Cloud Trends

2014 Cloud Trends Outlook - Future of Cloud Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Asher Baig.

We talk about the “cloud” today just like we used to talk about the “Internet” back in 1996. Now the Internet is an integral part of our lives and we hardly even use the word—we talk about the applications and services it enables, such as web applications and services (we get more of our information from the Internet than anything else), instant messaging and Internet telephony.

Cloud is going through the similar rapid adoption. Cloud adoption is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 40 percent per year. Three years from now we won’t even talk about the “cloud”—we'll talk about the applications and services it enables, such as Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce.com, BCDR, mobility and file sync and share...

Nearly half of enterprise cloud projects past trial phrase, Microsoft claims

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Author: Jonathan Brandon.

Research commissioned by Microsoft and published Wednesday suggests nearly half of organisations using cloud services have moved beyond initial pilot phases, and 32 per cent of enterprises articulating and implementing clear cloud computing strategies within their organisations despite concerns around data protection and security. But the findings also suggest that pervasive concerns around security, while certainly a challenge for cloud service providers and enterprises, may also be a boon for other players.

The research, which includes interviews and survey responses of over 2,000 IT decision-makers working in business of all sizes in eleven countries reveals that over 45 per cent of those that participated claim to be well beyond the pilot phase of implementing cloud services within their organisations...

Fusion PPT CEO to be Featured Guest Speaker on Hybrid Clouds On The Enterprise Cloud Site Radio Broadcast

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Fusion PPT, a recognized strategy and technology consulting firm, announced today that CEO Michael Biddick will be a featured guest speaker on The Enterprise Cloud Site monthly Radio Show to share his advice about “Strategies for Success With Your Hybrid Cloud.” Biddick will join The Enterprise Cloud Site community as a guest on the show on at 1PM ET on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. Biddick, an expert in the field of cloud computing who has authored a book on “Federal Cloud Computing” and written over 50 articles on cloud-related topics, will provide his insight on how to make a hybrid cloud work for your organization and what organizations are really doing with hybrid clouds.

The cloud-enabled enterprise is continuously and rapidly evolving, challenging established IT providers, and transforming IT as we now know it. Rather than asking whether it is a good idea to move to the cloud, for many organizations it is now a matter of when to move, and how to utilize the cloud's abundant resources to increase productivity and outpace competition...

Bare Metal Clouds at Midsize Firms

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Bare metal clouds are addressing performance and security issues with which IT professionals are often challenged. What exactly are these "metal" clouds? A recent article from ZDNet explains that bare metal cloud computing services are physical servers that follow the standard cloud model; they are built on demand and billed by the hour. This model can be an attractive option for growing firms looking for a flexible cloud solution that features a dedicated cloud server to address specific business needs.

Metal-Minded

Standard virtual machine (VM) cloud computing can eat up too much abstract memory and CPU space, which can affect performance. Another option is bare metal, which is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technology combining a mix of custom-designed hardware that can potentially provide better performance and security than VM clouds...

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...