Cloud Adoption

Wake up, IT: Even CFOs see value in the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

IT may still be wrestling with the notion of cloud computing, but chief financial officers already believe. According to a Google-sponsored study, 96 percent of CFOs believe that "cloud computing provides their business with quantifiable benefits." Almost as good, 94 percent said the cloud will be important to the success of their companies, and just over half of those agreed that cloud computing "offers better value" than traditional approaches to computing, including outsourcing.

Some of the benefits CFOs saw most include significant capital and operational savings, better security (you heard right), and productivity gains that come from the ability to work from any device.

The study surveyed 800 CFOs and other top financial executives at companies with 500 or more employees in both the United States and Europe. Even with the obvious caveat that a cloud study sponsored and released by Google -- a top service provider -- could hardly come to an anticloud conclusion, the study still provides notable data points...

5 Companies to Play the Cloud-Computing Revolution

Grazed from DailyFinance. Author: Sean Williams.

You know the old saying about how an idea is the greatest thing since sliced bread? Well, cloud computing really is the best thing to happen to the tech sector since Al Gore invented the Internet.

OK, so that's a joke that'll never die, but according to estimates from Cisco Systems, global data-center IP traffic is expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate of 33% between now and 2015, with cloud workloads increasing to 57% of all data-center workloads by 2015 from just 21% in 2010. These figures are as real as its gets, and they demonstrate that the movement toward data sharing and storage is huge and rapidly transforming both large and small businesses.

With so much money being invested in virtualization, storage, and data transmission in the cloud, today I want to look at five different ways you can put your money to work in this segment for the long term...

Cloud and big data give scientists unprecedented access to essential climate insights

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Dana Gardner.

A fascinating global ocean studies initiative helps best define some of the IT superlatives around big data, cloud computing, and middleware integration capabilities.

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and its accompanying Cyberinfrastructure Program aims to provide an unprecedented ability to study the Earth's oceans and climate using myriad distributed data centers and literally oceans' worth of data.

The scale and impact of the science's importance is closely followed by the magnitude of the computer science needed to make that data accessible and actionable by scientists. In a sense, the OOI and its infrastructure program, a major undertaking by the National Science Foundation, are constructing a big data-scale programmable and integratable cloud fabric for oceanography...

What Can You Do In Cloud Computing? eBay Gives an Example

Grazed from MidSize Insider. Author: Bert Markgraf.

Many midsize businesses are comfortable putting their email online and using the cloud for storage, but there are barriers to going beyond that. Ready-made cloud computing solutions are expensive, and IT departments are concerned about vendor lock-in. If the purchased system doesn't meet expectations or if your needs change, do you have to scrap your investment and start over? Open source solutions such as OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus are available, but there have been few high-profile implementations.

network spheresThe eBay Project

Now eBay has announced that it is using OpenStack open source software as the basis for virtual networks that it will use to develop and test applications for its website marketplaces. An article on InfoWorld describes the project. The company is running Nicira Network Virtualization on the OpenStack cloud computing platform to let it start up separate virtual networks for its projects. Its multi-vendor approach led it to implement the already integrated Nicira/OpenStack solution rather than relying on its existing VMware cloud. Cost was also a factor. Jean-Christophe Martin, who is a cloud architect for eBay, says, "Before, we were mostly looking at vendor-provided solutions. I think that right now we are switching to more of an open source strategy."...

Amazon Bets On Storage Lockers, New Kindle To Drive Growth

Grazed from Trefis.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the e-commerce giant based out of Seattle, WA, is best known as the world’s largest retailer with operations across several countries. Apart from electronics, general merchandise, books, music and DVDs, the company is also a major provider of cloud computing services. Braving intense competition, Amazon has shown outstanding growth since its inception. The growth story is backed by the innovative solutions it provides to its customers. Here, we discuss some of these services and offerings.

Public Lockers for Books, DVDs, Electronics and General Merchandize

In the face of increasing competition from online and bricks & mortar retailers, Amazon’s growth in the U.S. market has slowed. To combat this slowdown, the company is experimenting with new delivery models, the most recent being public lockers at select locations. The concept is for the delivery to happen at this locker instead of a street address. When the package arrives, an email notification lets the user know where to pick it up along with a code to unlock the locker. With the lockers strategically placed at convenience stores, the customers can pick up their packages 24 hours a day instead of worrying about being at home to sign for the delivery of the package...

The Future of Personal Computing: Cloud-Connected Screens Everywhere

Grazed from Time. Author: Tim Bajarin.

Tim Bajarin is the president of Creative Strategies Inc., a technology industry analysis and market intelligence firm in Silicon Valley. He contributes to the “Big Picture” opinion column that appears every Monday on Techland.

We are witnessing the greatest shakeup in the world of computing that has ever taken place.

From a historical perspective, we started out with mainframes, moved on to mini-computers and in the early ’80s entered the era of the personal computer. Over a period of about 50 years, these three kinds of devices defined what computing was all about...

Skytap Surpasses 200 Enterprise Customer Mark for Public and Hybrid Cloud Computing

Grazed from Broadcast Newsroom. Author: PR Announcement.

Skytap, the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, today announced that over 200 enterprises, including Trek Bicycles, Trend Micro, and WorkWise are using the company's intuitive public and hybrid cloud solutions for development and testing, virtual technical training and software demonstrations.

Customers turn to Skytap Cloud for a fast, easy, and secure way to move dynamic workloads to the cloud in order to increase business agility, reduce time to market, boost productivity across teams and lower costs. Skytap provides the flexibility for customers to create a secure hybrid cloud or public cloud environment with a few simple clicks, enabling IT infrastructure and operations professionals to deploy Skytap Cloud as a secure extension and complement to their existing internal infrastructure and virtualized environments...

Cloud brings foreign IT spending to U.S.

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

U.S.-based corporations and government agencies have been shipping application development work to offshore IT services providers for years.

Now, thanks to cloud computing, foreign companies are starting to bring their business to providers of data center services located in this country.

Consider Grupo Posadas, a large hotel company in Mexico that today relies on five data centers to support more than 17,000 guest rooms in over 100 hotels. Grupo Posadas IT personnel run three of those data centers; the other two are run by outsourcing partners...

Dangers associated with cloud computing are mounting

Grazed from NewsObserver.com. Author: Paul Gilster.

The cloud is going to be a big part of your computing life whether you like it or not. One reason you’ll like it is that your files will stay synchronized between your desktop PC and the various gadgets you carry with you, like tablet or phone. One reason you won’t like it is that using the cloud means giving up a large measure of control to big companies who will store your data.

Worried? Expect the good and the bad of cloud computing to dominate the news in the next 12 months. Apple users are going to see the iCloud become a major part of the user experience across all Apple devices, while Microsoft is folding its SkyDrive service into the next iteration of Office to synchronize settings, templates and documents. Google already offers a complete office suite available online and Amazon’s cloud options include 5 GB of free storage, competing with Dropbox to snare the interest of mobile-minded users needing desktop files...

Avoiding the storms that lurk in the cloud

Grazed from StarTribune Business. Author: Emily Duke and Asmah Tareen.

Cloud computing is changing the face of business.

The rapid expansion of cloud-based solutions for corporate planning, customer and human resources management, accounting and other key business functions has enabled organizations of all sizes to streamline by relying on agile and cost-effective technology services.

But as businesses rely more on technology vendors to manage critical data and facilitate key business operations, there are some best practices to consider. Consider the case of Lilting Loons, a fictional loon decoy manufacturer and distributor whose sad experiences illustrate storm clouds Minnesota companies should avoid...