Cloud Trends

Cloud Computing: A concise analysis of the fallacy

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Editorial Staff.

"Cloud Computing" - it's been a hot topic for the past few years. Despite the amount of press it receives, many people still don't understand the "cloud" fully. There is a substantial amount of confusion, overlap, and even misinformation about the "cloud." First, is the common misconception that there is a single "cloud." Even worse is the assumption that the "cloud" is safe. It may be, but do your homework. While I'm not a huge fan of clichés, especially those that end in a preposition - "you get what you pay for" really applies here.

While the typical intended audience of my blog is highly technical, I decided to write this article for IT decision makers where their primary role may not be IT. Given my professional experience speaking to clients, prospects, sales staff - as well as my service delivery, technical architecture and educational background it is intended to be well rounded for the person who is familiar with business concepts and IT service management. As someone who speaks to customers and sales people regularly, one of the questions I get asked most often is:...

Five Technologies That Will Improve Your Cloud

Grazed from DataCenter Knowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

You’re a large organization, using cloud computing to your advantage. You’ve enjoyed your cloud experience and see how this model is helping you evolve. Still, you wish you could make your cloud infrastructure run a little bit better. You’d love to experience better performance and utilize your cloud resources a bit more efficiently. But how can you upgrade your cloud experience without recreating your entire architecture?

Many shops have now migrated to some type of cloud model for many different reasons. There are lots of use cases emerging which make cloud a powerful platform to utilize. Still, like everything in technology, solutions right out of the box have the potential to be optimized. So let’s take a look at five technologies which have helped organizations of all sizes utilize their cloud infrastructure more intelligently...

7 Major Current Trends in Cloud Computing

Grazed from CircleID. Author: John Grady.

Cloud computing has experienced exponential growth over the last few years. As of December 2013, almost 60 percent of current small-to-medium businesses (SMB) use cloud services, and 72 percent of these businesses virtualize substantial portions of their servers. The growth is only expected to increase over the next few years. Here are just a few of the major current trends in the industry today.

1. Hybrid clouds. There has been an ongoing debate between the merits of public and private cloud models for quite some time now. Hybrid clouds feature an infrastructure that combines private cloud security with cost-effective, powerful and scalable public cloud attributes. IT executives get more choices for personalized solutions while big data advocates and security experts are still satisfied. As hybrid models become mainstream, more companies are likely to adopt this cloud deployment model and drop the old debate...

Navigating the Cloud API with IT Vendors

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Daniel Cawrey.

IT solutions have always gone through some degree of customization, and the cloud application programming interface (API) is an up-to-date example of this. Software-based solutions for IT infrastructure mean that vendors must offer increased flexibility. A recent article on ZDNet notes the ease of using cloud API.

As is par for the course, technology for businesses continually changes. Cloud computing allows vendors to sell IT prepackaged services with a different type of delivery. Midsize organizations often have the upper hand with cloud vendors. Options have increased, and cloud software has become more powerful than ever before...

Cloud Computing Threatened in Aereo Supreme Court Case

Grazed from CDT.org. Author: David Sohn.

CDT and a group of trade association allies warned the Supreme Court today that the stakes in the Aereo case go well beyond just television. In an amicus brief, we explained to the Court that the wrong approach to this case could undermine the cloud computing industry by creating new legal risks for services that store and transmit data from remote locations. We urged the Court to avoid any such approach. In the brief, we didn’t take a position on the legality of Aereo’s particular service, which enables users to watch local broadcast programming over the Internet.

CDT believes that cloud computing plays an important role in facilitating online innovation and speech. It makes powerful computing resources once available only to large entities now broadly available via shared platforms, in a manner that is efficient, secure, flexible, and scalable...

2014 Cloud Computing Trends Show Positive Signs

Grazed from MidSize Insider. Author: Robert Lawson.

Cloud computing trends for 2014 appear to show positive signs, according to reports. How are these trends playing out so far? The business and financial news website DailyFinance reported predictions for the cloud in 2014, and things are looking good. The article provided an analysis of the ways in which migration to the cloud will become more of a mainstream process this year.

