Cloud Adoption

The Proposed "Cloud Computing Act of 2012," and How Internet Regulation Can Go Awry

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Eric Goldman.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced a new bill, the “Cloud Computing Act of 2012” (S.3569), that purports to “ improve the enforcement of criminal and civil law with respect to cloud computing.” Given its introduction so close to the election, it’s doubtful this bill will go anywhere. Still, it provides an excellent case study of how even well-meaning legislators can botch Internet regulation.

What the Bill Does

From its 1980s origins as a law restricting hacking into government computers, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has morphed into a general-purpose federal law against trespassing on anyone else’s computers. With that breadth, the CFAA extends to a wide variety of activities, ranging from data scraping (see, e.g., EF Cultural Travel v. Explorica) to fake profiles (see, e.g., the Lori Drew prosecution related to Megan Meier’s death) to ex-employees walking out the door with competitively sensitive information (see, e.g., US v. Nosal and WEC v. Miller)...

Cloud Computing Brings a Cultural Change for Midsize IT

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Sharon Hurley Hall.

Business adoption of cloud computing is happening fast. This sector alone is predicted to outpace growth in the overall IT industry fivefold. But this brings challenges for hardware and software vendors and for the IT administrators who are using their products, says Antone Gonsalves in ReadWriteWeb. The IDC research he quotes suggests that by 2016 companies will spend $100 billion on cloud services, an annualized growth rate of 26 percent. And the SaaS market will be a huge chunk of that, accounting for 60 percent of the public cloud by 2016.

New Models for Vendors

Both software and hardware vendors will need new revenue models in this new cloud-based business environment, and that could bring benefits for IT administrators at midsize businesses. Software vendors will have to broaden their offerings beyond the Fortune 5000 to target a wider range of customers. That may lower the entry point for IT administrators looking to get into cloud services at an affordable price. (And they WILL have to get in. A Washington Technology article points out that cloud computing is no longer an optional extra, but a must-have in business.) Within the hardware business, providers that now target IT departments directly will shift to supplying the companies providing cloud services. Those companies will ramp up demand as cloud business becomes more widespread...

The End Of "Cloud Computing?"

Grazed from ReadWriteWeb. Author: Brian Proffitt.

If you think Larry Ellison's re-definition of cloud computing was confusing, get ready for a compete replacement of the term. If some companies get their way, "cloud computing" may be dissipating rapidly.

Of course, it's not like the phrase has a close connection with the public to start with. Even prominent members of the technology community have issues with it, if Ellison's marketing-spiel is any indication. A recent national survey by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Citrix, showed that most respondents believe the cloud is related to weather, while some referred to pillows, drugs and toilet paper...

Cloud Computing: SOASTA buys LogNormal to beef up mobile app testing

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

The two companies were already working together on mPulse when they decided a deal was in order. The new product aims to give mobile and web developers a real-time look at how their apps are perfroming in the field, said SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos.

SOASTA, the startup that made its name in cloud-based load testing, is buying LogNormal, which measures the performance of mobile and web applications. The acquisition, SOASTA’s first, is scheduled to be announced Tuesday at the same time SOASTA unveils mPulse, a new product that incorporates LogNormal technologies...

Obstacles on VMware's Cloud Roadmap

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Jeff Vance.

In July when VMware acquired network virtualization startup Nicira for more than $1 billion, VMware showed that it’s serious about being as big of a player in the cloud’s future as it has been with the cloud’s enabling technology, virtualization.  VMware declined to discuss their cloud roadmap with me for this story, but as the cliché goes, actions speak louder than words. And VMware’s recent cloud actions are revealing.

You don’t spend a billion dollars to be a bit player. The trouble is, VMware is going up against giants like Amazon and Google who have a head start – a serious head start in Amazon’s case. And there are a slew of other serious contenders, such as Rackspace, Eucalyptus, Microsoft and Citrix (especially after its acquisition of Cloud.com)...

Cloud Computing: VMware - OpenStack friend, foe, or frenemy?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Marshall.

OpenStack was originally started in 2010 as an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) cloud computing joint project between Rackspace and NASA. The reins have since been turned over to the new OpenStack Foundation, which is now finally official, complete with a 24-member board chaired by Suse executive and Linux Foundation director Alan Clark. The group has grown to more than 5,600 individual members across 87 countries and 850 different organizations, and is financial backed by more than $10 million in funding.

The question now is, can this open source cloud project really thrive and survive in this competitive market? The community-at-large is watching to see how the foundation handles itself now that there are so many competing interests within its own membership -- especially with the recently added and most controversial new member, VMware...

What I Learned at the Cloud Computing Revolution

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alan S. Cohen.

I recently spent the past year on the front lines of the computing revolution, bringing network virtualization technologies to dozens of telecommunications companies, new cloud computing entrants, and enterprises that are changing their business models through Cloud. Cloud promises to profoundly transform how we produce and consume information and information technology (IT). If you drive up and down Route 101 here in Silicon Valley today, there is a hot billboard war going on; if you drive up and down Main Street someplace else, there is a quieter but no less compelling revolution.

The current computing model was pretty simple: your business bought the hardware and software required to run key applications, the storage devices to maintain your data, and the networks to allowed it all to flow. Today, however, there is a range of new choices, which including renting some or all of the IT supply chain...

Data Centers: The Front Line in Cloud Information Warfare

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge. Author: Rich Miller.

Corporate data centers are the front line in an escalating battle between electronic attackers and defenders, and must be vigilant about defending their perimeter, cybersecurity guru Winn Schwartau told industry managers in his keynote address this morning at the Data Center World Fall 2012 conference. That’s especially true for leading cloud computing data centers, he said.

“I maintain that cloud computing is critical infrastructure, and we have not taken appropriate steps to protect it,” said Schwartau, who called out a leading cloud provider for its downtime and architecture...

Insider Threats To Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Walter Bailey.

Cloud computing uptake by businesses has shifted the general model of organizational information complexes. Business enterprises have a lot of data to store and use. Even as they shift to the cloud, there are major dangers around security. In most cases, breaches to cloud-stored files happen because of insider conspiracy, malpractice, and malice. This article looks at four common insider threats to cloud computing and ways for organizations to avoid them. All this is intended at making the cloud shift worthwhile for businesses.

Malicious administrators

Cloud computing as a process is governed, managed, and maintained by site administrators. By default, they hold the key to managing all the data, files, and privileged company resources and files. Sometimes, relationships with employers don’t work. As a revenge, or for other reasons, administrators may end up spreading, or allowing privileged information to leak at the expense of the business enterprise involved...

Enhancement of Cisco's Cloud Channel Program

Grazed from UCS. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cisco Systems Inc. is enhancing its cloud channel program with the aim of helping solution providers capitalize. Cisco is looking at two sides of the cloud computing market: public cloud services that partners offer to end user customers and service provider and on-premises private clouds to which solution providers sell hardware. When these two cloud models are combined, Cisco believes that it will present a $25 billion market opportunity.

Support and resources are offered to qualified solution providers by Cloud Builder Specialization to differentiate themselves to the sales of Cisco. Through hardware sales, it is suggested that these solution providers will excel in building and supporting what is traditionally private cloud infrastructure. By offering more support in developing and certifying systems, sales and marketing support to these partners, Cisco aims to widen the margins and rebates through the VIP program...