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International Data Corporation, in conjunction with Microsoft, recently announced research that suggested that by 2015, the cloud will add 14 million jobs across the globe. It’s safe to say that we’ve crossed the chasm (thanks Geoffrey), at least in terms of acceptance of the cloud as the way businesses will use technology in the future. The question is no longer, “Are you in the cloud?” But rather, “What are you using it for?” Unfortunately, just when we think people are starting to “get” the cloud, a new level of confusion is being introduced by the cloud providers themselves. This is particularly true of new entrants to the market and traditional companies changing their model to be more cloud-like (feel free to read between the lines). As soon as the industry settles on terms to describe itself (like public, private, and hybrid clouds), its members use those t... (more)

5 Signs You’ve Chosen the Wrong Cloud Services Provider

According to Microsoft, the number of small businesses entering the cloud business will triple in the next few years. So if you’ve already become a part of that statistic, you’ve made a wise choice. Unless, of course, you’ve picked the wrong provider to be your partner. Picking the right partner is easier said than done. And when it comes to the cloud, it’s hard to tell one provider from the next. So if you can’t even tell them apart, how are you supposed to pick one that will help you grow during the next phase of your evolution? Only you know what will be the right fit for your... (more)

Sensationalized Press Coverage Will Not Kill the Cloud

You don’t have to be a techie to have heard about the challenges Amazon’s faced with its EC2 elastic cloud offering over the weekend. States of emergency were declared up and down the eastern seaboard after a destructive line of thunderstorms knocked out power in over 4 million homes — including Amazon’s East Coast cloud data center. The outage took down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and well-known cloud applications, as well as cutting off access to countless numbers of businesses whose names we might never know. Since then, media and social media have been speculating on what ... (more)

Public, Private, Hybrid, and Other Clouds

When I sat down to write this post, I did some prep reading to see what the bloggers I follow were saying on the topic. But by the third post, I was reminded that we (the tech nerds) are not generally helpful. Tech nerds talk and write in our own language. We write to look smarter than the next guy. We invent words to describe what we’re doing, and if these words catch on in the mainstream, we just invent another one to further confuse the issue. It’s at this point that the big box manufacturers and software companies adopt the word and modify it for their own nefarious intentions... (more)

Investing in Cloud: Getting the Most Bang for Your IT Buck

Worldwide IT spending is projected to rise US$3.8 trillion in 2014 according to recent Gartner research, a 3.1 percent increase from spending in 2013, which was $3.7 trillion. While not a huge jump in dollars, it does indicate that companies have been conserving cash over the past few years and are ready and willing to invest - albeit conservatively - with the recovery in place. The promise of the Cloud has been validated and tested now over several years and organizations are increasing budgets and plans accordingly, more liberal spending is being seen by Cloud service provider... (more)