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Feature article Cloud Providers vs. Cloud Consumers – Survey results point to impending security standoff By Matthew Gardiner CA Technologies and the Ponemon Institute recently released the results of the second part of our two-part cloud security survey. The first survey focused on the security views of cloud consumers; this survey focuses on the security perspectives of cloud providers. Taken together the two surveys provide a stark contrast of the state of cloud security.  To put it plainly, cloud providers and cloud consumers do not currently agree when it comes to security.  One of Ponemon's more provocative conclusions is that, "...the focus on cost and speed [by cloud providers] and not on security or data protection creates a security hole." Read the full article. Cloud News Amazon Web Services released a detailed post-mortem on its recent outages, which wer... (more)

NIST Announces Security Standards for Cloud

New: Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud New NIST has released a major revision to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). The public draft of the Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations provides a set of security standards that are meant to help protect government agencies from threats that are emerging from mobile and cloud computing, according to this InformationWeek article. Users may have had a difficult time logging into Microsoft Azure ... (more)

US Government Saves $5.5B From Cloud

Watch CloudViews Unplugged Watch the latest edition of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog analyzing the top cloud news stories. Cloud News A recent study revealed that the government is saving around $5.5 billion a year since the shift to cloud, according to this CRN article. The study was created from interviews with 108 federal IT managers and CIOs and was published by MeriTalk Cloud Computing Exchange. The study also found that if they had been more aggressive in cloud adoption, the government could have saved $12 billion. The cloud storage wars are heating up with G... (more)

Olympic Cloud, CloudViews Unplugged, Cloud-Based EHR, and More...

This Week in Cloud on the go! Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News IT spending is on the rise, according to this New York Times article. Recent figures published by Gartner state that IT spending will increase by 3% from 2011, more than was previously predicted. Cloud computing is one of the main contributors to the increased spending as more companies start to adopt the technology. Spending on public cloud services is predicted to rise from $91b in 2011 to $109b in 2012. Still, cloud services r... (more)

WikiLeaks Booted off AWS, Salesforce.com Acquires Heroku, and More…

Feature Article Cloud conjures up new IT roles; apps & business issues are front & center By Jay Fry, CA Technologies So you’ve managed to avoid going the way of the dodo, and dodged the IT job “endangered species list” I talked about earlier. Great. Now the question is, what are some of the roles within IT that cloud computing is putting front & center? My thoughts are based on what I’ve heard and discussed with IT folks, analysts, and other vendors recently. Many of those thoughts even resonated well with what I’ve heard this week here at the Gartner Data Center Conference in ... (more)