Cloud Adoption

One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud, says survey

Grazed from CloudComputing News.  Author: James Bourne.

Research from identity management provider SailPoint has revealed that US and UK based IT leaders see one in three mission critical apps as currently in the cloud, with that figure rising sharply by 2015.  The Market Pulse Survey of 400 IT and business leaders, which defined ‘mission critical’ as apps mainly focused on storage, file-sharing and communications, forecast that the number is expected to grow to one in two in three years.

The figures differed slightly dependent on which side of the Atlantic respondents were based – 32% in the US compared to 30% in the UK for cloudy mission critical apps now – but the consensus was the same.  Another element of the research centred on pain points with moving to the cloud, with the usual suspects present...

Protectionism, free trade and security up in the cloud

Grazed from  Author: Bernard Keane.

The US Ambassador’s rallying cry against “data protectionism” reflects US hopes for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus, it says a lot about the future of cloud computing.

It was a peculiar piece, out of the blue, from Washington’s man in Australia: yesterday, Fairfax ran an op-ed from US Ambassador Jeff Bleich about “cloud protectionism” and why it was important that the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation currently underway (this week, in Auckland) pave the way for the removal of restrictions on movement of data across borders:

Like people who once thought keeping their money hidden under the mattress was better than having it in a bank, some voices across the region, and even in Australia, have called for limiting the flow of data across borders, and requiring firms to install local data centres in each market to ensure local ‘control’. This ‘beggar thy neighbour’ protectionism would be just as self-defeating in the digital economy as in every other sector.”...

EMC follows VMware, rest of world, into OpenStack

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

With the storage leader now formally aboard the OpenStack Foundation, it’s almost easier to count the IT vendors who have not climbed aboard this open-source cloud bandwagon.

EMC has joined the OpenStack open-source cloud effort. The news hits three months after VMware — 80 percent owned by EMC — signaled its intention to back the initiative. EMC joins as a corporate-level member while VMware is a higher-level gold member...

Job security is a key barrier to uptake of cloud computing by IT managers

Grazed from Silicon Republic.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A key barrier to the uptake of cloud computing technologies is reassuring and convincing IS/IT managers that their jobs would not become obsolete if they shifted to the cloud, a major study by Lero involving 170 pages of interview case notes has revealed. It also found that the word ‘cloud’ actually scares some people.

According to Dr Lorraine Morgan and Dr Kieran Conboy, who conducted the Lero research at NUI Galway, the key barriers to cloud assimilation can be grouped across six headings: (i) Perceptions of the term ‘cloud’, (ii) Convincing IS/IT management, (iii) Persuading employees to use cloud systems, (iv) Security and privacy issues, (v) Integration, and (vi) Bandwidth and connectivity...

Data demands, information storage, and cloud computing in 2012

Grazed from Twinstrata.  Author: PR Announcement.

It was nearly a year ago that I predicted 10 hot trends in cloud data for 2012. While there’s a strong temptation to cast old predictions into ancient history and dive into 10 predictions for 2013, I felt it more appropriate to first glance back and reflect on how those past predictions fared.

Much can transpire over the course of 12 months: Hot technologies cool off, fads pass, buzzwords vanish and, of course, some technologies really stick. Without much ado, here are the predicted 2012 trends and how they fared:

1.         Hybrid data storage environments which integrate cloud storage into on-premise IT.

2012 brought key validations by cloud service providers of hybrid storage environments via product roll-outs and acquisitions. These included the introduction of the AWS storage gateway and the acquisition of StorSimple by Microsoft. You’ll hear a lot from us at TwinStrata after the end of this year regarding hybrid cloud storage adoption, so stay tuned...

Technology investors betting big on cloud computing startups on hope of strong returns

Grazed from Economic Times.  Author: Peerzada Abrar.

Technology investors are raising the tempo of investments in cloud computing startups buoyed by strong returns and growing customer demand for software as a service.  This week, venture funds closed two more deals in the sector with Norwest Venture Partners putting in $6 million (about Rs 32.6 crore) in first-round funding for Attune Technologies. The Chennai-based startup uses cloud technology for scheduling, billing and management of patient data with a base of 2 million patient records.

Angel investment network Mumbai Angels has made a seed investment of under Rs 5 crore in Pune-based startup MaxiMojo, which provides cloud-based distribution and revenue management solutions for hotels...


Cloud computing: the lessons learned

Grazed from Computing.  Author: John Leonard.

Just a couple of years ago, some prominent analysts would have had us believe that cloud computing was poised to sweep all before it. Firms would be queuing up to fill roadside skips with newly-redundant hardware, and IT staff would be rede-ployed as strategic information workers, while server rooms would be refitted as high-tech breakouts or Google-esque “snugs”.

While there have been major advances in the use of the cloud, even its most ardent advocates would admit that take-up has not been as rapid or as far reaching as most had imagined...

UBM Tech Launches Premier Cloud Computing Buyer's Guide

Grazed from UBM Tech.  Author: PR Announcement.

UBM Tech’s Network Computing, which for 20 years has connected the dots between architectural approaches and how technology impacts the business, this month launched its Cloud Computing Buyer’s Guide: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Twelve top IaaS vendors — Amazon, GoGrid, Google, IBM, Internap, Joyent, Microsoft, NaviSite, Rackspace, Savvis, SoftLayer and Terremark — are represented. 

What You’ll Find: 

  • In-depth features matrices for each vendor, developed by a top cloud expert, with more than 60 decision points.
  • Matrices are downloadable and provide information on operating systems supported, security, pricing and much more.
  • Links to news, commentary and vendor whitepapers deliver deep dives into each provider...

Forrester predicts cloud and mobile convergence

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Rene Millman.

Cloud computing and mobile apps will become more intertwined with each other over the next few years, according to Forrester Research. The analyst firm said that mobile apps that don't call out through the internet to back-end services will diminish in value. Infrastructure and operations analysts James Staten said in a blog post that these back end services will not "live" in a data centre unless "you plan to poke a big hole in your firewall to accommodate an unpredictable flood of traffic".

"More often than not, we are finding mobile applications connected to cloud-based back-end services (increasingly to commercial mobile-back-ends-as-a-service) that can elastically respond to mobile client engagements and shield your data centre from this traffic," he added. Nearly every Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application has a mobile client now, "which is proof of the model as well," he said...

Work Shifting, Business Continuity, And The Cloud

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

Cloud computing’s inherent property of accessibility is one of the key motivators for its adoption by the general public and smaller businesses alike. Businesses and organizations often have offices for all of their employees. But employees are sometimes not able to come to the office to work due to a family emergency, sickness, transport strike, or an extreme weather event.

Thanks to cloud computing accessibility and services like Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and application hosting, employees can do their work remotely when they are unable to go to the office. All they need is a computer or mobile device that can connect to the Internet. This is what it referred to as work shifting and business continuity. The concept of the physical office itself is becoming obsolete. No one really needs to go to the office unless they need physical files or resources...