Cloud Adoption

CIOs harnessing and fine-tuning the cloud model -- and here's proof

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Linda Tucci.

The IT press is rife with stories about how cloud computing spells the end of corporate IT departments, so for this issue of Modern Infrastructure: CIO Edition, we assigned writer Dina Gerdeman to investigate. In extensive interviews with IT leaders across a swath of industries, Gerdeman discovered that, contrary to the gloomy pronouncements, CIOs and their IT staffs are harnessing the power of cloud computing on two fronts.

They are handing over the hosting and maintenance of non-core business applications to cloud providers in order to free up staff to focus on strategic business projects. And, second, they are adapting the cloud's most enticing features—its tremendous scalability, shorter time to market for new products, and lower costs—to improve their own internal IT operations. Oh yes, and they are doing so in a metrics-driven, analytical fashion, pushing ahead aggressively when the strategy pans out and recalibrating as they learn what doesn't work...

OpenStack's latest Icehouse release hits the streets

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Bulter.

OpenStack releases a new version of its open source cloud computing code twice a year. And today is the day for Icehouse, the first release of 2014. OpenStack leaders say they are excited about how many of the changes in the Icehouse release have been influenced by end users of the platform.

"We've worked hard to build a community of developers and users, and they're the ones driving the priorities of how the software evolves," says COO of the OpenStack Foundation Mark Collier. Large scale enterprise end users want improvements related to reliability, ease of use and upgradability...

The explosive growth of cloud computing

Grazed from HolyKaw. Author: Editorial Staff.

If you’re wondering where it’s at these days when it comes to computing, chances are, it’s in the cloud. With the demand for anywhere access booming, cloud services are allowing us to work and share wherever we go, and the demand will only increase for businesses to be ready to deliver the goods...

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What Cloud Computing Means for Industrial Infrastructure

Grazed from GoGrid. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just as cloud computing has revolutionized how corporate IT departments interact with their networks, the way in which business is conducted across all markets has also changed significantly. Because the technology provides employees with a different way of performing tasks, the manner in which managers and executives make decisions has been radically influenced by an influx of data points.

When it comes to traditional business practices, everything has become a lot easier thanks to cloud computing. For most large enterprises, it’s not an arduous chore for employees to access a Word document from a tablet, edit the file, and share it with coworkers. As far as the industrial sector is concerned, reporting mechanical deficiencies or malfunctions can happen in near real time because many workers are now equipped with smartphones, some of them supplied by their employers...

Stormy days for the cloud

Grazed from USAToday. Author: Kathleen Day.

Could we be on the verge of witnessing a shakeup in the cloud? That's the question looming over the $47 billion cloud-computing industry: whether the booming industry is having what Silicon Valley refers to as "a BlackBerry moment," when doubts about a technology's adequacy threaten sales to the point that a company is doomed.

The answer? Maybe. Because big changes are forecast for the American side of the cloud-computing industry. Most people picture cloud computing in terms of email — using Gmail (cloud-based), say, rather than Outlook (desktop software). But that's just the retail — and arguably less important — side of the business...

Common Gotchas: Cloud Security Problems to Avoid

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Paige Leidig.

Cloud computing security can be a conundrum. The point of using the public cloud is to outsource certain infrastructure and application needs to third party providers, after all. How can you secure your data once it leaves your perimeter and your control? As puzzling as it may seem, there is hope.

Luckily for organizations looking to adopt the cloud, securing sensitive information outside the corporate perimeter isn't as daunting (or as impossible) as it may appear. Technologies exist to enable cloud computing security strong enough for companies to remain in compliance while taking full advantage of the flexibility, agility, and economies of scale of the cloud. Avoid these common pitfalls for a secure cloud experience...

Cloud World Forum Examines Security, Privacy and Regulation of The Cloud

Grazed from RealWire. Author: PR Announcement.

As the adoption of cloud computing continues to grow across the world, security, privacy and regulation of data in the cloud are becoming more prominent and relevant than ever before. This year's Cloud World Forum conference and exhibition will provide a platform for leading solution providers and delegates across multiple industries to examine the risks, and explore the solutions to these growing concerns.

In a recent report by cloud security specialists Sky High Networks[1], nine out of ten cloud services put European businesses at risk. The report analysed one million users across 40 companies and found that enterprises use an average of 588 cloud services of which only 9% of those services in use provide enterprise-grade security. This brings to the fore concerns surrounding the regulation of privacy in the cloud...

Security Dangers Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Daniel Price.

As we’ve seen on this website, cloud computing has an untold number of virtues. From improved portability to increased green credentials of the IT sector and from revolutionising industries to helping the disabled, it is undeniable that the cloud has radically altered our daily lives. Nonetheless, to assume that cloud computing comes without security risks would be both short-sighted and naïve.

Heartbleed, the NSA, WikiLeaks, cybercriminals, and hackers – the list of people who want to exploit your personal information is endless. Sadly complete technological security is difficult to achieve and most users leave their data open to exploitation by making themselves an easy target for the aforementioned groups. Although governments are trying hard to improve the cloud’s security with use of data protection and in-country servers, the reality is that problems will still occur...

Cloud Storage Providers Offer Apps for Competitive Edge

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Rick Robinson.

The cloud storage market, including the fast-growing personal storage segment, is fiercely competitive. Cloud storage costs are being driven down, which is good news for all cloud users, especially IT professionals at midsize firms. At the same time, cloud storage providers are seeking to stem the downward price pressure put on them by broadening their offerings beyond pure storage.

Thus, they are offering a growing range of apps intended to give prospective customers a reason other than sheer price for selecting their services. For midsize IT, such apps could be yet another benefit of a hotly competitive cloud marketplace; but a possible complication is that the apps may be designed to appeal to individual employees rather than to benefit business customers...

The "third platform" of computing means a massive increase in scale

Grazed from CiteWorld. Author: Matt Rosoff.

Toward the end of last year, IDC coined the term "third platform" to describe the current wave of technological advances shaping the workplace, including mobile devices, cloud computing, social collaboration, and data analytics. IDC analyst and CITE Conference speaker Joe Pucciarelli explains that these are more than just the hot buzzwords of the moment. To get the most of any of these technologies, you have to deploy them in conjunction with one another.

"Companies are typically combining a sales force app to include mobility based on a new cloud computing platform. They're using a big data analytics platform, but the data may be drawn from a social community they're operating. By combining technologies together, you get the real power."...