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This Week in Cloud, August 23, 2012

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Cloud News
  • Amazon launched a low-cost storage service called Amazon Glacier, according to this TechCrunch article. The latest of Amazon’s cloud services, Amazon Glacier provides “secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup,” according to this Amazon Glacier overview.

  • Massachusetts has been grappling with how to tax cloud computing services and this month, it has decided on the conditions that make the cloud taxable, according to this NetworkWorld article. Massachusetts will collect taxes on SaaS when a license is required to run the service. Taxes won’t be collected on free, open source software.

  • While many cloud providers are emphasizing the cost benefits of cloud computing, a recent survey shows that many companies are looking to cloud computing for flexibility and faster time to market, according to this Forbes article.

  • Rackspace has announced Critical Application Services for Adobe CQ, which is an example of the shift in IT from cloud infrastructure monitoring to application monitoring, according to this Talkin’ Cloud article.

Feature article

Mind the Gap – Consumerization of Innovation

By Geoff Smith, GreenPages

Geoff Smith

The landscape of IT innovation is changing. “Back in the day” (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology solutions brought them to the enterprise and marketed them to the IT management stack. CIOs, CTOs and IT directors were the injection point for technology acceptance into the business. Now, that injection point has been turned into a fire hose.

Think about many of the technologies we have to consider as we develop our enterprise architectures: tablets, smartphones, cloud computing, application stores, and file synchronization. Because our users and clients are consuming these technologies today outside of IT, we need to be aware of what they are using, how they are using it, and what bunker-buster is likely to be dropped into our lap next. Read the full article.

Cloud Views
  • Does the Patriot Act give the U.S. unprecedented access to your data in the cloud? In this ZDNet blog, Gery Menegaz discusses how the major economic countries of the world have similar policies and in some cases, even more access to cloud data.

  • Is shadow IT pulling your company in the right direction? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum explains how shadow IT may shift the way IT interacts with the business. He suggests that IT should get in front of shadow IT by partnering with the business and leading the drive to adopt new services.

  • Is the cloud headed toward open source? In this Cloud Times blog, Florence de Borja discusses the benefits of open source cloud platforms and applications.

MSP Corner
  • The Cloud Security Alliance plans to offer a global certification for cloud service providers, according to this Talkin’ Cloud article. The certification measures trust and transparency of a CSP’s operations.

  • How should MSPs talk to their customers about security? In this BusinessSolutions blog, Andrew Hay discusses the challenges of cloud computing and the ways MSPs should deal with cloud security for their customers.

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