Cloud Trends

The New Cloud, Not the Same as the Old Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

Everyone is moving toward “the cloud” and it seems that most individuals and organizations have a pretty good idea of what that is and how they hope to use it. But the cloud is not one thing, and it is most certainly not eternal. It is constantly growing and changing, with new services and new underlying technologies continually adding to and reinterpreting what we know about living and working in a cloud-based data environment. So even while we pursue our cloud strategies, there needs to be some realization that by the time the transition is complete, the cloud may not be what it appeared to be at the outset.

Key cloud providers are already tapping into this reality by pitching their services as “a new kind of cloud.” Rackspace, for example, places great stock in its ability to provide a “Managed Cloud,” which is its way of describing the specialized services and technological hand-holding it offers in contrast to the do-it-yourself commodity experiences that most providers offer...

Are cloud computing and innovation linked?

Grazed from WebTechnologyGroup. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing changes the way we look at applications, data and technology. Having flexible information technology not only reduces the cost, it creates new opportunities for increasing the value you derive from it. Cloud prepares your organisation for the unknown.

Reimagining information technology

Imagine that all of your applications and data were built today based on cloud technology. Your data would be ubiquitous – accessible to everyone and every application, quickly and easily without the need to translation or migration. Your applications would be infinitely scalable and you’d be able to adapt and extend them as well as build completely new functionality...

Salesforce Benefits From Cloud Computing Trend; Beats Estimates And Raises Guidance

Grazed from BidnessEtc.  Author: Larry Darrell., Inc. (CRM), a pioneer of cloud software business, announced its earnings results for the second quarter of tis fiscal 2015 (2QFY15) after the market closed yesterday.

The San Francisco-based company also revised up its guidance for the entire FY15 after the strong results seen in 2QFY15. Its guidance for revenues was increased by $30 million to $5.34-5.37 billion, while analysts estimate $5.34 billion. The forecast for adjusted EPS was also revised up to $0.50-0.52, in line with expectations of $0.51...

Will Cloud Computing Become as Obsolete as Horseless Carriages?

Grazed from CSC. Author: Dr. James Serack.

When I think of the quaint phrase “horseless carriage,” it conjures up for me an image, in black and white, of startled men in bowler hats pointing to a newly invented passing motor car. There was a time when carriages were drawn by horses so the adjective “horseless” was required to communicate the new invention from what was then the norm. But within a decade those motorized vehicles had become the new norm, and the phrase became obsolete. Now we of course just call them cars, and almost everyone owns one.

Recently while in California, waiting for the walk light to cross a busy urban intersection, I felt a bit like those men in the hats. When the traffic light changed to green, ALL the lead cars moved silently forward for several meters – and I found myself surprised by the prevalence of “hybrid cars” on the road. I did not yet expect them to be so common. Maybe soon we also won’t need the “hybrid” adjective as they become the norm on roadways. And significantly, while we get used to the idea, those who live in places where hybrids are common are already taking the next steps to develop new habits and practices for getting the best performance from the next generation of “plug in” hybrids...

6 tips for planning your ascent into cloud computing (Part 2)

Grazed from TechPage One. Author: Scott Koegler.

In my last post, I offered the first three of six tips for planning your ascent into cloud computing. In this second part of our four-part series, I present the remaining three tips. Consider them as you move forward in your efforts to take advantage of cloud infrastructure in your enterprise. Then stay tuned for part three, in which is give you advice on controlling shadow IT.

1) Determine the initial applications to host in the cloud

A cloud service platform is much like the computing platforms that already exist in your company, and its main purpose is to store data and execute applications. Some applications are better suited to execution on locally installed systems, while others may work just as well — or even better — when deployed to cloud services...

'Provider Sprawl' Complicates Government Move to Cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kenneth Corbin.

In spite of a nearly four-year-old mandate to prioritize cloud computing technologies within the federal government, that transition has been slow to take shape, with officials continuing to express concerns about how to manage cloud deployments and uncertainty about navigating the maze of commercial providers.

Gerald Chelak, director of the technical service division at the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, says his agency is "100 percent committed to cloud" but admits that federal CIOs struggle to keep up with what he describes as "cloud service provider sprawl." When asked in a recent panel discussion how IT workers can keep on top of an ever-expanding galaxy of service providers and products, Chelak quipped, "Spend weekends."...

Calling for a common cloud architecture

Grazed from CloudComputingTech. Author: Kathy L. Grise.

The overarching theme around cloud computing is truly ubiquitous and reaches across not just the computing industry and professionals, but really touches across academia, government, and industry, plus the average, general consumer. A successful cloud implementation happens when it all functions effectively and is transparent to the user.

The user should not have to worry about the where, how, or what behind the cloud. Issues like privacy, security, reliability, and accessibility should be transparent. Naturally, the success is based upon a sound architecture(s) behind cloud computing. There are numerous pieces and parts that host, drive, and support cloud computing, ranging from its SaaS, PaaS, etc. to the basic and fundamental physical components...

The "No-Compromise Cloud"

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Mark Cravotta.

The public cloud computing model is rapidly becoming the world's most prolific IT deployment architecture, yet it leaves many promises unfulfilled. While offering scale, flexibility, and potential cost savings, the public cloud often lacks the isolation, computing power, and control advantages of bare metal servers.

Recent feedback suggests that people who adopted public cloud solutions for their elasticity and convenience are now lamenting their "simple" solution's complexity. To deploy enterprise solutions with the public cloud, one must consider redundancies as a safety net for outages and other disasters, as well as more intricate network architecture for true interoperability...

Cloudwords Offers New Solution for Global Marketers

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: Noreen Seebacher.

Marc Benioff-backed Cloudwords is continuing its quest to help global marketers manage multi-lingual content. The cloud-based translation management application today announced Campaign Manager, an enterprise-ready solution designed to help marketers "plan, execute and track" the localization and translation of marketing content for global campaigns.

Benioff, the CEO of, was one of the original investors in the San Francisco-based company. Cloudwords was founded in 2010 by "individuals who gave birth to cloud computing," including Scott Yancey, a key architect on the platform, and Michael Meinhardt, a consultant who advised numerous enterprise customers on their global translation strategy, including Cisco Systems, Hitachi Data Systems, Apple and Symantec...

Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Eric Lundquist.

The concept of using cloud computing to replace or augment your IT infrastructure is still relatively new. The introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2006 is a good date to pick as a starting point for this trend. We are now halfway through 2014 and Google, IBM, HP and the OpenStack gang have had their turns to talk about their latest cloud offerings. So this is a good time to see what is changing in cloud computing. Here are five trends I’m watching.

1. Transparency: I consistently hear from users and potential users that cloud computing sounds great, but while the tech is fairly straightforward to consider it is still devilishly difficult to figure out the pricing. This seems like it should be simple to solve. While the big cloud vendors are very public about price cutting, there remains lots of room to help CIOs figure out in advance what they will pay...

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