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This Week in Cloud, July 11, 2013: Cloud privacy wars, Mobile devices pose greatest data protection risk for the healthcare industry, Cloud insurance lagging. And more…

TechInsights Report: Cloud Succeeds, Now What?

Luth Research and Vanson Bourne recently conducted a survey of companies that are currently using cloud services to get specifics on how cloud computing is being used, top problems or successes, and how its use changes as IT teams gain more experience. Download the white paper which details the results.

Cloud News

  • A recent survey by the Ponemon Institute of 781 IT and data security practitioners reveals that mobile devices and cloud computing pose the greatest data protection risks for the healthcare industry, according to this MobiHealthNews article. The survey also revealed that 23% of respondents frequently circumvent or disable required mobile device security settings.

  • Amazon Web Services announced a large price cut to EC2 compute instances, reducing some costs by up to 80%, according to this GigaOM article.

  • A survey by Vanson Bourne reveals that 91% of IT decision-makers admit that their IT infrastructure requires substantial upgrades to meet the demands of virtualization and cloud computing, according to this ComputerWeekly article.

  • A report by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative reveals that cloud computing may reduce dependence on energy and save over $2.2 billion in energy costs, according to this CloudTimes article.

Featured Article

Brokers vs. Gatekeepers: A Rivalry in the Cloud

By Patrick Ancipink, CA Technologies

Patrick Ancipink

CA Technologies recently sponsored a TechInsights cloud computing research report which revealed some surprising insights regarding adoption and success. I wrote a blog and recorded a podcast about some of the things I found interesting and now we've got another study to compare and contrast to our observations and conclusions. A recently published report, The 2013 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Overview conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners in collaboration with GigaOM research, probed many of the same areas as the TechInsights survey and expanded on the issue of complexity brought on by cloud computing. Read the full article. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Is a cloud privacy war brewing? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum predicts that advances in data encryption will soon prevent access to data by government and law enforcement agencies.

  • In the age of cloud computing, is mainframe still relevant? In this ZDnet blog, Colin Barker discusses why some companies are still choosing to run their applications on a mainframe instead of moving to the cloud.

  • Is cloud insurance lagging? In this The Age article, Stuart Corner discusses how cloud insurance has been slow to emerge due to the complexity of the risks associated with cloud computing.

Trend Watch

  • What are the biggest challenges to DevOps? In this Innovation Today blog, Denise Dubie reveals that participants in the last #TechViews tweetchat on DevOps saw cultural change as the biggest hurdle for DevOps adoption.

  • Is BYOD causing workers to distrust IT? In this CSO Online article, John P. Mello shares the results of a recent report by Aruba Networks which reveals that 45% of American workers are worried about IT gaining access to their personal data on their devices.

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