Ron Miller

Ron Miller is a freelance technology reporter and blogger. He is editor at FierceContentManagement, contributing editor at EContent Magazine, and enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. Ron blogs about cloud technology and the cloud services market for Intronis.
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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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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

Cloud 5: The CIA's AWS cloud, execs warm to the cloud and Rackspace waves buh-bye to IaaS business

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 8, 2014 8:46:41 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, Amazon Web Services Marketplace could be its ace in the hole. AWS has become everyone's favorite whipping boy as they face stiff competition from some serious companies including Microsoft, Google and IBM, but before we write off AWS altogether, they might have an advantage nobody considered.

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

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Amazon Web Services Marketplace could be its ace in the hole

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 7, 2014 2:29:35 PM

Amazon Web Services had the distinct advantage of being first to market, but as competition has increased, it's been a popular notion to write off AWS and suggest that the competition is going to push them aside.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud 5: Amazon's earnings report triggers strong debate, Australia wants to go cloud and how cloud changes IT mindset

Posted by Ron Miller on Aug 1, 2014 9:21:51 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, AWS feels sting of market maturity. For a time, Amazon Web Services was the only cloud infrastructure game in town, but it didn't take long for the big boys like Google, Microsoft and IBM to recognize a good thing when they see it. And while AWS continues to grow, it's feeling the competition and price cuts are eroding profits.

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

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AWS feels sting of market maturity

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 29, 2014 8:18:27 AM

It probably goes without saying that being first to a developing market is a huge advantage. but once the competition sets in, it requires the ability to pivot and meet those challenges head on or risk losing the advantage completely. It's hard a lesson that cloud infrastructure pioneer Amazon Web Services has been learning lately.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud's true value: It drives innovation

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 3, 2014 10:11:00 AM

There's certainly more than one value argument when it comes to cloud computing. It simplifies management, gives anyone access to infrastructure at an affordable cost, gives users access to content wherever they go, and has the potential at least for companies to lower costs moving from an OpEx to a CapEx line item.

But all of that pales in comparison to the cloud's ability to drive innovation.

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas

Cloud 5: Werner Vogels on AWS Security, CIA info chief talks cloud and is cloud green?

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 27, 2014 9:06:00 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, Three-year upgrade cycles no longer make sense in cloud-mobile age. For a long time, IT's job was about procuring, installing and managing large enterprise systems and it took a long time and a ton of money to get them working right. That's why once they were working they tended to leave them in place for years. Today, however, in the age of cloud and mobile, stability has given way to agility and the cloud's incremental updates make so much more sense.

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

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Three-year upgrade cycles no longer make sense in cloud-mobile age

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 25, 2014 9:49:00 AM

For years IT has lived on the notion of stability. You get something working and you ride it until you absolutely have to change. And that made a lot of sense in the mainframe, mini and client-server ages, but it ceases to make sense in a cloud-mobile world.

Monolithic enterprise software packages - whether ERP, CRM, content management or anything else - took years to procure, install and configure. They required huge investments in money and manpower, and once you had them installed and working, you didn't want to mess with them.

Sure, you would apply patches and some updates, but overall if it wasn't broken? You weren't going to fix it.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud 5: Dispelling cloud myths, the cloud security excuse, and the fight for cloud supremacy

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 20, 2014 9:17:00 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, Cloud adoption surveys tend to miss the mark. Cloud surveys tend to miss the mark because they ask the wrong people or the people they are asking simply don't know the term. But that doesn't mean that consumers and business users alike aren't using the cloud because they definitely are -whether they know the term or not.

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

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