Cloud Adoption

Legal Concerns over Cloud Computing

Grazed from Backup-Technology. Author: Editorial Staff.

A recent Backup Technology blog briefly touched upon the legal concerns that many businesses have when considering a move to the cloud. This post looks to explore those concerns further. Many of the concerns relate to the lack of regulation in cloud computing, which often makes some larger corporations fearful in case something goes wrong with the service. Although cloud computing is picking up momentum, it is yet to be taken up on a large scale by big corporations, who still prefer to use hardware. Two of the reasons that many big corporations give for not moving more of their IT to the cloud is the concerns over responsibility for the service provided and data security. Understandably, lawyers of big corporations are concerned that when things do go belly up, they will not be able to hold the cloud provider responsible, and even more worryingly they may in fact be liable themselves. This is a major stumbling block for many large corporations who would otherwise be quite keen to make a push to the cloud.

There are many calling for tighter regulation of the cloud computing industry, as well as a change to legislation that is better suited to the cloud. As things stand, US law does not empower prosecutors to hold cloud providers accountable for criminal activity facilitated by the cloud. This is not to say that the cloud provider itself did anything illegal, but simply allowed crime to occur by hosting a service for the criminal organisation...

Is Cloud Computing Killing Open Source Software

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Luchi Gabriel Manescu.

The best thing about open source software systems has always been the fact that it is freely available and any programmer or company can use it to develop its own version of that software. For the longest time they have been the best solution for people willing to go outside the box in order to get the best results in their respective IT departments. Of course these systems have never been without profit and it came from two sources that are now getting to be absolute because of the emergence of cloud computing and the level of affordability most of its components come from.

The way open source software systems have worked so far has been through selling license agreements. Any company could take a software system like MySQL incorporate it in their own product and then they would either have the choice of getting an open source license or buy a commercial license from MySQL, in this case. However because of the cloud is not actually selling software systems but only time on those systems companies like Amazon, who has developed their Amazon RDS based on MySQL do not have to pay them any licensee fee. The end users get exactly what they needed and are willing to pay for it and cloud service providers like Amazon do not need to pay any fee in licensing...

Cloud computing in 2013: Two warnings

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

These days, I get email after email from anyone and everyone who has predictions for cloud computing in 2013. I've started to delete them without reading any. Why? They all say very obvious and simplistic things around an industry that is very nonobvious and very complex, if you peel back the layers. Worst of all, because most of the predictions come from technology vendors, their forecasts are annoyingly positive.

This is not to say that cloud computing won't have high growth and high energy in 2013 -- it will. However, not everything will be so rosy, and understanding the negative predictions is important for anyone adopting cloud computing. In the spirit of constructive realism, here are my two tragic cloud computing predictions for 2013...

Data sovereignty and security issues with the Cloud will be overcome in 2013: NetSuite

Grazed from ARN. Author: Patrick Budmar.

If NetSuite APAC managing director, Mark Troselj, were to sum up 2012, it was a year centred on the Cloud. And this is expected to continue well into next year. Or more accurately, the accelerated adoption of Cloud computing by multi-billion dollar enterprise companies, locally and globally. “We're already seeing this,” Troselj said, “and expect it to happen more in 2013.”

For Troselj, seeing major enterprises like the Commonwealth Bank of Australia openly declaring this year that Cloud computing saves it millions of dollars was proof of this. “Not to mention the bank denouncing traditional excuses for not adopting the cloud as ‘rubbish,’” he said...

DOE, National Labs Reveal Sweeping Cloud Strategy

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: J. Nicholas Hoover.

The Department of Energy and its national laboratories released a wide-ranging cloud computing strategy and overview that for the first time pulls together the disparate cloud computing efforts of the agency's 22 national laboratories. The strategy largely leaves in place the agency's hands-off approach to information technology at the national labs in what it calls a "cloud of clouds approach": A small set of centralized Department of Energy initiatives will guide the numerous cloud computing efforts at the independently-operated national labs.

Thus far, that hands-off approach has led to significant innovation at the labs. The strategy highlights a number of cloud computing initiatives and efforts at the national labs that range widely from the basic to the innovative, from infrastructure-as-a-service to Google Apps to virtual desktop infrastructures. Among them:...

The Tech World Discovers New Species: The Cloud Architect

Grazed from Wired. Author: Cade Metz.

“I’m a cloud architect,” says Carl Perry, and there’s not even a hint of irony. His business card says the same thing. Perry works for a Los Angeles outfit called DreamHost. The company began life in 1997 as a four-person operation that would set up and host websites for anybody who needed one, but like many web hosts, it has evolved into something a bit different. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, it’s now offering what are commonly known as cloud services — internet services that give you instant access to computing power.

With these services — named after Amazon’s seminal Elastic Compute Cloud — you can set up and host a website all on your own. Or fire up any other software application. Or store virtually unlimited amounts of data...

The Future Decision Makers In The Cloud

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Don Cleveland.

Could the reign of the IT department over cloud computing business decisions be coming to an end? Writing for ZD Net, Sam Shead reported on a survey that demonstrated a dramatic changing of the guard when it comes to decisions about implementing cloud technologies. Rather than leaders in the IT department, executives are taking charge of critical decisions involving the cloud signaling both the importance of cloud technology and up coming changes in the way this medium will be managed.

The report, issued by Capgemini, covers responses from 460 companies worldwide and provides evidence that a shift is taking place from the IT department to executives without IT experience. Citing the UK as one example, the report states that more times than not, business executives are the key decision makers when it comes to the cloud...

The Cloud: No Longer Distrusted and Misunderstood

Grazed from eCommerce Times. Author: Dana Gardner.

"If you look back to 2011, 10 percent of the survey respondents would have said that the cloud is just too risky, and they gave many reasons last year. This year, we're down to 3 percent. So that's a significant drop, said Michael Skok, partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. "I'd argue that 3 percent says that you're at a point where people are beginning to understand cloud better."

A recent survey on cloud computing explored the business growth opportunities for buyers and consumers of cloud services alike, and its findings about confidence are surprising. Businesses are experimenting with the technologies and services that are available. The multi-year annual survey on the cloud market provides a springboard to examine some of the implications for where the growth opportunities and inhibitors may be...

Cloud: security threat or solution?

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Warwick Ashford.

Security continues to hinder organisations in adopting cloud computing, at least for mission-critical or sensitive data applications. Concerns about sensitive data sitting on infrastructure shared with competitors continue to linger, but the power of cloud computing is now being put forward as an effective way of dealing with increasingly dynamic and advanced threats.

Some security suppliers are even looking at cloud computing to give them the competitive edge in detecting and mitigating previously unknown threats in near real time. So can cloud computing tackle new and emerging cyber threats, or is this just a new round of security industry marketing hype?...

7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense

Grazed from Forbed. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Every year at this time, analysts, prognosticators and pundits alike try to size up the year ahead in technology. And — no surprise — cloud computing is this year’s hottest topic. Cloud is already a force to be reckoned with on the business technology scene — IT executives, vendors and analysts alike are trying to keep up to determine what it all really means and where it is taking us.

To that end, I culled analysts’ prediction lists for 2013 and identified some practical predictions that are likely to come to pass, if they haven’t done so already. Here are some of the predictions that really make sense:...