Archive for June, 2011

To The Cloud: A Primer for Law Firms and SMEs

28 June 2011 – Migration to the Cloud should not be taken lightly and proper planning is required in order to ensure that the move achieves your goals.  As a first step, every business must ensure that the Cloud provider not only provides physical and electronic security for data, but that it also assures regulatory compliance.  There is a common misconception that  the Cloud makes your data less secure and less compliant.  In fact, the Cloud may actually make your data more secure and more compliant.  Think about it this way. The Cloud provider’s core business is providing a secure and compliant server farm.  Is data security and compliance your core business?  Or, is your core business something else but you dabble with IT in order to make that core business run well?  In other words, is your security really better than that of a Cloud provider? Are your compliance procedures really better than that of a Cloud provider? Are your back-ups, redundancies and disaster recovery really better than that of a company whose core business is to deal with … Read more

Is the cloud truly greener?

27 June 2011 – A talk by Tom Raftery of GreenMonk at a conference earlier this month in Dublin, Ireland poses our title question. And the answer isn’t as clear-cut, or as green, as you may think.

The problem is doing the math and figuring out exactly what you are replacing with any cloud-based provider, where that provider’s data center is, and what kind of efficiency and fuels profile is being used by the provider – and your own data center – to make the calculation meaningful.

“As Cloud Computing providers are not publishing any data around Cloud Computing’s energy consumption, then it is impossible to say just how energy efficient Cloud Computing is,” he said during his talk.

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The cloud isn’t shrinking IT departments yet

24 June 2011 – Shrinking the IT department and cutting down on costs are two commonly touted benefits of cloud computing.  ReadWriteWeb has reported before about estimates of how many IT jobs would be eliminated by cloud computing. But so far,  they are not seeing that happen. Instead, firms are hiring more IT staff and paying them more.

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Investor forecast calls for increasing clouds

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 6

20 June 2011 – Apple’s iPhone and iPad have emerged as powerful tools for users to access cloud-based services.  And then Apple unveiled its own iCloud services. But the cloud is being built by many companies that do the heavy lifting behind the scenes.

Nimble cloud newcomers are disrupting the business models for traditional giants such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and SAP.  Firms that develop the best ways to manage, secure and integrate cloud-based data should do well.

So how does an investor play it?  Here’s a brief state-of-the-cloud guide from Investor’s Business DailyClick here.… Read more

With Kundra’s departure, hope wanes for federal cloud adoption

21 June 2011 –  In many respects, the government first led us to cloud computing, such as through the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s attempt to define this cloudy space and well-publicized movements by the government to adopt the cloud, including Fed Ramp. However, the government’s cloud computing grade for the last few years has been a D+ at best.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been all about IT reform for the federal government, and he placed big bets that cloud computing is the way to go. He pushed for open government, cloud computing, data center consolidation, rigorous project management, and better customer service.

However, Kundra has announced that he will leave his position in August, after a two-and-a-half-year stint. This move has many people asking if the government’s move to cloud computing will come to a halt.

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From iCloud to Dropbox: 5 cloud services compared

20 June 2011 – With the recent announcement of iCloud, Apple joins Google, Amazon and Microsoft in their aggressive push into cloud computing, in a race to reel customers into their media ecosystems.

The general idea of the “cloud” is to store your media on the internet so you can access it from any device anywhere, as opposed to leaving it on a hard drive. Now with cloud services, we can juggle around our data between multiple gadgets.

Have music on your PC that you want to listen to on your smartphone? Boom, stream it from the cloud. Want to access a document on another computer? Bam, grab it from your web-connected “cloud” drive. Ideally, with cloud services you can access other types of media, such as photos, e-books and videos, across multiple devices, too.

But cloud services vary between companies so much that the buzzword can get awfully confusing. What exactly do you get? Is it just online storage? Or is it streaming media? Both?

Our friends at Wired have created a chart below which gives you a side-by-side … Read more

Cloud email archiving market to grow 36.2% through 2014

20 June 2011 – MarketResearch.com has just issued a new report entitled “Global Cloud E-mail Archiving Market 2010-2014” to their collection of Cloud Computing market reports.  This report reveals that the cloud e-mail rrchiving market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 36.2 percent. The report, which focuses on the Americas and EMEA, indicates that the market is currently driven by a growing number of compliance requirements.

“Just as in other enterprise applications markets, compliance is a major driver for the Cloud E-mail Archiving market. Companies now have to comply with multiple compliance requirements. Further, there are internal compliance requirements to be met. Since most client communications are through e-mails, companies have an urgent need to archive e-mail messages,” reports an analyst.

In spite of the need, security concerns with regards to third party providers hinder the growth of this market. However, the increasing need for savings and better server performance will be key drivers for this market. The Cloud E-mail Archiving market is marked by an increased focus on add-on offerings. This makes the study an important one … Read more

The business case for a private cloud

20 June 2011 – Private cloud is not all that different from other technologies when it comes to building a business case. It boils down to two approaches that can be used individually or together to make an effective argument for adoption.

The first is the agility approach and the second is the efficiency approach.

As its name implies, the agility approach is about making an effective case around time to value. It answers the question: “If I adopt this technology, how much more quickly can I create value and recognize revenue?”

The efficiency approach is about increasing the output of IT. It answers the question: “If I adopt this technology, how much more can I accomplish with my existing IT assets?” Each approach relies on employing a combination of internal key performance indicators (KPIs) and assumptions about the gains one can expect to receive from a private cloud deployment. As one would expect, collecting internal KPIs is typically a straightforward process. Defining well-grounded assumptions about private cloud gains is the challenging part, but as we’ll see later there are … Read more

What the NYSE’s adoption of cloud computing means for the industry

20 June 2011 – On June 1 earlier this month, the technology services arm of the New York Stock Exchange Euronext, the company that operates the NYSE, announced the launch of the Capital Markets Community Platform (CMCP), a service billed as the financial service industry’s first cloud platform. According to Dominique Cerutti, NYSE Euronext president and CEO, the “game-changing” platform will offer electronic trading, market data analysis, algorithm testing and regulatory reporting.

Although there were only two registered users at the time of launch, Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies, said cloud computing is the future of electronic trading. “I’m going to stick my neck out here. We’ve got 1,200 clients. I’d like to see all 1,200 on the service,” he said. EMC and VMware were the two cloud computing giants who worked with NYSE Technologies to develop CMCP.

The “community cloud” will not be connected to the rest of the Internet, but users will be able to interact with each other, according to Carl Eschenbach, head of cloud systems at VMware. “Cloud computing won’t happen overnight; this is just … Read more

Clouds are already taking control over IT away from IT

20 June 2011 – Adoption of cloud computing among end-user companies is moving much more quickly than most analysts anticipated, pushing IT organizations, cloud-computing software vendors and third-party support an integration companies into a frenzy as they try to keep up.  So says a new report from IDC.

Cloud computing is so disruptive a technology, and contains technologies so disruptive, that IT organizations have to migrate much more quickly than they would with other products because so many of the technologies on which they depend have already migrated to the cloud.

Plus, cloud, mobile computing, wireless networks, big data and social networking are merging into the industry’s third major platform for long-term growth.  Selecting, integrating with and deploying those apps and infrastructure have put pressure on internal IT departments.

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