Around the Cloud: Top Cloud News/Oct 13

NASA CTO claims IT help desks on the way out

Cloud platforms making dedicated support surplus to requirements

Like the 30 spacecraft his agency has launched, Tom Soderstrom, CTO at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, sees everything through the clouds. NASA’s JPL uses 10 public or private clouds to store everything from photos of Mars for public purview, to top secret data.

Pretty soon, Soderstrom told attendees at Storage Networking World, data stored by large enterprises like NASA will be measured in exabytes. One exabyte is equal to 1.5 billion CDs or a million terabytes. And, he noted, the only place to store exabytes of data is on public and private clouds.

The good news is that with data in the cloud, people will be able to “work with anyone, from anywhere, with any data, using any device at any time,” he said. Continue Reading…

Source: Techworld

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The 3 Reasons to think different in the cloud

Once you grasp these three key tenets, you’ll fully understand what the cloud has to offer over traditional computing

I’m always amazed when I hear everyone’s varying takes on cloud computing. For some, there’s a profit motive, such as with technology providers spinning into cloud computing. For others, such as enterprise IT, it’s the ability to brag about their cloud computing projects. However, in many cases, nothing really changes other than labels.

I assert that real cloud computing is not just a way of doing computing, but a way of thinking about computing that’s different from traditional approaches, specifically in terms of sharing, trusting, and accounting.

The fundamental tenet of cloud computing is that we share resources, including storage, processing, and development tools. Thus, the model is not just virtualization or remote hosting, it’s the ability to manage thousands of tenants simultaneously in the same physical hardware environment.  Continue Reading…

Source: Infoworld

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IBM Builds a Bigger Private Cloud Around IBM

There are some whose definition of cloud computing includes by rule, not by option, the capability to provision additional resources such as storage and processing into an expanding pool, without regard to brand, format, or protocol. That isn’t exactly what we’re seeing today from IBM, which many will recall was able to bend “grid computing” toward its center of gravity as well.

The new universe of IBM cloud services is covered in a layer of semantic goo. Swimming through it can be suffocating, so instead of replicating it here, we’ve surgically extracted the core elements of today’s multiple announcements, and we present them here all clean and free of metaphor. Continue Reading…

Source: ReadWriteWeb

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Military ponders private cloud services

Cautious approach aims to maximize deployment, security and cost advantages

It’s easy to see why a large and diverse organization such as the military is drawn to cloud computing: The technology allows large amounts of data to be sent and stored just about anywhere — even divided among locations worldwide.

Although almost effortless data dispersion helps give cloud computing a sharp cost and performance edge, the downside is that critical information can land in storage systems that lack adequate security, privacy and other important safeguards.

To provide maximum protection, many military IT leaders prefer to rely on a secure internal cloud environment, leaving both public and nonmilitary private cloud networks to consumers and business users. Yet a once firm stance against private cloud contractors is gradually softening as such providers begin deploying stronger security measures and assurances. Continue Reading…

Source: DefenseSystems

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Cloud Computing Now Makes It Easier (and Cheaper) to Innovate: Study

Who doesn’t want innovation these days?  It’s the new mantra of organizations large and small as they attempt to navigate and get the upper hand in today’s hyper-competitive and unforgiving global economy.

But innovation is not cheap. It can be extremely risky, since  a relatively small percentage of innovations actually deliver results in the end. The challenge is trying to figure out where to invest wisely, and which innovation is the potential winner. The natural reflex in the business world has been to avoid going overboard with innovation, since it means sinking considerable time and resources into ideas that don’t get off the ground.

However, cloud computing technology may be clearing the way to turn formerly hidebound businesses into innovation factories.  That’s because it now offers a low-cost way to try and fail with new ideas. In essence, the price of failure has suddenly dropped through the floor. Failure has become an option.

A recent survey of 1,035 business and IT executives, along with 35 vendors, conducted by the London School of Economics and Accenture, has unearthed this new emerging role for cloud computing — as a platform for business innovation. Continue Reading…

Source: Forbes

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