November 21, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

November 21, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week.                         


Defining the Cloud Architect

Cloud is not only bringing change to existing IT careers, but it’s also bringing new jobs to light that weren’t needed in the past.  One of those jobs, as this Infoworld article describes it, is the Cloud Architect.  This article details the core skills an individual should have to use the title correctly and effectively.  For example, a cloud architect should understand not only both public and private cloud, but also the architectural best practices of the past two decades.

To hear the rest of the skills and requirements of a successful cloud architect, click here.   

Governing Economic Growth in the Cloud

A more scientific article, this brief summary of a longer article in which Marco Iansiti of Harvard Business School and Gregory Richards of Keystone Strategy, LLC, offer evidence that cloud computing could be key to increasing economic growth. These researchers cite stats that project a $1.46 trillion dollar increase in IT capital stock in the next 8 years.

To read the summary of the study, click here.

Cloud Computing Storms IT Departments for Small Businesses

In CloudTweaks article, Richard Phillips looks at the reasons behind cloud’s gaining popularity in small businesses in the United Arab Emirates.  Phillips argues the benefits of 24/7 protection, accessibility, agility and argues that IT managers are even finding that using cloud saves time.

Find out more about their switch here.