Friday, May 20, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, May 20, 2011

With the crackling success of cloud computing more and more companies are moving their applications to the cloud. Migration is a very important business decision in companies today. There are multiple ways applications can be migrated to the cloud. Organizations seeking to move applications into the cloud have five options: rehost on infrastructure as a service (IaaS); refactor for platform as a service (PaaS); revise for IaaS or PaaS; rebuild on PaaS; or replace with software as a service (SaaS). This decision is not solely an issue of migration but is truly one of optimization: Which cloud platform and migration techniques offer the chance to optimize the application's contribution to stated and implied business and IT goals? Those business and supporting IT goals, described next, should be driving any cloud migration decision -- not a rush to experiment with new toys.

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Some of the other interesting discussions and market information on cloud computing are listed below.

The five keys to building a successful cloud services business

To survive in this fierce market where competition is cut throat you have to keep on changing. Organizations that are grabbing the market share are adapting to these market changes. 5 key factors to consider in this cloud computing market are:

  • Differentiate and focus 
  • Capitalize on new opportunities created by cloud services 
  • Realize not every IT challenge is answered by cloud 
  • Leverage the right platform to deliver services customers demand 
  • Utilize every resource available to succeed 
Asia lags on Cloud Computing

Cloud adoption is held by back factors ranging from a lack of broadband readiness to concerns around security, vendor lock-in, performance, availability, reliability and a general understanding of what cloud computing is. On top of that, or cutting right through it all, is the issue of Asia's fragmented regulatory framework, which is one of the biggest challenges in the region.

One size fits none: How to secure cloud computing in the enterprise

A recent study by IBM's Institute of Business Value found that 77 percent of the IT managers surveyed believe adopting cloud computing makes privacy protection more difficult. Half are worried about data breaches or losses, meaning only 20 percent of the usage of cloud computing is for mission-critical, enterprise applications. The key to profiting from the cloud is learning to manage the new security it risks creates. Here are three ways to do so:
  • Follow a "secure by design" methodology 
  • Focus on a workload-driven approach 
  • Extend security with services 
Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

A recently published study (registration required) realized by IBM based on face-to-face conversations with more than 3,000 CIO worldwide has concluded that cloud computing has grown significantly in enterprises’ priority over the last two years. Cloud computing has jumped from 33%, very low on the list of priorities in 2009, to 60%, on par with Business Process Management, and not far behind Business Intelligence, Mobility Solutions and Virtualization.

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

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