Cloud Adoption

Attention Chief Information Officers: When It Comes To The Cloud, What Got You Here Will Get You There

Grazed from CIO. Author: Dominick Paul.

Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting new technology.

In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud strategy? We have to get everything into the cloud.”...

The Cloud in 2015: 4 things you need to prepare for

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Chris Patterson.

Even with ‘The Internet of Things’ slated to be the buzzword of 2015, cloud computing will continue to remain firmly in the minds of IT departments. Therefore, I thought I thought I’d share my four big cloud trends to expect this year.

1. Cloud Computing Will Become More Mainstream

As cloud becomes more mainstream, the question among progressive IT shops when rolling out new applications will shift from “why cloud?” to “why not cloud?” This is bolstered by the increasing prevalence of public-private compute infrastructures that allow simple placement of workloads where they make the most business sense...

As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Sharon Wagner.

A lot can happen in a year, and in the world of cloud computing, 2014 was a breakout one. Cloud adoption finally experienced a tornado of demand that swept up large enterprises en masse. Yet as businesses move services to the cloud and increasingly depend on third-party vendors, important questions should be answered around who is responsible for managing these services and how service quality should be measured.

The main objective of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is to clearly define relationships and set expectations for adequate service levels between the buyer and the seller. In the case of the cloud, this would be the cloud provider and the cloud consumer. A traditional SLA is a rigid and custom contract with complicated legalese focused around operational metrics provided by IT and using IT internal resources...

Microsoft’s Azure Is Beginning to Close the Gap With Amazon’s Cloud Service

Grazed from NationalGazette.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Last year software program maker K2.com stopped relying on Amazon.com (AMZN) for its cloud services and turned to Microsoft (MSFT) instead. K2 Chief Executive Officer Adriaan van Wyk says he’s satisfied with the choice—most of the time. The developer tools of Microsoft’s Azure cloud service are superior, he says, and he likes its customized customer service.

However occasionally Azure is slow, and on Nov. 18 it suffered a international outage that lasted several hours. As insurance coverage, Van Wyk has moved five % of his business enterprise back to Amazon Internet Services. “We still like Microsoft,” he says. “At the similar time, it’s been a bit bumpy. The 5 % makes certain if we have to move back to AWS we can do it rapidly.”...

Cloud Computing: It’s not the technology…stupid

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Tony Pagliarulo.

As we began the New Year, industry prognosticators and research firms published their lists of major technology predictions and trends that could have a major impact on organizations in 2015.  We continued to hear about the growing impact of “big data”, the “Internet of things”, cloud computing, and the increasing impact of emerging technologies such as 3D printing, wearables and smart machines.

My research and discussions with dozens of CIOs and line of business executives over the past year indicate that the strategic importance of IT and the role of the CIO continue to grow in importance.  Organizations are willing to invest more in technology; however they are expecting a significant increase in business results and at a much faster speed...

VMware Launches vCloud Air Edge Program for Cloud Startups

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

VMware (VMW) is giving small cloud startups a chance to grow their businesses with the launch of vCloud Air Edge, an incubation program designed to help small businesses develop their cloud-centric offerings as well as help launch companies currently developing “new, potentially disrupting enterprise solutions on vCloud Air,” according to the company.

The incubator program was spurred by the popularity of VMware’s cloud-based service programs for independent software vendors looking to leverage the virtualization company’s hybrid cloud solutions. Further interest from venture capitalists, cloud startups and on-premise ISVs convinced VMware to expand the program to startup companies, according to a company blog post...

Federal IT Leaders Want Cloud Vendors to Provide Clarity

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kenneth Corbin.

If you're a cloud service provider, the federal government wants to hear from you. Federal agencies are actively shopping for new cloud computing technologies, but vendors will help their cause by packaging their services to be more readily implemented in a government environment that is highly security conscious and almost preternaturally cautious about rolling out new IT systems.

The feds have been developing a system for streamlining the security requirements for cloud service providers (CSPs). Under the FedRAMP program, vendors can submit their cloud service for a review by an inter-agency panel to gain clearance to operate across the government, or can seek approval of a single department or agency...

Cloud Computing: Legal Issues on the Horizon

Grazed from JDSupra. Author: Quinn Emanuel.

In the May 2014 issue of the Business Litigation Report, we discussed a hot topic in law and technology: cloud computing. That topic did not cool down over the summer. Businesses and courts—including the Supreme Court—have continued to grapple with issues presented by computing in the cloud, including who owns the rights to key cloud computing technologies. Given the increased competition and growth in the cloud computing market, such litigation is likely to continue in the future, and will need to take changing legal rules into account.

The Cloud Computing Market

Broadly defined, “cloud computing” refers to the shared use of computing resources over a distributed computer network. Those resources may include storage, processing, communication, or other computer tasks. The network over which such resources are accessed may be public like the Internet, private like many enterprise IT environments, or a hybrid network combining public and private elements. The business case for shifting computing resources to the cloud is based on the flexibility that cloud computing provides. Instead of needing to buy racks of expensive servers and other equipment as a necessary first step to launching a business, today’s startups can order “virtual” IT centers consisting of only the resources they actually need...

The cloud warning label and avoiding the dark side

Grazed from Vator.TV. Author: Graham Turney.

A startup founder faces a wealth of decisions every day that can profoundly affect the fate of his or her business. One such decision is choosing where to host a site or application. Until recently, that choice often appeared to be among several near identical infrastructure providers. As the cloud has matured, however, the industry has begun to recognize two broad categories in the cloud -- managed and unmanaged vendors.

According to Gartner, Rackspace is the leader in the managed space. In a recent blog (included below), our CEO, Taylor Rhodes, outlined the differences between managed and unmanaged clouds and the ramifications of those differences for your business. Here's what he outlined:...

IT just scratching surface of cloud computing technology

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

If you're an IT manager or executive, you've probably started your cloud journey. You've likely migrated applications to the cloud, or deployed cloud as your primary hosting environment. And now, you think you're a cloud veteran. Well, you're just getting started. Few users have discovered the full impact of cloud -- but every business could benefit by doing so.

First, the cloud isn't an IT strategy -- it's an application architecture and a new computing model. For decades, IT struggled to get closer to the user. Today, cloud computing technology makes that possible with a global computing fabric that can touch any smartphone, tablet, laptop or wearable device. But since we've never seen anything like cloud, IT has yet to fully exploit it...