More and more businesses are considering adopting cloud computing, drawn by the huge savings and benefits the cloud can provide. However, a perceived lack of confidence in cloud-based technologies is seen as one of the biggest barriers to adoption.
This is why there are a number of key issues suppliers need to address for the cloud to become the commercial success we claim it to be, like: transparency, reliability, accountability and security of operations.
The CEB (Corporate Executive Board) just advised clients to "encourage" shadow IT, arguing that's where enterprises get the biggest bang for their technology buck. Indeed, fully three quarters of LOB technology spending is on innovation versus a mere quarter when it's IT doling out the money, according to the CEB.
Data center and the word green should not be used in the same sentence. There's little green about them from the energy they consume to the manufacture of semiconductors and servers. They are about as ungreen as you can get. There's ways to mitgate the energy they consume. And computers can be put to good use helping the environment. But green data centers...no such thing.
In a related vein, here's an interesting perspective on the Tesla, which I fundamentally disagree with...that it's really a coal-fired vehicle. The Tesla is not green, but its damage to the environment can be mitigated if electricity can be generated from renewable sources. The word green is so overused and distorted. I'd be happy with environmentally friendlier....that would seem to be more than case.
On the surface, your cloud providers could appear to have the best logical and physical security in the world, but it's all for naught if they have untrustworthy employees. AT&T and its customers just learned that the hard way in an April records breach.
AT&T, dinged for delaying the public disclosure of the breach until last Friday, issued the following statement to reporters, according to coverage of the incident at CIO.com.
Stu, I could not agree more...that integration and legacy migration are bigger challenges than security. The security base can largely be covered, but integration of cloud and legacy apps is really hard if not impossible in some instances. Then introduce mobility into the cloud equation and you have some serious complexity on your hands.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.