Cloud computing is becoming mainstream and a familiar concept at all levels of society. A recent survey by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) estimated that approximately 55 percent of the adult population had heard of the term.
It's been estimated that within a couple of years the average business could be using as many as 30 cloud services. Managing access to those is going to be a huge problem for users and businesses alike.
When a business's IT systems were confined to dedicated servers and dedicated disk storage sitting in a computer room backup and data recovery were relatively straightforward: all the data was in one place and backup/DR really meant ensuring there were at least two copies of data, one on-site and one off-site. Cloud and virtualisation have made the task much more complex.
A US provider of cloud computing services has put together a handy guide on all the issues to be addressed and the questions to be answered when planning a migration to the cloud. Along the way, drawing on quotes from multiple sources and experts, the guide makes a compelling case for adopting cloud services and indeed suggests they will soon come to dominate the IT landscape.
Market research firm Telsyte estimates that the market for public cloud infrastructure services in Australia will more than double in the next four years to $650 million in 2018, up from $305 million in 2014.
Is the cloud wrapped in red tape, metaphorically speaking of course? That’s a question the Australian Government is keen to answer. And if it finds any, in accordance with its free market ideology, it is determined to remove as much as possible.
Bring your own cloud (BYOC), it seems, is popular and pervasive, but not permitted. According to a survey by the US-based Ponemon Institute "Sixty-two percent of respondents say to some degree employees are using their own Dropbox, Google Docs and/or Evernote accounts (plus many other public cloud services) in the workplace. However, only 26 percent of respondents say they permit this practice."
The Australian Government is pushing Australian business to make greater use of cloud computing, saying such a move could give a $3.32b annual boost to the Australian economy.
Even though transitioning to the cloud save small and medium enterprises (SME) a significant amount of money, they still lag larger businesses in transitioning to the cloud. What do SMEs need to know so they gain confidence in the benefits of the cloud?
As connected consumers we all use cloud computing services, for email if nothing else. But we don't pay for those services. Many of us also use cloud services like Dropbox for storage, but again, we generally don't pay for these. So who's making money out of consumer cloud services?
A new online medical advice service, Doctus, is touting itself as an alternative to visiting a general practitioner for people with many, simple ailments.