Cloud Adoption

The ABCs of Cloud Computing

Grazed from the Huffington Post. Author: Steve Hamby.

You can't engage in a conversation about IT today without hearing having cloud computing dropped in the first two sentences. But behind that term is an overwhelming number of types, issues, solutions, and architectures to consider and digest. The world could benefit from a translation of sorts to explain to the cloud non-experts all this IT mumbo-jumbo. Here's my attempt.

Multiple Cloud Types

It's common to envision "the Cloud" as one huge computer network hoarding gobs of information. However, there are many clouds and even different types of clouds, each suitable for different types of problems. Specific features and benefits of cloud types should affect decisions in developing and deploying cloud solutions. And sometimes one cloud type isn't enough, and multiple cloud types need to be combined to solve a problem. For example, a utility cloud often provides the core computing resources needed for data and storage clouds. Here is a closer look at four of the most common types of clouds that I encounter in enterprises...

Synchronizing The Cloud: The Rise Of HTML5 And WebDesktop Platforms

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

The new kid on the block is a rather interesting one known as personal cloud computing. It is a contradictory statement because as it allows one to cultivate individual freedom with one’s device, it also taps into a plethora of public resources in remote servers. In other words, while it helps to personalize individual pleasures, it uses multi-device networking as the stepping stone.

The WebDesktop is a classic example of this platform: it allows users to manage software functions online and offline without having to set up any programs. It also helps to synchronize apps in computers and stats in cell phones devoid of any brand restrictions because they are all open source. Need one say that it helps to run simultaneous gadgets on the desktop because unlimited space is on the web? That marks it public face. The personal face lies in the simple fact that it synchronizes all functions that an individual with an affinity for infotainment would require without buying expensive equipment. One can play live games, trade in futures, network and do virtually everything that personality can allow...

How to get your first cloud computing job

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Cloud computing is expanding rapidly, with an accompanying need for for cloud computing "experts" to make this technology work. That translates into many new jobs chasing very few qualified candidates. At the same time, many IT professionals are attempting to figure out how they can cash in on the cloud.

Most of the cloud jobs to be found these days require deep knowledge around a particular technology, such as Amazon Web Services, OpenStack,, or Azure. This is typically due to the fact that the company has standardized on a cloud technology. I call these jobs cloud technology specialists, in that they focus on a specific cloud technology: development, implementation, management, and so on...

The Greening of the Cloud

Grazed from IEEE TechTalk. Author: Tekla Perry.

An abundance of cheap, renewable energy, particularly hydropower and geothermal, has drawn aluminum smelters to Iceland. It's become an industry that already consumes five times as much electricity as the country’s residents, and more aluminum plants are on the drawing board—raising concerns about how much the country’s economy is relying on one industry.

Meanwhile, there is another fast-growing, power-hungry industry in the world: cloud computing and storage. “The cloud” seems so light and fluffy, but building a cloud involves huge clunky buildings full of servers. Just one of these server farms, according to an April report by Greenpeace, can consume the energy equivalent of 180 000 homes. The companies that run them do their best to be efficient, because high energy costs hurt profits—and also, in some cases at least, because of a corporate commitment to the environment. The April Greenpeace report praised Yahoo and Google for “prioritizing access to renewable energy in their cloud expansion” but criticized Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft for rapidly expanding their clouds “without adequate regard to source of electricity,” relying “heavily on dirty energy.”...

Exclusive: Comcast casts its lot with OpenStack

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

The nation’s biggest broadband and cable provider is joining the OpenStack Foundation, just in time for it’s big coming out party in San Diego next week. Comcast is also working with Cisco on applications that can build on that open-source infrastructure.

Updated: Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, is now aboard the OpenStack cloud effort having joined the OpenStack Foundation as a member, a Comcast spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday. That’s a big win for for OpenStack before the Foundation’s big coming out party at the OpenStack Summit next week in San Diego...

Prediction: Could the Cloud Expand Human Brain Capacity?

Grazed from HotHardware. Author: Seth Colaner.

You have to love the ideas that spill forth from a good futurist such as Ray Kurzweil, who recently remarked at an event that the cloud is potentially capable of expanding human brain capacity. The “cloud” is a computing revolution (or evolution, or devolution, depending on who you ask) wherein data, programs, and more are decentralized from the machine sitting in front of you to a data farm at some remote location where everything is served up to users and accessed over the Internet. Or put another way, the cloud stores data--all of the data, really--which people can easily access with a computing device and an Internet connection.

Metaphorically, our brainpower has already been immensely expanded by the paradigm of remotely stored data that is easily accessible. Just take the search engine as an example; before the ability to search the Internet and it’s deep wealth of knowledge, the simplest bits of information were frustratingly elusive...

Doctor's orders: Healthcare in the cloud

Klickstein is certainly open to the idea of using the cloud, but so far CHA's IT investments, though working with management firm Egenera, have been around optimizing the IT infrastructure behind the company's firewall. The hospital has decreased the number of servers CHA uses through virtualization, and has automated as many processes as possible, including daily backups...

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Microsoft Betting BIG on Cloud with Windows 8 and Tablets

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Dave Einstein.

The upcoming Windows 8 launch will cost a staggering amount. Microsoft, the driving force behind personal computing for 30 years, is betting its future on the cloud and tablet computing. And there are two schools of thought about the sanity of that bet.

The Windows 8 release date is October 26; the tech bellwether whose operating system runs most of the world’s PCs is tying its flag to mobile devices and cloud-based apps. In the process, it may be cutting the apron strings to the traditional PC, the device that Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said he wanted to put on every desktop...

Cloud Computing: BSA Relaunching With Broader Focus

Grazed from The National Journal. Author: Juliana Gruenwald.

After 24 years, the Business Software Alliance is rebranding itself as BSA, the Software Alliance with a renewed focus on combating piracy and promoting cloud computing. The group formally unveiled its new look and focus Thursday. Along with the new name, the group will sharpen its focus on three main areas: combating piracy, opening global markets by fighting trade barriers, and advancing cloud computing.

When the group was first launched more than two decades ago, it was aimed at promoting the interests of the business software market. Since then, the distinctions between business and consumer software have largely disappeared, BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said in an interview Wednesday...

How To Protect Personal Data in the Cloud

Grazed from Author: Florence de Borja.

A term most internet enthusiasts are aware of, the cloud provides huge storage capacity hosted remotely in data centers found anywhere in the world and can be accessed through a stable internet connection using different devices such as a laptop or a mobile phone. This relatively new technology has greatly evolved into a public cloud and a private cloud.

Cloud computing services are offered by various providers in various forms. According to technology research company Gartner Inc., cloud computing will grow tremendously and the personal cloud will soon be the focus of each individual who has a cyberlife. Cloud computing provides not only reliability but convenience as well. A person can access personal data anywhere as long as there is stable internet connection. Today, cloud computing also provides an innovative way to backup data without fear of losing data due to hardware failure...