Is the value of cloud computing more about information sharing than flexibility?

With the migration of the data to cloud-based platforms, we have a better ability and greater opportunity to share more information. However, for most enterprises, it’s a wasted opportunity. Perhaps the value is misunderstood, or lost in the hype around “the cloud” that is focused on efficiency and agility.

What does the Amazon CIA deal mean to the ecosystem?

During the last couple of weeks the media was abuzz with the news that Amazon has inked a $600 million deal with the CIA. While most of the reports talked about the unconventional path that AWS has taken in building a private cloud for the intelligence agency, it has a larger impact on the entire cloud ecosystem.

Dispatches from Cloud Connect 2012: AWS under attack

Amazon, the market leader, plays at the infrastructure level. But there was a lot of talk at Cloud Connect about Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings, where cloud folks think the real action will ultimately lie. The company will soon have to address these shifts as well as trends on the enterprise side around security, control and transparency that are pushing many organizations toward the private cloud.

Will cultural pushback kill private clouds?

If a recent blog post by Gartner analyst Lydia Leong is telling, it looks as if cultural hurdles are impeding private cloud adoption as well as public cloud adoption — at least when it comes to doing it right. It takes sacrifice to operate like Google.