Cloud Adoption

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.”...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-events/wpc-2016-three-keys-building-cloud-good

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....

Read more from the source @ http://www.baselinemag.com/cloud-computing/cloud-mobile-synergy-impact-on-automation.html#sthash.NFUjzqXJ.dpuf

Firms Of The Future Embrace The Power Of The Cloud

Grazed from HuffingtonPost. Author: Jeff Cates.

In today's digital age, you would be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn't been transformed by technology. I've spoken about the dramatic shift in Canada's small business landscape in the last few years as we move away from the notion of the "mom and pop" shop down the street towards the innovative startup run by tech-savvy, digital entrepreneurs.

New technologies, cloud computing in particular, have also changed the face of the accounting industry, transforming the way accounting professionals collaborate with their small business clients and empowering them to expand their role from compliance officer to trusted business adviser...

MSPs Worry Whether Cloud Means Boon or Bust

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Aldrin Brown.

Rapid adoption of cloud computing appears to be a seminal event in the IT world, with managed services providers (MSPs) torn about whether to expect new, lucrative revenue models, or watch customers flock to self-service offerings that eliminate the need for third-party providers. That’s the portrait of the industry painted by the 5th annual Trends in Managed Services report, released today by CompTIA, the Computing Information Technology Industry Association.

According to the survey of 400 MSPs, VARs, systems integrators and IT consultants, “cloud computing” was the top concern keeping them up at night, with 62 percent of respondents agreeing with the assertion. At the same time, cloud is seen by MSPs as a top opportunity driver for the future...