Three of the Biggest Developments in Cloud News This Week

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It’s no secret that cloud computing is one of the up-and-coming technologies that businesses both small and large are looking to get a handle on. Why is cloud suddenly the word on everyone’s tongues? Recent moves within the industry, and fierce competition among top companies, has indicated that cloud solutions are steadily becoming the main way most companies choose to handle everything from software management to data storage.

It can be easy to think of cloud technology as a somewhat dry topic. The reality, though, is anything but boring. Here are three recent updates to the cloud tech world that you’ll want to be clued in to.

Boston University Pushes for Innovative “Cloud Mall”

This Friday, BU leaders announced plans to develop a unique cloud infrastructure. The governor of Massachusetts found the idea promising enough to pledge $3 million in support. The idea is to create a public cloud area, or MOC, where anyone can purchase cloud computing power from multiple vendors, who would act like “mall stores.” This is different from the current closed cloud model in operation with most vendors. According to Orran Krieger, who is leading the MOC development, it could “fundamentally change the nature of cloud computing.”

Cloud Solutions are Exploding in India

According to CNBC, cloud computing solutions are on the rise in India. There are approximately 47 million startups and small businesses in India right now, and cloud computing is likely to be a game changer for many of them. The cloud hosting market for India was worth $690 million in 2012, and is expected to grow to $3.5 billion by 2016. Polled businesses report interest in adopting the technology. Considering that only about 1% of Indian businesses are currently online, the potential for growth is huge.

The Aereo Supreme Court Case

Tech companies are tuning in this month as the Supreme Court hears a case about a cloud-based storage company, Aereo. At stake is the legality of cloud-based services, as the ruling could have implications on how much data companies can store — and how. Aero currently provides television access to users for a monthly fee. Unlike other broadcasters, Aereo is not paying licensing fees for the shows they deliver to consumers. Aereo contends that it is just renting them a DVR service, along with antennas. Cloud solution providers are worried that a ruling against Aereo could make them susceptible to copyright claims. The case will be decided in June.

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