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According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology: "Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management." While this definition is broadly accepted and has, in fact, been my adopted standard for years, it only describes technical aspects of cloud computing. The amalgamation of technologies used to deliver cloud services is not even half the story. Above all else, the successful employment requires a tight linkage to the economic and business models of the enterprise. Critical components for any transition to cloud include: Enterprise economic model Organizational goals (financial and operational) Enterprise operational model Relevant op... (more)

Cloud Computing Price-Performance By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cloud Computing Price-Performance Could Vary by 1000%! Yes, you read that right. The price/performance of your cloud computing infrastructure could vary as much as 1000 percent depending on time and location. High levels of variability have actually been seen within the same cloud service provider (CSP) processing the exact same job. This also means that the cost to you of processing the exact same job in the cloud could vary by this much as well. This surprising result was discovered by a Rice University group, headed by Dr. T. S. Eugene Ng, that has been focusing on cloud comp... (more)

Be Future Ready: Selling to Millennials By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

There is almost a deafening discussion going on about the self-centeredness of today's young adults. Wether you call them Generation Y, millennials or twenty-somethings, the general refrain seems to be a perception that the entire lot of them only care about themselves. Patricia Greenfield of the University of California in Los Angeles actually used the Google Ngram Viewer to study this perception. Her findings, published in Psychological Science, showed that there has indeed been a distinct rise in more individualistic words such as "choose," "get," "feel," "unique," "individua... (more)

Personal Email: Pathway to Cybersecurity Breaches By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

As a business communications tool, email is the dominant option, and many corporations have policies that allow the use of personal email on corporate computers. In a recent Adobe Systems commissioned online survey of 400 U.S. white-collar, adult workers, more than 90 percent of them admitted checking personal emails at work. The workers questioned in the poll estimated they spend 6.3 hours a day checking emails, with 3.2 hours devoted to work emails and 3.1 hours to personal messages. Nearly half of the respondents also said that their use of emails for work will increase in com... (more)

Cloud Hosting: Look Beyond Cost Savings By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cloud Hosting: Look Beyond Cost Savings and Weigh Pros, Cons Is your company struggling with the idea of using "cloud hosting" in order to save money? Truth be known, using cost savings as the primary reason for moving to cloud will almost guarantee failure. Some reasons that typically lead to cloud computing costing more include: Building and migrating to a private cloud, which will almost always cost more than staying in a traditional data center; Migrating legacy applications that weren't designed to operate in a virtualized environment or are tied to very specific environmen... (more)