Cloud Adoption

Is the Enterprise Moving to the Cloud?

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

A recent study from Gartner has found that priorities are changing in the realm of application development, and cloud computing is playing a huge role in this paradigm shift. Gartner has stated that it expects 55% of enterprises to adopt some form of cloud based computing practice in less than eight years. There are some very compelling reasons for large corporations to move in the direction of cloud computing.

Current IT environments are expensive and difficult to calculate ROI. As the need for technology grew over the years, so did the complexity of IT departments. Over time, the level of support and maintenance of hardware, networking and software was so intermingled that determining if there was any real value within any particular system or application was next to impossible. With rising energy costs and the massive floor space required to house a data center, the infrastructure itself was also very expensive to maintain...

How Has Cloud Computing Evolved?

Grazed from DataCenterJournal. Author: Jeff Clark.

Cloud computing has become a fixture in the IT landscape over recent years. Some debate has even arisen over whether the development of cloud computing counts as evolution or a revolution. Leaving such questions to others (evolution and revolution both signify change, perhaps simply at a different rate or by more or less gradual steps), a brief (and broad) look at the history of the cloud may provide some indicators as to where it’s headed next.

Origins—Maybe

The origins of the cloud are often seen in mainframe computing in the last century. This is a matter also up for some debate, as some cloud proponents like to treat cloud computing as an entirely new phenomenon. Skeptics (or, perhaps, just less excitable types) sometimes see the cloud as nothing new at all, but rather just a rebranding of a computing model that has been around for decades. As with most such arguments, reality is probably somewhere in between. The fundamental model of centralized resources certainly can be traced to mainframe...

iSoftStone Teams with IBM to Co-build A Cloud Computing Center of Excellence in Central China

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

iSoftStone Holdings Limited ("iSoftStone" or "the company," NYSE: ISS), a leading China-based IT services provider, today announced that it has signed an agreement with IBM and the Xiangyang city government to co-build an IBM Central China Cloud Computing Center of Excellence (CCoE) in the city of Xiangyang in China's Hubei province.

As a sub-center city in Hubei, Xiangyang has become one of China's largest automotive industry bases in which many manufacturers of vehicles, engines, and other vehicle parts are located. The IBM CCoE, located in Xiangyang and taking all of Central China as its service area, aims to build the first cloud platform to integrate the information needs of the automotive industry supply chain in China...

Will Cloud Computing Be To Labor What The Internet Was To Capital?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Robert Shaw.

In 1992, the CME Group launched the first electronic trading platform, which heralded a completely new age for anyone with capital to spare. Electronic trading and money transfers meant a whole new world of opportunity for potential investors.

In essence, the Internet freed wealthy (and even not-so-wealthy) investors to move their money wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, at a negligible cost. The result has been hedge funds, day traders, a huge uptick in emerging market investments, and a veritable explosion of highly complex “financial instruments.” (Plus, grandpa gets to trade stocks at home.)...

What Happens When Cloud Computing Embraces Evolving Antivirus Brands As Security Models?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

Three areas of cloud computing are the crisis points of security breaches. Were it not for Software as a Service (SaaS) programs, there would be no malware. Similarly, but for the openings in the server connections in a network or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), cases of mistrust between proxies would never be an issue. Lastly, were it not for the break in the wall of Platform as a Service (PaaS) as the development platform where hackers can find a field day, there wouldn’t be any security concerns for the cloud community.

Still, the evolving nature of traditional antivirus giants may one day become the saving grace against hardware and cyber crimes that center on mistrust. Though antivirus is like a physical injection, it still qualifies as an all-embracing technology that has legal implications. For example, McAfee, one of the biggest antivirus providers has migrated into the cloud with the aim to certify server networks and a collection of IP sites in a certain domain with particular security details. If the cloud computing providers breach these enforcements, they stand to lose their support by the antivirus companies while their clients may learn that their data stays unguarded...

