Cloud Adoption

Beware: 7 Sins of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Wired. Author: Jake Gardner.

Why seven? Why not?! While none of these problem areas align with the so-called deadly sins, the reality is that each represents a real challenge that can arise in many organizations, whether enterprises or SMBs, when it comes to implementing and maintaining a cloud architecture. These are universal challenges. While each is not an ultimate, insurmountable hurdle to adoption, thinking about how each of these is wrong, or at least misguided, is a smart way to navigate toward successful cloud strategy and implementation.

1. Organizational ignorance: Cloud is a hot concept for many businesses. In the last year, the emphasis on cloud computing as the go-to solution for infrastructure needs has propelled it to the forefront of the IT discussion, with many believing it will eventually become the way IT operates at a baseline...

Sorry, Larry, But Oracle's Cloud BS Is Wearing Thin

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Antone Gonsalves.

Ruthless competitiveness is what Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison uses to win in business. So no one should be surprised that how he defines the cloud depends on what's needed at the time. Inevitably, this sometimes shows the emperor has no clothes, or at least is down to his Armani skivvies.

While something in Oracle's massive portfolio may fit the industry definition of a cloud service, it is not the company's new integrated hardware and software bundle that's meant to provide the infrastructure for private clouds, according to David Linthicum, chief technology officer and co-founder of cloud consultancy Blue Mountain Labs. What Oracle is really selling, or in this case renting, is preconfigured application servers for the data center. "Now we know how Oracle is addressing this shift in the market: by renting its stuff and calling it a cloud," Linthicum says...

New survey charts disparity between US and UK firms in cloud take-up

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

A "fragmented" legal framework, the "attitude" of regulators and a naturally cautious approach to security issues are among the reasons why UK businesses have made less use of cloud computing than US counterparts, according to experts.

IT law and cloud computing specialists Charles Park and Christopher Mann of Pinsent Masons said that EU financial services rules also present a sizeable regulatory barrier to businesses in that sector that are looking to utilise the cloud. A survey by Redwood Software, of 100 UK and 200 US senior IT decision makers at a range of companies with more than 1,000 employees, has revealed that 58% of US businesses use cloud computing for "private data storage" purposes compared to just 35% of UK firms...

Boosting presence of EU-based cloud providers would improve business take-up of cloud services

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said that businesses and individuals would be more likely to utilise cloud computing (CC) if their "trust" in the technology grew. It said that there is inherently less trust in using non-EU providers of cloud services and encouraged the Commission to take measures, such as enabling the use of "subsidies", to encourage EU-based cloud suppliers to emerge and improve trust levels.

The EESC said that there is currently a "dependency" on non-European companies providing cloud services to EU citizens because some existing EU-based providers lack the "same level of global visibility and influence" as Amazon, Microsoft and Google and are therefore "unable to compete" with those US firms...

There is a silver lining to cloud computing despite challenges

Grazed from DailyNation. Author: Esmond Shahonya.

In April 2011, a major failure in Amazon Cloud services brought down thousands of company websites that had rented storage space in the Internet firm. That exposed the risks of cloud computing to enterprises, especially for those that fail to invest in back-up systems.

Locally, Safaricom has faced some challenges of hosting M-Pesa servers in an off-shore cloud computing matrix. The trouble has been that whenever there is a problem on the host in Germany, the service is adversely hit. Last year, it was characterised with outages that reflected on the bleak reality of cloud computing...

CIOs say cloud computing is really, truly a priority this time

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

In a recent survey of 2,000 CIOs, a Gartner report revealed that the execs' top tech priorities for 2013 include cloud computing in general, as well as its specific types: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). No surprise there. Of course, every year since 2008 has been deemed the "year of the cloud." Yes, small cloud projects exist and Amazon Web Services did not get to be a billion-dollar company due to a lack of interest. However, the adoption has been slow if steady. It isn't exploding, as everyone has predicted for each year.

At least CIOs finally get it: Either figure out a way to leverage cloud technology, or get into real estate. Although this technology is still emerging, the value of at least putting together a plan and a few projects has been there for years. The business cases have always existed...

How IT pros can control their private cloud computing destiny

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Lynn Haber.

Private cloud computing makes sense for some, but not all, organizations. Companies with security and privacy concerns, for example -- particularly concerns that relate to sensitive workloads or government regulatory and/or compliance requirements -- are candidates for private clouds.

At the same time, there's an assumption that large organizations with a reasonably sized IT estate, many existing business applications and the need to routinely build new applications are suited for private clouds. For these organizations, private clouds can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enable a higher-quality delivery of services, thanks to automation and repeatability...

Toxic Cloud Computing, and How Open Source Can Help

Grazed from ComputerWorld UK. Author: Glyn Moody.

There are so many parts to the institutions running the European Union that it's easy to lose sight of them all and their varied activities. For example, one of the lesser-known European Parliament bodies is the Directorate-General for Internal Policies. You might expect the studies that it commissions to be deadly dull, but some turn out to be not just highly interesting but hugely important.

One such is the new report "Fighting cyber crime and protecting privacy in the cloud" [.pdf]. Here's the basic background:

While cloud computing is not a new technology per se and has been developed and marketed primarily for profit-driven purposes, the growing reliance on its infrastructures and services poses a series of challenges for EU strategies and policies. This study addresses these challenges, examining the current EU framework in the field and highlighting the legal aspects in relation to the right to data protection, the issue of jurisdiction, responsibility and the regulation of data transfers to third countries...

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.”...