Cloud Adoption

Amazon, Microsoft Invest Billions as Computing Shifts to Cloud

Grazed from TechWire. Author: Ángel González

Local behemoths Amazon.com and Microsoft, as well as other tech firms that rent out computing power and storage, are rapidly becoming some of the biggest spenders in the corporate world, as they lay down the bases for a future in which most computing will take place in the so-called cloud. These companies are spending billions in acquiring or leasing the data centers that embody the cloud and employing the thousands of engineers that operate the new technology.

The ramp-up was spurred by the widespread adoption of mobile computing, as smartphone and tablet-toting consumers wanted their data accessible from anywhere, including Netflix movies and music from Spotify. But it became massive when large companies started shunning their own server farms for those operated by tech giants, a phenomenon that took off a couple of years ago...

Amazon’s cloud computing cash cow: AWS, now a $10B business, fuels record quarter for company

Grazed from GeekWire. Author: Taylor Soper.

Amazon is happy about its cloud computing business, and so are investors. The Seattle-based company crushed analyst expectations for its Q1 2016 earnings on Thursday, as the company’s stock spiked more than 12 percent in after-hours trading. Wall Street expected Amazon to post earnings per share of $0.58, but the company ended the quarter with a record-high $1.07 EPS, nearly doubling the estimate.

That’s up from a $0.12 net loss in the year-ago quarter. The profit growth — Amazon posted profit for the fourth consecutive quarter — can certainly be credited in large part to Amazon Web Services, which reeled in $2.57 billion during Q1 2016, up from $2.4 billion in the previous quarter and $1.57 billion a year ago, a 64 percent year-over-year growth. Analysts expected AWS to make $2.53 billion last quarter. Operating income for AWS in Q1 was $604 million, up from $195 million last year...

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Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).  Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk. Singapore (76.7), New Zealand (74.4) and Australia (73.2) comprised the top five, with the other categories focusing on sustainability, cybersecurity, government and regulation, intellectual property, business sophistication and freedom of information.
 
Looking at the other countries, there was minimal change, with the likes of Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand only moving one place up or down over the past year. South Korea, a certainly developed market and the second most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation in 2012, has dropped into mid-table obscurity with an overall position of #7 in 2016...

Ten reasons why your business should move to the cloud

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: David Richards.

The cloud gives you access to enormous computing power immediately Ordering servers to operate behind a firewall can take months. For a business that needs to react to change and get products out of the door quickly, you do not have time to wait for the IT department to order and configure a new server when a virtual one can be delivered instantly.

There is no set up time to operate in the cloud

Technology such as WANdisco’s Fusion active replication make it easy to move large volumes of data to the cloud whilst continuing with transactions, enabling companies to move critical applications and processes seamlessly. Setting up servers can take three to six months...

Cloud services brokers sound better than they really are

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

It’s an attractive story: Public cloud services that can allocate applications and services to users through a cloud broker. These brokerage systems sit between the consumers of cloud services and the services themselves. Brokers can gather data about the cloud service -- including cost, efficiency, and functionality -- to help you make better decisions about which cloud service best meets the needs of the cloud service consumer.

You can place many public and private cloud services behind the broker, then have it broker to the best service for your application. Though attractive, the sales pitch is a bit different from the reality. Most cloud-based applications have to be localized for the cloud platform they use. If you've allocated EC2 and S3 instances from AWS and you use the cloud-native features of that platform, then you're pretty much locked onto that platform...

EU to build €6.7B Europe-wide science cloud

Grazed from ScienceBusiness. Author: Eanna Kelly.

The EU is to spend €6.7 billion on a “science cloud” to provide computing power and data storage, giving the continent's 1.7 million researchers access to a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. The results of future Horizon 2020 projects would be go to the cloud "by default", said Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas.

Of the €6.7 billion, about €2 billion will come from the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation, with the remainder coming from sources of financing at EU and national level, and from industry. A pilot platform will start at relatively small at €50 million. Only researchers involved in the pilot organisations will have access at first, but ultimately it will be made open to everyone...

Survey: Microsoft to remain the dominant IT vendor in the cloud era

Grazed from MSPowerUser. Author: Editorial Staff.

According to the latest report published by JP Morgan analysts Mark Murphy, Doug Anmuth, Sterling Auty, Rod Hall, and Philip Cusick, the cloud computing “wars” are “entering a new phase”, and it will cause bad implications for traditional IT vendors like SAP, Oracle and IBM. They surveyed more than 207 CIOs at companies with a budget of $600 million or more annually.

According to their survey results, Microsoft will remain the dominant IT vendor ahead of Amazon, IBM and others. In fact, Microsoft seems to be one of the very few traditional IT vendors that will not lose market share. CIOs report that 16.2% of workloads are currently running in the public cloud, and that in five years 41.3% of workloads will run in a public cloud...

No more excuses - time to get a grip on your cloud security

Grazed from CSO. Author: Rolf Haas.

Cloud use continues to grow rapidly in the enterprise and has unquestionably become a part of mainstream IT – so much so that many organizations now claim to have a “cloud-first” strategy. That's backed up by a survey* we commissioned here at Intel Security that questioned 1,200 cloud security decision makers across eight countries. One of the most startling findings: that 80% of respondents' IT spend will go to cloud services within just 16 months.

Even if that outlook overestimates cloud spend it still shows a dramatic shift in mindset, and it's often the business, rather than the IT department, that is driving that shift. In today's digital world the pull of the cloud and its benefits of flexibility, speed, innovation, cost, and scalability are now too great to be dismissed by the usual fears...

Channeling the Cloud: How to Form IT Alliances

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Editorial Staff.

While the cloud market has advanced rapidly in recent years, it is still a relatively young segment in IT--particularly compared to legacy hardware solutions. Cloud providers continue to integrate with existing IT; however, one area that has received consistent investment is the channel. This growth of the marketplace and the inevitable evolution of offers still-to-come creates a unique market opportunity for both technology providers and channel partners to be a true value-added guide to their clients. Through strong technology partnerships, IT leaders can leverage their strengths, differentiate their business and uncover new sources of value.

For long-time players in the cloud industry, channel partners have been an important part of business growth and development. Channel partners can help cloud providers extend market reach within a rapidly changing and competitive cloud marketplace, enabling companies to expand their footprint globally...

10 Cloud Jobs In Highest Demand Now

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Dawn Kawamoto.

With cloud computing becoming the platform that enterprises are turning to for their applications and data, it should come as no surprise that cloud positions are in extremely high demand. But what may be surprising are the top 10 positions that employers are looking for when staffing up for their move to the cloud.

In a study of online job ads that were posted between Feb. 15 and March 15, the term "cloud" appeared in 460,000 posted ads -- making cloud knowledge No. 3 among the most in-demand IT skills, according to data collected by CEB TalentNeuron, the employee recruiting unit of consulting firm CEB...