Navigating the nuances of cloud pricing models

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 27, 2014 9:15:55 AM

For all the hype surrounding the cloud, the number of pricing options relating to how infrastructure as a service (IaaS) actually gets consumed has been fairly limited. In general, organizations could either commit to consume a specific amount of resource per month or be billed by the hour. Both approaches have significant drawbacks in terms of actually delivering what the customer really wants and what the cloud service provider needs to be be profitable.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

We need a new operating system for the hybrid cloud era

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 26, 2014 7:57:00 AM

If you look at the evolution of operating systems, they developed at a time when we had desktop computers often connected to networks in a client-server architecture. Today, that's changing, but we are still using the same heavyweight operating systems. Could a lighter weight system like Chrome OS be the future for operating systems, or do we perhaps need a third alternative?

It's a question worth exploring, especially as companies move more and more of their computing to the cloud. As we do this, how do we make this all work in a hybrid environment where companies are using at least some on-premises software?

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Fight for IT services talent escalates

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 22, 2014 11:00:00 AM

IT service providers are reporting that it’s becoming a lot harder to hold onto to IT talent. In fact, the most recent survey of IT services providers conducted by CompTIA, the IT services industry association, saw an uptick in concern over IT labor costs, increasing four percentage points over the previous quarter’s rate of 24 percent.

With almost a third of IT service providers surveyed identifying the cost of labor as an issue, it’s clear the economy is heading northwards. Not too long ago IT folks were just happy to be employed. But as the economy continues to steadily grow, the demand for the services of people with IT expertise is increasing.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Cloud 5: Has cloud killed on-prem software, the enterprise cloud wars, and cloud computing and scale

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 22, 2014 9:06:22 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for? A recent survey found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully embraced the cloud. In my view if you're starting a business today, you should be 100 percent in the cloud. There's no reason beyond regulatory requirements to start dealing with software in-house and all that entails.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Ebola virus used as bait in malware and phishing scams

Posted by Manny Veiga on Aug 19, 2014 10:43:23 AM

Cybercriminals are leveraging international media attention on the Ebola virus to launch phishing campaigns designed to trick users into downloading malware or surrendering personal information.

Symantec researchers this week identified at least four malware operations that sought to prey upon the public's interest in the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

It's yet another example of how cybercriminals frequently latch onto popular topics in their social engineering schemes. Other recent examples include a Fourth of July malware that targeted travel websites and a virus disguised as a CryptoLocker fixer tool.

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Topics: IT Security

Getting a better handle on the mobile computing opportunity

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 18, 2014 7:09:20 AM

There’s no doubt that mobile computing is one of the hottest trends in all of IT. In fact, a new survey from Oracle finds that spending on mobile support in the enterprise will increase 54 percent in the next two years. The survey pegs average IT department spending—per device, per employee—at $157 today, which is expected to grow to $242 over the next two years.

While IT organizations will clearly need some outside help in terms of managing mobile applications, it’s less clear who will build them. The Oracle survey finds that internal IT organizations are torn between building applications themselves and purchasing them. But new research from Apigee, a provider of an API management platform, finds that IT organizations that rely on external IT service providers to build mobile applications enjoy considerably greater success.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

SuperValu latest retail corp hit by data breach

Posted by Manny Veiga on Aug 15, 2014 4:14:03 PM

A breach of consumer credit card data has affected at leasat 180 grocery and liquor stores owned, franchised or serviced by the retailing corporation SuperValu, according to an Associated Press report.

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Topics: Data Loss

Cloud 5: The road to 44 trillion gigabytes, PaaS shootout, and cloud makes us all outsourcers

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 15, 2014 9:15:22 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for? A recent survey found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully embraced the cloud. In my view if you're starting a business today, you should be 100 percent in the cloud. There's no reason beyond regulatory requirements to start dealing with software in-house and all the entails.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

If SMBs aren't in the cloud today, what are they waiting for?

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 14, 2014 10:32:00 AM

A recent survey of small business owners conducted by Emergent Research for Intuit found just 37 percent of small businesses have fully adopted cloud computing today. What are the other 63 percent thinking?

When you look at the cloud landscape, and you see large enterprises reluctant or slow to join, you can understand that to some extent. They have legacy systems and security issues to resolve that smaller companies don't usually have to worry about.

Smaller businesses typically go to the cloud because they don't want to worry about maintaining systems and software. They want to be free to devote their time to running their business.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Federal digital SWAT team sets IT services example

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 14, 2014 10:26:31 AM

On those rare occasions when the Federal government learns from its mistakes, IT service providers should take notice. With the announcement this week that the Federal government is creating a U.S. Digital Service that will function more or less as a digital SWAT team for identifying opportunities to use IT to improve government functions, a model that could be replicated across any number of vertical industries has been created.

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Topics: IT Services Trends