Cloud Services On the Down-Low

To the surprise of no one, corporate users are utilizing cloud services without first following corporate procedures. From AllThingsD:

Rackspace’s survey found that nearly half of those in the survey — 43 percent to be exact — said they were aware of these “rogue IT” situations, where employees take it upon themselves to spin up a cloud service without first getting the boss’ permission, or setting up an account through the usual corporate processes.

This doesn’t surprise me one bit. I am sure much of the bureaucracy littered throughout company policies was added with good intentions, but it’s unacceptable when you have to wait weeks to use a service for just a few hours. It makes me wonder if the policies became this bad because—while new steps were being added—no one ever took a step back and asked “why?”.

Lady Gaga + 20GB Amazon Cloud Locker = 99¢

Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way is available today on for only 99¢. Although I am not a fan of her music, I am pleased to see that by purchasing the album, I qualify to receive a free upgrade to 20GB of space on Amazon Cloud!

If you are interested in Amazon’s cloud offering and have yet to move on it, this is a good time to start with 20GB for only 99¢! If 99¢ is too much of an investment, Amazon is offering 5GB for free.