Michael Hugos is a writer and speaker on the changing world of business and technology. In this week’s blog for CIO, he talks about the need for businesses to become more agile as social media and the advances of cloud hosting change many aspects of business.
A recent survey of California voters revealed that 9 out of 10 supported the idea of the California government using technology including cloud technology such as cloud servers to save the state money. In addition, a second survey by the same company, BlueText, showed that government IT managers who were familiar with cloud servers and other cloud technology were more likely to support it in their agencies.
In a bold move Apple announced they are talking with numerous studios to ink a deal that could allow them to offer major motion pictures through their iTunes service as early as late 2011 or early 2012. This move reflects the recent trend towards entertainment in the cloud as UltraViolet, a multi-studio collaboration to bring movies to mobile devices through a cloud hosting service launches their first offerings: Warner Brothers Horrible Bosses and Green Lantern.
A recent realization that over half of the licenses sold were to businesses with less than 1,000 employees has prompted virtualization leader VMware to rethink their focus. The result was a launch of cloud service products and services geared to SMBs. They are now seeing a triple in the number of SMB clients from last year and are planning an upcoming announcement of the expansion of this portfolio of products.
With the announcement of DNAnexus and Google’s upcoming co-venture, it is only a matter of time before we see more breakthroughs in science that were only possible with cloud server based collaboration. All of the recent breakthroughs in DNA sequencing were only possible because of the collaborative nature of cloud hosting solutions, and this recent announcement will give the SRA website a greater ability to build stronger ties with its publicly accessible DNA sequence site.
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