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Kevin Jackson

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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)

Internet of Things Usage Models By @Kevin_Jackson | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

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)

National Cybersecurity = Cloud Computing Security

A recent Inc.com article claimed that the percentage of U.S. small businesses using cloud computing is expected to more than double during the next six years, from 37 percent to nearly 80 percent (l). This forecast was gleaned from a just released Emergent Research and Intuit study. This statement is also very scary in that it also highlights the growing importance of the cybersecurity threat to the nation’s economic livelihood. Jeremy Grant, an adviser at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, says in the past two years he has seen "a relat... (more)

How Resilient are FedRAMP Clouds Anyway? By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

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)

Schizophrenic About Cloud?

Last week Dell released its first Global Technology Adoption Index (GTAI). This survey of more than 2,000 global organizations took a close look at how organizations are truly using security, cloud, mobility and big data to drive success. While the data collected from this effort should put to rest any doubts about the value of cloud computing, it also calls into question our collective mental state. Are half of us schizophrenic? The survey data showed that 97 percent of organizations surveyed use or plan to use cloud. This high percentage is not surprising given that the data als... (more)