Cloud Adoption

IT is losing the battle on security in the cloud

Grazed from Net-Security.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A majority of IT organizations are kept in the dark when it comes to protecting corporate data in the cloud, putting confidential and sensitive information at risk. This is just one of the findings of a recent Ponemon Institute study commissioned by SafeNet. The study, titled "The Challenges of Cloud Information Governance: A Global Data Security Study," surveyed more than 1800 IT and IT security professionals worldwide.

The research indicates that while organizations are increasingly using cloud computing resources, IT staff is having trouble controlling the management and security of data in the cloud...

Microsoft Grows Its Cloud OS Partner Network

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Microsoft is gathering more believers of its Cloud OS vision. Cloud OS is a consistent cloud computing platform that encompasses infrastructure, apps and data, and spans the data centers of hosting service providers, customers and Microsoft's cloud. A year after its launch, the Microsoft Cloud OS Network is reaching new heights. In its December 2013 debut, Microsoft's Cloud OS Network got off the ground in 90 markets and 425 data centers.

Twenty-five partners joined during the program's launch, including Capgemini, CGI, iWeb and Lenovo. "Here at Microsoft, we think we're the best bet for customers because we alone provide a consistent, enterprise-grade platform that is hybrid by design, and one that is based on our experience delivering more than 200 cloud services to billions of people," said Microsoft's Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, at the time...

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Greatest Hurdle to Cloud Computing Adoption: Security or Awareness?

Grazed from TechVibes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Canadian business executives have heard plenty of talk about the cloud, but most have a low awareness of the potential benefits of cloud-based solutions to their businesses.  That's the finding of a survey of Canadian C-suite executives released by Microsoft Canada, which found that 90 per cent of senior Canadian executives are not familiar with what cloud computing means and that two-thirds are "only just beginning to familiarize themselves" with the cloud.

Of the 10 per cent who feel they are familiar with cloud computing, fewer than half (45 per cent) were able to select the correct definition from a list of choices.  "I think the findings reveal a disconnect between what the cloud really is, what it offers, and how it is perceived by Canada's C-suite decision-makers," said Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy...

5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Cloud Storage

Grazed from SmartDataCollective.  Author: Robert Delgato.

For many business owners, growing their companies remains a key focus that drives many of their business decisions. One tool that is being adopted more often, especially in recent years, to facilitate this is that of cloud computing. The cloud offers companies more agility, lower operating costs, and more efficient and productive work, but even with those advantages, some businesses may struggle finding a cloud provider that’s right for them. In many cases, the question isn’t if the business should do it, but rather how well the cloud will fit into the existing organization’s processes. When the time comes to make an important decision over who you will choose to handle your cloud storage needs, here are five things you should consider...

1. Security Capabilities

One of the major factors holding business owners back from embracing the cloud is the concern over security. When you use a cloud storage provider, you’re essentially giving your valuable data to a third party with the expectation they’ll keep it safe. Even so, with numerous news stories involving security breaches at big companies, business leaders may not be enthusiastic about giving their data to someone else. Most cloud storage companies have responded to these concerns by improving their own security, adding in new measures aimed at protecting clients’ data. When you pick a cloud storage provider, make sure they have sufficient security measures. These can include anti-virus software, data encryption, firewalls, and routine security audits...

How To Manage Your Data In The Cloud (But Not Lose Your Mind)

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Richi Jennings.

Smart CIOs are evolving their existing in-house IT—to include “the cloud.” But beware of hidden pitfalls in moving to cloud computing.  So here are a few top, actionable tips. They’ll help you successfully transition to a modern computing model, stay sane in the face of fast-growing data, and avoid IT management chaos…

The Challenges We All Face 
Whatever your industry, CIOs are continually being asked to do more with less—and faster. Cynthia Stoddard, NetApp’s CIO, concludes that this type of innovation requires a business-focused approach:...

NIST lays out roadmap for cloud computing

Grazed from GCN.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the final version of its Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap Volumes I and II, the culmination of a three-year old effort to assess and set objectives for the accelerated adoption of cloud computing in government.

“Cloud computing is still in an early deployment stage, and standards are crucial to increased adoption,” the report adds. “The urgency is driven by rapid deployment of cloud computing in response to financial incentives.”...

Cloud computing: CIOs are taking back control, but is it already too late?

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Steve Ranger.

In the early days of the cloud computing it was routine for tech executives to admit that they had little idea of, or control over, the use of the technology within their organisations; developers would cheerfully pay for cloud storage or processing power using their credit cards, forcing CIOs to turn detective to work out what was being used, when, and by who.

But it seems that the IT department has now caught up and is reasserting its control over cloud spending, with either excellent or disastrous timing.  Over 80 percent of cloud spend is now managed by the IT department, and 62 percent of that has the direct involvement of the CIO, according to research by Verizon...

How RMS Put Its Catastrophe Modeling Software in the Cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: J.D. Sartain.

For much of its 25-year history, catastrophe modeling and risk management firm RMS delivered its software using an on-premises model. The company's modeling software is designed to help customers mitigate financial risk in advance of events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and even terrorist attacks.

Four years ago, RMS "started down a journey of taking our solution to the cloud," says Paris Georgallis, senior vice president of cloud platform operations. RMS started with Amazon Web Services, “which provided us with the runway we needed to get our development off the ground and to rewrite our product for a cloud platform."...

Can Amazon and Microsoft be beat in IaaS?

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Editorial Staff.

There’s no denying that cloud services, in particular Infrastructure-as-a-Service, has come of age. Its main gatekeepers are now playing a no-win game that limits the value you get from using their services. Businesses are getting smart to this game, but how did we end up here? More importantly, what’s next?

Feature-driven market

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure built their lead in the IaaS market (and PaaS market in the case of early Azure) by adopting the exact same strategy: by broadening their offers through new features. And it was a winning strategy. Every time they launched a new feature, they essentially created a new market and cornered the demand. As long as they could show acceptable reliability, they had little concern for additional metrics like price or performance. It’s hard to blame them since there was no one for them to compare unfavorably to, and they were making major investments to get these new services lit up...

Cloud Computing: Open source has won -- let the infighting begin!

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Matt Asay.

For years, the open source world has taken comfort in a bit of Gandhi wisdom: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Red Hat went so far as to emblazon the phrase on the walls of its lobby, a reminder to open sourcers everywhere to take courage against the proprietary software machine.

Open source has different problems today. In a world that has gone from accepting open source to expecting it, to paraphrase MongoDB’s Dwight Merriman, what machine should the open source world be raging against? Given the absence of an outside enemy, it’s likely that open source will turn on itself...