The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.
Enterprise Gets Serious About Cloud Computing
Is the enterprise cloud consumer changing and becoming a more strategic, educated consumer? Brian Proffitt argues the statics show that the enterprise IT department is ready to get serious, and strategic, about cloud. In this ReadWrite piece, Proffitt uses data released recently in the Verizon’s “2013 State of Enterprise Cloud Report” to argue that the rise in the number of VMs deployed (35%), the number of cloud-based memory (100%) and cloud-based storage (90%) all points to a more strategic IT consumer, not one just interested in cloud just for the sake of cloud.
NSF funnels millions to cybersecurity research in health care, cloud computing
Recently the National Science Foundation awarded $20 million in financial prizes to university research teams as part of the Frontier Projects. The awards are to be directed toward research in the areas of health care, cloud computing and web privacy. According to this FedScoop article by Corey Bennett, Dartmouth College’s Institute for Security, Technology and Society will research secure health care information systems, The University of North Carolina will work on cybersecurity in cloud and Carnegie Mellon will work with the “Terms and Conditions” agreements on the web.
Cloud service provider code will remain voluntary: Australian Government
Australia’s new voluntary regulations for cloud computing providers have some concerned that the voluntary will become mandatory, according to a ZDNet article by Tim Lohman. In the article the AU government rebutted, saying these regulations are intended to remain voluntary and that they feel it would be inappropriate for the government to intervene in cloud at its current maturity level. Still, many vendors are concerned about overly “prescriptive” protocols.