In recent sporting events the focus has been on providing real time updates
on mobile devices such as tablets, phones and leveraging the cloud. Cloud is
supporting this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament in a big way. The
infrastructure is hosted on IBMs Cloud that provides a scalable and on-demand
environment that can be dynamically provisioned quickly, and then it can be
taken down after the event. Peaks in usage are handled by the Cloud and there
is real time information for fans that is available on fingertips for matches
on 19 courts. During the tournament millions of users access information
about favorite tennis players, matches and results. However during the rest
of the year demand is lower. Since the Cloud is being leveraged, there is no
need to spend time and money to provision and manage new infrastructure and
to reduce capacity based on lower usage. In ... (more)
Cloud Security has been one of the top challenges reported by organizations
that want to migrate to the Cloud. This is a challenge since the
organization’s data may now be stored externally that can pose greater
challenges to data integrity and compliance. Even though the data may be in
the Cloud provider’s space, any compromises put the organization at risk.
The Cloud can introduce new security risks that need to be addressed, however
there are specific ways to manage the risks and leverage the benefits that
Cloud has to offer and to ensure secure solutions across the Enterprise... (more)
There is great excitement about the cloud; however, it is important to
conduct a full assessment as part of the Cloud Transition.
It is very important to decide which applications will be moving to the cloud
based on factors such as alignment with business requirements, cost savings,
level of effort, available resources, benefits of the new solution, risks etc
to determine business and functional benefits. Architecture and security
aspects need to be thoroughly assessed, and factors such as interoperability,
reliability, portability, storage, data transfer, sensitivity of data have... (more)
Community cloud services are services that are shared by multiple members of
a community. They centralize the functions and can provide specific mission
requirements. The mission requirements can be related to specific policies
and compliance. Community clouds leverage the benefits of a public cloud but
can satisfy specific requirements. These are perfect for communities with
specific focus areas such as performance, auditing or policies that need to
be applied across the community.
A major benefit of community clouds is that many organizations can come
together and pitch in for... (more)
There has been a push for Shared services adoption across organizations for a
while since such services reduce duplication and can result in cost savings.
However there have been challenges to proposing and implementing shared
services. Shared services initiatives challenges have been related to areas
such as resistance to change, start up costs and management of such services.
Cloud is enhancing the pace to shared services migration and it naturally
facilitates the use of shared services since a cloud service can be more
easily leveraged by multiple consumers.
Cloud is the true ... (more)