Successful cloud adoption: It's the fit, stupid

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

InfoWorld's IT advice columnist Bob Lewis reached out to me last week after my blog post "How AWS can conquer enterprise IT's resistance to public clouds" with a few ideas. He suggested we should take a page out of the early PC and Web playbooks to help readers understand how to match up the new technology with the old problems. For example, we could use Amazon Web Services -- or any cloud computing technology -- to address business problems that would be impractical to deploy on traditional IT platforms.

Indeed, cloud computing providers tend to push their technology as the solution to any and all business problems. Unfortunately, there is not a universal fit for cloud computing technology, so you have to be careful to match the business problem you're looking to solve with the technology that best addresses it. To paraphrase James Carville, the political strategist for former President Bill Clinton, it's the fit, stupid...

On the Horizon for Cloud Computing in 2013? Greater Openness and Control at the User Level

Grazed from Business Wire. Author: PR Announcement.

The forecast for cloud computing in 2013? A veritable downpour of innovation: the first touch-based operating system. Greater emphasis on the “open cloud.” Apple’s new virtual server. VMWare’s new “self-service” virtualization product. And that’s just for starters. “With openness comes questions of security and data and application interoperability, among other issues.”

For an IT environment defined by seemingly non-stop evolution, cloud computing will welcome a host of groundbreaking technologies in 2013, according to Infinitely Virtual CEO Adam Stern. “In looking at innovations shaping the cloud hosting and computing environment for next year, I believe this will be the most exciting time in the history of the cloud model,” Stern says. “Whether you’re a medium-size business or an early stage startup, in 2013 you will be able to take advantage of new technology that gives you both greater control over your virtual environment, and also more flexibility.”...

How banks can select a reliable cloud computing provider

Grazed from The Houson Business Journal. Author: Lisa Chason.

Businesses all over the world are making the leap to the cloud as a cost-effective way to store and protect vast amounts of transactional data and information. Financial institutions are no different. However, given the sensitive nature of the data that banks handle with every transaction, it is crucial to understand how to design and deploy the right cloud solution to ensure security of customers’ information.

In recent years, security breaches impacting financial institutions and their customers have been widely reported, so banks are continuously updating their security platforms — and may be hesitant to transition to the cloud, which is sometimes perceived as less secure...

Cloud Computing: Prism Skylabs Launches Partner Program

Grazed from Security Info Watch. Author: Deborah O'Mara.

Prism Skylabs, based in San Francisco, recently unveiled a new partner program for systems integrators. The Silicon Valley company, a cloud-based service that is changing the way video is accessed, stored and analyzed, recently launched the program designed specifically for installation companies who understand the importance of bringing a differentiated product to market.

With little or no barrier to entry and the ability to offer the service to current customers with smaller IP/IT footprints consisting of off-the-shelf hardware, the program gives participants an easy way to leverage the existing video infrastructure, add value and increase their recurring monthly revenue...

What Bilbo Baggins Teaches Us About Cloud Computing

Grazed from WindowsITPro.  Author: B. K. Winstead.

Cloud computing and the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins? What might they have in common? On the surface, you'd have to say nothing. But I've been thinking about The Hobbit lately, with the much-anticipated Peter Jackson epic set to debut in theaters soon. Although I'm sure J. R. R. Tolkien had no notion of cloud computing, or computers for that matter, Bilbo's story can still be read as an allegory for the journey that many IT pros take when they move to the cloud -- with many of the same lessons to be learned.

At the start, Bilbo is quite content in his little hobbit hole, Bag End, in the Shire. Think of that as IT pros in the traditional mode of on-premises deployments. Had he been left to himself, that's exactly where Bilbo would have stayed. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), Gandalf chose Bilbo to accompany the dwarves on their quest across the wilds to the Lonely Mountain. We can say Gandalf is like a CIO or CEO or some conglomeration of super powerful execs. And the dwarves? We'll call them end users that Bilbo has to successfully move along to the cloud...