September 12, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

September 12, 2012 by Diana Nolting

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


1. 18 Solid Justifications for Cloud Computing – and 10 Situations Where It Doesn’t Work

If you’re looking for a cheat sheet, compilation guide of what should and shouldn’t be in cloud, this could be just what you’re looking for.  Joe McKendrick outlines the highlights form Joe Weinman’s new book, Cloudonomics,in this Forbes article.  While some of the poor-fit concerns (like safety of information) can be alleviated with security measures, overall this is a nice list to start with.  And, impressively, each of the 18 justifications and 10 bad matches all start with the letter “C.” 

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2. Can Cloud Computing Stop Software Piracy?

What impact will cloud have on the security of software, with SaaS models on the rise?  This Florence de Borja articles on looks at both sides of the issue while examining the Business Software Alliance’s latest survey results. BSA argues that cloud apps will cause a decline in software piracy, while The Economist argues the survey wordings weren’t specific enough to account for terms of service violations and license abuse. 

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3. Lost in the cloud: Agencies go elsewhere for computing needs

An interesting look at the journey of government agencies to the cloud, Nicole Blake Johnson’s article on seeks to timeline the process as it was supposed to play out, and how it has played out.  Beginning in 2010, the General Services Administration (GSA) was tasked with speeding up the cloud migration process across the government.  This article follows that story including security hold-ups, delays and what agencies are doing in the meantime.

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