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Cloud Report: Business & Central IT Engage in Legendary Smackdown

Every year, the RightScale State of the Cloud Survey looks at how the cloud industry is developing worldwide. The 2015 edition was released on February 18. We previously reviewed the analysis of Joe McKendrick of Forbes, who commented that tension was growing between IT leadership and business leadership regarding who should control cloud decisions (and this article overlaps in places with that one). Today we look directly at the survey data, as described by RightScale VP of Marketing Kim Weins. Weins noted that the survey was particularly centered on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). More than 900 respondents, all of them IT executives, answered questions related to their company’s use of cloud. The margin of error for the survey, which was intended to gauge the general perspective by including employees of small and large firms from various sectors, is just 3%. Weins described the poll’s findings as follows: Hybrid Continues to Become the Dominant Model More and more, companies are moving to multi-cloud systems – 82%, up from 74% last year.  Of that 82%, the types of clouds being built are: 55% hybrid (public + private) 13% public only 14% private only Popularity Versus Actual Work General market penetration looks great for cloud [...]

How Cloud Computing Could Rip You Apart at the Seams

Computer dude: Allow me to show you the way to the cloud. Company dude: Nay, we are already there. Computer dude: Them’s fightin’ words. Computer dudette: Hey, settle down, everyone. A just-released poll of more than 900 decision-makers reveals that department heads are shifting toward cloud even when the IT staff is not completely sold on the idea. The researchers who prepared the whitepaper believe that the boiling, no-holds-barred hate-war brewing between the IT department and general leadership is “likely rooted in the business units’ desire for more agility and their concerns that central IT is too cautious in cloud adoption — especially public cloud adoption.” Nonetheless, the report, called the 2015 RightScale State of the Cloud Survey, also indicates that IT directors are beginning to accept cloud and better grasp the security landscape. Joe McKendrick of Forbes argues that the increasing comfort level among IT executives could motivate them to become experts at cloud development, transitioning from a direct machine-oriented role to that of a consultant. That’s how IT leaders see the situation evolving, says McKendrick. Let’s look at McKendrick’s full analysis of the survey. Who Should Make Cloud Decisions? More and more, the IT leadership has been campaigning [...]

All Your Belongings Will Be Powered By Cloud

Cloud Computing as a Backbone Third Platform Overview Integrating All Your Stuff Getting it Right the First Time Cloud Computing as a Backbone Technology changes rapidly, with the discussion of technological development keeping pace. Technologists are always trying to see through the façade of various emergent concepts and determine if they are legitimately revolutionary and practically applicable or not. However, writes Nathaniel Borenstein on Gigaom, it’s important to stay abreast of industry developments because the technology could point to a major transition for our businesses and lifestyles. Borenstein considers the internet of things (IoT) to be today’s most hyped technology, with thorough and continuing press coverage. He is quick to point out that the IoT does not represent a shift away from cloud computing. In fact, this broader web that will incorporate the objects around us will be built on the third platform – which includes cloud along with social networking, mobile computing, and big data. Cloud has become such a major infrastructural mechanism that it now serves as a backbone of the web, hosting thousands of applications that together have an enormous impact on our lives. “It is tough to imagine our current lives without cloud computing,” Borenstein notes, “and [...]

Transportation Cloud: The End of Car Ownership?

Note: Part 2 of this 3 part blog, Dealing with Suburbia, can be read HERE. In this third article on the transportation cloud, we’ll explore changes to car ownership and parking; commercial implications; and the job market. Mass Transportation & Ownership Buses and trains will still exist when the transportation cloud becomes fully active. In fact, potentially trains will be built into the cloud and serve a supplemental role to automobiles. In the future, a shared, self-driving car will bring you to the train depot rather than having to walk or park nearby. Fewer and fewer people will own cars as the years go by, but car owners will never become completely extinct. As Planning for Reality (PFR) explains, “Cars are just too great a part of America’s 20th and now 21st century DNA.” While many younger people, technophiles, and sustainability advocates may shift completely to a network of self-driving cars, collectors, car enthusiasts, and those in the older generations are less prepared to make the transition. On some road trips and day-to-day trips requiring conversation, we will want access to our own space. We can either get a car from the transportation cloud that is designated solely to us [...]

Transportation Cloud Will Help America Recover from Suburbia

Note: Part 1 of this 3 part blog, Integrating Ride-Sharing, Car-pooling & Self-Driving, can be read HERE. In this continuation of our discussion related to the transportation cloud, we will look at the related issues of suburbia and urban planning. Transitioning Away From Sprawl The transportation cloud is on the rise, but it’s not here yet; and many city planners are instead turning toward transit-oriented development as a sustainable approach. This planning model, the brainchild of UC Berkeley’s Robert Cervero, argues that cities should foster large construction projects that are near public transportation. The transit-oriented approach has become incredibly popular around the country. Proponents of this idea argue that by erecting large residential projects near the buses and trains, it becomes easier for individuals to forgo car ownership and instead rely on public transit. Many planners consider the suburbs to be an extraordinarily frustrating problem. “Spread out with low population densities, suburbs are poorly suited to transit,” remarks sustainability blog Planning for Reality (PFR). “Planners would sooner reverse trends and have the population conveniently move to a more urban configuration.” Public transportation is at its best when people are closer together: that close proximity optimizes efficiency while serving a wide [...]

Transportation Cloud Will Reduce Human Error by Up To 100%

Watch your step: we are now entering the era of the Transportation Cloud. Cloud systems, “machines” that are made available by widely distributed resources on thousands of servers in real time, are disrupting not just IT but every industry in the world economy. Business analysis company IDC puts the amount spent on the cloud last year at $100 billion. “Just as ‘the cloud’ has disrupted and revolutionized business computing, communications and media consumption,” reports sustainability blog Planning for Reality (PFR), “so the coming ‘transportation cloud’ will have similar radical impacts on the world around us. PFR looks toward the transition from a road filled with many people at varying degrees of emotional health swerving around the road in independent death-pods to a fully connected and integrated transportation model that utilizes the principles of ride-sharing, car-pooling, and self-driving. Just Click the Button Today, when you need to drive somewhere, it can get complicated. First, you have to be prepared, with about three-quarters of your income going to making payments on your car and maintaining it. You also need to make sure it has fuel. Along these lines, always keep water and a tire jack in your car. If you don’t know [...]