Cloud Readiness

When it comes to cloud technology, don’t lose your head!

Grazed from Lexology.  Author: Jason Dixon.

In the era of the cloud, it has been an advantage to be an early mover, but when you get into the clouds you don’t want to lose your head.  About five years ago “cloud” was the IT industry buzz word and heralded as the new revolution in IT. But while the cloud is becoming an integral part of the IT infrastructure of a growing number of companies – especially in the mid-market – the challenge now moves to how much or how little of the “cloud” we need.

It is the ability to buy as much – or as little – as is required that makes cloud computing a powerful option for mid-sized firms.” (Ian Grayson – The Australian, Wed 6 August 2014)

However, Jason Dixon, IT and IP law specialist at Ash Street, and former regional counsel for IBM Australia and New Zealand, urges a “buyer-beware” approach to businesses looking for their cloud solutions...

3 Things Startups Need to Know to Move to the Cloud

Grazed from Xconomy.  Author: Shellye Archambeau.
 

Despite concerns around data security, businesses are optimistic about the cloud. In fact, software-as-a-service adoption has more than quintupled from 13 percent in 2011 to 72 percent in 2014, according to a cloud computing survey conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners and Gigaom Research.

For startups, the cloud has always been a great equalizer, enabling nascent businesses to compete on par with their larger, more established counterparts. In a Rackspace survey on the economic impact of the cloud, a quarter of small and medium enterprises indicated that they had increased profits by at least 25 percent, and up to 75 percent, as a result of cloud computing...

The cheap, convenient cloud

Grazed from TheEconomist.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IF THERE were a prize for corporate secrecy, Amazon would have an excellent chance of winning. Interviewing its executives can be like pulling teeth. Even trivial details are not revealed, such as the approximate location of the office of Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive, in the company’s headquarters in Seattle.

Unsurprisingly, then, its quarterly earnings calls are mostly a dull affair. But financial analysts and many in the information-technology (IT) industry will pay close attention when the e-commerce giant releases results for this year’s first three months, on April 23rd. Nearly a decade after it launched Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company will enlighten its shareholders about the size, growth and profitability of its cloud-computing business...

Read more from the source @ http://www.economist.com/news/business/21648685-cloud-computing-prices-keep-falling-whole-it-business-will-change-cheap-convenient

10 Things We've Learned About Cloud Computing, So Far

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

Cloud computing — in its current form — has been around for well over a decade now.  While it takes on many dimensions, the earliest roots of current-day cloud formations can be traced back to 1999 with the launch of Salesforce.com, and to 2004,with the first Amazon Web Services offering.

With all this activity going on year after, enterprises have accumulated some key lessons on what cloud is and is not all about. So, what have we learned, more than a decade in?...

Cloud ‘reality check’ in store for IT leaders, report affirms

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

As we’re now full swing into 2015, there is certainly a greater understanding over the potential – and the limitations – of cloud computing. Research from NTT Communications has explored the varying issues and argued there needs to be a smoother migration path from the corporate data centre to the cloud.

Similarly, even though cloud will claim a growing share of IT budgets in coming years, many IT decision makers don’t believe it is living up to its potential.  The complexity of companies’ IT is growing and becoming difficult to manage. UK IT decision makers claim they have to support 250 applications on average, compared to 100 in the US, 58 in Benelux and 57 in Germany. Globally, IT is having to deal with more than four clouds on average...

The Quantum Leap Into Computing And Communication: A Chinese Perspective

Grazed from EurAsiaReview.  Author: Cindy Hurst.

A nation’s success in military operations often rises and falls on the basis of how well it communicates. When a nation does not secure its communications effectively, its enemies intercept and read its communications and win thereby military and diplomatic advantages.1

Vice Admiral Noel Gayler, former director of the National Security Agency, once wrote, “Important as it is in peacetime, communications security becomes even more important in wartime.”2 For a few decades, nations have been relying on encryption systems to protect a wide variety of computerized transmissions ranging from commerce to government to military communications...

If you're out of the cloud, you're out of the game

Grazed from ITBrief.  Author: Catherine Knowles.

In order to stay ahead of the game, businesses need to keep pace with the rapid evolution of cloud computing, leverage cloud investments to connect with customers and employees, and seize opportunities available from cloud technology, says KPMG.

KPMG, the global advisory organisation, has released its 2014 Cloud Survey Report, and shares insights on cloud computing for today’s businesses.
A primary finding of the survey is that, "Cloud has clearly come of age. Driven by the demand for speed, flexibility, scale and anywhere access, consumers have fully embraced a cloud-enabled world...

Can the Cloud Clear the Mission-Critical Hurdle?

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

The cloud wants enterprise data, and so far it has been fairly adept at gathering the low-hanging fruit: mostly bulk storage, archives, B&R, low-level database workloads and other non-critical stuff. But the real money is in the advanced applications – the kind of data that organizations will pay a premium to support because it brings the highest value to emerging business models...

This is a conundrum, however, because that high value also causes the enterprise to keep critical data close to the vest, which means cloud providers need to go the extra mile to win enterprise trust. And for the most part, that has not happened yet. This is a shame because in terms of both security and uptime, the cloud is at least on par with the typical enterprise and in certain key metrics is actually superior...

Advances in cloud computing alone are expected to create 2.5 million additional jobs in Europe by 2020

Grazed from Project-Syndicate.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Europe is on the cusp of an unprecedented technological transformation. I call it the Internet of Everything: the penetration of the World Wide Web into the everyday aspects of our lives. Wearable technology will tell us how well we are sleeping and whether we need to exercise. Sensors in the street will help us avoid traffic jams and find parking. Telemedicine applications will allow physicians to treat patients who are hundreds of miles away.

This massive transition will transform how citizens interact with their governments, revolutionize entire industries, and change the way we engage with one another. In Europe, the Internet of Everything is emerging as the single most promising way to revive a moribund economy and tackle the continent's stubborn unemployment problem, with companies, cities, and even countries positioning themselves as leaders in innovation, growth, and the creation of jobs.

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Five Critical Questions to Ask Before Moving Data to the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In the last few years, "the cloud" has become a household term, yet it's not always as well understood as you might think. Used in this popular singular form, "the cloud" suggests that there really is a single, nebulous entity where computing resources and endless data storage magically reside.

Of course, the reality is that the cloud is a network of data centers, and within those, a network of servers and storage nodes. The real mystery begins when organizations start taking a closer look at the cloud's inner workings, asking such questions as: Where exactly does my cloud data live...