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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 computi...
Now is a good time to bring your cloud computing skills to the forefront. Demand for cloud-ready IT workers will grow by 26 percent each year through 2015, according to a new Microsoft-sponsored IDC white paper. If that estimate proves true, there could be as many as 7 million cloud-r...
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 Cl...
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 ...
Cloud computing is changing the way big business communicates and is fast becoming the new technological standard for enterprises. With employees working across so many devices from numerous locations, cloud computing is taking on a growing importance for a seamless work experience. ...
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 201...
Worldwide IT services deals with a cloud computing element have tripled since 2010, according to research from IT outsourcing consultancy ISG. ISG used its TPI index to analyze IT outsourcing deals and found 2012 will bear 300 IT contracts awarded that involve cloud computing services...
Companies are continuing to move along with adopting cloud computing even though they haven't completed their formal strategies for using it, according to ZDNet.com. Analyst IDC found that nearly three-quarters (69 percent) had already started using private cloud technologies, with ne...
This election season marked a major shift from the traditional ground game of door-to-door get out the vote efforts to "Big Data politics" – in which algorithms are run in the cloud on databases of voter information to figure out who volunteers should target. As captured in Rackspace...
Hurricane Sandy brought with it a heavy dose of disaster, but utilizing the cloud helped mitigate what could have been even more difficulties faced by businesses. “Overall, I think cloud does help,” said Stephanie Balaouras, an analyst at Forrester Research. “Tier one cloud and SaaS p...
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 concer...
Europe's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda has released a communication called "Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe" mapping how the cloud fits into Europe's future. The paper outlines a series of actions designed to drive European businesses and the public sector ...
Open source software stacks offer a huge amount of customization so the cloud being built does what is expected – and without huge licensing fees. A recent article on GigaOm.com asks, “How can open-source cloud management tools like Eucalyptus, CloudStack and OpenStack impact the adop...
The public and private cloud markets continue to experience growth, with the public cloud market expected to reach $100 billion by 2016, according to analysts. With enterprises continuing to adopt cloud computing, analysts see continued growth in both public and private cloud investme...
With a growing amount of software applications using the Software-as-a-Service model, experts claim that software piracy will eventually be eliminated. Others, however, are claiming that users will just find ways to circumvent everything so that they won’t pay for software use. The...
Cloud computing is increasingly changing the education landscape. Thanks to could computing, students from different locations around the world can collaborate on assignments, rendering them interactive among their peers in education. The ability to bring together students and teache...
U.S.-based corporations and government agencies have been shipping application development work to offshore IT services providers for years. Now, thanks to cloud computing, foreign companies are starting to bring their business to providers of data center services located in this coun...
Obtaining computing power from somewhere other than a privately owned data center or on-site room of servers is an increasingly big business. Gartner Research has predicted that, for the first time, the worldwide IT outsourcing market will surpass a whopping $250 billion in 2012, accor...
Think cloud computing is just the latest IT fad? Think again. Forrester predicts the global cloud computing market will grow from $35 billion in 2011 to around $150 billion by 2020 as it becomes key to many organizations' IT infrastructures. According to an article on ZDNet, by 2020...
Rackspace has announced the unlimited availability of cloud databases and cloud servers powered by OpenStack, along with a powerful and streamlined new control panel. These solutions further expand Rackspace's broad cloud hosting portfolio, used today by more than 180,000 customers w...
Not only are more businesses adopting some form of cloud technology, they are feeling better doing it. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers found that 85 percent felt more positive about the benefits of using cloud computing, up from 72 percent in 2011, according to The Wall Stree...
Enterprise IT has a disturbing tendency to get excited about technology rather than architecture and planning. According to David Linthicum, this sorry state is quite evident as cloud computing begins to take hold in the standard IT technology arsenal. “The fact of the matter is tha...
As hype dies down, companies are seeing real success in their cloud deployments, and money is pouring in, according to a recent post on InfoWorld.com. The cloud is in the process of crossing from the experimental phase to production systems that businesses can rely upon. Yet his has n...
Research from Host Analytics and Dimensional Research reveal IT is spending significantly for cloud services. And CIOs are practicing what they preach, as IT departments outpace all other business units in cloud adoption, according to an article on CIO.com Cloud technology surveys – w...
First there was "what." Then there was "why." Now there is "how." Cloud computing is being embraced by most enterprise IT shops – at least according to attendees and vendors at the 10th Cloud Expo in New York, writes Roger Strukhoff of Cloud Computing Journal. Many organizations now w...
Between cloud computing, big data and consumer IT, executives feeling capable of making more of their own technology decisions. And with the ongoing business pressures for speed, agility and innovation, executives are eager to rethink and reinvent the IT department, according to a colu...
One thing people can agree on is that the cloud is the most transformative information technology to come along in decades – on the same level as the rise of the personal computer or the Internet. And that means there is a lot at stake for enterprises struggling to lay down the foundat...
With increasing data storage demands resulting from new content types – rich digital media, social media and machine-generated data – small and mid-size businesses have been challenged to incorporate sophisticated methods to back up critical company data. For many types of small busin...
The longer you put off providing features and services offered in the cloud, the worse off you'll be, according to an article in Network Computing. The post by Define the Cloud's Joe Onisick offers a stark take on falling behind cloud adoption: "Every day that goes by that IT isn't m...
Cloud computing already has trimmed some businesses' IT costs. But a report found that it also could be the next big thing to help reduce their energy use, according to greenbiz.com The fourth annual Energy Efficient IT Report – by technology products and services seller CDW – calls c...
There's a "tipping point" for cloud adoption, according to the CIO at Google, and it's fast approaching. Once that point arrives and companies enter the world of cloud computing, there's no going back – it will become the standard for IT, according to Google CIO Ben Fried. An article...
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 comput...
The federal government saved nearly $5.5 billion a year by moving to cloud services. But it might have saved up to $12 billion if cloud strategies were more aggressive, a survey of federal IT managers found. The study, drawn from interviews with 108 federal CIOs and IT managers, was ...
A survey of small and mid-size businesses found an interest in harnessing technology to improve business efficiency. Midsize businesses are turning to IT investments to grow their businesses and the larger the organization, the more likely it is to cite technology as having the greate...
A thorough piece on CNET by Gordon Haff looks at the interconnectivity of cloud computing, mobility and Big Data, and sees these three forces as instrumental in shaping the future of IT. “Through the lens of next-generation IT, think of cloud computing as being about trends in compute...
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 vers...
A new survey suggests that as cloud moves into the mainstream of business, it brings new sources of anxiety as well. This disruption and the dramatic shift in cloud computing intentions over the past few years is revealed in a report by Saugatuck Technology. “Buying and deployment pat...