the three main developments in Cloud computing over the past few years. As a pooled collection of resources and services that are hosted on the Internet, the Cloud (often referred to as a stack), is categorized into three main service models. Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a service translate to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS respectively.
Why pre-production in the cloud makes sense
By: TheServerSide.com
Anyone who has been paying attention to the cloud computing space, from software engineers to enterprise IT managers, knows that there are significant benefits to adopting this increasingly pervasive technology, be it cost savings, increased efficiency or faster development cycles. But there is still a great deal of friction slowing down the PaaS, SaaS and IaaS adoption process. Even the most forward thinking organizations have a lot of fears and reservations about moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud.
The Cloud needs the mainframe
By: Editor
Contrary to some beliefs that the Cloud will replace the mainframe, IBM Solutions Sales Manager, SATISH BABU believes that the mainframe supports Cloud computing, especially in large organsations where they have a private Cloud. There is a misconception that the Cloud computing environment excludes mainframes, and legacy systems. On the contrary, the mainframe was introduced to serve as the most robust, scaleable system ever. Now, coupled with new open standards interfaces, we can take the strengths of the mainframe into the new world.
H-P Moves to Capture More of the Cloud
By: Spencer E Ante
Hewlett-Packard has not had a lot of success in recent years developing hit products. But CEO Meg Whitman believes cloud computing represents a big opportunity and is boosting investments in the area, company executives say.
Cloud Is An Opportunity Not A Threat
By: Steven Burke
The chief executives for national solution provider behemoths CDW and World Wide Technology Monday were among the channel giants telling investors they see cloud computing as a big opportunity rather than a threat as customers embrace a hybrid private-public cloud model.
The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand
By: Alex Moore
It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.
Experts outline key cloud computing trends for 2014
By: Adam Davidi
As we look ahead to the new year, we asked six cloud computing experts for their big trends for 2014. Here's what they came up with.
Cloud pricing codex to help decipher mystery of cloud computing costs
By: Chloe Green
451 Research, a division of The 451 Group, today unveiled its Cloud Pricing Codex, the first-ever cloud pricing guidebook which simplifies the complex economic landscape in determining the true costs of cloud computing services. The Cloud Pricing Codex provides CIOs and CFOs a clear roadmap on how to understand the price and value of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings.
In cloud computing, ‘life is a series ever-changing alternatives’
By: Derrick Harris
There are a lot of questions a startup has to answer when making decisions about its cloud infrastructure. Private cloud or public cloud? Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine or Rackspace? DynamoDB or open source Cassandra?And after all those questions are finally answered, prudent CTOs might find themselves asking them again as new products hit the market and hourly rates continue to fall.
12 Most Memorable Cloud Computing Quotes from 2013
By: Joe McKendrick
Over the past year, there has been a lot of news swirling around and about the cloud computing space. The events with the most impact included the revelations about National Security Agency snooping into vendor’s data, the mess-up with the Healthcare.gov health insurance exchange portals, and the Amazon outage which briefly brought down some fairly prominent web companies. Along with that, we had several cloud computing events drew tens of thousands of attendees as the technology methodology continued its march into the enterprise computing mainstream.
Cloud Computing and K-12 Classrooms
By: Matthew Lynch
Cloud computing has taken the business world by storm. Climate controlled rooms full of servers are quickly being replaced by remote storage technology, whimsically referred to as "the cloud." Over half of U.S. businesses use some form of cloud computing to back up their important data and improve productivity. Instead of trying to find the capital to pay for a secure server structure, businesses are subscribing to cloud services and paying for more storage as their needs grow.
Cloud computing: Can your organisation benefit?
By: Nathan Benjamin Chai
Over the last decade, cloud based offerings have matured and can provide retailers with substantial benefits. In this article we provide you with an overview of the cloud, how it can help reduced overheads, and several challenges cloud services present retailers.
An Inconvenient Truth About Cloud Analogies
By: Reuven Cohen
We in the technology sector love analogies. We love to describe the latest trends by using historical parallels to transfer meaning from one subject to another via this linguistic crutch. It's long been the central method we've used to educate the uninformed about the benefits of a new or possibly hyped technology. The approach almost always starts with something like "The tech is like something else, only better." More often than not, it isn't anything like what it's being compared to. My proposal is simple. It's time for us to stop using analogies to market technology.
