Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending in March 26th

March 28, 2014 by Megan Gish

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

When it comes to choosing the best cloud service provider or cloud-based solutions, it's important to choose carefully. Do your homework and weigh the benfits, such as looking at how a traditional DR site compares to RaaS. In our latest cloud news round-up, we take a closer look at how banks are moving their disaster recovery to the cloud, including the early-adopter, Highland Bank.

Get the recap and read the full stories in our cloud industry news report:

Banks Offloading DR to the Cloud

In this Bank Systems & Technology piece, Anne Rawland Gabriel identifies how banks are “cost-effectively improving business continuity by adopting Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service solutions.” She leverages Forrester Research and IDC Financial Insights saying, “Banks worldwide will spend approximately $12 billion on disaster recovery solutions this year.” In addition, she highlights a Forrester Wave report saying, “Approximately 19% of enterprises have already adopted [DRaaS] with another 22% planning to deploy.” To give an example of this industry embrace, Anne showcases Highland Bank’s DRaaS solution with insight from Craig Boivin, CTO and SVP at Highland.

See how banks are improving business by adopting DRaaS >>

Cisco Aims to Disrupt Tech Industry with Public Cloud Offensive

This CRN article showcases Cisco Systems recent announcement that the company “will return to its roots as an IT market disrupter and offer partners greater opportunity and richer profitability models than they can get selling Amazon Web Services or Hewlett-Packard public cloud.” It seems there isn’t a new player in the cloud market, but rather an old player has reemerged. The company’s new cloud strategy involves a mix of public, private, and hybrid clouds hosted within a network of Cisco and partner-owned data centers. The focus of Cisco’s announcement and public cloud offering is partner-centric, and as this solution emerges, it will be interesting to take a look at partner successes. 

Read how Cisco plans to lead the disruption, not be disrupted in the cloud market >>

Google’s Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud

In this Wired article, Cade Metz takes a look at Amazon, the top player in the cloud market, and how Urs Hölzle and the Google team are shifting their internal focus from their “customers” such as Google Search and Gmail to prioritizing Google’s cloud services. Cade goes on to say, “[Hölzle] point is that the potential market for cloud computing is far greater than what’s available from advertising, even in the rapidly growing world of smartphone and tablet ads.” Google’s large computing system may lend itself to being “the world’s biggest cloud,” but when entering this market, sometimes it’s a mix of timing and just plain luck.

Take a closer look at the role Google will play in the cloud computing market >>

What other industry shifts have you seen for cloud computing?