Cloud Adoption

Cloud Jobs: 7 Million In 3 Years, IDC Says

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Paul McDougall.

Cloud computing, and related areas like virtualization and data management, will create 7 million jobs over the next three years, according to a new study published by Microsoft and IDC. The study also claimed that currently there are 1.7 million open cloud jobs worldwide that organizations are having a tough time filling.

"Despite modest growth in the IT sector overall in the U.S., cloud-ready jobs are increasing as we head into 2013," said Cushing Anderson, a program VP at IDC, in a statement. "With this increase comes the harsh reality that workforces around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry."...

Cloud computing: Dare to be boring

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Cloud computing is one of the most exciting technologies to come along in a very long while. This is largely due to the race in the marketplace to provide the most innovative cloud features and functions. It's a race to keep up with the hype; it's also a race to stay or become relevant. However, could all that excitement be masking the true purpose of cloud computing?

Cloud computing should have the objective to provide a core foundation of infrastructure and business processes on demand, and we should use those resources to drive our business. If cloud computing works correctly, the storage and compute systems it provides, or the applications it serves up, should function like any other utility we use: It should just work, and eventually, we don't even think much about it. In other words, it should become boring...

Cloudy Skies Ahead: 3 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2013

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Raj Sabhlok.

Cloud computing continues to be one of the most hyped topics in IT. Even Gartner suggests that cloud computing has moved beyond the peak of inflated expectations, with many achieving meaningful success.

I suspect nearly every business or individual uses a cloud application or service today. As consumers, every time we access Gmail or Facebook, we are buying into the cloud paradigm. Businesses have adopted SaaS applications for accounting, expense reporting, email and a “host” of other business applications.

So, it would seem as if cloud computing is fairly mainstream, right? Well, yes and no. Based on my predictions below, I anticipate an even broader adoption of cloud computing in 2013 as companies seek to leverage its inherent benefits...

Top five cloud computing news stories in 2012

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Fernanda Aspe.

If we've learned anything since the emergence of cloud computing, it's that cloud is not going away. And news from 2012 is proof of that. Discussions sprung up around cloud computing, from how it's transforming enterprise IT -- both easing admin's workloads and raising concerns about security and data privacy -- to how cloud services are attracting the eyes of other industry sectors with money to spend.

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend was hotly debated, and the future of cloud service providers such as OpenStack and Oracle was thoroughly scrutinized. This top-five list of cloud computing 2012 news stories features our most popular articles covering the cloud market in 2012, as chosen by our readers...

Cloud computing: A bird’s eye view

Grazed from Globe and Mail. Author: Jody White.

Companies set to profit from the growth of cloud computing. While the idea of access to software and services delivered via an online network has been around since the 1960s, it wasn’t until the launch of Salesforce.com in the late ninties that tech companies began to provide useful products via the cloud.

More recently, we have seen tremendous growth in cloud computing offerings – which allow people and organizations to store digital data offsite – from Internet giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. This has created a market for large-scale storage services to handle the vast amount of documents, social media posts and shared photos that are uploaded to the cloud millions of times per day...

Cloud computing feeds competitiveness among consumers and vendors

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Paul Korzeniowski.

When evaluating cloud computing, corporations are thinking more strategically and less tactically, according to an IDC survey of U.K.-based cloud managers. "Just about all corporations are now searching for ways to leverage cloud computing," said Juergen Urbanski, vice president of cloud architectures at Deutsche Telekom. In fact, the survey found that three quarters of corporations that responded view the cloud as a way to solve key business issues.

But the reasons why companies opt for cloud services are changing. Reducing IT costs is still a main driver, mentioned by about 40% of businesses. A few years ago, almost all respondents cited lower costs as the cloud's No. 1 benefit. However, the focus is moving away from simply cost...

Two hours in the cloud: The year's best cloud computing Q&As

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Caitlin White.

As past years have been more about whether cloud computing will infiltrate IT or not, 2012 has been rife with thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons of cloud services. Enterprise IT has been steadfast in its data security concerns, and IT administrators have worried about job security with the introduction of cloud. But many companies are finally seeing how cloud can innovate and advance their missions and business plans.

SearchCloudComputing.com had the opportunity in 2012 to speak with experts from all walks of cloud -- CEOs, cloud security directors and open source pros, among others. These eight best cloud computing Q&As put industry authorities in the hot seat for their takes on the cloud market...

Cloud Computing Highlights Of 2012: Social Collaboration And Integration

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

2012 has been a takeoff year for cloud computing, there have been no real major breakthroughs yet no setbacks as well, but that is not to say that the field has been asleep overall, we have seen a continued growth in terms of support and adoption including the emergence of new types of services on offer. There have been a lot of improvements in the technology and also a lot of new directions taken that we have yet to see if they will lead to success or not. Let us take a look back a whole year at the state of cloud computing so far.

Wide adoption in media and entertainment – the cloud has proven its potential for the storage and delivery of media and entertainment elements mainly because of the introduction of high speed data communication standards like 4G and LTE. It has become easier to store, retrieve, and deliver media from the cloud. We are seeing a trend in consumer adoption of services like Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Netflix and Spotify. This may also be the reason why a lot of smartphone manufacturers chose to remove the expandable memory options from their devices like Google’s Nexus 4 by LG and the Nexus 7 tablet by Asus. HTC also did not include expandable storage on their new Droid DNA...

Weighing Cloud UC Options and Costs

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Michael Finneran.

Cloud computing is all the rage in the IT industry, and UC is no exception. While it's hard to find a concise market projection on the UC as a Service (UCaaS) market, there are a number of telling signs regarding its health.

For instance, UCaaS provider 8x8 saw its revenue increase 33% year-over-year. ShoreTel Sky (formerly M5) saw its revenue go up 27% while seat count increased 36%. The company is carrying a backlog worth $550,000 in revenue because it can't keep up with installations. Broadsoft, which makes the UCaaS platform used by a number of providers including Comcast, Megapath and Verizon (which also sells Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution or HCS) saw its revenues increase by 13%...

Asustek forms health cloud computing alliance

Grazed from Asus. Author: PR Announcement.

Asustek Computer on December 19 formed a health cloud computing alliance through cooperation with Taiwan-based Show Chwan Health Care System to establish a cloud computing ecosystem for health care management. The alliance will set up three cloud platforms: personal health management, health care and medical research.

The personal health management platform will provide personal cloud storage capacity of at least 5GB for individuals to store medical records and health-related measurements such as blood pressure, blood glucose and weight, and access the information via smartphones, tablets and other terminal devices...