Cisco – Cloud Uptake Set to Explode Across Africa
By: Taremwa Abraham
Cloud computing uptake is about to explode in Africa’s major economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the Cloud. This was the key finding of the Cloud in Africa: Reality Check 2013 research study, released today by World Wide Worx and Cisco. The study was conducted among a small but representative sample of senior information technology decision-makers in medium-sized and large companies in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
Clouds in the Forecast
By: Keith Button
Cloud computing — still in its relative infancy but hurtling toward maturity at an ever-faster pace — and the exploding usage of mobile devices for business purposes will dominate finance-department plans for technology investments next year, according to CFO’s September survey of 148 senior finance executives.
10 Really Important Things You Should Know About Cloud Servers
By: Richard Myers
There are various different important factors about cloud servers that you should know about. First,you should know how they work. These servers are based off of a huge connection of various different computers that operate through real time cloud computing.
A framework for learning about cloud computing
By: Phil Wainewright
Is the education system preparing enough individuals with the skills that industry needs to make the most of cloud computing? This was one of the questions raised among many during the IEEE CloudCom 2013 conference, which took place this week at the University of the West of England, near Bristol.
The December Cloud Job Update: Big Data, Applications, and Security
By: Bill Kleyman
Cloud computing continues to evolve at a near blistering pace. As more compute and bandwidth resources become available, engineers and cloud architects are able to do more with new, robust platforms. Originally, network, storage and compute engineers worked together to build massive cloud components. These IT professionals helped create the building blocks to today’s modern cloud architect and engineer.
Cloud Computing May Cut IT Hardware Spending
By: Shawn Drew
IT managers and executives may be used to hearing experts laud cloud computing as the future of all technology, but while the cloud's transformative power is undeniable, its effects will not necessarily be positive for every aspect of the industry. Some new research shows that as the cloud grows, the effect on the IT hardware market could be significantly negative, and IT managers at midsize businesses need to understand how this change will affect their budgets.
Fog Computing is a New Concept of Data Distribution
By: Cloud Tweaks
For the last couple of years there have hardly been any new concepts in cloud computing. But hardly doesn’t mean never. Since the summer of 2013 you might have noticed the appearance of a new trend that has been called Fog Computing. The main purpose of fog computing is to gather services, applications, large data volumes in one place and unite them with the networks of a new generation. The aim is to offer data, computing power, memory and services at a really distributed level.
Can Cloud Computing and Social Media Live Without Each Other?
By: Omnie Solutions
Every company is using cloud services these days. Initially market was not very keen towards cloud computing but it seems that cloud computing is here to stay. Rather, it will be better to say that it is here to stay for long. We all have read and heard enough about the advantages of cloud computing and of course got use to them as well but there are so many verticals of cloud computing which is yet unexplored.
Successful Cloud ERP Implementation for Your Non-Profit
By: Kirsten Shaw
Introducing new ways of working can be uncertain for any business. Bringing in new ERP software often involves introducing new processes and changing the organization’s culture. There can be many barriers to these types of changes, including current systems and staff. Quite often staff can become comfortable with processes within a business and can be adverse to change. When implementing any type of new software or process it is important that you take into consideration the needs of your staff as well as clients and other stakeholders. When investing in new cloud-based ERP software for nonprofits, change processes must be planned carefully to ensure successful implementation.
Cloud may be slow, but it's going to be big
By: Steve Charles
True: Cloud computing has not yet come on like gangbusters in the federal government. More like footsteps of a steady series of app-by-app deals. But the cloud computing model as a federal service is still maturing, as is the government’s ability to craft the business cases and service level agreements it needs for cloud computing. So before writing off cloud as just another fad, think again. It’s a mistake to conclude, from the past three years or so, that cloud is passé. The buzz has to move to the next fascination before procurements actually start to ramp. Feds often talk and dabble a few years before moving markets.
