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VCs Spend $6.9 Billion on Cloud Startups

This Week in Cloud, April 25, 2012

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Cloud News

  • VMware introduced Accelerate Advisory Services, a set of IT benchmarking services focused on helping CIOs get more out of the investments they are making in virtualization and cloud computing. VMware recently acquired assets from Info Tech Health Check, an analytics vendor with IT performance metrics that span 20 industries and 4 geographical regions. Read more in this CRN article.
  • This Wired article reviews Google’s recently launched Google Drive storage service. This GigaOm blog talks about how Box will fight Google Drive—by positioning itself as the cloud storage supplier for business users and focusing on its API and partner ecosystem.
  • Venture capitalists devoted $6.9 billion in 2011 to cloud startups, which is an increase of 68% over 2010, according to this InformationWeek article. Author Patrick Houston recommends that enterprises develop a rigorous process for vetting IT cloud tools and vendors now to prepare yourself for the onslaught of new cloud services that will be coming soon.
Feature article
Data re-identification: A real risk to businesses?

By George Hulme, independent author

There’s been lots of talk about the risks of public clouds to enterprise data: is the cloud secure? Can we trust the people at the cloud provider with our data? How do we get visibility to who has accessed our data? These are questions IT professionals are accustomed to being able to answer when it comes to how data is managed on systems they control. But that’s not so when we’re talking about public cloud providers.

One aspect of data security that gets overlooked when thinking about public cloud is the lifespan of the data itself. Once data is copied to a cloud provider how long does it live there? What happens to the data after the contract has been terminated and the service shut down? Is the data destroyed? Is the data anonymized? Chances are, most individuals or companies don’t know. Read the full article.

 

Cloud Views
  • Do you know where your cloud data is? This Network World article describes current practices of cloud service providers around disclosure of where data is stored. Most major IaaS providers outline in an SLA or on the providers’ website where the data will be stored, and in some cases, customers have a choice.
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  • Some interesting data on the proliferation of the Amazon cloud infrastructure: it is accessed daily by a third of all Internet users and carries 1 percent of the Internet, according to data published by DeepField and reported in this Wired article and this InfoWorld article. Meanwhile, Adam Selipski with Amazon Web Services predicts that within 20 years, most enterprises will run entirely in the cloud rather than operating their own data centers. Read more in this InformationWeek article.
  • This PC World article describes how Amazon set the stage for Pinterest’s rapid growth.
  • This Fountainhead blog explores how the ‘stack wars’ will impact the hybrid cloud. Blogger Ken Oestrich believes the fundamental question is whether hybrid cloud service and provider ecosystems will ultimately be loosely-coupled or tightly-coupled. Or, in other words, how much consistency will there be between ‘like-designed’ and ‘like-implemented’ services?
MSP Corner
  • When is a managed service not a cloud service? Read this CRN blog by self-described cloud-purist Rauline Ochs to explore this topic.
  • This Channel Insider article explores how MSPs should rethink their business models to succeed in the age of the cloud.
  • Sprint launched a wholesale cloud services program aimed at VARs targeting small businesses. The portfolio includes SaaS and Communications-as-a-Service solutions and one-on-one support for application deployement. Read more in this The VAR Guy blog.
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