Cloud news roundup

Some stories of interest from around the web:

  • According to a recent Gartner survey, 70% of CIOs expect to change technology and sourcing relationships in the next three years, largely because of dissatisfaction with their current providers’ ability to adapt to change. “Market share will shift to service providers able to help clients respond to the business and IT opportunities and challenges that are overwhelming more than half of organizations today, says Gartner managing vice president Eric Rocco. “Service providers need to convert this picture into an opportunity rather than a threat.”
  • Lukewarm reaction to its earnings report fails to deter Oracle optimism about its cloud business. The software giant plans to expand public, private, and hybrid cloud models; Oracle says it also will make it easier for customers to purchase, onboard, and make use of their software.
  • Five common cloud myths preventing healthcare deployment, concerning security, cost, functionality, ownership, and opportunity.

What are we talking about?

“The cloud” has become a catch-all phrase for “computing that happens somewhere else.” Which is fine for certain audiences.

Here, though, we plan to be more specific.

Our definition includes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), the machines and code that make the cloud work; Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), the realm of development and deployment; and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which primarily serves end users.

Our focus is on the path to business value in the cloud, across all its levels, with a concentration on that all-important base of IaaS.