November is here, and gamers are anticipating the launch of Xbox One and PlayStation4 in the next two weeks. , we discussed the potential rewards and downfalls of cloud-based gaming consoles—on one hand, developers will be able to more efficiently improve games even after they have been released, but on the other, potential connectivity problems have the power to destroy user experience.  It seems that connectivity is already expected to be a problem for Xbox One users.

Microsoft’s lead program manager John Bruno has been quoted on IGameResponsibly as saying the host OS frequently requires an update, causing the system to reboot—often in the middle of a multiplayer session. Furthermore, Bruno admitted that it is up to game developers to include offline mode options for games, and he couldn’t confirm that some of the top games would allow for that kind of play.

It’s possible that these challenges will be eclipsed by the improved design allowed by cloud technology, but gamers are understandably worried about the transition to cloud-reliant gaming.

Though security issues persist, investment in cloud continues to grow

Though companies are concerned with security breaches in the cloud, many recognize its potential to improve efficiency and facilitate global collaboration. Read more in this week’s cloud news:

Consumerization of IT (CMS Wire): Companies are rapidly adopting BYOD policies—what are the best ways for companies to transition to cloud, and what are the potential challenges of rapid adoption?

Box CEO Aaron Levie Criticizes The NSA, Warns Of Cloud Balkanization (Forbes): Levie argues the balkanization of cloud data laws across Europe could be threatening to business and would get in the way of customers’ needs to share and collaborate with partners outside their region.

Almost a quarter of German companies now see the cloud as very risky, after NSA leaks (GigaOm): A new PwC survey found 22%of German companies now see the risk of using cloud services as “very high,” and another 54% see it as high or very high.

British Business and Transport Embrace the Cloud With Help From Silicon Valley (International Business Times): In an attempt to streamline services, Gatwick Airport and National Rail are using cloud technology to integrate data and IT. The airport’s CIO Michael Ibbitson believes it will significantly improve passenger experience.

More and more organizations (including hospitals, government agencies, and large enterprises) are reporting large-scale migrations to the cloud. Read more about growing investment in the cloud in this week’s news:

Healthcare Cloud Concerns Center on Privacy (NBC): The cloud offers potential benefits to healthcare (like better patient care) through more efficient use of medical records, but privacy is still a concern.

Herding Clouds: IT Faces Its Hybrid Future (InformationWeek):  According to Information Week’s latest state of cloud computing survey, 40% of respondents are using cloud services (up seven points from 2011). Despite widespread adoption, integration remains a challenge.

Pentagon Moves 10,000 Email Accounts to DISA Cloud (Nextgov): Rather than continuing to run its own email systems, the Office of the Secretary of Defense has moved 10,000 email accounts into the cloud.

Cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 (Business Standard): Cloud will take over IT budgets in the next few years, and by 2017 nearly half of large enterprises will be using hybrid clouds.