IBM's Big Plans for Cloud Computing
By: Quentin Hardy
Ambition is an impressive thing, particularly when a desire for world domination is combined with existential survival. Four heavyweight tech companies are translating that ambition into investments in their cloud computing services: IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Google are all expected to spend more than $1 billion annually on their global networks in the coming years.
How Cloud Is the Zipcar of Computing
By: Cloud Ventures
At a pre-conference Meetup recently, one of the organizers waxed poetic about how the cloud is changing how companies do business. His big example was ZipCar, the car sharing company. His example was how Zipcar uses cloud to deal with data. But, I think he missed the bigger analogy there: how cloud is changing IT the way Zip car forever changed car ownership.
Why BYOD is Boosting Business Cloud Computing Adoption
By: Cloud Tweaks
The popularity of BYOD (or ‘Bring Your Own Device’) has surged in recent years, with around 67% of employees bringing their own computing tech into the office for work – whether that’s something large like a laptop to function as your ‘office computer’, or something smaller like a smartphone or tablet which is used for pulling up data and accessing records while in the boardroom and away from your desk.
Cloud And Flash: Best Friends With Your Business
By: Paul Feresten
Flash storage is a huge game-changer for your business. Not just for desktop and portable computing, but also in the cloud.
Does the industry have cloud computing wrong?
By: Dan Kusnetzky
While at the Cloud Forum sponsored by IBM I had the opportunity to speak with IBM's Jim Comfort, General Manager, IBM Cloud Managed Services. He thinks that the market has cloud computing all wrong and is doing his best to convince others to think differently about the cloud.
Cloud brings application integration out of the shadows
By: Ben Rossi
High-speed deployment and low up-front costs of cloud computing are stimulating widespread adoption. Worldwide spending on public IT cloud services will reach £30 billion this year and is set to more than double to reach £67 billion by 2017, according to a study by IDC. Spearheading take-up are applications in the hottest areas of IT: mobile, social and big data, the research firm says. But the rapid growth of cloud computing could make an age-old IT problem considerably more complex. Enterprises have long struggled to get their business applications to share data in a meaningful way. Enterprise resource planning (ERP), finance and sales applications must share information to give the business a single view of the customers and help organisations act more efficiently and intelligently.
Governments Must Step Up to Increase Cloud Adoption in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Report
By: Nicole Henderson
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development released a new report on Tuesday that examines the economic potential of cloud computing for low- and middle-income countries, where rates of cloud adoption are currently low. The Information Economy Report 2013: The Cloud Economy and Developing Nations gives a high-level overview of cloud computing adoption, providers, and terms, and makes several recommendations to increase cloud adoption in low- and middle-income countries. Cloud computing impacts many different aspects of the global IT sector; the demand for bandwidth will drive telecommunications growth, and demand for servers and networking equipment will increase as more services move to the cloud, a trend that has been forecast in other recent reports.
Rebuilding Applications for the Cloud
By: Rick Blaisdell
Enterprise cloud computing is a massive game changer, and the next few years will bring significant changes in the way users access applications through mobile devices and interact with each other through socially enabled, cloud based services. In particular, there are four important areas of influences and pressures on applications architectures: mobile devices, social networking, cloud services and Big Data.
Google Joins a Heavyweight Competition in Cloud Computing
By: Quentin Hardy
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google already runs much of the digital lives of consumers through email, Internet searches and YouTube videos. Now it wants the corporations, too. The search giant has for years been evasive about its plans for a so-called public cloud of computers and data storage that is rented to individuals and businesses. On Tuesday, however, it will announce pricing, features and performance guarantees aimed at companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals.
Yes, the cloud is replacing enterprise hardware and software
By: David Linthicum
The trend is clear: The more public cloud services that are sold, the more traditional enterprise hardware and software vendors shrink. I've been making this accretion prediction for years. However, until recently, it's not been readily apparent. Now it is. Don't take my word for it. Barclays, in its global technology outlook, has reached the same conclusion: "We believe the deflationary impact from the cloud ($1 spent on cloud infrastructure actually results in several dollars coming out of other IT end-markets) should prevent IT spending from growing meaningfully in 2014 and 2015. ... We believe global IT spending will remain challenged in the lower single-digit growth range."
