September 19, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

September 18, 2012 by Diana Nolting

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

Five things you need to know about cloud in Europe

As Barb Darrow points out in her GigaOM article, “5 Things you need to know about cloud in Europe,” it “seems obvious, but Europe isn’t the US.”  She breaks down five key points to know about the European cloud market and it’s adoption curve, as well as points out why it’s still something to watch, even if it lags behind the US’s adoption timeline. This article is a great overview of the details and nuances of the European market.
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Navigating the Politics of the Cloud

This E-Commerce Times opinion piece by Jeffery M. Kaplan parallels the similarities of this heated political season with the debates and discussions around cloud adoption in the workplace.  Kaplan argues both decisions and debated are fueled by, “fear, uncertainty and doubt.”  This is a short, clever article that links cloud on several levels to the upcoming election cycle.
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Middle school using cloud computing for down-to-earth education

If you needed more evidence to show that the generation of children growing up today will have no trouble adapting to cloud as it evolves in the future, look no farther than this Northwest Indiana Times article about how Hobart Middle School is using cloud apps to keep kids linked in to school, even when they can’t be in attendance. Students blog, design web pages and log into Google Apps to receive real time instant feedback from peers and teachers.  Now, even when they’re home sick, they don’t miss class.
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