Cloud Adoption

The cloud job that should make you think twice

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

There's a new technology position you may have heard of: the cloud manager. Typically, cloud managers work in enterprise IT, in charge of maintaining the company's adopted IaaS and PaaS public cloud services. The new job may sound like a great place to get in on the vanguard of technology adoption, but most cloud managers I meet aren't so happy.

Why so glum? The job is quickly ballooning, and cloud managers don't have the tools to control the huge wave coming at them. Though you'd think cloud managers have only one or two cloud services to deal with, I find they usually have four or five, with more expected by 2014. The reason? In large part, the growth in clouds to manage is due to "shadow IT" cloud computing projects coming to light. As a result, those cloud-based applications and data stores will move to central corporate IT control...

Making a Europe fit for the cloud

Grazed from Computing.co.uk. Author: Danny Palmer.

While Europe teeters on the brink of financial armageddon, the European Commission (EC) claims that a coherent cloud strategy for the bloc could generate £127bn per year and create 3.8 million jobs.

In its Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe report, the EC suggests that implementing a coherent cloud strategy across the region could cut the operational costs of IT departments for all types of organisations, along with boosting productivity and growth. According to the report, three key areas need to be addressed in order to enable a workable cloud strategy across Europe...

Cloud Computing: Cisco releases OpenStack distribution

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Further showing its commitment to the OpenStack project, Cisco has rolled out a free distribution of the open source cloud management platform, which it will package other services on top of, including virtual networking and high-availability features.

Cisco becomes one of a growing group of OpenStack member organizations that have released distributions of the open source code, joining the likes of Linux-distribution companies Red Hat, SUSE, Canonical and Ubuntu, as well as Rackspace and OpenStack pure-play vendor Piston Cloud Computing. The news comes as OpenStack backers meet this week at the semi-annual OpenStack Summit held in San Diego. Cisco VP and CTO of cloud computing Lew Tucker, who is also vice chairman of the newly formed OpenStack Foundation, says the value of the Cisco edition of OpenStack is around services that will be integrated into Cisco's OpenStack distribution, especially virtual networking...

Contracts can’t control cloud risks

Grazed from IT News. Author: Jorn Bettin.

Any large, software-intensive business considering cloud computing needs to weigh up the risks of the cloud against its reliance on in-house legacy IT systems. There are several risks involved when sweating legacy systems – outages at the Royal Bank of Scotland and NAB serve to illustrate, as do countless unreported delays in introducing new features.

I have come across global banks with legacy systems that require a gestation period of 18 months from requirement specification to delivery into production for the smallest of new software features. Below the surface, web-based business software is redefining the story of outsourcing and blurring organisational boundaries to an extent where business executives are no longer in any position to list all the software services that are consumed by an organisation...

The cloud tiptoes in

Grazed from The Star Tribune. Author: Steve Alexander.

Cloud computing -- using remote data centers over the Internet instead of buying computers -- has been quietly creeping into companies under the noses of corporate executives. Departments are using it without permission by putting it on company charge cards, and employees widely use some common cloud applications such as Google Docs or Salesforce.com, said Bill Martorelli, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass.

"Corporations really need to reconcile themselves to cloud computing," said Martorelli, who will be the keynote speaker Tuesday at the Enterprise Cloud Summit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that's sponsored by Wisconsin-based TDS Telecommunications. "But they also have to find the balance between empowerment of employees and corporate control."...

Five Enterprise Tech Trends for 2013: BYOD, VPNs, AaaS, Big Data and Business Intelligence

Grazed from TechZone360.  Author: Erin Harrison.

As we near the middle of the fourth quarter of 2012, industry analysts are making their predictions for how the New Year will play out for enterprise technology. It’s no surprise that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), big data and business intelligence are among some of the key challenges expected to have a significant impact on businesses in 2013.

Shahin Pirooz, CTO and CSO of CenterBeam, recently outlined five of the top enterprise tech trends for 2013 – citing BYOD as the top issue, but he said they are all connected, and therefore comprise a “megatrend.”...

Cloud Computing Still in Its Infancy, Study Says

Grazed from Windows IP Pro.  Author: B. K. Winstead.

We all know how important and ubiquitous email has become, not just in business but in our lives. Can you remember when you learned about email (i.e., electronic mail, e-mail) for the first time and didn't yet know how fundamentally this technology would change the way we communicate and do business? Now think for a minute about cloud computing as being in that same sort of unpredictable infancy.

That's one of the findings of a study released last month by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA. The two organizations surveyed more than 250 participants ranging from end users to C-level executives and from organizations of all sizes. Using factors such as market size and diversity, levels of acceptance and integration, and amount of innovation, the survey determined that cloud computing is still in its infancy...

Survey shows sharp uptick in appetite for cloud disaster recovery

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Karen Goulart.

Jessica Carroll, managing director of IT and digital media at the United States Golf Association in Far Hills, N.J., was something of a pioneer in her embrace of cloud disaster recovery and business continuity.

In 2008, when cloud computing was still a blip on the technology horizon, Carroll was faced with the challenge of bringing her '90s-era IT shop into the 21st century. She knew that tape rotation and colocation weren't going to be the wave of the future. Higher expectations for disaster recovery -- quick, seamless, gap-free -- led her to consider and ultimately adopt a cloud disaster recovery solution from IBM. "It enabled us to port our data to an off-site location without adding strain to the administration of managing the backups, without adding huge amounts of infrastructure and without unreasonable costs," she said...

OpenStack 'clock is ticking,' Forrester analyst warns

Grazed from PC Advisor. Author: Brandon Butler.

The OpenStack cloud computing project needs to get a move on it, says Forrester analyst James Staten. Specifically, he says member organizations need to start seeing a return on their investments, or else may become disinterested.

More than two and a half years old now, the OpenStack project has gained significant momentum in the past year, in large part because big-name companies such as VMware, Red Hat and IBM have joined the likes of Rackspace, Cisco, Dell and HP to contribute more than $10 million to the project. Despite the investments, Staten points out there have been relatively few "enterprise-ready" OpenStack-powered products on the market. Canonical, SUSE, Rackspace and Morphlabs are some of the companies with OpenStack distributions so far, he notes. Meanwhile, Rackspace and HP are two of the biggest companies to use the OpenStack code to power their own clouds...

Salesforce.com Announces Cloudforce New York, the Largest Enterprise Cloud Computing Event on the East Coast

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced Cloudforce New York—the largest enterprise cloud computing event on the East Coast. The event will take place Oct. 19 at the Javits Center in New York City, where Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff will deliver a keynote on how companies are transforming their businesses for the social revolution.

More than 10,000 attendees are expected to register to be inspired at Cloudforce, as industry leaders including General Electric and Toyota reveal how social, mobile and cloud technologies are enabling them to connect with their customers, partners, employees—and even products—in entirely new ways. With more than 30 sessions and 80 cloud companies in the expo, attendees can attend visionary keynotes, participate in interactive sessions, see hundreds of live demos and join in unparalleled networking opportunities...