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Cloud computing is creating the new Wall Street boom, according to NIA. The only industry that is as bright as cloud computing on Wall Street is social networking, NIA said in a recent report. 2012 will be known as the year cloud computing became widely adopted worldwide. Cloud computing is expected to create 14 million new jobs globally by 2015. In the consumer space, Gartner predicts cloud services will be on 90 percent of personal consumer devices by 2015 so consumers can store, connect, stream and synchronize content across multiple platforms at different locations. That's a lot of tunes and apps. So far this year, there have been three IPOs of cloud computing stocks, and all three IPOs have been major successes, indicating cloud computing is ready for primetime on Wall Street. And where the money goes, jobs follow. Next Big Thing: Big Data and the Cloud Cloud c... (more)

Cloud to Be Most Disruptive Technology of 2013

As more organizations move critical data to the cloud, security takes on ever-increasing importance, according to a recent report on cloud security. The Security for Business Innovation Council, consisting of IT security professionals from 19 companies worldwide, called cloud computing the main disruptive force for 2013. In its report, "Information Security Shake-Up," the group said it was evident many organizations are preparing to move more business processes to the cloud. This year, it will even be "mission-critical apps and regulated data" consigned to the cloud, according to ... (more)

Can the Cloud Boost Small Businesses?

There's consistent chatter about the new world of the cloud, and much of the discussion involves how a small business saves substantially and can then invest the savings elsewhere in its business. For many small businesses that have used the cloud for a few years, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the experience has largely been positive. Operating servers both on-site and in the cloud is "a very effective way of reducing risk," said Michael Harries, chief technologist at Citrix Startup Accelerator, a Silicon Valley investment firm that works specifically ... (more)

Going Green with Cloud Computing

Calling it a full-fledged tree-hugger may be a slight overstatement, but cloud computing is being viewed as an eco-friendly service that reduces the number of machines and the carbon footprint of enterprises. Thanks to virtualization and server utilization rates of around 60-70 percent, large, shared data centers are usually able to employ fewer physical machines to achieve the same capacity as an equivalent number of in-house data centers, according to an article on GreenerIdeal.com. Large data centers can also dynamically allocate resources where they're needed, where individua... (more)

Mobility, BYOD Expected to Benefit Federal Workforce

It seems it's in the best interest of the U.S. government to have its employees hit the road. A recent study uncovered how a mobile federal workforce is one that is more productive and cost-effective. But getting from here to there, however, proves challenging. Federal agencies and taxpayers benefit from a mobile federal workforce, but outdated infrastructure restricts mobile potential and productivity gains, according to a survey by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT. The study indicated federal employees are taking advanta... (more)