Cloud computing solutions offer users a wide array of potential benefits, it has been explained.
According to Gartner research vice president Rakesh Kumar, there are a number of factors which are leading to more people and businesses considering making use of the technology.
"The potential benefits of cloud are a shift from ‘capacity’ on demand to ‘capability’ on demand, a reduced cost of computing resources and a shift from technology use to ‘value’ consumption," the expert said.
Smart phones allow multiple ways to connect with friends, from phone calls to Twitter messages, but each has its own app or in-box. Now the cell-phone manufacturer Nokia is experimenting with a universal in-box that puts messages and updates from separate apps in one location, so you can see everything at a glance.
The universal in-box looks superficially like a regular e-mail in-box. But the stream of recent messages can be a mixture of e-mails, text messages, call logs, tweets, Facebook updates, Flickr photos, and more.
Earlier this month I attended a Red Hat sponsored Cloud Camp. (Full disclosure: They gave me a hat–guess what colour it is?) One of the most interesting discussions for me centered on Red Hat’s recently announced Cloud Engine.
I found the Deltacloud API concept quite compelling. Without getting into technical details of an as yet unreleased product, let me quickly outline the parts that I found most exciting by describing a possible future scenario of how the Cloud Engine would work using the Deltacloud functionality:
In the rush to adopt public and hybrid cloud computing services organizations appear to be ignoring the emerging risks to information governance – policy compliance and enforcement – according to a new report from EMC’s Leadership Council for Information Advantage, a blue-chip panel of IT execs. Using IDC data, EMC says 75 percent of IT organizations are running or plan to deploy applications in a private cloud environment, but only 34 percent have a governance policy for cloud-based information. Over half — 57 percent — believe their organizations need to do more, and almost a third report they are not confident in their preparedness.
I wrote a few months ago in Wall Street & Technology about the dissolution of the corporate data center brought about by the undermining of data center economics resulting from colocation and proximity hosting. As one major tenant leaves the data center, the "rent" lost from that tenant is shifted to the remaining tenants, increasing their costs and reducing their profitability. Higher allocations force more tenants to leave, until processing costs force everyone out of the data center. It’s the "last guy at the bar picks up the tab" phenomenon. I believed this erosion would take place over the next 10 years or so.
There’s a temptation when it comes to security in the cloud to limit the conversation to firewalls and the security paraphernalia that gets deployed at the edge of the network. But in reality, the conversation about security in the cloud needs to go much deeper than that.
Entrepreneurs who are getting a business off the ground could benefit from using cloud computing solutions.
This is the advice of Geekzone blogger Nate Dunn, who said a move to the cloud is a "great idea", especially when a company is just beginning to get going.
"Start up costs can be hefty and by using the cloud more, you can concentrate on your core business," he stated.
Mr Dunn explained cloud computing allows users to purchase the capacity they require at a specific moment, with the flexibility to upgrade this if it is deemed necessary.