Cloud Trends

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...

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,
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  Author: James Schwartz.

Yesterday, Parker Snyder of Migration Services at HOSTING shared his thoughts on what went wrong with 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...