Cloud Trends

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...

Why the Cloud Is Complicated: No Two Migrations Are Alike

Grazed from FedTechMagazine. Author: Jimmy Daly.

Cloud computing is no longer an option for federal agencies — it’s a must. Many agencies have moved their core IT to the cloud, and the rest are either in progress or in search of the right solution. Cloud computing is one of just a few technologies that is so powerful and beneficial that the government has no choice but to adopt it.

Like email and mobility before it, cloud computing is forcing government IT leaders to make hard choices about the future of their agencies. According to IDC, the government will be spending $7.7 billion on cloud computing by 2017. MeriTalk’s Cloud Computing Exchange recently released the Cloud First Consumer Guide, the result of interviews with 15 federal IT leaders and several years of monitoring cloud-computing trends...

New Cloud Technologies Trends We'll See in 2014

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Eugene Rudenko.

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to make plans and predictions for the year ahead. Cloud technologies are one of the most rapidly growing sectors in IT and it draws a lot of attention. I’ve tried to come up with the possible (in my opinion) trends in the clouds that will take place in 2014. Here’s what I’ve got.

Blurred boundaries between cloud technologies and CDN

From the point of view of cloud technologies, network is the last obstacle on the way of common shift to clouds. That’s why network technologies will be subject to improvement and growth, and their efficiency will increase. The main goal of their improvement will be the faster data delivery among cloud servers...

HP Shares Four Emerging Cloud Computing Trends

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: David Roe.

Cloud computing is growing up. It has matured from an easy solution to a difficult on-premises IT deployments that saved a few bucks of initial capital investment and now, finally, to one of the core elements of an organizations’ IT strategy.

What's the Story?

But it has not finished with its growing pains, and in the coming years, enterprises will have to plan and develop strategies around their cloud environments if they are to reap the obvious benefits...