Cloud Adoption

Engineers get rapid-fire access to giant files in the cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Mary K. Pratt.

At Milwaukee Tool, the long, long waits to open large CAD files were making international collaboration between engineers in the U.S. and China inefficient--and threatening the company's goals for innovation, agility and speed. Eric Hanson, the company's vice president of IT and business optimization, says engineers in China often had to wait multiple hours for the tool company's design files, typically about 2GB each, to open.

Because of the lag, engineers in China saved files locally so they could be opened quickly. But that meant their changes weren't visible to engineers in other locations, and vice versa, until files were later synced. Moreover, because engineers worked with local files, there was a chance that files might not have up-to-date information, which could lead to duplication of effort and incomplete product designs, Hanson says...

FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

Grazed from IntelligentAerospace.  Author: Courtney Howard.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, wanting to benefit from advanced computing solutions in the Cloud, awarded a $108 million, 10-year contract to CSC Government Solutions, which will lead an overall integration effort to include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers.

The contract enables the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies, such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service, and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment, officials say.  Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money and simplify information-sharing...

Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft (Part One)

Grazed from CFR. Author: Adam Segal.

In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) served Microsoft with a warrant requiring the company to hand over the e-mails of a Microsoft customer suspected of drug trafficking. Microsoft refused to turn over the e-mails on the basis that they are stored in servers at a data center in Ireland and that the warrant did not apply to overseas data.

Instead, Microsoft argued the DOJ should work with Irish authorities to obtain access to the data. In July 2014, a U.S. district court ordered Microsoft to turn over the e-mails, but Microsoft appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear arguments on September 9. In light of the significance of this case for U.S. consumers and businesses, and the impact that its outcome could have on the privacy of digital communications, Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, took the time to answer some questions regarding the case and what its outcome might mean...

All Clouds are Not Created Equal; Some Cloud Providers are Not Equipped to Protect Enterprise Data from Loss

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Despite all the advantages the cloud offers, it's important to realize that the cloud itself is not magic. Cloud computing is simply a method for consuming IT as a service rather than building that infrastructure in house. It can offer significant cost savings in the right instances, but not all cloud services are created equal. According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (, there is a growing misperception that data that resides in the cloud is automatically protected just because it's in the cloud. This, the company warns, is absolutely not the case.

"There's a common misconception that placing your data in the cloud solves all problems, and that's just not true," says Eric Brooks, Cloud Services Practice Manager, Logicalis US. "Not all cloud providers are built to accommodate enterprise-level IT needs; many don't provide the kind of advanced networking, backup or disaster recovery services you would expect to find in an enterprise IT organization. Don't assume the cloud is somehow magic...

Lotus Innovations Sees Sustainable Profits in Cloud-Based Paradigm Shift for Smart SaaS Investors

Grazed from ITBusinessNet.  Author: PR Announcement., the fast-growing private equity investment firm focused on transforming Enterprise IT Services companies into SaaS-based companies, commented today on their recently completed multi-sourced analysis on why Cloud-based technologies are smarter solutions for Enterprise companies and savvy investments for the future. Based on Lotus Innovations' multi-sourced analysis, market projections demonstrate the strength of SaaS-based companies for faster growth multiples over traditional IT spending. The full report from Lotus Innovations will be made available to key investors and partners.

For forward-focused enterprise companies and investors, Cloud computing is the most important technology advancement since broadband capacity and data compression made the Internet an essential part of business operations, said Christian Mack, Managing Partner of Lotus Innovations, LLC. Our analysis shows that SaaS-based technologies allow enterprise companies to meet immediate implementation goals at lower out-of-pocket costs while Saas-based Solutions Providers benefit from longer-term annuity stream income...

Cloud Computing: The taxman is coming for your Netflix account

 Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Chris Matthews.

States are increasingly looking to tax cloud computing and streaming services, like Netflix,  NFLX -7.58%  as means of counteracting the slow growth of traditional sales tax revenues, according to a report Friday in the Wall Street Journal.
The rise of e-commerce, which is difficult for many states to tax if the web-based merchant doesn’t have a physical presence in that state, has in part led to state sales tax revenue growing, on average, at a 1.3% per year versus 3.1% annually ten years ago...

SEC CIO leads efforts to move agency to the cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kenneth Corbin.

Pamela Dyson is shepherding a determined, if incremental, effort to move her agency's applications to the cloud. Dyson was named the CIO at the Securities and Exchange Commission in February, after having joined the agency in 2010, when she joined an ambitious initiative to modernize and improve efficiencies in the SEC's IT infrastructure.

Dyson shared her thoughts on the cloud-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model during a recent presentation hosted by Federal Computer Week, explaining that the SEC's Office of Information Technology holds out four overarching IT priorities: modernizing its aging infrastructure, improving business agility, harnessing big data and analytics, and what Dyson calls digital transformation -- updating applications and access to better serve end users...

Office 365 Tops Salesforce as Most-Used Cloud Service

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Shirley Siluk.

Among the 2,500 customers that use Okta's online identity management services, Microsoft Office 365 is now the most-deployed cloud application in the world, beating Salesforce for the first time since Okta began tracking such usage in 2012. That's one of several striking findings about cloud application use revealed in the company's inaugural "Businesses @ Work Report," released today.

The report also found that a company's size no longer indicates how many cloud apps it might use, and that enterprise apps can quickly grow wildly popular . . . and can just as quickly lose ground in today's fast-evolving market. Companies are also surging in their uses of new Web sites, portals and other cloud-based applications to engage with customers, partners and contractors, Okta reported...

When Is A Cloud, Not A Cloud?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Starting up a cloud computing deployment is a case of just choosing a cloud and switching it on, right? Kind of, yes. Cloud ‘instances’ can be ‘spun up’ inside 60 seconds — but obviously it’s not quite that simple. Customers will need to choose between public, private (on-premises) or some hybrid combination of both.

CLUE: The answer to the title is the last line of this post.

Deeper still, cloud comes in many shapes, colors and flavors. Firms can opt for a cloud that has been ‘provisioned’ (or tuned, if you prefer) for specific performance characteristics such as:...

Automating Server Migrations into the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

The trouble most solution providers have with migrating servers into the cloud is that it’s generally a one-time event that is hard to build an ongoing IT service practice around. Not only does the migration usually require a fair amount of time; each server migration can take weeks to migrate. But once it’s done the solution provider winds up with a lot of expertise in server migration that can only be reapplied only so many times.

For that reason WSM International has made a business out of working with solution providers to automate server migrations as much as possible. As of today, WSM International is now offering those server migration services at a fixed price starting at $849 per Linux or Windows Server...