Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending in August 13

August 13, 2014 by Megan Gish

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week. 

There are elements of cloud that have evolved as the industry evolves and as business needs change. In this week’s Cloud News Report, we looked at the outsourcing of cloud—a customized cloud for your business needs—and how cloud computing doesn’t solve the problem of IT waste.

Read on for more cloud industry insights:

Cloud Computing: Customization is the Name of the Game

With the growing popularity and implementation of hybrid cloud, cloud computing is evolving to meet customer’s specific needs. This IT Pro Portal article recommends that “each organization determine what data and departments will best benefit from cloud solutions, and positively impact the bottom line,” that approach will give companies the most appropriate cloud for their business.

Identify the main reasons for customization and what cloud changes can be made >>

We’re All Outsourcers Now, Thanks to Cloud

Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick takes a closer look at outsourcing in business and the effect of cloud on reimagining that well-known practice. Joe says, “What cloud introduces to the equation is the ability to pick and choose needed services or functions on a more granular basis.” He goes on to cite a recent survey released by Information Services Group that “outsource spending was subdued in most verticals as clients took advantage of intense service provider competition and cheaper cloud computing and X-as-a-Service offerings to reduce their service delivery costs.”

See how the definition of outsourcing is changing based on cloud’s influence >>

Cloud Computing Does Not Mean the End of Waste

In this Midsize Insider article, Jason Hannula identifies that just because cloud computing alleviates IT’s responsibilities in a certain area, doesn’t mean that their duties to the cloud relationship stop. Waste occurs when cloud resources have been over-provisioned, and when there’s idle capacity or orphaned resources from past initiatives. He goes on to say, “Without active usage monitoring, resource rationalization and cleanup of idle instances, long-term savings or cost reductions are at risk.”

Learn how to combat cloud waste for a more successful cloud experience >>

What cloud computing articles have you read this week? Share your insights in the comments.