April 03, 2012
A new set of recommendations from IT research firm Gartner emphasizes the importance of an informed cloud strategy. As the analyst outfit says: "Although the potential for cloud computing is significant, the breadth and depth of the impact, as well as the level of adoption over time, are uncertain and will require frequent review."
Despite or more likely because of the high level of cloud saturation, there is still much confusion over the term, and businesses are in dire need of sensible direction. The fact that the field is still evolving rapidly along with the profusion of often-times conflicting "expert opinion" can be unsettling, to say the least.
This is the message of David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow, who states: "The trend and related technologies continue to evolve and change rapidly, and there is continuing confusion and misunderstanding as vendors increasingly hype 'cloud' as a marketing term."
This huge impact potential combined with the likelihood of confusion, uncertainty and change are what compelled Gartner to make cloud computing one of its top 10 strategic technology trends, notes Cearley. In the recently-release report, Five Cloud Computing Trends That Will Affect Your Cloud Strategy Through 2015, Gartner identifies five sub-trends on track to significantly affect the cloud computing landscape over the next three years:
Formal Decision Frameworks Facilitate Cloud Investment Optimization
Hybrid Cloud Computing Is an Imperative
Cloud Brokerage Will Facilitate Cloud Consumption
Cloud-Centric Design Becomes a Necessity
Cloud Computing Influences Future Data Center and Operational Models
Numerous studies reveal that companies are serious about moving to the cloud, but many aren't sure where to start. By identifying these sub-trends, Gartner is helping to ease the transition.
Frank Ding, engineering analysis & technical computing manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud for occasional scientific computing, identified the obstacles to doing so, and proposed workarounds to some of those obstacles.
The private industry least likely to adopt public cloud services for data storage are financial institutions. Holding the most sensitive and heavily-regulated of data types, personal financial information, banks and similar institutions are mostly moving towards private cloud services – and doing so at great cost.
In this week's hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a uniﬁed programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.
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04/02/2012 | AMD | Developers today are just beginning to explore the potential of heterogeneous computing, but the potential for this new paradigm is huge. This brief article reviews how the technology might impact a range of application development areas, including client experiences and cloud-based data management. As platforms like OpenCL continue to evolve, the benefits of heterogeneous computing will become even more accessible. Use this quick article to jump-start your own thinking on heterogeneous computing.