Cloud Trends

How Cloud Startups Are Changing The Face Of Innovation

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Pete Sonsini.

After more than a decade of hype and billions of dollars of value creation, it would be reasonable to expect investors to start losing interest in cloud-related startups. In the venture business, me-too investors reap ever-diminishing returns compared to early entrants in a new sector. And while the sweeping transformation that began with the migration of non-critical applications from the data center to the cloud has proven massive indeed, it’s certainly no longer early days.

Indeed, even the second wave of cloud opportunity — essentially reinventing the infrastructure underlying cloud applications to meet the growing demands for performance and scalability in an increasingly mobile, app-centric world — has begun to level off in terms of new opportunity. The enabling technologies that were hand-sewn by cloud pioneers like Google or Facebook are becoming more and more commercially available; one by one, obstacles are being eliminated and problems are being solved, primarily by startups...

Cloud Computing: Where It’s been, Where It’s Going

Grazed from TechCocktail.  Author: Michael Templeman.

Cloud computing is currently one of technology’s hottest topics. The sector is growing rapidly and some are warning that it could be the next big tech bubble. It is clear to most Chief Technology Officers of major corporations, though, that it is a technology with a rich history that is sure to continue going in the right direction.

A Brief History of Cloud Computing

The true beginning of cloud computing was actually back in the 1950’s, when large-scale mainframes were able to be purchased by schools and corporations. The mainframes were installed in large rooms that were essentially server rooms, while access to the mainframes could be achieved through “dumb terminals.” These terminals were stations that only worked to create access to the mainframes; they would have multiple users on each station...

Four Trends in Cloud Computing

Grazed from SciQuest. Author: Lindsay Sloan.

"It's become the phrase du jour," says Ben Pring, former Vice President of Research at Gartner, of the term cloud computing. “The problem is tvhat everyone seems to have a different definition.” So let’s start out with the simple question: What is cloud computing? According to Oxford Dictionaries, it’s the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Now, instead of using a personal computer to run an application, individuals can do this from anywhere in the world.

With easy access to information, automatic software integration and fast deployment, cloud computing is here to stay and it’s growing. Companies like SciQuest, who provide products which are completely cloud-based, can provide significant advantages to their customers compared to on-premise solutions that other business automation software providers offer. As more and more organizations adapt to this technology – and get used to the cost and efficiency benefits – new trends have emerged and here are the ones we think are most noteworthy:..

Cloud Computing: 3 Trends to Watch in 2014

Grazed from RedCommerce. Author: Editorial Staff.

Market watchers predict cloud spending will increase five to seven times, outpacing overall tech spending in the next three years. But cloud adoption will no longer be driven solely by the promise of lower IT costs. Businesses will move to the cloud for different reasons than in the past, according to Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP Cloud. Here are three more trends Minahan highlighted during a recent SAP Radio broadcast, “Game Changers 2014 Predictions Part 3”.

1. Not everything moves to the cloud

As companies accelerate cloud adoption in 2014 and beyond, they aren’t getting rid of everything. Instead they will look to extend their existing technology investments. Deutsche Bank is a prime example. As keynoters of the upcoming Ariba Live event, Deutsche Bank will talk about how they extended the SAP environment with Ariba Cloud Apps and Ariba Networks to connect and collaborate with over 4,500 suppliers around the globe...

Security Trends in Cloud Computing Part 3: Retail sector

Graxed from Technet. Author: Adrienne Hall.

Previously in this series, we looked at cloud security trends in the financial services and healthcare sectors, based on survey data derived from Microsoft’s Cloud Security Readiness Tool (CSRT). Next I’d like to discuss some findings that relate to the retail industry. IT departments at retail businesses are expected to manage a number of important security tasks, some of which have evolved considerably in recent years.

This includes meeting regulatory requirements, such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) specifications on protecting customer data, without diminishing the shopping experience in stores or online. Retailers have also expanded their use of technology to manage supply chains, operate web services and self-service portals, and deploy customer relationship management (CRM) solutions that can address their customers’ needs...

Mobile Cloud Computing: IT Trend of the Decade

Grazed from LinkedIn.  Author: Reza Rahimi.

mobile computing is expanding beyond the traditional approach on voice and data delivery to encompass new classes of rich mobile applications and technologies such as location based services, mobile social networks, crowd computing, sensory based applications and wearable technologies to name a few.

These classes of mobile applications and technologies have quantitative and qualitative criteria of growing importance like efficiency and performance, scalability, privacy and reliability. Due to the resource limitation of mobile devices, cloud computing could be a good potential candidate to solve these problems...

Cloud Assessment Tool helps match needs with products

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Ryan Huang.

To help prospective users of cloud computing objectively assess the operational, performance and other critical capabilities offered by different cloud providers, the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) has put together a Cloud Assessment Tool (CAT). In doing so, it hopes users will be better positioned to select the right cloud solution for their given requirement. The product was the result of over 2 years of extensive and in-depth discussions within the group.

"The cloud computing parameters that determine critical operational criteria like performance and access are not obvious. We found that even when these parameters are reasonably well understood, there is no objective or standardize way of determining or measuring the criteria," said the ACCA. This was the motivation for a framework to help avoid misinterpretation or misunderstandings between users and vendors...

Is this the cloud computing end game?

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Don Sheppard.

For some organizations, start-ups in particular, cloud computing will be the only IT game in town. Given the choice between acquiring, installing and operating a data centre full of equipment and buying public services on a consumption basis, the choice would be very clear. This choice, however, is not as obvious for larger, well-established enterprises that have already invested in numerous “legacy” systems.

For some leaders, a major commitment to cloud computing could be a very difficult and potentially risky decision. How about a simple thought experiment? Let’s imagine what the cloud computing end game is – what it means for an enterprise to go “all in” with cloud computing...

Cloud Computing: A Necessity, Not an Option

Grazed from PCMag. Author: Michael J. Miller.

Competition is a wonderful thing. And the increased competition in cloud services – especially the intense battle among Amazon, Google, and Microsoft – is resulting in services and pricing that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago. Over the past month, all three of the big players, plus a variety of smaller ones, have introduced new products and services for the cloud.

About a month ago, Google started this round of price cutting at its Cloud Platform Live event, where it cut prices on most of its services, some rather dramatically. Compute fees dropped by 32 percent, and standard storage prices went down to 2.6 cents per gigabyte per month. A similar drop in prices for its consumer product, Google Drive, gives you 1TB of storage for about $10 a month. That's quite compelling...

Cloud Computing: Moore’s law gives way to Bezos’s law

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Greg O'Connor.

Cloud providers Google, AmazonWeb Services (AWS) and Microsoft are doing some spring-cleaning, and it’s out with the old, in with the new when it comes to pricing services. The latest cuts make it clear there’s a new business model driving cloud that is every bit as exponential in growth — with order of magnitude improvements to pricing — as Moore’s Law has been to computing.

If you need a refresher, Moore’s Law is “the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.” I propose my own version, Bezos’s law. Named for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, I define it as the observation that, over the history of cloud, a unit of computing power price is reduced by 50 percent approximately every three years...