This Week in Cloud - October 4, 2012



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Cloud News

  • A new bill that focuses on the enforcement of criminal and civil law with regards to cloud computing was recently introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar. The Cloud Computing Act of 2012's primary purpose is to provide extra protection for cloud services as part of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In this Forbes blog, Eric Goldman details what he considers the major problems with the bill and regulating the Internet in general.

  • Morgridge Institute, a non-profit that conducts biomedical research, is using cloud computing to index human stem cells, which will allow researchers to determine how to build various types of cell structures for research and experimentation, according to this GigaOM article. The Morgridge Institute used Cycle Computing's software and AWS to process and index the stem cells.

  • The healthcare industry is improving treatment and saving time and money with cloud computing, according to this NPR article. Researchers at pharmaceutical companies are increasingly leveraging the power of cloud computing to discover new drugs and treatments.

  • GoDaddy announced that it is no longer going to offer its Cloud Servers product for SMBs, according to this GigaOM article. GoDaddy said in a statement that while they will continue to support Cloud Servers customers for the time being, they've decided to double-down on their shared hosting and site builder products.

  • Oracle made several cloud product announcements at Oracle OpenWorld this week, according to this CRN article. The announcements included storage, messaging, financial reporting, and budgeting services.

Feature article

The Hype About Gartner's Cloud Computing Hype Cycle

By Andi Mann, CA Technologies

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And musings on the actual state of cloud computing

If anyone wasn't wondering about the cloud's readiness for enterprise computing, they are now, thanks to several stories in the news recently. Some of these reports question cloud computing's business value, adoption rates and whether the enterprise is ready for the cloud (or vice versa).

Others ask if IT professionals are even capable of delivering cloud services reliably and securely. Still others warn of a coming cloud boogie-man lurking in the shadows, waiting to spring a privacy trap on us, like some kind of cloud computing video game troll. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • In the October episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies wrap up the cloud news in 10 minutes. Topics include rogue enterprise IT spending, schools using cloud for collaboration, restaurants using cloud and mobile, Amazon's EC2 instances marketplace and more.

  • What is cloud computing anyway? In this GigaOM blog, Mark Thiele argues that everyone needs to stop worrying about what the cloud is or isn't and instead they should be focused on leveraging technology that meets their requirements and enables them to achieve agility and create opportunity.

  • Will the term cloud computing soon be replaced? In this ReadWriteWeb blog, Brain Proffitt identifies some of the challenges that consumers are having with the term "cloud" and explains what some companies are doing to better define cloud computing.

MSP Corner

  • What are the 10 issues that destroy customers' confidence in cloud computing? In this Talkin' Cloud blog, Chris Talbot details the results of a recent Cloud Security Alliance and ISACA survey which showed that issues like contract lock-in, data privacy, and longevity or suppliers are eroding customer confidence.

  • Germany may be the next big market for MSPs, according to this MSPmentor article. The strength of the market in Germany is due to a strong economy and large base of SMEs that need IT services.

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This Week in Cloud - September 6, 2012



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Cloud News

  • Close to a year has passed since the UK government published their Cloud Computing Strategy which included a ‘cloud first' policy similar to the one implemented in the United States. In this ZDNet blog, Steve Ranger examines the government's progress and concludes that while the plans are progressing in some areas, the cloud-first policy hasn't been widely adopted.

  • The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Fujitsu, Verizon, and eBay are working together on developing best practices and standards for Big Data security and privacy, according to this FierceTelecom article.

  • Analyst firm IDC predicts that as many as 30% of cloud providers in the cloud market today may not be around in 2015, according to this Channelnomics article. You can read the IDC press release on IDC.com.

  • The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that government agencies can now purchase cloud-based email services from 17 approved providers, according to this gov.AOL article. GSA was the first federal agency to migrate to cloud-based email and the agency expects to save $15 million from the switch over the next 5 years.

Feature article

Delivering value the DirecTV way: Aligning IT with the business

By Derek Stevens, CA Technologies

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What happens when the business starts provisioning cloud services without consulting IT?

