ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issues 48 and 49

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

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AWS fends off ‘bouncy’ cloud computing performance perception
SearchCloudComputing.com   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: Amazon Web Services shops said they’ve seen fluctuating performance on the company’s Elastic Compute Cloud due to “noisy neighbors.”
http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/news/2240209703/AWS-fends-off-bouncy-cloud-computing-performance-perception

The Cloud: Why Are So Many Midsize Businesses Investing In It?
MidsizeInsider   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: Small and midsize businesses of all types are investing in cloud computing operations in one way or another. But why?
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/the-cloud-why-are-so-many-midsize-busin

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jari Schroderus.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jari Schroderus.

A Quick History of Cloud Computing
InfiniGeek   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: When Al Gore claimed he helped to develop the Internet, he spoke without realizing that the Internet as we knew it had existed in some form for six decades. Our ability to create and store digital data dates as far back as the 1950s, when the very first computers connected people to one another without concern for time and space.
http://infinigeek.com/a-quick-history-of-cloud-computing/

Let’s Not Talk About Cloud, Let’s Talk Virtualization
Forbes   November 22, 2013
Summary: Server virtualization is a mature technology that the vast majority of enterprises actually use today. Your organization has a lot to gain by building on your existing virtualization technology and taking advantage of all the latest capabilities.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2013/11/22/lets-not-talk-about-cloud-lets-talk-virtualization/

Forrester’s 2013 Cloud Predictions: A Look Back
ZDNet   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: At this time 12 months ago, Forrester released our predictions for what changes in the market would be brought about by the maturing of cloud computing. Looking back on the year, we can now see that, while the promise of a maturing market was strong, maturity was by no means uniform and thus our predictions proved to be a mixed bag.
http://www.zdnet.com/forresters-2013-cloud-predictions-a-look-back-7000023531/

How to determine if your application is suitable for the cloud
NetworkWorld   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: We know by now that cloud computing offers significant benefits, but is it ready for mission critical applications?  After all, failure of these applications can result in the failure of the business.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/tech/2013/112213-how-to-tell-if-your-app-is-cloud-ready-276304.html

Realizing the Full Potential of the Cloud
ChannelPartnersOnline   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: Cloud solutions have grown to yield approximately $111 billion annually, and by 2016, Gartner predicts that annual cloud revenue will reach $200 billion. With such exponential growth on the horizon, there is a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on new endeavors and address the growing need for cloud migration solutions.
http://www.channelpartnersonline.com/blogs/peertopeer/2013/11/realizing-the-full-potential-of-the-cloud.aspx

Three emerging cloud computing trends for 2014
GigaOM   Posted: November 22, 2013
Summary: David Linthicum discusses three emerging cloud computing trends that will be more relevant by the end of the year are actually rather easy to spot.
http://research.gigaom.com/2013/11/three-emerging-cloud-computing-trends-for-2014/

Software as a service vs. old-school IT
InfoWorld   Posted: November 25, 2013
Summary: Salesforce’s Dreamforce show hints at the event-driven future of cloud services. As cloud capabilities get increasingly business-critical, how will enterprise IT’s trust be earned?
http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/software-service-vs-old-school-it-231543

Bayers: Time to retire term ‘cloud computing’
USA Today   Posted: November 25, 2013
Summary: Vast swaths of the technology world are obsessed with marketing themselves as savvy about “cloud computing” — because nothing is cloudier than what the phrase itself means, or which companies are best poised to exploit it.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/25/bayers-cloud-computing/3696937/

Are Big Data Vendors Forgetting History?
Datamation   Posted: November 25, 2013
Summary: Companies adopting Big Data strategies would be well served by taking a look back at previous emerging technologies.
http://www.datamation.com/data-center/are-big-data-vendors-forgetting-history-1.html

Cloud Infographic: Paper Vs Big Data In US Healthcare
CloudTweaks   Posted: November 26, 2013
Summary: The healthcare industry has been making its move toward technology, putting iPads and tablets into the hands of healthcare professionals and now, the latest big move has been adopting the concept of cloud computing to organize, share data and protect patient information and healthcare data from being tampered with or lost. This timely infographic indicates that hospitals could save up to $45 Billion per year by switching from traditional paper based registrations to cloud based data storage services.
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2013/11/cloud-infographic-paper-vs-big-data-in-us-healthcare/

