Happy Friday! What a week for cloud, with key players sounding off on Azure, AWS, Rackspace, big data, security issues, and cloud washing (yes, still — really).
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Arthur Cole breaks down how automation — which he calls “the perpetual bane of IT staff” — can improve reliability of the cloud.
‘Smart data? Data science? NewSQL? Predictive analytics?’ John De Goes asks: After big data, what’s next?
Steven Rosenbush and Michael Hickins: “Cloud continues to move into the mainstream.”
Based on recent security breaches, The Motley Fool’s Tim Beyers asks whether investors ought to shy away from cloud computing stocks.
Try (or at least simulate) cloud before you buy, advises Matt Prigge.
James Staten tells it like it is: “To get private cloud right,” he says, “you have to step away from the guts of the solution and start with the value proposition.”
Windows’ recent Azure SSL certificate fail — which shut down storage for many customers worldwide — set the blogosphere abuzz. In his response to the outage, Steven Vaughan-Nichols suggests how other companies might prevent a similar “network flop” from occurring.
In other Azure news, Network World’s Brandon Butler reports that Microsoft’s cloud “outperformed Amazon Web Services in a series of rigorous tests conducted by Nasuni, a storage vendor that annually benchmarks cloud service providers.”
Over at Search Cloud Computing, Dan Sullivan investigates some of the idiosyncrasies associated with AWS usage and billing.
By reducing its cloud storage rates by 33 percent, Rackspace has taken “aim at Amazon,” Mike Wheatley says.
Rackspace made news for a second time this week with its acquisition of ObjectRocket. “Rackspace is buying its way into the hot MongoDB database market,” Gathering Clouds favorite Barb Darrow reports.
Ted Samson outlines what he calls nine top threats to cloud security.
Over at Bdaily Business News, UK-based firm Knowledge I.T suggests 10 questions cloud customers ought to be asking their service providers.
Matt Weinberger tells an interesting story about Bayer HealthCare in CITEWorld this week. He outlines how the company made the move from Oracle to Salesforce.
Cloud computing ROI has been notoriously difficult to measure. Paul Korzeniowski breaks it down, here.
A new Forrester survey calls out cloud washers, saying that nearly 70 percent of so-called ‘private clouds’ aren’t actually cloud at all. (Brandon Butler reports.)
“Does your cloud quiesce?” Lorie MacVittie asks. (“It should,” she answers.)
Louis Columbus outlines how he says “cloud is redefining the M&A landscape.”
Microsoft has joined the Open Data Center Alliance. (Nick Summers reports.)
“SaaS is here to stay,” Chris Kanaracus says in a post aimed at IT leadership.
Maria Deutscher outlines four major cons of cloud computing for the enterprise, including the often unpredictable nature of pay-as-you-go costs.
Cloud Foundry is facing some forking issues, it seems. Barb Darrow explains:
The attraction of the multi-vendor Cloud Foundry effort is that, in theory, it would provide customers an array of compatible PaaSes from different vendors. If they don’t like their experience with one, they can move their code elsewhere. But now the prospect of a “fork” looms with some other vendors thinking of splitting off and doing their own iterations.
Over at his blog, Ben Kepes lauds the Cloud Foundry team’s efforts, but adds that the initiative “may, sadly, be hampered by the way it was set up and factions within the ecosystem.”
Massimo Re Ferrè charts the many types of cloud according to value proposition and positioning, how providers build them, and what customers receive in return.
Patrick Campbell: “Crowdsourcing Amazon’s [Gartner] Magic Quadrant position.” In a separate but related opinion piece, Mark Eisenberg questions bits of “Gartner’s Hype Cycle on Cloud Computing, 2012.”
RightScale this week investigated publicly reported data center or cloud outages in 2012, finding that no platform is immune to failure. In an interview with Nancy Gohring, RightScale CEO Michael Crandell stresses that outages are worst for the end-users: “They’re magnified by the fact that often recovery time is longer,” he notes.
Check out last week’s roundup, here.
By Jake Gardner