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Forrester Research is looking forward, and what it sees is cloud as commonplace in 2014. In 2013, enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014, businesses will integrate it into existing IT portfolios, whether IT gives its blessing or not. As the Age of the Customer arrives,...
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 b...
Cloud computing is helping businesses combat a growing problem: Too much information and not enough storage capacity. With businesses increasingly facing the prospect of running out of storage capacity, adoption of cloud storage technologies continues to grow, according to a report f...
Add another fill-in-the-blank-as-a-service that's making waves in the cloud. Verizon, which just recently launched a major overhaul to its cloud platform, announced plans to integrate the VMware/EMC-backed Cloud Foundry open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) initiative into its off...
Having cloud skills will help pay the bills, according to a recent study. Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology revealed cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today. Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors an...
Cloud computing's profile just took a leap in the polls. IBM announced the opening of a new Federal Cloud Innovation Center dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public-sector organizations advance the adoption of cloud computing across the government. The new IBM Federal...
Cisco, like everybody else in IT, believes that cloud computing is central to the Internet of Things (the belief that everything with an on/off switch will eventually be wired or wirelessly connected and controlled by someone – or some thing – somewhere in the world). This isn't a diff...
Verizon is calling on the expertise of one of its recent acquisitions to offer a cloud computing service to its customers. Verizon has announced details about a new cloud computing service for business, Verizon Cloud, an IaaS offering the company claims will offer better end-user con...
They may be small in terms of the number of employees, but small businesses stand to reap big benefits when it comes to cloud computing. Cloud is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a small business trying to grow quickly. If you are an entrepreneur or own a small business, here are...
Nothing levels the playing field like cloud computing, at least in terms of smaller businesses being able to gain a foothold in a particular market. Small and midsize businesses have much to gain from embracing business cloud solutions. Cloud platforms allow SMEs to compete in the cl...
Running a successful business, regardless of the type of business, requires a handful of tenets that should always be embraced: enjoy what you do, hire the right people and provide the correct tools. These days, one of those tools businesses now rely on to succeed is cloud computing....
As IT departments get the green light to update systems and implement solutions, cloud computing is increasingly getting a slice of those IT budgets. Cloud computing is on the list of top IT spending priorities for next year, according to Forrester Research. Software spending world...
That's one big check for Big Blue. IBM won a federal cloud-computing contract with a maximum value of $1 billion, its largest such agreement with the U.S. government, according to an article on Bloomberg.com. The Interior Department awarded similar, 10-year pacts to nine other supp...
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...
Rackspace continues to expand its educational initiatives around the open cloud. This week, it launches a new network operations class as a part of the curriculum at the Open Cloud Academy, a key part of the company's efforts to train the next generation of IT professionals for the clo...
Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Res...
Technology sure does make strange bedfellows. The federal government’s newest cloud service provider is one that may elicit surprise. It’s the same agency that oversees farm policy and food safety – the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA has been certified to provide Infrastruc...
Cloud computing is steadily working its way into the U.S. federal government, potentially simplifying access to information for the public, but also creating some consternation over who ultimately controls that data. Some federal agency managers are reluctant to hand over their data t...
A new study has found that IT complexity already existing within an organization is one barrier to implementing a cloud system. NTT Europe recently completed a study that found 56 percent of CIOs and senior IT leaders see complexity of their own Information and Communications Technolo...
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...
That’s some serious savings, even in a state where just about everything seems to cost just a bit more. A recent study has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough energy annually to power Los Angeles for a year. Th...
Cloud computing is the game changer for the life sciences industry, according to an article on PharmaBiz.com. Globally, pharma majors are deploying cloud technology because it provides data security, compliance and transparency, according to Vikram Anand, associate vice president, clo...
The personal cloud will be the main catalyst in bringing services otherwise unavailable to developing nations. While businesses have been deploying cloud technology for some time, it's only recently that personal cloud services have emerged. The rise of the personal cloud means conten...
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 percen...
An IT services provider based in Asia is throwing up some big numbers when it comes to savings and cloud computing. DataOne Asia, an independent provider of IT services in the Philippines, said businesses can significantly reduce expenses by putting in place cloud computing solutions,...
Cloud computing must have been brushing up on its bedside manner. HIPAA requirements now stipulate everyone in the health-care industry must begin migrating patient records and other data to cloud computing. By 2015, all medical professionals with access to patient records must utiliz...
That boom you hear? That's the cloud. Cloud computing is experiencing serious growth – even the Department of Defense is joining the party. However, some people are a little concerned about giving up hard copies and going completely virtual. Getting on this bandwagon is a great idea t...
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. ...
Hewlett-Packard doesn't shy away from taking a few cheap shots every now and again, and its latest line of servers, called Moonshot, proves it. HP has introduced a new line of servers that could be considered a major game changer in terms of power consumption and the cloud. HP's new ...
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 Engate...
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...
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 progresse...
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 are typi...
Big businesses are finding out they have something in common with their smaller counterparts. Both like to save cash, and both like to be prepared in the event of a disaster. And they have an affinity for the cloud. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal found large organizations...
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 consu...
The cloud is changing not only how businesses access applications and provide services to their customers, it’s changing the way they view their own employees, according to a recent report. With the impact of cloud computing on data access and the availability of cloud storage, job de...
Rackspace, co-developer of the OpenStack cloud platform, has created a more direct path for large, full-service IT providers to deploy the popular open source-based software in large-scale private cloud projects, according to an article on eWEEK. Rackspace released three new blueprin...
With cloud computing, more users and an increase in data bring with it the challenges associated with disaster recovery and business continuity. All distributed systems have to be checked and the data points must all be monitored. In working with these more complex data centers, many a...
Ask not what your cloud can do for you, but what it can do for your country. The Defense Department’s IT infrastructure is on a mission of consolidation, standardization, security and access, the Defense Department’s principal deputy CIO told attendees at a recent cloud computing pane...
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 recen...