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This Week in Cloud, May 17, 2012: Google says cloud is reaching tipping point, SAP’s cloud plans, Cloud improves security. And more…

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  • Google CIO Ben Fried says that the cloud is about to reach a tipping point, according to this WSJ.com article. Fried examines the shift to the cloud that has been occurring over the last 4 years as workers have grown accustomed to simple and free cloud tools at home and want the ability to use the same tools at work.

  • During the Sapphire conference in Orlando, SAP announced their upcoming cloud computing plans that focus on mobility, big data analytics and social networking, according to this PCWorld article. The announcement comes a few months after SAP’s $3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors.

  • Of the 300 North American companies that responded to a recent CA Technologies commissioned survey, all of them admitted to data or application loss over the past year, according to this eWeek article. The results detail the importance of a proper cloud backup and recovery plan.

  • Cisco released their Global Cloud Networking Survey, which revealed that 72% of respondents saw data protection security as one of the top obstacles to a successful cloud implementation, according to this Forbes.com article. The survey of 1,300 IT professionals revealed some of the pain points that the industry is currently experiencing with the transition to cloud.

  • HP put its open-source OpenStack public cloud into public beta last week, according to this GigaOM article. The offering includes HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network.

  • Cisco announced plans to debut a new product called Cloud Connect in June, according to this ZDNet article. Cloud Connect will ensure secure connectivity between cloud environments and virtualized data centers.

Feature article

New Cloud Standards Set to Help Illuminate Cloud Provider Security

By George Hulme, Independent Writer

George Hulme

Emerging cloud security standards, if successful, would benefit providers and cloud services customers alike, experts say.

What is more secure--public cloud or private cloud? Which cloud services provider is more secure than another? How do you vet the security of a SaaS provider beyond reading a SAS 70 or SSAE 16 audit? These questions have confused cloud computing buyers since its inception. This year, however, emerging cloud security standards promise – if successful – to help the adopters of cloud services to vet more clearly the security of those providers. Read the full article.


  • In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt discuss the open vs. proprietary cloud debate, the benefits of cloud for the Australian economy, the U.S. Army's cloud-in-a-box, the cloud's environmental impact, image sharing via the cloud for the healthcare industry and more!

  • Does cloud computing actually improve security? In this PC Advisor blog, Robert Scheier debunks the commonly held belief that the cloud isn’t secure. In his opinion, if you partner with the right vendor, the cloud can actually improve security.

  • Are perimeter defenses enough to secure sensitive information in the new world of BYOD and cloud? In this ComputerWorld blog, Thor Olavsrud details how the proliferation of cloud and BYOD are increasing the number of identity and access rights that large organizations have to manage.

  • A new report by Zenprise which focused on the growing trends of BYOD concludes that many enterprises are now embracing BYOD while blacklisting certain applications like Facebook and Angry Birds, according to this MSPmentor article.

MSP Corner

  • Bradford Networks recently secured $3 million in Series C funding to support the growing demand of the company’s network access control (NAC) solution which is a comprehensive security approach for the BYOD trend, according to this MSPmentor article.

  • Will Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS resonate with their customers and developers? In this Talkin’ Cloud blog, Joe Panettieri examines the future plans and potential for Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS.

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