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Forward Features 2015 – Business Cloud News

The following is a list of features (excluding CIO and executive interviews, vertical deep dives, and other content) Business Cloud News intends to publish in the first half of 2015).

Cloud and the server revolution: Cloud computing has prompted big changes at the server level, both in terms of technology and buying dynamics. BCN looks at how cloud is changing how vendors and enterprises look at the traditional stack.
NFV and security: NFV promises to bring a range of innovations to a number of areas in traditional networks, but the technology is still very nascent – and given the complex nature in which network functions interact with one another, security is potentially one of the technology’s biggest hurdles. BCN looks at how stakeholders are managing security in a virtualised network function environment.

Enterprise cloud app stores: App stores have long been seen as an effective means of disseminating applications internally across organisations or external stakeholders, but setting them up and managing them has always been challenging. BCN looks at the extent to which a shift towards offering cloud services via app stores reduces these challenges and / or creates new ones.
Internet of Things and the search for middleware standards: The Internet of Things is the latest megatrend in the tech industry but one of the biggest inhibitors is the lack of a standard communications middleware layer linking cloud apps and sensors. BCN looks at the state of Internet of Things standards and emergent approaches to the creation of IoT services.

Doing big data in the cloud: As big data moves from hype to reality in enterprises many IT decision makers are looking to the cloud as a means of delivering real-time analysis of large data sets, but getting data in an out of those platforms, and architecting cloud applications for hybrid cloud databases has always been a challenge. BCN investigates how enterprises are overcoming these hurdles.
OpenStack and the public cloud: OpenStack has by far gathered the lion’s share of attention among open source cloud projects of a similar kind, but some believe the platform has some way to go before becoming ‘enterprise grade’. BCN looks at the evolution of the OpenStack platform and assesses demand for different capabilities on the horizon.

Linux containers, virtualisation, and the architectural demands of cloud: Containers, hailed for their scalability and performant nature, were all the rage in 2014. But is Docker – and a growing slew of container-focused initiatives – just hype? BCN looks at similar approaches to applications and databases that could one day replace traditional virtualisation.
Cloud verticalisation revamped: Cloud is certainly here to stay, but CIOs have becomes increasingly vocal about the need for vertically-integrated cloud applications that to the best of their abilities ship with pre-built appreciation for industry-specific business processes. BCN looks at the state of cloud verticalisation in several highly integrated sectors.

The Internet of Things and security: The Internet of Things is in many contexts the new technology on the block, which also makes it the most vulnerable. BCN looks at how Internet of Things platforms and sensors are being secured.
Fighting back against Shadow IT: The consumerisation of IT, while deeply influential on the technology demands of employees and the design of IT services, has created a tremendous challenge for those responsible for managing IT systems, applications and devices. BCN looks at how enterprises are using the cloud to secure their IT estates amidst unprecedented levels of unapproved application and device usage across their organisations.

Public sector cloud initiatives – a comparison: Governments around the world are looking to leverage cloud services in order to reap efficiency gains, reduce departmental costs and improve procurement transparency. BCN looks at and compares several initiatives aimed at improving access to cloud services in the public sectors of several countries to see why they succeed – and why they fail.
Virtual desktops and the public cloud: The past year saw a slew of launches of public cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure offerings, but despite the promise these seemed to hold uptake seems to be quite low. BCN looks at why traditional VDI isn’t being replaced with cloud as quickly as some anticipated it would.