Government Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Dana Gardner, Liz McMillan, Gopala Krishna Behara

Blog Feed Post

This Week in Cloud, January 12, 2012: 10,000 cloud jobs, Cloud complexity, IBM buys Platform Comp., Gartner report on security testing inside. And more…

Download our iPhone app

New: Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives.

Cloud News

  • Talent research firm Wanted Analytics recently concluded that demand for cloud computing expertise has increased by leaps and bounds. This CRN article details the results of the study and reveals that in the past 90 days, 10,000 job ads have been placed with cloud computing skills and experience as part of the job requirements.
  • According to this CloudTweaks article, the latest cloud supercomputer developed by Amazon promises to perform 240 trillion calculations per second, without incurring monumental costs. The supercomputer runs on Amazon EC2 and is ranked the 42nd fastest in the world. Though there are supercomputers that run faster, Amazon’s offering comes at a much lower cost.
  • While the US government is shutting down 1,200 data centers, they are also enabling the remaining revamped data centers to lease out extra capacity to other federal agencies. To know more about the US government’s latest data center strategy, read this article at GigaOM.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently declared that the year-end opening of its data center in São Paulo, Brazil has doubled its overall data center footprint. AWS now has data centers in Asia Pacific, Europe, and on the east and west coasts of the US. To learn more about Amazon’s recent growth, read this article at The Register.
  • Internap’s recent acquisition of Voxel for $30 million is another indicator of the aggressive wave of M&A activity centered on cloud services. Major IT firms and cloud providers continue to expand their offerings by purchasing smaller cloud firms. To learn more about how large firms including Rackspace, Internap, IBM, and HP are jumping onto the cloud acquisition bandwagon, read this GigaOM article.
  • IBM recently acquired the Toronto-based firm Platform Computing. Platform Computing provides cluster, grid, and cloud management products for distributed computing environments. To learn more about how this acquisition can enhance IBM’s growth in the cloud computing sector, read this article at Technorati.

Feature article

Toward what future goes the enterprise app store?

By George Hulme, Independent Writer

The topic of IT consumerization in the enterprise - and what it means for data management and the role of IT departments - has garnered a lot of attention lately. Certainly, workers bringing their own devices, and choosing their own cloud services poses a challenge to the status quo.

Those who have read my opinions over the years know that I’m a proponent of IT departments actively competing to win the hearts - and ultimately the business - of the “informal” corporate IT buyers. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Will the cloud simplify your IT environment? James Urquhart thinks not. In this blog on GigaOM, he argues that the cloud will present new challenges, but that engineers and software developers will learn and adapt to the complexity of the cloud.
  • Existing contracts may be slowing down cloud adoption and leaving some companies behind the competition. In this blog on GigaOM, Scott Bils details how an enterprise can leverage the cloud without violating existing contracts.
  • This Network World blog details the concept of a web of interconnected clouds called Intercloud. Intercloud will be comprised of cloud computing resources which are owned, shared, and connected by multiple providers on an open platform. This kind of federation cloud will allow providers to buy, rent, and share cloud resources externally, especially benefiting smaller providers.

MSP Corner

  • In this blog on Talkin’ Cloud, Justin Crotty describes how MSPs need to be innovative and set themselves apart from the common MSP. He also explains the difference between MSPs selling on an industry scale and an individual scale.

Upcoming Cloud Events

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By CloudCommons 2012

CloudCommons is an independent online community of IT professionals, analysts, technology providers, and industry experts. Members can ask questions, learn from experts, and find the latest cloud-related news. Cloud Commons offers a forum to contribute and discuss best practices and successes, as well as research vendor solutions. Sponsored by CA Technologies, Cloud Commons has been growing steadily since its launch in May of 2010.

Hosted on Cloud Commons is the Service Measurement Index (SMI). Led by Carnegie Mellon University, SMI encompasses a growing consortium of members. SMI compiles user-submitted ratings of cloud services and scores them relative to other services of the same type. Ratings include metrics such as: quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security.

ThisWeekInCloud is Cloud Commons weekly newsletter listing the industry events we felt worthwhile reading about. Read them here or subscribe to have it delivered to you inbox as email or as RSS Feed.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Chris Matthieu is the President & CEO of Computes, inc. He brings 30 years of experience in development and launches of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities as well as enhance enterprise product portfolios with emerging technologies. His most recent venture was Octoblu, a cross-protocol Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network platform, acquired by Citrix. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and ...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...