Cloud Trends

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 Salesforce.com'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...

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”.
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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...