Cloud Adoption

Cloud computing: When in doubt, DIY!

Grazed from DeccanChronicle. Author: Vishnu Anand.

Companies like SAP, IBM, HP and Oracle have been ruling the enterprise software business worldwide. But India is sending them back to school to learn how to do business in a country where they tail wags the dog -- where the opportunity lies with thousands of small and medium businesses (SMBs), rather than with a handful of big-name marquee clients.

The late management guru, C.K. Prahlad called it 'the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid' -- and at least one software biggie -- SAP-- has had to adjust its India strategy, to come up with models where small businesses can work through its channel of partners rather than with the German parent...

Enterprise private, public cloud use on the rise, says VMware CEO

Grazed from DigiTimes. Author: Adam Hwang.

Enterprises' internally operated IT workloads are decreasing due to increasing use of private and public cloud computing services, and the proportion of IT workloads for internal operation will drop from 75% in 2016 to 50% in 2021 and to 19% in 2030, while private clouds will rise to 20% in 2021 and 29% in 2030, and public clouds to 30% and 52% respectively, said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at VMworld 2016 taking place in Las Vegas during August 29- September 1.

The number of data centers established by cloud computing service providers in 2016 will for the first time exceed that of datacenters set up by enterprises for own use, reflecting increasing use of public cloud computing services. Continued maturity of cloud computing environment has led to increasing reliance on cloud computing environment for operating IT workloads. In this respect, public clouds will become mainstream of cloud computing environment...

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Determining cloud's true benefits

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Suzanne Franco.

Cloud technology and services have gained widespread adoption and have made a huge impact on the way business runs making cloud computing more capable, and more accessible IT solutions. Is your organisation fully aware of cloud's true benefits to the business? On this note, by partnering with ITWeb, Neotel is conducting an online Cloud Survey during August and September to identify the cloud strategies of South African organisations.

"The objectives of the cloud survey is to take an honest and realistic look at the way in which South African businesses are looking towards cloud services, what they are comfortable with and what benefits they expect from the cloud," says Andre Schoeman, data centre analyst at Neotel. Schoeman points out that there are always dramatic changes in the business environment...

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There're No Jobs In Cloud Computing - Proof Of How Much Richer It Is Making Us

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tim Worstall.

There’s a really quite superbly wrong piece in the New York Times about cloud computing. They’re looking at the data centres that Microsoft, Amazon and others are building around the country. There’re a couple of minor economic points, things like path dependence and even government intervention which they get right.

But the big point they’re making they get entirely wrong. They’re bemoaning the fact that these data centres provide very few jobs. But that’s the entire joy of them. They produce huge value and utility without using much human labour. That’s the very process which makes us all richer – gaining more value from less labour...

Cars, the Cloud and the end of traffic congestion

Grazed NationMultimedia. Author: Goragot Wongpaisarnsin.

While it may seem like fantasy for many Bangkokians, my team and I spend every day figuring out how to use Cloud computing and GPS to unravel Thai traffic jams for up to a million people a year. The solution we developed, an app called TSquare, provides drivers with real time information about the best available routes in Thailand. People who use the app can reduce travel time by up to 30 percent.

There are currently about a million users of the app in Thailand, which costs 240 baht a year. TSquare has a core group of users: male, urban, Gen X users who are trying to get home to their families as quickly as possible from their offices in the central business district. TSquare is a prime example of the way technology and Cloud computing can make life better for all...

Ensuring Cloud Computing Success

With more and more companies migrating to the cloud, it’s time to talk about the risks of doing this. Before you start to panic, just stop and listen for a minute. Cloud computing is still infinitely safer than what you were doing before, there is no doubt about that, however as with airplanes being the safest way to travel, they still occasionally encounter problems and have to land on the Hudson River.

I just want to make everyone aware of the potential risks so that they know how to combat them, because knowledge is the best defence and any reputable hosting company like Umbee Cloud Hosting will be able to combat and neutralise any threat better than Rambo and a horde of angry locals, anyway...

Why Hybrid Cloud Drives Higher Value for CIOs

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Don Boulia.

Today when organizations discuss infrastructure strategies, invariably, the cloud becomes the topic of conversation. After a relatively slow ramp in the enterprise, cloud is now core to IT strategies, helping many organizations lower costs, improve scalability and resiliency, and foster greater business agility. According to a new report by KPMG Institute, 39 percent of IT leaders and CIO’s surveyed for the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2016, plan to invest in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services over the next three years, up from 25 percent just last year.

And the 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study, estimates that 25 percent of total IT budgets will be allocated to cloud computing this year. For many it is no longer a question of if, or even when to adopt the cloud, but rather, what type of cloud infrastructure to consider–private, public, hybrid, or all of the above...

Security Teams Not Keeping Up With Exponential Cloud Server Growth

Grazed from TechWeek Europe. Author: Ben Sullivan.

No shift to the cloud comes without a conversation about security, and for attendees of the annual Black Hat security conference, one of the main issues about moving companies to cloud computing is seen to be the increase of the attackable surface area. Almost all of the respondents to a survey conducted by CloudPassage at the conference noted that when moving from traditional data centres to a cloud infrastructure environment, they increased the number of server workloads by a factor of two to 100 times.

‘Attackable surface area’

This, in turn, greatly increases their attackable surface area, and enterprises are worried. In fact, over three quarters of respondents said that security team hiring in the enterprise has not kept pace with this rate at which new server workloads are created, changed or retired in the cloud...

Mad Rush For Data Centers Signals Coming-of-Age For Cloud Computing

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Muqbil Ahmar.

On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group too is reportedly planning to announce its India entry with a data center.

India is not unique to this as these days the Asia-pacific region has become a favourite destination for setting up of data centers. According to APAC Reach, a marketing and research company focused on assisting expansion throughout the Asia Pacific region, has reported a marked increase in European clients interested in data center investments in the area following the UK Brexit referendum...

Cloud Deployment at a Crossroads?

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Charles Cooper.

By now, you have to look long and hard to find a business hasn’t heard about the advantages it can gain by moving data to the cloud. The conventional wisdom has it that migrating to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when. At least on paper. Rather than bounding into a new era of computing, the reality is that many organizations are still struggling to figure out the right cloud migration strategies.

There may no longer be much argument that cloud computing represents the future, but the reality is that line-of-business managers and their IT counterparts often find themselves working at cross purposes--leaving many organizations stuck in neutral when it comes to putting their cloud plans into practice...

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