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The longer you put off providing features and services offered in the cloud, the worse off you'll be, according to an article in Network Computing. The post by Define the Cloud's Joe Onisick offers a stark take on falling behind cloud adoption: "Every day that goes by that IT isn't meeting the features and services offered in the cloud, users are moving there on their own. No office collaboration environment? They're on Google Docs. No file-sharing option? They're using Dropbox. No solid backup or recovery options for their laptops? Carbonite is handling it. Now your data is outside your corporate walls, outside your control and outside of compliance." Every day that users turn to an unsanctioned IT service, it becomes harder to get them back. You can't close Pandora's box once it's opened, Onisick said. His advice on getting a handle on the situation: Don't stall on... (more)

Cloud Computing Adoption Approaching a Crucial Point

Cloud Adoption Approaching a Crucial Point There's a "tipping point" for cloud adoption, according to the CIO at Google, and it's fast approaching. Once that point arrives and companies enter the world of cloud computing, there's no going back - it will become the standard for IT, according to Google CIO Ben Fried. An article in Midsize Insider takes a look at this issue and explores how midsize businesses and their IT fit into this new world of cloud computing. Is cloud adoption only meant for large-scale customers, or will it benefit "mom and pop" organizations as well? Have a ... (more)

The Role of Open Source in Cloud Computing Innovation

Open source software stacks offer a huge amount of customization so the cloud being built does what is expected - and without huge licensing fees. A recent article on GigaOm.com asks, "How can open-source cloud management tools like Eucalyptus, CloudStack and OpenStack impact the adoption of cloud technology?" Lowering the barrier to entry Most organizations adopt cloud to optimize their IT investment, to improve existing services or to support new business and service models, according to the article. In this scenario, open-source lowers the barriers for new organizations to bu... (more)

Cloud Computing for the Health of It

Cloud computing must have been brushing up on its bedside manner. HIPAA requirements now stipulate everyone in the health-care industry must begin migrating patient records and other data to cloud computing. By 2015, all medical professionals with access to patient records must utilize electronic medical and health records (EMR and EHR), or face penalties. A recent study by MarketsandMarkets revealed the health-care cloud computing market, which is only currently about 4% of the industry, is expected to grow to nearly $5.4 billion by 2017. The cloud migration process, however, can ... (more)

Cloud Computing the Most Valuable IT Job Skill: Survey

Having cloud skills will help pay the bills, according to a recent study. Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology revealed cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today. Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39 percent of respondents citing it as the most important. Security (37 percent) and project management skills (33 percent) were the next popular, with virtualization (29 percent) and network administration (27 percent) rounding out the top five, according to an article on Clo... (more)