Cloud Adoption

Enterprise cloud adoption goes up - and the bets are on SDN and NFV to make the most of it

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

The IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study has found the number of firms who have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud continues to go up – but it’s the technology underneath this adoption which is the most interesting. The latest research, which polled 1672 respondents and aimed to measure cloud computing trends among technology decision makers, found over a third (38%) were “comfortable” hosting in the cloud given the state of current cloud offerings, and 56% were still weighing up their options.

As cloud usage goes up, backlog theoretically goes down, and so this study proves. 69% of respondents have at least something in the cloud, up from 61% the year before and 57% in 2012. In comparison, only 18% say they plan to deploy within the next 12 months, down from 24% in 2013...

IBM is moving fast in cloud but is it fast enough to matter?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

IBM is moving as fast as it can into cloud computing, wooing startups from Silicon Valley to London in hopes that young born-to-cloud companies will use its technology as opposed to, say, the stuff from Amazon Web Services.

A few proof points: Last week, the company launched BlueMix Garage at London’s Level39 accelerator to foster collaboration between startups and IBM tech eggheads. (IBM launched the inaugural BlueMix Garage in San Francisco in April. BlueMix is the company’s Cloud Foundry-based Platform as a Service...

What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job

Grazed from New York Times.  Author: Quentin Hardy.

Technology has been accused of making many a job disappear, like the production line or the accounting office. And it is not done yet.  A company often resembles its communication and technology system. In the era of cloud computing that the tech industry is moving into, that seems to suggest that companies will have smaller departments, quickly analyzing data and endlessly experimenting.

That means change is on the way at the many companies that will adopt cloud computing over the next few years. Middle managers: This is not good news for you.  “Technology shapes styles of work,” said Ed Lazowska, who holds a chair in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington...

NIST’s Cloud Roadmap Now Available

Grazed from CloudWedge.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its final edition of its report entitled US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap Volumes I and II. The report goes into detail about cloud computing and touches on many of the objectives of the federal government’s Cloud First initiative.

A press release highlighting the reports public release says that the “Final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the world.” NIST also adds that “The roadmap leverage’s the strengths and resources of government, industry, academia and standards development organizations to support technology innovation in cloud computing.”...

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues Accelerating In The Enterprise

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

A recent study by IDG found that 69% of enterprises have either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud today, up 12% from 2012.  The IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study 2014 found that cloud investments have increased by 19% in large-scale enterprises (1,000+ employees) spending on average $3.3M MMM +0.5% a year.  In 2015, 24% of IT budgets will be allocated to cloud solutions, with the highest percentage being allocated to SaaS models.

These and other findings are from the IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study 2014 published earlier this month. You can download the study and methodology here (PDF, no opt in).  Additional key take-aways from the study include the following:...

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Cloud Computing: No Longer a Concept - Utilizing the Internet of Things

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Marissa Tejada.

The Internet of Things (IoT) may no longer be a future concept. Recently, industry leaders have been discussing the IoT as a solution for current business problems.

The New Possibilities of Things

An article in Enterprise Apps Today covered the discussion of IoT at the Connected Cloud Summit in Boston. There, industry leaders talked about the new wave of business solutions that are now possible because of IoT thinking. One executive cited a simple example of climate-control-as-a-service — a way in which IoT technology can control room temperatures so firms don't overpay or waste more energy than necessary...

Cloud Computing: The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Daniel Burrus.

When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there.  Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things.

What’s the buzz? The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection; and they say it’s going to make everything in our lives from streetlights to seaports “smart.”...

Public Cloud Computing Trends and Midsize IT

 Grazed from MidsizeInsider.  Author: Marissa Tejada.

New research has found that public cloud computing services are set to reach outstanding levels within the next five years. The growth of the public cloud market presents a big opportunity for midsize IT.

Toppling the Market

IDC's latest report featured in Network World found that public cloud computing spending will topple $56.6 billion this year. By 2018, the market is set to reach more than $127 billion. This five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 23 percent is calculated to be six times the overall IT market rate. The report also pointed out that public cloud will consist of more than 50 percent of the world's software, server and storage services spending...

Cloud ready for prime time

Grazed from ITWire.  Author: Graeme Philipson.

new international research shows that most enterprises are now comfortable trusting mission-critical applications to the
 cloud.  Giant Indian based software and services company Infosys has released the findings of a survey that revealed that cloud is being widely adopted for mission critical business applications.

The research found that 81% respondents around the world are either using or planning to use mission-critical applications on cloud in the next two years. The survey found that cost-saving is no longer the primary driver for leveraging cloud; as cloud adoption matures, 77% of enterprises consider agility the key driver...

Cloud Computing: Won’t Rely on E-Commerce Forever

Grazed from Nasdaq.  Author: Editorial Staff.

If you were to ask anyone what 's core business was, I'd wager that 10 out of 10 times the answer would be "e-commerce." That's undoubtedly true today, but it might not be true forever.  It turns out that the company's Amazon Web Services division, which is currently the No. 1 cloud computing vendor by a healthy margin, could very well become Amazon's most important business.

It depends on how you define "largest"

To be clear, Amazon will most certainly always be an e-commerce heavyweight; but at a recent media event in Las Vegas, AWS chief Andy Jassy outlined Amazon's future plans for its cloud computing business. Amazon wants to take over the cloud world...

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