Cloud Adoption

The delusions that companies have about the cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Dave Girouard.

In the years that I led the Google Apps team, I heard every imaginable objection to cloud computing. Back in 2007, perhaps, those arguments may have had more merit, given the immaturity of most services and limited track record of the providers.

But over time, it became clear to me that those who rejected cloud computing (typically in favor of that unicorn of technology: the private cloud) were experiencing a form of insanity that, if left untreated, would put the very existence of their companies at risk...

Hybrid Cloud Management a $3.6 Billion Business by 2016

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Hybrid cloud deployments are attractive to many enterprises in that they offer the best of both public and private cloud approaches.  The move to hybrid is part of the evolution of cloud, according to IDC Research VP Mary Johnston Turner. It's an evolution that will require a new generation of IT management technologies.

"We see increasing interest in open standards based heterogeneous and hybrid cloud architectures," Turner said during a Red Hat sponsored webcast this week. "A couple of years ago, we mostly saw tactical cloud initiatives, focused on enabling fast self-service deployments for relatively specific needs."...

Is the cloud safe enough to lock up law enforcement data?

Grazed from GSN.  Author: Rutrell Yasin.

The use of cloud computing in some form is inevitable in police technology. But like many professions, law enforcement executives have particular concerns about using cloud technology, ranging from the risk that unauthorized persons could steal sensitive information to concerns about the costs of technology migration.

A report, “Mitigating Risks in the Application of Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement," aims to help law enforcement officials weigh the pros and cons of moving to cloud computing. Written by Paul Wormeli, executive director emeritus of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, and presented by the IBM Center for The Business of Government, the report offers recommendations on how law enforcement organizations can successfully move to cloud infrastructures...

5 Different Ways People Use Cloud Computing

Grazed from CenturyLink.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The Cloud used to be nothing more than an enigma, a buzz word. Now, the Cloud has made itself a necessity for many people in many different situations. In order to take advantage of all the great advantages of the Cloud, you first need an Internet service to rely on. View CenturyLink deals to find an affordable and fast Internet plan that you can use to access the Cloud.

Using a Cloud service is something that is universal, but also personal. Here are some of the ways that people are taking the Cloud, and using it in a way that suits their specific needs...
1.    Studying. High school students to grad students are all looking for ways to make studying easier. One of the best ways to do that is with the Cloud. Google docs, Google hangouts and platforms like Evernote make it simple for students to share ideas. The Cloud is changing not only how students study, but when.  Students don’t even need to deal with the mess of setting up specific times to meet up. Share notes, mock tests, study guides and more virtually, instead of personally. What makes the Cloud even more beneficial to students is that if you lose your notes or your computer melts down without saving, all the material you need is already stored in the Cloud waiting for you...

Cloud Computing: Google Demands Warrants Before Releasing User Data

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is thumbing its nose at law enforcement in the hopes of better protecting its users' data stored on Gmail and Google Drive. Although the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) gives U.S. law enforcement agencies the right to obtain data that's more than 180 days old with nothing more than a subpoena, Google is ready to take on those agencies.

Google is demanding that law enforcement agencies obtain probable cause search warrants before it will hand over user data. Google released its biannual Transparency Report, which included for the first time information on how U.S. law enforcement agencies push service providers including Google into handing over customer data. At the same time, Google called "shenanigans" on the entire process. Even though law enforcement agencies have the right to obtain data under the ECPA, there frequently have been discussions about the fairness of the law, as well as concerns over privacy (many foreign businesses refuse to store data in U.S.-based data centers for just this reason)...

Cloud Computing Use Increases Among Supply Chains

Grazed from Smart Data Collective. Author: Thu Pham.

Cloud computing has found a place in nearly every industry, from e-commerce and banking to automotive to healthcare, and all the processes in between. Research shows that cloud use in supply chains has increased dramatically over the past year, and doesn’t expect to slow down in 2013. Dwight Klappich, research vice president for Gartner, explains that supply chain management has adopted cloud use quickly, with an estimated 40% increase in 2012 over 2011. He explains in a Logistics Management article watching this shift from more traditional software to the cloud:

“Two to three years ago when we talked to shippers about software, the cloud was just one option. In many cases, cloud has now become a preference for companies.” He predicts that around 50% of the transportation subset of supply chains are currently cloud-based...

State of Cloud Computing: PaaS

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

Organizations of all sizes benefit when they can run their computing and application development in the cloud. From CRM to ERP applications, your enterprise may be like many others that have struggled with the expenses of implementing and managing applications and computing infrastructure. The expansion of cloud computing in the enterprise market has yielded yet another service offering to address this issue. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) supports a faster way of creating applications with less financial overhead.

The Benefits of PaaS

The management of storage systems, servers, and the multitude of network components in a complete internal infrastructure model is extremely costly. Financing the acquisition, staffing, and energy demands of such a system drains enterprise funds, manpower, and other resources. With PaaS, the majority of the infrastructure is managed by the service provider which is often in the form of a consolidated database...

Cloud Computing Skills Sorely Needed in Workforce

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: Anthony Myers.

IDC consulting has produced a cloud-based worker study for Microsoft, and the focus is on how new skill sets are still not prevalent enough in the workforce. More cloud-ready, if you will, workers are needed to fill many positions as businesses continue to shift to the cloud.

Job Growth

A similar study was conducted last year by IDC, also for Microsoft, on how many jobs the cloud will help produce. The numbers are impressive, but now that we know there is a huge demand for cloud-based workers, it seems those fully trained people are in short supply...

Cloud cited as key driver for redefining CIO role

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

A new survey from Brocade has revealed the extent of the changing CIO role in enterprise – and put cloud adoption as a major driver of it. The research, which asked 100 CIOs from the EMEA sector (Europe, Middle East, Africa) found the following top-line takeaways:

  • 50% of the CIOs polled expect that cloud adoption will result in their jobs involving less time fretting over the company IT infrastructure
  • One third of CIOs confirmed that cloud services had been deployed by their business without involving the IT department
  • Two in three envisage that by 2020, this trend will continue with business units procuring cloud services much more frequently
  • There were other interesting results, with 75% of respondents unsure whether their company’s SLAs (service level agreements) will meet minimum requirements, which may come as a surprise.

How Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Businesses Everywhere

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Lindsey Nelson.

Cloud computing is a catalyst for faster development, delivery of information, and pretty soon it will become a standard rather than a breakthrough technology. I’ve written frequently on how cloud is a disruptive technology, but now let’s talk about how it’s altering your business.

Now I know what you’re thinking, this doesn’t or won’t ever affect me. In reality, cloud computing isn’t just changing the role of developers; it is changing the role of your marketers, your sales force. And in the coming years, even the roles that having seemingly nothing to do with cloud will be affected. There are of course the skeptics, but here are a few ways it’ll transform the business...