A credit card number is all that is needed for the business to bypass IT and purchase a cloud service. The growing trend of line of business services purchased without the input of IT is leading to many new problems that the IT department must deal with, from integration to security. It also raises the question of who is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and management of services which haven't been approved by the IT department.

This topic was broached by Andi Mann and George Watt in a recent episode of CloudViews Unplugged when they discussed a survey which revealed that, in many organizations, the IT department is becoming responsible for cloud services that the business or employees purchased without consulting IT. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Where will the impact of cloud computing be felt the most? In this New York Times blog, Quentin Hardy discusses how cloud computing may dramatically impact the poorest countries in the world, giving countries without constant electricity and proper sanitation the ability to use cloud supercomputers.

  • Are cloud companies copying each other? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum says he sees a growing trend of cloud companies playing it safe and mimicking each other. He calls for more innovation and creativity among cloud providers to create game changing services.

MSP Corner

  • The MSPmentor 250, 2012 report was published this week on MSPmentor. The annual list contains what MSPmentor declares are the "world's top" MSP experts.

  • How should systems integrators position themselves to take advantage of cloud computing now and in the future? In this Talkin' Cloud blog, Justin Crotty discusses the ways in which systems integrators can approach cloud infrastructure.

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This Week in Cloud - August 30, 2012



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Cloud News

  • Andrew R. Jassy, the head of Amazon Web Services, believes that Amazon's cloud services can be as big, if not bigger, than its retail business, according to this New York Times article. The article reported that Amazon currently has over 600 AWS related job openings posted on their website.

  • A recent IDC study predicts that the Indian cloud computing market will grow 70% this year to reach $909 million, according to this The Hindu Business Line article. From 2013-2016, IDC predicts that the Indian cloud market will grow 50% per year.

  • American consumers still don't understand cloud computing, according to a recent Citrix survey. Only 16% of the 1,000 people surveyed correctly identified the definition of "the cloud," according to this ZDNet article.

  • VMware announced the vCloud Suite at the VMworld conference in San Franscico this week, according to this InformationWeek article. vCloud Suite is a combination of vCloud Director and VMware's virtualization products.

Feature article

No Joke: You Should Model Your Cloud Plans after the Feds

By Denise Dubie, CA Technologies

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U.S. government cuts costs, speeds services and better satisfies customers.

We're all familiar with the myriad jokes about slow-moving government agencies with antiquated processes and outdated systems, but this isn't your parent's federal government. Vivek Kundra, CIO of the U.S. government, laid out in the Cloud First initiative a series of steps government agencies should take when creating new services or provisioning technologies that enterprise companies would be wise to follow.

"It used to be that in the 1960s, the best technology was in the government, then there's a huge shift in the ‘80s where that moved to the enterprise, so some of the greatest technology was in the enterprise," Kundra says. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Is Big Data overhyped? Join us on Thursday, August 30th at 3 PM ET for a #CloudViews tweet chat on Big Data. You can preview the questions on Smart Enterprise.

  • What are the 8 essential skills that enterprises need for cloud computing? In this Forbes.com blog, Joe McKendrick proposes the following: business and financial skills, technical skills, enterprise architecture and business needs analysis, project management skills, contract and vendor negotiations, security and compliance, data integration and analysis skills, and mobile app development and management.

  • Can companies drive the cloud? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Trevor Williamson compares his experience as a young car enthusiast to today's businesses that are interested in the cloud in order to examine the difference between being cloud capable and cloud functional.

  • What happens when your cloud provider shuts off the lights for good? In this TheHostingNews blog, Tavis J. Hampton describes how customers can protect their data if their cloud provider goes under.

MSP Corner

  • Despite a difficult market, many MSPs are continuing to innovate, grow, and increase profits. In this MSPmentor blog, Joe Panettieri reveals the MSPs that made the latest Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing U.S. companies.

  • How should MSPs deal with the challenges of BYOD and cloud computing? In this MSPnews blog, Laura Stotler discusses the importance of security services as virtualization, BYOD, and cloud computing continue to grow in popularity.

