Cloud Adoption

Why Cloud Computing Projects May Fail

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Roseblum.

Cloud Computing offers a large number of benefits which make an enterprise switch over to the cloud. From startups to medium and large enterprises all are keen to adopt it mainly due to the cost saving in cloud computing. However it is very important to realize that like any other new technologies there are some risks of failure. Some of the likely reasons for the failure of cloud computing projects are mentioned below.

1. Lack of managing and monitoring applications

It is a common belief that developers can start coding immediately after switching to the cloud. They no longer need to worry about the development environment. This is true to some extent but they still need to manage and monitor their application to avert failure. Lack of monitoring and managing of the application may lead to high cost of operation and eventually project failure...

Analysis: Big Data and the Cloud will Transform City Government

Grazed from DailyFinance. Author: Editorial Staff.

Around the world, city leaders face the challenge of delivering economic growth while meeting sustainability targets and rising expectations about the quality of municipal services, often in the face of drastic budget reductions. This is forcing many city leaders to improve efficiency and drive further innovation in the creation and delivery of services. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, new platforms for communication, data sharing, and application development - particularly cloud computing and data analytics - will play a key role in this transformation.

Cumulative investment in smart government technology between 2011 and 2017 will be almost $4.8 billion, the report finds. Annual investment in smart government technologies in North America alone will surpass $1 billion in 2017, and annual investment in cloud services for smart cities will reach nearly $1.4 billion worldwide by 2017...

OpenStack Foundation Launches With $10M in Funding, 5600 Members

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

The OpenStack Foundation has officially launched boasting $10 million in funding and 5,600 members. The OpenStack community has announced the formal launch of the new OpenStack Foundation to continue to promote the development and adoption of the open-source OpenStack cloud software.

As the independent home for OpenStack, the foundation has already attracted more than 5,600 individual members, secured more than $10 million in funding and is ready to fulfill the OpenStack mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform...

Public Cloud Services Market Growing Faster Than Expected

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

The subscription Web services market is now forecast to grow 19.6 percent in 2012 to total $109 billion worldwide, up from projections of 12 percent to 15 percent. IT researcher Gartner reported Sept. 19 that the global appetite for public cloud services is ramping up faster than it and other analysts expected.

The subscription Web services market is now forecast to grow 19.6 percent in 2012 to total $109 billion worldwide, Gartner said in a report. Business process services (also known as business process as a service, or BPaaS) represent the largest segment, accounting for about 77 percent of the total market...

Do Telcos Have Klout in Cloud?

Grazed from Wired. Author: Yankee Group.

Cloud computing can play an important role in lowering costs for telecom operators and make them more nimble and agile. But the jury is still out whether telcos can compete in the cloud services market. Yet, with traditional revenue streams like voice, messaging and data increasingly being threatened by regulation, competition and over-the-top (OTT) players, gaining share in the fast growing cloud services market will be necessary to maintain relevance and ensure revenue growth.

In the consumer cloud space, popular services like webmail, storage, synchronisation, music and social networking are being delivered by OTT players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Dropbox, Spotify and Facebook...

Cloud Computing: Do you really want your CMO in charge of IT?

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

It makes sense for the CMO to help pick which technology marketing uses — but marketing is just one of many departments of a company. In this age of BYOD, all that autonomy will lead to more “rogue” IT. That’s not always a good thing.

Every time I hear that more IT spending will flow through the marketing department than through CIOs in the future, I get visions of expensive PowerPoint-toting suits designating their server of choice. It’s an odd picture...

Cloud Services Market Expanding to $109 Billion in 2012

Grazed from MaximumPC. Author: Paul Lilly.

It wasn't too terribly long ago that "cloud computing" was a loosey-goosey marketing term being thrown around by anyone and everyone in the software space. And now? There's been a marked shift towards cloud-based services, which is a market that research firm Gartner predicts will grow 19.6 percent to $109 billion by the end of 2012.

"The cloud services market is clearly a high-growth sector within the overall IT marketplace," said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. "The key to taking advantage of this growth will be understanding the nuances of the opportunity within service segments and geographic regions, and then prioritizing investments in line with the opportunities."...

Kaavo wins cloud-software patent

Grazed from Hartford Business. Author: Editorial Staff.

Stamford cloud-software developer Kaavo says it won a patent on technology that is the centerpiece of a product introduced three years ago.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week issued to Kaavo patent No. 8271974, titled "Cloud computing lifecycle management for N-tier applications.'' There are 45 claims in the patent, the company said. Cloud computing is the delivery of software or hardware resources via a network, typically the Internet...

Private Cloud Computing: What It's Not and Why It Matters

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

The private cloud is many things, say its champions: a way to move data off a local server stack but still retain the benefits of being "alone"; a way to reduce costs and a way to improve agility. But amid all that this subset of cloud technology does well, there are some things that aren't its strengths--and some it can't do at all. Enough misconceptions have arisen, in fact, that research firm Gartner issued a news release detailing five things these clouds are not.

I Do Not Think it Does What You Think it Does

Chief among the myths surrounding taking a cloud private is that it is the same as virtualization, according an equities.com report on the Gartner statement. The research company notes that "server and infrastructure virtualization are important foundations for private cloud computing. However, virtualization and virtualization management are not, by themselves, private cloud computing." They also point out that, contrary to popular opinion, this kind of cloud computing is not necessarily on-premises, won't always be private, and isn't an entirely cost-saving measure. Nonlocal data centers still meet privacy requirements, hybrid clouds are on the rise, and cost benefits are not nearly so significant as the agility and task automation abilities a company gains...

Will OpenStack Usher in a Cloud Revolution?

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Jeff Vance.

If you’re already tired of all the hype surrounding cloud computing, you’d better brace yourself for another cycle focused on OpenStack, the open-source cloud platform that’s touted as the operating system for the cloud.

The forces aligning behind OpenStack are impressive ones. The project originated in NASA, was moved along in partnership with Rackspace and is now spearheaded by the OpenStack Foundation. OpenStack is backed by 180 member companies, including biggies like AT&T, HP, IBM, Cisco, VMware and Intel...