August 28, 2012
Harvard Business Review: What Every Exec Needs to know about the Cloud Provides an in-depth and insightful analysis of cloud computing. Netpremacy has consolidated the review into an easy to read, 5-minute article suitable for the morning commute.
LONDON, Aug. 28 — Cloud computing is a sharp departure from the status quo. With cloud computing, organizations lease their digital assets in data centers that employees don't know the location of. These resources are just "in the cloud" somewhere. This, for advocates of the cloud is the number one advantage: customers rent what they need from cloud providers without worrying over details.
Andrew McAfee, in his 2011 Harvard Business Review (HBR) states that "Delegating the move to the cloud to traditional IT people is like putting the crew running the boiler and steam turbine in charge of electrifying a factory". More simply put, the CEO and other senior business executives need to take charge and accept responsibility for stepping into the cloud computing phenomenon.
According to a Microsoft only 11 percent of a company's IT budget is spent on developing new applications, the remainder goes toward maintenance and infrastructure. Today's IT department is stretched thin with maintenance activities, leaving little room for development, strategic thinking. The cloud removes these tasks from IT so they are free to act like the strategic asset they should be.
Cloud computing will increase employee productivity and satisfaction levels. As long as there is Internet in the area, work gets done. Remote and traveling personnel can easily access and edit files and systems in real time from wherever they are located. Cisco – the global company where 40 percent of employees are not located in the same city as their manager surveyed 2,000 company employees to understand the benefits of remote working. Key findings include:
Adam Upsall, Nunwood Consulting migrated its global workforce to Google Apps for Business. Why? Collaborative tools - "The geographically diverse nature of the workforce is hard to support, but when they [employees] want collaboration to replicate being in the same room as they work on the same projects I need tools/features/technology which enables that (without costing the earth)."
The cloud offers benefits at the level of the individual and the group, and of the data and the application. It enables organisations to grow the scale and power of their IT and the speed at which it can be retrieved and employed. It eliminates organizational annoyances and works across locations, devices, and organizational boundaries. Recognizing this, forward-thinking companies are embracing cloud computing in one-or-more areas of the business. Nevertheless the migration to cloud computing has been slow. Why? For many organisations, the move is tough; it forces difficult decisions regarding consolidation and standardization.
How to get started:
1. Identify restrictions and grey areas. Executives should begin by understanding as clearly as possible the risks and no-gos of the cloud for their companies and should involve their general counsels and compliance departments from the start. Be bold.
2. Run experiments with software-as-a-service. Choose a few apps and experiment. Utilise control groups (segments of the business that do not use the cloud app) and data collection.
3. Complete your next development project in the cloud.
4. Talk with your core enterprise software vendors to understand their plans for the cloud. Work closely with your company's IT department and CIO. There attitude toward cloud computing will be critical and highly revealing.
Cloud computing is here to stay, in fact it could be called a 'sea change', an IT revolution comparable to that of steam to electric power a hundred years ago.
AppsCare, Google Enterprise Premier Partner (powered by Netpremacy Global Services) is a world leader in cloud services provisions, supporting over 2500 customers in 33 countries. Their fortnightly newsletter provides latest industry news, tips and 'how to' features and useful information about Cloud computing.
To receive a free copy of the HBR: What every exec needs to now about the cloud, subscribe to the mailing list here.
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.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 10, 2013 |
Australian visual effects company, Animal Logic, is considering a move to the public cloud.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
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.