Cloud Movers And Shakers…

Cloud Movers and Shakers

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

                                                                                                    – Plato (428-348 BC), preeminent Greek philosopher.

One of CloudTweaks’ greatest strengths is its ability to attract input from the wise, from some of the most knowledgeable people in cloud computing. These guest authors add substantial value to the cloud conversation and complement the efforts of our regular writers. Last week saw several such articles from the movers and shakers of the industry.

TrainSignal CEO Scott Skinger wrote about how the cloud is revolutionizing technical education, adding “Education as a Service” to the long list of “as a Service” terms. Deepak Taneja, founder and CTO of Aveska, addressed one of the compelling issues of going on the cloud – identity and access management – in this extremely informative article. Philip Spies from Dimension Data also addressed security on the cloud, but from the network perspective. Anthony Smith, CEO of Insightly, made the case for SMBs to migrate to the cloud for significant cost savings. Some of his points overlap with a few I made one and a half years ago in this article.

While we often carry articles by business and technology experts, an article from a lawyer is a rarity and deserves special mention. This article by Cindy Wolf analyzes the contentious issue of End User License Agreements (EULA) in the SaaS environment. Personally speaking, I think it would’ve been easier for many of our readers if the acronym EULA was expanded in the article once. Speaking of agreements, this article explores the more popular SLAs (Service Level Agreement) in detail.

Amazon and Microsoft face a new rival with the launch of the Google cloud platform. I think Google’s sub-hour billing strategy where billing will be done in small one-minute increments with a ten-minute-minimum rule can become one of the USPs of this service. This was unveiled at the Google I/O conference in a week that also saw the GigaOm Pro conference that had a completely different focus. Here’s a lowdown on both these important events.

Going outside the CloudTweaks portal, here’s an article that I wanted to draw your attention to. Forbes contributor Tom Gillis makes a compelling case for the public cloud and how its true potential is still unrealized. But, and this is important, we’re getting there. This article describes how last week biggest product launch, the Xbox One, will be able to access greater computing power on the cloud. Speaking of computing power on the cloud, read how that can be leveraged for analytical insight at lower costs than ever before.

Don’t forget to check out how Citrix is taking the conversation forward on mobility and collaboration. Finally, just to demonstrate that cloud computing is no flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, this article covers a survey of companies that have been reaping the benefits of the cloud for some years now. The white papers linked in the article are highly recommended for anyone desiring to know how cloud computing impacts business in multiple ways.

By Sourya Biswas

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