Cloud Trends

How cloud computing will single-handedly save the nonprofit sector

Grazed from Technorati. Author: Steve Shattuck.

There’s a lot to be excited about in the nonprofit sector today. New technologies are allowing charities to reach current and potential donors at a rate and ease never seen before. Although charitable giving grew 4.9% in 2013, some metrics paint a cloudier picture of the sector’s overall health. Donor retention rates have dropped year-over-year over the past seven years - the entire span in which its been officially studied - landing at only 39%.

That same metric dips into the 20s when considering first-time donors only. Online giving’s percentage of overall giving contracted from 7% in 2012 to 6.4% in 2013 and effective social media usage still lags behind the for-profit sector. Some sub-sectors of the nonprofit world are reporting annual employee turnover rates upwards of 100%...

Three mistakes that can doom your private cloud design from day one

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Nick Martin.

Cloud computing may be the next logical evolution of virtual data centers, but rushing into a private cloud design can create more problems than it solves. Unfortunately, many companies (or at least C-level executives) fall into the trap set by software vendors and believe that they need a cloud yesterday -- and that building one is as simple as selecting a product.

Once on this path, it doesn’t take long for most to realize building a private cloud is much more complicated than paying for licensing and management software, said Ivan Pepelnjak, chief technology advisor at NIL Data Communications, at an Interop session. "I can't tell you how wrong this approach is," Pepelnjak said. "And I see this happening with about 80% of the customers I see...

This Chart From IBM Explains Why Cloud Computing Is Such A Game-Changer

Grazed from BusinessInsider.  Author: Julie Bort.

All of the industry's biggest tech players are going gaga chasing the cloud-computing market these days:

  •     Cisco just vowed to spend $1 billion to build a new cloud to compete with Amazon's Web Services.
  • Microsoft spent about $8 billion on cloud computing R&D in 2011 and spends billions more each year on its cloud data centers in 16 regions around the world.
  • IBM is spending $7 billion to beef up its cloud.
  • Oracle is in the process of building a cloud, too, with parts of it already being used by beta testers, CEO Larry Ellison recently said...

How Can You Measure a Cloud?

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Michael Brown.

Return on investment (ROI) has been a common performance measurement tool for companies for decades.  However, now it’s come to the attention of numerous companies that perhaps a new variation of ROI will be needed to accompany the arrival of cloud computing.   From this piece over at Forbes:  “A new survey of 350 senior IT executives finds 16 percent see measuring ROI as a hurdle to their cloud computing implementations”

Traditional ROI is based upon the hard monetary return on the purchase and use of products or services.  However, the long term gains from the cloud are not always so easily calculated in a purely financial way...

How Boeing is using the cloud

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

There's a lot of talk about the cloud, but how are businesses really using it? This week at Interop, Boeing's chief cloud strategist, David Nelson, outlined a couple of ways the aircraft manufacturer is not only using the public cloud, but combining that that with on-premises virtualized workloads to create a hybrid environment. The results are applications that Nelson says run more efficiently, are less expensive and serve the needs of Boeing better than if the company had done it all in-house.

Nelson first described an application the company has developed that tracks all of the flight paths that planes take around the world. Boeing's sales staff uses it to help sell aircraft showing how a newer, faster one could improve operations. The app incorporates both historical and real-time data, which means there are some heavy workloads...

From outer space storage to the "Northern Bytes": The best cloudy April Fool stories

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

It’s a tradition as old as the hills, from the BBC’s scoop on spaghetti trees in 1957 to Google’s Pokemon Maps earlier today. Not surprisingly the hype around cloud has prompted a few firms to try their own spoof stories on April Fool's Day. Here are three of CloudTech’s favourites.

Digital Science, a technology division of Macmillan Science and Education, posted worrying findings this morning that “the computing cloud is drifting towards the North Pole.”

In a blog post entitled ‘Cloud computing suffers a major blow’, the company has evidence to suggest that “global warming and the changes thus caused in the Jet Stream pose a danger to ‘the cloud’.”...

How to manage inflated cloud computing expectations

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

The crew in the engine room of the Titanic really did a fantastic job of delivering top performance and keeping things running efficiently.  But the ultimate success of the voyage depended on the ship's crew up above -- steering things safely in the right direction, taking advantage of all information available to them. IT, in many ways, is tasked with running the engine room, but then gets blamed when the ship runs into trouble.

The Titanic analogy came to mind when reading Philippe Abdoulaye's account of a hypothetical (and likely composite) company that does all the right things with IT, and gets great results with its implementation. But the company is still running aground, and everyone is looking to IT, wondering why things aren't going as planned.  The good news is unlike the engine room crew of the ill-fated Titanic, IT leaders are in a position to influence the new course of the business -- but they can't do it alone...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta: On-ramp to cloud computing

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Dan Kusnetzky.

I seldom comment on beta test software until it is a released product. I thought, however, that the direction Red Hat is taking for its KVM-based Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.4 beta made it worth publishing a comment.

What Red Hat has to say about RHEV 3.4
New features in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta include stronger OpenStack integration, enterprise network capabilities enhancements, and advanced manageability of the entire stack.

OpenStack Support and Integration
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta strengthens and simplifies the provisioning and sharing of networking resources used by both traditional and cloud-enabled workloads through OpenStack Networking (Neutron) integration. The beta release offers enhancements that improve the security and scalability of Neutron provisioned networks. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta supports open vSwitch and its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities...

2014 Cloud Trends Outlook - Future of Cloud Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Asher Baig.

We talk about the “cloud” today just like we used to talk about the “Internet” back in 1996. Now the Internet is an integral part of our lives and we hardly even use the word—we talk about the applications and services it enables, such as web applications and services (we get more of our information from the Internet than anything else), instant messaging and Internet telephony.

Cloud is going through the similar rapid adoption. Cloud adoption is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 40 percent per year. Three years from now we won’t even talk about the “cloud”—we'll talk about the applications and services it enables, such as Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce.com, BCDR, mobility and file sync and share...

Nearly half of enterprise cloud projects past trial phrase, Microsoft claims

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Author: Jonathan Brandon.

Research commissioned by Microsoft and published Wednesday suggests nearly half of organisations using cloud services have moved beyond initial pilot phases, and 32 per cent of enterprises articulating and implementing clear cloud computing strategies within their organisations despite concerns around data protection and security. But the findings also suggest that pervasive concerns around security, while certainly a challenge for cloud service providers and enterprises, may also be a boon for other players.

The research, which includes interviews and survey responses of over 2,000 IT decision-makers working in business of all sizes in eleven countries reveals that over 45 per cent of those that participated claim to be well beyond the pilot phase of implementing cloud services within their organisations...