Predictions

Bad Winter Weather Meets Big Data Prediction

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Doug Henschen.

When this winter's ice storms, artic deep freezes, and nasty nor'easters hit, it provided a good time to hunker down and get some inside projects done. Weather Company CIO Bryson Koehler has been working on a big one: consolidating 13 datacenters down to four, relying extensively on public cloud providers, and moving to a NoSQL-powered big-data platform.

When we last spoke to Koehler his company was preparing to move its Weather Underground business onto the new big-data platform, which runs the Riak database on Amazon public cloud computing resources, with backup resources on the Google Compute Cloud. Next up, plans called for the flagship Weather Channel to move to that same platform within a matter of weeks. Koehler's team has learned some key lessons along the way, particularly about the challenge of predicting costs when using external cloud services...

The outlook for privacy and data protection for cloud in 2014

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: William Long.

2014 is likely to prove to be a big year in data protection for many industries - none more so that the cloud computing industry with the possible adoption of the EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, implementation of European cyber security strategies and moves by Germany and France to set up a European Communications Network.

In a recent weekly podcast, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a European Communications Network should be set up to avoid potential access to data by the U.S. Government. In the podcast Merkel commented: “We’ll talk about European providers that offer security to our citizens, so one shouldn’t have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic”...

Mobile's next great leap will happen in the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The fact that mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming cloud devices is nothing new. What is new is that we seem to be nearing the point of feature saturation on those devices. When that happens, the use of the cloud by mobile applications and providers will accelerate.

Smartphones and tablets are getting about as fast as we need them to get, the platforms are more capable, and the apps more sophisticated. My smartphone can download faster than most DSL services can, the user interfaces are easy to deal with now, and the applications equal or exceed those that we can find on a PC. Indeed, were it not for the fact that my smartphone has a 4-inch screen, I would have written this post on it...

Where Is Oracle Headed in the Cloud?

Grazed from CloudComputingExpo. Author: Harry Trott.

Oracle has sounded extremely optimistic about their future; one that is going to be dominated by the cloud. The company has reported cloud revenue growth of anywhere between 35% and 50% over the past few quarterly financial reports. Safra Catz, the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle is noted to have said that her company is focused at increasing market share on the cloud at this point “unlike all those cloud companies” like SalesForce that are focusing on profits.

So is the company seeing a paradigm shift in their revenue pie? Not really. Despite the buzz about Oracle’s focus being on the cloud, this segment only contributes to 3% of the overall revenues at the moment. According to a report by Cowen analyst Peter Goldmacher, the organic cloud growth at Oracle in the second quarter is not expected to have been more than 6%...

Private cloud management in 2014 - A year of true hybrid cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorldUK. Author: Editorial Staff.

Every year Forrester publishes our overall cloud computing predictions which occasionally includes one or two private cloud predictions. With current private cloud self-reported adoption at 33% and 55% prioritising building an internal private cloud in 2014, we thought it was time to create a report that focuses just on this deployment type.

This year we published a separate report that features our private cloud predictions across pricate cloud management and infrastructure. The report covers the full descriptions and what I&O professionals should do about it. I covered the management predictions, while my colleague Rich Fichera, covered the infrastructure trends. This year we predict:...

Cloud Computing: 5 Big Business Intelligence Trends For 2014

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Cindi Howson.

Visual data discovery, cloud computing, and mobile lead the BI trends to watch in 2014. Take a closer look.

What's in store for business intelligence in 2014?  In some respects, 2014 will echo themes heard in 2013, but the message is getting louder when it comes to visual data discovery, cloud, and mobile. Big data also will continue to garner attention, but people will take a pragmatic approach to adoption. Simplicity, meanwhile, will experience a second coming...

2014 is the Year Servers Get 'Smart,' Hybrid Cloud Grows Up

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Robert Miggins.

According to Gartner analysts, more than half of IT budgets will be spent on cloud computing in the next few years. There's no need to speculate on whether cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2014 and beyond - it will. However, exactly how cloud infrastructure is deployed and managed is up for grabs.

While both public and private cloud deployments are on the rise, it's hybrid cloud environments that currently provide organizations with cloud computing's best benefits - a trend that will shift in 2014 as the next generation of dedicated servers, or "smart servers," evolve to offer all of hybrid cloud's core qualities, but manageable as one environment. Today's hybrid cloud models are complex environments that combine a single-tenant private architecture with a multi-tenant cloud, in order to achieve private cloud's security and performance benefits along with public cloud's high availability and security...

Back-to-the-future next step in cloud computing, says Layer3

Grazed from Voxy. Author: Editorial Staff.

A New Zealand IT company has rolled out a unique version of Microsoft's Office 365 which it claims will save small business users thousands of dollars. Upper Hutt-based Layer3 has designed a Kiwi-ised Microsoft Office 365 portal that it claims is the next step in cloud computing.

Not only will it enable users to ditch their small business server, but they'll also be able to ditch their expensive Microsoft user licenses. CEO, Hayden Kirk, claims Layer3's offering will create significant cost-savings and efficiency gains for smaller companies. "Not only are we supplying the document storage facilities, but the unique bit is that we're also supplying all the Windows programs and applications that you need to work on your documents and manage your systems...

Dropbox, Instagram And More; How Android And Cloud Computing Will Make It Big In 2014

Grazed from DroidReport. Author: Jennifer Lynn.

Android startups and companies have been embracing cloud trends. Dropbox, Instagram, Spotify, Pinterest and companies such as Samsung have been leveraging cloud computing technologies to provide innovation. According to a recent article by The Guardian, it is predicted cloud will power exciting innovations that will touch every area of our lives. The article also highlights key four cloud computing trends that are set to become big in 2014.

Cloud will enable your content to follow you wherever you go

Cloud has changed how we interact with mobile devices. In the past content would be moved to the device, now devices are just a window to content and services that live in the cloud. This started with our smartphones and tablets, where regardless of which device we use, or the location, we have access to our content and subscriptions...

Companies may focus more on security in cloud computing services in 2014

Grazed from Seagate. Author: Editorial Staff.

Organizations may seek more security from cloud storage solutions in 2014, due to concerns about surveillance and breaches. Features such as data encryption and hosting located in specific countries may become increasingly desirable. On top of that, companies will continue to seek secure, enterprise-grade file sharing and storage solutions that are appealing enough to discourage employees from relying on unsafe consume alternatives.

In an article for Computerworld, Jaikumar Vijayan predicted that 2014 would bring encryption to the forefront of cloud computing services. For example, vendors such as Microsoft and Google are already at work on encrypting data in transit and at rest. Google's cloud encrypts data before it is recorded to storage. Microsoft's cloud-based Outlook.com(cap?) email service, as well as its Office 365 and Windows Azure products, are also being ugpraded with new encryption features, including 2048-bit keys and Perfect Forward Secrecy in some cases...