Few would argue with the fact that cloud is dynamic. The broad range of media coverage on the topic proves this out.
The following three stories focus on three issues with which many enterprises and government agencies continue to confront – what applications to move to the cloud, cloud security and what type of cloud to select. Some would argue that this type of coverage points to a lack of maturity. I take the opposite point of view. The fact that these issues are being addressed indicates that enterprises and government agencies are tackling these matters in a logical manner, taking into account organizational and operational requirements as they find ways of leveraging the cloud to provide services to customers and constituents.
Moving your apps to the cloud? Beware the slowdown effect
By David Linthicum, InfoWorld (May 9, 2014)
David Linthicum warns that cloud is not the solution to every problem a company or IT organization faces. Moving poorly designed applications to the cloud won’t improve their performance. In fact, it might cripple an organization’s ability to garner true value from the cloud.
Cloud providers must share discovered vulnerabilities
By U.S. Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau, InformationWeek Government, (May 9, 2014)
Cloud security is an important factor in selecting a cloud vendor – particularly for government agencies and businesses in highly regulated industries. Public sector organizations should require appropriate security from their cloud service provider, as well as disclosure of relevant vulnerabilities.
From PaaS to SaaS to Hybrid Clouds
By Liz McMillan, Sys-Con (May 12, 2014)
Q&A with Seth Proctor, chief technology officer of NuoDB, addresses standards, hybrid clouds, infrastructure costs, and differentiating cloud services through service level agreements, security and other core capabilities.
What are your thoughts on the state of cloud maturity? Do you think clouds are actually secure? Do you think more work needs to be done with regard to standards? We welcome your thoughts and comments – you can find me on Twitter @Verizon_Kevin.
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