Cloud Adoption

The cloud is becoming exactly what it sought to replace

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I remember the pitch: Cloud computing (called on-demand at the time) was the alternative to traditional enterprise software. You purchased cloud services using an on-demand or subscription model, you paid for only what you used, and you owned no hardware or software. What could be better?

Ten years later, cloud providers are becoming "enterprise-y" in their behavior -- more like the very traditional enterprise providers they were supposed to differ from. Many cloud providers are behaving like traditional enterprise software providers: selling multiyear agreements, having their customers sign closed agreements, and even selling maintenance and support...

'Cloud Native': What It Means, Why It Matters

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

When HP announced July 28 that it was acquiring ActiveState's PaaS business, senior vice president Bill Hilf said it was doing so in part to bridge the gap between traditional IT and "cloud-native applications." The term "cloud-native applications" is not only finding its way more frequently into announcements, it's also gaining currency as a phrase that sums up where a lot of enterprise developers and operations staff think they are headed.

"Cloud native" is not merely a buzzword; it's also enshrined in its own foundation -- the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, launched July 21. For those unsure of what the term means, here's a primer on why it's the term du jour and why it's often used to sum up a set of goals and priorities that used to be the province of a Google or Facebook...

Read more from the source @ http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/cloud-native-what-it-means-why-it-matters/d/d-id/1321539

Selling cloud solutions not enough to tap into SMBs

Grazed from Channelnomics.  Author: Scharon Harding.

Channel partners must do more than resell cloud offerings in order to have a "sustainable" place in the market, according to Anurag Agrawal, CEO and analyst at TechAisle.  n a Sunday blog post, Agrawal said partners should offer more than solutions such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in order to capitalize on cloud.  "Simply reselling cloud solutions ... is not a long-term and sustainable strategy," he wrote. "They must be the trusted cloud advisor for the SMB end-customer."

Agrawal pointed to data from Techaisle's SMB cloud computing adoption survey, which found that 94 percent of SMBs are using some type of cloud solution. He said the market is in different "stages" of cloud adoption. For example, 30 percent of participants said they are reviewing cloud suppliers, while 24 percent are currently getting more details about cloud, according to Agrawal...

A love affair with the public cloud, and why it makes sense

Grazed from ITProPortal.

So you’ve decided to move to the cloud. What’s it to be? Public? Private? Hybrid? Multi-cloud? So many questions and so many options. You start studying the pros and cons of various options. You even check out what your competitors are using. It’s not a simple decision, and believe us, we truly understand.
 
What makes a cloud a cloud?
 
So, is the cloud just a set of servers running in a data centre somewhere? Not quite. There are a few fundamental qualities that clouds are required to have in order to qualify for that tag. Here’s a few that are conventionally considered important:...

Cloud adoption is up, costs are down, real savings can be had by smart negotiators

Grazed from FierceCIO. Author: David Weldon.

Cloud computing adoption continues to rise, cloud costs continue to fall, and cloud savings continue to be available for those organizations that negotiate right. Those are the conclusions of three new cloud computing studies from 451 Research, Cloud Cruiser and International Data Corp.

Perhaps the best news for IT leaders is that the cost of cloud computing investments is dropping, even if only slightly. But the savings can be substantial for those organizations that "negotiate and commit," according to 451 Research. While the price of on-demand cloud services has fallen by a slight 2.25 percent since October, smart negotiators have seen price reductions of 12 percent, the research firm reveals...

Cloud Integration as the Key to Customer Relevancy

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Like a lot of vendors Informatica created a dedicated business unit with its own selling motion to address cloud computing opportunities. Now that cloud computing is becoming the mainstream vehicle through which IT services are being delivered, Informatica is reunifying the way it brings products and services to market.

Jeff Moses, newly appointed vice president of cloud sales for Informatica, says one of the biggest opportunities that cloud computing creates is the need to not only integrate legacy systems running on premise with the cloud, but also all the applications that run in different cloud services. In an age where most IT organizations are now regularly accessing two or more cloud platforms, Moses said the number of integration opportunities that solution providers are likely to encounter is only going to increase exponentially...

Cloud Computing Is Popular, But Not Ready For Prime Time, Survey Finds

Grazed from Forbes.   Author: Joe McKendrick.

I’ve never liked the term “As a Service,” not only because it sounds awkward when associated with various offerings (Software as a Service, Database as a Service, Business Processes as s Service, and so on), but also because it attempts to pigeonhole discrete functions that often overlap or are fuzzily defined.
 
Monikers aside, it appears most organizations have only been plodding along on the road to the “As-a-Service” wonderland anyway. Sure, there are some highly visible business success stories in the market — Amazon Web Services for servers and storage, Salesforce for customer relationship management, NetSuite for enterprise resource planning, Google for email and collaboration, Microsoft 365 for office productivity applications, and so forth...

Enterprise Cloud Migration Spurs Infrastructure-as-a-Service Double-digit Growth, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

The technological and economic benefits offered by cloud services are accelerating enterprise migration from on-premise IT infrastructure solutions to hosted alternatives. This is driving rapid growth in the European infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. Cloud providers are also pursuing regional strategies such as setting up of local data centres to fast-track uptake among European customers.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the European Infrastructure-as-a-Service Market (https://www.frost.com/mab4 [https), finds that the market earned revenues of 1.95 billion USD in 2014 and estimates this to reach 10.11 billion USD in 2019. For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://owl.li/PDhQC ...

DoD Sets Ambitious Cloud Goals

Grazed from e-CommerceTimes. Author: John K. Higgins.

The U.S. Defense Department, often cited as a bit sluggish in taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, appears now to be emerging as a government leader in adopting the technology. In the short run, DoD has far outpaced other federal agencies in setting up cloud contracts. During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the value of all federal contracts for cloud projects amounted to US$668 million, of which the overwhelming amount, $531 million, was attributed to the Defense Department.

The DoD upsurge in 2015 versus 2014 "is largely attributable to the award of the Defense Information Systems Agency's Enterprise Storage Solutions II contract, which calls for a hybrid cloud data storage service, with vendors supplying hardware housed in the agency's data centers," said Alex Rossino, a research analyst at Deltek...

DigitalOcean Raises $83M to Help Move Cloud Provider Forward

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Cloud vendor DigitalOcean today announced that it has raised $83 million in a Series B round of funding led by Access Industries and with the participation of Andreessen Horowitz. The new funding, according to Ben Uretsky, co-founder and CEO of DigitalOcean, will help finance his company's growth, buying new servers and investing in the facilities and assets that are needed to move the company forward.

"We're trying to look two to three years ahead to understand what the capital needs of the business are," Uretsky told eWEEK. "When you go out to raise capital, what you're doing is balancing the valuation against the time horizon." To date, DigitalOcean has raised $123.4 million in venture capital, with a $3.2 million seed round of funding in July 2013 and a $37.2 million Series A round in March 2014...