Friday, April 6, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, Apr 06, 2012

Sure, cloud computing offers benefits to companies of all sizes. But the clouds' advantages apply even more dramatically the smaller and newer your company. At the same time, the standard objections to cloud computing matter less to small companies than to large ones. On the plus side, the cloud's economies of scale naturally make a bigger difference when your company is too small to generate similar savings and capabilities on its own. And on the flip side, many of the issues blamed on the cloud in large enterprises - security, integration, compliance and so on - often cause fewer problems in small companies that can't properly deal with them anyway.

Check out the 8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

Cloud Computing: Bigger and Better - But Still Flawed

What's more real, cloud computing or unicorns? Given the hype surrounding the cloud, perhaps unicorns are a less fanciful notion. Ask network administrators and CIOs, and cloud computing, so far, has not lived up to expectations -- it's slow, it has troubles housing huge enterprise critical data, and it is perceived as insecure. A key reason is that many historic clouds achieved their cost savings by using "older technology," said Jared Wray, CTO at cloud provider Tier 3. And "they have not excelled at network performance," he added, mainly for technical reasons.

Gartner Outlines 5 Cloud Computing Trends that will Affect One's Cloud Strategy

According to Gartner Inc., continual monitoring of cloud computing trends, with regular updates to the enterprise's cloud strategy, will be essential to avoid costly mistakes or miss market opportunities over the next few years. Although the potential for cloud computing is significant, the breadth and depth of the impact, as well as the level of adoption over time, are uncertain and will require frequent review.

Cloud computing gets more complicated, govvies say

The move to the cloud is not longer in question but that doesn't make the technology a one-size fits all solution. In some ways, the decision to move to the cloud has gotten more complicated as federal CIOs learn about the nuances of cloud computing. For example, in the early days of the cloud, it was a question of go or no-go. Now agencies must decide which model is most appropriate for them: private (government only), public (commercially available) or hybrid. And that decision depends on the specifics of an agency’s application, said David McClure, associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

Security dampens use of cloud computing

Most organisations now have a cloud computing adoption strategy, according to a PwC survey, yet security concerns are holding many back from fully embracing the technology. The survey, which was conducted amongst chief information officers and IT directors at a recent PwC forum, found that three-quarters of respondents had a cloud strategy. However, many of those said they were using cloud for non-critical systems only, while 20 per cent said they were taking a “wait-and-see” approach.

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

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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