Cloud Adoption

Cloud computing in enterprise environments

Grazed from TechPageOne. Author: Ian Clatworthy.

Dell works with a number of specialist industries, and it’s often a niche industry that drives innovation or at least indicates where we should concentrate our efforts in product development. Regardless of industry, the need to embrace cloud computing has been an overriding truth among businesses of all sizes. It’s unrealistic to think that all businesses will have the same needs. Maybe, some years from now, providing cloud services to businesses will be much simpler because adaptation will reach market saturation levels, but right now, businesses are only placing what they need to in the cloud.

The change in cloud adoption rate

Cloud computing obviously offers many benefits to businesses who are conscious of the need to improve their bottom line. Low initial spend and ease of growth are quite revolutionary in the world of IT. Just a few years ago, it was impossible to imagine that one could deploy and install software for and IT setup of a small office of 20 administrative staff in just one day. Today, businesses are able to do that for a staff of 200 employees or more, simply by connecting a room of thin clients to an Internet connection. As new businesses avoid time-consuming and costly IT setups, cloud adaptation will increase at an almost exponential rate...

Cloud Security Alliance Develops Assessment Spec for Third Parties

Grazed from InfoSecurity. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has established the CSA Security Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) Attestation, a specification for rigorous third-party assessments of cloud providers. The CSA developed it in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and is aimed at CPAs who are conducting Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 engagements with the CSA’s Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM).

“The AICPA is pleased to collaborate with CSA on STAR Attestation, which brings together best practices for Security Organization Control reporting,” said Amy Pawlicki, AICPA director of business reporting, assurance and advisory services, in a statement. Security is of paramount importance in cloud computing, and the complementary frameworks put forth by AICPA and the CSA provide a comprehensive foundation for practitioners to follow in performing engagements in this space.”...

A Survey on Privacy Preservation in Cloud Computing

Grazed from IJETAE. Author: Gurudayal Singh Bhandari and Abhishek Chauhan.

By integrating multiple private and public cloud services, hybrid clouds can effectively provide dynamic scalability of service and data migration. Security plays a vital during the transmission of data from the sender to the receiver in any environment. The challenge in privacy preserving Back-Propagation Neural Network Learning is avoiding the attack of personal data privacy.

Due to the enlargement of distributed computing environment. In such distributed scenarios, privacy concerns often become a big concern. Secure computation provides a solution to this problem. With the invention of new technologies, Computing, it has been more convenient than ever for users across the Internet, who may not even know each other, whether it is data mining, in databases or in any networks, resolving privacy problems has become very important...

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The "No-Compromise Cloud"

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Mark Cravotta.

The public cloud computing model is rapidly becoming the world's most prolific IT deployment architecture, yet it leaves many promises unfulfilled. While offering scale, flexibility, and potential cost savings, the public cloud often lacks the isolation, computing power, and control advantages of bare metal servers.

Recent feedback suggests that people who adopted public cloud solutions for their elasticity and convenience are now lamenting their "simple" solution's complexity. To deploy enterprise solutions with the public cloud, one must consider redundancies as a safety net for outages and other disasters, as well as more intricate network architecture for true interoperability...

Reputation of Cloud Industry in the Gutter Post-NSA, Report Claims

Grazed from ChannelNomics. Author: Hannah Breeze.

The U.S. government must clean up the act of its National Security Agency (NSA) if trust in cloud providers is to be restored, according to a think tank. In its Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom and Cybersecurity report, the New America Foundation (NAF) claims U.S. cloud firms have borne the brunt of the NSA scandal.

“Trust in American businesses has decreased since the initial reports on the PRISM programme suggested that the NSA was directly tapping into the servers of nine U.S. companies to obtain customer data for national security investigations,” the report said. “Given heightened concern about the NSA’s ability to access data stored by U.S. companies, American companies that offer cloud computing and web-hosting services are experiencing the most acute economic fallout.”...

What does the future hold for cloud computing?

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Massoud Marzban.

There have been a number of stories recently in the press about some big happenings in the cloud space. IBM recently reported double-digit profits from its cloud products division, and over in the US, the state of California just announced that they are moving much of their infrastructure to a cloud-based approach.

In the past, I've been asked to comment on a number of these stories and I’ve been more than happy to add my two cents. But then I thought, "I’ve got much more than a few one-line quotes to share", and so I’ve decided to take off my Business Development hat for a while and try on a tech reporter’s hat for a change...

From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

There's no operating system more ubiquitous than Linux. It's everywhere. It's even running in devices and computers you may not suspect—our cars, our cell phones, even our refrigerators. Linux supports businesses and organizations everywhere, and because it underpins open-source innovation, it is the platform of choice for new applications.

Companies such as IBM and their work with organizations like the OpenPOWER Foundation are creating such new innovations as Big Blue's new scale-out servers running Linux and putting them in places all around us. In fact, eWEEK recently ran a slide show depicting how prevalent the operating system is in the supercomputing space...

Will Cloud Computing Survive the Internet of Things? (The Force of Internet of Things)

Grazed from HDS. Author: Editorial Staff.

The world includes hundreds of millions of interconnected devices or things. These things range from handheld mobile platforms to systems that will observe the universe. At a coarse level this is what the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about: devices that are connected either directly or through a proxy to either an Intranet or the Internet.

However is there a more robust or even a formally authored standard definition? Unfortunately the state of the standards work is more immature than Cloud Computing. As recently as 2013 the European Union’s Internet of Things Architecture team states, “…after many years of heavy discussion, there is still no clear and common definition of the concept [21].” For the purposes of this paper the definition from the International Telecommunications Union is referenced...

Amazon’s Cloud Is Growing So Fast It’s Scaring Shareholders

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Robert McMillan.

Amazon has pulled off a pretty amazing trick over the past decade. It’s invented and then built a nearly $5 billion cloud computing business catering to fickle software developers and put the rest of the technology industry on the defensive. Big enterprise software companies such as IBM and HP and even Google are playing catchup, even as they acknowledge that cloud computing is the tech industry’s future.

But what kind of a future is that to be? Yesterday Amazon said that while its cloud business grew by 90 percent last year, it was significantly less profitable. Amazon’s AWS cloud business makes up the majority of a balance sheet item it labels as “other” (along with its credit card and advertising revenue) and that revenue from that line of business grew by 38 percent. Last quarter, revenue grew by 60 percent. In other words, Amazon is piling on customers faster than it’s adding dollars to its bottom line...

Why are some businesses still afraid of the cloud?

Grazed from ITProPortal.   Author: Editorial Staff.

Despite a rapidly rising number of organisations using cloud computing in some form, many are still afraid of it and others have concerns about expanding their cloud use. This HP whitepaper outlines what these concerns are and gives some hints as to how the perceived threats can be mitigated against.

Many organisations fear the cloud, as it can bypass IT departments and information security officers into the bargain. Maybe this isn't surprising when one considers the case of a convicted former employee of a US cloud service provider this year...