Cloud Readiness

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Launches Azure Data Center in Southern Brazil

Grazed from NearShoreAmericas. Author: Narayan Ammachchi.

Microsoft has launched its Azure data center in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, promising to provide fully secured cloud computing services to Brazilian companies concerned about cyber spying. The new data center will store data within the country and provide customers with better performance through reduced latency.

Microsoft Azure, formerly Windows Azure, is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Internet security has become a sensitive issue in Brazil after news emerged that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on its President Dilma Rousseff and the state-owned oil company Petrobras...

The World as a Global Village with Cloud Computing Technology

Grazed from StreetWiseTech.  Author: Thomas Larson.

The word ‘cloud’ refers to an informal expression used to describe a network of computers which are joined together in real time by a single computing network. This whole system of communication is called a cloud computing technology.  Cloud computing technology is used today by the help of the internet. The medium of the internet helps in maintaining a real time or live communication forum for cloud computing technology.

In this, large quantities of computers are connected via the internet. The term cloud computing technology does not indicate or represent the scientific term for such a network. In computer science studies, this term, cloud computing technology is used to simply describe the ability or capacity for people to be able to operate a single program over many connected computers all at the same time...

If left unchecked, cloud fever could make us sick

Grazed from GigaOm.  Author: Erik Pounds.

Few trends have gained as much mind share and momentum as the rush to move all our data and computing to the cloud. The fever for the cloud runs high — and it runs largely unchecked. Some, including AppZero CEO Greg O’Connor, believe that the move to the cloud is only going to accelerate. In this vision of the future, all information will be stored in centralized services and your computing devices (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) will all access storage in the cloud.

In the more than 15 years I’ve spent in the data protection, storage and networking spaces, I’ve witnessed firsthand the benefits many companies — and users — have reaped from this trend. In the eyes of the consumer, the internet has morphed into a group of centralized services that many of us use on a daily basis...

What Will the Cloud Look Like in 2020?

Grazed from SAP.  Author: Lindsey LaManna.

Cloud computing has quickly become a driving force of unprecedented change across the IT and business landscape. Organizations are adopting the potential of the cloud to reap the benefits of business innovation and agility, and to enable new processes and insights that were previously impossible. Business and IT are transforming into “everything as a service.” Those companies that do not adopt the cloud will fall behind the pace of change. What can we do today to prepare for tomorrow?

 To find the answer to this question, I interviewed Sven Denecken, VP of Strategy for Cloud Solutions at SAP and speaker at The in Cloud 2020 Forum at SAPPHIRE NOW next week in Orlando, on a Google+ Hangout last week. Sven provided valuable insights on the impact of the cloud, what businesses can do prepare and what cloud will look like in 2020...

New Gartner Magic Quadrant Out - It May Not Be A Zero-Sum Game, But AWS Is As Close As It Gets

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Ben Kepes.

The cloud computing industry awaits each new version of Gartner ’s Magic Quadrant. Gartner’s reports are a detailed look at the marketplace, and go a long way to driving buyer behavior.

No enterprise wants to be betting on a cloud provider that is deemed to be behind the eight ball. Unfortunately the tool is so valuable that Gartner protects it carefully – the report is available for $1995 and it’d be a brave publication that ignored Gartner’s copyright and published a copy of the diagram itself...

How to Get Started in the Cloud

Grazed from SmartDataCollective.  Author: Jon Smith.

Cloud computing has progressed from a niche buzzword to a business essential in recent years. But if you’re still lagging behind what’s the easiest way to get started?  In this guide you’ll find some expert advice on taking your first steps to cloud migration.

Minimise risk by taking baby steps

Though you may be suitably seduced enough by the cloud to want to migrate in one fell swoop, experts advise a more graduated approach.  First ask yourself ‘what should we put in the cloud?’ Your answer should be driven in the early stages by minimising risk. Doug Clark, IBM UK and Ireland cloud leader, advises firms to begin by migrating applications that are “relatively low risk and fairly generic”...

Why Today’s CIO Shouldn’t Fear The Cloud

Grazed from BusinessIntelligence.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Companies today are facing a torrent of digital opportunities – a CIO’s dream come true if properly tamed.  A 2014 Gartner survey reveals that cybersecurity –once the number one concern for enterprise cloud adoption – is becoming a lower strategic priority among CIOs. This is a shocking fact, considering that just two years ago most IT departments approached cloud computing with a huge degree of apprehension.

According to James Staten at Forrester, 2013 was the year enterprises got real about cloud computing. 2014 will be the year the cloud is integrated into existing IT portfolios.  This shift in priorities is fueled by some major changes that have been transforming the cloud industry over time...

Five ways cloud computing is like Las Vegas

Grazed from ThoughtsOnCloud. Author: Gary Zeien.

How can using and working with “the cloud” be like Las Vegas? You’re probably thinking I’ve lost my mind, but bear with me! At a recent conference, while I was looking out of my hotel room window, I began to see some similarities between Vegas and what is happening in business and IT as we all move to the cloud.

1. Things seem to appear out of the desert.

If you have been to Las Vegas over the last decade or so, you have seen large transformations in how the city runs. Now, I’ve had the “opportunity” to be in Vegas many times over the last few years, and there is always something new. For most people that “consume the services” of Vegas, these things just seem to appear...

Four Trends in Cloud Computing

Grazed from SciQuest. Author: Lindsay Sloan.

"It's become the phrase du jour," says Ben Pring, former Vice President of Research at Gartner, of the term cloud computing. “The problem is tvhat everyone seems to have a different definition.” So let’s start out with the simple question: What is cloud computing? According to Oxford Dictionaries, it’s the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Now, instead of using a personal computer to run an application, individuals can do this from anywhere in the world.

With easy access to information, automatic software integration and fast deployment, cloud computing is here to stay and it’s growing. Companies like SciQuest, who provide products which are completely cloud-based, can provide significant advantages to their customers compared to on-premise solutions that other business automation software providers offer. As more and more organizations adapt to this technology – and get used to the cost and efficiency benefits – new trends have emerged and here are the ones we think are most noteworthy:..

Half of world's population headed for the cloud

Grazed from FierceCIO. Author: David Weldon.

Nearly half of the world's population will be using cloud computing services in some fashion by 2018, according to a new study by Juniper Research. In its report, Cloud Computing--Consumer Markets: Strategies and Forecasts 2014-2018, the research firm estimates that there are currently 2.4 billion people using cloud-based services in one form or another. But that number is expected to rise to 3.6 billion according to the study.

"The analysts said that advances in cloud storage, music and games would propel this figure over the next few years," says an article at Cloud Pro. "It is said that the bulk of revenues in consumer cloud services would be from streaming services, while cloud storage services find attracting paying subscribers a struggle."...