Cloud news roundup

Happy holidays!

On this Monday, we bring you a roundup of cloud news, just in case you weren’t paying attention over the weekend.

A recent article in Ecommercetimes says that cloud computing will only become more popular in the public sector during 2010.

Bob Flores, a former fed himself, writes that cloud adoption is inevitable for government, mainly because of the money-saving possibilities:

“Since the government is dependent upon taxpayer dollars, the defense and intelligence fields must be as frugal as possible when considering infrastructure spending. Computing and organizing large amounts of data on a limited budget is a significant challenge for defense and intelligence agencies. Cloud computing offers a solution to this problem by allowing the government to cut IT expenses while increasing scalability and improving data and applications management. However, the government sales Download Free eBook – The Edge of Success: 9 Building Blocks to Double Your Sales cycles are slow and are resistant to major changes in infrastructure. Cloud computing hopes to break the Federal late adoption model and appears to be making headway, driven by the economic downturn and internal pressure to innovate.”

Jeffrey Kaplan of Seeking Alpha made some predictions at the beginning of this year, and examines how well he did in a recent post.

Among his thoughts — the Obama administration would put policies into place to promote on-demand services.

Seeing as how apps.gov premiered in September, we’d say Kaplan has a pretty good crystal ball (so to speak).

Another good read in terms of lists comes from Chris Murphy of InformationWeek, who examines his top five cover stories. (We particularly like this list because one of the headlines involves the word ‘squishy’.)

In his reflections and predictions, Murphy touts the concept of alternative IT making a difference next year.

Not everything is coming up roses for the cloud, though.

A New York Times blog post directs the reader to the January, 2010, issue of Technology Review, where security — or the possible lack thereof — is raised as an issue that shouldn’t be ignored next year.

Also, author Tim Bajarin predicts in Computerworld that cloud computing will suffer a setback next year if cyber criminals can figure out how to exploit vulnerabilities in the cloud.

Well, whatever happens next year, FCB will bring you the latest.

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