Friday, October 14, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, Oct 14, 2011

Companies using the latest cloud computing solutions have been urged to ensure they have a good relationship with the manufacturer that is providing them. Seth Robinson, one of the authors of the CompTIA second annual Trends in Cloud Computing report, explained that a service level agreement (SLA) is a key factor in any deal to purchase and use a particular product. "With the cloud, (companies are) trusting a significant portion of their IT to another provider and then you would have something like security goes down or even some downtime," Mr. Robinson stated.

Read More to see why Cloud Computing users are advised to focus on relationship with providers.

Cloud Computing Now Makes It Easier (and Cheaper) to Innovate: Study

A recent survey of 1,035 business and IT executives, along with 35 vendors, conducted by the London School of Economics and Accenture, has unearthed this new emerging role for cloud computing — as a platform for business innovation. Many people these days still see cloud within its information technology context, as a cheaper alternative for existing systems. But this may only be the first and most obvious benefit. The study’s authors, Leslie Willcocks, Dr. Will Venters and Dr. Edgar Whitley — all of the London School of Economics and Political Science — identified three stages cloud computing moves into as it’s adopted by organizations:
  1. Technology and operational changes 
  2. Business changes 
  3. New ways of designing corporations themselves 
How to Choose a Cloud Computing Vendor for your Start-up

Selecting the right cloud is just as hard as predicting the weather correctly. Small and medium sized businesses need to finish their part of homework before plunging into an agreement with any cloud-computing firm. Check out some of the few points that can guide you in selecting the right vendor.

Securing the Cloud

Some people describe securing the cloud as a datacenter challenge, sometimes as a software issue, and sometimes as a data or device access issue. In reality, securing the cloud depends on working out where and how to apply those measures specific to your end user. Indeed security services are continuing to develop, enabling a cloud delivery model and allowing us to have security increasingly delivered in cloud services. This will be applied to both the cloud infrastructures and to services in their own right. In essence the cloud model is evolving as one of the core models for delivering services.

7 Stubborn Myths about Cloud Computing

Some common cloud myths that are holding back Cloud adoption are:

Myth 1) Building a cloud can take months
Myth 2) You need new hardware to deploy a cloud
Myth 3) There aren't many applications available for the cloud
Myth 4) Developers need to learn new languages to deploy services in the cloud
Myth 5) It's complex to move from public to private clouds (and vice versa)
Myth 6) The cloud isn't secure
Myth 7) It is hard to support a cloud environment

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

Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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