September 5, 2012 Cloud News Report: Top Three This Week in Cloud

September 5, 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. U.S. Intelligence Agencies Seek A Private Cloud OS

In this article, Information Week’s Patience Wait shares some interesting news on the government cloud computing front.  Wait describes how In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA, is working with Adaptive Computing to integrate its Moab cloud management suite with an open-source cloud platform to “develop a ‘cloud operating system’ for use by U.S. intelligence agencies.”

The article details past completed research, considerations and thoughts from top intelligence officials on moving high security information to cloud.

To read the full story, click here.


2. Will cloud computing kick the IT door in for women?

It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the IT field compared to men.  IT World’s Sandra Gittlen writes, “Poke your head into most data centers today and you’re bound to notice a distinct gender gap.”

In her article Gittlen explores why cloud and its new opportunities may be a help in encouraging more women into the technology field.  With a 22 percent growth for the tech sector expected over the next eight years, Gittlen’s article identifies areas and skills sets which will translate into new cloud-focused jobs, many of which she expects to be appealing to women who are already in, or are entering, the technology industry.

To read the full story, click here.


3. Most Americans Don’t Understand Cloud Computing: Does It Really Matter?

Anyone who has had a cocktail hour conversation about their cloud job, or a family holiday meal trying to explain to Grandma what cloud is knows what a recent Citrix survey told us; most Americans don’t know what cloud computing is, despite using cloud services. 

Joe McKendrick’s Forbes article seeks to answer the follow-up question… Does it matter?  McKendrick argues in this piece that yes, it does in fact matter, and cites the survey data to support the importance of cloud on a large number of job functions in the future, not just those in IT.

For the full story, click here.