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This Week in Cloud, February 14, 2013

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Cloud News
  • IBM announced that it is offering a cloud-based version of Watson to help oncologists develop cancer treatments, according to this GigaOM article. Watson is famous for defeating Ken Jennings in a game of Jeopardy!, but IBM has big plans for the system and is teaming up with hospitals and universities to realize Watson’s full potential.

  • A recent survey by KPMG of over 600 business and IT executives revealed that the key cloud challenges include the costs of implementation, integration with existing architecture, data loss and privacy risk, and loss of control. This Forbes blog by Joe McKendrick details the results and shows the breakdown of how cloud computing is being adopted by enterprises.

  • CenturyLink’s cloud division, savvisdirect, announced a new private cloud service for application development called AppGrid, according to this InformationWeek article. You can find out more about savvisdirect in this Cloud Luminaries video.

  • Dropbox announced changes to Dropbox for Teams to make it more enterprise friendly, according to this GigaOM article. The update will allow admins to keep documents in the company and also track user activity.

Featured Article

Where Standards and Open Source Intersect: The Cloud

By Marvin Waschke, CA Technologies

Marvin Waschke

Implementing a cloud requires complex software, and standards help simplify cloud software design with specifications for interoperability. Open source cloud platforms take a different approach, offering coded components supported by a community of developers. Open source software (OSS) code is public, unlike typical proprietary software that keeps code private. Usually, OSS projects are public community efforts, although software vendors sometimes develop open source code. OSS licenses vary considerably, but they generally include free access to the software in some form, but they may limit the ways that the code can be used. OSS projects are often among the first adopters of standards. Read the full article.

Cloud Views
  • What is the true cost of cloud computing? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum details a recent Amazon outage that cost the company over $4 million in lost sales and discusses how businesses really need to understand the true cost of outages in order to create effective SLAs.

  • Is the cloud secure? In this CloudTweaks blog, Zig Roberts shares an infographic based off results from the 2012 SailPoint Market Pulse Survey which highlights the security risks associated with cloud computing.

  • Does cloud computing have dark secrets? In this CIO blog, David Taber indentifies three cloud secrets that organizations should know about if they are hosting their data in the cloud.

Trend Watch
  • Is your data center stuck in the Medieval Age? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Mike Denning discusses why the traditional approach to securing a data center is no longer sufficient for protecting data.

  • How do you plan to protect data on your employees’ devices? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Valeh Nazemoff discusses how companies are strategizing governance plans for BYOD and gives a quick recap of the last #CloudViews tweetchat.

  • A new survey by Microsoft revealed that 75% of enterprises have plans to launch a big data project within the next year, according to this Datamation article.

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