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...

Big data analytics, CloudStack top hot cloud computing trends in 2013


Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Caitlin White.

As cloud computing makes its way from testing to production environments, discussion around the real-world details of investing in cloud intensifies. We've pinpointed the rising cloud computing trends for the New Year. These keyword topics may not have been the hottest of the year, but as 2012 draws to a close, interest has been heating up -- signaling some of the cloud issues and themes we'll be facing in 2013.

'Big data analytics'

This year has established the power of crunching big data and the competitive advantages it can bring to companies. According to Gartner, and after research into Web searches, it seems that in 2013 big data's influence will only amplify. Since many enterprises have yet to choose a side, cloud computing standards will likely be a contentious issue moving into 2013...

GreenButton Identifies Top 2013 Cloud Computing Trends

Grazed from SFGate. Author: Editorial Staff.

GreenButton™, the leading provider of compute intensive and integrated on-demand cloud solutions, today announced the company’s predictions for cloud computing in 2013. GreenButton has identified the top trends covering technology and business innovation to include Big Data, Cloud Bursting, Cloud Governance, On Demand and HPC computing, and License Management for ISVs.

The year 2012 has proven to be a pivotal year for cloud computing, marked by one key takeaway: adoption of cloud computing for the enterprise has finally gone mainstream. No longer hidden from plain sight, IT departments are now very upfront about their company’s use of cloud computing, resulting in legitimate cloud budgeting taking place. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Forrester Research found half of all enterprises in North America and Europe are planning to create budgets for cloud-related investments in 2013...

ScienceLogic Predicts 2013 Trends in Cloud Computing

Grazed from ScienceLogic. Author: PR Announcement.

Dedicated to delivering smart IT solutions to help manage and monitor its customers' increasingly complex physical, virtual, and cloud environments, ScienceLogic knows a thing or two (or ten!) about technology trends on the horizon in 2013. As cloud computing continues to shape the way enterprises, service providers, and government agencies operate, ScienceLogic predicts what to look out for in the coming year in its latest blog post titled, "2013 Cloud Computing Predictions."

Here are a few of ScienceLogic's 2013 predictions:

The Cloud Wars Are Picking Up Speed: Last year, we predicted cloud computing would become more mature, and as a result, consumer cloud environments at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and would begin cut-throat competition for consumer and business dollars. This prediction will continue to play out in 2013 in a number of news ways as the cloud wars really begin to pick up speed...

5 Cloud Computing Trends That Will Be Big in 2013

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

This has been a curious year for cloud computing. The technology has moved into mainstream consciousness, but many vendors remain frustrated with the pace of enterprise adoption. While widespread agreement about the importance of cloud computing is present, many vendors see enterprises pursuing internal cloud implementation projects with a slow pace. As you can imagine, vendors are impatient with this pace—but not as frustrated as early-stage investors in those vendors.

Notwithstanding, I expect 2013 to be an inflection point for cloud computing, although not in the way many IT organizations or vendors do. You can expect that cloud computing trends of 2012 will become more vivid in 2013 and will prove disconcerting to incumbents, no matter which side of the vendor/buyer table they sit on. Cloud computing will prove more disruptive to the established order of things than almost anyone anticipates, and it will prove to be extremely uncomfortable for many. Here are five things to look for in 2013...

First Steps to Creating a Cloud Computing Strategy for 2013

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Columbus.

2013 will be one of the most pivotal years for cloud computing because trust in these technologies is on the line. Expectations are high regarding these technologies’ ability to deliver business value while reducing operating costs. Enterprises’ experiences have at times met these high expectations, yet too often are getting mixed results. Managing cloud expectations at the C-level is quickly emerging as one of the most valuable skills in 2013.

The best CIOs at this are business strategists who regularly review with their line-of-business counterparts what is and isn’t working. These CIOs who are excelling as strategists also are creating and continually evaluating their cloud computing plans for 2013. They are focusing on plans that capitalize the best of what cloud computing has to offer, while minimizing risks...

Cloud Computing: Four Predictions For The Year Ahead

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Antonio Piraino.

The cloud has become a well-used buzzword, but for good reason. Cloud computing strategies have provided organizations with many benefits in 2012, especially as budgets, products and applications were set aside for both public and private cloud investments.

However, despite the fact that companies have begun to embrace the cloud and move toward serious implementations, we are in the midst of a rapidly changing market. Below are a few predictions on the cloud computing front for the year 2013:...

Getting Ready for Cloud Computing 2013

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Jeffrey Kaplan.

If you’ve been holding back about moving to the ‘Cloud, it is time to get onboard the Cloud Computing express.  Not only has every major research firm published market forecasts indicating that Cloud services are growing exponentially, but we see multiplying customer success stories that clearly illustrate the immediate and measurable business benefits of moving to the Cloud.

Here are some simple rules you should follow to help you move ahead in the coming year and successfully leverage today’s rapidly evolving Cloud alternatives:...

What we'll see in 2013 in cloud computing — Cloud Computing News

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow and Stacey Higginbotham.

Next year, “the cloud” will finally be ready for enterprise workloads and big companies will finally start moving them there. Data centers will stop being enclosed by walls and those are just two of GigaOM’s 5 big cloud predictions.

The cloud has moved from concept to reality. Sure, startups have been buying computing and storage on demand for years, while enterprises talked up virtualization and hoped it was the same thing. But now big companies are finally getting this whole on-demand compute thing, and the next year we’ll see big IT companies buy up startups that will help transition enterprise workloads to the cloud, more companies that offer enterprise-class infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) get real applications and a more viable model of hybrid cloud that enables cloud bursting. Let’s see what’s ahead...