Cloud Adoption

Cloud Computing: Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth talks about space, drones and smartphones

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.  Author: Cliff Saran.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of open-source supplier Canonical, continues to strive towards the vision of a converged handheld device, despite his failed attempt to raise $32m through crowdfunding for Ubuntu Edge, the smartphone that doubles as a desktop PC.

Recalling the crowdfunding initiative that fell short by $13m, he says: “I’m really proud how people stepped up and said it was a good idea. We concentrated all our efforts on the software and now we're shipping phones.”...

Selling Cloud? Keep the 'Value' in 'Value-Added Reseller'

Grazed from ChannelPartnersOnline. Author: Jesse Frye.

IDC says that approximately $56.6 billion was spent globally on public cloud in 2014. By 2018, that figure will exceed $127 billion, representing a compound annual growth rate of approximately 23 percent — six times the CAGR of the overall IT landscape. According to Silicon Angle, throughout the next five years, we’ll see a 44 percent annual growth in workloads for the public cloud versus an 8.9 percent growth for “on-premises" computing workloads.

The size of the public cloud market means you can’t ignore it. Yet as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft jockey for customers, price drops are becoming commonplace, ultimately making it difficult for channel partners to benefit financially from reselling public cloud to their customers. Google’s latest cuts mean services can be had for as little as $0.01 per core hour...

CDW Outlines Cloud Computing Ambitions

Grazed from ITbusinessEdge. Author: Mike Vizard.

As part of an effort to provide a set of managed IT services in the cloud, CDW has announced that it will now manage implementations of the Microsoft Azure cloud on behalf of its customers. Best known as a multi-billion dollar reseller of IT hardware and software, CDW in recent years has expanded its service portfolio to include managed services for IT hardware and software installed on premise.

Now Stephen Braat, vice president of cloud and managed solutions for CDW, says the company is expanding the scope of those services to include the cloud. While not committing yet to providing managed services for clouds other than Microsoft Azure, the company does have plans to support multiple cloud computing platforms via its network operations centers (NOCs), Braat says...

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Switching Cloud Providers Is No Cakewalk, but Do Your Users Know That?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Paul Gillin.

Wikipedia traces the first use of the term “write once, run anywhere” to 1996. A Google search turns up 139,000 occurrences of that phrase. So why is the dream of absolute portability still elusive 20 years after it was first described? The cloud was supposed to make portability easier. In theory, fully virtual environments should reduce dependence upon underlying hardware, and cloud providers typically offer a choice of platforms and tools. Once an application is in the cloud, it should move anywhere else pretty easily, right?

Unfortunately, no two IT environments are exactly alike and the cloud is no exception. Users may not know this however. When the IDG Enterprise 2014 Cloud Survey asked if switching from one cloud provider to another is more or less difficult than switching from one on-premise provider to another, 29% of IT leaders said it is more difficult, compared to 22% of non-IT leaders. More than 40% of the non-IT leaders said they just didn’t know...

Business growth is primary focus of mature cloud users

Grazed from EnterpriseInnovation. Author: Editorial Staff.

Business growth rather than cost reduction is the focus of organizations with a mature approach to cloud computing, a new IBM report written by The Economist Intelligence Unit reveals. They are also more likely to achieve those benefits as a result of their use of cloud. The global survey reveals that cloud is poised to become the dominant model for IT service delivery. Two thirds of respondents predict that 60% or more of the technology services will be delivered via the cloud within three years.

High cloud-maturity organisations are more likely to view “boosting customer demand” and “expanding sales channels” as drivers to cloud adoption, the report shows. They are also more likely to have achieved revenue growth as a result of their use of cloud. Low cloud-maturity organizations are typically more focused on cost reduction and efficiency...

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What the enterprise can learn from Google's decision to go "all-in" on cloud

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.  Author: Caroline Donnelly.

Google has spent the best part of a decade telling firms to ditch on-premise productivity tools and use its cloud-based Google Apps suite instead. So, the news that it's moving all of the company's in-house IT assets to the cloud may have surprised some.

Surely a company that spends so much time talking up the benefits of cloud computing should have ditched on-premise technology years ago, right?   Not necessarily, and with so many enterprises wrestling with the what, when and how much questions around cloud, the fact Google has only worked out the answers for itself now is sure to be heartening stuff for enterprise cloud buyers to hear...

Surprise: More Cloud Benefits Are Emerging

Grazed from InformationManagement.  Author: Scott Feuless.

As more and more enterprises move infrastructure from in-house data centers to off-site public clouds, they begin to see changes in staffing requirements and functions almost immediately. At the very least, IT shops are freed from the work of purchasing, installing, configuring and upgrading hardware. You already know about those benefits.

But when an enterprise moves further along their migration journey to include a much larger percentage of the infrastructure and perhaps higher levels of the software stack, it will eventually reach a tipping point -- where the benefits begin to build on one another, exposing unanticipated opportunities that can increase organizational efficiency, reduce staffing requirements and lower asset costs in a step-wise manner...

Cloud 101: Learning What You Need to Know About Cloud Computing

Grazed from GovLoop. Author: Catherine Andrews.

Today, nearly every agency, department, and government sector uses cloud computing. Some use it to build more robust IT infrastructures and replace legacy systems, while others use scalable software services to increase the agility of their platforms. Of course, others also use cloud to cut costs and even increase IT security.

Cloud is quickly becoming the IT backbone of government and, as a govie, you probably use it every single day. But do you know exactly how cloud is being used? Do you know the multitude of ways it can be deployed to serve a wide variety of purposes? Do you even really know what cloud is?...

IT Staff Fearful Of Cloud? Try Cloud Whispering

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Jonathan Feldman.

Last week at Interop and Cloud Connect, I shared a bit about how my staff and I have worked through some very natural fears about our organization expanding the production use of cloud computing. The bottom line: It's all about communication, mutual flexibility, managing the real operating risks, dispelling irrational fears, and providing a career path forward.

As with many IT and leadership topics, the "how" matters just as much as the "what." The "how" we did it is what I focused on in my Cloud Connect slide deck, and what I explore here...

Cloud Computing: What's really behind Salesforce acquisition rumors

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Since a report surfaced in Bloomberg more than a week ago, it’s been the talk of the tech market: Will be bought out? Perhaps a more intriguing question though is: Should Salesforce sell out? A sale of the $46 billion market-cap company would be one of the largest tech acquisitions in history and could dramatically help a potential acquirer gain a significant foothold in the fast-growing SaaS cloud computing market.

As the company has grown, it’s stuck with its message that business should ditch licensed software they run themselves. That’s an unrealistic proposition for most companies though, a new report by technology researchers finds. That fundamental disconnect between Salesforce’s business model and how enterprises are using the company’s products is one of the biggest reasons may be sold...