Cloud Adoption

Hey You, Get Off Of That Cloud

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Joseph F. Kovar.

The allure of the cloud is irresistible. Businesses are drawn to the cloud for the promise of flexible compute and storage resources, little or no up-front capital expenses, and the far-from-certain idea that using the cloud costs less than on-premise IT.

However, there is also a large segment of the business market for which the cloud is not the final answer to their IT requirements. And for those looking to get off the cloud and back down to earth, they have as allies their local solution providers who can help find the right balance of cloud and non-cloud technology.  There is no doubt businesses are moving part or all of their IT workloads to some sort of cloud...

Cloud Computing: Larry Ellison Has a Long List of Memorable Quotes

Grazed from WSJ.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Alpha CEO, tech visionary, philanthropist, America’s Cup champion, owner of his own Hawaiian island — Larry Ellison is a singular personality. He is also among the best sources in Silicon Valley for head-turning quotes.

“I don’t know what I’ll do when I retire,” the billionaire Oracle ORCL -4.21% founder once said. “I just love competing as opposed to just going out and watching the sunset.” Ellison stepped down as CEO on Thursday, but he remains chairman of the board and Oracle’s tech chief. That leaves more time for Ellison to generate more wit and wisdom...

The New Cloud, Not the Same as the Old Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

Everyone is moving toward “the cloud” and it seems that most individuals and organizations have a pretty good idea of what that is and how they hope to use it. But the cloud is not one thing, and it is most certainly not eternal. It is constantly growing and changing, with new services and new underlying technologies continually adding to and reinterpreting what we know about living and working in a cloud-based data environment. So even while we pursue our cloud strategies, there needs to be some realization that by the time the transition is complete, the cloud may not be what it appeared to be at the outset.

Key cloud providers are already tapping into this reality by pitching their services as “a new kind of cloud.” Rackspace, for example, places great stock in its ability to provide a “Managed Cloud,” which is its way of describing the specialized services and technological hand-holding it offers in contrast to the do-it-yourself commodity experiences that most providers offer...

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Tom Miles.

Two-thirds of banks are planning to spend more on information technology this year, the highest proportion since before the start of the financial crisis, according to an annual survey published on Wednesday. The survey of 198 senior bankers by banking software firm Temenos also found only 11 percent anticipated spending less on IT this year, the lowest since 2008.

"Historically, and even more in Switzerland, IT was considered as a necessary evil, something that needed to exist because it existed in the engine room," said Pietro Di Gregorio, head of business intelligence at Swiss private bank EFG Bank. "But as of now, IT has to change its behaviour," he said...

Agencies Demand FedRAMP-Approved Cloud Services

Grazed from FedTech. Author: Nicole Blake Johnson.

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has redefined how commercial cloud vendors do business with the government. In many ways, the program has set clear expectations for both agencies and companies by creating a common language and standards for securing cloud-based products and services.

Federal cloud computing has grown into a $3 billion market since the pre-FedRAMP era, when agencies didn’t have a mechanism for certifying if vendors could meet security requirements. Agencies have come a long way since then, and it shows in their solicitations for cloud services. Requests for FedRAMP-approved cloud services have become common...

Cloud Computing: HP-Eucalyptus - buying an edge in a busy, complex market

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Dan Kusnetzsky.

Hewlett-Packard's move to acquire Eucalpytus (see HP buys Eucalyptus, puts Marten Mickos in charge of cloud unit by my colleague Larry Dignan) is the latest example of asupplier trying to be a part of every industry party. Like all major hardware players, HP wants want to be involved with cloud regardless of the stack of software used to create the cloud computing environment.

They do this because they wish to be chosen by their installed base regardless of the industry trend or technology. If we take a moment to consider the major systems and software players, a strong majority of them are involved with Amazon AWS, Azure, OpenStack, VMware vSpere and even Cloud Stack. I don't believe that they expect any one of those to be the clear winner and all of the others will go away...

Cloud Enthusiasm Hits Near-Universal Levels

Grazed from CIOInsight. Author: Dennis McCafferty.

Momentum for cloud deployment is reaching full-throttle levels, according to a new survey report from Evolve IP. The accompanying report, titled "Cloud of Dreams: The Adoption of Cloud Services—2014," reveals that an immense majority of tech employees and leaders feel the cloud represents the very future of IT. Most have already launched cloud services, and nearly as many intend to expand their use of cloud resources.

Just as in the classic movie "Field of Dreams," "organizations built their ballparks (clouds), found some initial players (adopters) and waited to see if they were right to believe in themselves," according to the Evolve IP report. "They were, [as] rapid flight to the cloud continues with organizations planning on moving their infrastructure, applications and more to the cloud...

The Frugal Cloud: Powerful Business Software On The Cheap

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Raj Sabhlok.

Not long ago, powerful business software was a luxury only available to large companies with deep pockets and sophisticated information technology (IT) staffs. While a huge productivity driver, software for managing key business processes like manufacturing, sales, support, HR and finance was expensive and complex. But over the last few years, a lot has changed in the software industry. For one, business software that can positively change the fortunes of any size business is readily available, on the cheap.

Formerly, software that automated a business function was only available from software giants like SAP or Oracle ORCL -0.34% for millions of dollars. Today, a twenty-person company has access to the same functionality or more. The fact is, even the smallest of companies can access business productivity-enhancing software to handle customer relationship management (CRM), customer support, human resource management, and accounting. The cost?...

CIO of Defense Department Agency Cautions Against Rush to Cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kenneth Corbin.

For all the enthusiasm surrounding the government's move to the cloud – and there's no shortage – one prominent federal CIO is emphatic that cloud computing, for all its virtues, is no panacea for the government's technology challenges. That would be David Bennett, CIO at the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA.

At a government IT conference hosted by the tech consortium MeriTalk, Bennett acknowledged that "the cloud is a very viable scenario" for the feds, but he urges CIOs and other agency leaders to carefully consider which data sources and applications are suitable for a remotely hosted and managed environment...

How Cloud Computing Has Changed the Face of IT

Grazed from Monster. Author: Editorial Staff.

We all know how IT works, the traditional way of building an IT network involves servers, hardware, licenses and software, all of which is an expensive process involving many IT infrastructural demands with sometimes lengthy deployments. This traditional full IT model may be widely used but new technologies are changing the IT industry forever.

Now there are easy, affordable ways to take IT online and ‘virtualise’ the IT processes thanks to Cloud computing. Cloud computing provides easy access via online applications which therefore means there is no involvement of expensive IT hardware. Cloud computing is defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a way of ‘delivering computing as a service’ instead of a product...