Cloud Trends

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 Parse.ly 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...

Experts outline key cloud computing trends for 2014

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Adam Davidi.

Increased adoption of hybrid cloud computing models and innovation over cost-cutting are just some of the predictions from our panel of experts on key cloud computing trends for 2014. As we look ahead to the new year, we asked six cloud computing experts for their big trends for 2014. Here's what they came up with:

Werner Vogels, vice president and CTO, Amazon.com
The cloud allows everyone to become a media company: In 2014 expect a great rise in organisations that are adding media capabilities to their offerings. A good example is sports clubs; all are looking for ways to establish an engagement with their fan base beyond the two hours on a weekend. A successful way to achieve a weeklong engagement is by daily distribution or fresh, exclusive media content. The subscription revenues for clubs that often have millions of fans around the world are substantial...

10 top advantages of cloud computing

Grazed from CBeyond.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing has rapidly evolved from a novel trend in corporate technology to one of the most revolutionary sets of solutions available to businesses today. The advantages of leveraging cloud services for a variety of different tasks, functions and strategies are vast, and are especially pertinent for small business owners who need to maintain smart IT spending budgets. 

10 reasons for cloud deployment
When it comes to running a small business in the modern market, entrepreneurs need to ensure they are utilizing all of the technology available to them to gain a competitive advantage. The cloud can be a major driver of corporate operational improvements, and here are 10 of the most common and advantageous benefits of the services:...

Cloud Computing: Building the Best Mission Critical Business Applications

Grazed from Hosting.com.  Author: James Schwartz.

Yesterday, Parker Snyder of Migration Services at HOSTING shared his thoughts on what went wrong with healthcare.gov. Today, he shares his thoughts on how mission critical business applications can be developed properly, to avoid embarrassing mistakes.

Parker says to start by taking your projects end goal, in its entirety, and add every involved component together. Observe where the scope crosses boundaries of solutions. For illustrative purposes, let’s think of this in terms of an MS SQL cluster… what real boundaries does it cross?

  1. Network
  2. Storage
  3. Hardware
  4. Abstraction layers (i.e. VMware, disk replication, etc.)...

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...