Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: The future of Information Technology

Grazed from Business Recorder.  Author: BR Research.

interviews with Regional lead Microsoft office and Regional Managing Director SAP outlined the future of the business community with regard to corporate IT infrastructure. The premier highlights were the advent of cloud computing and the increased use of mobile computing.

Darren Rushworth, Regional Managing Director SAP, in an interview, pointed towards three developments in IT in the next five years; firstly, increased use of mobile computing which will diminish the usage of traditional laptops and desktops. The growing prominence of smartphones and related devices is a testament to this prophecy...

Cloud Computing: 30 billion watts and rising - balancing the internet's energy and infrastructure needs

Grazed from The Verge.  Author:  Tim Carmody.

Planning is key to effective cloud computing strategy

Grazed from Business Insurance.  Author: Rodd Zolkos.

A paper released this year, “Enterprise Risk Management for Cloud Computing,” produced by Crowe Horwath L.L.P. for the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, stressed the importance of a well-developed plan setting out the organization's cloud computing objectives and the specific role cloud computing will play.

“Some of the ERM prerequisites that should be factored into a quality cloud computing plan, and ultimately the cloud solution, are a strong governance model, a sound reporting structure, an accurate understanding of internal IT skills and abilities, and a defined risk appetite,” the paper said...

Cloud Computing Can Use Energy Efficiently

Grazed from The New York Times.  Author: Urs Hölzle.

Google’s servers refresh 20 billion pages a day, process over 100 billion search queries a month, provide email for 425 million Gmail users and process 72 hours of video uploaded per minute to YouTube. And yet we’re able to do all that work with relatively little energy, compared to other industries.

Data centers are responsible for between 1.1 and 1.5 percent of global energy use (compare that to transportation at 25 percent), and Google’s data centers are less than a percent of that. It’s a testament to the almost unimaginable improvements in computing power per watt that Moore’s Law has brought us over the past decades. Searching virtually all the world’s online information for a billion users with just 0.01 percent of global energy use illustrates how much less energy it takes to move electrons (information) than atoms (physical things)...

Salesforce.com: Analytics Can No Longer Be a Dream

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Mark A. Smith.

Salesforce has helped revolutionize cloud computing for business, and its social media and collaborative technologies help advance business processes in sales, customer service and improve the interactions between employees, partners and customers. Salesforce has made great advancements in cloud, social and mobile technology, as I have assessed and my colleague did too.

I thought Dreamforce would be a good time to investigate the state of its analytics that have been evolving since last year. I have spent the last couple of decades in the analytics industry across business and IT and thought it might be useful to provide objective analysis on Salesforce Analytics so I went to educational sessions on the products and demonstrations of their software and use by customers. I also have noted in my analysis from the 2011 Dreamforce event that they needed to improve and was not one of its strengths. The role of business analytics is critical for Salesforce’s entire software portfolio, and especially for software within sales organizations, of which almost two-thirds (64%) plan to improve their sales analytics...

Cloud computing compliance an issue at banks

Grazed from FierceFinanceIT. AuthorL Jim Kim.

Back in July, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a document to guide financial institutions in the tricky area of cloud-based solutions deployment. The guidance was topical obviously, as more banks are embracing cloud solutions at all levels. The economics increasingly make sense. The document laid out some guidance in the following areas: Due diligence, vendor management, information security, audits, legal and regulatory compliance, and business continuity planning.

Since the guidance was released, the idea that banks need even more guidance has become vogue, as some suggested that the released guidance was lacking a bit. Bank Technology News weighs in on this issue with a look at critical areas of cloud compliance. One expert was quoted said that the criticisms of the FFIEC reflect the view that the FFIEC guidance is "high level" and treats cloud computing like another kind of outsourcing...

Cloud Backup Services Compared

Grazed from ExtremeTech. Author:  Joel Hruska.

In our first story, we discussed backup philosophy, common misconceptions of what constituted a backup, and the criteria we’d use for developing a comprehensive backup policy. This article focuses on online/cloud backup services and compares three of the top solutions on the market today — Backblaze, Mozy and Carbonite.

The explosion in “cloud computing” as a moniker has made it difficult to distinguish the difference between various types of services. We suggest three basic categories: File lockers, online backup services, and online archives. Archiving services are beyond the scope of this series and are currently marketed towards businesses, not consumers. Amazon Glacier attracted a great deal of attention when it launched a few weeks back, but it’s not intended for just anyone to use. There’s no management console of any kind, and data transfers are handled via Java or .NET scripts. This article uses the phrase “online backup service” and “cloud backup service” interchangeably...

Should cloud service providers take a vertical tack?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Christina Torode.

I know what I'm about to propose goes against the mass appeal of the cloud computing model -- low cost, on-demand standard configurations that meet the needs of a broad customer base. Customization does not, for the most part, enter into the equation, but there is an argument for a customization of sorts in the cloud.
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Data security, including regulatory compliance, is a big factor in keeping enterprise companies out of the public cloud. But some cloud service providers are starting to see the value in catering to industry-specific data security needs. This past May, for example, Microsoft introduced Office 365 for Government, which segregates government agency customer data in a multi-tenancy public cloud. Microsoft also has Office 365 ITAR, a caged data center environment that supports FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act)and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) requirements. The Federal Aviation Administration marked its entrance into the public cloud with plans to give 80,000 employees access to Office 365 productivity tools...

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...