Cloud Computing and BYOD Drive Midsize SaaS Solutions
Midsize Insider   Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: Cloud computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) are driving midsize businesses to incorporate software-as-a-service (SaaS) in their information infrastructures. According to a new study, as more people use mobile devices, the need for SaaS will continue to skyrocket
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/cloud-computing-and-byod-drive-midsize-s

6 Entrepreneurs Tell Why You Should Be Using Cloud Computing
Business2Community  Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: 6 Entrepreneurs share their cloud computing experiences, as well as their thoughts on why some businesses haven’t yet made the transition.
http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/6-entrepreneurs-tell-using-cloud-computing-0692235

Cloud Traffic Poised to Quadruple by 2017, Challenge CIOs
CIO   Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: Cisco Systems’s third annual Global Cloud Index forecasts that global cloud traffic will more than quadruple, from 1.2 zettabytes in 2012 to 5.3 ZB in 2017. That works out to about 443 exabytes a month, or about 476 billion GB.
http://www.cio.com.au/article/532982/cloud_traffic_poised_quadruple_by_2017_challenge_cios/?fp=16&fpid=1

What are midmarket companies seeking when they look to cloud services?
ZDNet   Posted: November 27, 2013
Midmarket companies often have neither the resource nor the staff to construct their own complete solutions and are increasingly seeking cloud computing solutions. An IBM sponsored Cloud Forum brought together journalists, analysts, developers and midmarket executives to discuss the future of cloud computing.
http://www.zdnet.com/what-are-midmarket-companies-seeking-when-they-look-to-cloud-services-7000023690/

Why mobile and cloud will converge to become Mobile Cloud
PC World   Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: Mobile and cloud are joining forces to become mobile cloud. Gartner estimates that PC sales will make up only about 13 percent of device sales in 2013—and some undisclosed portion of those PCs are notebooks. The more we rely on small, mobile devices to get things done, the more we also depend on cloud storage and services to extend functionality beyond what the mobile device itself is capable of.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2066987/why-mobile-and-cloud-will-converge-to-become-mobile-cloud.html

What are midmarket companies seeking when they look to cloud services?
ZDNet   Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: Midmarket companies often have neither the resource nor the staff to construct their own complete solutions and are increasingly seeking cloud computing solutions. An IBM sponsored Cloud Forum brought together journalists, analysts, developers and midmarket executives to discuss the future of cloud computing.
http://www.zdnet.com/what-are-midmarket-companies-seeking-when-they-look-to-cloud-services-7000023690/

Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Mobility Help Midsize Firms Grow
Midsize Insider   Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: Researchers from Spiceworks, Inc. found that, in addition to the cloud, two other third-platform technologies, virtualization and mobility, are what midsize firms are using to increase productivity and to meet their business goals.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/cloud-computing-virtualization-and-mobi

IT Skills Crucial to Cloud Success
Midsize Insider   Posted: November 27, 2013
Summary: While cloud adoption is surging, investment in cloud-relevant IT skills is often lagging.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/it-skills-crucial-to-cloud-success

Evolution of the modern cloud: How the cloud’s value proposition is changing
VentureBeat   Posted: November 28, 2013
Summary: The proposition for Cloud computing has changed yet again. The cloud now offers an open and integrated experience for both end users and the IT department. See how it has progressed over the years.
http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/28/evolution-of-the-modern-cloud-how-the-clouds-value-proposition-is-changing/

Cloud computing for small business: 5 reasons why it’s time to move your infrastructure
IT Business.CA   Posted: November 28, 2013
Summary: A growing number of small businesses are now adopting Infrastructure as a Service,
providing users with IT infrastructure like email servers, network equipment, disaster recovery, data centres, operating systems and storage. In search of scalability, more and more small business operators are renting their infrastructure. Now, however, is the time to jump all-in.
http://www.itbusiness.ca/blog/cloud-computing-for-small-business-5-reasons-why-its-time-to-move-your-infrastructure/44998

