Technology Adoption

Cloud Computing Still in Its Infancy, Study Says

Grazed from Windows IP Pro.  Author: B. K. Winstead.

We all know how important and ubiquitous email has become, not just in business but in our lives. Can you remember when you learned about email (i.e., electronic mail, e-mail) for the first time and didn't yet know how fundamentally this technology would change the way we communicate and do business? Now think for a minute about cloud computing as being in that same sort of unpredictable infancy.

That's one of the findings of a study released last month by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and ISACA. The two organizations surveyed more than 250 participants ranging from end users to C-level executives and from organizations of all sizes. Using factors such as market size and diversity, levels of acceptance and integration, and amount of innovation, the survey determined that cloud computing is still in its infancy...

How Cloud Computing is Affecting Everyone

Grazed from CloudTimes.org.  Author: Florence de Borja.

With the current popularity cloud computing is experiencing, it is not surprising to expect that it will have a great impact on the global economy. In fact, according to the International Data Corporation, it is expected for cloud computing to generate at least 14 million jobs worldwide. In a recent Forbes article by Joe McKendrick, he pointed out 5 ways in which cloud computing will change how businesses are implemented. According to him, cloud computing will also indirectly affect jobs.

In McKendrick’s article “5 Ways Cloud Computing Is Disrupting Everyone’s Job”, he noted that because procurement of cloud computing resources can be done through a credit card, everyone can have access to it. And with that access, it is highly probable that IT will no longer be limited to a particular IT department only. Instead, the IT professionals will be part of each department using cloud computing. According to McKendrick, executives within the lines of business have greater IT budgets than their counterparts in the IT department. But, it doesn’t mean that IT executives will be eased out of companies. These IT executives will be advising the businesses as well as offer tactical and strategic guidance so that line-of-business executives can identify and select the suitable resources for their departments...

VMworld Europe 2012: Key highlights and technology takeaways

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

Software defined datacentres, cloud management and automation, virtualisation licensing, mobile virtualisation, heterogeneity and the need for IT executives to develop new skills in the cloud era were some of the themes of the VMworld Europe 2012 conference.

“Cloud is a disruptive technology,” said VMware’s new chief executive Pat Gelsinger, in his opening keynote, setting the tone of the Right Here, Right Now conference, heavily focused on cloud computing’s role in datacentres and its automation...

Cloud Computing: BSA Relaunching With Broader Focus

Grazed from The National Journal. Author: Juliana Gruenwald.

After 24 years, the Business Software Alliance is rebranding itself as BSA, the Software Alliance with a renewed focus on combating piracy and promoting cloud computing. The group formally unveiled its new look and focus Thursday. Along with the new name, the group will sharpen its focus on three main areas: combating piracy, opening global markets by fighting trade barriers, and advancing cloud computing.

When the group was first launched more than two decades ago, it was aimed at promoting the interests of the business software market. Since then, the distinctions between business and consumer software have largely disappeared, BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said in an interview Wednesday...

Microsoft Releases Rap Video To Celebrate Cloud Computing

Grazed from Huffington Post. Author: Michael Rundle.

When a company like Microsoft releases a rap video to celebrate its own products, you're likely not going to enjoy the results. (Remember this?) And when that product is a relatively obscure cloud computing system named Windows Azure, that likelihood is only increased.

Amazingly then, while Microsoft has just done exactly that the results aren't completely and utterly terrible. Wisely Microsoft opted to have NoClue, who is officially the 'world's fastest rapper', take the mic and not one of its own staffers...

Cloud Computing: Freescale, Tilera Unveil New Networking Processors

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jeffrey Burt.

The chips are aimed at helping businesses ease the bandwidth crunch on networks caused by such trends as BYOD, mobile computing, video and cloud. Tilera and Freescale Semiconductor are both coming out with new processors targeting corporate networks that are increasingly finding themselves under pressure from the explosive growth of mobile devices, network traffic and cloud computing.

Freescale on Oct. 10 unveiled four additions to its QorIQ T1 and T2 families of 64-bit processors, including the T1040, a quad-core chip with an integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch that the company calls a “router on a chip.”...

Amazon's Share Of Government Cloud Computing 'Accelerating'

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: J. Nicholas Hoover.

As government agencies continue to adopt cloud computing, Amazon is among those reaping the rewards: the company announced Wednesday that more than 300 government agencies and 1,500 educational institutions now use Amazon Web Services. According to Amazon, the 1,800-plus customers represent its "rapid growth in the public sector."

"Government agencies and education institutions are rapidly accelerating their adoption of the AWS Cloud," Teresa Carlson, VP of Amazon Web Services' public sector business, said in a statement. Amazon's growth isn't surprising. State and local governments have been moving quickly to cloud services as a way to save money. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel and his predecessor Vivek Kundra have been championing the adoption of cloud computing at the federal level to cut costs and improve government IT services with a Cloud First mandate, which requires federal agencies to consider cloud computing as part of most new information technology acquisitions...

Beyond the hype of cloud computing

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Brian Proffitt.

Despite all of the hype that cloud computing is getting, a recent survey shows that in terms of actual pace of deployment, three popular open source cloud computing platforms are not exactly seeing growth to match that hype. The results might be surprising for followers of cloud computing, but not to the company that conducted the annual "State of the Open Source Cloud" survey, Zenoss. This news is just confirming what they already knew: that cloud is a ways off from being a ready-to-use tool and customers know it.

Just ask Floyd Strimling, VP of Community at Zenoss. Actually, you probably won't have to ask him - he'll most likely tell you anyway. From Strimling's point of view, cloud adoption is very much like the perceived U.S. political landscape, with a very loud one percent actually adopting and hyping the cloud, with the rest, "the 99-percenters," having little to no idea what to do with cloud computing...

Can Cloud Computing Be Regulated? Join The Debate

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Durba Sengupta.

The year 2012 is close to an end, but the world is yet to find an answer to a question which has been there for last couple of years—Can cloud computing be regulated? The need of regulation—a much talked about but unsettled question—comes up whenever a new cloud service steps into the world.

In a stage when our lifestyle is becoming controlled by smart tools and technologies, we can hardly ignore the value of cloud computing. In fact, we find it tough to imagine our daily life without the cloud technology. This ever-growing acceptance and impact of cloud computing makes the Silicon Valley consider bringing regulations to cloud hosting services. In order to define the guidelines and to control who is not complying with the regulations, a global regulatory body for the cloud is needed. Recently, the European Union took the initiative to create a regulatory body to control cloud computing. But what are the pros and cons of cloud regulations?...

EMC: ‘a massive sea change in IT is underway because of cloud’

Grazed from SiliconRepublic. Author: Editorial Staff.

A massive IT transformation wave is sweeping the world as cloud computing, virtualisation and mobile technology transform the landscape, EMC’s head of product marketing Eric Herzog said today. According to EMC’s own research 81pc of local businesses will transform their IT functions in the next 12 months.

Herzog, whose full title is senior vice president of product management and product market, who was in Ireland to address the EMC Forum in Dublin, said that EMC itself has embraced cloud computing across 52,000 employees worldwide and discernable changes in work practices and roles are already apparent. EMC employs 2,700 people in Ireland. “You’ll need to pay close attention to how this revolution will impact the jobs market, it will mean redefining people’s roles in a team and the key is to make sure your team is adequately trained in terms of security, for example.”...