Cloud Trends

Cloud Computing: The Top of a Trend or Beginning of an Opportunity

Grazed from ETFDB. Author: Justin Kuepper.

Dell Inc. agreed to buy EMC Corp. (EMC) in October for $67 billion in the largest technology acquisition in history. While some analysts attributed the deal to tech market froth, the acquisition also signifies the growing importance of cloud computing. The move is also just the latest in a trend of such acquisitions, including International Business Machine’s (IBM) acquisition of SoftLayer in 2013 for $2 billion after selling off its PC business. Investors looking to capitalize on these trends may want to take a look at the ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY B), which is a $500 million exchange-traded fund (ETF) that provides them with exposure to cloud computing technology.

Massive Shift Spurs M&A

According to Cisco Systems Inc.’s (CSCO) Global Cloud Index white paper, more than three-quarters (78%) of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers by 2018 compared to just 22% processed by traditional data centers. The growth will be largely driven by software-as-a-service’s 33% CAGR, although infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service technologies are also expected to realize double-digit annual growth rates...

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3 Takeaways from Amazon’s re:Invent cloud conference

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Upon returning from my fourth AWS re:Invent, another jam-packed cloud computing conference in Las Vegas, I’m left thinking about what really stood out. Here are my three big takeaways.

The cloud is still in its early days

Over two days of keynotes, executives from the following companies were among those who made presentations discussing their use of Amazon Web Services’ cloud: General Electric, Capital One, John Deere, BMW and Major League Baseball. If people were wondering before the conference if enterprises are really using this platform, AWS re:Invent 2015 proved that they are...

The top trends shaping the face of cloud services by 2020

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Charlie Osborne.

The face of cloud and IT is going to change rapidly in the next five years, and the enterprise needs to respond now to maintain their market positions in the future.

Speaking to attendees at the Asigra Cloud Backup Summit held in Toronto, Canada, Tiffani Bova, Vice President & Sales Strategies analyst at Gartner said the cloud market is transforming and it is up to companies to use this to advantage -- or be left by the wayside...

IT Professionals Aren’t Sure Who Controls Data in the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Susan Marquette Poremba.

Cloud security has always been a sensitive topic. For many years, security was listed as the number-one reason why companies shied away from adopting cloud technologies. Cloud security has improved considerably over the years, but a survey conducted by Perspecsys shows just how far we have to go, especially when it comes to understanding where and how data is protected.

While at RSA, the folks from Perspecsys surveyed more than 125 attendees about data control in the cloud and more than half (57 percent) said they don’t have a complete picture of where their sensitive data is stored. Perhaps more alarming, 48 percent of the respondents said they don’t have a lot of faith in their cloud providers to protect their data. And because of this lack of trust, cloud adoption is slowed...

IT Staff Fearful Of Cloud? Try Cloud Whispering

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Jonathan Feldman.

Last week at Interop and Cloud Connect, I shared a bit about how my staff and I have worked through some very natural fears about our organization expanding the production use of cloud computing. The bottom line: It's all about communication, mutual flexibility, managing the real operating risks, dispelling irrational fears, and providing a career path forward.

As with many IT and leadership topics, the "how" matters just as much as the "what." The "how" we did it is what I focused on in my Cloud Connect slide deck, and what I explore here...

Is there such a thing as too many clouds?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Nearly everyone agrees that cloud computing is the future of information technology. But the market is fragmented and that could make it difficult for companies to choose the best home for their data and applications. In the OpenStack arena alone there are dozens if not more cloud infrastructure options and that makes for a bewildering choice for the chief information officer (CIO) or whoever picks the cloud.

You can bet that the old-line companies who sold servers and storage into his shop hope he just goes with their cloud. But most CIOs have relationships with more than one of these companies so something’s got to give. Who to choose? The latest: EMC said this week it is working with three OpenStack providers—Canonical, Red Hat and Mirantis—to make it easier to deploy the cloud framework in corporate accounts...

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The week cloud computing took over the world

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

If you had any lingering doubts that cloud computing was dominating the world of information technology, last week's quarterly earnings reports from Amazon and Microsoft should have obliterated them. Both companies announced big-time growth and revenue from their cloud operations.

Amazon shares its numbers

First, let's talk Amazon, which for the first time broke out the numbers for its Amazon Web Services division, including "amounts earned from sales of compute, storage, database, and other AWS service offerings for startups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions." And those numbers were scorching!...

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Myth Busting the Open-Source Cloud Part 1

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bob Violino.

Open-source cloud computing offers compelling potential—cost savings, innovation, low barriers to software deployment, avoiding vendor lock-in and a broad community of support, to name a few. Despite this, CIOs and IT executives still have misconceptions about the challenges surrounding open-source cloud technologies, such as a perceived lack of security or the potential inability to handle business-critical

We’re here to address these perceptions in a five-part series to show that these myths are just that: misconceptions about open-source cloud. First up, the lack of security. The idea here is that there’s inadequate security with cloud computing in general. For several years, concerns about security have kept a large number of organizations from moving data and workloads to the cloud, particularly public cloud services.applications...

5 Reasons the Cloud and Mobile Are Inevitable

Grazed from SmartDataCollective.  Author: Kyle Cebull.

A lot of people think that, like the internet, the cloud is just a fad. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this so-called fad is gaining some serious momentum. According to a recent article, throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud is expected. With Millennials demanding that small businesses revolutionize their processes and workflows, more and more companies are jumping into the cloud to help streamline workflows and bring mobility to their workforce.

But it’s not for nothing, because the same article reports that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud. If you’re questioning the way things are moving or just aren’t on board with the cloud, here are a few reasons that we’re saying that the cloud and mobile are inevitable...

What's Holding Back Cloud Adoption?

Grazed from Baseline.  AuthorL Tony Kontzer.

Many company executives would make more use of cloud computing if it were easier to adopt this technology. Recent research from CDW indicates that IT decision-makers are put off by migration and integration challenges, and are relying on financial models that are proving to be inaccurate.

CDW surveyed more than 1,200 IT professionals for its "Cloud 401: Navigating Advanced Topics in Cloud Computing" report, and the findings indicate that respondents would be doing a lot more in the cloud if only vendors could break down some of the barriers that are preventing migrations. More to the point, one of the major promises of the cloud—that it frees up IT resources that could be reallocated to more strategic activities—is proving to be a fantasy...