Cloud Adoption

Employing Cloud Into 2015

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Ian Moyse.

2015 is rumoured as the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream, however, this year it is not the hype, but real user benefits that are driving adoption

What do I mean by this. Well people are not going out looking for cloud-based solutions (“I want some cloud”), instead they are looking for a solution to a real problem. Some users are unknowingly using a cloud-based solution (either in their business or personal lives) and are quickly seeing the benefits. Take for example Dropbox, a free tool for sharing (large) files across devices seamlessly, easily and from anywhere, where users adopt it from a need that it solves and not because of the technology factor behind it or because of any cloud hype...

If you're out of the cloud, you're out of the game

Grazed from ITBrief.  Author: Catherine Knowles.

In order to stay ahead of the game, businesses need to keep pace with the rapid evolution of cloud computing, leverage cloud investments to connect with customers and employees, and seize opportunities available from cloud technology, says KPMG.

KPMG, the global advisory organisation, has released its 2014 Cloud Survey Report, and shares insights on cloud computing for today’s businesses.
A primary finding of the survey is that, "Cloud has clearly come of age. Driven by the demand for speed, flexibility, scale and anywhere access, consumers have fully embraced a cloud-enabled world...

Interoute eyes roll-up of European and U.S. cloud network firms

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Eric Auchard.

Britain's Interoute, a high-capacity data network and corporate cloud services provider, is taking on new private equity investors to fund acquisitions across Europe and the United States, the company said on Monday. Aleph Capital Partners, a UK investment firm headed by former Goldman Sachs European private equity investment chief Hugues Lepic, and Crestview Partners, a U.S. private equity firm founded by ex-Goldman colleagues, have agreed to buy a 30 percent stake in London-based Interoute.

The value of the investment was undisclosed, but Aleph is chartered to make investments that range from 100 million to 400 million euros. The deal is expected to close in April, it said. The investment, Aleph's first since it was set up two years ago, is a share purchase deal to buy out shareholder Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT), part of a conglomerate owned by the ruler of Dubai, which has been looking to pare debt. Privately held Interoute is majority-owned by Switzerland's Sandoz Family Foundation...

Read more from the source @ http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/29/us-telecomunications-interoute-idUSKBN0MP0ZP20150329

Cloud is Stacking Up Nicely

Grazed from SysCon.  Author: Roger Strukhoff.

The stack is the hack, Jack. That's my takeaway from several events I attended over the past few weeks in Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia.  I listened to and participated in discussions about everything from large datacenter management (think Facebook Open Compute) to enterprise-level cyberfraud (at a seminar in Manila attended by the US State Dept. and Philippine National Police) to the world of entrepreneurial startups, app deployment, and mobility (in a series of meetups and talks in both the US and Asia.)

I also attended the announcement of a very high-level report from the Asian Cloud Computing Association, Internet Society of Asia-Pacific, and TRPC Research on the topic of "Re-Thinking the Digital Economy," in which a presentation by a member of the Philippine Cabinet on bringing free WiFi to the masses was just one topic. This report will be discussed in several other meetings within the ASEAN community over the next weeks...

OpenCloud Connect Releases Reference Architecture to Promote Consistent Cloud Standards

Grazed from TheWhir. Author: Cheryl Kemp.

A new 104-page document describing best practices for cloud providers was released on Tuesday by OpenCloud Connect (OCC). The organization’s focus is to provide cloud providers with guidelines for scaling and enhancing ethernet technology to better deal with the increasing demands of cloud services.

“One of the primary goals of OpenCloud Connect is to advance technology standards, vendor interoperability and best design practices,” stated the executive summary. “These initiatives will help businesses create a flexible and dynamic cloud infrastructure.” “Where other standards bodies had the space to shape standards in advance of market penetration, cloud computing is already surging ahead in every direction powered by NFV, SDN, virtualization technologies and networking – technologies that are themselves still evolving quickly...

CIO or CTO: Which One Will Survive the Cloud and Keep a Seat at the Table?

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Don Tennant.

Cloud computing will either cause the CIO role to morph into a CTO role, or will leave the CIO to “bow down to the CTO” by becoming a manager of cloud providers and of what’s left of in-house operations. That’s the view of Marc Malizia, co-founder and CTO at RKON Technologies, a managed cloud services provider in Chicago.

In a recent interview, Malizia provided an intriguingly candid assessment of the current and future roles of the CIO and the CTO. It’s worth noting up front that RKON doesn’t even have a CIO. “As a technology company we are strategically driven by the CTO role,” Malizia said. “We also have the luxury of leveraging our internal consultants and managed service team to run our operation, which has somewhat eliminated the need of a CIO.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/cio-or-cto-which-one-will-survive-the-cloud-and-keep-a-seat-at-the-table.html

Security remains a major obstacle to cloud adoption, study finds

Grazed from Datapipe. Author: Richard Dolan.

Ever since cloud computing first began to enter the mainstream, security has been its most controversial component. For years, business leaders were reluctant to adopt any cloud services whatsoever out of a fear that this would expose their networks to data loss, theft or exposure. Over the past few years, these concerns have largely softened as business leaders gained more exposure to and a greater understanding of cloud services.

But that doesn't mean that cloud security is no longer an issue. On the contrary, as a recent LinkedIn Cloud Security Spotlight highlighted, security is still a major obstacle to broader cloud adoption. This is not enough to stop or even really slow down the overall trend toward widespread cloud deployments...

3 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Human Resources

Grazed from SAP. Author: Susan Galer.

For many Human Resources (HR) organizations, the move to cloud-based software delivery is inevitable. Cloud is already living up to its promise at many companies, empowering HR to be more strategic and employees to be more productive. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone fully understands its benefits, or isn’t concerned about the risks inherent to change. Conversations between companies and vendors are cutting through the hype, hope and fears to discover the practical value cloud can bring.

Benefit 1: Fast access to innovation

According to David Ludlow, Group Vice President of HR Line of Business at SuccessFactors/SAP, the benefit of cloud is first and foremost about access to innovation. Unlike on-premise software, cloud delivery allows companies to provide software release updates to HR departments and employees company-wide automatically, on a regular basis throughout the year. “In cloud, you have much faster access to innovation than you could ever get in the on-premise world so customers can actually use much more effectively and easily what the vendor delivers,” said Ludlow...

100% Cloud is the New Black

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Nicole Yeager.

Cloud computing or “the cloud” as most refer to it, is no longer just for tech savvy executives. Consumers and businesses alike are flocking in the masses to the improved agility, lower costs and unrivaled advantages that cloud environments provide. With the number of global consumer subscriptions to the cloud at 730 million in 2014, it is safe to say, the cloud is here to stay.

As the demand for “the cloud” continues to increase, so do the expectations and requirements for cloud capabilities. Businesses and consumers are gravitating towards products that offer the limitless mobility and functionalities that meet their lifestyle. As we discuss the universal draw towards these next key products, it’s clear that “100% cloud” has quickly become the new black...

Read more from the source @ http://www.networkworld.com/article/2901035/uc-voip/100-cloud-is-the-new-black.html

Why there is still a culture of 'hope' and 'fear' around cloud and big data technologies

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud. Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which surveyed over 800 IT decision makers worldwide.

The numbers revealed worrying findings about why organisations were moving data into the cloud; almost half (46%) of respondents expressed concerns over ‘market pressures’ forcing them to use cloud services. In terms of key changes to increase the use of cloud services, 55% wanted encryption of data with enterprise key control on their premises; 52% wanted encryption of their organisation’s data within the service provider’s infrastructure, and 52% wanted liability terms for a data breach...