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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)

Cloud Adoption Is All About Value for CIOs

Four out of five executives agree: choosing the cloud is a smart value proposition. Research from Host Analytics and conducted by Dimensional Research found that for four out of five business execs, the cloud is chosen for its value over any other factor, according to an article on CloudComputingNews.net. A similar number of employees surveyed said that it's beneficial for them to use cloud applications. The research talked to more than 300 CIOs and business executives and found various benefits to cloud adoption, which may perhaps shift the balance as IT budgets are being prepa... (more)

Personal Cloud Usage Influences Company Adoption: CDW

As you go, so goes your company. At least in terms of which cloud apps you use that find their way into the workplace. Showing that work imitates life, a CDW report surveyed 1,242 IT professionals and found that a major driver of corporate cloud adoption is users' experiences of consumer services. Nearly three quarters of respondents (73%) claimed that, in their company, employees' use of personal cloud apps has "significantly influenced" the decision to move wholesale to the cloud. Similarly, just over three in five (61%) cloud-using organizations agreed that employee personal d... (more)

When the Cloud Is Run on a Cloud

At first blush, it sounds like a mystic's riddle, somewhere in the vicinity of the sound of one hand clapping. But in reality, it's a setup that makes perfect sense: Rackspace runs its OpenStack cloud in another OpenStack cloud. "We're running our cloud inside of a cloud," John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, recently told Wired.com. "All of the control nodes that are necessary to serve the customers on our cloud are running in another OpenStack cloud." The arrangement is only natural. "It's a better way of doing things," Engates said. "We're merely eating our own... (more)

Cloud Computing and Disaster Readiness

Few things in this world are guaranteed, but when it comes to the health of a small business, guaranteeing you're backed up in the event of a disaster is of the utmost importance. There are so many ways that cloud computing can streamline a business, yet one real advantage often goes overlooked until it's too late, according to an article on BDaily.co. It would be difficult to think of many organizations that could stay afloat for long periods of time where crucial information and technology was unattainable, especially for small businesses. Following the increasing impact of na... (more)