Cloud computing, says Gartner, “is uniquely susceptible to the perils of myths due to the nature, confusion and hype surrounding it.” This is not good. “These myths slow things down, impede innovation and induce fear, thus distracting from real progress, innovation and outcomes.”
Journalists and contributors to major news outlets don't get to write headlines - that's the job of sub editors, a threatened species in today's embattled media industry. Occasionally sub editors get it wrong, as with this piece in the Business Review section of the Australian.
If the FTTH Council was conscious of the irony in linking the announcement of its annual 'Gimme Fibre' day to a workshop in Australia - a nation governed by a party that has, of course, abandoned the previous government's plan to do just that - it did not show it.
Research firm IDC has come out with its CIO Agenda Predictions for 2015. They are based on a web conference with IDC industry analysts Michael Rosen, Serge Findling and Joseph Pucciarelli that promised to "provide organisations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon."
Research firm Frost & Sullivan has put the value of the Australian cloud computing services market at $1.23 billion in 2013 and is tipping it to reach $4.55 billion by 2018.
Clouds - the real ones up in the sky - are by their nature hard to standardise: they are fluid, nebulous, protean. The same could be said of cloud computing. It means different things to different people. At its core it relies on virtualisation and at a practical level the giants of cloud computing like Google, AWS and Microsoft all have their own proprietary interfaces. But when an industry is as big and important as cloud computing has become, it needs standards to function efficiently. And finally some are emerging.
Recruitment firm Michael Page has just released the latest edition of its annual CIO Viewpoint, the results of a survey of Australian CIOs. It's designed to provide a snapshot of their perspectives on some of the key considerations they face over the coming 12 months.
The Federal Government has just released a request for tender for providers of cloud services wanting to join a whole-of-government panel. It will provide a non-mandatory procurement mechanism for agencies to access cloud services, including software, platform and infrastructure as a service, and special cloud services, without having to call tenders.
There's no shortage of material singing the praises of cloud computing: its benefits are legion, and by now pretty well-known, but what perhaps has not had the emphasis it deserves is the disproportionate impact cloud has had on small businesses, and particularly on start-ups, compared to big business.
A recent article in Business Spectator chronicled the battle between the hugely dominant accounting software developer MYOB and a number of upstart providers of cloud-based accounting software, led by New Zealand-based Xero that has come from nowhere to steal MYOB's market share.
There's no such thing as 100 percent security and any attempt to get near it will be very costly and frustrating. It's a case of diminishing returns. Ninety percent security can probably be achieved fairly cost effectively, but 99 percent will cost much, much more.