How To Use Virtualization With Big Data Cloud Computing
Big Data Republic   Posted: November 29, 2013
Summary: Businesses looking at incorporating a cloud computing platform for their big data projects would find virtualization as the best way forward. This is because of the main characteristics that define virtualization.
http://www.bigdatarepublic.com/messages.asp?piddl_msgthreadid=273828

Cloud adoption driven by wrong motivators
ITProPortal   Posted: November 30, 2013
Summary: Cost shouldn’t be the sole driver of cloud technology with supplier and analysts claiming that its transformational qualities outstrip the savings it can provide companies with.
http://www.itproportal.com/2013/11/29/cloud-adoption-driven-wrong-motivators

10 Traits of Highly Effective Cloud Leaders
Forbes   Posted: December 1, 2013
Summary: With the growing adoption of cloud computing comes a new class of leaders. They come from both IT and the business side of their organizations. Here are 10 qualities they share.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2013/12/01/10-traits-of-highly-effective-cloud-leaders/

Hybrid Clouds and IaaS Pricing
ProfitBricks Blog   Posted: December 2, 2013
Summary: Gauger: Hybrid Clouds are not the future, better IaaS pricing is
https://blog.profitbricks.com/hybrid-clouds-and-iaas-pricing/

Cloud Infographic: Up In The Air
CloudTweaks   Posted: December 2, 2013
Summary: An illustrative infographic  that offers the basic lingo and fundamentals of the cloud.
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2013/12/cloud-infographic-up-in-the-air/

Public Cloud Usage Will Become Universal
Midsize Insider   Posted: December 2, 2013
Summary: A new survey that shows more and more businesses are ready to take the plunge into the cloud. IT managers at midsize businesses need to be cognizant of this fact in order to keep their departments up to date and their companies a step ahead of the competition.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/public-cloud-usage-will-become-universal

Cloud Computing Gives Companies a Competitive Edge
Midsize Insider   Posted: December 2, 2013
Summary: Organizations that have already turned to a cloud infrastructure and that are using it to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace are “pacesetters.” These are the companies that are proving to the world how beneficial cloud deployment can be.
http://midsizeinsider.com/en-us/article/cloud-computing-gives-companies-a-compet

Strategy rules when stepping into the cloud
WhatTech   Posted: December 3, 2013
Summary: With all the talk about cloud computing, many businesses leaders are left wondering which approach is best to ensure moving to the cloud results in a successful outcome. Like anything that involves change, a prudent strategy from the outset will reduce the risk and this is no different for cloud adoption.
http://www.whatech.com/cloud-computing/17345-bit49-strategy-rules-when-stepping-into-the-cloud

Grading our 2013 cloud predictions
ComputerWorldUK   Posted: December 3, 2013
Summary: ComputerWorld looks back at its 2013 Cloud computing predictions.
http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/infrastructure-and-operations/2013/12/grading-our-2013-cloud-predictions/index.htm

IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Design News   Posted: December 4, 2013
Summary: Watch out for big data, medical advances, and everything mobile in 2014. The IEEE Computer Society has named the year’s top 10 trends.
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=270132&itc=dn_analysis_element&dfpPParams=ind_184,industry_consumer,industry_gov,industry_medical,aid_270132&dfpLayout=blog

Cloud Infographic: Big Data – How Will It Affect Your Business
CloudTweaks   Posted: December 4, 2013
Summary: For many years, companies have been building data warehouses to analyze business activity and produce insights for decision makers to act on to improve business performance. Here is an excellent big data-related infographic.
http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2013/12/cloud-infographic-big-data-how-will-it-affect-your-business/

Cloud brings application integration out of the shadows
Information Age   Posted: December 4, 2013
Summary: The race to cloud adoption is well underway, but implementers are realizing the challenging implications on application integration.
http://www.information-age.com/technology/cloud-and-virtualisation/123457497/cloud-brings-application-integration-out-of-the-shadows

2014: Cloud joins the formal IT portfolio
ZDNet   Posted: December 5, 2013
Summary: In 2013, enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014,we will integrate it into our existing IT portfolios — whether IT likes it or not. See Forrester’s 10 predictions for cloud computing.
http://www.zdnet.com/forresters-cloud-computing-predictions-for-2014-cloud-joins-the-formal-it-portfolio-7000023930/