ProfitBricks Weekly Cloud Computing News Roundup: Issue 13

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

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Cloud 101: Four things businesses need to know
Tech Page One Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Cloud use among small and midsized businesses is increasing as its benefits for reducing costs and increasing productivity become more apparent.

IDC Directions 2014 maps out “third platform” disruptions in detail
TechTarget Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: IDC outlines the five key battlegrounds that will determine the winners — and losers — in 2014’s business innovation war at IDC Directions 2014 conference.

Cloud will be $107B Industry by 2017: IDC
ComputerWorld Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry in 2013 and is expected to more than double to $107 billion by 2017, research firm IDC predicts.$107b-industry-by-2017

Partnering 2020 and Beyond: Putting the Future of Channels in Focus
Channel Partners Online Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: In the world of information and communications technology (ICT), the blogosphere, Twitterati and establishment are aligned: Cloud computing is hot. Ditto for Big Data, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT). You simply cannot get more current than these trends.

Most Cloud Computing Is Under The Radar In Enterprises, Survey Shows
Forbes Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Study by 451 Research finds more than 45 percent of organizations consider themselves to be beyond the pilot phase, with 32 percent with a formal cloud computing plan as part of their overall IT and business strategy.

Bow to the inevitable Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: for VARs and other IT service providers that do get their ducks inline, cloud actually presents a series of new opportunities and it can also free up budget to fund this.

Big Data Crawls Out of the Trough in 2014 #GigaOmLive
CMS Wire Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Harvard Business Review: 2015 may be the year big data crosses the chasm.

3 types of ‘cloud experts’ that make my blood boil
InfoWorld Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Now that cloud computing is everyone’s game, the nimrods are starting to show up.

2014 Cloud Trends Outlook – Future of Cloud Services
Talkin Cloud Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Today, cloud is going through the challenges faced by any new business model. But intuitive tools are now available to cloud providers that not only facilitate initial customer onboarding but also provide service automation and remote management capabilities.

Big Data: Forget the Size, Focus on Value #GigaOmLive
CMS Wire Posted: March 21, 2014
Summary: Takeaways from GigaOm Structure Data

Big Data Sparks Corporate Turf Fights
Wall Street Journal Posted: March 24, 2014
Summary: Companies are debating which corporate department is best set up to oversee the collection, use, and protection of this increasing vital – and potentially dangerous – asset.

Agile, DevOps, Cloud: IT’s New Trinity
Information Week Posted: March 24, 2014
Summary: Agile, DevOps, and cloud form an almost-holy triumvirate with a common theme: Software rules.

Big Data vs. Small Data – Is there a Difference?
Inside Big Data Posted: March 24, 2014
Summary: While the foundation is the same, big and small data both use the same disciplines – mathematical statistics, probability theory, computer science, visualization. These are sound and proven disciplines that predate big data. What’s different is the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of big data that require more contemporary technologies.

Big data, analytics: Ticket to strategic relevance for CIOs
GeeksWorld Posted: March 24, 2014
Summary: Big data is a big opportunity for CIOs. IDC says today’s data-intensive world provides CIOs the opportunity to support business objectives in a strategic, outcome-oriented way.

DevOps: IT’s Only Chance Of Keeping Up
Information Week Posted: March 25, 2014
Summary: DevOps pushes two differing cultures together — developers and operations — but it gives IT a fighting chance at keeping up with the business.

The evolution of the developer: How cloud infrastructure and open source changed the landscape
TheNextWeb Posted: March 25, 2014
Summary: With software being free and readily available, the sole ball-and-chain left shackled to the ankles of developers was hardware. With the development of the cloud market, developers had a newfound stray dog freedom.

DevOps Creates A New Digital Divide
InformationWeek Posted: March 25, 2014
Summary: What’s that? Your product is the code and the code is the product and automation is your middle name? How nice. You’re the digital 1%.

Six Challenges of Big Data
Wall Street Journal Posted: March 26, 2014
Summary: Companies are facing challenges in leveraging the value that their data have to offer.

The Transformative Potential of Cloud Computing
Disruptive Competition Project Posted: March 26, 2014
Summary: Cloud computing provides universal access to one of the core features of modern businesses: the capacity to store, share, and process vast amounts of complex data. This could have significant effects on the productivity and efficiency of businesses in the developing world.

Master the art of big data job scheduling
Tech Republic Posted: March 26, 2014
Summary: Scheduling is a growing factor in big data optimization. Learn how big data job scheduling differs from its transaction processing counterpart, and why it’s a task IT must do well.

The Evolution of Big Data, and Where We’re Headed
Wired Posted: March 26, 2014
Summary: Big data definitions that will help you to wrap your head around the terms that will influence digital media careers and online experiences for years to come.

Google’s Cloud Pricing Announcement and the Young Cloud IaaS Marketplace
ProfitBricks Blog Posted: March 26, 2014
Summary: The Cloud Computing industry continues its push to drive physical and virtualized servers out of private data centers and onto the public cloud. It’s never been a question of whether this would happen – it’s always been a question of when.

Who wins the cloud price wars?
ZD Net Posted: March 27, 2014
Summary: It seems to be a good time to be buying cloud services, but what does the future hold?

Amazon’s Price Reductions and What Cloud Buyers Really Need
ProfitBricks Blog Posted: March 27, 2014
Summary: As expected, Amazon lowered its pricing for its new m3 instance sizes at their #AWSSummit event yesterday. Now the cloud becomes more competitive. Andreas Gauger explains.