Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

Marc Wilczek

An International Cloud Progress Report

An International Cloud Progress Report

For those (few) of you who do not know, the cloud’s reach has clearly extended far beyond America’s fair shores. Cloud computing continues to boom abroad in intriguing and dynamic ways. Here is an overview of the latest in cloud as it’s growing in three countries: China, Germany, and India.


Market Watch has just reported a potentially landmark event in the relationship between expansive cloud computing and the Internet systems of insular, protectionist China. Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and China Telecom Corporation are uniting forces in order to offer Chinese citizens a unique array of cloud computing services. Iaas, Saas, PaaS will be standard offerings as per the arrangement between these two organizations. The plan is to launch this cloud endeavor in China by this summer. IIJ is well experienced in relating cloud technologies to China; it offered a mock cloud service to the country once in 2000 and again in 2009. As for China Telecom, it stands as the the country’s biggest telecommunications provider. These two titans teaming up for cloud could truly, and finally, ignite cloud computing’s popularity and acceptance in the country.


Enormous potential” characterizes the hopes of cloud computing in Germany, as was reported by a recent piece from AFP. More than 3.5 million small and medium-sized businesses have yet to embrace the cloud, creating a tremendous opportunity for the technology to sweep through the county. Yet Germany’s history of difficulty involving official intelligence and the protection of sensitive data, a precedent which has led to a series of extremely strict data security laws being mounted within Deutschland. Nevertheless, the overall sentiment is that such strict legalities involving data security could foment an impressively healthy private cloud for Germany. Deutsche Telekom is emerging as the company who’ll try to spearhead just such a move in the country’s near future.


Have you heard the news of 14 million new jobs being created via cloud computing by 2015? It looks like India will be slicing about 15% of that new-jobs-pie for itself; 2 million jobs borne from the cloud should arrive there within three years. The populous country has been roundly praised for how well it has nourished a community teeming with well-educated individuals ready and willing to take these jobs: engineers, computer scientists, developers, independent software vendors, and systems integrators. CIO.IN provides further information on this exciting prospect for India’s cloud.

By Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.