Friday, April 29, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, April 29, 2011

Is SaaS going to dominate your cloud strategy? The answer is ‘Yes’. Forrester had projected in their cloud report that a massive 80% of spending on public cloud IT next year will be spent on SaaS. There are several reasons why SaaS spending is on the higher side and is still going to continue to grow:

  • SaaS is ready-to-run with easy and low cost of implementation.
  • SaaS has the deepest traction in functional elements of an enterprise’s core operations such as customer relationship management, collaboration, people management and content management. Adoption of SaaS is easier in these peripheries.
  • SaaS is a low risk choice in cloud adoption and becomes the first encounter with public cloud.
  • SaaS vendors are better able to deliver business value because their applications encompass a complete set of functionality that the vendor continues to evolve and enhance. This keeps SaaS less exposed to the commoditization that lower levels of the cloud stack will experience — in particular IaaS. Read More
Some of the other highlights of this week’s cloud sum-up are:

How to Integrate With the Cloud

Data Integration is a crucial component of the cloud. Unlike many businesses, it is not suitable to have multiple applications operating on different versions of the same data. The beauty of SaaS is that business people do not need IT to get up and running with a SaaS application. There are broad ranges of integration solutions readily available and with some basic understanding of semantic mediation, connectivity, validation and routing it is very easy to set up integration. But using a SaaS integration service you get to integrate SaaS applications effectively with minimum effort.

Cloud service sourcing is immature

Cloud service sourcing is immature and loaded with potential hazards. The hype around cloud computing services has increased interest as well as caution for CIOs trying to determine where, when and if cloud services can provide valuable outcomes for their businesses. Gartner believes that solutions and their commercial terms are maturing quickly. To avoid the potential pitfalls and hidden costs of cloud sourcing, organizations need to ensure they understand the short- and long-term implications of cloud services, on the demand and supply side, as well as on the sourcing life cycle itself.

Cloud Computing Providers: Clueless About Security?

Ponemon Institute's "Security of Cloud Computing Providers Study" quizzed 103 cloud service providers in the U.S. and 24 in Europe on their views and practices in securing the data entrusted to them by customers. The candid responses from managers, director and technical staff for the cloud providers indicates well over half of them do not consider cloud computing security as one of their most important responsibilities and do not believe their products or services substantially protect and secure confidential or sensitive information.

Who's to Secure Cloud: Vendor or User?

A year ago, Ponemon and CA teamed up to survey cloud computing services' users, and when compared with the new study, a stark difference of perception is revealed between provider and customer. Nearly 70 percent of users said vendors were most responsible for ensuring the security of cloud resources; only 32 percent of vendors cited themselves. Sixteen percent of providers but one-third of users said security was a shared responsibility. These different perceptions about who is responsible for securing the cloud means organizations may be over relying on their cloud vendors to ensure safe cloud computing.

We hope these short sum-ups on cloud computing are helping you to take a more knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming weeks.

Appreciate if you can add more to this list and help our readers to keep in touch with the Cloud...

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

NOTE: The views expressed above are purely personal and for informational purposes only. WOLF FRAMEWORKS INDIA PVT. LTD. MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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