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The Rise of Big Data - CloudViews Tweet Chat



#CloudViews Tweet Chat: 3:00 PM ET - Thursday, August 30th

 

Big Data is growing larger every day and so is the hype. With Gartner recently publishing its Hype Cycle for Big Data, 2012 (read the full report compliments of Cloud Commons), we thought it'd be a good time to have a #CloudViews tweet chat on subject. Join in the conversation on August 30th at 3:00 PM ET as we (@CloudCommons) ask the twitterverse and a few handpicked experts about the true benefits of Big Data. You can also follow along on twebevent.

 

Here are the questions:

 

Q1. Is Big Data overhyped?

Q2. How are companies benefiting from Big Data now and how will they benefit in the future?

Q3. How do you see Big Data impacting privacy regulations?

Q4. Is there such a thing as having too much data?

Q5. How should a company get started with Big Data today?

 

If you have a big data questions, post it here and we may include it in the event!

 





Hype Cycle for Big Data, 2012



Big data is one of the most hyped terms in the market today. The first Big Data Hype Cycle helps enterprises develop strategies to address the growing business need for insight from datasets of increasing volume, velocity and variety.

Download the full Gartner report compliments of Cloud Commons: Hype Cycle for Big Data, 2012

 





This Week in Cloud - August 23, 2012



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Cloud News

  • Amazon launched a low-cost storage service called Amazon Glacier, according to this TechCrunch article. The latest of Amazon's cloud services, Amazon Glacier provides "secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup," according to this Amazon Glacier overview.

  • Massachusetts has been grappling with how to tax cloud computing services and this month, it has decided on the conditions that make the cloud taxable, according to this NetworkWorld article. Massachusetts will collect taxes on SaaS when a license is required to run the service. Taxes won't be collected on free, open source software.

  • While many cloud providers are emphasizing the cost benefits of cloud computing, a recent survey shows that many companies are looking to cloud computing for flexibility and faster time to market, according to this Forbes article.

  • Rackspace has announced Critical Application Services for Adobe CQ, which is an example of the shift in IT from cloud infrastructure monitoring to application monitoring, according to this Talkin' Cloud article.

Feature article

Mind the Gap – Consumerization of Innovation

By Geoff Smith, GreenPages

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The landscape of IT innovation is changing. "Back in the day" (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology solutions brought them to the enterprise and marketed them to the IT management stack. CIOs, CTOs and IT directors were the injection point for technology acceptance into the business. Now, that injection point has been turned into a fire hose.

Think about many of the technologies we have to consider as we develop our enterprise architectures: tablets, smartphones, cloud computing, application stores, and file synchronization. Because our users and clients are consuming these technologies today outside of IT, we need to be aware of what they are using, how they are using it, and what bunker-buster is likely to be dropped into our lap next. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Does the Patriot Act give the U.S. unprecedented access to your data in the cloud? In this ZDNet blog, Gery Menegaz discusses how the major economic countries of the world have similar policies and in some cases, even more access to cloud data.

  • Is shadow IT pulling your company in the right direction? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum explains how shadow IT may shift the way IT interacts with the business. He suggests that IT should get in front of shadow IT by partnering with the business and leading the drive to adopt new services.

  • Is the cloud headed toward open source? In this Cloud Times blog, Florence de Borja discusses the benefits of open source cloud platforms and applications.

MSP Corner

  • The Cloud Security Alliance plans to offer a global certification for cloud service providers, according to this Talkin' Cloud article. The certification measures trust and transparency of a CSP's operations.

  • How should MSPs talk to their customers about security? In this BusinessSolutions blog, Andrew Hay discusses the challenges of cloud computing and the ways MSPs should deal with cloud security for their customers.

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This Week in Cloud - August 16, 2012



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Cloud News

  • Amazon's cloud platform, AWS, is collecting images and data gathered by NASA's Rover Curiosity on Mars, according to this Los Angeles Times article. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using AWS to run mars.jpl.nasa.gov which will enable NASA to quickly deliver new developments, images, and videos to the public.

  • According to a recent Google-sponsored survey of 800 CFOs, 96 percent of respondents think that cloud computing has quantifiable benefits for their business and 94 percent believe that cloud will be an important factor in the success of their business, according to this InfoWorld article.

