Predictions

Will The Cloud Ever Stop Being The Cloud?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Robert Shaw.

Cloud computing wasn’t always cloud computing. Depending on who you ask, first it was either time sharing or grid computing. Strangely, nobody actually claims to know how cloud computing got its name. To this day, no one claims credit for coining the phrase. (Maybe I shouldn’t have said that…)

The phrase “cloud computing” is rather poetic for a field that’s not known for its literary devices. It’s certainly not typical of utilitarian terms like social networking, Internet, voice over IP, and distributed computing.Perhaps that’s why marketing pros love it so much — and why it grates on so many old-school IT pros...

Ten predictions for cloud computing in 2013

Grazed from Business News Americas. Author: Patrick Nixon.

Chile-based Latin American IT company Sonda sees 2013 as the year when cloud computing will see consolidation in the region. Sonda's regional cloud computing manager Sergio Rademacher has identified 10 key trends.

1 Cost saving

According to international studies, 30% of companies will move a significant part of their business applications to the cloud, generating a reduction of 10-40% in the cost of hardware, servers, software licenses and upgrades, energy consumption, and support tasks...

Data Center Consolidation and Adopting Cloud Computing in 2013

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: John Savageau.

Throughout 2012 large organizations and governments around the world continued to struggle with the idea of consolidating inefficient data centers, server closets, and individual “rogue” servers scattered around their enterprise or government agencies.  Issues dealt with the cost of operating data centers, disaster management of information technology resources, and of course human factors centered on control, power, or retention of jobs in a rapidly evolving IT industry.

Cloud computing and virtualization continue to have an impact on all consolidation discussions, not only from the standpoint of providing a much better model for managing physical assets, but also in the potential cloud offers to solve disaster recovery shortfalls, improve standardization, and encourage or enable development of service-oriented architectures...

Will Cloud Computing Destroy What is Left of Your Free Time?

Grazed from The Houston Chronicle.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Think you’re busy now? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. According to The New York Times blogger Quentin Hardy , with the proliferation of cloud computing into more and more aspects of daily life, your spare time is about to become even more, well, spare.

Computing giants like Amazon and Rackspace are leaders in the virtualization of computer servers, a core element in the development of cloud computing. This technology makes it possible for a single PC that was used 20 percent of the time to be used 80 percent of the time or more, Hardy said. Software that monitored workloads could identify when a machine was free, and assign it a workload that would keep it busy without distracting it from its original function, he said. But until recently, that kind of utilization efficiency was seen mostly in corporate data centers and computer-centric organizations...

2013 Prediction: Cloud Computing Will Disrupt Healthcare

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Lindsey Nelson.

As we come to a close on 2012, everyone’s making their predictions for next year. This year I have had the opportunity to write about Cloud computing and its impact on so many areas.  But where do I think it will have the biggest impact in 2013? Only in an industry that is expected to be a $5.4 billion market by 2017, Healthcare.

Typically slow to adapt new technologies due to very legitimate reasons such as data security and privacy, the Health Care industry is perfectly poised to reap the benefits cloud has to offer.  How?...

Cloud service providers unveil product plans for the coming year

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

Big data will get even bigger, cloud performance monitoring will be a top priority, and cloud computing pros should beware of further government regulation in 2013, according to the heads of three cloud computing service providers. While it's been a hot topic in 2012, big data still hasn't fully hit its stride outside of startups and early adopters. But more vendors will come out of the woodwork to address this growing trend.

Companies including Austin, Texas-based hosting and cloud service provider Rackspace Inc. will do this in 2013 by wrapping products and services around open source tools such as Hadoop, according to John Engates, CTO of Rackspace...

How Cloud Computing will Shape 2013

Grazed from Proformative. Author: Editorial Staff.

There is no question about it; cloud computing is going to grow even larger than it already it is in 2013. Traditionalist accounting firms will find it increasingly difficult to ignore organization's prevailing use of cloud storage internally and with their clients. According to a recent study by the AICPA, 11 percent of CPA firms already operate completely in the cloud. Another one-third of the 624 respondents reported using cloud software, such as bill management, accounting and payroll applications, in some areas of their practice.

While the biggest concern surrounding cloud use is security, professionals around the world are benefiting from remote access to work data and information, forgetting about software updates, among other benefits. As the cloud is going to hover over the accounting profession more and more, here are three predictions to consider...

Cloud Computing And Big Data

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

The cloud is all about applications, media and information. But of the three, media seems to be the largest with applications coming in at close second, while information ranks last place. But what we are seeing in the last two years suggests that information and other data is gaining ground and will soon overtake the other two in terms of relevance, at least in the non-consumer space, the business side. Experts are calling this “Big Data” and it is all about data processing and analytics.

Everything we do online from social networking to e-commerce purchases, chatting, and even simple browsing yields tons of data that certain organizations collect and poll together with other partner organizations. The results are massive volumes of data, hence the name “Big Data”. This includes personal and behavioral profiles that are stores, managed, and analyzed on demand...

Red Hat CEO Whitehurst talks about future of cloud computing

Grazed from BizJournals.  Author: Lauren K. Ohnesorge.

Five years ago, Jim Whitehurst was introduced to investors as CEO of Raleigh-based Red Hat (NYSE: RHT).  Last night, following the release of Street-beating earnings, we chatted about his tenure as CEO (“I picked a great company to work for,” he laughs) and, most importantly, about what Red Hat sees for the cloud.

“I think cloud, ultimately, is about having this single fabric,” he says, adding that it should be like a highway transportation system. “It’s there. Any car can use it. Any car can drive on it. You don’t make cars too big to fit in a lane. It’s a common system.”...

Cloudy Skies Ahead: 3 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2013

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Raj Sabhlok.

Cloud computing continues to be one of the most hyped topics in IT. Even Gartner suggests that cloud computing has moved beyond the peak of inflated expectations, with many achieving meaningful success.

I suspect nearly every business or individual uses a cloud application or service today. As consumers, every time we access Gmail or Facebook, we are buying into the cloud paradigm. Businesses have adopted SaaS applications for accounting, expense reporting, email and a “host” of other business applications.

So, it would seem as if cloud computing is fairly mainstream, right? Well, yes and no. Based on my predictions below, I anticipate an even broader adoption of cloud computing in 2013 as companies seek to leverage its inherent benefits...