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The Cloud in Emerging Markets - How Cloud Tech Is Making Computing More Accessible

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matt Smith.

Cloud computing is rapidly transforming business processes both domestically and in international emerging markets. Information technology is projected to be based more than 50 percent in the cloud within the next few years and it may be an ideal environment for many developing markets. This shift will allow emerging international markets to move past costly technology barriers and drastically increase productivity and growth. Cloud services are becoming more readily available in a variety of regions, which has fueled a strong desire for increased capacity.

Although the use of cloud services is still in its formative years in many emerging markets, the adoption of the cloud is becoming more prevalent. This steadily increasing switch to the cloud by an assorted range of organizations has fueled the need for providers to invest in new data centers and cloud infrastructures as well as related offerings such as security and management services...

Five Burning Security Issues in Cloud Computing

Grazed from IT Business Edge. Author: Editorial Staff.

As companies accelerate their adoption of cloud technologies – like infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or software as a service (SaaS) – the need for solutions that provide secure access and reliable operations in the cloud increase in importance. A top area of concern is defending applications from distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Any plan to move to the cloud should include a plan for dealing with the pervasive and growing threat that DDoS present. In this slideshow, Bill Lowry, director of cloud services at Radware, takes a look at some of the burning issues you should look for when adopting a DDoS mitigation strategy for a cloud-based solution...

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The Invisible Cloud

Grazed from HuffingtonPost. Author: Phil Simon.

There's no one right way to launch products and services today, a point that I make in The Age of the Platform. Consider the two vastly different approaches that two iconic companies took to achieve equally impressive results. As Brad Stone writes in The Everything Store, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stressed the importance of getting big fast from the get-go.

He astutely recognized that the Internet in 1994 was effectively a land grab. If his company established strong relationships with its customers, many would have a hard time switching. I'd argue that he was right. One can hardly quibble with Bezos' results over the last 20 years. Contrast that strategy with Mark Zuckerberg's much more measured approach at Facebook...

Cloud: Not New, Just A Big Disruption To How We Communicate

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Daniel Newman.

It seem like over the past couple of years the term cloud has found itself as the center of attention after a long spell of being of interest to only meteorologists and folks with nothing important to talk about. Of course, this is because over the past few years “Cloud” as a means of computing has piqued the interest of so many from tech savvy consumers to enterprise CIO’s.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Cloud Computing is that it isn’t new. In fact, the earliest attribution of cloud computing goes back to the 1960’s and a little known man name Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider who is believed to be its inventor. However, it really wasn’t until the mid 2000’s when Amazon launched its storage cloud that cloud computing started gaining wide acceptance among technologists and really until the past 2 or 3 years with the growth of Apple AAPL iCloud that the adoption grew rapidly among consumers.

Cloud Computing's Second Act Is All Business

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

In a recent post, Bernard Golden, one of the most respected thought leaders in the cloud space, asked the question: “Has cloud computing been a failed revolution?” He conveys the observation that Google search traffic for the term “cloud computing” peaked in 2011 and has trailed off since then.

It’s also notable that much of the excitement seen in the trade press and by analysts has shifted to the “Internet of Things” and “digital enterprise.” Just because there’s less of a spotlight on it doesn’t mean that cloud has diminished in strength and appeal. If anything, it is becoming a necessity for organizations, just as phones and electricity are necessities...

A closer look at how IT personnel are failing to understand the cloud

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Guy Wright.

At a recent conference's Peter Coffee pointed out that Google searches for the term ‘cloud computing’ have been declining over the past few years. Does this mean people aren’t interested in the cloud any more or are IT departments just dragging their feet? In a series of tweets, Gartner's Lydia Leong said that, far from being finished with cloud implementations, many IT personnel don't even really understand cloud computing.

She went on to say that many IT organisations fail to understand the key characteristics of cloud computing and, as a result, fall far short of actually operating real cloud environments. The 451 Group recently published the results of a survey regarding server automation and configuration and they found that more than 25 per cent of all respondents had no cloud implementation plan at all, while nearly one-third were six or more months away from providing server automation...

HP Launches High Security Private Cloud for Public Sector

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Editorial Staff.

HP Enterprise Services announced a new secure private cloud solution designed specifically to ease and accelerate government agencies’ migrations to the cloud. HP’s latest roll-out, Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector, offers agencies a managed, dedicated private cloud that allows federal, state and local governments to implement shared service models across their many departments.

Additionally, the managed private cloud allows agencies or departments to act as IT brokers through the use of a Web-based portal where resources like computing can be monitored and charged back through. Helion was designed with the “unique security requirements” of the government in mind, including the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP, at the moderate impact level; Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA high; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, privacy rules; and the Defense Information System Agency Enterprise Cloud Service Broker impact Level-5, according to Jeff Bergeron, Chief Technology Officer for HP U.S. Public Sector...

Cloud Computing: Is RackSpace considering exit options?

Grazed from TechGig.  Author: Editorial Staff.

RackSpace has recently confirmed that they have retained Morgan Stanley in order to begin entertaining acquisition or partnership requests. As Cloud’s Big Three began their race to the bottom in regards to pricing, it left many industry analysts wondering what would happen to RackSpace once the dust settled.

RackSpace has become an important player in the cloud market. Although the company is a publically traded stock, it seems as if RackSpace just doesn’t have the brand name recognition or the capital to keep up with movers and shakers in the cloud industry. RackSpace has invested $1 billion in infrastructure since 2005. Recently, it was reported that RackSpace had been bleeding clients due to the slashing of cloud prices from vendors such as AWS, Google and Microsoft. While RackSpace’s commitment to cloud and their total investment within the industry is nothing to scoff at, it seems as if the large technology players are exponentially outspending RackSpace...

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...