DC's Top Ten Technology Predictions For 2014: Spending On Cloud Computing Will Exceed $100B
By: Louis Columbus
Today International Data Corporation presented their top ten technology predictions for 2014. Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC hosted a webinar to present the research firm's predictions for 2014 including the research firm's latest cloud computing market forecast. They are briefly summarized below.
Business in the (Ether) Clouds
By: IT Business Net
Webpages are taking a lifetime to load and internet dropping out is becoming a regular occurrence - does this sound familiar? Have you pushed your server to the limits, in the hope that it will last just that little bit longer because you're unsure what the alternative may be? The server is the brain to your company, holding the important information and secrets you wish to keep - pushing it to exhaustion is risky business. There are rumors within the board room of a solution that could solve the server melt down and according to research by accounting software maker MYOB, companies that adopt such technology enjoy higher revenues. Storing your business within the clouds sounds like heaven. But moving your business in to the ether can't be that simple, can it?
Securing the Cloud: How To Avoid A Greek Tragedy
By: Rex Wang
In early 2014, Oracle will release "Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest" - a sci-fi movie about the heroic journey of an ordinary man embracing the cloud. While the movie is set in the future, the name of the movie alludes to Homer's epic tale, "The Odyssey," which chronicles the journey of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, returning home from the Trojan War.
Frost & Sullivan: Big Data Transforming Utility Business Model
By: Renew Grid
Big data analytics and forecasting software will become the cornerstone of business for utilities and bring significant growth opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) vendors, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. The firm says the emergence of a new set of business needs, driven by changes in the energy landscape, has led utilities to deploy intelligent energy networks. Frost & Sullivan adds that implementation of sensing and metering devices will enable access to new data and trigger a data explosion that necessitates the use of data management solutions, in turn boosting the prospects of ICT providers in the energy industry.
How Cloud Computing is Changing the Face of Gaming
By: ISPIRE.ME
Since cloud computing became publicly available to various businesses, industries have started adopting the practice of offering cloud computing services to their consumers. Retailers have also felt the need to invest in cloud computing, but the drive has admittedly been felt in technological industries more. In the gaming industry, in particular, the advent of cloud computing has not only made it easier for gamers to purchase and play games, but it’s also made developing and distributing games much more convenient.
Cloud Computing Gives Companies a Competitive Edge
By: Sue Poremba
Midsize businesses that are unsure about whether to adopt a cloud computing platform would do well to consult a recent study that found that the cloud can give businesses an edge over their competition. According to the article from CIO Insight, organizations that have already turned to a cloud infrastructure and that are using it to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace are "pacesetters." These are the companies that are proving to the world how beneficial cloud deployment can be. As Leana Thorne reported in an Apcrunch article, "Pacesetters have shown a wider usage of cloud systems for 1) strategic reinventions, 2) better decisions, and 3) deeper collaboration." Pacesetters are not afraid to use the cloud to reinvent and improve their business.
Public Cloud Usage Will Become Universal
By: Shawn Drew
The public cloud, and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions in particular, may have developed a proven track record over the past few years, but that has not led to universal business adoption as some had predicted. All that could be about to change, however, in light of a new survey that shows more and more businesses are ready to take the plunge into the cloud. IT managers at midsize businesses need to be cognizant of this fact in order to keep their departments up to date and their companies a step ahead of the competition.
The Future of Cloud Computing Now Runs on All Versions of Linux
By: Klint Finley
Docker wants to help developers run their applications anywhere and everywhere. This week, the project got a little closer to that goal by bringing the platform to all major versions of the Linux operating system. Docker is a tool for bundling everything you need to run a particular application into a single “container.” These containers can be moved from computer to computer — be they physical machines or virtual computer servers — in much the same way a standardized shipping container can be loaded onto any ship or train or loading dock.
SaaS is cloud computing's quiet killer app
By: David Linthicum
Salesforce.com claimed that Dreamforce had about 120,000 attendees last week, which -- in our own Caroline Craig's estimation -- sounded a "bit high." I agree, but it's hard to argue the conference was big - - bigger than last year, I'm sure. It's also a good sign that SaaS is alive and well. It's driving much of cloud computing these days, yet SaaS doesn't get much notice in all the talk about cloud computing.
