August 15, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

August 15, 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. Cloud brings foreign IT spending to U.S.

The world is getting smaller and competition among companies tens of thousands of miles away from each other are increasing as the marketplace grows globally.  In this Computerworld article, originally published in its print magazine, Patrick Thibodeau explores the trend of foreign companies looking to the US specifically for cloud.   The article not only cites examples of companies who have decided to use US-based cloud providers, but also explores specific concerns users consider when choosing a cloud provider. Data security and local laws and regulations remain a battleground of differentiation and Thibodeau points out regulation differences between companies based in different companies.   

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2. Cloud and big data give scientists unprecedented access to essential climate insights

What can cloud do for big data; and science in particular?  This ZDNet piece by Dana Gardner looks at the Ocean Observatories Initiative and its Cyberinfrastructure Program as a case study of the importance of access to big data for scientists.  Hear from three experts in this unique story.

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3. What is cloud computing? Amazon, Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox explained

Written for CBS News, consider this a primer article for anyone whose eyes have ever glazed over when you excitedly try and explain cloud to him or her. It’s always interesting to see how cloud is broken down for non-users, non-consumers and non-industry insiders, and this piece adequately covers the big questions that have hit the news recently to draw attention to cloud. The article is focused more on individual consumer cloud use than enterprise use.

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