Cloud Trends

3 Ways Cloud Computing Has Revolutionized Business for Everyone

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Alice Williams.

If your organization hasn’t moved to the Cloud yet, it may be missing out on a host of cost-saving opportunities. The benefits are tremendous, ranging from better customer experience to greater mobile accessibility among your employees. And according to a 2015 report by Exact, small businesses that employed Cloud-based solutions doubled their profits and generated 25% more revenue growth than their Cloud-reluctant counterparts. If that’s not enough to convince you to make the switch to the Cloud, ask yourself these three questions and then keep reading to see how adopting the Cloud can revolutionize the way you do business.

Pay for Only What You Need

Instead of purchasing excessive equipment and IT infrastructure to support anticipated growth, you can stretch your budget further with the Cloud because you only pay for exactly what you need, when you need it. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud-computing platform is a good example. With its pay-as-you-go model, scalable resources can be adjusted on demand...

10 trends that will influence cloud computing in 2017

Grazed from InformationAge. Author: Editorial Staff.

For most organisations the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt cloud, but when is the right time and what services to move.Meanwhile, early adopters should be reviewing their portfolio to ensure they are getting best value and optimum service, as cloud providers are constantly developing and updating their offerings. These are the key cloud trends to look out for in 2017.

1. Enterprise cloud

At the moment, the term’ enterprise cloud’ is generally taken to mean virtualised in-house environments with an element of user self-service and reporting. Hyperconvergence is often described as enterprise cloud.However, ‘true’ enterprise cloud should be a common suite of design, provisioning, management and reporting tools controlling hybrid clouds that allow each service to be hosted and controlled on the most appropriate platform. That’s irrespective of whether these are public, private, hybrid, community, hosted or any combination...

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5 Cloud Trends to Watch in 2017

It's almost impossible to believe that just a few short years ago, the cloud was a new idea, and more than a few experts were convinced that it was never going to be more than a passing trend. There is no doubt now that the cloud has been one of the most transformative technologies of the last decade, and an important part of any business. In fact, a study by Cisco found that by the end of this decade, it's likely that more than 80 percent of all data center traffic will be cloud based. It's no longer a question of if a business should move some or all of their functions to the cloud, but a question of how to best leverage the technology for the greatest benefit.

With that in mind, there are some trends in how businesses are using the cloud that are likely to be the major stories of 2017.

Public vs. Private Cloud: 5 Trends to Watch

Grazed from GovTechWorks. Author: Editorial Staff.

Security tops the concerns of federal information technology managers as they look to move data and applications into the cloud – and that’s consistent with other public sector IT executives. But federal managers are substantially more likely to settle on private cloud solutions when compared to those managing state and local or higher education IT services. Five trends that define the differences between how IT chiefs in each sector are approaching cloud migration:

1. Feds Keep it Private

Some 64 percent of federal IT managers said they are most likely to place a majority of their cloud-based applications in a private cloud, according to a recent study by market researcher MeriTalk. That compares with 54 percent of state and local IT managers and only 50 percent of those handling IT services for institutions of higher education. Confining agency data to private clouds does not necessarily mean building a cloud from scratch...

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The cloud is not new. What we are doing with it is

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

In the 10 years since the modern form of public cloud computing went mainstream, it has changed the entire industry's approach to IT. In response, IT's top vendors have had to change as well. Like any technology, however, the public cloud has adapted, evolved, and become something much different than was ever originally envisioned.

The public cloud is now a part of the fabric the IT universe; inseparable from reality. This doesn't prevent people from denying reality – humanity seems pretty good at that, all things considered – but the combination of near-instant provisioning, self service, scriptability and ease of use is the new normal for IT...

IBM cloud chief: The next phase of cloud is a race to add value

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

At 105 years old, IBM has been through more than a few major technology transformations. Arguably, none is bigger than the current retooling of the company around cloud computing – an effort overseen by Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. LeBlanc says IT leaders and business executives aren’t caught up in Wall Street’s worries over IBM’s revenue declines or the pace of the cloud transformation.

Instead, they’re focusing on the higher-value capabilities – like Watson cognitive computing or internet of things functions – IBM is layering atop what LeBlanc calls the ‘phase one’ cloud that will help them transform their own businesses. In an interview with Network World Senior Editor Brandon Butler and IDG Chief Content Officer John Gallant, LeBlanc talked about how IBM is tailoring its cloud services to specific vertical industries and what Big Blue is doing to enhance its Platform- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities...

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Channeling the Cloud: How to Form IT Alliances

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Editorial Staff.

While the cloud market has advanced rapidly in recent years, it is still a relatively young segment in IT--particularly compared to legacy hardware solutions. Cloud providers continue to integrate with existing IT; however, one area that has received consistent investment is the channel. This growth of the marketplace and the inevitable evolution of offers still-to-come creates a unique market opportunity for both technology providers and channel partners to be a true value-added guide to their clients. Through strong technology partnerships, IT leaders can leverage their strengths, differentiate their business and uncover new sources of value.

For long-time players in the cloud industry, channel partners have been an important part of business growth and development. Channel partners can help cloud providers extend market reach within a rapidly changing and competitive cloud marketplace, enabling companies to expand their footprint globally...

Top 10 cloud trends for 2016

Grazed from MobileComputingToday. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just like any other area of technological innovation, cloud is a massive industry which has developed in ways few would predict a couple of years ago. As more individuals and enterprises embrace cloud technologies, the security and usability questions become a central focus of many providers. But consumer expectations aren’t the only factor shaping the state of cloud. Here are 10 key cloud trends to watch in 2016.

1) The cloud will figure in Europe’s data legislation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently invalidated the Safe Harbor Principles. This essentially means that any US company wanting to move user data across the Atlantic will need to declare their standards of data privacy. That’s why major cloud providers are bound to get more interested in the subject this year...

3 misconceptions small business have about the cloud

 Grazed from CIO.  Author: Paul Mah.

Starting a small business, or trying to grow it is a daunting affair. Thankfully, cloud services have sprung up to help business owners better leverage technology.  However, the cloud can be confusing and surrounded by myths and misinformation. With this in mind, we take a closer look at some of those common misconceptions, specifically in the context of using the cloud to host websites, email services and online file storage.
 
1. Distrusting the security of the cloud
 
An age-old concern with cloud services is that security is poor compared to businesses that handle their own hardware. However, this misses the point. Few small businesses can even afford to set up their own IT department, much less hire dedicated security staffers with the skillset and experience to properly protect their organizations from the bad guys...

Cloud Computing: Computer Trends Impact Innovators While Making Waves In 2016

Grazed from InQuisitr. Author: Jinger Jarrett.

As computers continue to get smaller, computer trends are expanding in other ways including greater productivity and mobility in the workplace. Technology that wasn’t available in 2015 will be available to end users in 2016, including virtual reality and 3D cameras. Users will be able to take advantage of smaller computers and new technology in 2016, further increasing their computer power.

Digital Trends reported on some of the latest computer trends that will affect end users in 2016. One of the most important is virtual reality. Although this technology was available in 2015, end users won’t have wide access to it until 2016. The Oculus Rift will see its release in the first quarter of 2016, while the HTC Vive will be released in April...