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This Week in Cloud, June 27, 2013: GE enters the cloud market, The cloud tipping point, Boilerplate cloud service contracts. And more…

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Cloud News

  • GE officially entered into the cloud computing market, announcing plans to provide cloud-based analytics services for its industrial customers, according to this Network World article. The move reinforces a growing trend by both providers and end users to capture and actually get value from big data analytics.

  • Concerns about cloud security are flaring after recent revelations about government data-mining, according to this Reuters article. Reports that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secretly gathers user data from nine Internet companies, including Microsoft and Google, are creating new doubts in cloud computing.

  • The European Commission thinks cloud service contracts are still too complex and wants to simplify the buying of cloud services by making boilerplate contracts available, according to this ZDNet article. The commission is calling for the help of experts in drafting the contracts, which they plan to release in 2014.

Featured Article

Let go of the security blanket and embrace cloud computing

By Derek Stevens, CA Technologies

Derek Stevens

“Security is the number one barrier to cloud adoption." So says every Cloud Service Provider (CSP) executive I've spoken with over the last two years as part of the Cloud Luminaries program. Or they did until recently, anyway. Don't get me wrong - security is still a major barrier to cloud adoption, but I've noticed a shift in the way that CSP executives are talking about security as it relates to their customers.

When I ask Steve Mills, CIO of Rackspace, about the number one barrier to cloud adoption, he replied: "...what we hear the most about is security, but I think that people are getting pretty comfortable that you can protect data in the cloud and that you can take advantage of the cloud economy and still protect the things that are important to you." Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Are enterprises starting to trust sensitive apps in the cloud? In this Network World article, Ellen Messmer discusses how even more conservative types of companies, such as banks, are venturing into the cloud to handle sensitive transactions and security services.

  • Has the cloud adoption tipping point arrived? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum explains how enterprises have entered into the acceptance phase of cloud adoption and are now moving into true production.

  • How smart should the Internet of Things be? In this GigaOM blog, Signe Brewster discusses how people can benefit from a cloud of personal data that their connected electronics can access, but that this data shouldn’t be too smart or too dumb.

Trend Watch

  • Is business intuition more important than Big Data? In this CNN article, Tim Leberecht argues that while Big Data comes with many benefits, it should complement big intuition and not let us lose sight of the holistic view of business.

  • Is your Big Data worth the effort? In this GigaOM blog, Kevin Fitchard notes that while Big Data usually yields small bits of valuable information, you need to calculate if the expense of collecting, storing and crunching that data is smaller than the value it brings the company.

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