Cloud Adoption

Cloud computing features heavily in 2013 CIO tech priorities

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

The importance of cloud computing in the overall tech sphere has again been emphasised in a Gartner report surveying over 2,000 CIOs on their technology priorities for 2013. Cloudy areas featured heavily in the top 10 priorities for CIOs, with cloud computing itself – alongside software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) ranked at number three.

Elsewhere, legacy modernisation – a big element of companies moving into cloud-hosted solutions – was ranked at five, with customer resource management (seven), virtualisation (eight) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps (10) also make the top 10. Yet the two priorities ahead of cloud computing in the pecking order, analytics and BI (business intelligence) and mobile technologies, make for interesting reading as of course the areas are all inextricably linked...

Top 4 myths of cloud computing

Grazed from The Washington Business Journal. Author: Heinan Landa.

Are you thinking about the cloud for your IT? How about just for your e-mails or files? Are you considering putting your entire network in the cloud? The demand for cloud computing is growing at an unprecedented rate. Gartner predicts the cloud market will be over the $148 Billion mark by 2014. Its economies of scale and ability to deliver large enterprise applications to medium and small businesses continue to generate new consumers across industries. However, cloud vendors often aren’t sharing the full story with prospects. Below are the top four myths of cloud computing.

Myth No. 1: “By putting all of my data and applications in the cloud, I no longer need to worry about IT.”...

Ovum Says "Data Will Be The New Cloud Computing Oil" In 2013

Grazed from MondoVisione. Author: Editorial Staff.

Ovum has published three “Trends to watch reports” on Cloud computing and reveals that 2013 will see cloud computing continue to grow rapidly. 2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds* report , drills downs into not only private and public cloud trends, but also infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) trends, meanwhile, 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Services** report, looks at cloud computing from the point of view of IT service providers.

Finally, 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing*** report, looks at the way cloud service providers and consumers adapt to cloud computing both on their own and as part of increasingly sophisticated cloud ecosystems.

EU’s strategy for cloud computing needs to expand

Grazed from NewEurope. Author: Karafillis Giannoulis.

On 16 January, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) announced that EU blueprint for cloud computing falls short. EESC reports that the Commission should widen its strategy and invest in the development of cloud computing software and infrastructure. According to Eric Pigla, EESC rapporteur, EU “should help businesses and public administrations to become 'cloud active' by offering cloud-based services and make Europe 'cloud productive' by providing cloud infrastructure.”

EESC believes that if EU accomplishes these objectives, then a “European digital energy production” will be established. Pigal underlines that a failure to do so will result in Europe's growing dependence on foreign cloud computing providers. Pigal’s report stresses that “digital energy, like other energy sources such as oil or gas, is an economic and strategic challenge….[and] Under current market conditions, expanding the use of the cloud in Europe will inevitably strengthen non-European operators.”...

Cloud Computing: VMware Joins Open Source Software Institute

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Within the virtualization world, VMware (NYSE: VMW) can hardly claim to be more friendly to open source than competing platforms such as KVM and Xen. Nonetheless, the company has signed on as a leading member of the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI), a trade organization dedicated to promoting open source solutions in government. Is this a sign of renewed commitment to open source by VMware, or a more mercenary move by the company to protect its slice of the open source market? Here are some thoughts.

VMware's relationship with the open source community is a complex one. Most core commercial VMware products are not open source, but the company does maintain some open source tools. In addition, most of its virtualization solutions support Linux as well as proprietary operating systems. Still, now that open source virtualization platforms have matured to become as feature-rich and robust as many of VMware's tools—and are also available for free—the company faces an increasingly difficult market within the open source space...

Rackspace reveals the strategy behind its ‘open cloud’ vision

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Christina Farr.

Cloud computing giant Rackspace has announced plans to partner up with the leading providers of open source data centers. As a founding member of the Open Compute Project, the company’s goal is to make it cheaper and more energy efficient to power the world’s Internet.

Facebook launched the initiative in April 2011 as a pledge to share custom data center designs, and scale computing infrastructure in the most efficient and economical way possible. At the fourth Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. today, executives at companies like Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace pooled together their knowledge and resources. They also announced hardware designs, new jobs, and upcoming partnerships...

The Risks and Benefits of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Technorati. Author: Adi Gaskell.

The following is an interview with Joseph Corrigan, Partner at Posternak Blankstein & Lund in Boston on the benefits and risks of using cloud computing in your business.

How do you use cloud computing in your business, and what are the advantages of using it?

We are currently use a cloud service provider to back-up our data periodically throughout the day as well for our disaster recovery needs. The advantage of cloud computing for this service is that backing up data used to be a time consuming and expensive process, where tapes were utilized to back up data on a daily basis, and it was expensive to maintain the equipment necessary restore the data contained on the back-up tapes...

Second Century Ventures Brings Cloud Computing to Realtors

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The National Association of Realtors®' venture capital fund Second Century Ventures has become a strategic investor in Symform, a revolutionary, distributed cloud backup service. "Second Century Ventures was created to help develop and deliver real estate industry technologies to Realtors® so they can best serve their clients and customers," said Dale Stinton, SCV president and NAR chief executive officer. "This investment in Symform will give Realtors® access to electronic data management resources they can use to organize and protect the information of home buyers, sellers and investors in the real estate transaction."

Unlike traditional data center storage, the Symform Cloud Storage Network encrypts, shreds and globally distributes data. This technology provides a secure and high-performing cloud backup system. Customers join the Symform network by contributing excess local drive space and, in exchange, receive free cloud backup...

Cloud Computing: 2012 Industry Perspectives

Grazed from TelecomReseller. Author: Ali Din.

2012 was the year cloud computing took off and went mainstream. Some startups recorded exceptional growth, and won numerous awards and recognition. But for some service providers, 2012 was a pretty tough year with a number of outages, affecting millions of users and some even causing permanent data loss to its customers. Still, this didn’t put a damper on the acquisition spree we saw during 2012 as cloud computing’s value continued to shine. Let’s look at what were the key developments and challenges for enterprise cloud computing in 2012.

The evolution of the cloud was much greater than what was expected. Cloud computing helped IT in many organizations become more dynamic – spending grew to over $109 billion, up 20% over the previous year. And that’s not all. Gartner predicts that the total outlay for cloud computing services could nearly double, to $207 billion, by 2016. , It appears that installing-and-upgrading software and infrastructure is becoming less popular by the day...

Dell releases new cloud computing platform for retail sector

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

The new platform will allow retailers to manage inventory systems in the cloud. Dell has released Cloud Client Computing for retail, the firm's first end-to-end cloud application to help retailers move to an in-store cloud environment. According to the firm, the new platform will allow retailers to simplify store system hardware by centrally hosting and managing complex point-of-sale (POS) and inventory systems within the store or in the cloud.

Dell retail industry practice lead, Mike Adams, said that currently most retailers have had to bring together products and services from multiple vendors in order to address cloud solutions and virtualisation in their store environment. "As a result of our recent acquisitions that include Wyse, SonicWALL and Quest, Dell is able to provide an end-to-end solution that has been tested and optimized for retail's unique environment," Adams said...