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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 Las Vegas. Read the full article.

Cloud News

  • The big cloud news this week was Amazon Web Services kicking WikiLeaks off its servers, setting off a firestorm of reaction about First Amendment Rights (read these articles from PC World and SearchCloudComputing for more on the controversy). Amazon claims to have canceled the relationships not because of a ‘government inquiry,’ but because WikiLeaks was violating the terms of service by storing and securing large quantities of data that wasn’t rightfully theirs, according to this New York Times article. Meanwhile, in related news, PC Magazine author Samara Lynn writes about how to prevent a WikiLeaks-style breach. The WikiLeaks controversy seems far from over…
  • At its DreamForce conference this week, introduced, which it hopes will become the database engine for cloud application developers. In this InfoWorld article, Eric Knorr explores what really means. also announced it will be purchasing Heroku, the fastest-growing platform for applications written in Ruby, which often have a social networking component and can update information instantly. is paying about $212 million; this Bloomberg Businessweek article has more details.
  • Also at DreamForce, CA Technologies announced a set of cloud solutions built on that enable organizations to bring the voice of the customer to the forefront of decision making about what to build and bring to market. The announcement includes a new version of CA Clarity PPM integrated with three new cloud applications: CA Idea Vision, CA Product Vision and CA Agile Vision, according to this eChannelLine article.
  • Cisco and BMC are partnering to develop and market solutions for large-scale, multi-tenant cloud infrastructure. BMC also announced this week the acquisition of database management company GridApp and, with partner, launched RemedyForce, an IT management cloud suite.

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Cloud Views

  • In this entry, CIO blogger Bernard Golden comments on a recently-written Microsoft white paper on The Economics of the Cloud. The paper observes that there is a historical trend of adopting new technologies despite technical limitations when the economic benefit is sufficient, and then explores the economic advantages of cloud computing. One impressive stat referenced: at one Microsoft data center, 35 employees operate a 700,000-square-foot facility. The paper authors further state that “the TCO (per server, presumably) of a 100K data center is 80% lower than that of a 1K server data center.”
  • Google launched Earth Engine, a technology platform to enable scientists to monitor and measure environmental changes. The platform has applications for issues ranging from deforestation to disaster response and water resource mapping, according to this article on
  • A recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek survey explored the 12 top business applications that are moving toward a SaaS model in the next two years, as reported in this Datamation article. Topping the list are benefits administration, recruitment systems, talent management and payroll.
  • In another interesting blog entry, Bernard Golden writes about ‘what today’s server shipments tell you about cloud computing.’ Server shipments jumped 15% last year. Skinless servers (servers without a case, often purchased by cloud service providers (CSPs)), increased 22.55% for HP and 25.6% for Dell. Golden predicts major price wars among CSPs, and expects that many newly-launched CSPs will “hastily retreat from the market.” He also predicts a massive increase in the number of applications available, advising IT leaders to think about how they would respond to an application portfolio 10 times larger than the one they manage today.
  • This CIO Magazine article provides guidance on how to craft a smart chargeback strategy.
  • This insightful and endearing video produced by Accenture profiles how 10-year-olds explain cloud computing.

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