Friday: We’ve made it! It was a great week in cloud computing, with key players talking hybrid cloud, BYOD, big data, and more. Read on for our roundup of the best news and commentary in cloud.
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Hybrid cloud saw great play in our space this week, with Datamation predicting hybrid cloud management will be a $3.6 billion business by 2016. Greg Ness adds that 2013 “could become a pivotal year for the evolution of cloud computing … into robust hybrid architectures that deliver first-gen hybrid cloud solutions.” David Linthicum tells Mike Lata that the hybrid cloud model, “when leveraged correctly, is the ideal solution.”
Bernard Golden looks to the future of IT, saying that if “the CMO eventually wrests control of the IT budget from the CIO, then spending on cloud computing will get a lot less predictable and a lot more complicated.” A great read.
Chris Poelker presents “5 steps for evaluating your IT infrastructure.”
“Who really pays for cloud?” and six other mysteries of cloud computing, from Joe McKendrick.
Jacob Morgan suggests “How to select enterprise collaboration vendors.”
Brandon Butler says that cloud computing ‘stalwarts’ are being pushed to diversify their product and service offerings by up-and-coming competition.
Over at LinkedIn’s Cloud Ventures group, Neil McEvoy is soliciting suggestions for how cloud providers might position their services in the context of their competition. He has received some interesting responses so far.
It was a big week for bring-your-own-device (BYOD), with Chris Talbot reporting on a OneLogin survey that found 80 percent of its respondents are accessing cloud applications through their smartphones, 71 percent through tablets, and another 80 percent through non-company PCs. @CloudCommons also hosted a Twitter chat about BYOD this week.
Nancy Gohring surveys the “crowded (and young)” back-end-as-a-service (BaaS) market.
Doug Henschen notes that businesses ought to focus on solving specific problems before diving into big data.
InfoWorld’s Off the Record tackles a tough topic, telling the story of an IT department left to pick up the pieces after “an ill-considered cloud migration.”
Check out last week’s roundup, here.
By Jake Gardner