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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)

Security Attacks and Countermeasures by @DrSandraKJ | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

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) [1] 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 Predictions That Will Rock the World (Again!) By @Kevin_Jackson

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 @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)