Personal Cloud Computing Services Market Will Be Worth $12 Billion in Five Years

Apple is about to lead the development of a brand new industry if a new Forrester Research report is correct. After evaluating the new Apple iCloud service and its history with MobileMe, the analysts conclude that paying subscribers will flock to personal clouds A key factor driving the shift is the state of the personal […]

FT’s eye-opening report of cloud computing adoption plans is not exactly impartial

A story on the website today reported a claim that was so optimistic about the future of cloud computing, I just had to read more about it. The FT story is titled Battlelines in Cloud Services Market and it is largely about a $2.5 billion cquisition bid by CenturyTel for Savvis. But a few […]

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Introduction to Cloud Computing for small business owners considering a switch

I came across this well-written post via Twitter — one man’s history and introduction to cloud computing. It is not a full education but there are no buzz words and no new acronyms to learn.  The author even works in references to Buddy Holly and Santa Claus. Is the cloud for your business? It depends. […]

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New page on cloud computing stocks

In recent months, a number of technology companies have seen their share prices rise on positive news about cloud computing initiatives. To keep up, I’ve compiled a list of publicly traded companies with a significant cloud business. I’m not going to include every company that has made a cloud announcement. If their new initiatives turn […]

The directory has been re-designed and re-launched

CloudyNews is moving to a more robust directory database. Until now, I’ve been using BizDirectory, a WordPress plug-in that was easy to get going, but it was very restrictive. It wasn’t possible to display products by category and it had no flexibility that would allow for expansion. The new directory is running out of Drupal […]

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A map of the cloud computing ecosystem

The range of solutions coming on the market for cloud architectures is overwhelming. To make sense of it all, a new map is trying to put the entire universe of choices into a single Javascript app. It lays out the solutions being offered, organized by platforms from major vendors like Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM, and […]

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Survey says recession has not slowed plans for cloud projects

Interest in cloud computing projects has grown by 320 percent within enterprise IT departments over the last year according to a survey by Avanade and Kelton Research. Over 500 CxO’s were surveyed in August and September and they showed a strong interest in cloud projects. Among the findings: 23 percent of U.S. companies are beginning […]

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Wikipedia: Cloud Computing

First paragraph of Wikipedia’s lengthy article on Cloud Computing… Cloud computing is the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualised resources as a service over the Internet.[1][2] Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the “cloud” that supports them.[3] Cloud computing services often provide common business applications […]

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SearchCloudComputing: What is cloud computing?

From TechTarget’s dictionary of technical terms… Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that’s often used to represent the Internet in […]

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IDC: Defining “Cloud Services” and “Cloud Computing”

International Data Corp.’s research analysts have been following cloud services in their practice. At the analysts’ blog, they summarized some of their findings.. As a company that makes its living analyzing, sizing and forecasting market opportunities, IDC takes market definitions and taxonomies very seriously. We’re pretty good at distinguishing real markets from hypey ones, well […]