Cloud Adoption

Are Cloud Data Security Fears Overblown? A Sensible View.

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Emma Byrne.

Cloud computing is to the 21st century what electricity was to the 20th: It’s revolutionizing the way we do business.  But, as with any revolution, there will be an uncomfortable transition period. That’s because, for all the many benefits of cloud computing, there are also data security risks. As with all such transitions, the worst thing to do is sit on your hands, so it’s critical to properly understand the risks—but also to manage them effectively.

Naturally, risks are a part of life; it’s how you manage them that counts.

Part One: Emerging Concerns

Cloud computing is a rapidly growing business: Forrester Research predicts that the public cloud market will quadruple in size, from around $40 billion today to $160 billion by 2020. With big players like Amazon and Google in the Cloud Service Provision business, and organizations as diverse as Reddit and the City of Los Angeles using those services, cloud computing promises huge savings in cost and complexity...

Analyst Outlines How IT Organizations Will Control the Cloud

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Bernard Golden.

An intriguing report from Forrester Research, Cloud Keys an Era Of New IT Responsiveness and Efficiency, outlines how IT organizations will adopt and control cloud computing going forward. It presents a number of recommendations that every IT shop should take to heart.

The report breaks down into two areas:

While there is some sobering news-that application developers love cloud computing and have no plans to go back-there are also some practical solutions for Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) departments...

Dell World: Dell Updates Cloud Strategy

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Chris Talbot.

Dell's cloud computing business continues to grow, as the company unveiled at Dell World 2012 in Austin, Texas. With cloud revenue growing 30 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013, Dell announced plans to continue supporting open source cloud platform OpenStack while also committing to building both public and private clouds.

Dell bought into the OpenStack concept fairly early on, and according to the company, the open nature of the platform enables customers to take advantage of hybrid cloud capabilities to move workloads between private and public clouds. Dell also committed to building its own public and private clouds on OpenStack....

Cloud Computing: Glide Apps Coming To Windows, Android, iOS

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Thomas Claburn.

Being ahead of the curve can be as much of a problem as being behind it. New York-based TransMedia introduced its Glide Effortless service in late 2005. The cloud-based app, storage and collaboration service was one of the early efforts to recreate the desktop experience in a suite of Web applications.

Since then, Apple, Google and Microsoft have all introduced their own cloud storage, sharing and productivity services, leaving TransMedia to reposition its offerings in an effort to survive amid the giants. Glide Effortless became Glide OS and its focus has shifted from providing branded and white-label Web applications for cable operators, to social networking, to content sharing, and online storage...

Unconventional Cloud Predictions for 2013 - Executive Viewpoint 2013 Prediction from Adaptive Computing

Grazed from Virtual Strategy Magazine.  Author: Robert Clyde.

2013 will be an exciting year for cloud computing for all the obvious reasons: exponential growth, new technologies, greater understanding, etc. Rather than repeat the obvious, I would like to make three predictions that are perhaps a little more controversial, or at least less obvious:

Bare-metal Clouds Will Continue to Grow

We tend to think that virtualization is a requirement for cloud computing. This is not so. Many clouds, especially private clouds, utilize bare-metal hosts in addition to virtualized hosts. Some applications need the enhanced I/O or processing performance that comes from running on physical hardware. If these applications don’t require the benefits of virtualization (migration, multi-tenancy, etc.), a bare-metal deployment can be best. This trend will continue to grow, as organizations learn to choose the right platform for the right job. Cloud management systems with policy-based optimization can manage heterogeneous hosts inside a single cloud environment, deploying services on physical or virtual hosts as needed...

Cloud and the Global Economy – Study by London School of Economics

Grazed from CloudTimes.  Author: Xath Cruz.

According to a study by the London School of Economics and Political Science, the development of cloud computing will result in economic growth, increased productivity, and promote change in the types of jobs and skills required by businesses.  The study focuses on two industries – smartphone and aerospace service – and dives into the impact of cloud computing on said industries using the UK, Germany, Italy, and USA and the years 2010 and 2014 as subjects. Microsoft helped underwrite the study.

The study claims that investments in cloud computing are contributing to job creation and growth in both the old and slow-growing aerospace sector and the relatively new, yet fast growing smartphone industry. Added to this, the cloud computing industry is also responsible for job creation via construction, staffing, and supply of the data centers that will host the cloud. Cloud computing also has the benefit of optimizing businesses as it frees up managerial staff and skilled employees, allowing them to focus on the areas of work that are more profitable...

One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud, says survey

Grazed from CloudComputing News.  Author: James Bourne.

Research from identity management provider SailPoint has revealed that US and UK based IT leaders see one in three mission critical apps as currently in the cloud, with that figure rising sharply by 2015.  The Market Pulse Survey of 400 IT and business leaders, which defined ‘mission critical’ as apps mainly focused on storage, file-sharing and communications, forecast that the number is expected to grow to one in two in three years.

The figures differed slightly dependent on which side of the Atlantic respondents were based – 32% in the US compared to 30% in the UK for cloudy mission critical apps now – but the consensus was the same.  Another element of the research centred on pain points with moving to the cloud, with the usual suspects present...

Protectionism, free trade and security up in the cloud

Grazed from  Author: Bernard Keane.

The US Ambassador’s rallying cry against “data protectionism” reflects US hopes for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus, it says a lot about the future of cloud computing.

It was a peculiar piece, out of the blue, from Washington’s man in Australia: yesterday, Fairfax ran an op-ed from US Ambassador Jeff Bleich about “cloud protectionism” and why it was important that the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation currently underway (this week, in Auckland) pave the way for the removal of restrictions on movement of data across borders:

Like people who once thought keeping their money hidden under the mattress was better than having it in a bank, some voices across the region, and even in Australia, have called for limiting the flow of data across borders, and requiring firms to install local data centres in each market to ensure local ‘control’. This ‘beggar thy neighbour’ protectionism would be just as self-defeating in the digital economy as in every other sector.”...

EMC follows VMware, rest of world, into OpenStack

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

With the storage leader now formally aboard the OpenStack Foundation, it’s almost easier to count the IT vendors who have not climbed aboard this open-source cloud bandwagon.

EMC has joined the OpenStack open-source cloud effort. The news hits three months after VMware — 80 percent owned by EMC — signaled its intention to back the initiative. EMC joins as a corporate-level member while VMware is a higher-level gold member...

Job security is a key barrier to uptake of cloud computing by IT managers

Grazed from Silicon Republic.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A key barrier to the uptake of cloud computing technologies is reassuring and convincing IS/IT managers that their jobs would not become obsolete if they shifted to the cloud, a major study by Lero involving 170 pages of interview case notes has revealed. It also found that the word ‘cloud’ actually scares some people.

According to Dr Lorraine Morgan and Dr Kieran Conboy, who conducted the Lero research at NUI Galway, the key barriers to cloud assimilation can be grouped across six headings: (i) Perceptions of the term ‘cloud’, (ii) Convincing IS/IT management, (iii) Persuading employees to use cloud systems, (iv) Security and privacy issues, (v) Integration, and (vi) Bandwidth and connectivity...