Cloud Trends

Greatest Hurdle to Cloud Computing Adoption: Security or Awareness?

Grazed from TechVibes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Canadian business executives have heard plenty of talk about the cloud, but most have a low awareness of the potential benefits of cloud-based solutions to their businesses.  That's the finding of a survey of Canadian C-suite executives released by Microsoft Canada, which found that 90 per cent of senior Canadian executives are not familiar with what cloud computing means and that two-thirds are "only just beginning to familiarize themselves" with the cloud.

Of the 10 per cent who feel they are familiar with cloud computing, fewer than half (45 per cent) were able to select the correct definition from a list of choices.  "I think the findings reveal a disconnect between what the cloud really is, what it offers, and how it is perceived by Canada's C-suite decision-makers," said Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy...

3 Ways Cloud Computing Rocks the World

Grazed from HP. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is driving change in all aspects of business, large and small. Some of the most common uses include dev/test, data archiving, storage, and disaster recovery. Everyone is familiar with SaaS players such as Salesforce and Workday and storage options such as Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, and Dropbox.

Cloud-based collaboration tools such as Mikogo and Vyew are proliferating as well. In this post, I’d like to share what I consider some of the most interesting uses of cloud, and how they help enterprises achieve faster time to market, increase customer engagement, and drive revenue. Cloud plays a pivotal role in each of these customer stories:...

Security Think Tank: Celebrity photo leaks highlight cloud security issues

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Indy Dhami.

The past couple of months have seen several leaks of sensitive celebrity pictures and videos. This leak is of course unfortunate and highly embarrassing for all of the victims involved. So how does this security lapse relate to corporate information that may be stored in the cloud? It is important for all employees of an organisation to understand data of any type rarely resides only on the device where it was created or stored.

Once uploaded to cloud storage services, it becomes much more difficult to manage and monitor who has access to that data. Information security professionals need to provide technical solutions and facilitate improved awareness of how to create, classify and manage data that resides in the cloud. The two Information Security Forum (ISF) reports Securing Cloud Computing and Data Privacy in the Cloud describe how organisations can protect themselves while moving sensitive information in and out of the cloud...

Take a Fast Path to the Cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kevin O'Conner.

Extending your IT Service Delivery to leverage cloud computing shouldn’t be a one-way street into unfamiliar territory. By adopting a common platform that spans both private and public cloud environments, clients can dynamically scale their IT infrastructure without changing the way they run it.

VMware vCloud Air® provides this type of fast path to the cloud enabling customers to migrate existing virtual machines from on-premises to the cloud. Deploying a new app and need more capacity? vCloud Air applications deployed directly in the hybrid cloud mode can access and leverage on premise resources. The hybrid cloud deployment model of VMware vCloud Air lets you leverage new or existing resources, so you can grow with ease and begin to deliver IT workloads faster and more efficiently...

The New Cloud, Not the Same as the Old Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

Everyone is moving toward “the cloud” and it seems that most individuals and organizations have a pretty good idea of what that is and how they hope to use it. But the cloud is not one thing, and it is most certainly not eternal. It is constantly growing and changing, with new services and new underlying technologies continually adding to and reinterpreting what we know about living and working in a cloud-based data environment. So even while we pursue our cloud strategies, there needs to be some realization that by the time the transition is complete, the cloud may not be what it appeared to be at the outset.

Key cloud providers are already tapping into this reality by pitching their services as “a new kind of cloud.” Rackspace, for example, places great stock in its ability to provide a “Managed Cloud,” which is its way of describing the specialized services and technological hand-holding it offers in contrast to the do-it-yourself commodity experiences that most providers offer...

Are cloud computing and innovation linked?

Grazed from WebTechnologyGroup. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing changes the way we look at applications, data and technology. Having flexible information technology not only reduces the cost, it creates new opportunities for increasing the value you derive from it. Cloud prepares your organisation for the unknown.

Reimagining information technology

Imagine that all of your applications and data were built today based on cloud technology. Your data would be ubiquitous – accessible to everyone and every application, quickly and easily without the need to translation or migration. Your applications would be infinitely scalable and you’d be able to adapt and extend them as well as build completely new functionality...

Salesforce Benefits From Cloud Computing Trend; Beats Estimates And Raises Guidance

Grazed from BidnessEtc.  Author: Larry Darrell., Inc. (CRM), a pioneer of cloud software business, announced its earnings results for the second quarter of tis fiscal 2015 (2QFY15) after the market closed yesterday.

The San Francisco-based company also revised up its guidance for the entire FY15 after the strong results seen in 2QFY15. Its guidance for revenues was increased by $30 million to $5.34-5.37 billion, while analysts estimate $5.34 billion. The forecast for adjusted EPS was also revised up to $0.50-0.52, in line with expectations of $0.51...

Will Cloud Computing Become as Obsolete as Horseless Carriages?

Grazed from CSC. Author: Dr. James Serack.

When I think of the quaint phrase “horseless carriage,” it conjures up for me an image, in black and white, of startled men in bowler hats pointing to a newly invented passing motor car. There was a time when carriages were drawn by horses so the adjective “horseless” was required to communicate the new invention from what was then the norm. But within a decade those motorized vehicles had become the new norm, and the phrase became obsolete. Now we of course just call them cars, and almost everyone owns one.

Recently while in California, waiting for the walk light to cross a busy urban intersection, I felt a bit like those men in the hats. When the traffic light changed to green, ALL the lead cars moved silently forward for several meters – and I found myself surprised by the prevalence of “hybrid cars” on the road. I did not yet expect them to be so common. Maybe soon we also won’t need the “hybrid” adjective as they become the norm on roadways. And significantly, while we get used to the idea, those who live in places where hybrids are common are already taking the next steps to develop new habits and practices for getting the best performance from the next generation of “plug in” hybrids...

6 tips for planning your ascent into cloud computing (Part 2)

Grazed from TechPage One. Author: Scott Koegler.

In my last post, I offered the first three of six tips for planning your ascent into cloud computing. In this second part of our four-part series, I present the remaining three tips. Consider them as you move forward in your efforts to take advantage of cloud infrastructure in your enterprise. Then stay tuned for part three, in which is give you advice on controlling shadow IT.

1) Determine the initial applications to host in the cloud

A cloud service platform is much like the computing platforms that already exist in your company, and its main purpose is to store data and execute applications. Some applications are better suited to execution on locally installed systems, while others may work just as well — or even better — when deployed to cloud services...

'Provider Sprawl' Complicates Government Move to Cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Kenneth Corbin.

In spite of a nearly four-year-old mandate to prioritize cloud computing technologies within the federal government, that transition has been slow to take shape, with officials continuing to express concerns about how to manage cloud deployments and uncertainty about navigating the maze of commercial providers.

Gerald Chelak, director of the technical service division at the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, says his agency is "100 percent committed to cloud" but admits that federal CIOs struggle to keep up with what he describes as "cloud service provider sprawl." When asked in a recent panel discussion how IT workers can keep on top of an ever-expanding galaxy of service providers and products, Chelak quipped, "Spend weekends."...