NIST releases cloud guide, Public cloud = big enterprise fail, Europe lags years behind the U.S. And more...
NIST released the final version of ‘Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations
,' an 81-page document that details cloud systems in an easy to understand, plain language manner. The guide was produced for IT decision makers ranging from the CIO to system and network administrators. You can read more about the document in this NIST press release
Europe's uptake of cloud computing will trail the United States by at least two years, according to this Gartner press release
. Gartner highlights four main inhibitors including diverse data privacy regulations, complex B2B multienterprise integration and processes, the slowness and undesired effects of some EU policies and the investment hold caused by the euro crisis.
HP announced a number of new cloud offerings at its annual HP Discover conference this week, according to this InfoWorld article
. The new offerings, many of which have been applied to HP's flagship CloudSystem, focus on a single architecture that spans both in-house and public clouds.
Microsoft is partnering with Quanta Computer to design a Windows-based private cloud in a box, according to this PCWorld article
. As part of its Private Cloud Fast Track program, Microsoft has been working with hardware companies, such as Dell and Fujitsu, to design private cloud systems.
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Why the Public Cloud is a Big Fat Enterprise #Fail
By Andi Mann, CA Technologies
With the advent of the consumer driven enterprise, there are now two ways to define the success of a platform. One is to look at adoption rates and declare a platform successful based on how many people are using it. By that measure, the public cloud is a smashing enterprise success.
Billions of users worldwide are using public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive (formerly Docs), Skype, Evernote, YouTube and, yes, even Facebook to do business with colleagues, customers, partners and vendors.
But the other way to define platform success is to look at what businesses, organizations and institutions are actually investing in and encouraging people to use. By that measure, the public cloud is a resounding enterprise flop. Read the full article.
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Which public cloud vendor is right for you? In this ZDNet blog
, Gery Menegaz details four recommendations from a recent Gartner article on how to choose the right IaaS vendor.
Is BYOD turning into bypass your CIO? In this CIO article
, Tom Kaneshige takes a look at how mobile upstarts are selling to businesses and it doesn't always involve the CIO. The article gives suggestions for how CIOs should deal with the rise of BYOD to improve the relationship between business and IT.
Is the cloud ready from prime time? In this NetworkWorld article
, Brandon Butler examines the concerns over cloud security and reliability and takes a look at how SMBs and enterprises are reacting differently to the cloud.
- Former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra detailed how cloud computing will introduce new opportunities for MSPs, VARs, and cloud integrators at the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit. You can read a recap of the keynote in this Talkin' Cloud article and watch a recent video interview with Vivek Kundra on Cloud Luminaries.
Who said the cloud isn't secure? Radix Technologies houses their data center in a 15,000 square-foot former military bunker that was built into a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Radix, which helps enterprises make the transition to the cloud, uses the air and natural water flow of the mountain for cooling, according to this MSPmentor article
Avnet has launched a dedicated cloud solutions team in order to help MSPs, VARs and ISVs deliver cloud services, according to this Channelnomics article
. Avnet is partnering with Savvis and will link partners into Savvis' cloud managed services.
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