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IEEE Charged with Profiling the Cloud

“What exactly is cloud computing?” Two years ago, the way the vast majority of Americans approached that question was ridiculous – although perhaps that had as much to do with the technology world’s failure to properly communicate the nature of the cloud as it did with consumers’ disinterest in understanding the backend of the web. Regardless where we want to lay the blame, selected highlights of a 2012 Wakefield Research survey designed by Citrix were as follows: 19 of 20 respondents (95%) who said they don’t regularly access cloud systems were incorrect. Three out of five (59%) believe that businesses are moving toward a 100% cloud-based work environment. Two out of five (40%) said that it would be beneficial (in a cloud-dominated world) not to have to get dressed for work in the morning. One in three said that the technology enables them to interact easily with individuals that they don’t necessarily want to see face-to-face. We could look back at the 2012 data as a quaint reminder of our not-too-distant past. However, confusion is still prevalent in 2014, as indicated by Cloud Strategy’s September coverage of private, public, and hybrid models. Tesh Durvasula reported that lack of understanding about [...]

ISO Demands Answers: What Exactly is the Cloud?

Sometimes two people find each other very attractive, but they are just plain incompatible. Alas, it will never be. Similarly, when intermingling technology, compatibility can again stand in the way. The massive barrier for the Internet of Things is the lack of standardized models, reported Popular Science last year: “The result is that the Internet of Things is actually hundreds of smaller, fractured Internets.” In other words, the technology press was letting the technology industry know that it was not going to take the Internet of Things seriously until integration was simplified. The lack of a common platform or operating system for IoT devices represented a potential stumbling block for the tech segment that could damage its emerging profitability. After all, the field’s growth potential is staggering. BI Intelligence forecast in September 2014 that the number of connected “things” within the IoT will increase 374% over the next four years, growing from 1.9 billion (the current number) to 9 billion in 2018. Given the massive expectations for the industry, various companies have released networking protocols designed to create a solid basis for all the many items connected to the Internet of Things. Google’s project is entitled Thread and promises to [...]

Tech Response to Ebola: Zuckerberg, Microsoft & Open Source

The fight against Ebola is saddening the international community and drawing the attention of big names in the tech industry. Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg have donated $25 million to the CDC to fund Ebola research, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (also owner of the Portland Trail Blazers) has thrown in $9 million. Microsoft has offered its cloud technology to researchers, and open-source maps are being used to fight the spread of the disease. Let’s take a look at each of these stories, evidence of the incredible promise technology represents in the search for disease treatments, cures, and outbreak responses: Mammoth gifts from tech billionaires Microsoft offering to researchers Open-source mapping to outpace Ebola Mammoth Gifts from Tech Billionaires Paul Allen, who owns the Portland Trail Blazers and co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, gave $9 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 14, earmarked for the battle against the disease. The CDC was assumedly chosen because it is a powerful body that can potentially respond to the outbreak more quickly – since charitable givers have grown increasingly frustrated by slow relief responses to disasters, such as occurred after the Haiti earthquake in 2010. The CDC notes that [...]

Talkin’ Cloud: 46% of Firms Buying More Software as a Service

Cloud computing has been growing enormously over the last two years, attracting attention not just from businesspeople and journalists but from research firms as well. Gartner, MarketsandMarkets, and similar organizations that analyze industries to suggest trends and forecast growth have tracked and projected the rise of the cloud model.. A recent study by IDC, published in December 2013, explored the growth of software as a service, which IDC also called “cloud software.” The total revenue generated for SaaS solutions in 2012 was $28 billion, 28.4% higher than the previous year. IDC stated that this segment will continue to grow at a remarkable pace, achieving a 22% compound annual growth rate to exceed $76 billion in 2017. Furthermore, the software as a service market will expand nearly 400% more rapidly than the general software industry. Three years from now, cloud software will represent 17% of all business software purchases. This particular cloud product has been a popular choice for many businesses wanting to test out distributed virtual environments. IDC’s cloud VP, Robert P. Mahowald, noted that in the IT world, public cloud and software as a service are at the center of a “transformation [that] is the number one strategic goal [...]

Vertical Cloud Article Reveals Mass Media Backscratching

There is a growing trend in online media to allow business sponsors to write articles for sites. It’s a very ethically questionable practice since you often don’t notice that the piece is almost a paid advertisement for the writer’s company. At the very least it can damage the publication’s credibility as the line is blurring between its supposedly legitimate journalistic content and content paid by businesses – the latter skewed by a ridiculous bias, like Brad Pitt reviewing his own movie. The development of infomercial type content that uses the Forbes name was an odd Christmas gift to the editor I’m sure, as she realized her status as a filter for objective coverage had been compromised. The good news is that you can easily spot one of these articles once you look at the details. In the case of Forbes, the articles are all filed under the heading, “ForbesBrandVoice” – which has the creepy subtitle, “Connecting marketers to the Forbes audience” (with the CTA “What’s this?” that for some reason doesn’t lead to a page that says, “Hooey” in 200-point font). Additionally, the writer of the article is matched with the name of their business, underscoring the fact that the [...]

Chief Information Officer: One Day, I Will Collect Information

As mentioned previously in this blog, cloud portfolio management company RightScale has now completed its third run of the State of the Cloud Report. In the spring, the firm questioned 1068 computing executives throughout a spectrum of industries. Amazingly, a total of 94% of the organizations represented by respondents were using a cloud: 29% public, 7% private, and 58% a combination of both. (Since large companies often behave differently from smaller ones related to technology, it’s noteworthy that only 24% of survey participants were with firms that have a workforce in excess of a thousand people.) As the cloud grows, the general IT landscape rapidly evolves. One basic fact of the evolution is that the job responsibilities of many professionals are changing, so the skillsets that are most needed are under revision as well. Family Dollar CIO Josh Jewett notes that enterprises no longer need individuals who excel at putting together hardware. Instead, they need computing professionals who have a knack for monitoring a third-party company that is in charge of the hardware. Jewett said that the process is basically the same but performed by another party: “You go from managing outcomes yourselves to managing outcomes through others.” Ann Bednarz [...]