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This Week in Cloud, November 15, 2012: Amazon’s new data center, Cloud market forecasts, Where is the cloud headed in 2013? And more…

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Cloud News

  • Oracle is acquiring Instantis, a cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio management (PPM) solution, according to this GigaOM blog. Oracle plans to use Instantis capabilities with its Fusion and Primavera applications.

  • Recent forecasts on enterprise software and cloud computing reveal that analytics, mobility, security, and integrating legacy systems are influencing IT buyer’s decisions, according to this Forbes article. The article rounds up ten of the latest predictions on market growth and trends.

  • Amazon opened a new data center in Sydney, Australia, according to this InformationWeek article. The data center will lower latency for the 10,000 AWS customers in Australia and New Zealand.

  • In the November episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies wrap up the latest cloud news in 10 minutes. They discuss how cloud is morphing healthcare, the increase in cloud adoption among government and educational institutions, a new survey that reveals CFOs see quantifiable cloud benefits and more.

Feature Article

What do Sandy, Netflix and CIMI have in common?

By Marvin Waschke, CA Technologies

Marvin Waschke

Watching hurricane Sandy from a safe distance reminded me that our online culture is vulnerable to a long list of threats: floods, wind storms, wild fires, cyber-attacks can all turn our wonderful handhelds, laptops, and desktops into useless bricks of plastic and steel. Disasters are inevitable, but planning and preparedness can reduce or avoid the damage.

The cloud presents both new opportunities for failover and disaster recovery and new challenges when disaster strikes. Enterprises today have plans to failover to a cloud if their data center is compromised. Many individuals already benefit from cloud backup services that automatically backup their disks and restore them in a few clicks. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Where is the cloud headed in 2013? In this Wired blog, Brian Patrick Donaghy details four predictions on where the cloud market is heading, including cloud will move into early majority state in the U.S., local cloud networks will emerge and community cloud will advance.

  • Is the U.S. government falling behind in its cloud adoption? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum suggests that the government needs to start picking up the pace when it comes to cloud adoption.

  • Which cloud deployment model is right for you? In this Wired blog, Ken Copas discusses the various cloud models, including public and private clouds, and reveals which deployment might be right for your company.

Trend Watch

  • Facebook announced a new open-source data-processing tool set, Corona, which is designed to meet the massive scale of social media, according to this ReadWrite article. Facebook has the largest Hadoop cluster in the world at 100 petabytes and the big data tool is designed to meet some of the challenges Facebook encountered while using Hadoop on such a large scale.

  • Is managing the BYOD trend distracting CIOs from the true power of mobile applications? In this Forbes blog, Dan Woods suggests that CIOs’ BYOD strategy shouldn’t be solely focused on making sure devices are safe, secure, and manageable. They also need to pay attention to the potential for mobile applications to improve productivity.

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