ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issue 9

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

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ProfitBricks to Exhibit at #Interop 2014 Las Vegas – Get Free/Discounted Admission
ProfitBricks Blog  
Summary: As an exhibitor at Interop and the co-located Cloud Connect Summit, ProfitBricks is pleased to offer you a free exhibit pass and/or 20% off a conference pass.
https://blog.profitbricks.com/profitbricks-exhibit-interop-2014-las-vegas-get-freediscounted-admission/

Photo courtesy of Flickr user jedIII

Photo courtesy of Flickr user jedII

Is it the right time to move your business to the cloud?
RealBusiness   Posted: February 21, 2014
Summary: The buzz surrounding cloud computing has been gathering pace at such a rate that today it is cemented firmly in the business consciousness.
http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/25710-is-it-the-right-time-to-move-your-business-to-the-cloud

As cloud spending spikes, here’s where to invest
InfoWorld   Posted: February 21, 2014
Summary: Overall cloud spending is growing faster than expected, but what matters most is investing in the right areas.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/cloud-spending-spikes-heres-where-invest-236513

 The Growing Risks of Shadow IT within Organizations
Web Hosting Industry Review   Posted: February 21, 2014
Summary: Applications that exist within an organization and aren’t known by IT staff are known as “Shadow IT”, and they are an increasing cause for concern.
http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/growing-risks-shadow-within-organizations

The Evolution of the Developer 
Re/Code   Posted: February 21, 2014
Summary: There’s an ongoing conversation about the shifting role of developers and what that means for IT departments. They’re now shaping product and user experience with such great influence that businesses must understand their importance in order to be as successful as possible.
http://recode.net/2014/02/21/the-evolution-of-the-developer/

How to implement a multi-tiered cloud strategy
ITProPortal   Posted: February 21, 2014
Summary: Implementing a multi-tiered cloud strategy should help mitigate the security and performance risks that many organizations fear when considering a cloud solution.
http://www.itproportal.com/2014/02/21/how-to-implement-a-multi-tiered-cloud-strategy/

Cloud, Mobile, M2M: They All Rely on the WAN
Enterprise Networking Planet   Posted: February 21, 2014
Summary: Despite widespread recognition that wide area networks will play a vital role in the move to distributed architectures, few enterprises seem willing to shore up their own infrastructure.
http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/datacenter/datacenter-blog/cloud-mobile-m2m-they-all-rely-on-the-wan.html

How IT Can Establish Better Cloud Control 
CIO.com   Posted: February 24, 2014
Summary: There’s no getting around it: Employees who use SaaS applications are more irresponsible about password security, file transfer and IT compliance. But IT’s failure to communicate about risky behavior and provide tools to help employees do their work is part of the problem. Here are steps you can take to bring SaaS back under control.
http://www.cio.com/article/748612/How_IT_Can_Establish_Better_Cloud_Control

Stop The Cloud, I Want To Get Off
Information Week   Posted: February 24, 2014
Summary: Hardly any of the services that vendors market as “cloud” adhere to the 2011 NIST definition. No wonder we’re so confused.
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/stop-the-cloud-i-want-to-get-off/d/d-id/1113948

Bow to the inevitable
CRN   Posted: February 24, 2014
Summary: Customers who still resist the cloud need to be shown the error of their ways.
http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/research/2330493/bow-to-the-inevitable

Back To The Future – Revisiting 2011’s Predictions
CloudTweaks   Posted: February 24, 2014
Summary: CloudTweaks takes a look back at some of the figures from its 2011 Cloud Computing predictions article and assess the accuracy of the predictions – has cloud computing grown faster or slower than expectations?
http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/02/back-future-revisiting-2011s-predictions/

Big data, cloud boost Linux adoption
ComputerWorld   Posted: February 25, 2014
Summary: Good bye Unix, hello Linux as the ‘third platform’ of big data, cloud computing, mobility and social media keeps x86’s fortunes in the enterprise buoyant.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/539096/big_data_cloud_boost_linux_adoption/

ProfitBricks Launches Cloud Servers with BIOS Access
ProfitBricks Blog   Posted: February 26, 2014
Summary: ProfitBricks gives IaaS users BIOS-level access; offers a cloud experience more closely resembling bare metal servers.
https://blog.profitbricks.com/profitbricks-launches-cloud-servers-bios-access/

The transformation to cloud computing
ITWorld Canada   Posted: February 26, 2014
Summary: You may not have to replace a lot in your infrastructure to create a private cloud.
http://www.itworldcanada.com/blog/the-transformation-to-cloud-computing/89736

Can the cloud brand live up to its original promises? 
Search Cloud Computing   Posted: February 27, 2014
Summary: Enterprise IT mentality demonstrates that a new technology is given only a brief period in which to prove a return on investment. Failure to do so incurs damage to its brand in various degrees. So, how is the cloud brand doing?
http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/opinion/Can-the-cloud-brand-live-up-to-its-original-promises

Help! Most enterprises turn to consultants when using the cloud
Network World   Posted: February 27, 2014
Summary: Cloud professional services is a $17 billion worldwide market, report says.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/022714-cloud-consultants-279258.html 

Fragmenting Cloud Market to Go Straight Up
Channelnomics   Posted: February 27, 2014
Summary: Cloud offerings must now become vertical as well as horizontal if they are going to fulfill customer requirements, pundits.
http://channelnomics.com/2014/02/27/fragmenting-cloud-market-go-straight/