Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: Amazon offers faster, more flexible database IOPs

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Amazon Web Services is adding a flexible IOPS storage option to its Relational Database Service. People setting up new MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server instances can take advantage of the new option now. Later, they can move legacy instances over.

Not all database workloads are created equal. Some high-priority jobs require faster storage input/output operations per second than others. Now Amazon is acknowledging that fact with new provisioned IOPs for its Relational Database Servoce database services...

Clarifying the Cloud

Grazed from CRN. Author: Tony Jimenez.

Cloud is one of the biggest trends in IT today… that is no surprise to many. Gartner projects that the worldwide Cloud Solutions Market will be more than $148.8 billion by 2014. Surprisingly, however, only two things really seem certain.

First, despite the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) formal definition for government, it appears there is no common use of the term “cloud” in the market. In fact, it seems that cloud” is one of the most abused terms in the IT arena today. It is now used to reference almost everything IT! The Global Language Monitor named it as one of the two most confusing tech buzzwords so far this decade, along with “big data.”

Second, although everyone is “talking” about cloud computing, organizations are actually just now moving beyond the low hanging fruit of cloud: software as a service (SaaS). So, the real challenge is…“To Cloud or Not to Cloud!”...

Cloud Computing: Rometty to succeed Palmisano as IBM chairman

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

In the latest phase of a well-organized succession plan at IBM, Virginia Rometty will become chairman of the IT giant on October 1. Sam Palmisano will stay on as advisor until December 1, the company said. It’s not unexpected but it’s still worth noting — IBM CEO Virginia “Ginny” Rometty will succeed Sam Palmisano as chairman of the computing and services giant on October 1. Palmisano will stay on as a senior advisor until his retirement date of December 1, 2012, IBM announced late Tuesday afternoon.

Last October, IBM tapped Rometty, who is 55 years old, as its first female CEO and ninth CEO overall. She officially took the reins as president and CEO and became a director on January 1, 2012. Rometty, who started at the company as a systems engineer in 1981 and worked her way up the ranks...

IBM Targets Amazon in the Cloud

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Spencer E. Ante.

International Business Machines Corp. is taking aim at a market where the technology goliath is more like the new kid on the block. In a shift for a company that typically deals with the world's largest corporations and governments, IBM will ramp up its efforts to sell so-called cloud computing services to midsize businesses.

The Armonk, N.Y.-based company has lined up partners to resell its services and is helping software companies adapt their products to IBM's machines. The move, to be disclosed on Wednesday, puts it in more direct competition with Amazon.com Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. Both have been successful...

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5 Ways Cloud Computing is Disrupting Everyone's Job

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

A few months back, IDC released a study, underwritten by Microsoft, that predicted cloud computing would eventually add about 14 million jobs to the global economy. Of course, those are direct jobs cited in the study, such as developers. Of even greater significance are the jobs indirectly affected by cloud. Essentially, we could be talking about every job in every organization that will either be enhanced or diminished with the arrival of cloud. But no matter how you look at it, cloud will be part of many job descriptions to be written over the next few years.

Ironically, as cloud sweeps through with new ways of running businesses, we’ll be calling it “cloud” less and less. It will simply be the way information is delivered and processed, without the need to think whether it comes from an outside service or from internal systems. Here are five key ways cloud computing is reshaping the way business is conducted:...

One cloud to rule them all? Not likely

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Paul Miller.

The cloud computing market continues to explode. It will expand nearly six-fold by 2020, making it one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet: Forrester last year predicted market growth to $241 billion by the end of the decade, from $41 billion.

With healthy competition between incumbents and ambitious startups, it’s unlikely any single player will dominate for the foreseeable future. And yet, the hype blitz around big vendor showcase events is almost enough to persuade us they really do sell everything we’ll ever need...

Cloud computing tips and tricks -- by the numbers

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Caitlin White.

Whether it's for the grocery store or for your cloud computing project, a list will keep you focused. Fortunately, SearchCloudComputing.com has done some legwork for you and created a countdown of our most helpful cloud adoption lists.

So whether you're migrating virtual machines to the cloud, trying to avoid common cloud computing mistakes or shifting to the next stage of your private cloud build, you can consult these lists for quick answers. We can't remind you to pick up milk on the way home from work, but we can remind you what not to do in the cloud...

Cloud Computing Looms over Technology Hiring Demand

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

In August, more than 10,000 jobs were advertised online for technology positions that need experience and knowledge of cloud computing in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Cloud computing has been a growing skill as more companies move data to virtual servers and there is a need for talent to develop, manage, and secure the flow of information online. The number of job ads increased rapidly in 2012, reaching new highs in demand each month and is now up 80% since August 2011.

The most commonly advertised job titles for IT talent with cloud computing skills are:...

IT industry in vital need of cloud computing security standards

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Rosalie Marshall.

The lack of industry-wide security standards is slowing business adoption of cloud services, according to cloud computing firm Mimecast. Speaking at the V3 Security Summit, Mimecast chief scientist Nathaniel Borenstein said often businesses will not move to the cloud if they are unsure about which providers to trust when it comes to security.

He renewed previous calls he has made for industry standards that will allow businesses to properly evaluate cloud providers. "All clouds are not created equally. The decision about who to trust is absolutely critical. There's a lack of evaluators telling you who to trust," said Borenstein...

Which Cloud Model is Right for Your Company?

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge. Author: Jim Thompson.

Cloud computing can mean many different things depending on whom you speak with and what their experience has been thus far with the cloud. I think we would all agree about the significance cloud computing plays and that it will continue to positively impact us within the communications industry. It’s a fast-growing segment as noted by Altman Vilandre & Company, which reported worldwide revenues from cloud services are expected to reach $31 billion by 2013. In the U.S. alone, revenue could exceed $10 billion by 2014.

Knowledge is Power

Fully understanding what’s available and the differences in cloud models will help you optimally structure your IT environment and capitalize on the benefits, as well as plan for future growth. If you are an IT professional managing network and data resources in a data center environment, you will most likely have access to a variety of resources and tools to help you leverage the cloud for your company...