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This month’s letters cover cloud computing, South Africa not just being a cheap labour pool, and education being everyone’s business… (more)

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Almost daily I hear over the radio, see on TV and come across articles discussing how the cloud can help small businesses grow. On the other hand I also hear dissenting voices claiming that cloud is just a lot of hot air. So, who should one believe? Is cloud really an asset to companies looking to grow? Are the companies migrating to cloud finding larger returns and faster growth and if so, what do these companies know that others don’t?… (more)

While cloud computing remains a rather fluffy concept for many South African business people, local businesses are increasingly using cloud-based applications – many without realising that they are “in the cloud” at all… (more)

This draft Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) White Paper discusses cloud computing from the perspective of OGC’s geospatial standards development activities and standards baseline. It examines how standards figure into the options, benefits and risks of cloud computing for users and providers of geospatial data and software… (more)

The advent of cloud computing and the trend to higher-speed Ethernet communications, including mobile apps, is making it more imperative than ever for data centre infrastructure managers to carefully consider their network architecture. In today’s competitive business environment, there is a need to implement the most cost-effective, future-proof connectivity infrastructure quickly and efficiently… (more)

Midsize companies need innovative, secure and cost-effective ways to cut costs without disrupting current business operations. The right cloud solution offers midsize companies an advantage. All the while aiming to improve efficiency and employee productivity, enter new markets and find new opportunities, manage risk, improve business agility and retain customers… (more)

Cloud computing – are we past the hype? It is a question that elicits many answers, with as many qualifications. The only unqualified answer to my question came from Jacques du Toit, MD of Vox Orion who said it is not a hype any more.” We see many applications in the cloud and widespread adoption particularly amongst the small to media enterprises. Perhaps the exceptions are the banks and financial institutions that are still holding onto their own systems and infrastructure.”… (more)

The vast majority of business and IT executives across industries are confident in the efficacy of their information security practices. 43% believe they have effective information security strategies and proactively execute their plans. These were among the findings of the 2012 Global State of Information Security Survey, the largest of its kind… (more)

A new IBM study of more than 3000 global CIOs shows that 60% of organisations are ready to embrace cloud computing over the next five years as a means of growing their businesses and achieving competitive advantage… (more)

Every decade or so, the IT industry goes through a step change. This step change is brought on by a positively disruptive technology that makes it onto the IT manager or CIO’s agenda… (more)

While there is still a significant degree of hesitation and uncertainty about the viability of “cloud computing”, an increasing number of businesses are getting to grips with the technology in South Africa. Easy enough to understand in concept, the “cloud” is actually a metaphor for the internet and stems from the cloud icon that is used to depict it in computer network diagrams. The cloud is therefore an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure of the internet… (more)

With many companies, large and small, already using cloud computing, Roy Johnson speaks to Andy Brauer, CTO of Business Connexion, about best practices for cloud computing solutions. While there is a worldwide adoption of cloud computing in one form or another, there are still many companies and organisations who hesitate to go this route, despite the obvious advantages. Sometimes this is because they are not familiar with the concept, sometimes they are confused about what is involved and the largest obstacle remains perceptions about security… (more)

Security concerns, resistance to change and new partnerships – all in the mixed bag of cloud computing.  Cloud computing is for many experts the ultimate way to get more computing for their buck. There are others who have major concerns about security, not trusting their business information to a third party of private clouds. Yet another group sees it as an opportunity for partnerships and new growth in an industry where budgets have been flat for some time… (more)

While there is a worldwide adoption of cloud computing in one form or another, there are still many companies and organisations who hesitate to go this route, despite the obvious advantages. Sometimes this is because they are not familiar with the concept, sometimes they are confused about what is involved, and the largest obstacle remains perceptions about security. Roy Johnson speaks to Andy Brauer, CTO of  Business Connexion, about best practices for cloud computing solutions… (more)

In looking at the buzz around cloud computing, there are some related matters worth noting. A couple of recent announcements point the way to a changed landscape for local internet usage, even if that progress is slowed by recession or legislative hurdles… (more)

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