Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: Nebula promotes NASA vet to oversee OpenStack effort

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Jesse Andrews, an OpenStack veteran who’s done stints at NASA, ANSO Labs and Rackspace, will lead Nebula’s plug-and-play OpenStack development effort as it nears launch, the company said. Companies pushing OpenStack love to boast that they have former NASA technologists on staff. After all, NASA, along with Rackspace, incubated the open-source cloud stack. In that vein, Nebula, which is led by former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, is naming Jesse Andrews as VP of product management. In that capacity Andrews will oversee the entire Nebula project as the company prepares it for launch.

Andrews has a great OpenStack pedigree. He was also formerly CEO of ANSO Labs, the NASA spinoff, where he worked with Kemp and the rest of the team behind the Nova compute engine underlying OpenStack. ANSO was acquired by Rackspace in February, 2011 and Andrews worked on that company’s Cloud Builder program while continuing to contribute to OpenStack. In fact, Andrews is not totally new to Nebula: He was one of the half dozen or so former ANSO people at Rackspace who decamped to Nebula last July...

Report: Cloud botnets, search poisoning and mobile attacks among 2013's biggest security issues

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Jon Gold.

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center today released their official 2013 cyberthreats forecast, detailing what they say will be the most serious computer security issues in the coming year.

THE CLOUD

First on the list -- the use of cloud computing for malicious purposes. The same flexible provisioning capabilities that let legitimate businesses quickly add or subtract computing power could be used to instantly create a powerful network of zombie machines for a wide array of nefarious purposes. "If I'm a bad guy, and I have a zero-day exploit and the cloud provider is not up on their toes in terms of patching, the ability to exploit such a big capacity means I can do all sorts of things," Microsoft Windows Azure Distinguished Engineer Yousef Khalidi said in the report...

Governing economic growth in the cloud

Grazed from Phys.org. Author: Editorial Staff.

Gross domestic product (GDP) can be boosted by cloud computing, the system in which remote computers on the Internet are used to store, manage and process data rather than the users' local machines. A report to be published in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management suggests that governments should collaborate to boost the adoption of cloud computing internationally. Marco Iansiti of Harvard Business School and Gregory Richards of Cambridge-based Keystone Strategy, LLC, have found that cloud computing is likely to extend economic growth by increasing the efficiency of information technology in developed economies and could foster growth in those economies where IT penetration is not yet fully mature.

"Cloud computing is a further evolution and integration of server, internet and personal computing technology. It is a paradigm that pushes the three driving forces of power, accessibility and economy of scale beyond present constraints," the researchers say. They point out that during the coming decade cloud computing will give individuals and enterprises access to a vast processing power at a low cost that has not been possible before. The team has now developed a model to link IT capital investment to economic growth and applied their model to 45 countries...

Cloud startup 6fusion seeking $4M in new financing

Grazed from WRALTechWire. Author:  Editorial Staff.

6fusion, a startup focused on “cloud” computing services, has raised $2 million in new financing and hopes to land another $2 million. The Raleigh-based company, which is backed by Intersouth partners, secured the new money a mix of debt and options financing and aims to raise $2 million more, according to an SEC filing on Nov. 13.

The first money was raised Oct. 29. Two investors have committed money, but neither was identified. Cloud computing, virtualization and related services are among the fastest growing segments in information technology. And 6fushion plays in the space...

Accessing The Real Risk Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Don Cleveland.

It’s interesting to follow the big money that big companies are spending. It’s a lot like watching a huge ocean liner set sail for exotic places or a stretch limousine glide though town. These oddities can’t help but be seen but I often wonder if anyone is really watching. According to a Wall Street Journal article from last spring entitled, “The Sun Shines on The Cloud” the research firm IDC reported 16 billion in cloud revenue for 2009 and projects a $73 billion investment to be made by 2015. The background of this article is Amazon’s partial cloud failure that kicked Netflix and a host of other customers off the network last June. Amazon explained and apologized and the headlines screamed panic.

