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Cloud News

  • A survey by PMG reveals that companies are starting to crackdown on employees’ use of rogue cloud services, according to this Forbes article. Compliance and security concerns are leading the drive to tougher restrictions on services like DropBox, Skype, and social media sites.

  • A new survey by InformationWeek reveals that 40% of companies are now using cloud services and 51% of organizations cite security defects in cloud technology as a top risk, according to this InformationWeek article. The study also revealed that adoption of SaaS was down 8% since last year.

  • 3Tcloud, a China-based cloud service provider, has installed more than 6,000 cloud terminal devices in schools across the city of Zhuji, according to this ZDnet article. The company has installed the devices in 118 schools and plans to start expanding beyond Zhuji.

Featured Article

Know Your Cloud Failure Points

By David Strom, Independent Writer

David Strom

Part of securing your cloud-based apps is in understanding where the failure points are and how to recover from them. This isn't as easy as it sounds, because clouds can get complex as bits and pieces of various servers and links are added. What starts out as a simple web server turns into a database or two running atop of a series of application servers. And if more than one programmer is working on this configuration, knowing what VMs are dependent on others and how to restart particular services in the appropriate order isn't always obvious.

There is a solution. Take a look at how Netflix has attacked this problem. They test their large Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure continually with what they call "Chaos Monkey." Last year two engineers from Netflix, Cory Bennett and Ariel Tseitlin, blogged about their invention and how they deliberately tried to fail at their jobs. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Are IT departments becoming cloud service providers? In this Forbes blog, Joe McKendrick discusses a new survey which reveals that large companies are starting to view their IT department as providers of private cloud services.

  • Should retailers start making the move to cloud? In this Wired blog, Vish Ganapathy discusses how a move to the cloud could help brick-and-mortar shops improve their business and relationship with customers.

  • Should the HR department worry about employees using the cloud? In this InfoWorld article, David Linthicum details why HR should stop worrying about the cloud and instead focus on how to make employees more productive.

Trend Watch

  • Can big data really do everything its proponents say it can? In this Foreign Policy blog, Kate Crawford discusses the issue of “dirty-data” and how algorithms can be biased.

  • Can DevOps drive better collaboration and communication between operations and development? In this Talking Innovation podcast, Lonne Jaffee explains why IT leaders and CIOs need DevOps on their radar.

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