Cloud Adoption

Does the EC's cloud strategy go far enough?

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.  Author:  Neil Hawley and Graham Hann.

The European Commission’s cloud computing strategy document – titled Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe - last week outlined the obstacles to the establishment of a vibrant market for cloud computing and the need for an appropriate European strategy.   The main obstacles identified by the European Commission (EC) are: a lack of clarity on rights, responsibilities, and liability; insufficient data protection; and insufficient standardisation, particularly across jurisdictions.

The EC aims to develop model terms for cloud computing service level agreements (SLAs) for contracts between cloud providers and users. The action-plan recognises that even large companies have little negotiating power with cloud providers and contracts often do not provide for liability, data integrity, confidentiality or service continuity...

7 reasons why Europe really matters to cloud computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

It’s not home to Google, Amazon or Facebook, but from plucky entrepreneurs to the world’s most-advanced computing systems, Europe has a lot more to offer the world of cloud computing and web infrastructure than might meet the eye. Here are seven reasons why it matters.

Cloud computing tends to be a very North America-centric topic, if only because so many of the biggest providers of cloud resources and services are based in the United States. That’s fair enough — the business side of things is very important — but other continents, particularly Europe, have a lot more to bring to the table than just seemingly restrictive data privacy laws...

David vs Goliath: is cloud computing the new slingshot?

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Editorial Staff.

That software is everywhere is so commonly accepted that it hardly needs repeating. Take, for example, Getaround. To consumers it's a marketplace where the car-having and car-needing come together to work out short-term rentals mano a mano. But the people at Getaround aren't running a car rental company – they're running a software company. And a small one, at that. They, along with lots of other small firms and start-ups, are competing against giants in their fields: established, mature, enterprise-type companies that not only have market share, but the capital and cash resources that come with it. We'll call them Goliath.

So what's a young David-like up-start to do, armed only with a brilliant idea, raw talent and a willingness to put in long hours? How do they deliver quickly, and on a shoe-string budget? They reach for the slingshot in their back pocket: cloud computing...

IDC Survey finds that U.S. Corporations Aim to Tackle IT Challenges with Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Forty-four percent of U.S. executives aim to tackle current IT challenges through leveraging cloud solutions, and they are planning to invest more in cloud computing in the future. That is the finding of an IDC survey commissioned by T-Systems. Corporations expect cloud computing to deliver lower IT costs (26 percent) and to enable them to replace legacy systems (21 percent) and adopt new applications more flexibly (14 percent).

"As the U.S. cloud services market continues to mature, enterprises find that overall business impact and productivity gains from the cloud are as significant as achieving cost reductions," said David Tapper, IDC VP Outsourcing and Offshore Services Market Research. Cloud computing is seen as most likely to deliver solutions for Customer Relationship Management (31 percent), productivity tools like email, collaboration or Office packages (28 percent), online stores, and Enterprise Relationship Management (26 percent each)...

Clueless about Cloud? Why it Doesn't Matter

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Matt Bulter.

Incredibly, only 16% of people can explain what cloud computing is, a recent survey said. Most believed it was about drugs, pillows, the weather, or toilet paper. (No, I’m not making this up.) But just because people don’t understand the cloud, it doesn’t mean they aren’t using it. The fact is that many use cloud computing without knowing.

In other words, that lack of knowledge isn’t as big a problem as it might seem. Of the more than 1,000 Americans surveyed, more than half initially reported that they’d never used it. However, further questioning revealed that 95% of those surveyed do actually use popular cloud services like Gmail, iTunes, or Amazon...

Virtualization, Open Source Cloud and PaaS Adoption Numbers

Grazed from InfoQ.com.  Author: Abel Avram.

Zenoss has conducted a survey among IT operations specialists in order to evaluate virtualization, open source cloud and PaaS adoption. This article contains a digest of the survey results.

With The State of the Open Source Cloud 2012 survey, Zenoss has tried to evaluate data center virtualization and cloud computing usage. One of the main questions was related to the virtualization technology used, VMware taking the first spot with 74% followed by Linux KVM – 23.3%, and Microsoft Hyper-V with 19.6%. Several respondents noted that they were using multiple virtualization technologies, while 5.9% did not use any such technology. The graphic below shows all the responses to the virtualization question:..

HP and Autodesk Move AEC Workflows to the Cloud

Grazed from Cadalyst. Author: Carles Marti and Rick Rundell.

Two industry insiders provide perspectives about hardware and software solutions that are changing the way professionals work. Cloud technologies are increasingly prevalent these days: There are web-supported calendars, cloud-based phone systems, and CAD software programs hosted in the cloud. You even can print projects from cloud servers.

That said, what is the impact of cloud computing on the AEC field? Rick Rundell, Autodesk's senior director for project, data, and collaboration services, joined Carles Marti, marketing project manager for Designjet web services at HP, to address that question. Their consensus is that AEC companies that want to stay competitive should consider the cloud as a way to help their employees be productive outside the office...

Oracle Disrupts Cloud Industry with End-to-End Approach

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Bob Evans.

As cloud computing’s enormous business value is convincing a rapidly growing number of CEOs and CIOs to join the cloud revolution, it’s not surprising to see IT vendors of every stripe attempt to position themselves as the industry leader. And hey, why not? It’s a market filled with massive opportunities for customers eager to begin bending their IT spending curves toward away from infrastructure-sprawl and toward innovation, and for tech vendors looking to satisfy that surging demand.

Business executives are viewing the cloud as a way to begin shifting the IT-budget spending ratio away from 80% on infrastructure and 20% on innovation to something much closer to 50-50, which would liberate desperately needed capital to fund market-facing growth initiatives. (For more on that incredibly important topic, please check out our recent post called The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues for 2013.)...

Why CIOs have problems with cloud computing: Sunk costs in legacy IT

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jessica Scarpati.

Are customers scared of cloud security breaches? Absolutely. Are they uncomfortable with their lack of control over cloud providers' infrastructure? You bet. But do businesses see these two issues as their biggest problems with cloud computing? Not exactly, according to a new TechTarget survey.

More enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) say they are delaying public cloud adoption because they've sunk too much money into legacy IT, according to TechTarget's recent Cloud Pulse survey, which polled 1,497 IT professionals about their use of and attitudes toward cloud services...

Is OpenStack cloud computing certification a sign of things to come?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Caitlan White.

As talk of cloud computing makes its way from the CIO's office to enterprise IT departments, companies want to ensure they have the right talent for the job -- and employees need to ensure their skills remain relevant. Much debate has come up around cloud computing certification among IT professionals. And much fear has been stirring that cloud signals the end of the IT admin. Can a stamp of approval or a certificate for a cloud technology help job retention as IT departments evolve?

Rackspace Hosting Inc., announced Wednesday its open cloud training initiative, which aims to certify IT administrators on OpenStack software. Open source cloud computing has made waves in cloud-savvy enterprises, but with OpenStack still not in a large number of production environments, can this certification make a difference among IT job candidates?...