ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issue 3

Here is the latest edition of ProfitBricks’ weekly roundup of news, content and conversations about Cloud Computing.
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10 Ways Big Data Is Shaping Marketing
Business News Daily Posted: January 9. 2013
Summary: With businesses collecting mounds of data today, it is critical that they know what to do with it once they have all that information.
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5742-10-big-data-predictions-for-2014.html

Microsoft Cuts Partner Payouts on Some Cloud Services
TheWHIR Posted: January 10, 2014
Summary: Microsoft relies on its partner channel to distribute its cloud services, but its latest decision to cut partner payouts has angered many partners.
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/microsoft-cloud-services-partner-payouts

vertical-cloudPatent trolls target their next victim: Cloud computing
InfoWorld Posted: January 13, 2014
Summary: Cloud computing’s success has caught the attention of patent trolls — so the Open Invention Networks is gearing for battle.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/patent-trolls-target-their-next-victim-cloud-computing-233944

Vertical cloud: a dream for highly regulated industries?
TechRadar Posted: January 13, 2014
Summary: Vertical cloud: a dream for highly regulated industries?
http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/cloud-services/vertical-cloud-a-dream-for-highly-regulated-industries–1207306

Cloud Computing Service Preferences for Midsize Firms
Midsize Insider Posted: January 13, 2013
Summary: Cloud computing is on the rise at midsize firms, and many IT professionals understand exactly what they want from cloud providers.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/cloud-computing-service-preferences-for

A nation of coders is a good start, but a nation of innovators is better
The Guardian Posted: January 13, 2014
Summary: Cloud infrastructure provides the ideal environment for aspiring entrepreneurs to experiment and innovate.
http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2014/jan/13/nation-coders-innovators-cloud-infrastructure

Predictions 2014: How CIOs plan to spend their 2014 IT budget
ComputerWeekly Posted: January 13, 2014
Summary: Analyst Forrester predicted that software, IT consulting and systems integration services will have the fastest growth in 2014.
http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240212345/Predtctions-2014-How-CIOs-plan-to-spend-their-2014-IT-budget

Cloud Computing in 2014: Three Key Trends
Datamation Posted: January 13, 2014
Summary: Cloud computing’s disruptive innovation will enhance data center options, even as security looms as an ever larger issue.
http://www.datamation.com/cloud-computing/cloud-computing-in-2014-three-key-trends.html

How the Cloud changes disaster recovery
Gadget Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: An advantage of Cloud computing is the way it changes disaster recovery (DR), making it more cost-effective and lowering the bar for enterprises to deploy DR plans for their IT infrastructure.
http://www.gadget.co.za/pebble.asp?relid=7587

Cloud storage vs. hard drives
The Standard Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: A primer on Cloud storage versus hard drives
http://www.the-standard.org/life/cloud-storage-vs-hard-drives/article_760170fe-7cc1-11e3-9175-0019bb30f31a.html

Lydia Leong: Foundational Gartner research notes for cloud IaaS and managed hosting, 2014
Gartner Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: Research highlighting how Gartner views the IaaS space
http://blogs.gartner.com/lydia_leong/2014/01/14/foundational-gartner-research-notes-for-cloud-iaas-and-managed-hosting-2014/

Cloud Computing For Businesses: How Much Are You Really Using?
Cloud Tweaks Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: Some advantages and disadvantages of the Cloud
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2014/01/cloud-computing-for-businesses-how-much-are-you-really-using/

Majority of cloud users benefiting from IT innovation following adoption, research finds
Information Age Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: Claranet research points to redefined role with reduced administrative burden.
http://www.information-age.com/technology/cloud-and-virtualisation/123457603/majority-of-cloud-users-benefiting-from-it-innovation-following-adoption–research-finds

Cloud Performance Challenges Outweigh Security Concerns for Cloud-Savvy Organizations: Study
Web Host Industry Review Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: Performance challenges far outweigh concerns of cloud security for organizations who are more comfortable with cloud services and host data intensive applications in the cloud.
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/cloud-performance-challenges-outweigh-security-concerns-cloud-savvy-organizations-study

CIOs in Europe and the US project healthy IT budget increases for 2014
IT World Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: The forecast for this year follows a strong 2013 in which external IT spending grew at the highest rate since 2008.
http://www.itworld.com/software/400054/cios-europe-and-us-project-healthy-it-budget-increases-2014

Are You Ready to Become an Internet of Things Hero?
Datamation Posted: January 14, 2014
Summary: The Internet of Things is more than just the next overhyped buzzword. It’s time leverage the technology at your company.
http://www.datamation.com/applications/are-you-ready-to-become-an-internet-of-things-hero.html

Cloud providers’ love/hate relationship with pay-as-you-go pricing
TechRadar Posted: January 15, 2014
Summary: On-demand not the only option.
http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/cloud-services/cloud-providers-love-hate-relationship-with-pay-as-you-go-pricing-1207617

Technology of the Year 2014: The best hardware, software, and cloud services
InfoWorld Posted: January 15, 2014
Summary: InfoWorld’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award winners recognize the best tools and technologies for developers, IT pros, and businesses.
http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center/technology-of-the-year-2014-the-best-hardware-software-and-cloud-services-234193

Amazon is a hornet’s nest of malware
The Washington Post Posted: January 16, 2014
Summary: Amazon’s cloud computing service plays host to some of the most prolific malware distributors on the Internet, security researchers have discovered.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/01/16/amazon-is-a-hornets-nest-of-malware/?tid=pm_business_pop