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This Week in Cloud, June 14, 2012: Oracle Cloud, New FedRAMP guidelines, Is a cloud meltdown imminent? And more…

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Cloud News

  • Oracle is entering the public cloud sector with Oracle Cloud, according to this ReadWriteWeb article. Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, revealed that it took seven years of engineering and innovation as well as key strategic acquisitions to create Oracle Cloud, which features almost every on-premise Oracle tool and application.

  • The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) issued new guidelines this week for the standardization of basic security requirements that cloud providers will have to meet before they receive a government contract, according to this Washington Post article. The guidelines were developed by the General Services Administration, the Defense and Homeland Security department and the Office of Management and Budget.

  • A recent North American survey of 121 cloud service providers revealed that over 50% of CSP customers are opting for private clouds, while only 32% of customers are going to the public cloud, according to this Cloud Nation article. The survey, which was conducted by CA Technologies, also revealed how service providers plan to drive revenue, sell to customers, and detailed the success of service providers’ cloud ventures thus far.

  • Microsoft demonstrated Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure as part of a keynote this week at its TechEd North America conference, according to this PCWorld article. Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft’s Server & Tools division, detailed the new requirements that IT is facing and touted how Microsoft’s products can help customers “usher in the era of the cloud OS.”

  • The Cloud Commons® Ecosystem announced several key developments this week including recent partner activity, Marketplace and Developer Studio updates and its expansion into global markets. You can read the announcement on Cloud Commons.

Feature article

The Cloud Market is Wide Open for the Taking

By Andi Mann, CA Technologies

Jeff Abbott

Recently I wrote about how public cloud is failing large enterprises. Despite the wild success of public cloud for consumer and SMB use cases, I noted that most research shows that enterprises are investing substantially more in private cloud than public cloud, because cloud service providers (CSPs) are failing to satisfy enterprise requirements for service assurance, security, compliance, billing, governance, etc.

Most people I spoke with agreed with this analysis, but some told me (and still others talked among themselves) that I could not be right. They said they have seen hundreds of enterprises that have adopted public cloud. Relating their stories of such-and-such an enterprise they just did business with, or the hundreds of unnamed enterprises they recently sold to, they said that I must be wrong.

Of course, there are exceptions. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Is the cloud coming to an end? Join us as we discuss the future of cloud in our next Cloud Commons #CloudViews tweet chat. The event will take place on Friday, June 22nd at 1:00 PM ET. You can find out more information about the tweet chat on Cloud Commons.

  • Is a cloud meltdown imminent? It could be, according to Bryan Ford, a Yale University researcher. In this ComputerWorld article, Chris Kanaracus details the recent paper, which suggests that the cloud’s increased popularity and the fact that users may mix and bundle services may result in unpredictable interactions between load-balancers and lead to a cloud meltdown.

  • Is the cloud the future of IT? In this ComputerWorldUK blog, Antony Savvas details a recent report by Forrester that declares that commoditization, not cloud, is the future of IT, although cloud does support commoditization.

MSP Corner

  • What are the top services that MSPs should offer to their customers? This IT Channel Insight article describes the top 7 services that MSPs should offer, including email, collaboration, web hosting, VoIP, monitoring, IT Help Desk/Support and IdM/AAA.

  • Channel partners may be getting more comfortable with the cloud, according to this ChannelInsider article. Jason Bystrak, sales director for the North American Services Division at Ingram Micro, details his perception of solution providers and the market from the recent Ingram Micro 2012 Cloud Summit conference.

  • This MSPmentor article describes the top 20 cloud services takeaways from the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit.

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