- 07.24 2014ArticlesToday's cloud computing options are empowering midsize firms with opportunities like never before. Companies that aim to be more competitive should seriously consider which various cloud platforms and provisioning tools are necessary for their own data infrastructures. A recent IDC cloud market study, detailed in the Business Technology Roundtable, broke down the latest trends in the cloud market. The Public Cloud Services Tracker's findings show that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) makes up 72 percent of public cloud services market. That's set to grow 20 percent year-over-year, fueled by applications like enterprise resource management (ERM) and customer relationship management (CRM). Meanwhile, the SaaS market continues to gain ground in elements of system security, management and storage... Read More ➚
- 07.24 2014ArticlesIT insiders have been touting the potential benefits of public, private and hybrid clouds for years, but since the sector is often prone to exaggeration, IT managers would be wise to read up on the subject before investing resources into cutting-edge tech. Now, however, yet another survey of IT professionals shows that the purported cloud computing benefits are, in fact, quite real — and midsize business that strive for a competitive edge must learn how best to embrace this new commonplace technology... Read More ➚
- 07.24 2014ArticlesWhile the private sector is building on cloud computing's various benefits, government organizations are also having a go at benefitting too. After having to face financial constraints over the last five years as a result of the economic meltdown, government agencies have been forced to seek optimized business models to deliver government services at reduced cost. Under the US Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, for instance, the US government instituted its CloudFirst policy to accelerate the pace of cloud adoption, and enjoy financial savings as soon as possible. Such a CloudFirst strategy has been followed by the UK government and various other countries... Read More ➚
- 07.21 2014ArticlesWith the industry and its watchers so focused on the public side of cloud computing, it is easy to forget just how powerful and popular hybrid cloud computing deployments are becoming. Midsize businesses are in a position to benefit from utilizing the cloud's middle ground, but only if IT managers understand all of the options that a hybrid solution makes available to them... Read More ➚
- 07.18 2014ArticlesCompanies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey. "Companies have noticed that the public cloud only goes so far," said Allan Krans, an analyst with Technology Business Research. "You can't customize it. The security is what it is. [With the private cloud], you don't have to own the infrastructure, but you get all the benefits of cloud but with the additional security, compliance and delivery options." The analyst firm did a recent study showing that private cloud adoption is growing at a faster rate than companies choosing the public cloud... Read More ➚
- 07.17 2014ArticlesAccording to research from the European Commission, on-demand cloud computing could generate up to €250 billion (£197 billion) to European Union GDP in 2020, as well as 3.8 million jobs. The generally accepted definition of cloud computing comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which says that the cloud model should enable convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources - such as networks, servers, storage, applications and services... Read More ➚
- 07.17 2014ArticlesToday half of the world’s population is living in urban areas, and cities are growing their infrastructures and services to keep up. Traditionally city governments have different departments to oversee the metropolitan services for citizens; however, departments are not fully communicating their plans and actions, utilizing their services as independent entities. As a city grows, duplicated efforts and waste of resources emerge. In developing a smart city infrastructure, it is necessary to think of cities as complex systems with departments as subsystems sharing all resources and assets. For example, a typical department of transportation models traffic patterns in order to plan new roads or arrange streets for efficient mobility... Read More ➚
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