A Sneak Peek at the Next Wave in Cloud Computing
By: Jordan Novet
The world of cloud computing is a complicated place. But Lucas Carlson boils it down to a simple analogy: Amazon is the Apple of cloud computing. With its enormously popular collection of web services — services where anyone can build and run their own online software without setting up their own hardware — Amazon is well out in front of the cloud computing competition, just as Apple was in the mobile game with those seminal creations, the iPhone and the iPad and the iOS mobile operating system. What we need now, Carlson says, is an Android of cloud computing, something that can challenge Amazon in much the same way Google’s open source mobile operating system challenged Apple.
Sick And Tired Of The Cloud? The Benefits Still Live Up To The Hype
By: Debra Donston-Miller
A funny thing happens to technology on its way to widespread use: People get really sick of it. That’s how it is with cloud computing. No, people aren’t sick of cloud computing itself. Indeed, many companies are saving money and gaining flexibility through the use of cloud-based applications and services. What people are sick of is the hype surrounding the cloud.
Danger lurks in the shadows: the darker side of BYOD
By: John Leonard
Shadow IT – the bypassing of the IT department by employees who set up their own systems – is the inevitable consequence of the ease of use and quick deployment enabled by the cloud. Given the choice between waiting for days or weeks for the IT department to configure the CRM system to suit their needs, or ordering something over the web with a credit card (or even for free) that can be used immediately and turned off again afterwards, it is obvious which will win. And the consequences be damned.
Is It Time To Float Your Business Up Into The Cloud?
By: Eric Basu
This is the third posting in my cyber awareness series for small to medium-sized business owners. One of the biggest buzzwords being used right now is “the cloud.” So, what is the cloud?
3 Challenges In Moving To The Cloud (A CIO's Story)
By: Cynthia Stoddard
At NetApp, like in other organizations, we found ourselves facing application sprawl. There were many variables and contributing factors, including our “get things done” culture. This enables many creative solutions, which in turn leads to end users and departments pushing outside of the IT boundaries. You might call this shadow IT—solutions with inconsistent standards and often lacking certain basics. In reality, not all shadow IT is bad. But without a solid technology framework in place, it can ultimately slow your organization down.
Best- and Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks, Nov. 4 to Nov. 8 and Year-to-Date
By: Louis Columbus
The following are the best and worst-performing cloud computing stocks for the week of November 4th to 8th and year-to-date. I’ve calculated weekly and year-to-date percentage changes in prices, adding them to the Cloud Computing Index for the previous week.
How To Set Off With Confidence On The Road To Cloud Computing
By: cloudtweaks
At its most basic level, traveling along the IT transformation journey from conventional data centers to the dynamic, intelligent environments of cloud computing is an adventure in self discovery that has a way of changing you as much as your technology. You may start out thinking you know who you are and where you are going, but as you dig deeper into cloud computing, your goals will inevitably change as your awareness of who you are expands.
CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey
By: James Bourne
A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.
How a bespoke cloud system benefited our international translation business
By: Arek Estall
By the end of 2013, an expected 75% of businesses will be using at least one form of cloud computing, according to the Cloud Industry Forum. However, on the flip-side, research from Wakefield Research and Citrix shows that 22% of people surveyed are hazy on what cloud computing is all about, having "pretended to know" when the subject has come up.
Total Defense Updates Cloud Security Offering
By: Chris Talbot
Total Defense has made a major update to its Total Defense for Business security offering that the company says will provide new features and functionality to its end users, as well as to its channel partners, particularly managed services providers (MSPs).
Cloud-enabled enterprise and the opportunity for CIOs
By: Russell Poole
It is over five years since the term ‘cloud’ was first adopted into the mainstream to describe a fundamental change in how – and where – information technology is deployed.
