Friday, June 10, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, June 10, 2011

Many businesses are uneducated on the security of cloud technology and are missing out on its potentially business-changing benefits as a result. Understandably, users want to know how well their data will be protected and they want to be confident that it won’t be misused by the people they are trusting to look after it. They are also concerned about data sovereignty – where their data will physically reside and under what jurisdiction because there is more of an emotional concern about it going offshore at the moment. The popularity of cloud technology is likely to give rise to unscrupulous vendors and suppliers who exaggerate their level of expertise in cloud and ensure high security.

Read More to know what experts are thinking.

Options for Cloud, SaaS Data Integration Grow

Despite the growing number of tools available for SaaS integration, most companies are still using "labor-intensive custom programming," according to a recent Forrester Research report, "Seven Top Integration Trends for 2011 to 2012." The challenge of integrating on-demand applications with other systems was the number-two reason why respondents to a Forrester survey said they were not adopting SaaS, following security concerns. The options for cloud and SaaS data integration is growing fast.

Getting Cloud security right

In order to alleviate the security concerns that are either deterring customers away from Cloud Computing or causing hesitancy, service providers need to tackle the following issues:
  • Multi tenancy
  • Authentication and access control
  • Protection and trust
  • Pre-building secure, industry focused platforms 
How businesses small and large are being revamped by the cloud

If cloud computing was still something of an overhyped joke in 2010, 2011 is the year of the punch line. Key vendors are readying major cloud initiatives and data centre providers are on a cloud-fuelled investment binge, quickly evolving the concept from vague idea to revolutionary game-changer. With that commoditization come both opportunities and threats for small businesses: opportunities to totally reinvent themselves using cloud services; and new threats from savvier competitors if they don’t.

SaaS - More than a Buzzword for Indian SMBs

A recent research shows that Indian SMBs have increased their investment in implementing cloud based enterprise solutions by 43% in 2011. The increase in spend on enterprise applications was to be expected with the upturn in economy. However with lessons learnt the hard way over the past few years, they are careful to not go for just any solution. There are reasons beyond the cool sounding terminology for SMBs to prefer cloud over on-premises model.

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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