Cloud Adoption

Hybrid cloud is the future, even if executives don't quite know what to make of it

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

A recent survey of IT leaders finds most acknowledge that hybrid cloud computing is the way to go. However, most are also still trying to understand what it all means. Such is the result of a study of 1,050 IT executives by The Hybrid Hive, a news site sponsored by Fujitsu and several other partners.

Hybrid is already commonplace -- two-fifths of respondents report they already have a hybrid IT environment in place, while 51% are open to it. Companies are spending almost a third of their total IT budgets on cloud, with 14% spending more than half of their budgets on this technology. Four-fifths (79%) of IT executives believe it is "inevitable" that the future of corporate IT infrastructure is hybrid, while 81% agree they will have to deploy a hybrid IT environment to meet the needs of their organizations...

4 New Ways to Hitch a Ride on the Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Tired of hearing about the handful of tech names everyone must own? Consider roaming a bit farther afield for cloud computing. This column has relentlessly talked up the potential of cloud computing for Amazon.com (ticker: AMZN), Alphabet ’s (GOOGL) Google unit, and Microsoft (MSFT). But there are also opportunities for newer, younger companies and turnaround stories among established names.

One good place to look is software tools—programs that computer engineers use to make their own software programs. As history has demonstrated, buying the makers of picks and shovels can be a good way to ride a gold rush. This is one of the most vibrant areas of technology today, as companies shift from selling software programs on a compact disk to selling code that runs on server computers inside Amazon Web Services or other public cloud facilities...

Cloud Adoption and Challenges in Asia-Pacific

Grazed from SecurityIntelligence. Author: Preethy Soman.

Organizations around the world understand the importance and the challenges of cloud adoption, and they continue to adopt the technology at a fast pace. Gartner predicted that the cloud market in India will reach $3 billion by 2017, which represents an almost fivefold increase from 2012.

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

On one hand, while cloud promises to change the way businesses run, it also presents significant challenges relating to information security and privacy. Organizations need to understand that, in addition to cost reduction and the ability to move from one licensing model to another, the major drivers behind cloud adoption should be transformation and innovation...

Federal data makes its way into the cloud

Grazed from NorthumberlandNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

A federal proposal for the use of cloud computing makes it clear that the most sensitive data the government keeps about Canadians won't be allowed to leave the country. Only information the government deems "unclassified" — meaning it's unauthorized release carries little, if any material or physical harm to the government or individual Canadians — will be allowed to cross the border, bound for cloud computing servers in other countries, under the government's newly released cloud computing strategy.

When data does leave the country, it must be encrypted, says the strategy that has been in development for more than a year. Sensitive personal information on Canadians like social insurance numbers and top secret government data will remain on cloud servers in the country so the federal government maintains "sovereign control over its data," the strategy says...

Cloud Computing: The human-shaped stumbling block in the path of digital transformation

Grazed from Information-Age. Author: Ben Rossi.

There is a certain irony in the fact that, for all its rhetoric of innovation and sophisticated technology, digital transformation ultimately relies on that most basic and capricious of forces: human intelligence and habit.

The digital transformation agenda has largely focused on the strictly technical elements of making these kinds of big changes. This is understandable: the technicalities of digital transformation are complex, and there’s such a wide host of different options that guidance is necessary just to make sense of the landscape...

Huawei Shared Practices at the First OpenStack Days China, Accelerating Cloud Computing Ecosystem

Grazed from Huawei. Author: Editorial Staff.

The first OpenStack Days China Conference was held on July 14th and 15th at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. In this event, Huawei participated and shared the practices of public cloud and private cloud with the China Telecom's Guangzhou Research Institute and Dongfeng Motor Corp. Huawei also introduced container deployment technology, cascading technology and data protection technology based on OpenStack.

By working with open-source entities, partners and customers, Huawei's goals are to jointly build a cloud ecosystem and to help enterprises achieve their digital transformation, moving them forward on the path to a fully cloudified IT enterprises. Jiang Xiaoli, OpenStack & Container Open Source Ecosystem General Manager of Huawei, introduced Huawei’s FusionCloud, an open, hybrid and integrated cloud architecture based on OpenStack...

Microsoft just rubbed Google's nose in a big cloud computing customer win: Land O' Lakes

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft on Monday posted a surprising case study about a $13 billion company: Land O' Lakes. Land O' Lakes owns several businesses, among them the agriculture tech company WinField. On Monday, Land O' Lakes CIO Mike Macrie described in a blog post published by Microsoft how WinFien will be moving its "R7” app to Microsoft Azure.

"This app takes a vast array of agronomic research, weather information and satellite data and puts it together on a mobile device for farmers – and the WinField specialists who help them – so they can make important planting decisions and react to real-time changes in the field, every day," Macrie says...

WPC 2016: The Three Keys to Building a Cloud for Good

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Nicole Henderson.

With cloud technology advancing at lightning speed, sometimes as an industry we fail to step back and look at everything that it helps us accomplish - not just at a technological level, but at a social level. Much like the three industrial revolutions before it, the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is expected to change life as we know it, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said during his keynote on the final day of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).

Smith says that this revolution will be defined by advances in the physical world (robotics, 3D printing, etc.), biological (testing, engineering, tech that will change human health), and the digital world (IoT, Blockchain, disruptive business models). “Each [revolution] is fundamentally fuelled by one or two enabling inventions,” Smith says. “They are all connected to and fuelled by the same thing – the cloud.”...

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FCA under fire for cloud computing rules

Grazed from FTAdvisor. Author: Damian Fantato.

The Financial Conduct Authority has published guidance on how financial advisers should outsource to cloud computing providers amid concerns its requirements are too burdensome and onerous. Published today (7 July), the note stated firms using cloud services and other third-party IT providers must have a clear and documented business case or rationale if using them for “critical or important operational functions or material outsourcing”, as well as carrying out a risk assessment.

The regulator also stated firms must insist on being notified promptly in the case of any breaches, must have physical access to a provider’s data centres and there should be no restrictions on the number of requests firms can make of the provider to access or receive data. But some of these requirements were criticised during the consultation on the FCA’s proposals, while the regulator has watered down other rules after concerns were raised...

Cloud and Mobile Synergy: The Impact on Automation

Grazed from BaselineMag. Author: Editorial Staff.

Since its birth in 2000, cloud computing has evolved rapidly. Organizations of all sizes and industries are shifting their infrastructure and data into the cloud. Even companies in traditionally change-resistant sectors are waking up to the fact that cloud solutions cut costs and risks and drive greater productivity.

While security remains a concern for cloud computing, a study from the Cloud Security Alliance found that 65 percent of security officers and IT managers think the cloud is at least as secure as on-premise software. Getting beyond the security concern represents an important tipping point, but the cloud is really about scalable and flexible back-end processes. It’s about the ability to harness massive IT resources on demand....

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