Eyes on the cloud: Six predictions for 2014

Grazed from HelpNetSecurity. Author: Kent Landry.

As we head into 2014, people in the cloud virtualization industry begin to wonder exactly what to expect from the technology in the New Year. We’ve seen some interesting and exciting developments emerge recently, including advancements in software-defined networking, explosions in cloud consumerization applications like Dropbox, and such instrumentation innovations as the “smart house”—an automated home that connects your thermostat, smoke detector, alarm system, appliances, and lighting to the Internet, giving you complete remote access and connectivity—the Internet of Things.

After nearly five years in the cloud industry, I’ve made many predictions for different technologies, but I’m particularly excited about what’s in store for the cloud. As we’ve seen in 2013, cloud computing has really changed the way business is done, bringing a whole new level of transparency and accountability to the customer experience...

Mid-year review: 10 predictions for cloud computing

Grazed from GCN. Author: Rutrell Yasin.

As the cloud computing market continues to evolve, the focus is shifting from software as a service to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), offering more options and opportunities for government agencies to manage their own solutions and services, according to a leading industry expert on cloud technology. IaaS is a provision model in which an organization has on-demand access to computing resources including storage, hardware, servers and networking components.

Meanwhile, organizations are still learning how to extend platform as a service – a delivery model for software development – to custom application development, said Kevin Jackson, vice president and general manager of cloud services for NJVC, a provider of information services to civilian and defense agencies...

VMWorld To Host Cloud Talk Event On Cloud Computing and Hosting Predictions 2013

Grazed from NewsWire.  Author: Teddy Abdurrachim Jasin.

For over last ten years or more, VM World has turned out to be one of the most sought after event on different aspects of cloud computing. Today the event boasts of over 21000 attendees and it could be even more in the upcoming event to be held on Tuesday, 30th July, 11 AM PT.

Latest trend in the modern commercial world dominated by information technology is cloud computing. Commercial organizations; especially large ones are considerably dependent on their employees having the right hardware as well as software to perform their jobs. Just buying computers for every employee won’t be enough as you will have to take care of right hardware and software to perform the job including user license for them...

Revisiting cloud computing: how has it changed - and changed us?

Grazed from GizMag. Author: Will Shanklin.

In the past few years, "the cloud" has revolutionized consumer tech – nearly as much as the mobile devices that it often accompanies. But how much has it changed us? Has cloud computing lived up to the tremendous hype that it promised a few short years ago? Let’s revisit 2011’s favorite buzzword, two years later.

Sneaking up on us

A couple of years ago, the tech world was abuzz about the cloud. Cloud storage service Dropbox was growing in profit and popularity. Spotify finally hit the U.S. Even Steve Jobs used his last Apple keynote to introduce iCloud. Sometime between then and now, the cloud went from being the next big thing to being something that’s so closely intertwined with computing – and our lives – that we often forget about it...

Cloud Computing 2.0 Benefits for Gaming to Be Presented at Game Developers Conference

Grazed from ProfitBricks. Author: PR Announcement.

ProfitBricks, the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) company that completely reengineered the delivery of cloud computing, today announced that Pete Johnson, senior director of platform evangelism at ProfitBricks, will present at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) on March 27 at 5 p.m. Johnson will discuss how ProfitBricks' Cloud Computing 2.0 solution empowers gaming companies to implement lower-cost, higher performing back-end infrastructures.

During "Matching Your Costs to Your DAU: Thin Client Back-End Infrastructure Made Easy," Johnson will reveal how gaming companies no longer have to take on horizontal scaling, which is often more programmatically intense or a waste of resources. ProfitBricks offers per minute billing and live, vertical scaling without requiring a reboot, allowing users to add more CPU and RAM to existing virtual machines as DAU rises and remove them when no longer needed...

Cloudbursts ahead

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Bart Perkins.

Moving to the cloud may reduce infrastructure costs and headaches, but clouds have their shortcomings. When they rain, millions can quickly become drenched. In the past year, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other providers experienced problems, from minor disruptions to major outages. A June 2012 headline captured the fallout: "Modern life halted as Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram go down."

The service interruptions experienced by those companies and others disappointed countless consumers, but it was worse than a disappointment for the businesses themselves. They had come to depend heavily on cloud reliability; when the cloud services they had put their trust in failed, it was as if they had ceased to exist. All the outages were temporary, of course, but revenues were lost during the downtime, and afterwards customers wrote blog posts expressing everything from disappointment to anger, with some proclaiming that they would take their business elsewhere. Organizations that depend on cloud services need to manage four areas to help ensure that their dependence isn't a liability:...

Big Data Is the New Cloud Computing

Grazed from Motley Fool.  Author: Tim Beyers.

Big data used to have a specific meaning. Meant to describe cast-offs such as log files, this information was "big" because of the amount of electronic refuse created when processing, say, an e-commerce transaction. Big data used to be an exercise in digital dumpster diving.

Those days are gone. At the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference, "big data" became a proxy for social data compiled by the likes of Facebook and Twitter. A synonym for capturing sentiment, but on a grand scale. Every company had to become a "big data" company, panelists enthused...

Cloud Computing - What Is Ahead!

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Krishan Lal Khatri.

Experts have started to believe that 2013 is going to be the year when enterprises are likely to cease worrying about cloud related security issues, and the market will see increasing popularity of cloud services. These speculations are based on industry surveys conducted by many reputable market analysts and technology reviews. It is predicted that year 2013 will witness growing popularity of hosted services and solutions, and more companies to migrate their prime IT assets to the cloud as they see more returns from cloud technologies.

The leading cloud computing trends for the current year are summarized below:

Cloud will remain popular platform for collaboration
Surveys suggest that enterprises will continue to use cloud for collaborative tasks such as application development, online communication, and software testing. Google and Amazon to remain leading collaboration service providers among public clouds...

Solved! How to make Google's cloud 20 percent more efficient

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

In my days as CTO of a technology company, I often received outside advice as to how I could improve my technology. A new set of eyes is a good thing, and often the recommendations were solid ideas I implemented to improve the product.

It appears that some cloud providers, such as Google, are also open to suggestions, as reports: "Computer scientists at the University of California at San Diego, and Google have developed a novel approach that allows the massive infrastructure powering cloud computing to run more efficiently. The new approach can make these warehouse-scale computers run as much as 15 to 20 percent more efficiently." The scholars analyzed a bunch of Google Web services, including Gmail and search, and performed two basic steps:

  • Gathered live data from the Google cloud in real time
  • Analyzed that data on an isolated server...

Cloud Computing 2013 - What The Industry Experts Say

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Walter Bailey.

The world of technology is doing wonders every now and then since many past decades –a few advancements here and a few there! So what does the year 2013 have in store for the world of technology? What are some Cloud computing changes that can be experienced in 2013? Who are the vendors that will be most sought after in 2013? And what technologies will be in vogue for the year 2013? Let’s see what some experts have to say about these significant changes and developments during the year.

Mark Eisenberg

This expert gentleman thinks that the Amazon Web Services (AWS) are off for a big win in 2013. He views Microsoft as the industry leader and talks about how it would continue its legacy in 2013. Also, he believes that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will continue to dominate the industry. He feels the industry would do much better if companies start adopting rather than sitting on the sidelines discussing...