Enterprise Adoption

Location, location, location: The changing face of data centres

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Ross Momtahan.

One of the rare occasions that the subject of data centres has ended up in the mainstream news was fairly recently, when Facebook built a new data centre in Sweden. It was a precious moment when our industry – which despite being responsible for so much cool stuff in the world is not exactly considered to be the most glamorous to the average Joe – was seen on the likes of Gawker and the Mail Online.

Of course, the Facebook factor is a strong reason for this public interest - but there is something inherently… cool… about building a data centre in such a remote location (not to mention the green credentials). But Facebook isn’t doing this for the PR; it sees real potential for savings in this region...

Employing Cloud Into 2015

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Ian Moyse.

2015 is rumoured as the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream, however, this year it is not the hype, but real user benefits that are driving adoption

What do I mean by this. Well people are not going out looking for cloud-based solutions (“I want some cloud”), instead they are looking for a solution to a real problem. Some users are unknowingly using a cloud-based solution (either in their business or personal lives) and are quickly seeing the benefits. Take for example Dropbox, a free tool for sharing (large) files across devices seamlessly, easily and from anywhere, where users adopt it from a need that it solves and not because of the technology factor behind it or because of any cloud hype...

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...

Cloud is Stacking Up Nicely

Grazed from SysCon.  Author: Roger Strukhoff.

The stack is the hack, Jack. That's my takeaway from several events I attended over the past few weeks in Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia.  I listened to and participated in discussions about everything from large datacenter management (think Facebook Open Compute) to enterprise-level cyberfraud (at a seminar in Manila attended by the US State Dept. and Philippine National Police) to the world of entrepreneurial startups, app deployment, and mobility (in a series of meetups and talks in both the US and Asia.)

I also attended the announcement of a very high-level report from the Asian Cloud Computing Association, Internet Society of Asia-Pacific, and TRPC Research on the topic of "Re-Thinking the Digital Economy," in which a presentation by a member of the Philippine Cabinet on bringing free WiFi to the masses was just one topic. This report will be discussed in several other meetings within the ASEAN community over the next weeks...

CIO or CTO: Which One Will Survive the Cloud and Keep a Seat at the Table?

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Don Tennant.

Cloud computing will either cause the CIO role to morph into a CTO role, or will leave the CIO to “bow down to the CTO” by becoming a manager of cloud providers and of what’s left of in-house operations. That’s the view of Marc Malizia, co-founder and CTO at RKON Technologies, a managed cloud services provider in Chicago.

In a recent interview, Malizia provided an intriguingly candid assessment of the current and future roles of the CIO and the CTO. It’s worth noting up front that RKON doesn’t even have a CIO. “As a technology company we are strategically driven by the CTO role,” Malizia said. “We also have the luxury of leveraging our internal consultants and managed service team to run our operation, which has somewhat eliminated the need of a CIO.”...

Read more from the source @ http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/cio-or-cto-which-one-will-survive-the-cloud-and-keep-a-seat-at-the-table.html

100% Cloud is the New Black

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Nicole Yeager.

Cloud computing or “the cloud” as most refer to it, is no longer just for tech savvy executives. Consumers and businesses alike are flocking in the masses to the improved agility, lower costs and unrivaled advantages that cloud environments provide. With the number of global consumer subscriptions to the cloud at 730 million in 2014, it is safe to say, the cloud is here to stay.

As the demand for “the cloud” continues to increase, so do the expectations and requirements for cloud capabilities. Businesses and consumers are gravitating towards products that offer the limitless mobility and functionalities that meet their lifestyle. As we discuss the universal draw towards these next key products, it’s clear that “100% cloud” has quickly become the new black...

Read more from the source @ http://www.networkworld.com/article/2901035/uc-voip/100-cloud-is-the-new-black.html

Why there is still a culture of 'hope' and 'fear' around cloud and big data technologies

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud. Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which surveyed over 800 IT decision makers worldwide.

The numbers revealed worrying findings about why organisations were moving data into the cloud; almost half (46%) of respondents expressed concerns over ‘market pressures’ forcing them to use cloud services. In terms of key changes to increase the use of cloud services, 55% wanted encryption of data with enterprise key control on their premises; 52% wanted encryption of their organisation’s data within the service provider’s infrastructure, and 52% wanted liability terms for a data breach...

Five Basic Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing

Grazed from CIO. Author: Janel Ryan.

We’ve all heard about cloud computing, but it may still seem like a foreign language to some. Because cloud computing has become a big deal (like, change the face of IT big), we thought we would provide a brief cloud computing introduction. Here are some key points you need to know about cloud computing to help your organization reap its benefits and get you back into the 21st century.

1. There are two versions of cloud to know about

There are several varieties of cloud computing services. Depending on your company’s IT needs, you might be able to use a cloud service instead of investing in new IT hardware. Two of the more popular versions of cloud offerings are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). With SaaS, the cloud service provider hosts your enterprise applications and associated data on its servers and storage systems...

IT Spend and Cloud Computing Rising in 2015

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Michael Brown.

This year, it looks like IT spending is going up, and cloud-based file sharing is a big contributor. A survey of IT executives shows 43 percent of companies plan to increase their IT budget in 2015, with the average increase at 13 percent. Here is what they plan to spend their IT budgets on this year.

Cloud Computing

Cloud-based sharing and storage has seen a major increase in the past few years, but 2015 looks to be its biggest year yet. 40% of those surveyed planned to increase their spending on cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS). Companies can now really see the value in increasing their flexibility and accessibility by leveraging the cloud...

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...