10 Things To Look For In Your Cloud Service Provider The cloud computing market is exploding with a large number of new entrants. If you are shopping around for a cloud service provider (CSP), here are ten things you should keep in mind. 1. Technical Expertise A cloud computing service is not a commodity: it is not as simple as providing you with a computer in a server farm. It requires a lot of technical expertise to set up the right system that guarantees security for your data and lets you run your business without interruption. Thus, the first thing you
Cloud Computing Guidelines From The Information Systems Audit And Control Association Among the slew of guidelines on cloud computing floating around, the recent one published by industry body Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) has a lot of credibility. Established in 1965, the association has a long history of delivering guidance to its huge membership (more than 95,000 across 190 chapters in 75 countries) of Information Systems professionals and is well positioned to offer advice on the dynamic paradigm of cloud computing. The whitepaper “Guiding Principles for Cloud Computing Adoption and Use”, available for free download on the ISACA
Emerging Markets: Emerge Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – II This is the second part of a two-part article. To read the first part, see: Emerging Markets: Emerging Leaders in Cloud Computing Adoption – I The TCS report, which was produced after surveying 606 companies across 16 industries, followed by in-depth studies of six – CTB/McGraw Hill, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dell, AOL, an unnamed telecom major and an unnamed CPG company with $5 billion in revenue – provided some interesting results. The biggest driver of cloud applications is not to cut IT costs. Perhaps the most important finding of this
Silly Businesses, Cloud Computing isn’t Just for Cost Savings Watching technology evolve is a beautiful, fascinating process. Take the telephone. The telephone initially was an improvement over the telegraph in the 1870s. It evolved into a household’s primary method of contact with the outside world and is now a personal device. Almost everyone you see out on the street has a personal device that they can use to call, email, text or even play video games. In just under 150 years, humanity witnessed a fundamental shift in the way humans communicate with one another through the persistent. A similar shift
Tech Child’s Play: Is the Cloud Still a Kid? A new Information Week article, penned by well-respected expert Art Wittman, condemns cloud computing as a horny youngster still in the grips of puberty. Perhaps Wittman doesn’t attack the cloud so colorfully. But he solidly argues that, in terms of how IT people commit to its use the popular technology, cloud suffers from growing pains. Wittman reveals the results of a survey to IT organizations, asking them, “’What are your company’s plans for cloud computing?’… Two-thirds of [them] either have decided the cloud isn’t for them or have yet to pull the
Can The US Government Assuage Cloud Privacy Concerns? Even as the world tries to find a balance between individual privacy and the eternal vigilance of a nanny state, cloud computing is a casualty of the heightened security concerns in post-911 America. This is something that I had explored in earlier articles, from the ramifications of the PATRIOT Act (See: Is Cloud Computing a Threat to Consumer Rights?), to how rivals of American cloud vendors are actually touting the latter’s vulnerabilities to government investigation as a key business differentiator (See: Your Data in Australia is subject to the US Patriot Act).
Cloud Computing: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility The cloud delivery model gives vendors a great amount of power. It is easier to create, deploy, maintain and enhance a service than it has been at any other point in computing history. Just look at Facebook, which grew to 500 million members in a very short period of time. People readily share within it, many with a limited understanding of the potential risks to their private information. The ability to make an enhancement and almost instantly put it into the customer’s hands is immensely powerful – and immensely dangerous. If you’re
Ubuntu Cloud: The Reseller Opportunity As market conditions remain uncertain, your customers are looking for new, more cost-effective ways to do business. This is dramatically increasing demand for cloud computing solutions that promise big savings on in-house infrastructure and management. By supporting your customers’ journeys into the cloud, you can generate new service revenues and take on the role of a trusted cloud adviser. Specifically, you can: • Support customer migrations from dedicated to cloud-based infrastructure • Deliver consultancy for building and deploying public and private clouds • Provide capacity planning, infrastructure management and monitoring services • Roll out authentication