Friday, June 1, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, June 01, 2012

An industry report by software provider Sage claiming cloud computing is an "enigma" to business has been met with ridicule but also as a market opportunity by analysts and commercial rivals. The 2012 Sage Business Index reported over half of companies surveyed in Australia had never heard of the term "cloud". Barriers to adoption included limited perceived benefits, uncertainty as to how to implement cloud technology and a belief that their business "isn't the sort that could make use of the cloud".

Carter Lusher, chief analyst with Ovum and research fellow, said he found the survey results "puzzling" and appeared to be an attempt to fight technological transition.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Read more to understand the lurking question what is this thing called cloud?

Cloud Computing: do you have a clue?
Big systems vendors are spreading misconceptions about the cloud because it helps them sell more kit. This week’s BTL guest posting by an IBM IT architect, Cloud Computing: Is it right for you?, was an interesting insight into what the big systems vendors are telling their customers about cloud. But it was so full of misconceptions and misdirection it abjectly failed in its stated mission of sensibly guiding enterprise decision makers. Sadly, this is typical of the ill-informed conventional wisdom you’ll hear from the likes of IBM, HP, Oracle and most parts of Microsoft, Accenture, Deloitte and the rest when discussing cloud computing. To help redress the balance, here’s a quick rundown of some of the most egregious fallacies in the posting.

Cloud Computing Market to be Worth $37.9bn in 2012
Visiongain’s analysis indicates that the cloud computing market will reach a value of $37.9bn in 2012. With ever increasing proliferation of cloud services adoption by enterprises and end-users in recent years, the demand for cloud computing is at an all time high and is set to continue in demand and popularity over the next five years.

Are Cloud Reliability, Security Still ‘Open Issues’?
In a new report, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) notes 23 “open issues” regarding the cloud computing, including computing performance, cloud reliability, economic goals, compliance and information security. FierceGovernmentIT reports that issues highlighted in NIST Special Publication 800-146 (PDF) “are traditional distributed computing topics that have remained open for decades” but have become more relevant since the emergence of cloud computing. “Other issues appear to be unique to cloud computing,” says the document. On Offline access and synchronization/reliability: “For the cloud, reliability is broadly a function of the reliability of four individual components: (1) the hardware and software facilities offered by providers, (2) the provider’s personnel, (3) connectivity to the subscribed services and (4) the consumer’s personnel.”

The Politics of Cloud Computing
There are many issues taken for granted by companies when they move to the cloud. Aside from various technical issues, businesses fail to recognize that they’ll have to take into consideration the cultural environment of their own company. A very common problem that all businesses will encounter is the internal politics within the organization, which will tends to slow down cloud computing adoption.

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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1 comment:

cloud solutions said...

Thanks for writing this. The Cloud has been extremely susceptible to misconceptions. It’s good to finally read something clear about it. Looking forward to more posts.