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Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Cloud

What drives investments in cloud computing?

Agility heads list of cloud benefits, but beware of cloud silos

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Everyone knows that businesses are investing heavily in public and private cloud computing these days, as well as hybrid cloud solutions that combine elements of both. Why they’re investing in one of those deployment models versus the others, however, is somewhat murkier. Thankfully, a recent IDG Research poll of senior IT executives at companies with 1,000 or more employees sheds interesting light on that topic in ways that hint at what technology decision-makers see as each major cloud deployment option’s chief strength.

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Technology, Cloud

Things to Consider Before Building and Deploying a Cloud-Based App

Blog-post by,
RickBlaisdell

One area where cloud computing has a great deal of potential is application development, especially with the number of Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings that now exist.  While there are certainly a few risks and challenges to developing a cloud-based app, it also offers impressive features and flexibility that non cloud based apps do not. Let’s take a look at a few of the advantages and disadvantages app developers should keep in mind before making a foray into the cloud.


Technology, Mobility

Mobile a higher priority than cloud or big data

Research Brief by,
Community Manager

A recent IDG Research study reveals that 69% of IT executives believe enterprise mobility is a critical or high priority during the next 12 months - more than cloud (53%) or big data (48%). "The rich rewards of creating and executing a comprehensive mobility strategy more than justify the effort," concludes this enterprise mobile research brief. Click here to access the actual survey. Click on the PDF link below to access the analysis brief. 

 

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Business Issues, Technology, Cloud

Reports of private cloud demise are exaggerated

Community Video by,
Community Manager
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While expensive, private clouds will be deployed especially by the largest enterprises. Follow me on Twitter.

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Business Issues, Cloud

Justifying Cloud

Let’s go beyond the traditional ROI model

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HP Blogger
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I cannot remember how often I got the question on how to justify the implementation or use of cloud computing and the discussion often turns around the traditional financial ROI calculations. And in many situations it becomes difficult to justify. Why? For two reasons, first many IT department do not have a complete view of the true costs of the existing environment, second, the actual savings are often difficult to calculate and depend on assumptions, many of which can be argued about.

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CIO Leadership, Security

How to achieve stronger cloud security

As cloud security evolves, how should CIOs and CISOs assess and govern security risks?

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HP Blogger
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Despite growing cloud adoption in the enterprise, security remains a concern. How cloud vendors—and customers—approach security is still developing, and best practices and policies are just emerging.

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Technology, Cloud

A Response to Private Cloud Haters

… or “Shut It Up Already”

Blog-post by,
jkhawaja

How many of you are tired of hearing your businesses talk to you about “cloud this” or “SaaS that?”  Business analysts who can  scarcely cobble together coherent sentences are demanding “cloud services,” as though it will produce some sort of high-tech legerdemain that will make all of their technology headaches disappear and save them a couple of bucks in the process.  What was once reviled and scoffed at as techno-chic has turned into a super-nerd feeding frenzy, and everyone wants a piece of the action.

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CIO Leadership, Technology, Cloud

Hybrid Clouds: IT Benefits Outweighing IT Concerns

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blaberis

It turns out that hybrid cloud computing environments are “hybrid” in a way beyond the intermixing of private and public cloud infrastructures that gives them their name. These combination clouds also elicit “hybrid” responses from CIOs and other IT executives. The added complexity and public-cloud element of hybrid cloud environments makes IT leaders particularly concerned about security and integration issues. On the flip side, most IT executives also believe hybrid clouds can deliver a wide range of IT and business benefits.


Business Issues, Technology, Cloud

Security remains top cloud fear

This converged cloud brief analyzes attitudes toward this computing paradigm, according to an IDG Research Services survey of 147 IT executives. Besides exploring where cloud investment dollars are going and the primary drivers of cloud adoption, the survey reveals that the longstanding fear - weak security - is alive and well. Indeed, 56% of the respondents said they believe dedicated servers are more secure than the cloud. Click on the PDF below for the full analysis.   


Business Issues, Technology, Cloud

Quick Poll: biggest bucks going into private clouds

This Quick Poll survey, conducted by IDG Research Services, surveyed 145 IT executives on their motivation and concerns about cloud deployment. Among other things, it shows that almost 60% of cloud investments are going into private clouds (hybrid is 47% which shows public cloud are part of the mix). The top driver of cloud adoption is to scale workloads up or down. The top concern is data loss or leakage. Click on the attached PDF to access the entire survey.   


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