Cloud Trends

Cutting Through the Confusion: What Makes a True Cloud Billing Solution

Grazed from Cloud Computing Intelligence. Author: Editorial Staff.

With businesses of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy transitioning to cloud computing, IT vendors are racing to position themselves at the cutting-edge of what remains one of the industry's hottest topics. Cloud billing has become a dynamic growth area. Yet, it is becoming ever harder for buyers to cut through the hype and understand the term. Is a cloud billing system one that bills for cloud services, or a billing system that resides in the cloud?

To some vendors, it does not seem to matter. Just put "cloud" in the product/solution name and voilà, they have a "cloud billing" system. Certainly, among some businesses there is a desire to jump on the cloud bandwagon - a sense that the cloud is now becoming so pervasive that they need to be involved. They must have a cloud story to tell or risk being left behind by the competition. This drive by businesses to be seen as "cloud-based", even when they are not, is creating market confusion and, in turn, that confusion risks damaging the sector immeasurably...

2014 is the Year Servers Get 'Smart,' Hybrid Cloud Grows Up

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Robert Miggins.

According to Gartner analysts, more than half of IT budgets will be spent on cloud computing in the next few years. There's no need to speculate on whether cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2014 and beyond - it will. However, exactly how cloud infrastructure is deployed and managed is up for grabs.

While both public and private cloud deployments are on the rise, it's hybrid cloud environments that currently provide organizations with cloud computing's best benefits - a trend that will shift in 2014 as the next generation of dedicated servers, or "smart servers," evolve to offer all of hybrid cloud's core qualities, but manageable as one environment. Today's hybrid cloud models are complex environments that combine a single-tenant private architecture with a multi-tenant cloud, in order to achieve private cloud's security and performance benefits along with public cloud's high availability and security...

Cloud Computing: With Watson, Is IBM Riding Right Wave?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Doug Henschen.

Two big names in technology held events in New York this week to declare the beginning of a third big wave in computing, but they were talking about different waves. On Wednesday, Salesforce.com welcomed in the connected computing era, pointing to mobile, social, cloud, and billions of connected sensors and devices as things that will transform our personal lives, industries, and the ways organizations interact with individuals.

Giving its own spin to the Internet of Things, Salesforce talked up the "Internet of Customers," seeing connected aircraft engines, cars, appliances, tablets, phones, wrist watches, and other devices as ultimately connected to somebody's customer. On Thursday it was IBM's turn, and it asserted that the coming third wave will be the cognitive computing era...

Cloud Gazing: 3 Security Trends To Watch

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Cloud computing continues to break barriers and deliver new types of workloads and content. Just look at how many users are connecting via the Internet. Statistics show us that a typical user accesses two to three devices every day. If you work in tech, I have no doubt that this number is even larger.

The security environment around cloud continues to evolve as well. The days of the PC, as we all know, are coming to an end. With so much more information traversing the cloud, the focus has shifted from endpoint security to delivering applications, data, and a great user experience. But this leaves open questions about how we keep all of this data secure, provide a powerful end-user experience, and still maintain information integrity...

Cloud Computing: 2014 Will Be a Big Year For IBM

Grazed from MotelyFool.  Author: Timothy Green.

2013 has not been kind to IT giant IBM . The company's stock has been declining since hitting highs last March, with disappointing earnings and a collapse of the hardware business in emerging markets largely to blame. IBM was the only stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to decline in 2013, even after a significant end-of-year surge.

2014 will be a year of challenges for IBM, but the company should continue to make progress toward its long-term goals. Hewlett-Packard managed to win some market share from IBM in the server business in 2013, and the general trend toward cloud computing will continue to pressure IBM's hardware business and the server industry as a whole. Meanwhile, Amazon's aggressive expansion of its cloud services has put IBM in the position of playing catch up, with at least one high-profile private cloud contract going to the retail giant instead of Big Blue in 2013. There's certainly plenty to worry about going forward for IBM, but many of these worries seem overdone...

When cloud computing is just computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: David Linthicum.

According to Midsize Insider (an IBM publication), “The term ‘cloud’ has been an IT catchphrase for a short period although the types of services that define this technology have been in use for some time. This kind of computing may already be mainstream and no longer have the need for a catchphrase.”

This is something I’ve been saying for awhile, that the term ‘cloud’ will eventually bake out of cloud computing and it will be just another model for computing.  Much like other technologies that came along in the past, it just becomes a part of our architectural arsenal.  The term “cloud” always seemed buzz-wordy to me.  Indeed, we called it other things before the term “cloud” stuck, including on-demand, Web 2.0, Internet-hosted, etc., but I’m not sure those are any better...

Federal agencies make 2013 the year of cloud

Grazed from WashingtonPost. Author: Alex Rossino.

This past year will long be remembered by government contractors as the year that federal cloud adoption began in earnest. Between October 2012 and September 2013, federal agencies awarded over $17 billion in cloud computing-related contracts. After a couple of years evaluating and piloting cloud technology, federal customers dove in headfirst, awarding large contracts, such as the Interior Department’s $10 billion Foundation Cloud Hosting Services program and the CIA’s hotly contested $600 million cloud infrastructure award.

Practically every federal agency awarded cloud-related contracts in fiscal 2013, but this growth was not evenly distributed across the government. Awards by civilian agencies totaled $16.5 billion, far outstripping the $65 million in total awards made by defense agencies and the military services...

Enterprise In 2013: Enterprise Ascends Into The Cloud

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Michael Singer.

In looking back over the past 12 months, it’s apparent businesses pushed the envelope of the programmable web. Instead of being influenced by consumer apps and trends like BYOD, employers this year looked inward to solve their internal business problems.

Companies have expanded the use of potent business partners, providers, and platforms at the expense of more consumer-driven technologies that defined 2011 and 2012. Here now are the biggest influences on business, with a heavy reliance on cloud computing and avoidance of government intervention...

The future of cloud apps: Key trends lead the way to real benefits

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Revolution is a big word, and one that's overused much of the time. In the case of cloud computing, the revolutionary potential seems bogged down in pedestrian early applications. Many enterprises report that the majority of their cloud applications have been simple extensions to Web hosting or server consolidation. But for the cloud to reach its potential, it has to be more than that. Fortunately, a few trends are driving the cloud to the right place at last. These trends -- which represent the future of cloud apps -- include platform services, cloud-centric operations and support, and cloud-ready software and data models.

Platform services: An 'in-between model'

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) alone is simply hosted virtualization. It will be valuable to users with low utilization and high cost of labor for hardware support, but it doesn't offer enterprises enough economy-of-scale benefits relative to their own data centers to spawn a real revolution. Platform as a Service (PaaS), which locks users into a specific operating system and middleware set, displaces more current cost but has a narrow target of opportunity. Led by Amazon, the cloud industry is creating an in-between model: platform services...

5 Strategies For Nonprofits When Implementing Cloud Computing

Grazed from TechImpact.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing use grew exponentially in 2013, and is expected to grow at a rapid pace for the next 5-10 years. This is because many businesses are still using cloud computing for niche applications, and have not fully adopted the system.

The technology has moved from its infancy stage, and instead of thinking how much the technology ‘could’ benefit their business, many CEOs are instead thinking how the technology IS benefiting their business.  But when implementing any new technology, there are speed bumps and road blocks that must be overcome. Here are a few strategies to help you deal with them according to Paul Cooper of ITProPortal...