Friday, October 28, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, Oct 28, 2011

Pushed by rapidly evolving technology and changing user demands, the tectonic plates of the IT industry have shifted during the year. Across hardware, software and services, established players have had to rethink their strategies, finding a business-as-usual approach no longer works. Topping the list of seismic shifts was cloud computing. Having wafted quietly on the outskirts for the past few years, the cloud billowed into the mainstream this year. Substantial investments by IT vendors and service providers took what was an innovative but non-compelling concept and turned it into a critical business platform.

Read More about the seismic shift ahead as data goes sky-high.

Demystifying the Cloud

The way people and companies, big and small, define the cloud at the moment is also quite vague. “A common user may be interested in SaaS (Software as a Service) whereas a developer would love to play around with PaaS (Platform as a Service),” says Singh. On the other hand, some solution providers are only talking about IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) when talking about the cloud. The quintessential example is a company that outsources its IT needs, doing away with the hassle of servers, storage space and networking in its own premises. They turn to cloud solutions companies who give them flexible, customized plans or bill them according to usage.

What Is Cloud Computing?

Everyone is talking about cloud computing. Forrester projects that the total market for cloud computing will be $241 billion by 2020. But what does cloud computing mean, exactly? Cloud computing means computing can be used as a service rather than a product. This has become possible because it's now cost-effective for companies to build huge data centers where computing and software can be provided remotely at massive scale and rented out, like a utility service.

Getting cloud security right from the start

Steve Durbin, vice president sales and marketing for the Information Security Forum thought the issues around cloud security would have been nailed down by now, "but I couldn't have been more wrong," he told iTWire. The ease of getting started with cloud services is a nightmare from a security perspective, he suggested. People on the business side of an organization can simply sign up and put the usually modest charges on their credit cards, bypassing (though probably not maliciously) the normal security procedures.

Is the cloud living up to CIO expectations?

Is the cloud living up to CIO & CTO expectations? There has been a lot of speculation about what top computing experts think of the cloud and its advantages. Knowing how CIOs and CTOs view the cloud can help us shape our cloud offerings in a way that works well for them. This data also gives us a direct line-of-sight into the point of view of IT leaders on the cloud market and where it is going.”

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

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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