A demand for scalability is prompting vendors and users to push for cloud standardization, but companies that depend on hosted technologies such as software-as-a-service lack a central authority to vet and champion specific protocols, Joe Masters Emison writes. As a result, the IT community has taken the reins on standardization efforts, through individual vendors and groups such as the Cloud Security Alliance, although experts say cloud technology may be advancing too fast for these efforts to keep up.
Some tech organizations are returning to cheaper tape storage, including for video-centric and virtual systems, Stephen Lawson writes. Enterprise Strategy Group's Jason Buffington says tape has become faster and requires less power.
Companies that haven't embraced cloud technologies are feeling greater pressure to make the change, as even venerable tech brands are seeing their hardware businesses erode, vendors and industry watchers said at a conference. "We see the rate of change accelerating. We see today very large corporations with internal mandates to get their SAP environments out into the cloud immediately. That is pretty important. That is their family jewels," said Ron Dupler, CEO of GreenPages.
IBM partner and systems integrator Prolifics says it bought another IBM partner, Atrium Solutions, to increase its information-management and business-process-management capabilities. The acquisition will give Prolifics case-management, content-management and compliance solutions.