Cloud Trends

'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."...

Calling for a common cloud architecture

Grazed from CloudComputingTech. Author: Kathy L. Grise.

The overarching theme around cloud computing is truly ubiquitous and reaches across not just the computing industry and professionals, but really touches across academia, government, and industry, plus the average, general consumer. A successful cloud implementation happens when it all functions effectively and is transparent to the user.

The user should not have to worry about the where, how, or what behind the cloud. Issues like privacy, security, reliability, and accessibility should be transparent. Naturally, the success is based upon a sound architecture(s) behind cloud computing. There are numerous pieces and parts that host, drive, and support cloud computing, ranging from its SaaS, PaaS, etc. to the basic and fundamental physical components...

The "No-Compromise Cloud"

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Mark Cravotta.

The public cloud computing model is rapidly becoming the world's most prolific IT deployment architecture, yet it leaves many promises unfulfilled. While offering scale, flexibility, and potential cost savings, the public cloud often lacks the isolation, computing power, and control advantages of bare metal servers.

Recent feedback suggests that people who adopted public cloud solutions for their elasticity and convenience are now lamenting their "simple" solution's complexity. To deploy enterprise solutions with the public cloud, one must consider redundancies as a safety net for outages and other disasters, as well as more intricate network architecture for true interoperability...

Cloudwords Offers New Solution for Global Marketers

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: Noreen Seebacher.

Marc Benioff-backed Cloudwords is continuing its quest to help global marketers manage multi-lingual content. The cloud-based translation management application today announced Campaign Manager, an enterprise-ready solution designed to help marketers "plan, execute and track" the localization and translation of marketing content for global campaigns.

Benioff, the CEO of salesforce.com, was one of the original investors in the San Francisco-based company. Cloudwords was founded in 2010 by "individuals who gave birth to cloud computing," including Scott Yancey, a key architect on the salesforce.com platform, and Michael Meinhardt, a consultant who advised numerous enterprise customers on their global translation strategy, including Cisco Systems, Hitachi Data Systems, Apple and Symantec...

Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Eric Lundquist.

The concept of using cloud computing to replace or augment your IT infrastructure is still relatively new. The introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2006 is a good date to pick as a starting point for this trend. We are now halfway through 2014 and Google, IBM, HP and the OpenStack gang have had their turns to talk about their latest cloud offerings. So this is a good time to see what is changing in cloud computing. Here are five trends I’m watching.

1. Transparency: I consistently hear from users and potential users that cloud computing sounds great, but while the tech is fairly straightforward to consider it is still devilishly difficult to figure out the pricing. This seems like it should be simple to solve. While the big cloud vendors are very public about price cutting, there remains lots of room to help CIOs figure out in advance what they will pay...

Read more from the source @ http://www.eweek.com/cloud/five-trends-show-why-cloud-computing-is-far-from-mature.html

Oracle's Cloud Startup Shopping Spree is Imminent

Grazed from CloudWedge. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud analysts are buzzing about the possibility of Oracle buying up smaller ventures in efforts to extend its own cloud computing endeavours. Reports indicate that Oracle intends to sell $10 billion in bonds which will raise cash for what many analysts are dubbing a cloud startup shopping spree. The database giant has not been shy about acquiring smaller outfits. It seems as if this strategy seems to benefit Oracle’s cloud ambitions.

As the world of cloud services begin to mature, Oracle must fill up its portfolio with cloud companies that give Oracle a presence in emerging cloud verticals. How does Oracle plan on utilizing this 10 billion dollar infusion? That’s still up for debate but when you look at what Oracle currently has in its cloud portfolio; it is easy to see what Oracle is missing...

Why 'cheaper and faster' is just part of the cloud story

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Greg Otto.

For both the public and private sector, agility is starting to outweigh cost when it comes to cloud computing. A new Harvard Business Review survey released Wednesday found that large and midsize organizations that have adopted cloud computing have seen an increase in business agility.

Seventy-four percent of the 527 people surveyed said their business has gained “some” to “significant” advantages thanks to cloud implementation. When asked how cloud allowed businesses to achieve those advantages, the respondents said cloud enhanced their responses to market changes, provided easier data accessibility and boosted collaboration between team members...

Cloud Computing: Three Questions with Amazon's Technology Chief, Werner Vogels

Grazed from MITTechnologyReview. Author: Rachel Metz.

In the eight years since Amazon.com rolled out its cloud-computing business, Amazon Web Services, it has grown from a side project that gave scrappy startups cheap access to computing and online storage to a leader in the fast-growing market for remote computing and storage services. The research company Gartner recently estimated that AWS uses over five times as much computing capacity as its top 14 competitors combined. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has even predicted that AWS may one day be bigger than Amazon’s retail business.

Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, devotes most of his time to Amazon’s vast cloud empire. He sat down with MIT Technology Review IT editor Rachel Metz at the AWS temporary startup loft (constructed to encourage developers to drop by and learn more about Amazon’s cloud offerings) in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood to talk about the future of cloud computing and security...

IBM's (Not So) Secret Weapon: Hybrid Cloud Computing

Grazed from FoxBusiness. Author: Adam Samson.

Big Blue has been singing the blues a lot lately. As other tech names woo Wall Street with shiny gadgets and myriad online services, IBM (IBM) sputters. IBM, perhaps the biggest player in the “Old Tech” space, saw its stock dip 2.1% last year just as the broad markets posted a blockbuster performance that included stellar results by a wide variety of technology stocks.

This year hasn’t been much better for the Armonk, NY-based heavyweight, as the firm nurses a year-to-date loss of 3.4% against 6% gains for U.S. equities. In fact, the stock has underperformed the S&P 500 every year since 2012 after beating the benchmark barometer by a wide margin in 2011, according to data from FactSet...

Read more from the source @ http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2014/06/24/ibms-not-so-secret-weapon-hybrid-cloud-computing/

The Cloud in Emerging Markets - How Cloud Tech Is Making Computing More Accessible

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matt Smith.

Cloud computing is rapidly transforming business processes both domestically and in international emerging markets. Information technology is projected to be based more than 50 percent in the cloud within the next few years and it may be an ideal environment for many developing markets. This shift will allow emerging international markets to move past costly technology barriers and drastically increase productivity and growth. Cloud services are becoming more readily available in a variety of regions, which has fueled a strong desire for increased capacity.

Although the use of cloud services is still in its formative years in many emerging markets, the adoption of the cloud is becoming more prevalent. This steadily increasing switch to the cloud by an assorted range of organizations has fueled the need for providers to invest in new data centers and cloud infrastructures as well as related offerings such as security and management services...