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In a recent post, titled "10 Surprising Facts About Cloud Computing and What It Really Is", Zac Johnson highlighted some interesting facts about cloud computing in the SMB marketplace: Cloud Computing is up to 40 times more cost-effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system. 94% of SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn't have with their on-premises service Recovery times for SMB are four times faster for businesses using cloud computing when compared to those not utilizing cloud services. For SMB, energy use and carbon emissions could be cut by 90% by using cloud computing, saving the environment and energy costs. These advantages show a strong indication that SMB information technology should be dominated by the adoption of cloud computing services.  Although one of the most prominent of these cloud services is Microsoft'... (more)

Cloud Storage 2.0 Set to Dominate Market | @CloudExpo #GDPR #Cloud #Storage

The enterprise data storage marketplace is poised to become a battlefield. No longer the quiet backwater of cloud computing services, the focus of this global transition is now going from compute to storage. An overview of recent storage market history is needed to understand why this transition is important. Before 2007 and the birth of the cloud computing market we are witnessing today, the on-premise model hosted in large local data centers dominated enterprise storage.  Key marketplace players were EMC (before the Dell acquisition), NetApp, IBM, HP (before they became HPE) and Hitachi. Company employees managed information technology resources (compute, storage, network) and companies tightly controlled their data in facilities they managed. Data security, legal and regulatory concerns, for the most part, were very localized. The data itself was highly structur... (more)

Industry Verticals Tackle Unstructured Data | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Organizations around the world are struggling to cope with the current data explosion. A vital characteristic of this data is that it is unstructured and represents things like email, images, and videos.  Storage of this form of data is typically in an object format which differs significantly from the database norm. Databases housed data grows very slowly because most of it is structured. Object storage formats are now being used to optimize access to large amounts of non-transactional files across a growing number of vertical markets. These markets include: Media and Entertainment - video Pre- through Post-Production which requires secure distribution and hassle-free scalability on a mix of standard hardware Retail Consumers - HTTP accessible Photo and Video Sharing that offloads SQL databases to custom metadata which significantly reduces web applications comp... (more)

Blockchain Business Innovation | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #Blockchain

Is there more than bitcoin to blockchain? Absolutely, because today's blockchain is opening up a pathtowards the delivery of trusted online services. To understand this statement, you need to see blockchain as more that it's more famous bitcoin use case. As a fundamental digital tool, blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger for recording the history of transactions. If used in this fashion, it can enable transactional applications that can have embedded trust, accountability and transparency attributes. Instead of having a Bitcoin blockchain that is reliant on the exchange of cryptocurrencies with anonymous users on a public network, a Business blockchain can provide a permissioned network with known and verified identities. With this kind of transactional visibility, all activities within that network are observable and auditable by every network user. This end-to... (more)

The Data Storage Explosion | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Cloud computing innovation will power enterprise transformation in 2018. Cloud growth is also driving a rapid rise in the storage market, exacerbating the enterprise challenge around storage cost and complexity. The business reason behind this marketplace reality is the proliferation of real-time data from the web, mobile devices, social media, sensors, log files, and transactional applications. Big Data has also found a home on the operational side of many market verticals in applications ranging from fraud detection to the processing of video evidence. Originally coined to describe datasets whose size stretched beyond the ability of traditional databases to manage, the term's scope has significantly expanded to include technology and services that capture, store, manage and analyze extensive collections of data, to solve complex problems. Despite concerns regard... (more)

Digital Transformation Asset Management | @CloudExpo #DX #Cloud #Analytics

Today’s businesses run in the virtual world. From virtual machines to chatbots to Bitcoin, physical has become last century’s modus operandi.  Dealing with this type of change in business even has its own buzzword – Digital Transformation.  From an information technology operations point of view, this has been manifested by organizations increasingly placing applications, virtual servers, storage platforms, networks, managed services and other assets in multiple cloud environments. Managing these virtual assets can be much more challenging than it was with traditional physical assets in your data center.  Cost management and control are also vastly different than the physical asset equivalent.  Challenges abound around tracking and evaluating cloud investments, managing their costs and increasing their efficiency.  Managers need to track cloud spending and usage, c... (more)

36 Shades of Hybrid IT | @CloudExpo #PaaS #SaaS #AI #DigitalTransformation

Everyone has heard of the 50 Shades of Grey. But do you know the "36 Shades of Hybrid IT"? These shades are a new way of describing the 36 point solutions across a hybrid IT environment. Enterprises looking to transform the way information technology is leveraged should evaluate their options by analyzing a transition across three specific high-level domains and their relevant sub-domains, namely: IT Implementation Model Traditional Managed Service Provider Cloud Service Provider Technology Service Model Infrastructure-as-a-Service Platform-as-a-Service Software-as-a-Service Deployment Model Private Hybrid Community Public Combinatorically (3 IT Models x 3 Service Models x 4 Deployment Models = 36 options) these components are used to identify the "36 Shades of Hybrid IT". These domains and sub-domain outline a structured decision process that aims to place the rig... (more)

Top "Cloud Musings" Posts For 2017

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Connected Government and #IoT | @ThingsExpo @Wipro #AI #DX #SmartCities

IoT in connected Government helps to deliver better citizen services and provides transparency. It helps in delivering contextual and personalized service to citizens, enhances the security, and improves the quality of life. The reference architecture provides guidance for the development of government systems, solutions and application architecture. A reference architecture provides a common framework and allows the design to follow the consistent definitions for the system of interest, its decompositions and design patterns. The vision of any Connected Government in the digital era is "To develop connected and intelligent IoT based systems to contribute to government's economy, improving citizen satisfaction, safe society, environment sustainability, city management and global need." In Connected Government, IoT-based applications provides many benefits, which i... (more)

Microsoft Has End-to-End Commitment to Cloud Computing: Menzione

Microsoft's Vince Menzione (pictured), General Manager for Microsoft's partner strategy in the US public sector, has been underlining his company's "end-to-end commitment to cloud computing." In a magazine interview this week Menzione declared: "All of our salespeople will be leading with cloud....Cloud is the way we lead our discussions with our customers." Menzione, whose full title is General Manager of USPS Partner Organization and Strategy, is responsible for partner engagement within the U.S. Public Sector. He deals with businesses in the Federal, State and Local Governments, Healthcare and Education. Before joining Microsoft, Menzione Vice President of Government Sales at General Dynamics Itronix Corporation. His sentiments echo Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's, speech in April to computer science students at the University of Washington. He discussed what’s ah... (more)

NRO CIO Jill Tummler Singer Among Top Ten Women in Cloud

"Having been in the IT field for many years, I believe the cloud computing chapter in the industry is an exciting one and I am proud to be a part of it," said National Reconaissance Office (NRO) Chief Information Officer Jill T. Singer Tuesday, as it was announced that she was one of 10 winners of the 2012 CloudNOW "Top Ten Women in Cloud" Awards. "I am deeply honored to be recognized by CloudNOW with this leadership award," she added. Considered one of the top women leaders in Federal IT, Jill Singer gave one of the best ever received keynotes at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley in November. [View Jill Singer's Cloud Expo Keynote now on SYS-CON.tv] Singer was recognized for her "innovative and inspirational leadership in the area of Cloud Computing." She is known not only for her presentations at events like Cloud Expo, and writings on technologies and business changes neede... (more)