Cloud Trends

Cloud Computing: DigitalOcean Expands in Europe, Adds Shared Private Networking

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud hosting platform provider DigitalOcean has unveiled a new Amsterdam data center to expand its footprint in Europe and offer its shared private networking technology to the region. With DigitalOcean's shared private networking feature, previously only available in the company's NYC2 datacenter, customers gain "the ability to create a virtual server containing both a public and private address, where any communication that happens over the private address happens over a private network," DigitalOcean CEO Ben Uretsky told Talkin' Cloud.

The company's expansion throughout Europe remains a top priority for Digital Ocean, Uretsky said. "We’ll continue to invest heavily in our infrastructure as more datacenters are added throughout the world," he said. "We are looking to add capacity throughout Europe...

IBM to Create Cloud Applications for Specific Vertical Industries

Grazed from IT Business Edge. Author: Michael Vizard.

IBM is looking to jumpstart cloud adoption by launching a catalog of applications aimed at specific vertical industry segments as part of its larger effort to deeply embed IBM services inside business processes. The expansion of the IBM Cloud Consulting portfolio announced today represents a concerted effort to help organizations make the shift to the cloud using turnkey application solutions that can be quickly deployed on top of the SoftLayer cloud platform that IBM acquired earlier this year.

According to Sanjay Rishi, global leader for IBM cloud consulting services, organizations of all sizes are looking for help in moving to the cloud because they lack the internal expertise required to build, deploy and manage cloud applications. IBM plans to address that need via a series of applications developed by its consulting group that customers can then customize as needed. In particular, Rishi says IBM has developed a massive amount of analytics expertise that will increasingly be delivered as a service within social networking and mobile computing applications. Rishi says the convergence of social networking, mobile computing, analytics and cloud computing, which IBM collectively refers to as SMAC, is requiring organizations to look for external help to capture the millions of dollars in value that those applications can represent to the enterprise...

2013: The Year of Mass Cloud Computing Extinctions

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: Tom Petrocelli.

Cloud computing provides tremendous value for businesses of all types. But as we can see from the number of products that shut down in 2013, it isn't all a silver lining. Cloud applications, platforms and infrastructure offers a more flexible and agile IT environment, whether a large enterprise or a company that falls into the small-medium enterprise category.

Cloud computing allows companies to use their capital for creating business value rather than having it tied up in expensive data centers. Another way to look at cloud computing is that it doesn't force an organization to be in the business of data centers unless that is its actual business...

Google makes play for lucrative cloud computing business

Grazed from The Globe and Mail. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Google already runs much of the digital lives of consumers through e-mail, 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 startups to multinationals.

It is the latest salvo in an escalating battle among some of the most influential companies in technology to control corporate and government computing through public clouds. That battle, which is expected to last years and cost the competitors billions of dollars annually in material and talent, already includes Microsoft, IBM and Amazon...

Three emerging cloud computing trends for 2014

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: David Linthicum.

This is the time of year that when technology publications get contacted by any number of PR firms, hoping they will listen to their pitches, and perhaps publish their cloud technology client’s cloud computing predictions for 2014.  If they’re lucky, whatever they are selling continues to grow in the New Year.

I don’t really get into predictions as much as I look at emerging patterns or trends, which will be relevant to those who are currently evaluating and selecting cloud computing technology.  In other words, you need to understand what to look out for in the near future, as well as how to dial that into your enterprise cloud computing strategy.  Three emerging cloud computing trends that will be more relevant by the end of the year are actually rather easy to spot:...

3 Surprising Trends Among 'Pacesetter' Cloud Adopters

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Ellis Booker.

Line of business decisionmakers are more interested in cloud computing's strategic potential than are their IT counterparts. That was one of the surprises in IBM's latest global research into the cloud-computing phenomenon. The survey, released in late October, involved 800 companies in 13 countries and 24 industries. LOB executives are embracing software-, platform-, and infrastructure-as-a-service more quickly than their IT peers, the survey found.

"Three years from now, 72% of the people we surveyed in the line of business believe it's going to be 'strategically important' to transforming their companies," said IBM's VP of cloud services Ric Telford, who teased some of the research's top-level findings during his keynote at last month's Cloud Connect conference in Chicago...

Cloud providers' green claims are full of smoke

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

You can't get through a month without hearing a group of cloud providers tell us how green their clouds are by using alternative energy sources instead of carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Although I'm sure they're taking steps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions their new data centers put out, just the fact of data centers the size of a large airport seems counterintuitive to the "green" claim.

Last week, for example, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a panel of cloud providers crowing about how they've forced power companies to switch to non-fossil-fuel sources: "By strong-arming power companies -- for business, not necessarily altruistic, reasons -- name-brand tech giants like Google, Rackspace, and Facebook can claim significant portions of their power comes from renewable sources like wind, hydro, and solar."...

New Encryption Tools for the Cloud

Grazed from BankInfoSecurity. Author: Eric Chabrow.

Computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing new ways to apply encryption when storing or searching data in the cloud, says Paul Royal, associate director of the university's information security center. This encryption research, designed to address security concerns associated with cloud computing, is highlighted in Georgia Tech's just-issued Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2014.

The university has developed an application called CloudCapsule that encrypts data on mobile and other devices before its securely transmitted and stored in the cloud, Royal explains in an interview with Information Security Media Group. Encrypting data before it enters the cloud provides protection against cybercriminals seeking to pilfer data and governments demanding keys to decrypt data on servers situated in their jurisdictions, Royal says...

How cloud is one-upping your IT team

Grazed from IT News. Author: Justin Warren.

If your board is signing off on IT outsourcing and cloud computing deals, it might suggest an uncomfortable truth: your internal IT doesn’t know how to sell itself. Outsourcing and cloud deals are winning because those charged with writing the cheques are convinced these solution providers offer a service better, cheaper, or both, than what internal IT can deliver.

Whether they can is debatable. Many have only later discovered that the deal wasn’t actually a sound idea, but this doesn’t vindicate the limp response internal IT makes when staring down these twin threats. If anything, it serves to highlight the magnitude of the problem...

Wintel servers gain favor in cloud era, putting RISC at risk

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Ed Scannell.

As IT professionals retool their data centers to accommodate more sophisticated cloud computing environments, many lean toward a scale-out strategy built on Wintel server hardware, steering away from proprietary, scale-up servers.  This means trouble for Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) and IBM's RISC-based systems -- as both companies are working to reinvent their server roadmaps.

The primary reasons driving IT pros toward Wintel are costs, both upfront and hidden, and the risk of moving to a new platform and dealing with a new vendor that a data center team may not be familiar with...