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Look Ahead: The Cloud In 2014 & Beyond
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MarekR131
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MarekR131,
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1/31/2014 | 9:42:09 AM
Other interesting clouds
ComZetta is worth to check out in this year. They have some surprising features ready for small business and individuals. To put it in a nutshell - automatic backup, increasing computing power of your
hardware, secure connection, and much more. Check  http://comzetta.com
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/1/2014 | 8:50:29 PM
Re: Before "software-defined everything." better think DevOps
In 2014 and coming future, what we need is hybrid IT talent - not just traditional programmer doing coding by following specifications or just IT professionals familiar with configuration. We need IT professioanls to understand both coding and the end-to-end use case. When doing designing and coding, the engineer should be aware of the business use case and take the interconnection/integration into account. The open, easy-to-use API is the key to success. We need new generation APIs such as REST API to do a better job in this area.
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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1/1/2014 | 5:32:05 PM
Re: Before "software-defined everything." better think DevOps
@Charles - I 100% agree with you there. Software development is a key part of the entire cloud modevement. Software and application options must be ever-dynamic and adapt to changing needs around user demand and resource utilization. 

Honestly, it's part of the reason I mentioned APIs. The development of good applications, the connectors that help bind processes together, and the delivery method are all key elements to the foundation of the future cloud.

To accomplish this -- there will need to be better collaboration and integration between software developers and IT professionals. In all reality, I'm hoping that this is a natural progression as technology becomes even more interconnected. 
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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12/31/2013 | 1:05:18 PM
Before "software-defined everything." better think DevOps
I think before we can get to software-defined everything, or at least a software-defined data center, we have to align development and operations. DevOps is an underestimated hurdle in moving to the software-defined world we keep hearing about. If we can't get our own software development organization to meet operational objectives, align with the business, adjust quickly to change and incorporate continuous updates, then there's not much point in talking about software-defined everything. DevOps is the next big hurdle.
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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12/31/2013 | 12:27:34 PM
Re: Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
@Gary_EL - It's pretty cool right? You sit down at your PC and realize that you really don't have that much on there. A few games, some really heavy apps -- but that's about it. And that's what they future looks like.

The days of the PC - at least as we know it -- are numbered. There will definitely be a transformation in how users utilize cloud-based apps and data. 
Bill Kleyman
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Bill Kleyman,
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12/31/2013 | 12:07:15 PM
Re: Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
@asksqn - I totally agree with you! I've been pretty much completely mobile for about 2 years now. I mix data sharing environments between Dropbox and ShareFile. Both work great. Many of my apps are SaaS-based and everything else I can get in the cloud.

You are a perfec example around the evolution of the user. It's not even necessarily that we're "techies" -- it's just becoming easier to compute from mobile devices. 
Gary_EL
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12/30/2013 | 11:03:19 PM
Re: Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
I'm still PC-based, but I have almost nothing installed on my machine, and aside from Office and what came with Windows 7, everything I do is on cloud-based applications. I just find myself refusing to bother with PC-based apllications. I'm even starting to do my backups on the cloud.
asksqn
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asksqn,
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12/30/2013 | 6:35:22 PM
Up, up and away in my beautiful cloud
Speaking strictly for myself, my online life is very much in the clouds. I've been using a tablet to write on the go, and, with drive space being so very limited, it necessitates a cloud savvy user. That being said, I'm a big proponent of Evernote, Googe drive and docs. I still use a desktop for the heavy lifting, but mobile device usage will, no doubt, continue to grow and otherwise drive SaaS exponentially.


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