Cloud Adoption

Oracle Cloud Success Triggers Oracle-Derangement Syndrome

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Bob Evans.

A strong case can be made that Oracle has the widest, deepest, and most-modern set of cloud-computing solutions in the world. More than 10,000 paying customers are using the Oracle Cloud, and that extends out to 25,000,000 million individual users. Can any other IT vendor that claims to be a serious cloud-computing player—IBM, SAP, Salesforce.com, Amazon.com, etc.—match Oracle’s offering across not only cloud applications but also cloud infrastructure and cloud platforms?

Here’s a quick quiz:

  • Public cloud, private clouds, and hybrid clouds: how many companies other than Oracle offer that full range of cloud deployment models?
  • Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service: how many companies other than Oracle offer that full range of cloud services?...

Today's cloud contracts are driving away enterprise adoption

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Cloud computing has a growing problem: Many providers haven't built contract negotiations into their customer on-boarding processes. Instead, they offer "take it or leave it" contracts that protect the provider from everything, transferring all responsibility, liability, and risk to the businesses using the cloud services. Small and medium-sized businesses have accepted such contracts because they can't afford the lawyers to second-guess them. But large businesses have lawyers, and they aren't about to enter into such one-sided contracts.

That reality could inhibit cloud adoption, unless cloud providers get realistic about these contract issues. As Computerworld recently reported, large businesses have already started pushing back on cloud providers about these contracts. Today, cloud providers typically offer contracts that look more like they came from iTunes than a provider to IT. They're designed like all those consumer contracts that users simply click through until they find the Accept button. That won't fly in large businesses, which have stricter guidelines around managing liability, so enterprises will try to negotiate these contracts...

5 areas CIOs must examine before moving to the cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Vijay Sethi.

Cloud computing is about delivering massively scalable IT-enabled capabilities, as service to external customers using Internet technologies. Instead of saying that Cloud computing is a hyped tech-trend, I will say it is a buzz word today and still many service providers actually interchangeably use SaaS and Cloud Computing in their discussions.

Not all SaaS solutions leverage cloud-based computing and cloud computing is not another term for SaaS. In fact it is a broad technological concept where some types of SaaS offerings could qualify for to be included under cloud computing. That is, if the IT application being delivered under SaaS concept is one which is highly scalable; it could qualify for being considered as a cloud computing application...

The State of Cloud Computing Around the World: Canada

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Xath Cruz.

Cloud Computing is taking off in various parts of the globe, partly because companies are now realizing the great potential of cloud computing technology when it comes to cost efficiency, productivity, agility, and operational flexibility. However, Canadian companies seem to be lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to the adoption of this newly matured technology.

Canada’s Slow Adoption of the Cloud

The chief reasons why Canadian companies are slow to adopt cloud technology despite its maturity is due to security and privacy concerns. Canada has extremely stringent data privacy laws, and many Canadian companies are still waiting for the provincial and federal governments to standardize and update the policies in order to accommodate the cloud. With the Canadian government’s lack of clear policies on data privacy and their effects on the cloud, companies will not be willing to risk possible legal troubles regarding cloud use...

Ask the Experts: How can cloud computing help folks on the go?

Grazed from NewsObserver. Author: Deanna Gibbs Lanier.

How can cloud computing help entrepreneurs on the go? Or small businesses with employees who spend most of their time on the road, and need access to company information anywhere, any time? Shop Talk put those questions to Deanna Gibbs Lanier, director in advisory for KPMG LLP, an audit, tax and advisory services firm with 87 offices, including Raleigh. Lanier helps clients see what it means to conduct business “in the cloud” – accessing emails, documents and applications through a combination of the Internet, plus hardware and software as a service.

Some firms find cloud computing to be a less expensive alternative to the traditional software licensing model, where companies are contracted to pay for a set number of users — even if that number shrinks over time. Cloud computing allows companies to add or decrease users as they go, and pay only for what they use, Lanier said. Some cloud models for small offices can start as low as $7 per user, per month, she said...

Don't Lose Money in the Clouds

Grazed from Fox Business. Author: Donna Fuscaldo.

Small businesses are adopting cloud computing to save money, but it could end up costing them. According to a recent survey by Symantec, enterprises and small businesses are embracing cloud computing at a fast clip, but at the same time are experiencing escalated costs due to things like rogue cloud use, complex backup and recovery and inefficient cloud storage.

“Because it’s so easy to setup … there’s rouge deployments of cloud services,” says Tom Powledge, Symantec's vice president of product delivery for SMB and Symantec .cloud. "Employees inside companies are using various cloud services on their own without checking in with IT administrators.”...

Is Cloud Computing On Course to Becoming a $100 Billion Market?

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Jeremy Geelan.

"Cloud computing’s not a panacea and it’s not the ideal solution for every business situation," wrote Oracle SVP Bob Evans recently in Forbes, "but at the same time, it’s no longer some nebulous (pardon me) theory whose risk is high and whose potential benefits are impossible to quantify."

Evans was commenting on the state of the infrastructure industry in response to a report by McKinsey consultants James Kaplan, Chris Rezek, and Kara Sprague in which they suggested that the recent IDC saying spending on third-party-managed and public-cloud environments will surpass $70 billion in 2015 might significantly under-estimate the true size of the market...

Cloud computing survey. Questions and Answers.

Grazed from Lexology.  Author: John P. Beardwood.

In the closing months of last year we conducted a survey of our clients as to their views on the benefits and risks of cloud computing.  Admittedly, conducting surveys of IT professionals and business executives regarding their views on cloud computing has been somewhat of a growth industry over the past two years.

However, our survey was notably different in that most of the respondents were either in-house counsel or in risk management positions wherein they are responsible for retaining counsel, rather than business executives or IT professionals.  As a result, the survey has provided a valuable cross-section of those critical personnel's views as to the risks and benefits of cloud computing...

Up-and-comers pushing cloud stalwarts to diversify

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Brandon Butler.

Leading cloud computing vendors are diversifying into new product and service areas, as well as expanding into new geographic territories in an effort to stave off up-and-comers, according to new research.  The moves reflect a maturation of the cloud computing industry, which Technology Business Research (TBR) analysts say is a transitioning from vendors differentiating by their technology offerings to separating themselves via business strategies, such as which new markets to enter.

Stalwarts of this developing industry have begun spreading into new service areas in an effort to extend their reach into the enterprise. Salesforce.com, for example, has broadened beyond just sales management tools and into application development; Amazon Web Services (AWS) has moved from being a virtual machine rental service to hosting entire databases in its cloud. Meanwhile, hosting providers are looking to South America and Latin America, as well as Asia and Pacific nations, to expand their reach...

The delusions that companies have about the cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Dave Girouard.

In the years that I led the Google Apps team, I heard every imaginable objection to cloud computing. Back in 2007, perhaps, those arguments may have had more merit, given the immaturity of most services and limited track record of the providers.

But over time, it became clear to me that those who rejected cloud computing (typically in favor of that unicorn of technology: the private cloud) were experiencing a form of insanity that, if left untreated, would put the very existence of their companies at risk...