Appearing each Wednesday, this Cloud News Report will compile our top three favorite cloud news stories from the past week.
Cloud Computing Ground War
This article is an interesting perspective on the battle currently waging on college campuses for the “hearts and minds” of student users. Steve Kolowich of Inside Higher Ed details the on-site competition between Google and Microsoft to turn college students into lifelong users through “Student ambassador” and “student partner” programs as well as biannual parties and concerts at Princeton. The article outlines how each company is working to identify opportunities to increase awareness of software trial programs in hopes of gaining student users now, and for the long-term.
The Proposed “Cloud Computing Act of 2012,” and How Internet Regulation Can Go Awry
In this Forbes article, Santa Clara University professor Eric Goldman tears down this proposed US Senate bill to “improve the enforcement of criminal and civil law with respect to cloud computing.” Goldman’s opinionated and colorful piece highlights ambiguities, concerns and shortcomings of the proposed bill as it stands. While he stops short of proposing what would make it a more comprehensive and useful bill, he does a good job of pointing out weaknesses and concerns with the legislation as it stands today.
Scoop: GoDaddy quietly kills its cloud computing business
After just five months of service, GoDaddy internally announced it had shut down its cloud servers product, explaining that their core customer base, SMBs, weren’t using the product as it was designed and didn’t find it a good fit as a stand-alone product. In this GigaOM article by Derrick Harris, he details the future of GoDaddy’s cloud offerings as they stand today and highlights the concerns and issues that occur for customers when services shut down.