ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issue 50

Here is the latest edition of ProfitBricks’ weekly roundup of news, content and conversations about Cloud Computing.

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Forgotten but not gone: Why mainframes remain the power behind tech’s throne
ZDNet   Posted: December 6, 2013
They might not be as fashionable as cloud computing, but the mainframe remains at the heart of many computing environments.
http://www.zdnet.com/forgotten-but-not-gone-why-mainframes-remain-the-power-behind-techs-throne-7000023988/

IDC predicts cloud boom in 2014
CloudPro   Posted: December 6, 2013
Summary: Cloud, big data and mobile are all set to drive industry growth next year, according to IDC.
http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/paas/3596/idc-predicts-cloud-boom-in-2014

Clouds in the Forecast
CFO   Posted: December 6, 2013
Summary: Finance departments will invest heavily in cloud computing and mobile technologies in the coming year.
http://ww2.cfo.com/the-cloud/2013/12/clouds-forecast/

Cloud Computing May Cut IT Hardware Spending
Midsize Insider   Posted: December 6, 2013
Summary: New research shows that as the cloud grows, the effect on the IT hardware market could be significantly negative, and IT managers at midsize businesses need to understand how this change will affect their budgets.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/cloud-computing-may-cut-it-hardware-spen

Software Services Instead of Servers
Midsize Insider   Posted: December 6, 2013
Summary: Traditional IT hardware is now becoming a software service.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/software-services-instead-of-servers

In cloud computing, ‘life is a series ever-changing alternatives’
GigaOM   Posted: December 8, 2013
Summary: Startups can best keep their costs down and options open by using cloud computing wisely, however it’s a fast-moving market, so they have to keep abreast of what’s happening.
http://gigaom.com/2013/12/08/in-cloud-computing-life-is-a-series-ever-changing-alternatives/

12 Most Memorable Cloud Computing Quotes from 2013
Forbes   Posted: December 8, 2013
Summary: Here is a look at some of the most memorable Cloud computing quotes during 2013.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2013/12/08/12-most-memorable-cloud-computing-quotes-from-2013/

Infographic: Business Still React with Ignorance and Fear to the Cloud – Survey
BoxFreeIT   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: Despite the boom in cloud accounting sales, misconceptions about the safety and security of cloud computing are widely held by Austrailian business owners in this Microsoft survey.
http://boxfreeit.com.au/2013/12/09/business-still-react-with-ignorance-and-fear-to-the-cloud-survey/

IaaS benefits eroding Cloud concerns: Frost and Sullivan
ARN   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: Organizations becoming more confident in the security and reliability of Cloud.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/533767/iaas_benefits_eroding_cloud_concerns_frost_sullivan/

Forrester’s 2014 Cloud predictions
WhaTech   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: Forrester released it’s 2014 cloud computing predictions and the message is clear –cloud computing is no longer a ‘future’ but a ‘now.’
http://www.whatech.com/members-news/managed-it-services/17420-forrester-s-2014-cloud-predictions-australia-rises-to-the-2-public-cloud-computing-market

Cloud Technology, mHealth Major Trends for Health IT in 2014
eWeek   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: The need for efficient sharing of information across locations in a synchronized way is expected to be a key driver of cloud computing in health IT.
http://www.eweek.com/it-management/cloud-technology-mhealth-major-trends-for-health-it-in-2014.html/

Why pre-production in the cloud makes sense
TheServerSide.com   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: When it comes to easing your organization into the cloud, development, test and pre-production environments are a great place to start.
http://www.theserverside.com/feature/Why-pre-production-in-the-cloud-makes-sense

Gartner Data Center Conference to throw Light on Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Begins Today in Las Vegas
GreatResponder.com   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: Information technology related business has revolutionized during recent years due to the widespread impact of cloud computing, social and mobile technologies. This has brought many issues and opportunities for the infrastructure and operations I&O organizations especially for the data center operators across the globe. Gartner’s data center conference will explore the new dimensions of this business.
http://greatresponder.com/2013/12/09/gartner-data-center-cloud-computing/

