Cloud Trends

Running Your Business In The Cloud: How CIOs Should Prepare

Grazed from Forbes. Author: David Amerland.

In the world of cloud computing, your IT department needs to be agile. CIOs must become responsive to the needs of the business. The alternative is disruption—the bad kind. David Amerland explains… Even relatively small changes can have a significant impact on the way your enterprise works. But transitioning to the cloud is far from a small change: Its impact is considerable and disruptive, but in a good way. Disruption is good—at least, home-grown disruption is. The challenge requires adaptation, which plays to our Darwinistic notions of how businesses evolve, strive to survive, and come out stronger.

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As an enterprise transitions from a traditional business model to an agile cloud-based corporation, the most obvious change involves the part IT plays. Traditionally limited to a very specific role within the organization, IT was the department that would be forgotten about until a problem cropped up...

Cloud computing and IT obsolescence: Reinventing the role of IT

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Thoran Rodrigues.

Cloud computing brings many advantages to companies. The pay-as-you-go business model adopted by cloud service providers enables companies of all sizes to have access to very powerful resources and solutions without any capital expenditure. Furthermore, the easy scalability of cloud services allows companies to easily optimize their costs based on usage levels, instead of having to worry about peak demands.

The cloud has enabled businesses to focus more on their business, and less on the technology required to run it. By outsourcing their basic infrastructure to cloud providers, companies no longer have to worry about upgrading and maintaining data centers and servers, leaving that to companies who are focused entirely on the technology side of this issue. The same goes for cloud applications, which allow companies to worry more about using the software and less about maintaining it and keeping it updated. Furthermore, by moving infrastructure and applications to the cloud, companies set themselves up to take advantage of future economies of scale that will be on the side of cloud providers. For those companies that adopt cloud technologies, these developments mean that the cloud is rapidly making IT departments obsolete...

Cloud Computing: Three Megatrends Disrupting The Database Industry (And What To Do About Them)

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Editorial Staff.

Over the last decade and a half, the information-rich lives we live online mean a soaring pile of bits and bytes. And it's growing harder to manage, not easier. Experts see three related megatrends disrupting attempts to sort things out. But don’t despair—the database masters of the world are working on a solution.

The inherent problem is that not all Web interactions are built alike. Apps come in all shapes and sizes. Connecting the dots between your email, your Web search, and your online purchases, for example, requires more than just the standard age/sex/location identifiers...

Cloud Computing Financial Fundamentals: Leveraging Economies of Scale

Grazed from Genesis10.  Author: Joe Sclafani.

Ask most information technology (IT) specialists and they’ll tell you that choosing to include “cloud computing” services is more about finance than technology.  Imagine that you acquired an apartment building or an office tower and you rented the entire thing to one tenant.  Their rent would have to cover all of your costs including debt service, maintenance, operations, insurance, and a reasonable profit for you.

If the building contained, say, 70 rentable units you could split that cost 70 ways and charge each 1/70th of those costs.  Simple.  The exact same analysis can be applied to cloud servers.  Originally when a company purchased a “server” it was to run one operation that all employees could share.  There was a server that enabled users to share files, another to share communications, another to share email, others to share specific software applications...

Stealth cloud startup Connectloud: Here’s what the next-generation cloud looks like

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author:  Zeeshan Naseh.

Enterprises today are reeling from unprecedented disruption to their business models and effects of globalization that inflict new competitive and pricing pressures. These dynamics have put CIOs under the gun to meet twin goals that would seem to form a paradox:

  • To construct and operate an agile IT infrastructure capable of scaling quickly and securely to meet evolving business demands.
  • To reduce IT operating costs and total cost of ownership.

In response to these competing demands, CIOs are turning from old computing resources – resource-intensive on-premises data centers that often are duplicated, siloed and underutilized – to the Cloud. Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service models can help achieve some goals, especially related to cost...

Cloud adoption trends and cloud outlook for solution providers

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Lynn Haber.

While cloud computing has become a well-established option for IT operations, confusion persists and is hampering channel partners from fully transforming their business model, according to CompTIA's fourth annual Trends in Cloud Computing study, which was published last month.

The CompTIA study -- which polled IT and business professionals as well as IT channel companies, for about a total of 900 respondents -- noted several cloud adoption trends. For starters, IT systems are increasingly cloud-based, with businesses showing a greater reliance on all three cloud models: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service...

The bare-bones cloud: Why bother?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Andrew C. Oliver.

I've been surprised at the way fairly traditional companies have embraced the cloud -- but don't always embrace the benefits. For most, the payoff has been relatively small and confined to the infrastructure layer. The thing is, most of the benefits of IaaS (infrastructure as a service) have already been realized through virtualization, which during the last decade cut costs through the infrastructure equivalent of Conway's law.

Every department wanted its own server or, worse, its own server farm. Virtualization provided those departments with the illusion of dedicated infrastructure, while at the same time enabling management to pool resources and centralize IT operations...

Cloud Computing: 9 Ways Parallels Access Makes Your iPad Better

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Thomas Claburn.

Mobile and desktop devices tend to be thought of as distinct things, but the boundaries between them have blurred considerably in recent years. It's not just that devices can share data through cloud services and can run virtual machines. It's that we're starting to treat devices as interfaces for computing, rather than computers themselves. Our devices may be capable of handling local computation, but that's becoming a separate consideration. Parallels Access, a new app for iPad, exemplifies this trend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Parallels made a name for itself creating software to let Mac users run Windows.

Access allows iPad users to run applications on remote OS X and Windows computers through Apple's tablet. Sorry, no Android. There's plenty of software that provides computer-to-computer remote access, such as Chrome Remote Access, TeamViewer and VNC. And mobile devices can do this too, through apps like LogMeIn Ignition...

Do you have a cloud exit strategy? Here’s one clear path

Grazed from GCN. Author: Gunnar Hellekson.

The federal government’s march to the cloud has, at times, seemed more like a cautious ballet than anything else. While cloud-based projects are slowly rolling out, much of the agency emphasis is on private or community clouds as opposed to public providers. Security and data handling concerns play a role in this “tiptoeing,” but another reason is far more insidious: the fear of lock-in.

The Federal Shared Services Implementation Guide, the agency blueprint to the cloud, makes it very clear that government entities engaging in cloud computing need a clear “exit strategy” for anything as a service. It might seem ridiculous to consider how one should migrate from a technology before it is even implemented, but when it comes to the cloud, being able to get your data out is just as important as getting it in. It's about choice and control...

Cloud Computing: Upcoming Salesforce.com CRM release focuses on Chatter, customer service

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Chris Kanarkarus.

Salesforce.com's next CRM (customer relationship management) software release will contain a slew of new features, with many focused on the Chatter collaboration and messaging tool as well as customer service, according to a set of official release notes. Many new features associated with Chatter concern usability and access to the system. For example, now iOS device users will be able to launch Chatter Mobile from their Salesforce.com email.

This is an important update "as most folks are still email-dependent," said analyst Ray Wang , CEO of Constellation Research. Another major new feature, albeit available only as a pilot, is called Salesforce Files. It allows users to "securely sync files between Chatter and your desktop and some mobile devices," according to the notes. "This is the competitor to Box," and something customers should look at, Wang said...