Cloud Revolution

3 Ways Cloud Computing Has Revolutionized Business for Everyone

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Alice Williams.

If your organization hasn’t moved to the Cloud yet, it may be missing out on a host of cost-saving opportunities. The benefits are tremendous, ranging from better customer experience to greater mobile accessibility among your employees. And according to a 2015 report by Exact, small businesses that employed Cloud-based solutions doubled their profits and generated 25% more revenue growth than their Cloud-reluctant counterparts. If that’s not enough to convince you to make the switch to the Cloud, ask yourself these three questions and then keep reading to see how adopting the Cloud can revolutionize the way you do business.

Pay for Only What You Need

Instead of purchasing excessive equipment and IT infrastructure to support anticipated growth, you can stretch your budget further with the Cloud because you only pay for exactly what you need, when you need it. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud-computing platform is a good example. With its pay-as-you-go model, scalable resources can be adjusted on demand...

Cloud Revolution, Predicted In 1961, Marches Forward

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Sean McGrath.

It may surprise you to learn that the roots of cloud computing were planted well before the term made it into everyday speech. J.C.R. Licklider, one of the key developers of ARPANET, envisioned a global network capable of computation, while Professor John McCarthy said at MIT's centennial celebration in 1961:

"Computing may someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility. Each subscriber needs to pay only for the capacity he actually uses, but he has access to all programming languages characteristic of a very large system … Certain subscribers might offer service to other subscribers …

The digital revolution: benefits of cloud computing

Grazed from The Guardian.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud has created a paradigm shift that’s every bit as important as the industrial revolution for businesses and consumers, says Gary Turner, managing director, Xero UK. For firms that haven’t already made the most of it, the opportunity to re-imagine services and create innovate new ways to add real value for clients is beckoning.

The year 2014 has heralded a real turning point in the maturity of digital. Almost three billion people – 40% of the world’s population – are using the Internet according to thelatest figures from the United Nations. Facebook has 1.35 billion active monthly users, which is incredible when you consider the site has only been around for ten years...

The Real Cloud Computing Revolution

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

My last post noted that the IT industry appears to suffer from cloud computing ennui, as the number of Google searches for the term over the past two years has dropped significantly. I also said that other evidence indicates that many IT users appear to have put cloud computing in the "done and dusted" category despite not really understanding it very well.

I went on to say that, far from being completed, cloud computing growth is accelerating. The biggest challenge to IT is that end users, frustrated with the leisurely pace of internal IT group cloud implementations, will solve their problems by placing applications in public cloud computing environments...

Has Cloud Computing Been a Failed Revolution?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

Speaking at a recent conference, Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee put up a provocative slide: The number of Google searches for the term "cloud computing." It proves, he says, that people no longer find cloud computing compelling. You might be tempted to think that people aren't interested in cloud computing because they've got it all figured out and have moved on to new challenges.

The reduced lack of interest in cloud computing notwithstanding, I certainly don't think that cloud computing adoption is finished. Far from it. In fact, I'd say most IT organizations have barely started working with cloud computing, much less completed their journey.
Gartner's Lydia Leong echoed this perspective in a couple funny tweets, plaintively noting that, far from being finished with cloud implementations, many IT personnel don't even really understand cloud computing...

Cloud computing: "The new industrial revolution"

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Alex Hamilton.

Cloud computing is the newest industrial revolution to hit the world and Europe needs to catch up, according to EuroCloud. Cloud computing will be the modern world’s equivalent of the industrial revolution, and the UK and Europe need to take advantage before they get left behind.

That is according to Dr. Tobias Höllwarth, who says the cloud is very much here to stay and that companies should begin their optimisation before it’s too late. “It has never been a good strategy to run behind someone else in a race,” Dr. Höllwarth, consultant and board member of EuroCloud, told journalists at the Cloud Enterprise Forum, Monaco...

OpenStack: Vive la revolution!

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

InfoWorld's Eric Knorr made a good call last week, stating, "IBM would take the helm as the corporate steward of OpenStack, surpassing in importance even Rackspace -- which along with NASA gave birth to OpenStack three years ago."

Although IBM won't provide its own OpenStack-based product, it will offer piece-parts based on OpenStack. IBM's sheer size and influence will make it one of the biggest drivers of OpenStack, passing up Hewlett-Packard, Rackspace, and dozens of other smaller OpenStack upstarts. Remember how IBM was a major force in mainstreaming Linux and open source a decade ago? It has the same potential with OpenStack...

Embrace the cloud computing revolution - with caution

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Dan Gillmor.

Google recently launched its high-end Chromebook Pixel, and like previous Chromebooks this notebook computer makes a distinctly 21st Century assumption: that users' data, work and play belong mostly online, not on their own computers. Google isn't alone in pushing this notion, but it's the most powerful evangelist for the shift to what tech people call the "cloud" and away from "local" storage. Call me unconvinced. Deeply unconvinced.

The cloud evangelists have an alluring pitch. First, they say, we can now count on being connected as much of the time as necessary. Second, these computing and data services becoming a utility like electricity – easier and safer to run from remote servers than on our local systems...