Which cloud is right for you?

“Friends don’t let friends build data centers anymore,” — Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor

The New York Times rounds up a week of big cloud news.

There’s some interesting back-and-forth in the comments section about the value of more localized/personalized services vs. the big, one-size-fits-all offerings of mega-vendors. One reader says attempting to contact a huge provider when widespread problems arise is “similar to trying to get the pope on the phone during a crisis of biblical proportions.”

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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.