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Home is where the cloud is. The work-at-home movement has given some momentum recently to cloud computing, as well as finding itself in the middle of the debate on whether companies should allow their employees to work from home. It's understood that a public cloud platform is typically better at providing IT services over the open Internet than enterprise IT is capable of doing. The public cloud can better serve a workforce that's as likely to work at the local Starbucks as the corner conference room because they can push processing, storage and enterprise applications to a middle tier between the company and the user. In other words, connectivity, security, capacity management and resiliency become somebody else's problem, according to an article on Infoworld.com. The more distributed your workforce, the more public cloud computing can benefit the support of tha... (more)

Industrial-Strength Version of Cloud Ready for Primetime

One of the main reasons companies are reluctant to take advantage of cloud services isn't because they don't realize how cloud can transform business practices, but instead it comes down to a matter of risk, according to an article on HuffingtonPost.com. It seems executives are concerned with the basic issue of security when deciding whether to use cloud computing to handle mission-critical data or workloads. Caution, of course, is always prudent, especially when it comes to new innovations. But instead of continuing to question whether the cloud can handle mission-critical com... (more)

Cloud Computing IT Outsourcing Contracts Triple

Worldwide IT services deals with a cloud computing element have tripled since 2010, according to research from IT outsourcing consultancy ISG. According to an article on ComputerWeekly.com, ISG used its TPI index to analyze IT outsourcing deals and found 2012 will bear 300 IT contracts awarded that involve cloud computing services. This compares with 110 in 2010 and 220 in 2011. Stanton Jones, emerging technology analyst at ISG, said the move to standardized platform-based services which are difficult to customize is a step-change for the IT services sector. "Cloud services, esp... (more)

Cloud Computing: A Retrospective

Symantec recently took a stroll down memory lane to revisit the first seeds of cloud computing that took hold more than a half-century ago. Symantec created an interactive timeline that illustrates the history of cloud computing, highlighting just how far the technology has progressed. The interactive map, however, does more than just recall the roots of cloud computing; it provides an opportunity to look ahead as well. Symantec has plans to help usher in an era of safe, agile and efficient cloud computing. It recently outlined a strategy to get there, which includes providing com... (more)

Cloud Computing and 4G: Perfect Together

Just as a team is only as strong as its weakest player, the more robust a mobile broadband service, the more beneficial it is to accessing and running applications in the cloud. There's a strong connection between cloud computing services and mobile broadband, including 4G services. Mobile broadband provides a connection to anyone anywhere within its coverage area. And the latest mobile broadband technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE), often referred to as 4G, provides a mobile broadband connection that is sufficiently fast for most cloud applications, according to an article on ... (more)