Cloud Adoption

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...

BetterCloud Raises $5 Million for Google Apps Cloud Management Tools

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Google Apps developer BetterCloud, which launched into the Google Apps Marketplace about six months ago, has received $5 million in financing to develop better cloud management and security tools for Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Apps users.

The round of financing was led by Flybridge Capital Partners, but also included Greycroft Partners and TriBeCa Venture Partners, as well as continued support from existing investors Bear Creek Capital and BLH Venture Partners. BetterCloud plans to use the cash to develop stronger cloud management and security tools while also accelerating the adoption of cloud services. That's according to the company, which so far has raised a total of $7.2 million in financing...

Small businesses have no choice but to use the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I always pay attention to business publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, when they write about cloud computing. Their writing is very reflective of how business sees this technology and will ultimately play a part in the success of cloud computing.

Recently, the Journal wrote: "For many small businesses that have used the cloud for a few years, the experience has largely been positive, but not without drawbacks. Cloud services run by companies like Google, Amazon.com, Microsoft Corp., and Dell attract entrepreneurs because of their convenience and low startup costs. But some customers complain about security measures and entrepreneurs' lack of control over data."...

China cloud computing roundup: Supercomputers and newbuilds

Grazed from DataCenterDynamics. Author: Laura Luo.

The Wuyuan Cloud Computing Data Center Project has been launched, marking China’s first county-level cloud computing data center landing in Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province. With a total investment of 500m CNY, the data center will be constructed by Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), a branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in South China.

It is planned to break ground this January and be completed in June next year. The data center will have a computing speed of 300 trillion times/second, with its storage capacity reaching PB level upon completion. It is said that it will become the largest headquarter data center and supercomputer data center of the Chinese Academy of Science in East China, providing supercomputing and storage services for many industries including banking and education and provincial governments of Jiangxi, Hubei and Anhui...

Public Still Hazy on Cloud Computing, Survey Finds

Grazed from PingZine. Author: Editorial Staff.

As Cloud computing continues to take the business world by storm, new research has found that the public’s understanding of ‘the Cloud’ is still poor, some five years after the term became widely used in the IT industry. A new survey from Webfusion – one of the UK’s biggest hosting groups, polled more than 1,000 of the general public to gauge their understanding of what the Cloud meant in the context of computing. The research found that almost two in five (38 per cent) said that they had little or no understanding of the term, while only a third (34 per cent) said they were confident that they knew what it meant.

Although the poll found that ‘cloudy’ applications such as file hosting services similar to Dropbox, email services like Hotmail or Gmail, or online music hosting such as iTunes were each seen as cloud services by around 30 per cent of the population, a similar proportion did not recognize these to be Cloud. A much smaller proportion (15.7 per cent) said that scalable hosting across multiple servers counted as a cloud service...

Gartner Cloud Computing Magic Quadrant Pits AWS Against the World

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant is, perhaps, the most renowned artifact in the technology analyst industry. It is controversial, to be sure, with many criticizing it as superficial, too high-level and even reflective more of vendor business relationships with Gartner than true technical and market superiority.

I'm not necessarily convinced of those negative aspects of the Magic Quadrant. Issues notwithstanding, it's obvious from everyone's behavior that being in or out of the MQ is extremely important to vendors. They track who's in (and out), trumpet inclusion when it occurs and assess their strategy and technology plans in light of potential MQ inclusion. Certainly, vendors who achieve the coveted Magic Quadrant inclusion—even if privately they denigrate its importance—shout about it from the rooftops...

Cashing in on Cloud Computing

Grazed from TheBull.   Author: Bob Kohut.

Cloud computing was declared the 'next big thing' almost a decade ago - and the following revenue chart from IT market research firm the Yankee Group suggests the pundits were on the money.

A “cloud” relies on an outside source to undertake computing tasks.  A good example is Google Maps and Google Earth; these software applications located on Google servers and accessed via the internet, replace the need to buy individual mapping software for personal computers. Dropbox - a file sharing application that lets you store and update files from multiple devices - is Cloud computing at its simplest...