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US cloud computing industry faces US$35 billion PRISM fallout

posted onAugust 6, 2013
by l33tdawg

A new report by a non-aligned United States think tank warns the American cloud computing industry could take a major earnings hit, thanks to former NSA employee Edward Snowden's revelations of indiscriminate government mass surveillance.

In the report [PDF], the Information Technology and Innovation foundation (ITIF) said if non-American companies decided the risks of storing data with US firms outweighed the benfits, the collection of electronic data from third-paties "will likely have immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness on the US cloud computing industry".

5 ways to take the opaqueness out of cloud contracts

posted onAugust 4, 2013
by l33tdawg

Eight out of 10 enterprise Software-as-a-Service buyers will not be happy with the contracts they sign. And there's good reason for that.

That's the prediction from Gartner analyst Alexa Bona, who chides the current state of contracts, which all too often "have ambiguous terms regarding the maintenance of data confidentiality, data integrity and recovery after a data loss incident."

Bona outlines three options enterprise cloud buyers need to exercise every time they cut a cloud agreement.

Don't count on consistent server performance in the cloud

posted onJuly 8, 2013
by l33tdawg

Certain elements of cloud computing are inarguably beneficial. The ability to quickly provision, clone, and deploy servers to address capacity issues is a definite plus, and the fact that you can effortlessly add elements such as load balancers, big storage, and databases is equally compelling. However, there is a downside that needs to be understood: the fact that, in many cases, cloud server instances can exhibit wildly different performance metrics, measured from second to second.

First look: iWork for iCloud beta brings powerful productivity to the Web

posted onJune 14, 2013
by l33tdawg

Apple revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday that it will be releasing a new version of iWork for iCloud, enabling remote access to the productivity suite with nearly full functionality offered in a Web client.

In an exploration of the beta, AppleInsider found that its overall function was very smooth, with quick loading times and no hiccups or bumps in its animation or responsiveness.

Why SoftLayer can't lift IBM into the clouds

posted onJune 5, 2013
by l33tdawg

There are only three major cloud companies, and try as it might, IBM isn't going to change that in the near-term with its acquisition of SoftLayer.

This is because the three major public clouds – Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, and Google Compute Engine – are each supported by a consumer internet giant.