CDW, World Wide Technology: Cloud Is An Opportunity Not A Threat
CRN   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: The chief executives for national solution provider behemoths CDW and World Wide Technology Monday were among the channel giants telling investors they see cloud computing as a big opportunity rather than a threat as customers embrace a hybrid private-public cloud model.
http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/240164586/cdw-world-wide-technology-cloud-is-an-opportunity-not-a-threat.htm

Cloud Infographic: Is Your Password Safe On The Cloud?
CloudTweaks   Posted: December 10, 2013
Summary: Great infographic showing the history of password usage, the difference between a strong and a weak password, and the dos and don’ts of creating a secure password.
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2013/12/cloud-infographic-is-your-password-safe-on-the-cloud/

Cloud pricing: It’s (really) complicated
Network World   Posted: December 9, 2013
Summary: Pricing in the cloud computing market is extremely complex and not user friendly, a new report finds.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/120913-cloud-pricing-276733.html

[Ed Note: ProfitBricks has a microsite that explains Cloud computing pricing and how you can compare offerings among providers – check it out at https://www.profitbricks.com/compare-cloud-pricing/]

Interrupting Business as Usual: What’s Next for the Cloud?
Wired   Posted: December 10, 2013
Summary: Here are five predictions and insights gathered from industry leaders that point to the next chapter in cloud computing.
http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/12/interrupting-business-as-usual-whats-next-for-the-cloud-3/

Cloud Computing: From Servers to SaaS
Midsize Insider   Posted: December 10, 2013
Summary: Servers will increasingly be shipped to cloud service providers, a new survey by IDC finds, as cloud computing creates a shift in how servers are being used in today’s business world.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/cloud-computing-from-servers-to-saas

Tips For Midsize Businesses Struggling With Cloud Infrastructure
Forbes   Posted: December 10, 2013
Summary: The data show that small companies are, in general, gaining much from using new services based in the cloud, specifically ones they could not afford to purchase and manage on their own. However, it’s a different story for their larger midsize cousins.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2013/12/10/tips-for-midsize-businesses-struggling-with-cloud-infrastructure/

Gartner Data Center Conference Day 1 Recap
ProfitBricks Blog   Posted: December 10, 2013
Summary: It’s Early in the Public Cloud Market Lifecycle.
https://blog.profitbricks.com/gartnerdc-day-1-recap/

2014 cloud computing predictions – Cloud joins formal IT portfolio
CIO   Posted: December 11, 2013
Summary: CIO’s top 10 cloud actions that they predict will happen in enterprise IT environments in 2014.
http://www.cio.co.uk/blogs/forrester-cio-blog/2014-cloud-computing-predictions-cloud-joins-formal-it-portfolio/

Gartner Data Center Conference Day 2 Recap
ProfitBricks Blog   Posted: December 11, 2013
Summary: What Van Halen Can Teach Us About Decision Making and more…
https://blog.profitbricks.com/gartnerdc-day-2-recap/

Confirmed: Cloud infrastructure pricing is absurd
ITWorld   Posted: December 12, 2013
Summary:  A new “codex” released by 451 Research, designed to help businesses figure out the wildly different pricing models used by cloud infrastructure providers, makes one thing abundantly clear: cloud pricing is insanely complicated. It’s virtually impossible for customers to price shop, as vendors use a wide range of models and some don’t actually publish their prices.
http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/387149/confirmed-cloud-iaas-pricing-absurd

[Ed Note: ProfitBricks has a microsite that explains Cloud computing pricing and how you can compare offerings among providers – check it out at https://www.profitbricks.com/compare-cloud-pricing/]

Cloud Computing Expected To Continue Accelerated Growth
CloudTweaks   Posted: December 12, 2013
Summary: Cloud computing is on the rise, with the worldwide market expected to rise from $111 billion last year to $131 billion in 2013.
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2013/12/cloud-computing-expected-to-continue-accelerated-growth/