Cloud Trends

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...

Cloud pricing for enterprises falls by two-thirds says TCL

Grazed from ChannelBiz.  Author: Antony Savvas.

Average cloud computing pricing for enterprises has “fallen by two-thirds” since 2014, but pricing is now starting to “stabilise”, according to research TCL (Tariff Consultancy Ltd) has published its Pricing the Cloud 2 – 2016 to 2020 report, which includes a survey of published cloud pricing from more than 20 top public cloud providers worldwide.
 
It is an update of the original TCL Pricing the Cloud report published in 2014 and reveals that average entry-level cloud computing pricing has declined by some 66 percent over the last two year period to November 2015.  Amazon Web Services AWSThe decline in cloud pricing “reflects in part the intense competition” between public cloud computing providers, and also the “rapid product innovation” that is taking place among the key worldwide platform providers, said TCL...

Cloud Computing: The 2015 Trends and Predictions of 2016

Grazed from CloudWards.net. Author: Editorial Staff.

Mergers and acquisitions have changed the financial situations of cloud computing companies. Innovations and advancements are setting the technological tone for the year past and the one to soon come.

Looking Back at 2015

The cloud computing world consolidated with several companies involved in:

  • Mergers
  • Partnerships
  • Acquisitions

The highest price tag of 2015 was $67 billion, paid by Dell for EMC, including its VMware virtualization software. Dell was in the news also for a new partnership with Microsoft to create Azure in a Box, a cloud system that can be used in multiple industries. Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that involves each being a preferred partner to the other...

Cloud computing on the rise in education sector

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Clare Hopping.

A report by MarketsandMarkets has revealed the education-based cloud computing market is accelerating at an amazing pace, with researchers predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8 per cent between 2015 and 2020. The research firm said the market will grow from $5.83bn in 2015 to $15.02bn by 2020, with the US continuing to demonstrate the biggest gains and Asia-Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America breaking out of the nascent stage.

"Cloud services in [the] education sector enable efficient management of business processes and effective knowledge delivery to students," MarketsandMarkets said. "This results in higher student engagement, better collaboration among stakeholders, and improved student performance."...

Oil company hopes to strike efficiency with cloud analytics

Grazed from CIO. Author: Clint Boulton.

To make drilling more efficient during a commodities industry downturn, Laredo Petroleum is turning to cloud applications from a Silicon Valley startup to correlate production and operational costs. An offhand remark about hating spreadsheets led Laredo Petroleum CIO Lars Crotwell to deploy analytics software to help the company curb production costs.

Crotwell, during a phone call with a friend in 2013, complained that business managers were cross-referencing data from dozens of Excel files to understand why operating costs for some wells were higher than those producing twice as much oil. "We were using a lot of homegrown spreadsheets and it was like herding cats," says Crotwell, who manages IT for publicly traded Laredo, which produces 15 million barrels of oil annually from 1,000 wells situated in the Permian Basin of West Texas...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cio.com/article/3003498/cloud-computing/oil-company-hopes-to-strike-efficiency-with-cloud-analytics.html

Is Cloud Sameness Dangerous to Competitive Advantage?

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Paul Barsch.

The rise of public cloud computing is awe-inspiring. Companies like Amazon, via Amazon Web Services, are “turning virtual iron into gold” with exponential growth in revenues and operating income. However, as more companies turn to cloud computing, and use the same applications available from a specific cloud provider, there could be danger of losing competitive advantage wrought by technological advances.

These days, if your company smells of cloud, you’re in an enviable position. That’s because according to the New York Times, in October 2015, companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft added more than $100B to their market capitalization, in part fueled by cloud growth. And while some companies are moving to the cloud to take advantage of cloud benefits of elasticity, pay per use, scalability and more, there are downsides to going “all in the cloud” that are sometimes missed...

Read more from the source @ http://www.smartdatacollective.com/paulbarsch/356174/cloud-sameness-dangerous-competitive-advantage

With Cloud Computing, The Sky's The Limit

Grazed from Forbes. Author: William Craig.

There are a lot of technical buzzwords floating around the business world right now, but “cloud” may still be one of the most misunderstood. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the official definition for cloud computing goes something like this:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models...