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While there is a need for partners to harvest Big Data, the most important thing, short term, is a compelling use case. As Gartner points out, most people don't know why they're doing it. --Paul Calento
4 days, 9 hours ago on Cloud Infographic – 5 Ways To Become Extinct As Big Data Evolves
The "possibility" of Big Data driven by the cloud is driving interest, but, let's face it, people are still figuring things out. Consider this stat (from a John Dodge blog) "85% of F500 enterprises will be "unable to exploit Big Data for
competitive advantage" through 2015. It makes you wonder if the wisest
course is to sit on the sidelines while approaches to Big Data firm up." Possible? yes. Probable in the near term? Time will tell. --Paul Calento
6 days, 5 hours ago on Cloud Computing Makes Democratization Of Big Data Possible
Here's another observation from Gartner, mentioned in a Rick Blaisdell blog: "...organizations are more likely to have a policy
against sharing sensitive data with their business partners than with
their cloud provider."--Paul Calento
1 week, 3 days ago on Security Considerations While Moving To The Cloud
Strong argument in favor of cloud computing interoperability via Open Source. That said, there are weaknesses too. "The shift to open source cloud-based code repositories presents security
challenges as some sites are known to host malicious backdoors," according to a research study from SkyHigh Networks. --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Importance Of Cloud Computing Interoperability
I think we're wrong to predominantly look at consumer cloud services when looking at enterprise insecurity. Not-fully-baked enterprise software probably just as problematic, as is loose internal frameworks. Plus, while everybody talks about security and the cloud, concerns can be unheeded. --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Cloud Infographic: Cloud Adoption And Risk In 2013
One first step to building a security posture with the cloud and today's converged infrastructure is that there is little to know privacy. We are insecure. That sets the stage for a proactive stance of Observe --> Orient --> Decide --> and Act. --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Why NSA Revelations Will Be Good For Cloud Security
49% of attacks = opportunistic. Along the lines of "risk aware culture" mentioned above, another security possibility to consider is the OODA loop. Specifically: the recurring cycle of observe-orient-decide-act. Risk aware isn't enough. Decisive subsequent and sometimes even proactive action is needed. --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Cloud Infographic: 2013 Cyber Security Intelligence Index
While the examples above are consumer-focused, the enterprise faces similar and perhaps larger threats. Knowing there's a problem isn't enough. There needs to be a response. One possibility: "disrupt adversaries and manage risk." These criminals are coordinated. Organizations, likewise, need to be in their response. --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Cloud Infographic: Cybercrime
Agree, but where are we going to find these people? Millennials yet to enter the workforce? Academia as part of a "masters program"? (Or my take) already in the organization? Regardless, in order to broaden the interest level, we may need to create an aspirational job title that has neither the words "data" or "scientist" in it. --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Cloud Infographic: Big Data Scientists Need Apply
Data increasing (i.e. increased storage and the Big Data phenomenon). Storage moving to the cloud. This is a tremendous information security problem for the organization. Implication: Yes, "Data - You Cannot Stop It" but we also need to look at how we can best manage it. What some call "proactive risk management." --Paul Calento
1 month, 1 week ago on Cloud Infographic: Data – You Cannot Stop It
Different cloud providers provide varying degrees of integrated security (or not). One way of reducing risk is choosing the right tools already integrated with a particular platform. Another way is including the needed security/compliance requirements into SLAs. Yet another approach, likely in conjunction with one or both of the other two, is to utilize existing (traditional IT) best practices.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Risks Of Moving To The Cloud
Agree with the benefits, but looking objectively only tells part of the story. Outside of ROI, one of my favorite use cases is from Gratifon, which is a company that produces VoIP kiosks that allow customers in developing countries to call anyone in the world for free (ad supported) http://dell.to/PjYtAC. In their case, its not about cost reduction or scalability or flexible working practices (although they probably achieve that), but about a transformative use case that may not be economically viable with a commercial IT model. Sometimes, I think, we look too objectively at the technology. --Paul Calento (http://about.me/paulcalento)
1 year, 3 months ago on Proven Ways To Increase Competitiveness With Cloud Computing
Cloud is one of those technologies that is powered by inertia. Reminded of a comment by Geva Perry at a cloud computing event earlier in the year. He pointed out that many of the naysayers in cloud surveys are not the people that make decisions about purchasing actually cloud solutions. As for security, there are arguably advantages/incentives to a commercial service offering security. Most importantly, for every detractor, there are compelling case studies. --Paul Calento http://about.me/paul_calento
1 year, 3 months ago on Reasons Why Cloud Computing Remains Unpopular Past 2012
Re: redirection. Almost too easy to armchair quarterback the transition to cloud. As suggested above, Federal IT's $5.5 Billion savings looks a bit of a long tail ... initial, near immediate savings followed by a slower curve. Rating this against potential almost isn't fair. The transition to cloud needs to be compared with other historical modernization programs, not potential. About a year ago, HP's Judy Redman (http://bit.ly/KoFZIE) pointed out some takeaways/best practices from "Cloud First’. Redman suggests real lasting value might be in its greater objective to implement a massive mind shift in how IT is viewed. The move to public/private/hybrid/converged cloud services is an example of this trend. Also, criticizing cloud budget savings isn’t unique to the US. There’s a similar debate going on in the UK (see Cloud Tech News http://bit.ly/JvPoTU) --Paul Calento http://bit.ly/paul_calento
1 year, 6 months ago on Is The Federal Government Moving Fast Enough On Cloud Computing?
