Incubating Emerging Technologies

By: Kathy Pretz

The smart grid, electric vehicles, and cloud computing are established technical areas now, but they weren't in 2004. That was the year IEEE chose them--along with several others--as emerging areas in which it wanted to become more visible.

The Impact of Cloud Computing on IT Jobs

By: Ben Brumm

"Many jobs will change because of cloud computing. Some job roles will likely have reduced demand, some will have more demand, and even some new jobs will be created -- both within and outside of IT."

Government involvement in cloud computing standards: a positive move

By: Kathy Grise

"Ask 10 people if they have heard about cloud computing. They will say yes. Ask them what is cloud computing, and they will give you 10 different perspectives. Given the different perspectives around the term itself, one of the positive roles that the U.S. government has assumed is striving to define what cloud computing is."

Mitigating Cloud Security and Privacy Risks

By: Thoran Rodriques

"In spite of all the enthusiasm about the cloud, several issues remain. Many potential cloud adopters are worried about security: once computing resources, especially servers and network components, are in the hands of a third party, how can internal IT departments be held responsible for any security issues that arise?"

Will Marvell’s Under-$30 Cloud Server Make Teachers and Students Smile?

By: Tekla Perry

For the developing world, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization has for years been working to make cheap, rugged, low-power laptops available for use in education. For the most part, all of these efforts involved buying hardware and getting it onto student desks. But earlier this week, researchers from Stanford University and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. dared to upset the conventional wisdom. They introduced a micro-cloud computer, the Smile Plug, and educational software, which they call Smile (for Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment, an approach already tested in 22 countries).

Cloud's Commodity Pricing Squeezes Service Providers, Creates Opportunities

By: Jeff Vance

Cloud service providers are already starting to feel downward price pressures as basic capacity and services are quickly becoming commodities. As price wars heat up, the excess capacity that providers need for peak traffic can become a drag on profits, but it also represents new opportunities.

Helping Emerging Markets Soar in the Cloud

By: Ivan Berger

Emerging markets aren't copying the developed world's technological history--often, they're bypassing it. Rather than trying to match developed nations' landline infrastructure, for example, they rely on mobile phones. And in countries where computers and servers are scarce, they're looking to the cloud to build their computing power.

Demand For Standards—Interoperability To Fuel Converged Cloud Growth

By: Joseph Walker

During an interview with Cloud Tweaks (United States), Alexander Pasik, IEEE CIO and Senior Member, said the biggest barrier to cloud services adoption is not cloud security or privacy fears, but concerns about service interoperability. Common platforms are needed to ensure users can easily navigate between services and applications, regardless of where they're coming from.

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