The revolutionary business aspects of cloud excite me every day, but the
business diversity is even more exciting. This fact really struck me after
teaching my last Learning Tree Cloud Computing Introduction class in New York
City. I’ve been in the regular rotation here for four months now and have
taught three classes during that time. The chart below breaks out the
students in these classes by industry.
The heavy US Government slant can of course be attributed to my northern
Virginia residency, but the Federal Government has indeed taken on cloud in a
big way and the educational focus I’ve experienced from them is
commendable. The number of other industries seeking cloud knowledge is also
enlightening. As I’ve said many times before, cloud computing is not about
technology. It represents a business revolution that is now being universally
embraced. In spite of th... (more)
Thriving in a Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security World
This is the theme at this year's Dell World opening keynote and this view is
supported by Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015:
Computing Everywhere - As mobile devices continue to proliferate, Gartner
predicts an increased emphasis on serving the needs of the mobile user in
diverse contexts and environments, as opposed to focusing on devices alone.
The Internet of Things - The combination of data streams and services created
by digitizing everything creates four basic usage models — Manage,
Monetize, Ope... (more)
by Sandra K. Johnson
Cyber security is rapidly becoming a significant issue in the C-suite as well
as the population at large. The results of Dell's Global Technology Adoption
Index(GTAI)  show that security is a top concern for most of the 2000
global small and medium businesses surveyed. The outcomes further noted that
such concerns create barriers to the adoption of critical technologies that
drive value and growth: mobility, cloud and big data. In fact, many
businesses are unprepared to address their potential security issues.
In addition, several large data breaches have... (more)
2015 Prediction Time!!
The worlds of cloud, mobile, social and cyber will continue expanding,
permuting and recombining. Their individual effect on society and commerce
will become moot as these technological capabilities merge to deliver
products and services straight out of Star Trek!
Rise of the "Cloud System Integrator" (a.k.a. Cloud Service Broker) -
Traditional system integrators will finally realize that their current
product and labor based business model is about to go the way of the
dinosaurs. Customers will act on market shifts that makes the purchase and
resale of h... (more)
How Resilient are FedRAMP Clouds Anyway?
By Jodi Kohut
For the uninitiated, FedRAMP is the Federal Risk Authorizationand Management
Program, a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to
security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud
products and services. Implemented to support the Administration's "Cloud
First" policy, some have pointed to FedRAMP as a great model for commercial
industry's adoption of cloud as well. But when it comes to disaster recovery
in the cloud, is that necessarily the case?
One of the questions I've been asked... (more)