Reminded of Christian Verstraete's (HP) "... little cloud cheat sheet" http://bit.ly/JCgDNe which identifies some questions to ask when considering the public cloud, which inevitably is at least some part of a likely public/private/hybrid/converged cloud infrastructure.
Questions to ask, which parallel many of the ("not so good news") items above, include: Where is the service delivered from?; Who is involved in delivering the service?; Where is the data located?; How can I get the data back in case of decommissioning of the service?; Who owns the data while it is used by the service?; What security processes & procedures are in place?; What responsibility is the service provider taking?; How are you kept informed in case of issues?; What privacy policies is the service provider subscribing to and how do they manages the user information?; What happens if your service provider is acquired or goes bankrupt?
--Paul Calento http://bit.ly/paul_calento
1 year, 6 months ago on Is My Public Cloud Too Public? Part 3
Data sovereignty is a big issue complicated by the cloud, both from a regulatory and enterprise security example (see related Enterprise CIO Forum article (http://bit.ly/wMaW8Z). There's a related conversation to this taking place on the LinkedIn Cloud Advisors group (http://lnkd.in/7ZauQH). It started as a discussion about global taxation in the cloud, but has expanded to cover the data sovereignty issue.
1 year, 7 months ago on Cloud Computing May Open Up Firms To Hundreds Of Millions In Fines
There's a distinction between wanting standards (probably near universal agreement) and requiring use of actual use of standards from your partners (not always the case). Taking an inventory of current cloud projects may yield some surprising results. Key questions to ask: Is there a myriad of cloud projects? Are they synergistic? Is there unified management? Security? Interoperability? Lock-in? Now the case for standards is clear. Likewise, for new cloud projects, you need to ask, what do I think this project is going to look like in 2 to 5 years? Will I want to make changes? What is the solution? Cloud is maturing and a Converged Cloud approach is acknowledgement of the changing needs of the cloud-driven enterprise. --Paul Calento http://bit.ly/paul_calento
1 year, 7 months ago on Demand For Standards—Interoperability To Fuel Converged Cloud Growth
@HumayunShahid Game-changer? Yes. What seems lacking in the move to cloud is the equivalent of the children's "Choose Your Own Adventure" books for cloud services and deployment or as Chris Purcell (HP) suggests a recipe book http://bit.ly/JjAFau. For many, government and business alike, they're running blind and lack of skills inhibits. Perhaps it will even erase some of the $5.5B in gains.
1 year, 7 months ago on Research Report: Feds Rejoice The Cloud Way, With $5 bn In Annual Savings
Government agencies and private sector businesses face many of the same challenges, including barriers to interoperability, consistent security policies, centralized management and oversight. Some are baked in to the existing process (legislated) and others are institutionally limiting the issue. Seems like the answer is to use a common flexible platform(s) across a myriad of public, private and traditional IT resources, rather than let each group choose for themselves. For many, lack of cloud computing foresight results in unneeded, unwanted lock-in and security issues, rather than a broader working hybrid or converged cloud approach. I'm not sure that government (Federal IT in particular) is dragging its feet). The $5.5 Billion in Federal IT cost savings, reported by CloudTweaks http://bit.ly/Itku98 seems significant and relatively quick to me. The key, long term is how those security, manageability and interoperability issues are measured. --Paul Calento http://bit.ly/paul_calento
1 year, 7 months ago on The Government And The Cloud: Defining The Relationship
Yes, I get the humor, but there is an undeniable marketing connection with cloud computing. That's not a bad thing. It gets organizations excited about IT again, whether about public, private, hybrid, converged cloud flavors, etc. Yes, the "cloud" term is amorphous, but that's what makes it so compelling to tech pros and biz execs alike. Of course, the origins of the cloud term are hotly debated. According to the Wikipedia entry (http://bit.ly/IZoKO6), "The term "cloud" is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the cloud drawing used in the past to represent the telephone network, and later to depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure it represents...," while later adding, "... The underlying concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960s, when John McCarthy opined that "computation may someday be organised as a public utility."
Also, just read a blog from Christian Verstraete, HP Chief Cloud Technologist referencing a 1982 slide from Joel Birnbaum (http://bit.ly/IuNeU2), then head of HP Labs. Verstraete notes "...I actually managed to find one of his slides, dated from the early-to-mind 90’s back on the Internet. He talked about computer appliances and computer utilities. Change the name to cloud and his timing is close."
But, origins may be less important. And keep the humor coming. Taking something too seriously is the mark of ESTABLISHED TECHNOLOGY. I'd argue that when the humor stops, so does innovation and x-factor thinking. --Paul Calento (http://bit.ly/paul_calento)
1 year, 7 months ago on Is Cloud Computing A Lunch Break Creation?