2014 Cloud Computing Roundup: From CIO Identity Crisis to Containerization to Zendesk Closing Out the Year as the Top Cloud Stock

One 2014 trend not to be ignored was the continued expansion of cloud computing. Certainly, 2014 gave us our fair share of cloud challenges. Remember Target and Home Depot’s headline news data breaches? These security breaches certainly put the spotlight on the need for better cloud security? But the year also saw important advances in cloud computing that will make the cloud work even more efficiently and effectively.

I decided to roundup some meaningful articles on cloud computing from last year. The articles were selected based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • It was featured on a well-respected technology publication, website or blog.
  • It offered exploration of a key idea, advancement or challenge around cloud computing.
  • It provided important information on the state of the cloud market.

Here’s the list:

Looking Back at the Year in Cloud Computing
At the close of last year CIO.com columnist and cloud computing expert Bernard Golden reviewed 2014’s big year in cloud computing and graded the cloud predictions he made at this time last year. He discusses the big players in cloud – Amazon, Microsoft and Google – and new product entries to the public cloud market – HP and IBM. He talks about the clarity gained this year for OpenStack as the industry’s only meaningful nonproprietary software platform for operating cloud infrastructures. He also highlights the continued rise of the importance of the application developer, mentioning analyst firm RedMonk’s oft-quoted mantra: “the developer as kingmaker.” Check out RedMonk co-founder Stephen O’Grady’s new book The New Kingmakers: How Developers Conquered the World.

The Era of Cloud Computing
This article from the New York Times popular technology blog, Bits, offers a primer on what the cloud is, how it impacts us on a day-to-day basis and how it’s rapidly changing the way we live via the Internet of Things. It also delves into the public cloud and its two major players – Amazon and Google – and companies that are dominating cloud technology like Netflix. It predicts that over the next six years almost 90 percent of new spending will be on cloud-based technology. It’s a great read for a quick overview of the cloud and its current and future impact, which is going to be big!

The CIO as Chief Innovation Officer: How Cloud is Changing the CIO Role
This article from Oracle hits on things we’ve written about on the Fuller Solutions technology blog regarding the changing role of IT within companies and the changing role of the CIO. The article proposes that cloud technology has been a catalyst for many a CIO identity crisis in how it has impacted their role. It discusses the CIO’s great opportunity to shift IT front and center as companies rely more and more on digital solutions to drive revenue. The paper offers some useful ideas on how to achieve this goal.

IDC Predictions 2014: Battles for Dominance — and Survival — on the 3rd Platform
In 2014, analyst firm IDC came out with a report that detailed a “third platform,” or the next-generation IT software foundation that encompasses cloud computing, mobile, big data and social. The “third platform” will disrupt every industry in our economy, according to IDC’s report. A great blog from CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden, mentioned above, adds some great perspective on the importance of this IDC report. Golden concludes his post by writing, “I can’t stress enough the importance of reading and considering this report. It isn’t just an “inside IT” message. Every company is becoming a software company – and figuring out how each will integrate with the third platform is critical to its future.”

What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job
Via Bits, the New York Times tech blog,this article discusses how technology, notably cloud computing, is rapidly shaping organizational charts and work styles. Big shifts include work cultures where fewer employees are needed, companies further specializing in what they do best and outsourcing becoming the norm and easily achieved via the cloud.

Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing
In July, Google announced that it is putting its considerable weight behind an open source technology called Docker, a hot concept in the cloud computing world. Docker can be thought of as a “shipping container for things on the Internet – a tool that lets online software makers neatly package their creations so they can rapidly move them from machine to machine to machine,” a significant thing on the modern Internet. Google announced that is would combine Docker with its cloud computing services, Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine.

Four Disruptive Start-ups in Enterprise Cloud Computing
This article by the Washington Post features four companies disrupting and innovating the enterprise cloud computing space. According to the Post, these companies are bringing simplicity to the complex cloud environment and enabling new opportunities for enterprise companies. They are tackling some of the most challenging issues for enterprise cloud adoption, including deploying cloud for internal operations and supporting massive customer bases via the cloud.

Trying to Make the Cloud Safe for Corporate Data
Massive data breaches at Home Depot, Target and JPMorgan Chase last year had many questioning the safety of storing sensitive corporate data in the cloud. This article from Bloomberg Business Week Technology features one startups’ approach to making the public cloud safer for sensitive corporate data. Former Cisco executive Tom Gillis runs Bracket Computing, a company that makes software that “wraps a company’s business applications in a bubble of encryption without making the applications harder to manage.” More such solutions are sure to rollout in 2015.

Best- and Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks of 2014
This one is actually from 2015, but we wanted to include it since it features a succinct roundup from Forbes on how cloud companies faired in the stock market in 2014. Topping the list is Zendesk with enterprise cloud companies like Microsoft, Oracle and IBM also coming in strong. One of the worst performers – Amazon.

9 Cloud Trends for 2015
This year, we can expect to see enterprise workloads move to the cloud en masse and containerization (recall the article on Docket and Google above) achieve new efficiencies in cloud computing, according to this article from Information Week. We can also expect to see startups and small businesses continue to gravitate toward emerging second tier cloud services such as the successful DigitalOcean.

We hope you have enjoyed this roundup. Let us know if we missed any great articles out there on the cloud. A lot of great stuff written about cloud last year!



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