  • Rackspace has announced the availability of the OpenStack private cloud, according to this GigaOM article. The announcement comes just two weeks after Rackspace announced the OpenStack public cloud. The availability of both private and public cloud infrastructure will allow users to run workloads in either environment using the same infrastructure.

  • Cloud computing is bringing international IT spending to the U.S., according to this ComputerWorld article. Foreign companies are outsourcing their IT needs to the U.S., but some foreign cloud companies are saying that their products are more secure than U.S.-based companies because of the Patriot Act.

Feature article

Start Your Cloud Journey with People, Processes, and Technology

By Jeanne Morain, Apollo Group

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Many companies struggle with where to start on their journey to the Cloud. In fact, many we interviewed for Visible Ops Private Cloud and Client4Cloud struggled with trying to figure out the best way to move to cloud or user centric computing model. In today's technology dependent age it is difficult to migrate all systems all at once without upsetting the balance required to maintain business agility and efficiency.

This is why the more successful implementers took a different approach. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Which new cloud companies should you keep an eye on? In this Network World slideshow, Christine Burns identifies 9 XaaS (Everything-as-a-Service) companies that you should be watching closely. Companies that made the list are M5 Networks, Microsoft, Thinking Phone Networks, Boundary, enStratus Networks, RightScale, BigSwitch, Insieme, and Nicira.

  • Are the risks associated with using cloud computing increasing? In this News Observer blog, Paul Gilster examines how Apple, Microsoft, and Google are embedding cloud computing more deeply into their service offerings and the implications of this in light of the recent hack on Wired writer Mat Honan.

  • Is the cloud really green? In this SearchCIO blog, Linda Tucci discusses the results of a recent study conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix to reveal that the cloud cuts emissions and saves billions in energy cost.

MSP Corner

  • Will MSPs need new cloud monitoring software? In this MSPmentor blog, Joe Panettieri discuss the techniques that MSPs are currently using to monitor their customers' applications and why cloud monitoring software provides more benefit.

  • Layered Technologies has announced the acquisition of New World Apps, a secure private cloud provider for government markets, according to this Talkin' Cloud blog. You can learn more about Layered Technologies in this Cloud Luminaries video.

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This Week in Cloud - August 9, 2012



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Cloud News

  • Mat Honan of Wired had his Google account deleted, his Twitter account compromised, and the data on his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook remotely erased after hackers exploited a security hole in Amazon and Apple's customer service systems, according to this Wired blog he wrote. The hackers found that the four digits of a credit card number which Amazon doesn't protect on accounts is the same number that Apple uses to verify the account owner. Amazon has now closed the security hole, according to this Wired article.

  • The Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing 2012 report revealed that enterprises that experience the best results from cloud-based technologies are adopting cloud computing to increase their performance and focus on a specific strategy, and not to save on costs, according to this Forbes article. The article also reveals the cloud-based trends that will continue to grow in the coming years including Big Data and virtualization.

  • VMware will acquire Log Insight, an analytics platform, according to this ZDNet article. Log Insight enables users to monitor their cloud services by analyzing data in real-time and it helps administrators identify patterns that can lead them to the root cause of problems as they arise.

  • A recent survey of U.S. Government IT employees revealed that government agencies are making a slow move to the cloud, according to this FierceGovernmentIT article.

Feature article

There's No Free Lunch at the Cloud Buffet!

By George Watt, CA Technologies

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Consumption styles can dramatically impact cloud benefits

What do cloud service consumption patterns have in common with the way people approach all-you-can-eat restaurant buffets? During a recent discussion of some of the challenges I faced as a cloud provider, it occurred to me there are more similarities than you might expect.

When dining at buffet-style restaurants, I have observed a few common, though very different consumption styles. For example, some diners return from their initial visit to the buffet with a minimal amount of food on their plate; usually less than they know they will consume. This provides these "samplers" with the opportunity to determine what they like ("the most appropriates services" - OK "servings"), and gauge their hunger level ("capacity requirements") prior to "committing" to a complete meal. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • In the August episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss emerging cloud markets, big data, 7 common cloud challenges, cloud-based farming, Netflix Chaos Monkey, and Amazon cloud outages.

