Cloud Adoption

Intel and McAfee to promote cloud user confidence

Grazed from AMEInfo. Author: Editorial Staff.

Users worldwide are exposed to increasing amounts of unprotected data due, in part, to the explosion of connected devices, the internet, social media, cameras, sensors and user generated content. Industry experts predict that up to 90% of corporate data such as documents, webpages and email, is usually unstructured and potentially accessible.

Addressing cloud computing and security concerns during Gitex Technology Week, 14th to 18th October 2012, Intel and McAfee will focus on tackling four key areas that include; securing cloud data centers, securing the network connections, securing the devices that connect to cloud services and accelerating the development of unified standards for cloud security...

Enterprise computing IS the cloud

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Oliver Marks.

The Oracle occupation of downtown San Francisco buildings is over, but the sea and air invasion continues. After painting the town red with Open World conference events, the city's busiest events weekend (thanks to the fog free Indian summer we San Franciscans enjoy this time of year) includes lots of America's Cup yacht racing action on the bay. 

The video clip above of the defending cup holder Oracle team capsizing but subsequently going on to win Saturday's event is a good analogy for how many enterprise software customers see all the big incumbent tech vendors in the race for future relevance. They're heavily invested in past technologies and watching the race for any errors and where the future high ground is...

Cloud Print: transforming digital Data as a Service

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Sander Nagtegaal.

Cloud print, which lets companies create digital “print” jobs from their desktops and tap into a web of connected print facilities, can save resources, money and time. And preserve the value of hard copy print for select applications, writes Peecho founder Sander Nagtegaal.  Digital publishing is growing rapidly and our affinity for consuming real-time media shows no signs of stopping. Despite this, as GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram recently reported much of the content we put online is actually getting lost in a non-stop stream of information. The problem is, hard-copy print is still best for some jobs — or for some audiences.

My frustration about this led me to start Peecho, a free service that lets people turn digital content into a physical product. Peecho’s service infrastructure draws on cloud printing, a technology that helps transform digital data into printed products by tapping into networks of production facilities through the cloud. Other companies in this arena include HubCastMagCloud, and Shapeways...

Big data: Latest trend after cloud computing

Grazed from Times of India.  Author: Neha Madaan.

With the management of new types of data rising in priority, Indian organizations are increasingly seeing the opportunity in big data, the latest trend after cloud computing and virtualization to create a buzz in India.

A new survey by Informatica Corporation revealed that 72 per cent of Indian organizations are now considering, planning or running 'Big Data' projects, with organizations viewing the trend as an opportunity rather than an IT challenge by a greater than two-to-one margin in India...

Does the EC's cloud strategy go far enough?

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.  Author:  Neil Hawley and Graham Hann.

The European Commission’s cloud computing strategy document – titled Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe - last week outlined the obstacles to the establishment of a vibrant market for cloud computing and the need for an appropriate European strategy.   The main obstacles identified by the European Commission (EC) are: a lack of clarity on rights, responsibilities, and liability; insufficient data protection; and insufficient standardisation, particularly across jurisdictions.

The EC aims to develop model terms for cloud computing service level agreements (SLAs) for contracts between cloud providers and users. The action-plan recognises that even large companies have little negotiating power with cloud providers and contracts often do not provide for liability, data integrity, confidentiality or service continuity...

7 reasons why Europe really matters to cloud computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

It’s not home to Google, Amazon or Facebook, but from plucky entrepreneurs to the world’s most-advanced computing systems, Europe has a lot more to offer the world of cloud computing and web infrastructure than might meet the eye. Here are seven reasons why it matters.

Cloud computing tends to be a very North America-centric topic, if only because so many of the biggest providers of cloud resources and services are based in the United States. That’s fair enough — the business side of things is very important — but other continents, particularly Europe, have a lot more to bring to the table than just seemingly restrictive data privacy laws...

David vs Goliath: is cloud computing the new slingshot?

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Editorial Staff.

That software is everywhere is so commonly accepted that it hardly needs repeating. Take, for example, Getaround. To consumers it's a marketplace where the car-having and car-needing come together to work out short-term rentals mano a mano. But the people at Getaround aren't running a car rental company – they're running a software company. And a small one, at that. They, along with lots of other small firms and start-ups, are competing against giants in their fields: established, mature, enterprise-type companies that not only have market share, but the capital and cash resources that come with it. We'll call them Goliath.

So what's a young David-like up-start to do, armed only with a brilliant idea, raw talent and a willingness to put in long hours? How do they deliver quickly, and on a shoe-string budget? They reach for the slingshot in their back pocket: cloud computing...

IDC Survey finds that U.S. Corporations Aim to Tackle IT Challenges with Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Forty-four percent of U.S. executives aim to tackle current IT challenges through leveraging cloud solutions, and they are planning to invest more in cloud computing in the future. That is the finding of an IDC survey commissioned by T-Systems. Corporations expect cloud computing to deliver lower IT costs (26 percent) and to enable them to replace legacy systems (21 percent) and adopt new applications more flexibly (14 percent).

"As the U.S. cloud services market continues to mature, enterprises find that overall business impact and productivity gains from the cloud are as significant as achieving cost reductions," said David Tapper, IDC VP Outsourcing and Offshore Services Market Research. Cloud computing is seen as most likely to deliver solutions for Customer Relationship Management (31 percent), productivity tools like email, collaboration or Office packages (28 percent), online stores, and Enterprise Relationship Management (26 percent each)...

Clueless about Cloud? Why it Doesn't Matter

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Matt Bulter.

Incredibly, only 16% of people can explain what cloud computing is, a recent survey said. Most believed it was about drugs, pillows, the weather, or toilet paper. (No, I’m not making this up.) But just because people don’t understand the cloud, it doesn’t mean they aren’t using it. The fact is that many use cloud computing without knowing.

In other words, that lack of knowledge isn’t as big a problem as it might seem. Of the more than 1,000 Americans surveyed, more than half initially reported that they’d never used it. However, further questioning revealed that 95% of those surveyed do actually use popular cloud services like Gmail, iTunes, or Amazon...

Virtualization, Open Source Cloud and PaaS Adoption Numbers

Grazed from InfoQ.com.  Author: Abel Avram.

Zenoss has conducted a survey among IT operations specialists in order to evaluate virtualization, open source cloud and PaaS adoption. This article contains a digest of the survey results.

With The State of the Open Source Cloud 2012 survey, Zenoss has tried to evaluate data center virtualization and cloud computing usage. One of the main questions was related to the virtualization technology used, VMware taking the first spot with 74% followed by Linux KVM – 23.3%, and Microsoft Hyper-V with 19.6%. Several respondents noted that they were using multiple virtualization technologies, while 5.9% did not use any such technology. The graphic below shows all the responses to the virtualization question:..