This Week in Cloud, December 13, 2012: Competing standards could harm market, The Weather Channel scales with storms, DevOps & cloud

Cloud News



  • The APM group recently warned that competing cloud computing standards could harm the market, according to this ComputerWeekly article. There are currently around 20 competing cloud standards and APM argues that without an industry-wide standard, organizations may be hesitant to move to the cloud.

  • The Weather Channel recently experienced its highest traffic ever during Hurricane Sandy and a recent switch to the cloud allowed their real-time radar mapping system to scale with the increased demand, according to this NetworkWorld article. During the hurricane, they scaled up from 20 to 175 AWS nodes to meet the demand of 450 million users.

  • Savvis, a managed hosting provider, has launched Savvis Direct, a beta compute service, as well as Symphony Cloud Storage, according to this InformationWeek article. Symphony Cloud Storage could compete with similar services from Amazon and Google.

Featured Content


Smart Enterprise Magazine: Identity as the New Perimeter


The cloud-based mobile enterprise needs special protection. Centralized identity management is the best solution, says John Hawley of CA Technologies. Read “Identity as the New Perimeter,” in the new issue of Smart Enterprise magazine Fearless: How IT Security Empowers Business.  Download the free iPad app or read the online edition today.


Feature Article


 Cloud and the Changing Roles within IT


By Denise Dubie, CA Technologies


Cloud computing is credited with transforming the landscape of IT from how the business procures services and resources to how vendors deliver product to the role IT plays in acquiring and delivering technology. It’s important that IT leaders see the opportunities cloud offers the technology organization and the business it supports rather than view the changes cloud presents as anything other than an evolution of the role of IT. Read the full article.


 


 


 


Cloud Views



  • How mature is the public cloud? Join us for a @CloudCommons #CloudViews tweetchat on December 18th at 2ET where we’ll be discussing the public cloud. You can preview the questions on Smart Enterprise.

  • Where is cloud computing going in 2013? In this Forbes blog, Joe McKendrick shares his 7 cloud computing predictions for 2013, including more hosted private clouds, the new PCs – personal clouds, cloud talent shortages, and the fading of “cloud” as a defining term.

Trend Watch



  • How did DevOps emerge? This Wired article examines how the application-centric nature of cloud computing has led to the emergence of DevOps, a term for the collaboration between software development and IT operations teams.

  • A recent GigaSpaces survey of 243 IT professionals revealed that 80% of respondents see big data processing as mission critical and only 20% said that they had no plans to move big data to the cloud, according to this DataCenterKnowledge article. To find out more about what GigaSpaces is doing with cloud, watch this Cloud Luminaries video.

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Derek Stevens

Derek Stevens (@DerekintheCloud or @CloudCommons) is the associate editor of Smart Enterprise. He specializes in social media and is the author of This Week in Cloud, a weekly newsletter on cloud computing and IT trends. Derek is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Journalism at Stony Brook University.