CLOUD COMPUTING — 4th Quarter 2012

2013: The Next Frontier of Cloud

By many accounts, 2012 was the year cloud moved past the hype phase into the adoption stage. In fact, cloud computing is expected to grow 19 percent in 2012, becoming a $109-billion industry compared to a $91-billion market last year, according to Gartner Certainly it can’t be disputed that more cloud implementations are occurring across industries, all over the world, but many IT decision makers still need convincing that shifting away from on-premises computing is the way to go. Read More >>>

Feature Articles

Optimizing Cloud Infrastructures, Driving Business Innovation
With the ever-increasing number of cloud infrastructure providers, businesses are now able to choose from a variety of options to align their cloud strategy with their specific business needs. The cloud drives business innovation by being infinitely scalable, completely secure and able to turn on a dime to innovate without any interruption of service or extra cost to customers.

Prevailing Against the Challenges of PCI Compliance in the Cloud
Implementing the technical and administrative controls that will pass a PCI audit is challenging enough in a traditional data center where everything is under your complete control. Cloud-based application and server hosting, however, adds additional complexity to these challenges. Cloud teams often hit a wall when it's time to select and deploy PCI security controls for cloud server environments.

The Future of Mobile Cloud
As more enterprises adopt cloud services and embrace enterprise mobility initiatives, mobile and cloud are converging. With more mobile workers and consumers supporting tablets, mobile content, mobile video and personal cloud services, the IT world is in another state of transition as "mobile" serves as both the protagonist and subject of this unpredictability.

Building the Better Cloud: ServerCentral Puts its High Performance Cloud Infrastructure to the Test
While cloud computing continues to grow in both demand and the number of players in the market, there are only a few real contenders when it comes to public cloud services. Many cloud service providers, including Amazon, may be an affordable option, but they typically do not offer the performance and reliability organizations need to truly leverage the benefits of cloud.

2nd Annual Cloud Computing Excellence Awards
Over the past several years, Cloud Computing has become one of the defining trends in technology, acting both as a catalyst to function of evolution in both enterprise and consumer markets, as well as fixed and mobile network environments. Judging from most analyst and research firm reports, the impact of cloud computing is only beginning to be felt. As questions surrounding reliability, security, compliance, and ROI are being answered, more and more businesses are moving their cloud applications from test scenarios to live production - as many cloud vendors have expressed, "people are doing 'real' things in the cloud now, not just testing and toying around with the ideas."


The Open Cloud

Enterprise Virtualization Clouds vs. Elastic Infrastructure Clouds
Enterprises pursuing cloud computing migration strategies have endured a seemingly endless stream of promises, predictions and obfuscation over the past five years. Finally, a measure of clarity has emerged, one that presents two distinct and differing paths for enterprises making cloud infrastructure choices.

Private vs. Public Cloud

If You've Got It, Use It: Implement a Private Cloud with Minimal Changes
Imagine that you want to remodel your home, adding onto your family room to accommodate larger gatherings. Would it be more cost-effective to tear down your entire house, or just make changes to the one room? Obviously it's best to just change what you need to, but some organizations today think that to take advantage of new technology trends, they essentially have to tear down the house. One area in which this is evident is implementing a private cloud.

Future of Cloud

The Cloud, Isn't It Ironic?
When the cloud first showed up in the contact center, adoption lagged behind other enterprise applications due to concerns… about security, reliability, control, provider viability, you name it. The initial reluctance of business leaders, IT directors, and contact center management was understandable given the lack of exposure they had to cloud applications and the mission critical nature of customer care operations.

Cloud Storage

Hybrid Storage in the Cloud: Why Not?
The amount of data and information enterprises are generating continues to grow at a truly staggering rate. Yet it seems very few companies are truly prepared to manage, store and protect it properly. Data is created through a wide array of devices and is distributed across numerous systems, locations, and geographies, so getting a handle on it can prove challenging.

Cloud Security

The Seven Deadly Sins of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing provides an increasingly popular way of procuring IT services that offers many benefits including increased flexibility as well as reduced cost. It extends the spectrum of information technology (IT) service delivery models beyond managed and hosted services to a form that is packaged and commoditized.

Cloud Management

Is Your Enterprise Cloud Driving Business Agility?
In this article, I will provide seven easy steps to help IT and business leaders make strategic decisions for their enterprise cloud investments and drive business agility.

Cloud Integration

Fear, Uncertainty and Dumb: The 'Horrors' of Cloud
We've never met. Unfortunately, we probably never will. I, and many of my peers, grew up tinkering, hacking and learning on the hardware that you designed. It saddens me a bit that hardware has advanced to a point where a motivated curious child armed with a soldering iron and a grand vision is simply no match for modern industrial electronics manufacturing techniques.

Cloud Compliance

Prevailing Against the Challenges of PCI Compliance in the Cloud
Implementing the technical and administrative controls that will pass a PCI audit is challenging enough in a traditional data center where everything is under your complete control. Cloud-based application and server hosting, however, adds additional complexity to these challenges.

Cloud Conversation

The Four Pitfalls of SaaS Monetization
A transformation is taking place in the software industry. Experts agree that the number of traditional on-premise-only software vendors will continue to decrease at a rapid rate and most new software vendors coming to market will focus on building their solutions as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offerings. Despite this fundamental shift in the delivery of software, developers still need to pay close attention to maximizing the value of their software from both a revenue and cost perspective.

Cloud Communications

Winds of Change
The hosted versus premise debate has been raging for a while. The tide is turning. One major reason that hosted PBX is winning is due to the nature of the office. The idea of the office is changing. Freelancers, virtual workers and mobile workers are making the physical office - if there still is one - a hub, but not the place that many workers work.


View From the Cloud
By Erin E. Harrison

Publisher's Outlook
By Rich Tehrani

Silver Lining
By Erik Linask