Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending July 3rd

July 3, 2013 by Diana Nolting

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

CIOs on Cloud Computing Adoption: Conquer Complexity and Help Us Grow

What do CIOs want most from the cloud? According to this Forbes article by Louis Columbus and a recent NTT Europe study, CIOs and Senior IT Leaders want solution providers who can help them get to the cloud while recognizing and working with their complex business processes and legacy technology. According to the study of 300 CIOs, 59% say enabling alignment of business and IT strategies using cloud infrastructure is their top priority. Along with that, 60% feel providers don’t understand the complexity of their legacy technology. If providers can solve that problem, the article insinuates, everybody wins.
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Amazon’s $600 Million CIA Deal Really Is for a Game-changing ‘Private’ Cloud

Whether or not Amazon was awarded the $600 million CIA deal is still to be decided, but regardless of the outcome, the fact Amazon was in the bidding at all could mean big changes for the company’s product offerings according to this SFGate article. In the article Julie Bort explains that this project would be Amazon’s first official foray into true, on-premise private cloud, as opposed to a virtual private cloud hosted in a public datacenter, for which they had previously argued was the ideal solution. Little details are known, but if Amazon is getting into the on-premise private cloud game, it could mean big changes compared to their product and policies, according to the article.
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The Rise of Cloud Computing is Forcing Old Adversaries to Work Together 

According to this piece by The Economist, the market’s adoption of cloud-delivered services has caught several traditional vendors of costly packaged software services, like Microsoft and Oracle, off-guard. The article cites that the rise of cloud has forced these former foes to band together and work to serve the market’s quickly evolving needs. Read more to find out how the market has driven Oracle to work with former competitors Microsoft, Salesforce and NetSuite in order to keep up with the curve.
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