Five Predictions Concerning Cloud Computing
It may be presumptuous to make predictions about cloud computing, since the cloud has such little history and is almost all about future potential. But here are a few prognostications, based on trends that have established the current cloud-computing paradigm.
The Effect of Cloud Computing On IT Staff
According to a new survey, there are significant discrepancies between what IT management thinks of cloud computing and the opinion of IT staffers. Is it because staffers view the cloud as a threat, and are they correct to do so?
Structure 2010: Economics Of Cloud
I'm at the Structure 2010 conference, where panelists on the "Cloudonomics: Economics of the Cloud" session were focused on what they are seeing happening in the cloud, from their customers' perspectives.
Webcast: Army Talks Cloud Strategy
The U.S. Army will discuss plans for integrating cloud computing into its enterprise architecture and broader IT transformation, during an InformationWeek Government Webcast on Weds., June 23. It's a unique opportunity to hear one of the world's largest IT user organizations share its strategy for the emerging cloud model.
When Thinking Cloud, Think Reliable-ish
The recent Intuit outage provided the press with a good example of what happens when cloud computing fails. "Intuit's service outage this week affected Quickbase.com, Quicken, Quickbooks and TurboTax, leaving more than 300,000 largely SMB customers in a bind..."
Five Reasons for the Cloud Computing Boom
New market numbers show that cloud computing is not a fad and it's not a pipe dream. It's a bonafide IT phenomenon that points to the future of organizational computing.
Cloud Computing Expands Mandate, Influence
At this point in its evolution, cloud computing remains mostly identified with software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (including storage) (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). But the cost effectiveness of virtualized, dispersed, multi-tenant computing services is making the cloud appropriate and appealing in all manner of digital arenas.
Enterprise 2.0 Gets Down To Business
I had the chance to attend the Enterprise 2.0 conference this week in Boston and I was pleasantly surprised to see some very welcome developments and improvements in the companies and products that were at the conference.
The Worth of Cloud Computing
How do you measure the business value of cloud computing? Do traditional IT metrics like ROI and TCO apply? How can the benefits of business agility be applied to the bottom line?
Back To the Future of Cloud Computing
How is IT going to evolve over the next ten years, as we transition to the cloud? The Pew Research Center's latest survey has plenty of educated, insightful opinion on that topic, from the future of the desktop to escalating problems with security. Oh, and are you ready for the "Internet of things"?
Federal Agencies Shift Into Cloud Adoption
Technology leaders with the Department of Energy, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and GSA will outline their next steps in cloud computing on June 15 at InformationWeek's Government IT Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. With new implementations of infrastructure as a service and software as a service, including hosted apps from Google and Microsoft, the feds appear to be shifting aggressively into full-s
The Cloud's Secret Ingredient: Smartphones
A new survey reveals that many experts feel that cloud computing and smartphones go together like vodka and Red Bull. What does that mean for IT managers? Fasten your seat belts, we're in for a bumpy ride.
Cloud Computing Is An Evolution of IT, Not An Overthrow
Despite the "inmates running the asylum" aspect of software-as-a-service, cloud computing should not be looked on as an overthrow or elimination of IT. For large organizations, it simply can't be. The challenge, then, is figuring out how to reconcile, integrate, and optimize, internal and external cloud capabilities.
The Real Purpose of Hybrid Clouds
We have several types of cloud deployments as defined by NIST. They are public, private, community, and hybrid clouds. We all know what private and public clouds are by now, but what about community and hybrid?
Carbon's Core Is Cloud Middleware Of Future
One of the secrets of cloud computing is that cloud software reflects a new architecture that best exploits the clustered resources around it. It exploits them in such a way that one instance of the software potentially can serve hundreds or thousands of users, and a handful of instances can serve hundreds of thousands.
The Cloud Wars Will Be Won Desktop By Desktop
When one thinks of software-as-a-service, you're likely to think of enterprise-type applications, like customer-relationship management (CRM) or human resource software. However, it is in the environment of personal productivity software, like word processing and spreadsheet applications, where the real cloud computing battles are likely to be fought (and won).
Cloud Computing Is a Disruptive Business Process
Make no mistake, the cloud is a disruptive force in IT. Like the PC, which introduced the consumerization of IT, and the Internet, which networked the global village, the cloud represents a radical restructuring of how IT services are created and deployed. And with anything truly radical, there is a certain amount of pain that comes with the gain.
Army Outlines Cloud Computing Strategy
Application consolidation and server virtualization are steps in a broader plan to consolidate data centers and offer cloud services across Army operations.
Five Fundamentals of Cloud Engagement
There are five fundamental factors that potential users should make sure they explore when considering a cloud computing engagement. Here's the checklist, and the most important issues connected with each one.
How To Build A Government Cloud
Federal IT managers are under pressure to move beyond the evaluation of cloud computing and into actual implementation. Two early adopters in government next week will share their insights on how to do that.