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)
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
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)
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)