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This Week in Cloud, May 30, 2013: Savvis expands global cloud footprint, Cloud computing in 2023, Google blimp to bring Wi-Fi to Africa. And more…

Interview with Sir Richard Branson!

Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group, discusses how he has been able to foster innovation by giving his employees the ability to be creative, take chances, and learn from failure in this interview from CA World.

Cloud News

  • Savvis announced that it is expanding its cloud data center footprint by adding nine new locations, according to this InformationWeek article. The new data centers will act as communication hubs that link to Savvis’ three core cloud data centers.

  • A new report by RightScale reveals that 75% of companies are now using some form of cloud computing, according to this Midsize Insider article. The report also found that of those companies using cloud, 77% were utilizing multiple clouds, which could include hybrid, private, or public cloud.

  • A survey commissioned by CA Technologies reveals that cloud solutions are surpassing the expectations of many companies, according to this CloudTech article. The report also reveals that there are some areas where the cloud still needs improvement, such as vendor lock-in, flexible service-level management, and end-to-end automation.

Featured Article

New Global Cloud Study Yields Surprising Results

By David Strom, Independent Writer

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It isn't a matter of if, but when you are going to move your apps into the cloud. That, and the fact that many of the old bug-a-boos about cloud security and cost are more perception than reality is what I learned from a recent survey of U.S. and European IT managers conducted by Luth Research and Vanson Bourne for CA Technologies.

More than half of those surveyed have been using the cloud for more than three years, which comes as no surprise to me. And this adoption goes beyond SaaS applications into deeper uses of platforms and cloud infrastructures, more so with long adoption terms by American companies than in Europe. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • What will the cloud look like in 10 years? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum discusses what cloud computing will look like in 2023, including cloud services becoming the standard for assembling business solutions and cloud-based data having context so users can easily understand the data.

  • What laws apply when a customer is in one jurisdiction but the cloud instance is in another? In this Cloud Storm Chasers blog, George Watt explains what’s causing regulatory complexity when it comes to cloud computing and how companies can reduce the complexity.

  • What’s the best way to assure service reliability in the cloud? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Jennifer Zaino discusses the challenges of cloud service reliability and advises the IT department to work more closely with the business to understand objectives before establishing service level agreements.

Trend Watch

  • Google is considering using high-altitude balloons and blimps to build wireless networks in Africa and Asia, according to this Wired article. The move could connect about a billion users to the internet where access is currently limited.

  • Should you lower your expectations of what big data can do? In this GigaOM blog, Derrick Harris discusses why big data is such a powerful tool despite what the skeptics say.

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