Cloud Trends

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...

Roundup Of Cloud Computing And Enterprise Software Predictions For 2014

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

Alan Kay’s saying that the best way to predict the future is to create it resonates through the best cloud computing and enterprise software predictions for 2014.  Constraints that held start-ups back from delivering sophisticated new apps and services are disappearing fast.  The dynamics of one of my favorite books, The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen, are in full force across the cloud and enterprise landscape.

There are many predictions being generated right now and instead of writing yet another set,  I’m providing a listing of those that are the most interesting and thought-provoking. They are listed below:...

Cloud 2014: Top 10 Trends to Watch in The Year Ahead

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Jason Verge.

Cloud computing is more than just a buzzword. It’s a mega-trend that has become an umbrella term for the ongoing shift from in-house data centers to third-party facilities. Within that mega-trend are many smaller trends, which have important implications for the industry and your IT operations. Here’s a look ahead at the trends that cloud thought leaders believe will be the most significant in 2014.

Cloud and CDN continue to blur, and the Network plays a bigger role.

As perhaps the last bastion to get “cloudified”, the network will continue to be a focal point in 2014. There’s also been a lot of interest in “edge” computing, and using cloud in a way to deliver content more efficiently. “The world of cloud and CDN is going to continue to blur,” said Robert Miggins, senior VP of business development at Peer 1. “Clouds that run in multiple geographies will be important. In order to be bold, in order to be a real player in the cloud you have to be in multiple locations. Those locations need to be able to operate between very seamlessly. You get at some distributed content ala CDN. We’re seeing customers come to us because we have lots of data center choice and they’re connected to one another.”...

Wall Street: Simplifying CRM in the Cloud

Grazed from Technorati.  Author: Kevin McCafee.

For those of us living in the more general realm of technology, terms like SMM, CRM, and even SEO only begin to scratch the surface of our periphery. In this fast paced information age, simple acronyms easily fade into a broad background of ever growing terminologies that often have a lot more relevance to our daily lives than we think. So what do all of these terms have in common? Simplicity.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a good point of reference. With 70 percent of the world’s Internet browsers using Google as their window to the online world, this should be four letter word essentially dictates the modern business world. Whether you are developing an e-commerce platform or just have a local business listing, there are various ways to boost your SEO, namely increasing the number and quality of inbound links to your site, a simple practice known as link building...

The value of the cloud: It never was about the technology!

Grazed from FederalTimes. Author: Doug Bourgeois.

Cloud computing has been over-hyped. Everybody knows it. Most people now cringe at the sound of the word “cloud” and for good reason. A quick Internet search of the term “cloud computing” returns 392 million hits! That’s a lot of cloud. There is good reason for all this hype. Cloud computing has significantly transformed the information technology (IT) industry.

Much like the transformation from mainframe to client-server computing did a few decades ago, and the Internet after that, cloud computing is changing the fundamentals of IT once again. Unfortunately, the dramatic results in cost efficiency and agility that cloud promises have drawn attention away from the real goal: transforming to IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS)...

Cloud Solutions - Steps to Take Back Control from Shadow IT

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Lee House.

Cloud technology has been touted as the next big frontier for business data management and is already generating powerful tremors of change in the business landscape as nearly 70% of all major companies across the world are now using cloud services and many others are looking to transition to cloud-based ERP and CRM.

Unfortunately, the boon of ultra-efficient cloud data management is also accompanied by the bane of shadow IT. Shadow IT is essentially any hardware or software that has not been officially authorized for access by the central IT department of a company. With the influx of cloud computing and BYOD policies, the sphere of influence of shadow IT has considerably expanded...

Cloud Storage Trends for 2014

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Robert Lawson.

Cloud storage will be changing in a number of ways in the coming year, with various features and capabilities evolving as more businesses adopt the technology to store their small and midsize businesses' data. Storage trends in 2014 will be driven by strong consumer and business demand for improvements in flexibility and scalability. Changes to both will include revisions in infrastructure, cost, performance, features, capacity, security and reliability.

A Demand For Flexible Storage

Cloud computing technology has been around for longer than its coined phrase has been, but with its increasing application by both business and consumer users, storage is becoming a concern for IT providers and departments in small and midsize companies. This might mean taking a look at the storage capability infrastructure...

In cloud computing, ‘life is a series ever-changing alternatives’

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

There are a lot of questions a startup has to answer when making decisions about its cloud infrastructure. Private cloud or public cloud? Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine or Rackspace? DynamoDB or open source Cassandra?And after all those questions are finally answered, prudent CTOs might find themselves asking them again as new products hit the market and hourly rates continue to fall.

This is why one investor and adviser told Co-founder and CTO Andrew Montalenti that, when it comes to the cloud, “life is a series of ever-changing alternatives.” Montalenti, whose startup provides analytics to some of the biggest web publishers around, shared that insight and more about the economics of cloud computing on the Structure Show podcast this week...