Cloud Trends

Three emerging cloud computing trends for 2014

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: David Linthicum.

This is the time of year that when technology publications get contacted by any number of PR firms, hoping they will listen to their pitches, and perhaps publish their cloud technology client’s cloud computing predictions for 2014.  If they’re lucky, whatever they are selling continues to grow in the New Year.

I don’t really get into predictions as much as I look at emerging patterns or trends, which will be relevant to those who are currently evaluating and selecting cloud computing technology.  In other words, you need to understand what to look out for in the near future, as well as how to dial that into your enterprise cloud computing strategy.  Three emerging cloud computing trends that will be more relevant by the end of the year are actually rather easy to spot:...

3 Surprising Trends Among 'Pacesetter' Cloud Adopters

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Ellis Booker.

Line of business decisionmakers are more interested in cloud computing's strategic potential than are their IT counterparts. That was one of the surprises in IBM's latest global research into the cloud-computing phenomenon. The survey, released in late October, involved 800 companies in 13 countries and 24 industries. LOB executives are embracing software-, platform-, and infrastructure-as-a-service more quickly than their IT peers, the survey found.

"Three years from now, 72% of the people we surveyed in the line of business believe it's going to be 'strategically important' to transforming their companies," said IBM's VP of cloud services Ric Telford, who teased some of the research's top-level findings during his keynote at last month's Cloud Connect conference in Chicago...

Cloud providers' green claims are full of smoke

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

You can't get through a month without hearing a group of cloud providers tell us how green their clouds are by using alternative energy sources instead of carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Although I'm sure they're taking steps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions their new data centers put out, just the fact of data centers the size of a large airport seems counterintuitive to the "green" claim.

Last week, for example, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a panel of cloud providers crowing about how they've forced power companies to switch to non-fossil-fuel sources: "By strong-arming power companies -- for business, not necessarily altruistic, reasons -- name-brand tech giants like Google, Rackspace, and Facebook can claim significant portions of their power comes from renewable sources like wind, hydro, and solar."...

New Encryption Tools for the Cloud

Grazed from BankInfoSecurity. Author: Eric Chabrow.

Computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing new ways to apply encryption when storing or searching data in the cloud, says Paul Royal, associate director of the university's information security center. This encryption research, designed to address security concerns associated with cloud computing, is highlighted in Georgia Tech's just-issued Emerging Cyber Threats Report 2014.

The university has developed an application called CloudCapsule that encrypts data on mobile and other devices before its securely transmitted and stored in the cloud, Royal explains in an interview with Information Security Media Group. Encrypting data before it enters the cloud provides protection against cybercriminals seeking to pilfer data and governments demanding keys to decrypt data on servers situated in their jurisdictions, Royal says...

How cloud is one-upping your IT team

Grazed from IT News. Author: Justin Warren.

If your board is signing off on IT outsourcing and cloud computing deals, it might suggest an uncomfortable truth: your internal IT doesn’t know how to sell itself. Outsourcing and cloud deals are winning because those charged with writing the cheques are convinced these solution providers offer a service better, cheaper, or both, than what internal IT can deliver.

Whether they can is debatable. Many have only later discovered that the deal wasn’t actually a sound idea, but this doesn’t vindicate the limp response internal IT makes when staring down these twin threats. If anything, it serves to highlight the magnitude of the problem...

Wintel servers gain favor in cloud era, putting RISC at risk

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Ed Scannell.

As IT professionals retool their data centers to accommodate more sophisticated cloud computing environments, many lean toward a scale-out strategy built on Wintel server hardware, steering away from proprietary, scale-up servers.  This means trouble for Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) and IBM's RISC-based systems -- as both companies are working to reinvent their server roadmaps.

The primary reasons driving IT pros toward Wintel are costs, both upfront and hidden, and the risk of moving to a new platform and dealing with a new vendor that a data center team may not be familiar with...

Cloud Security Is More Important Than Ever

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Gilad Parann-Nissany.

The cloud computing industry is currently experiencing tremendous growth. Studies predict that by 2014, 60% of server workload will be virtualized and the total size of the industry will be $150 billion (up from $48 billion in 2008). Alongside this growth, cloud computing has also seen an increase in criminal activities in the cloud.

Cloud computing faces many of the same threats as the physical workplace. Attackers use tactics such like social engineering or working from the inside. They take advantage of employees’ use of social media and downloading of applications on company computers to send attacks over the web. They continue to take advantage of email with increasingly sophisticated viruses that bypass anti-virus tools. Hackers focus on targeting specific organizations with valuable data – attacking in a planned and professional way. All of these threats affect the cloud, the data center, and personal devices...

Is It Time To Float Your Business Up Into The Cloud?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Eric Basu.

This is the third posting in my cyber awareness series for small to medium-sized business owners. One of the biggest buzzwords being used right now is “the cloud.” So, what is the cloud? There are many different definitions you can find, but for the small business owner it means essentially outsourcing your IT infrastructure (possibly including applications, servers, data storage, etc) remotely. Why would you move to the cloud? The most commonly cited reasons are focused upon the core business and cost savings, but in reality every company should consider carefully any move to the cloud to ensure it is the correct move for them.

For small to mid-size business owners migrating some or all of their systems to the cloud environments presents the usual IT issues, but the problems are compounded by having data stored and managed remotely, by external organizations and often in multiple locations. Among these issues are special considerations for privacy, interoperability, data and application portability, data integrity, business continuity, and security...

Cloud Computing: Linux Desktop In The Enterprise - Ubuntu Vs. Windows

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Joseph Granneman.

The "year of the Linux desktop" has been prophesied by Linux supporters almost every year for the last decade. This was once a lofty goal in the Microsoft-dominated enterprise, but times are changing. Linux has grown into a formidable competitor in the smartphone and cloud computing markets, which has caught Microsoft off guard. More importantly, Google, IBM, Red Hat, Facebook, and Netflix have made huge investments into Linux innovations.

Now, with shrinking technology budgets and rising Microsoft licensing fees, it's time for IT to seriously consider desktop Linux deployment as an alternative to Windows. The timing for this couldn't be better: Windows 8.1 was just released, as was the latest version of Ubuntu, 13.10. Windows XP has just five months of support left, so companies need to make the switch to something new. Ubuntu may just have what companies need to support their desktop OS needs. I'll look at various considerations for making the Linux desktop switch, including training and support, as well as potential complications...

Broadcom Announces System Management Solution for Cloud Computing

Grazed from Broadcom. Author: PR Announcement.

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today launched the first Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Controller to integrate a management controller with a high-performance network controller. The Broadcom BCM5725 device delivers a streamlined, power-efficient and robust Ethernet and manageability solution ideally suited for large data center and cloud environments. Visit www.broadcom.com to learn more.

As companies deploy public and private cloud environments, they require scalable, cost- and energy-efficient architectures that can support today's cloud computing demands. The BCM5725 device replaces three separate components from existing server designs--including the baseboard management controller, GbE controller and system management firmware. With the BCM5725 device, Broadcom is delivering a configurable systems management solution to scale out new servers for high-performance cloud computing applications...