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Nov. 3: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

What’s new in the cloud computing world today? How about Oracle working for API interoperability, the White House pushing cloud-specific security guidelines, Dell potentially getting into the cloud-provider business, and a discussion of why cloud-based products can up-end the traditional sales model.

5 Cloud Computing Conundrums (From O’Reilly Radar) These issues are valid, but they overlook an inherent aspect of cloud computing: Ultimately, IT will have to adapt to embrace the cloud, not the other way around.

Oracle Submits Cloud Interoperability API (From ZDNet) I think this happened months ago, but now it’s official, at least. Withholding comment on the notion of Oracle and interoperability . . .

White House Issues Secure Cloud Computing Guidance (From I love watching the government’s on-again, off-again love affair with cloud computing. News like this shows a progressive side, but there have been a few setbacks lately.

Dell Tied to Data Center in Washington State (From Data Center Knowledge) I find this intriguing for a couple of reasons, although primarily because of recent talks over Dell’s service ambitions. Maybe it won’t buy Rackspace, but will build its own business instead.

Death of an Enterprise Salesman (From Thinking Out Cloud) With the advent of freemium and SaaS 2.0, there really is little need for a full sales staff. Hype drives downloads, which drive sales: If the free product is good, the paid product is better.

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One Response to “Nov. 3: What We’re Reading About the Cloud”

  1. Excellent comments on the O’Reilly cloud computing conundrums article. We’ve found that most of these conundrums disappear once IT decision-makers have tried out cloud solutions. In our survey 150+ cloud adopters (, we found that IT decision-makers found cloud solutions to be as good or better than their on-premise counterparts for security, availability, customizability and ease of integration. Not only that but, cloud adopters found that cloud solutions enabled them to change the perception of IT within their companies and partner much more closely with the business. We’d encourage companies to pilot a few cloud solutions and make their own determinations. Based on what we’ve learned from 800+ cloud projects, they are very unlikely to go back to on-premise applications!