Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: Cox Considers Buying Business Services to Step Up AT&T Challenge

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Alex Sherman.

Cox Communications Inc. is considering acquisitions of business-services companies with annual revenue of about $200 million and could announce a deal in the next six months. The third-largest U.S. cable company is targeting telecommunications-services and cloud-computing companies as it seeks to increase its potential revenue base by 10 percent in 2013, Phil Meeks, senior vice president of Cox Business, said in an interview.

Atlanta-based Cox is also looking at partnerships and acquisitions of smaller companies, he said. U.S. cable companies are counting on faster-growing business services to buoy growth as residential video customers decrease...

Businesspeople Take Charge of Cloud Computing, But Still Depend on IT: Survey

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Cloud computing may represent the beginning of a shift of control of business technology away from information technology departments and into the hands of managers and professionals from other parts of the business. While a third of executives responding to a recent survey (32%) agree that the IT department is currently the main driver of cloud adoption, another 45% report that individual business units are ultimately responsible for cloud adoption strategies.

These are some of the findings from a new survey of 460 IT leaders and senior business managers conducted by Capgemini. However, just because cloud computing is in more of the hands of the business doesn’t mean it’s run as effectively as possible. For example, the board of directors is seen as both a driver (29%) and a blocker (28%) of cloud initiatives. This suggests that in many cases, “benefiting from the cloud is still being hindered by a lack of appropriate senior level understanding and commitment,” the report states. “It is safe to conclude that by now the benefits of the cloud are clear and widely understood.”...

Cloud Computing: Amazon's Vogels on 21st-century apps and "IT life events"

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

AWS CTO Werner Vogels and I sat down at the AWS re:Invent conference yesterday to talk about whether large companies are actually using the cloud to innovate through new styles of applications. Vogels says they are, and has plenty of examples to prove his point. Maybe big businesses really do understand cloud computing after all.

When I sat down with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference on Wednesday, we began the discussion by talking about applications designed to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer in terms of control, resiliency and programmability — what Vogels calls 21st-century architectures. It’s great in theory but, I asked, “Who’s actually building these apps?”...

Asian tech companies are eating HP, Dell and IBM's cloud lunch

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jack Clark.

Cloud computing is rearranging the datacentre infrastructure market: large server makers are seeing their dominance wane as competition grows from low-cost Asian manufacturers that sell directly to the clouds of Google, Amazon and others. HP, Dell and IBM are all struggling to ship servers due to competition from low-cost and specialist vendors, figures from Gartner shows.

The latest report by the analyst company on the worldwide server market was released on Wednesday. It paints a grim picture of the global datacentre market, with the market's overall revenues during the third quarter decreasing 2.8 percent year-on-year and overall shipments growing a measly 3.6 percent...

Hackers can steal cloud computing time

Grazed from GMANetwork. Author: Editorial Staff.

A vulnerability in cloud-based mobile browsers may allow hackers to steal cloud computing time from users of such apps in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, a tech site reported Thursday. Security researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon said the cloud resources that do the heavy lifting can be tricked into doing "other things," according to an article posted on PC World.

"(It) depends on how well-provisioned the cloud browser platform is, as well as how large of a job the attacker is executing. Cloud browsers operators who are monitoring resource use will definitely notice a spike in service use. However, reacting to BMR (Browser MapReduce technique) jobs requires the operator to build additional defenses into their framework," it quoted NCSU assistant professor William Enck, a co-author of the paper, as saying...

Amazon's cloud chief targets "old guard" tech giants

Grazed from Yahoo. Author: Alistair Barr. Inc's cloud computing division is going after big corporate customers, a new focus that will put the fast-growing unit into direct competition with some of the world's largest technology companies.

Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services or AWS, criticized the hefty profit margins of what he called "old guard" tech companies on Wednesday and unveiled a new data warehousing service that he said will cost about a tenth of existing solutions...

Nasa Jet Propulsion Lab bets big on cloud computing

Grazed from Author: Shaun Nichols.

Administrators with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are looking to cloud computing platforms to power the administration's next generation of projects. Speaking at the 2012 re:Invent conference, Nasa IT CTO Tom Soderstrom and software engineer Khawaja Shams said that the JPL staff are using cloud platforms to power, among other things, the Mars Curiosity rover mission.

The rover, which has already made a number of historical discoveries on the red planet, uses a number of computing and storage platforms from Amazon in order to communicate with the rover and process data gathered in the mission...

Integrating data for cloud and core apps: the task is to make it ‘suck less’

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Dean Takahashi.

Corporate interest in software-as-a-service apps continues to grow, particularly in the era of cloud computing. But integrating those apps with the data in core systems of a business isn’t easy. And a number of companies are working on how to make integration “suck less.”

That was the topic of discussion for a breakout session at VentureBeat’s CloudBeat 2012 conference today in Redwood City, Calif. The goal is to make data integration “lightweight,” or easy enough to be done in an automated way, said Sam Ramji (pictured second from right), vice president of strategy at Apigee, a company that sells its applications programming interface (API) platform to big corporations...

Churn risks rise when customers don't reap full benefits of the cloud

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Lynda Stadtmueller.

When customers only dabble in cloud services, they fail to realize the full benefits of the cloud. This isn't just a philosophical problem for providers; unmet expectations lead to customer dissatisfaction and a tarnished brand. In part one of this two-part tip, "If companies using cloud computing only dabble, providers may suffer," expert Lynda Stadtmueller outlined the challenges providers face from "cloud dabblers." In part two, she discusses how providers can prevent and mitigate these challenges.

The practice of "cloud dabbling" can be problematic for enterprises, since their first impression of cloud services is often dampened by unrealistic expectations for such noncommittal usage. In turn, the blowback that follows these disappointments and dashed hopes spells trouble for cloud providers as well...

Standardization of Cloud will be the Norm - CloudNOW 2013 Predictions

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Saroj Kar.

CloudNOW, a nonprofit worldwide association founded by Jocelyn DeGance Graham has given 2013 top predictions regarding cloud computing. CloudNOW is working for the overall professional development of women with a focus on using technology by providing forums and platform for networking, knowledge sharing, counseling, mentoring, and economic growth. The forecasts were authored by CloudNOW members and advisors Lori MacVittie, Jocelyn DeGance Graham, Bernard Golden, and Margaret Dawson.

According to the report, the cloud 2013 predictions include a particular focus on the cloud federation, large use of cloud stack, and greater control over cloud services and resources through enterprise class characteristics...