Cloud Adoption

IDC projects healthy public cloud services growth through 2016

Grazed from The IT KnowledgeExchange. Author: Editorial Staff.

The latest prognostication about public cloud computing from IDC calls for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5 percent between now and 2016 – with$43.2 billion in revenue anticipated by the end of the forecast period. (That compares with $18.5 billion in 2011.)

This forecast doesn’t include private cloud infrastructure or hybrid cloud integration work; it only covers services that are “shared among unrelated enterprises and consumers, open for a largely unrestricted universe of potential users, and designed for a market, not a single enterprise.”...

IT Confidence in Cloud Computing Going Up as Investor Surety Falls

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

As cloud computing becomes a ubiquitous part of IT business life, administrator confidence grows--at least according to VMware. The virtualization giant's third annual Cloud Index says that many Asia-Pacific IT pros now believe they "strongly understand the cloud." But despite increased use and comprehension, investor surety in the cloud isn't keeping pace. Even companies with huge sales numbers are still unprofitable; is the market headed for a cloud tipping point? Does this get worse for midsize IT before it gets better?

Certain in Singapore

According to the VMware Cloud Index 2012, Singapore tops the list with 82 percent of respondents confident in their knowledge of the cloud. The study covered 10 economies in the Asia-Pacific region, with nine of those boasting numbers above 70 percent. Only Malaysia came in under that mark, but 66 percent is still a solid percentage given the immaturity displayed by many cloud services. Among the top drivers of cloud adoption in the region were optimizing IT and reducing costs; interestingly, cost also made it into the "top cloud concerns" along with data privacy and security. Singapore and Hong Kong especially expressed concerns about data privacy and residency, despite efforts by their governments to encourage local data centers over foreign owned interests...

Gartner: Mobile Development, Social Media and Cloud Computing Disrupting IT

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Florence de Borja.

In a conference in Orlando, Florida, Gartner Inc. revealed that the central focus of IT consisting of social media innovations, mobile devices, web information, and cloud computing can disrupt the whole IT environment. Addressing at least 10,000 participants, Gartner Vice President David Cearley said that at the rate things are going the mobile experience is overshadowing the desktop experience. Cloud computing, together with mobile devices, is set to alter the modern corporation’s primary architecture of computing. Instead of focusing on client-server, IT shops must now set their sights on cloud-client architecture.

With this new type of architecture, it is also possible for skill sets necessary for enterprise software development to be altered significantly. The front-end interface must have better designs and development teams must gear towards HTML5 Web browser opportunities aside from the usual mobile device operating systems. Cearley also claimed that consumers have fresh expectations. As such, application developers and architects must obtain new design skills to meet these new expectations...

Why we will all have our heads in the clouds - cloud computing is the future of the internet, says Iomart marketer

Grazed from The Drum. Author: Steven Lepitak.

“The Cloud is here to stay” proclaims Phil Worms, director of marketing at hosting company iomart Group when talking about data connectivity following the launch of 4G in the UK. “I’ve seen so many terms for the internet over the years, such as The net, Web 2.0 and so forth,” he states when asked what the future holds for the internet and mobile communications.

The Drum is speaking to iomart, the headline sponsor of this year’s Social Buzz Awards, to ascertain the company’s views on how the way that we access; share and store data is impacting on marketing services...

NTT to focus on cloud computing abroad, slash costs

Grazed from The Asahi Shimbun.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. released a midterm management plan that focuses heavily on expanding its cloud computing services abroad while cutting hundreds of billions of yen in costs.

According to the plan released on Nov. 8, the telecommunications giant expects overseas sales to reach $20 billion (1.6 trillion yen) in fiscal 2016, nearly double the $11.6 billion reported for the year through March 2012. The company said it will target prospective growth segments in emerging economies to make up for its sluggish domestic performance, particularly in fiber-optic businesses...

Cloud, software to further disrupt telecoms market

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Kevin Kwang.

The telecoms industry will continue to be shaken up by cloud computing in terms of the need to offer relevant software and build up a strong independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem--both of which traditionally are not telcos' strong suit.

In addition, these market players will have to enhance their channel partner networks to scale their operations and reach out to more customers. These were just some of the 10 predictions made by IDC Asia-Pacific for the telecoms sector between 2013 and 2016...

Dell launches expanded Cloud computing portfolio in Australia

Grazed from ARN. Author: Rimin Dutt.

Dell has launched an expanded Cloud client computing portfolio in Australia. The new desktop virtualisation and Cloud client solutions enable workers to use any app on any device, according to the company. Dell’s Desktop Virtualisation Solutions in Australia will address the cost and complexity challenges of virtual desktop adoption.

DVS Simplified and Dell Wyse endpoints are available in Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. Dell has also announced new support for Citrix HDX 3D technology for thin and zero clients, enabling organisations to virtualise and centrally deliver 3D graphics-intensive applications like CAD/CAM, 3D solids modelling, and HD multimedia...

The Organizational Impact of the Cloud

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Edwin Schouten.

Cloud computing is about technology changing the way we do business, but this cannot be done without changing the organization. Being able to fully reap all the benefits described in my previous Wired blog post, 5 Cloud Business Benefits, organizational changes are required. Successful adoption of cloud services is about a cohesive triangle of technology, business and organization. The five most important focus areas are:

Amazon, Microsoft and Google targeted by cloud provider Joyent

Grazed from Network Computing. Author: Brandon Butler.

Joyent may be the biggest cloud provider you haven't heard of. According to the pure-play infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider -- which was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Francisco -- it is a top 5 vendor of cloud-based virtual machines in the world, a stat that's backed up by Gartner. That means it's rubbing elbows with the big names of cloud computing -- Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Microsoft and Google.

"They're the most interesting cloud company that few people talk about," says George Reese, CTO of enStratus, a company that consults with enterprises on cloud strategies and helps business deploy applications to the cloud. "When we talk to people we get questions about AWS, Rackspace, HP, and when we mention Joyent, they're like, 'Who?'"...

Trying to make the cloud simple

Grazed from IT Business Canada. Author: Michelle Warren.

Cloud computing offers significant benefits to enterprise users, not the least of which is the ability to provision IT services – software, hardware, services - when needed. It enables business and IT benefits include the ability to control costs, manage requirements, and purchase services on an “as-needed” basis.

Communicating those key value propositions is part of the challenge facing IT providers; as is sourcing, selling, delivering, and provisioning cloud services. All of which can be complicated for channel partners, as they face a fundamental shift in their business model. One time or repeat sales of hardware, software, even professional services, are relatively straightforward transactions. With cloud services delivery, there main layers of complexity exist: finding a cloud provider/solution, invoicing, and provisioning the service quickly and seamlessly...