August 1, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

August 1, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week.

1. How Can Cloud Computing Help Small and Medium Enterprises

Cloud consumers and providers are full of stories about big enterprise jumping into the cloud and landing on the benefits cloud provides.  But, does cloud only work for big business? In Florence de Borja’s article specifically looking at cloud benefits for small and medium enterprises, she argues, “SMEs can save up to 70% of IT costs if they move to the clouds.”  Find out the reasoning behind her statement and consider the benefits for SMEs in this read.

To read the full story, click here.


2. Cloud computing: 10 ways it will change by 2020

Think back eight years to the year 2004.  Could you have predicted cloud and where it is today?  

While you can’t tell the future of the industry for sure, ZDNet’s article takes an educated guess for where we’ll be in 2020.  Some highlights include the generational shift that will occur when CIOs who grow up with cloud begin taking over, software evolving how it operates fundamentally and cloud stratification creating more specialized clouds.

So read this article, write down your own predictions and then set your outlook alert for January 1, 2020 and see how well you do on your own predictions for the future.

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3. Cloud vs. Virtualization – Does A Small Business Have To Choose?

If this week’s Cloud News Report had a theme it would be “you can’t be too small to benefit from cloud.”  In this CloudSleuth article Dawn Altnam looks at if small business should choose between virtualization and cloud. 

This article does a great job of defining both terms in the space and dispelling common definitions that are incorrect and looking at how both can work together to maximize efficiency and cost-savings, even for small businesses.

For the full story, click here.