Cloud Adoption

Business associate agreements remain ambiguous amidst cloud-computing advances

Grazed from PhysBizTech. Author: Madelyn Kearns.

While clouds often symbolize a lazy sense of freedom or wistful disconnect, healthcare’s adoption of cumuli demands certain boundaries be established to keep the latest advances in information storage/sharing from raining down on the industry’s developing techno-ecosystem.

As Adam Greene — partner at the Law Offices of Davis Wright Tremaine and chairman for the HIMSS Cloud Security Workgroup — noted during his introduction at the Privacy & Security Forum in Boston last week, a purportedly successful outlet like cloud computing, rather liberated and undefined in these early stages, poses a lot of questions for providers and servicers alike regarding its receptiveness to hard HIPAA legalities...

SaaS valuation boom slowed but remained strong in 2012

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

The hypergrowth that the SaaS category saw last year has leveled off, but these companies are still outperforming traditional software rivals and legacy IT providers who are mired in a hardware-oriented world, according to new research from martinwolf Global M&A Advisors.

The growth in value of software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies may not be white hot anymore, but the sector as measured still showed not-too-shabby double-digit growth last year — according to new data that measure enterprise value of tech companies. The SaaS numbers for 2012 looked particularly robust compared to enterprise value of traditional IT vendors which are trying to negotiate a tricky transition from hardware providers to more well-rounded IT services companies, said Marty Wolf, president of martinwolf Global M&A Advisors, a company that consults on merger and acquisition strategies...

Cloud computing: Now & beyond 2013

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Sharon Lobo.

Undoubtedly, cloud computing can be counted amongst the most hyped technologies ever. And the last 5 years bear witness to this fact. In the last half decade, every IT vendor or analyst has prophesied how this technology will change the way we perceive and consume technology. However, the irony is that we were users of cloud even before we were made aware of the tag. Services like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Skype etc. were all delivered via cloud. Even today, cloud continues to remain hyped, according to Gartner’s 2012 Hype Cycle Report, with a probability of achieving a plateau of productivity in 2 to 5 years. So has all this hype helped in the adoption of the cloud? In this first of a two part article, let’s take a look how businesses perceived and adopted cloud in 2012.

The story so far…
Ever since, cloud took shape of hype, IT vendors on various forums have always endorsed it to be the solution for every enterprise regardless of the industry or category it belonged to. It was mainly large enterprises who were early adopters of the cloud and too private cloud. Now, private cloud kills the whole concept of cloud, since the entire infrastructure is now managed by a third-party instead of the business to which it belongs. However, this was a positive step towards cloud’s adoption. Surprisingly, public cloud, which was primarily targeted towards SMEs, never saw an substantial uptake in this segment, with security concerns and weak SLAs being the key concerns...

This week in cloud: Rackspace and Cloudant team; OpenNebula updates

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

Cloudant aims for cloud ubiquity with Rackspace partnership; OpenNebula offers private testing cloud inside Amazon Web Services; and Dell vows (late) OpenStack-based public cloud, partners with Inktank on Ceph storage.

Cloudant, the Cambridge,  Mass.-area startup that wants to make its NoSQL database service ubiquitous, took another step in that direction this week– adding the Rackspace cloud to platforms it supports. Cloudant already runs on Amazon Web Services, Joyent, Microsoft Azure and SoftLayer infrastructure.    That gives both Cloudant and Rackspace customers more options. Cloudant customers tend to deploy very dsitributed data-intensive, real-time applications, which are a good fit with Rackspace’s reach and performance, Cloudant CEO Derek Schoettle said in a statement...

Governments and Cloud Computing: A broken marriage?

Grazed from FutureGov.  Author: Rob Livingstone.

The whole topic of cloud computing has been dominating the IT agenda. Conversations have been very intense in 2012 - we were barraged by new opinions, fuelled by new cloud product offerings and innovative, compelling solutions.  Given the inconsistency in the maturity of understanding across industry as to the intrinsic value of cloud technologies, I expected 2012 to be an interesting year indeed as organisations struggle with balancing the promise of significant benefits with the perceived (or actual) concerns such as risk and security.

In my view, the cloud hype cycle differs from almost all the previous hype cycles as it is turbo-charged by the consumerisation of IT technology, where anyone can access immediately, at minimal to zero cost, powerful IT systems previously only available within organisations...

Mitigating Risks in the Application of Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security, is pleased to announce a new cloud computing resource for law enforcement. In partnership with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, IJIS Institute executive director emeritus, Paul Wormeli, authored a report titled Mitigating Risks in the Application of Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement.

The concept of cloud computing, although rising in popularity in the business world, is still somewhat of a new idea for the law enforcement community. As the notion of information sharing continues to change shape, justice and public safety communities struggle to operate under dwindling budgets and higher expectations for productivity and efficiency. Cloud computing can offer a cost-effective way to improve mission-critical operational success. As such, it is essential that executives in the law enforcement community begin to understand and embrace the benefits of the cloud...

UK's Government G-Cloud is a ‘suicidal mission with no exit’ says LinuxIT CEO

Grazed from Computing.co.uk.  Author: Peter Gothard.

The CEO of Linux-based software solutions company LinuxIT, Peter Dawes-Huish, slammed the public sector G-Cloud system this week, likening the current service level to a military mission "with an entry route and no exit route" that is "not just dangerous, but suicide".

"Data lock-in and data opaqueness is as prevalent in cloud offerings as in any other delivery model," Dawes-Huish told the Westminster cloud computing eForum.  "If you move your applications and data to a cloud service in the proprietary model then you'll be held to ransom, and it doesn't matter how flexible your opportunity for moving, you're locked in."...

Cloud Computing: Total Defense for Business Provides Multi-Layer Security Protection

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Total Defense is launching a new cloud-based security service the company is promising will provide SMBs and SMEs with a "complete" cloud security solution, protecting customers from a variety of threats.

The key to the new Total Defense for Business service is three-pronged. Included in the new solution is advanced endpoint malware and application controls, web filtering and malware protection, and cloud-based anti-spam and email threat prevention. Additionally, Total Defense noted, the cloud-based solution provides protection irrespective of location and system by applying and and enforcing policies consistently at the cloud level...

Google lets more users host App Engine applications in Europe

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Google is letting more App Engine users choose to run their applications in a European data center, in order to improve performance for local users or to meet compliance demands.

App Engine is Google's cloud-based platform for hosting Web applications written using Java, Python or an experimental implementation of the Go programming language. The ability to host applications in Europe was first announced in June, but was then only offered to users with a so-called Premier account, which cost $500 per month. Google is now changing that to include all paying users, the company said in a blog post on Thursday...

Corona Labs Corrals A Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Thomas Claburn.

Corona Labs, maker of the cross-platform mobile development framework Corona SDK, has acquired backend cloud service provider Game Minion to help game developers more easily create apps that integrate with server code. No price was disclosed. Game Minion is a Dubai-based company that relies on Amazon Web Services infrastructure, with funding from Draper Investment Company. Game Minion, which will be renamed Corona Cloud, is presently in closed beta testing and is expected to be made available in the first quarter of 2013.

Corona Cloud relies on a RESTful API, meaning that communication between a developer's app and the remote server can be coded in a way that's standardized and portable. This makes it easy to reconfigure a cloud-connected app to communicate with a different backend host if necessary. Mohamed Hamedi, co-founder of Game Minion, said in a statement that his company is focused on offering simple backend services to developers. "Through this acquisition, we will provide the most complete end-to-end mobile development platform on the market," he said. "Features that would normally require the integration of half a dozen SDKs will be offered by Corona Labs in just one, neatly packaged API."...