A Growing Cloud Market

This news is not particularly surprising because reports have been indicating an obvious and ongoing shift to cloud computing, even from the consumer side. It has been referred to as the "consumerization of IT," and 2014 will likely bring forth the "capitalization of IT." Businesses and customers will be tied together through systems that exist in virtual machines and in servers managed by providers...

Can the cloud brand live up to its original promises?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Mark Eisenberg.

Enterprise IT mentality demonstrates that a new technology is given only a brief period in which to prove a return on investment. Failure to do so incurs damage to its brand in various degrees. Typically, return on investment (ROI) is shown to be much more modest than originally hoped, and the brand simply fades. In some cases -- such as computer-aided software engineering in the 1980s -- the failure is so extreme that it is almost considered career-limiting to even mention the brand. So, how is the cloud brand doing?

The cloud brand has been a little different; the battle to prove its ROI more resembles a three-round boxing match than a single-leg race, with the cloud technology facing off against the market itself. The bell rang on the first round of cloud and it moved to the second in 2008, when Gartner included the then-nascent technology in the "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies." There was activity in the market prior to that, but in 2008, the spotlight was lit...

Cloud billing will be the catalyst for a cloud subscription revolution

Grazed from CloudComputing Intelligence.  Author: Marcus Austin.

Cloud billing is expected to take off in 2014 but the use of in-house-developed billing systems and manual processes are slowing down businesses moving their apps to the cloud.  A new survey by Cerillion Technologies, has revealed that more than half of all businesses today (53%) are still using either an in-house-developed system or manual processes to bill their customers.

At the same time, the results highlight a clear shift in the way products and services are sold: away from traditional one-off product sales towards a more flexible pricing model based on subscriptions and usage.  One-off pricing models are currently used by 84% of organisations but the research shows that this proportion is set to fall to 51% in the future. In contrast, new pricing initiatives built around an on-going service relationship are growing steadily, including subscriptions, pay-per-use and freemium pricing models...

Cloud computing's impact on programming models: Hosting in the cloud

Grazed from ThoughtsOnCloud. Author: Rene D. Svendsen.

In a series of six blog posts, I will focus on how a migration from traditional development environments to ones that leverage the cloud impacts developers, their applications and the programming models they use. These blog posts will be based on my own experience as well as work conducted by the IBM Academy of Technology and the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC). I also encourage you to read A reference model for moving your applications to cloud by Joydipto Banerjee and Migrating Applications to the Cloud: Roadmap for Success.

Background

Hosting in the cloudCloud computing promises benefits often historically reserved for specialized solutions and hosting, based upon the virtualization of physical resources, and delivering operational efficiencies through automation and standardization. The pure virtualization of infrastructure is rarely a concern for developers and it represents the first obvious step in migrating an existing physically hosted application to the cloud. However, the popularity of cloud computing has given rise to a misconception around the cloud provider magically offering boundless elasticity, resiliency and performance. In reality, applications are either authored with the cloud in mind or need to become more cloud-friendly...

7 Trends In Cloud Computing To Watch Out For In 2014

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Tom Caper.

Whether you’re a seasoned CTO or rookie IT Manager, unless you’ve been living in the woods, you’re likely well aware of the ubiquitous emergence of cloud computing and the disruption it is causing the IT industry. As the growth of cloud shows no sign of slowing any time soon, it is increasingly becoming evident that we are sitting on the precipice of an IT revolution. As we are now a month into 2014, I thought it prudent to take a look at some of the specific trends revealing themselves this year.

1. The Cloud Will Be the New Hardware Archetype

Every major IT paradigm shift can be attributed to the development of novel and diverse computational platforms. As for cloud, we will witness the uniform virtualization of enterprise data and seamless integration of business operations. This will allow the entire elimination of many traditional IT infrastructure maintenance costs, with the corresponding savings being added to businesses’ bottom lines...