At the time and even now Amazon continues with business as usual in the cloud. In Luchi’s Week In Review piece last week on Cloud Tweaks, he reported that Amazon is seeking to control the domain .cloud. The mammoth doesn’t seem very worried about power outages or security risks. Nor has Netflix run away from the cloud when the temporary hitch affected their business. Apparently these disruptions we hear about every now and then are a blip on the radar screen. The big guys are basing their future on the cloud while many remain skeptical and concerned about security. Why can’t smaller companies think like big companies? Perhaps fear holds them back, a fear we are not even aware of...

Japan is most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation, ACCA says

Grazed from CloudTech News. Author: James Bourne.

A week after VMware released its Asia Pacific Cloud Index Survey, another report has come up from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) claiming Japan is the most ‘cloud ready’ nation in the Asia Pacific region. Japan’s ranking is unchanged from last year at number one, with South Korea leapfrogging Hong Kong and Singapore into second place.

Hong Kong and Singapore, according to the VMware survey, were the most cloud-knowledgeable Asia Pacific nations, with nine out of ten IT professionals in Hong Kong claiming to have a strong knowledge of virtualisation and 82% of respondents in Singapore having a strong cloud knowledge...

Future of cloud computing: looking at the bigger questions

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Maxwell Cooter.

It could have been dull but the Dell Think Tank threw up some thought-provoking ideas on the future of cloud. There were 16 cloud commentators and they were locked in a room. It sounds like the precursor to a joke but this was no laughing matter (even though there were Englishmen, Irishmen and Scotsmen present) but an event that looked to explore all aspects of cloud in some detail. It sounds like it could have been deathly dull, but the Dell Think Tank was was one of the most interesting events I'd ever been involved in and the resulting debate

What made the event work so well was the wide-ranging experience of the participants. I was there as the token journalist but there were software vendors, cloud providers, analysts, lawyers, academics and Dell executives (generally keeping a low profile)...

Singapore fails in data privacy, green policy for cloud

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Ellyne Phneah.

Singapore has slipped to fourth place from third in the Cloud Readiness Index 2012, dragged down by below average scores in data privacy, and power grid and green policy. According to the report by Asia's Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) released Tuesday, the country scored the highest in areas such as data sovereignty, e-government and ICT prioritization, and intellectual property (IP) protection. It ranked second international connectivity and fourth for broadband quality.

The index measures 14 Asia-Pacific countries and markets using ten different measures covering regulatory issues such as data protection, infrastructure areas such as broadband and the broader business and government environment...

Digi International Acquires Cloud Computing Services Provider Etherios

Grazed from Digi International. Author: PR Announcement.

Digi International announced the purchase of Chicago-based Etherios, Inc., a salesforce.com Platinum Partner and creator of The Social Machine, a revolutionary new cloud-based method for integrating machines into core business processes via the Salesforce Service Cloud. Combining the iDigi Device Cloud with The Social Machine will enable almost any machine, anywhere in the world, to connect rapidly and easily to the Service Cloud. By enabling real-time machine interactions with organizations’ workflows, customers will be able to benefit dramatically through improved asset management, greater machine uptime and the ability to offer proactive customer service.

“Etherios is a world-class cloud computing services provider with hundreds of successful domestic and global deployments,” said Joe Dunsmore, CEO, Digi International. “We believe Digi’s deep device expertise combined with Etherios’ ability to integrate devices directly into an organization’s core business processes via the industry’s leading cloud-based CRM system can be an M2M game changer.”...

IBM: Cloud apps mean developing in days, not months

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Michael Lee.

Speaking at VMWare's vForum 2012 in Sydney today, IBM program director for Cloud Computing Client Engagements Dan Carr said that the maturity of cloud services has meant that businesses not only have traditional records-based applications to move to the cloud, but that new types of applications are being born out of the mobile and social boom that the internet is experiencing.

Carr said that customers that have come to him in the past four years have become increasingly concerned with the ability to align how they use the cloud with how fast their business is moving, saying that not only do they want to increase the efficiency of how they use the cloud, but also the ability in which they produce cloud application...