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IDC has released its latest predictions for 2013, and there's little surprise that it sees cloud computing as one of the main movers of the IT world. The IT industry's transition to "The Third Platform," built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and Big Data analytics technologies, has dominated annual predictions from IDC over the course of the last several years. For 2013, IDC predicts the transition to The Third Platform will gain momentum as the industry accelerates past the exploration phase and into full-blown, high-stakes competition, according to an article on BizTech2.com. "The IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile / social / cloud / Big Data world of the Third Platform much more quickly than many realize: from 2013 through 2020, these technologies will drive around 90 percent of all the growth in the IT market," said Frank Ge... (more)

Weather Channel Forecasts Heavier Reliance on Cloud Computing

The Weather Channel weathered its own storm of sorts when it experienced its highest traffic ever over the course of Hurricane Sandy. The media company typically supports about 90 million Web and mobile users a month. During Sandy, that figure jumped to 450 million, nearly double its previous high for Web traffic. Fortunately, The Weather Channel was prepared for the traffic surge, according to an article on NetworkWorld.com. The company's IT team had recently architected its real-time radar mapping. On typical days, the mapping system runs on about 20 instances, but during Sand... (more)

Gartner Sees the End of the Traditional Sourcing Model, Rise of the Cloud

Gartner has been looking toward the future, and what it sees is a future in the cloud. Gartner believes that service-led solutions - software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) - will usurp more traditional sourcing methods by 2015. IT companies will need to "bridge legacy offerings and new services" to pave a way to the cloud for service providers, according to an article on CloudComputingNews.net. Cloud services appear to be growing at a much quicker rate than other segments of the IT services market. Hardware and software ... (more)

Cloud Computing Takes Not-for-Profits to New Heights

Not-for-profits and cloud computing seem to be made for one another. The cloud IT delivery model is well suited to not-for-profits (NFPs) for a number of reasons, according to an article on CMO.com. There are little to no upfront costs with cloud services and consumption is usually billed on a monthly subscription basis, allowing for predictable budgeting. There are also fewer IT staff requirements; this is ideal for NFPs who might not have the resources to hire skilled technical staff. In the specific case of server hardware, no servers need to be purchased, maintained, or recycle... (more)

What Cloud Computing Really Means

Cloud computing is all the rage. "It's become the phrase du jour," said Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring. The problem, according to InfoWorld, is that everyone seems to have a different definition of cloud computing. Some analysts and vendors define cloud computing as an updated version of utility computing: virtual servers available over the Internet. Others go broad, arguing anything you consume outside the firewall is "in the cloud," including conventional outsourcing, according to InfoWorld. InfoWorld talked to dozens of vendors, analysts and IT customers on various componen... (more)