ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issue 12

Here is the latest edition of ProfitBricks’ weekly roundup of news, content and conversations about Cloud Computing.

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Cloud Computing And Enterprises: Proof That Opposites Can Attract
Forbes Posted: March 13, 2014
Summary: Everything the cloud stands for is diametrically opposed to what enterprise computing stands for. But that’s okay — cloud promises to free up and expand enterprises in ways never imaginable with traditional systems.

Private Cloud Succumbing to Public Cloud: A Chat with Cloud Tech Partners
Barrons Post4ed: March 13, 2014
John Treadway and Ben Grubin had plenty of interesting detail and anecdotes about use of cloud computing that should be of interest to anyone following this market.

Big data: Personal analytics going beyond sports into realms of wealth & life satisfaction
Economic Times Posted: March 13, 2014
Summary: The idea of analyzing data to make sense of what’s happening in our businesses has been with us for a long time (at least since 1954, when UPS started an analytics group), so why do we keep having to come up with new names to describe it?

What big data can’t do – and how to fix it
Marketing Interactive Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: The current interest in big data has been primarily fueled by two key trends: massive volumes of publicly available data on the internet, and growth of technological solutions. Opinions differ widely as to what big data is, what it can do and how it can deliver real business value. However there are many things which big data does poorly.

Just How Cheap Can Public Cloud Computing Get?
ReadWrite Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: The public cloud is cheap and set to get even cheaper, but how much you save depends upon how you manage it.

The Future of Cloud Computing Laws and Regulations
MSP Mentor Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: As the use of cloud computing grows, so too will then laws that govern its use. In this post, we take a closer look at the future of cloud computing laws and regulations.

Tech CEOs Warn of Threats to Cloud, Big Data Economy
CIO Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: Leaders of some of the nation’s top tech firms say protectionist cloud policies and Internet restrictions could undermine the potential of the data revolution. To that end, they call on policymakers to advocate the free flow of information across national borders — and to pay special attention to nations restricting Internet freedom.

Roundup Of Cloud Computing Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2014
Forbes Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: Here is a summary of Cloud computing market forecasts and estimates compiled by Louis Columbus at Forbes Magazine.

New York Times CIO: ‘spot trends’ to drive innovation
ITBusiness.CA Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: Big data and Cloud Computing are helping to drive innovation at the New York Times.

Big Data: The invisible force reshaping our world
Star Online Posted: March 15, 2014
Summary: Big Data is moving society to places it’s never been before. Through increased data analysis we’re about to embark upon a new era of capabilities, which will revolutionize each and every aspect of our lives, and in some cases already is. If you don’t care about all this data now, you may soon.

3 Tasks for Every IT Organization in 2014
DZone Posted: March 16, 2014
Summary: Here’s a list of three items that every IT organization should be looking at. For small or large organizations, focusing on these three things will make a positive impact.

Want to beat Amazon in the cloud? Here are 5 tips (hint: none are cost)
GigaOM Posted: March 16, 2014
Summary: Amazon may still be the market leader in cloud, but there are five big changes that AWS customers are clamoring for, which means five big opportunities for the ever-increasing number of competitors to gain significant market share.

The End of the Cloud Experiment – What’s Next for Business?
Lens 360 (Saugatuck Technology Blog) Posted: March 14, 2014
Summary: The past few years has seen a dramatic evolution of computing styles and architectures with a strong and accelerating demand for Cloud / SaaS business solutions, social tools and Cloud infrastructures. Mobility, advanced analytics and sensor technologies have emerged over the past 2 years as key focal points for businesses of all sizes. Today, all of these technologies are now soundly delivering solid business value, at the same time that they become rooted in our emerging core “master architecture.” Where’s it all going?

Ingram Micro SMB 500: Cloud May Bend, but Won’t Break Distribution Model
Channelnomics Posted: March 17, 2014
Summary: A recent study by the IT advocacy group CompTIA finds that, by and large, the distributors are well positioned to navigate the cloud transformation. Moreover, the channel still has a strong appetite for what the distributors bring to the table, something that will continue into the cloud era,

How companies can make better use of big data
Los Angeles Times Posted: March 16, 2014
Summary: Companies are only beginning to understand the questions they can ask of their vast stores of data.,0,5605984.story

Report: Cloud Health Care to Grow to $6.5B in 2018
Talkin’ Cloud Posted: March 17, 2014
Summary: Health care companies are increasingly turning to the cloud for their IT needs. A Research and Markets report shows over the next few years, the healthcare cloud market will grow at 29.8 percent CAGR to reach $6.5 billion by 2018.

Cloud Computing Helps SMBs Grow
Channel Partners Posted: March 17, 2014
Summary: A new report shows that the move to cloud computing is paying off not only for large enterprises, but also small and medium businesses.

Going Green: The Eco-Friendly Aspect of Cloud Computing
MSP Mentor Posted: March 17, 2014
Summary: When MSPs list the benefits of cloud computing to their clients, there’s one that probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves: the eco-friendly aspect of the cloud.

Cloud Services And The Hidden Cost Of Downtime
Network Computing Posted: March 18, 2014
Summary: IT managers must factor in potential cloud outages when calculating the true cost of a cloud service.

Open Source Technologies Provide Cloud-Ready Big Data Control
Data Center Knowledge Posted: March 18, 2014
Summary: The amount of data traversing the modern cloud platform is breaking new ground.

Big data: Why IT departments mustn’t be a drag on analytics
ZDNet Posted: March 19, 2014
Summary: One analytics chief says those in charge of big-data insights need to control their own destiny, which means responsibility for budget, technology resilience and security.

CIOs-sourcing related changes imminent
CIO Posted: March 19, 2014
Summary: Technology and service providers need to determine and demonstrate how their offerings can underpin, support, enable and accelerate the digital business revolution to remain relevant to their customers, Gartner points out.

Skills shortages a challenge to cloud rollouts, say CIOs
Computing Posted: March 19, 2014
Summary: A shortage of appropriately skilled staff is holding back organisations’ cloud computing initiatives, according to panelists at Computing’s IT Leaders’ Forum.

Five common cloud myths preventing healthcare deployment
SearchHealthIT Posted: March 19, 2014
Summary: Are healthcare CIOs being properly cautious or buying into myths about the health IT cloud that aren’t really true?

Cloud Storage Pricing: Consumers and Businesses Driven By Costs and Features
ProfitBricks Blog Posted: March 20, 2014
Summary: Some concepts in technology are inevitable and continuous – like the ever-decreasing costs of storing data – from hardware costs to the software and networking technologies that enable data storage – costs will continue to decrease.