Cloud Adoption

Microsoft: 'Use The Cloud To Sell The Cloud'

Grazed from CRN. Author: Rick Whiting.

Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) has added 14,000 channel partners to its Cloud Essentials initiative in the past week since making it easier for solution providers to enroll in the cloud computing starter program.

The Cloud Essentials enrollment effort is one of a number of changes Microsoft has made to its Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) programs in recent days. The Redmond, Wash., company also has created several new "competencies," or technology areas in which partners can become certified, and consolidated others. The changes, some of which were previewed at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto in July, come as the MPN re-enrollment season begins for Microsoft partners...

Cloud’s Cruddy Deals Teach a Lesson in IPO Patience

Grazed from InvestorPlace. Author: Tom Taulli.

Cloud computing might be one of the most-hyped technologies in 2012, and that’s been reflected a bit in the IPO market, where shares of Workday (NYSE:WDAY) are up 85%, and ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) has posted a gain of 69% since coming public.

However, a swath of companies haven’t been able to push the needle since their deals — and that provides us a quick lesson about the IPO market.

A look at some of the most notable cloud flops so far this year:..

Researchers identify ways to exploit 'cloud browsers' for large-scale, anonymous computing

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have found a way to exploit cloud-based Web browsers, using them to perform large-scale computing tasks anonymously. The finding has potential ramifications for the security of "cloud browser" services.

At issue are cloud browsers, which create a Web interface in the cloud so that computing is done there rather than on a user's machine. This is particularly useful for mobile devices, such as smartphones, which have limited computing power.The cloud-computing paradigm pools the computational power and storage of multiple computers, allowing shared resources for multiple users. "Think of a cloud browser as being just like the browser on your desktop computer, but working entirely in the cloud and providing only the resulting image to your screen," says Dr. William Enck, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research...

Effect of cloud computing on future IT jobs

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Eric Bloom.

Rick Chapman, the Founder of SaaS University, managing editor of Softletter and author of the just released book SaaS Entrepreneur: The Definitive Guide to Success in Your Cloud Application Business, and I spoke earlier this week. Our discussion centered around the use of SaaS within IT and its future effect on IT jobs.

Rick’s belief is that the number of jobs within IT will decrease over the next ten to twenty years. This is the case because many of the systems previously developed and/or purchased and supported by IT staff members will eventually be replaced by SaaS (cloud) based applications which do not require internal IT staff. He went on to say that not all applications would be replaced, primarily only those applications which companies do not feel are truly key to their internal process or contain proprietary algorithms. For example, it’s unlikely that a financial trading firm management firm will outsource the software used for stock analysis and trading or that a large retail company processing milions of transactions will outsource its credit card processing systems to a “cloud” outsource...

Review: Rackspace Cloud keeps IaaS simple

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Peter Wayner.

Rackspace was one of the first players in the cloud arena. The company recognized early that enterprises wanted faster, simpler ways to spin up and spin down servers. If the bosses are going to be fickle and impulsive, there will always be a market for companies that make it easy for the people curating the data to pivot. If the corporate vision is going to morph, the IT shops will want a way to morph with it.

At Rackspace, the meaning of "cloud" has always been a bit simpler and more straightforward, and the philosophy a bit more open and pragmatic, than at other cloud providers. While some of the others spun elaborate metaphors, abstracted away the old files, and portrayed the opaqueness of their mechanism as a feature, Rackspace sold real instances that felt more like real computers. From the beginning, Rackspace's cloud was just a fast way to buy extra machines for an hour, then turn them off...

Data Security Concerns Impact Cloud Deployments

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Nathan Eddy.

While organizations continue to adopt cloud computing solutions, data security remains an issue, according to survey of enterprises commissioned by Asigra and performed by the customer metrics and research organization, TechValidate.

The survey found 21 percent of respondents cited data security as the biggest concern while the location of where the data was stored came in at 7 percent. Backup related costs, user-related data loss and service provider stability all ranked at 3 percent. Overall, 59 percent said that all of these were concerns with respect to storing data in the cloud...

Will Cloud Computing Become a Regulated Industry?

Grazed from BackupTechnology. Author: Editorial Staff.

The use of cloud services is becoming more and more common in businesses of all types and sizes. However, there are still many businesses who are reluctant to commit to cloud computing because of concerns, primarily over reliability and security. For many businesses, trusting a cloud provider with something essential to everyday business processes, such as a hosted exchange server or backup of essential data, is often the most difficult step to take. From this point of view, having a set of industry standards that can help to guide buyers is potentially very positive for customers and providers alike.

As the cloud computing industry picks up more momentum, some, like the Open Data Center Alliance, are promoting the idea that it should become a regulated industry. This would standardise services offered by cloud providers and would ensure customers could trust they were buying from a reputable company in what is a new and extremely fast growing sector of the IT industry...

Cloud Technology Overturns IT Assumptions

Grazed from HealthLeaders. Author: Scott Mace.

I'm here to say that healthcare should be thankful it has come late to part of the technology party. Why? Because healthcare doesn't have to play by the so-called rules that existed a few years ago. Healthcare can challenge the assumptions that drove decisions a short while ago and take advantage of cloud computing technology that overturns the conventional wisdom—and price structure—of IT services.

Want an example? Recently, I spoke to Qualsight, a healthcare provider you probably haven't heard of, even though it serves more than 75 million health plan members. Chicago-based Qualsight launched eight years ago to connect independent ophthalmologists to healthcare plan sponsors to provide their members laser vision correction services. Today, the ophthalmologists operating out of 800 locations let Qualsight boast of being the nation's largest Lasik services manager...

Cloud Computing: Azure has processed 200 billion authentications for 50 million accounts, now averaging 4.7 billion weekly

Grazed from TheNextWeb. Author: Alex Wilhelm.

Today Microsoft’s Azure team released a number of statistics concerning its platform, touting its scale and speed. Since its birth in 2010, Microsoft claims that Azure has processed a total of 200 billion authentications for a total of 50 million active user accounts. The cloud computing and storage service now averages some 4.7 billion authentications weekly.

Azure, a product that has struggled somewhat in the shade of Amazon’s broad and popular AWS cloud computing and storage services, is fighting for mind and market share. It appears to be making progress. Chest-thumping its 9,000 requests per second, Azure claims that in the United States, the average authentication takes less than a second...

Apprenda gets the hybrid cloud religion

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Apprenda, a true believer in private Platform as a Service, is embracing the hybrid cloud with its latest release. CEO Sinclair Schuller said many companies are ready to test out at least some workloads in a public cloud.

Apprenda, a startup that’s bet big on a .NET-focused private Platform as a Service, is branching out. With its new Apprenda 4.0 release, the company says it can connect on-premises environments running Windows Server 2012 with Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services resources as needed...