The Cloud-Enabled Transformation of Enterprise IT
By: Daniel Burrus
Thanks to exponential advances in processing power, bandwidth, and storage (what I call the three change accelerators), the business environment is undergoing a major transformation. I have been tracking the trajectory of these three change accelerators for the past thirty years and they have now entered a predictable new phase--one that will transform every business process. In fact, based on the technology-enabled hard trends that are already in place, including advances in cloud computing and virtualization, over the next five years we will transform how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, train, and educate.
Cloud Accounting – The Back Office Promise
By: cloudtweaks
The promise of platform as a service is very simple: Bring your code, and cloud vendor will handle everything else for you. Users build their applications with the vendor’s tools, APIs and supported programming languages. Platform as a service model of cloud computing increases programmers’ productivity, reduces development costs, and enables quick release of software. One of the leading platform as a service offers is the Salesforce Platform where development is performed using salesforce.com’s web interface and a proprietary development language called Apex. The biggest benefit of the Salesforce Platform is time savings for developers, because they can easily use existing common objects, forms and workflows. Many developers use the Salesforce Platform to offer their own software as a ser
Is it Time to Explore Cloud-Powered Disaster Recovery?
By: Ashar Baig
Disaster recovery (DR) is an essential part of any company’s IT portfolio, yet most organizations don’t give too much thought to the type of DR solution best fits their needs. Whether to keep DR onsite or push it to the cloud, however, can be an important decision based on numerous factors including cost, downtime and manpower.
Cloud computing: is it right for you?
By: Guy Clapperton
Sometimes the IT industry throws out a load of hype. Everything would grind to a halt in 2000, they said, and it didn't. We'll all be using tablets soon and … oh, so we did. That's the problem with the tech market: some of it appears to be hype, some of it doesn't.
Cloud fails to deliver promised cost savings, CIOs say
By: Anh Nguyen
Cloud technologies are offering businesses agility but not the cost-savings they expect, a survey of senior IT directors has found. The survey of 50 senior IT decision-makers, including CIOs, IT directors and heads of IT, at UK companies with more than €1 billion (£0.85 billion) turnover, found that while 74 percent of respondents expected to see operational cost savings by using cloud, only 41 percent actually achieved these savings.
What CFOs Need To Know About Cloud Computing
By: Janel Ryan
Today’s business environment requires CFOs to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Given that the topic is cloud computing, a CFO will likely hear a lot of hype, but the most important thing to consider in a cloud solution is, “Which business problems do I want to solve?”
Gartner: Cloud Security Market to Grow to $3.1B by 2015
By: Chris Talbot
The cloud-based security services market is expected to top $2.1 billion by the end of this year, according to Gartner, and it will likely reach $3.1 billion in 2015. However, it's not all good news: Although cloud-based security revenue will remain strong, Gartner expects revenue opportunities to vary.
How Cloud Computing Puts Adverse Selection in Its Place
By: Bernard Golden
For years, operations departments have used adverse selection principles to allocate resources, often deeming small projects unworthy of enterprise computing power. Today, though, the cloud makes computing so cheap that there's no reason to deny any project, no matter how small. Doing so will simply push users to the public cloud -- and beyond IT's control.
Unraveling the cloud in Europe
By: Phil Wainewright
Eager to unlock a conjectured €940 billion uplift in EU GDP, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes last year launched several initiatives as part of a grand strategy for cloud computing in Europe.
Almost half large enterprises to have hybrid cloud by 2017: Gartner
By: Rebecca Merrett
Instead of battling with public and private cloud trade-offs, more organisations are turning to a hybrid cloud model, according to Gartner. The research firm predicts almost half of large enterprises globally will have deployed hybrid cloud by the end of 2017, with 2016 being a "defining" year where they will start to move away from private into hybrid.
CIOs And Cloud Computing: How IT Can Get Back In The Driver's Seat
By: By JP Blaho and Janel Ryan
In October 2012, we had the chance to attend SunGard’s IGNITE Conference for CIOs in San Francisco, and in May 2013, we were lucky enough to go again. The topic of both sessions was enterprise cloud computing, but there was one striking difference: between October and May, CIOs (and IT in general) seem to have lost their seat at the table when it comes to making decisions about cloud computing in the enterprise.