Data Storage: 10 Trenchant Insights into Cloud Services Adoption
10 Trenchant Insights into Cloud Services Adoption
by Chris Preimesberger
Verizon Launches First Storage Cloud Service
Verizon Communications, which has had the physical setup for online data storage for a long while, finally joined the cloud storage services crowd June 15 by introducing its own branded enterprise offering.
IBM Analytics App Getting Traction
IBM's cloud-based business analytics service, Blue Insight, has only been out for a few months yet already has 109,000 users and is projected to hit 200,000 within the next 12 months.
Outsourcing in the Cloud
"The cloud, for us, is just another way to outsource," said Alan Boehme, senior vice president of IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture at insurance services provider ING.
Security Presents Barrier to Cloud Adoption
A snapshot poll of Cloud Leadership Forum attendees reported that 40 percent believe security is the biggest unsolved issue with cloud computing. Other major issues include vendor lock-in (26 percent) and cost (24 percent).
Getting Close to the Customer
Tickets.com, which supplies the cloud infrastructure for half of Major League Baseball's online ticketing apparatus, is building a new cloud application that will enable Facebook users and their friends to join up and obtain tickets to baseball games and other events without leaving their Facebook pages. "We want to capture people wherever they are when they're ready to buy," said John Rizzi, vice president of Product Management and Strategy.
Taking a Break from the Bits and Bytes
"I need to learn a lot more about business and get away from the IT details," Jessica Carroll, managing director of Information Technologies for the United States Golf Association. She was talking about the new skill sets that IT managers need when bringing in cloud services.
U.S. Navy Fights Growing Storage Costs
"Forty percent of the U.S. Navy's IT costs are in storage alone," said Capt. Nicholas V. Buck, former director, Ground Mission Framework and Services Program, National Reconnaissance Office, U.S. Navy. Buck was in charge of all satellite-related data and video content for several years.
CIOs Want It Done Now
A poll of CIOs/CTOs taken by IDG researchers found that the No. 1 demand that enterprise CIOs made to their IT staff was: "Speed it up." The No. 6 comment on the list was: "You're doing great."
Cloud Computing Budgets Increasing
IDG research shows that enterprises now spend an average of 14 percent of their budgets on cloud-related services and/or infrastructure. By 2013, IDG said, that number will be 20 percent or more.
10 Medical Imaging Must Move to the Cloud
"MRIs generally weigh in at between 35MB and 40MB in digital size, are usually looked at only once and need to be kept for seven years to satisfy HIPAA regulations. That's a lot of content to keep on hand for a long, long time. So put it all in the cloud," said Erich Clementi, IBM vice president, Strategy and General Manager, Enterprise Initiatives, IBM.