Cloud Adoption

Five cloud computing startups to watch heading into 2016

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Alan R. Earls.

Each year, a new crop of startups enters the ever-active cloud computing market. Given the tough competition, most won't go far. But some of these cloud computing startups will thrive, prosper and maybe even go on to change the technology landscape. The odds seem good that in 2016 we'll see some new cloud vendors begin to have a real impact -- and perhaps enough market traction for IT decision makers to take a closer look. Here are five cloud computing startups that caught analysts' attention this year, and are worth following in 2016.


Colm Keegan, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), an analyst firm in Milford, Mass., says his organization has been focusing on how traditional businesses are incorporating cloud and how those spending decisions will flow through the industry...

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Be thankful for these 3 cloud advances

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

It's that time of year again when we give thanks. We can be thankful for at least three aspects of cloud computing -- and think about a few others.

1. Be thankful there have been no major cloud data breaches

Knock on wood, right? All the major hacks -- including Sony Pictures, Home Depot, and Target -- didn't involve cloud computing. The ability to secure the cloud depends on how much effort goes into designing the right security and using the right technology. Fortunately, we can maintain high security levels in the cloud. By contrast, traditional systems -- especially as they age -- are easier targets...

Cloud Computing: 9 enterprise tech trends for 2016 and beyond

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

InfoWorld’s David Linthicum recently suggested it was time to retire the phase “cloud computing” and simply say “computing.” That’s how essential cloud has become -- and why for the past couple of years cloud has framed my annual attempt to identify the nine key enterprise tech trends going forward.

In 2015, it became a lot clearer what cloud infrastructure in all its scalable, self-service glory will be best for: running applications composed of microservices outfitted with RESTful APIs. Most likely those services will run in containers, which give developers more control than ever in building, testing, and deploying applications...

Oracle Is Extremely Bullish On The Cloud

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Jeremy Daniel.

Global software giant Oracle laid out, in no uncertain terms, its ambition to be the dominant player in the cloud over the next ten years at its annual Oracle OpenWorld gathering late last month. CEO Mark Hurd and Oracle Founder Larry Ellison both laid out a powerful vision of the cloud and the way they see business moving in the next 10 years.

During his keynote address CEO Mark Hurd predicted that: By 2025, over 80% of all applications will be in the cloud as opposed to the modest 25% that are there today. Furthermore, he boldly stated that only two Software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers will have 80% of that market, and that “I volunteer us to be one of them”, to appreciative laughter from the packed auditorium...

China’s Cloud Computing Services - Security Concerns and Solutions for Foreign Businesses

Grazed from China-Briefing. Author: Jake Liddle.

For a new enterprise looking to start business in China, cloud computing means a significant reduction in startup operation costs. Where expenses are often spent on traditional IT infrastructure and its maintenance, cloud computing not only saves money and time, but can also provide flexibility and space for innovation.

It additionally makes for easier development of smaller businesses, facilitating wider availability and access to high performance computing. However, despite this multitude of benefits, there are many factors a business operator should consider when looking to utilize cloud services in China, such as the services available and the potential security risks involved...

Productivity: Cloud’s Silver Lining?

 Grazed from CIO.  Author: Paul Gillin.

Cloud computing. You’ll come for the cost savings, but stay for the productivity payoffs.  That’s what many users are finding as they gain experience with cloud infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS).

The benefits of being able to deploy software and bring users up to speed quickly, as well as the sheer variety of productive applications that are available as low-cost SaaS services, are dwarfing the infrastructure savings that drew many IT managers toward the cloud in the first place.  Productivity can be a slippery factor to measure, but it’s important in ROI considerations. Here are some factors to examine:...

Cloud computing APIs pose vendor lock-in risks

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: David Linthicum.

 Organizations migrating to the cloud likely understand the importance of application programming interfaces. These are typically RESTful web services that provide infrastructure services, such as storage and compute, or application services, such as business analytics.   But as more enterprises depend on these application programming interfaces (APIs), some fear they will become locked into these services.

Business processes and applications become tightly coupled to cloud computing APIs, becoming functionally dependent and, eventually, leading to lock-in.  Many of these fears are well-founded. Building applications around cloud-native services and APIs that are specific to a certain cloud provider or platform is the fundamental mechanism behind cloud lock-in. So why use cloud-native services at all?...

Here’s what you should look for in billing from cloud services: Forrester

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Gary Hilson.

The subscription billing market for technology services is growing, according to a new report from Forrester Research, and enterprises looking to offer eBusiness offerings to customers have a lot of options when choosing a platform partner. The Forrester Wave: Subscription Billing Platforms, Q4 2015 found that the subscription market is growing as more eBusiness professionals across different industry verticals see the benefits of using more complex billing services. However, it noted that vendors differ significantly when comparing their B2B and B2C strategies, cloud architecture, usage-based business model capabilities, financial reporting and integration strategies.

Cloud computing, mobile devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are pushing companies to try out new product offerings that combine software, hardware, services and content while figuring out how to best monetize them, according to Forrester, and that means they are shifting from one-time perpetual sales or fixed monthly subscriptions to consumptions that blend one-time, subscription and usage-based billing, a shift that reflects how relationships with customers are changing to long-term partnerships, and that many companies are becoming more software-driven...

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Part 1: The Cloud, The IoE, And You - Why everything is becoming inextricably woven, especially in the datacenter

Grazed from SemiEngineering. Author: Ernest Worthman.

If you’re anywhere in the high-tech biz, the two terms that are rocking your world are the Internet of Everything and the Cloud. Whether you are on the inside track of these, or on the sidelines, they are going to be two of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. The cloud is already here and gaining momentum.

Some people will argue that the cloud has been here since the inception of the Internet—or that it is the Internet. They define cloud computing as, simply, having access to data and programs via the Internet rather than going to your computer’s hard drive. While that has some element of accuracy, the original representation of the cloud can be traced back to early explanations and drawings of the Internet. It was a big, puffy, white cloud, interconnected to everything and existing above everything...

Part 2: The Cloud, The IoE, And You - Issues that need to be fixed to make the cloud less risky

Grazed from SemiEngineering. Author: Ernest Worthman.

No one doubts the cloud will be an important part of the Internet of Everything, but the transition from local to off-site computing will never be completely seamless or risk-free. To begin with, there is the cost of storage and bandwidth. Running applications using on-site hardware with power delivered over a wire always will be faster and cheaper than remote access.

That’s especially true if the application is complex and requires a lot of I/O. In fact, one of the more difficult tradeoffs that mobile device makers are wrestling with today is whether to do computing locally or remotely, comparing the battery drain and performance for intensive I/O versus localized computing. That’s compounded by the issue of who controls access...