Cloud 5: Rise of cloud service brokers, Four disruptive cloud startups, and Google's enticing startup offer

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 19, 2014 1:22:26 PM

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 recent blog posts, Android apps on Chromebooks could introduce complications in the enterprise. End users are going to love having Android apps on their Chromebooks, but IT might not be as thrilled because the addition of apps could potentially make these secure machines much less so by introducing malware and viruses.

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Android Apps On Chromebooks Could Introduce Complications In The Enterprise

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 15, 2014 10:32:56 AM

The first Android apps for Chromebook appeared in the Chrome Web Store last week and the implications are huge for the cloud-based laptops, but for enterprise users it could introduce some complications that negate the reasons enterprises might buy them in the first place.

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Cloud 5: First Android apps come to Chromebook, HP nabs Euculyptus, and creating a coherent cloud strategy

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 12, 2014 8:42:00 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 recent blog posts, Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security. The celebrity nude photo leak debacle is a moving target and we still don't have all the information, but whatever the final outcome, and whoever is to blame, it would be a mistake to consider this a broad indictment against cloud security. The fact is nobody's data is completely safe.

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Cloud 5: Cloud's role in nude photo debacle, Alibaba wants a piece of the IaaS market, and NASA's massive cloud migration

Posted by Ron Miller on Sep 5, 2014 9:05:00 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, Celebrity nude photo hack proves little about cloud security. The celebrity nude photo leak debacle is a moving target and we still don't have all the information, but whatever the final outcome, and whoever is to blame, it would be a mistake to consider this a broad indictment against cloud security. The fact is nobody's data is completely safe.

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

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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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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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Smaller organizations making faster pivot to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 12, 2014 9:52:47 AM

A new study finds that nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent of small business that have already adapted.

A "Small Business Success in the Cloud" report from Emergent Research that was commissioned by Intuit Inc., suggests that the rate at which small businesses are adapting to the cloud is significantly higher than traditional enterprise IT organizations.

In fact, a separate report from Oxford Economics that was commissioned by IBM finds that only 20 percent of application workloads in the enterprise are actually running in the cloud. IT leaders concede that they are not sure where more than 50 percent of their workloads will be running in the next five years, but chances are many of them will continue to run on premises for the forseeable future.

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The business benefit that's driving your SMBs to the cloud

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jul 23, 2014 1:00:00 PM

What can cloud do for you?

According to a new survey by Harvard Business Review and Verizon Enterprise Solutions, businesses think the best reason to choose the cloud is because it improves "business agility."

What, exactly, is business agility? Tech writer Joe McKendrick tried to define this vague term in a post for Forbes, suggesting that agility means doing the right things faster.

That's an important takeaway for IT services providers, because it gives you the perspective of knowing what your customers are looking for from their IT.

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The rise of PaaS in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 16, 2014 9:43:45 AM

Of the three major types of cloud computing, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments are the least often currently being used. But a new survey finds that PaaS usage will rise from 41 percent to 62.2 percent in the next two years to put PaaS on a more even footing with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS).

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Cloud adoption surveys tend to miss the mark

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 18, 2014 10:25:00 AM

I've always taken cloud survey results with a grain of salt. Surveys of IT often fail to take into account unofficial use of cloud services. IT might not know about it, but it doesn't mean business cloud users aren't there. Same goes for consumers. They probably don't know the buzz words, even if they are using cloud services.

That's why I found a widely reported survey by SOASTA that 2 in 5 Americans use the cloud somewhat amusing. Trust me, if people are on the internet they are using the cloud. And if you have a smartphone, the chances are even greater that you're using the cloud, whether you call it that or not.

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