  • Is a cloud disaster imminent? Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, foresees a cloud computing disaster in the next five years and is worried about data ownership, according to this The Register article.

  • When it comes to cloud computing, ROI can be a tricky to calculate. In this Cloud Tweaks blog, Abdul Salam shares five ways to determine cloud ROI including cost savings and rate of adoption, total cost of ownership, rapid and dynamic provisioning of resources, increased cost and margin control, and process improvement.

  • Are you struggling with which step to take first when it comes to cloud computing? In this Cloud Commons blog, Jeanne Morain discusses where to get started.

MSP Corner

  • Need help building your cloud bucket list? In this MSPMentor blog, Jason Bystrak describes how MSPs can increase profits with cloud computing.

  • Are enterprises moving to the cloud without the help of MSPs? In this Talkin' Cloud blog, Justin Crotty examines the current trends in the enterprise market and discusses where MSPs and CSPs fit in the picture.

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This Week in Cloud - August 2, 2012



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Cloud News

  • Oracle announced that it has signed a deal to acquire Xsigo Systems, a company that specializes in software defined networking, according to this ComputerWorld article. Oracle plans to combine Xsigo's tools with its Oracle VM server virtualization technology.

  • Netflix has open sourced Chaos Monkey, code that it uses to test what will happen to cloud-hosted applications when virtual servers go down unexpectedly, according to this GigaOM article. Netflix, which runs on Amazon Web Services, said that Chaos Monkey is flexible enough to run on other providers' clouds beyond AWS.

  • Amazon announced Provisioned IOPS (Input Output Per Second) which can reach up to 10,000 IOPS for use with large, big data analytics jobs and high transactional solutions such as SAP, according to this GigaOM article. You can read more about the offering and watch a video in the AWS blog.

  • A recent survey conducted by Business Software Alliance (BSA) and Ipsos Public Affairs determined that emerging markets are more likely to use cloud services than mature ones, according to this CloudPro article. In emerging markets, 50 percent of respondents use some kind of cloud service, but in mature markets, that figure drops to 33 percent.

Feature article

Stop following and start leading

By Andi Mann, CA Technologies

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As technology innovation becomes ever more central to business innovation, the pressure flows onto the shoulders of today's CIO. Yet they are not being offered more resources to deliver these innovations, nor are their existing systems getting easier or cheaper to own and manage. So the modern CIO must try to meet this ever-increasing demand for innovation, despite their own ever-decreasing capacity to deliver innovation. This is the "new normal" for today's CIO - and this gap between business demand and IT capacity is only getting wider.

There is no doubt then that almost every business, from the smallest startup to the largest enterprise, will increasingly rely on cloud computing, because cloud - whether private, public, community, or hybrid - promises to close this gap. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • @CloudCommons hosted a #CloudViews tweet chat on international cloud on Tuesday, July 31st. You can find a list of the question and a transcript of the event on Cloud Commons.

  • In the August episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss emerging cloud markets, big data, 7 common cloud challenges, cloud-based farming, Netflix Chaos Monkey, and Amazon cloud outages.

  • What will cloud computing look like in 2020? In this ZDNet blog, Jack Clark uses recent data from Forbes to predict 10 ways in which cloud computing will look radically different in 2020.

  • Can a solar flare knock out your cloud? In this Virtualization Review blog, Elias Khnaser details how a large solar flare could impact cloud computing.

  • Do cloud computing and innovation go hand-in-hand? In this CA Innovation Central blog, Denise Dubie examines recent poll data that looks at how the cloud is driving innovation.

MSP Corner

  • Businesses still have a lot of questions when it comes to cloud. In this MSPmentor blog, Mike Cullen reveals the nine questions that every MSP or CSP should anticipate.

  • At the CompTIA Breakaway in Las Vegas this week, cloud will be a major topic of discussion. In this MSPmentor blog, Ted Roller discuss the sessions that cloud-interested attendees won't want to miss.

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