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This Week in Cloud, September 27, 2012: Cloud more secure than on-premise, IBM’s SMB offering, NASDAQ’s cloud app

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Cloud News

  • A recent Alert Logic survey revealed that cloud apps are more secure than apps that are on-premise, according to this Forbes article. The survey examined 70,000 security breaches over a 12-month period.

  • IBM will be taking on Amazon, Google, and with cloud offerings that target businesses with less than 1,000 employees, according to this IT World article.

  • NASDAQ OMX is headed to the cloud with a new offering called FinQloud which will run on Amazon Web Services, according to this GigaOM article. FinQloud will store and analyze financial trading data.

  • Cloud computing in the classroom is allowing students to better collaborate and access assignments and class documents when they are ill, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana article. Hobart Middle School is using Google Apps and social media to provide its students with a collaborative environment where students can learn, participate, and challenge each other.

  • A recent Pike report titled “Smart Government Technologies” says that the cities will be spending $1.4 billion annually on cloud services by 2017, according to this Information Management article.

  • Google will purchase clean energy from a wind farm in Oklahoma to power one of its Oklahoma-based data centers, according to this GigaOM article. This is the first time that clean energy will directly power one of Google’s data centers.

Feature article

Is Cloud Driving Innovation? #CloudViews

By Derek Stevens, CA Technologies

Derek Stevens

#CloudViews Tweet Chat: 2:00 PM ET – Friday, September 28th

Every organization strives to be innovative, but what are companies actually doing to incubate innovation and how are new technologies contributing to innovation?

The topic of cloud and innovation was recently examined in an Innovation Today blog by Denise Dubie where she details a recent CA Technologies survey which asked the question: How does cloud computing drive innovation? “The responses from some 788 site visitors showed that the majority (nearly 80%) do attribute cloud computing with contributing to innovation somehow. Twenty-one percent said that it does not contribute,” Denise said. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Will CMOs outspend CIOs on IT services? In this GigaOM blog, Barb Darrow discusses the rise of rogue IT and Gartner’s recent projection that in five years CMOs will outspend CIOs on IT.

  • Is cloud computing increasing the number of women in IT? In this PC Advisor article, Sandra Gittlen examines how cloud computing is opening more opportunities for women in IT due to the characteristics of the cloud, such as its emphasis on collaboration and project management.

  • Are mobile devices and cloud computing making an impact on the restaurant industry? In The Next Web article, Mike Vardy examines how restaurants are starting to adopt new technology to lower costs and increase productivity.

  • What do non-profits need to know about the cloud? In this NPQ blog, John Hoffman gives an overview of the cloud with a focus on non-profits and details some recent surveys to explain how non-profits should approach the cloud.

MSP Corner

  • Is’s new Chatterbox offering going to compete with Box’s offering? In this Talkin’ Cloud blog, Chris Talbot discusses the partnership between Box and and reveals how the two services may not directly compete.

  • Avnet Technology Solutions is partnering with Amazon to enable MSPs to offer custom cloud solutions that involve Oracle database services, according to this Talkin’ Cloud article.

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