As cloud computing continues to evolve from a novelty to a buzzword to a household term, its impact will undoubtedly be felt in organizations both large and small. The following posts provide some insight into the latest issues with cloud computing that are definitely worth a closer look.
The Cloud: Mover of All Things Across the Internet
ZDNet’s Cloud Builders blog touched on the recent Cloud Expo Europe (CEE) and the state of cloud computing today. According to Cloud Builders’ author Alan Priestley, “One of the most interesting speeches was delivered by David King, CTO of Logica, the outsourcing company. He compared the cloud of today with the railroads of the last century, in which the movement of goods across continents became vastly easier and in turn helped transform business.”
King said the sharing elements of cloud usage are where new business models are forming, which he attributes to public sector services and business services finding new ways to share information and extract greater value from that information.
Big Data Today Is What the Web Was in ‘93
GigaOM’s Structure blog recently tackled the growth of big data, its adoption issues and how big data jibes with cloud computing. Mark Thiele, executive vice president of Data Center Tech at Switch, wrote on the Structure blog that “big data today is what the Web was in 1993. We knew the Web was something and that it might get big, but few of us really understood what ‘big’ meant. Today, I believe we aren’t even scratching the surface of the big data opportunity.”
With this opportunity comes many complex issues, such as
- Where will that data reside?
- If your big data is running in a public cloud, what tools and strategies will you use to make that data available to customers and other applications?
- If you store your data with a service, how often will you use it?
Put Your Money Where Your Cloud Is
The venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is considering a fund for startups looking to deliver cloud services to enterprises, according to Wired’s Cloudline blog.
The VC firm could invest $100 million in the cloud space this year. The announcement isn’t very surprising, with groups such as Market Research Media projecting the cloud computing market will grow at about 30 percent a year, reaching $270 billion in 2020.
A Cloud Computing Revolution and the Barriers It Faces
As fast as cloud computing seems to be moving across the IT landscape, there are some troubling signs that demonstrate how conflicting laws and regulations could threaten to keep the market from reaching its full potential on a global scale. According to BSA’s TechPost blog, there is a pressing need for governments to better harmonize their policies to smooth the flow of data across borders.
BSA offers governments a seven-point policy blueprint for expanding economic opportunity in the cloud with a more level playing field, including protecting users’ privacy while enabling the free flow of data and commerce.