Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending in March 19th

March 19, 2014 by Megan Gish

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

The cloud computing industry is continuing to re-definite itself as best practices are created to identify customer challenges and fulfill business needs. Communication and collaboration, along with flexibility and agility are key attributes of cloud computing that SMBs find appealing.

Read other implications of the changing cloud computing industry in our latest news round-up:

Cloud Computing’s Future: Bigger, with Fewer Options

In this InfoWorld article, Paul Krill takes a closer look at the IDC Directions conference with IDC analyst, Frank Gens giving projections on the growth of cloud computing. The article identifies, “in the coming years, 75 to 80% of new cloud applications will be data-intensive, and data is becoming much more strategic than applications.”

Get insight from an IDC analyst about the growth of cloud computing >>

The Rise of Mobile-First Infrastructure

In this Gigaom piece, former VMware CTO and current Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners Dr. Steve Herrod encourages readers to think outside of the everyday implications of building mobile-apps for the end user. He goes on to say, “The mobile-first world requires some significant changes to the back-end infrastructure needed to deliver, support and manage it, and those changes will permeate the private data centers and public clouds of the future.”

See the implications of “mobile-ification” and what we should be focusing on >>

Cloud Computing: Collaboration and Communication

The latest Parallels SMB Cloud Insights report featured on Midsize Insider ranked the attributes of communication and collaboration as the top growth drivers for cloud computing. According to author Marissa Tejada, the report indicates that these attributes along with infrastructure-as-a-service are the most appealing for SMBs.

Identify other attributes of cloud computing that are essential for SMBs >>

As cloud computing grows, what other attributes are necessary for it to be an essential tool for your business?