Cloud Adoption

An Inside Look At Massachusetts' Grand Open Cloud Experiment

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Kristin Knapp.

While public cloud adoption continues to grow in the enterprise, some markets -- such as life sciences, academia and HPC -- crave a different kind of cloud. And that's exactly what Orran Krieger, research professor and director of the cloud computing initiative at Boston University's Hariri Institute, wants to create.

Alongside other members of the academic community and the state of Massachusetts, Krieger is launching the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC), a new flavor of public cloud based on an open and customizable model Krieger says contrasts sharply with the leading public cloud platforms today...

Cloud computing and beyond

Grazed from CIO. Author: Chris Doig.

For the past six years, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) San Diego chapter has hosted the annual one-day Cloud Computing Conference in San Diego. This year is no exception, and the seventh conference is being held on Oct. 29 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. This time around the conference has expanded beyond its cloud computing roots to include big data, Internet of Things (IoT), innovative technology and hands-on cloud coding labs.

From my perspective, it has always been interesting to hear speakers like Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research at Salesforce. Peter has been the opening speaker for the past few years and, as a senior executive of a major Silicon Valley company, he brings a very interesting perspective on the leading edge of innovation. To quote Matt Stamper, VP of Services at redIT: “Peter is an amazing speaker and technical evangelist. His insight into the industry and how computing services continue to evolve is thought provoking. I've had the opportunity to hear Peter speak on cloud (networked) computing and have benefited from each discussion.”...

INSIGHT: The financial case for moving to the Cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: James Henderson.

Many organisations are slow to adopt Cloud computing due to confusion around the financial impact of its implementation and management. “Despite the hype, the uptake of cloud computing as a solution has not been as rapid as first anticipated, in part because of the confusion created around the financial benefits,” says Sanil Solanki, research director, Gartner.

“While it’s said to be cheaper than on-premises, Cloud gets push-back from the finance function because it increases operating expenditure (opex) costs. “IT departments let finance take the lead on this decision, and this stalemate is rarely broken.” Solanki claims that while using cloud computing does increase opex costs, CIOs and IT decision makers should consider other financial factors before making a decision...

The cloud essential for a self-service culture

Grazed from DigitalNewsAsia. Author: JY Pook.

CLOUD computing is great … theoretically at least. With the cloud, we get to extend our IT platform beyond our on-premises infrastructure, and we get to access applications, data and storage over the Internet, as and when we need it. Highly scalable, lower cost and no hassle. It is no wonder that we are seeing almost everything being offered over the cloud. Some call this the trend of ‘Whatever as-a Service (XaaS).’

Similar to how Database-as-a-Service (DaaS) platforms have become viable options that are fully or partly supplementing in-house databases these days, many business intelligence (BI) and analytics users are also turning to cloud data warehousing technologies, blurring the lines between where data is stored and where it is being analysed...

Cloud Computing: IBM opens Watson to the world

 Grazed from SteelersLounge.  Author: James Hoffman.

One obvious use case is marketing - an application built with Visual Insights could give a company a more rounded view of what its customers are interested in. IBM's cloud development partners have created systems for query support for card payments, customer support Q&As for financial services, live event media aggregation "as a service" social marketing and apps for the entertainment and marketing industries.

Big Blue wants Watson to be used on mobile devices, cloud services and connected systems. The company also previewed its Watson Knowledge Studio, where the company will open up its machine learning and text analytics capabilities in a single tool. In addition to the new capabilities, IBM announced that it is establishing a new Watson hub located in San Francisco, which will also serve as the new global headquarters for IBM commerce...

Placing the Need Before the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Arguing over which kind of cloud is “best” for the enterprise is like arguing over what kind of apple tastes better than the others. Some people like the crispy sweetness of the Red Delicious, others the floral spiciness of the Courtland or the classic apple-taste of the Macintosh. And then the criteria change completely if you plan to bake a pie, make applesauce or press some cider.
The best cloud, therefore, is obviously the one that satisfies strategic and operational objectives to the highest degree, which means that most enterprises are going to rely on a mix of public, private and hybrid infrastructure to get the job done...

The Cloud Gets More Popular and Complex

Grazed from GovTech.  Author:  Steve Towns.

After some initial skepticism, government agencies are embracing the cloud. That’s putting pressure on public-sector IT organizations to deliver a new class of cloud solutions to their customers.
Georgia is a good example. With agency customers asking both for more and more complex cloud services, the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is developing an enterprise approach to cloud, and thinking about the type of support and resources agencies will need to deploy more sophisticated cloud services successfully and securely...

Cloud Computing: Emerging technologies and the future of business

Grazed from TheStack. Author: Chris Kelly.

What does it mean to have agility with cloud computing and how can it be an advantage for enterprises? Agility is not a new concept in the IT industry. However, the proliferation of cloud computing has shone a spotlight on how technology is enabling companies to be more agile. When CIOs and CTOs refer to agility in the context of cloud computing, it can mean two things.

The first is a reference to cloud agility in the technological sense: The ability to achieve true cloud agility is tied to the rapid deployment of computer resources. Cloud environments have the capability to provide new compute instances or storage in minutes, compared to weeks or months taken in traditional IT shops...

How Cyber Security Needs Are Driving Cloud Adoption

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Author: Duncan Macrae.

Cloud computing was by all accounts inevitable – we can see its steady adoption all around us. According to Goldman Sachs spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30 perecnt CAGR from 2013 to 2018, compared with overall enterprise IT’s five percent. It forecasts global security-as-a-service revenue will reach $106bn in 2016, growing 21 percent over 2015.

Disruption to business

Earlier this year CEO of British insurance company, Lloyd’s said that cyber-attacks cost businesses as much as $400bn a year, including the damage caused by the attack and consequent disruption to the normal course of business. CIOs and their Infrastructure Management teams have historically been concerned about security in the cloud. Lack of trust, relative lack of control, fear of not knowing where the data resides, and complex regulations in different countries have only made this more difficult...

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Boosting Wind Power with Cloud Computing

Grazed from InsideHPC. Author: Editorial Staff.

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Gemma Church reports that the wind energy industry is increasingly looking to the cloud and to modeling and simulation to solve its engineering problems. Wind power is a staple renewable energy source that is often described as relying on mature technology. In many ways, this assumption is correct as wind farms pop up across the globe in increasingly diverse and remote locations. But a lot of innovation is going on behind the scenes.

Many difficulties remain with the way we build and deploy wind turbines, which raises doubts over the profitability of such systems. The physical size of the turbines has increased and this makes such systems more complicated, increases the costs, and adds significant financial risk to projects that can cost hundreds of millions of pounds to complete...