Cloud Adoption

Frost & Sullivan: Australia Leads Cloud Adoption in APAC

Grazed from PRNewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

The Australian cloud computing market was worth US$ 882.4 million in 2012 and is expected to reach US$ 3.33 billion in 2016. Frost & Sullivan expects this market to grow at a CAGR of 40.3% from 2011-2016.  According to Andrew Milroy, Vice President, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, cloud computing is witnessing growing traction in Australia. Indeed, Australia is leading cloud adoption in the Asia Pacific region.

"Almost a third of businesses in Asia Pacific today use cloud computing. In Australia, 43% of businesses have adopted cloud computing, the highest in the region," said Milroy at Frost & Sullivan's ICT outlook briefing 2013 held in Sydney today.  The increasing use of cloud computing together with mobility, big data and social media are transforming the ways in which organizations and individuals engage with one another. They are also transforming the way business is conducted. Key changes include a reduction in the size of IT departments and much greater cross industry convergence...

Forrester – Cloud Predictions for 2013

Grazed from CloudTimes.  Author: Xath Cruz.

Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, there is one key takeaway from the cloud computing industry: enterprise use has finally arrived. The use of Cloud Computing is no longer hidden from plain sight and IT departments are now very upfront about their company use, resulting in legitimate cloud budgeting taking place. In fact, the latest Forrsights Surveys state that half of all enterprises in North America and Europe are planning to create budgets for cloud related investments in 2013.

This means that cloud usage will finally get real in 2013. It marks the end for all the speculation and the cloudwashing, as corporations and organizations start getting down to the real business of incorporating cloud technology into their formal IT portfolios. Some of the most important predictions about cloud technology in the coming year include:...

Cloud Computing and Big Data in 2013: What's Coming Next?

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Jeremy Geelan.


What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013?   In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo / BigDataExpo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the fast-approaching year ahead.

PaaS to the Fore in 2013 | Big Moving Data the Post-Hadoop Era | Mobility | Data Visualization

Jnan Dash@JnanDash  Advisor at Graymatics & Sonata Software

Industry veteran Jnan spent nearly twenty years at Oracle in software development, followed by a decade at Oracle, where he finished up as a Group VP. He is now an advisor to companies who seek to benefit from his wealth of enterprise IT expertise and experience.

  1. Cloud Computing: If 2012 was the year of SaaS, then 2013 will see most activity in PaaS (Platform). The lines between PaaS and IaaS are blurring, just look at the AWS stack. While incumbents are struggling, startups will have advantage.

  2. Big Data: Two major movements going forward to 2013. The onset of the post-Hadoop era. Look at Google's new tools such as Percolator, Pregel, Dremmel and Twitter Storm. Hadoop has batch pedigree and needs to move forward on several fronts. Second big trend is addressing "Data in Motion". Hence analytic tools on moving data will be key new area of focus....

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Mobilitechs Releases Cloud Computing E-book for Business Owners

Grazed from PR Web.  Author: PR Announcement.

The new E-book 5 Cloud Computing Facts Every Business Owner Must Know Before Moving Their Network To The Cloud published by takes a thorough look into the state of the cloud computing industry by looking at five critical areas of knowledge about cloud computing. The 14 page PDF is available for free download and is packed with helpful insights for business owners in Reading, Lancaster, Wyomissing, and Allentown, PA.

The research firm IDC estimates that by the year 2014, the cloud services market will top $55 billion. Today's businesses and their employees already use an estimated $100 million in cloud computing services - but many business owners don't understand what the cloud is, how their businesses can benefit from cloud computing, and what their ROI would be from investing in cloud technology...

Cloud Computing Adoption Blocked by Company Executives

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Alex Keane.

There is no denying that benefits exist for small and midsize companies that are prepared to invest in cloud-based solutions, as there are obvious cost advantages in out-sourcing certain processes, reducing hardware spend, and allowing flexible scaling as the need arises. However, as indicated on MiBiz, it seems company executives are somewhat confused when it comes to analyzing the possible benefits of cloud computing adoption. A recent survey, "the future of cloud computing," indicates that just 40 percent of those surveyed are experimenting with possible cloud solutions and approximately 25 percent announced that they are awaiting future developments before cloud computing options can even be considered, believing perceived security threats to be the biggest obstacle.

Derrick Harris, senior analyst at GigaOM Pro, indicated that, "Cloud computing is a multibillion-dollar industry today, but many companies are still unclear on which technologies they need, how they work together, who the main vendors are, and how to implement cloud technologies effectively." While this may be true to a certain extent, the fact remains that the biggest influencers when it comes to decisions involving cloud computing adoption will be IT professionals and company executives who are responsible for IT budgets...

Texas Instruments and Nimbix Deliver Accelerated Compute Cloud

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Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and Nimbix, a leader in heterogeneous high performance computing cloud processing, announced their collaboration on Nimbix's Accelerated Compute Cloud (NACC). By selecting TI's high-performance KeyStone multicore DSPs, Nimbix is significantly reducing power and accelerating workflows for video processing and imaging applications, making high performance computing in the cloud easier than ever before.

"When choosing technology for our accelerated compute cloud, we looked no further than TI's KeyStone multicore DSPs," said Steve Hebert, CEO of Nimbix. "With the Nimbix Accelerated Compute Cloud, customers can leverage hardware acceleration technology, including TI's multicore DSPs to increase the speed and ease of use for video and imaging applications, as well as reducing overall development costs. Together with TI, we are lowering the adoption barrier, while helping users achieve better cloud economics."...

How Multi-Layer Cloud Security Leaves Hackers In The Cold

Grazed from AOL Government. Author: Vic Berger.

With the government's Shared First initiative, the emergence of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and ongoing budget pressures, migrating to the cloud has moved from an ideal to reality for many government agencies. However, along with the efficiencies and cost savings associated with cloud computing comes a number of information security risks that must be overcome.

Cyber security guidelines are continually evolving for the cloud computing environments that agencies are currently, or will soon be, operating. While the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), issued its first draft Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing nearly a year ago, a widely accepted IT service management framework like Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3), for instance, has yet to be updated for managing a cloud computing infrastructure. Simply put, a standard, industry-wide set of best practices for securing the cloud is still taking shape...

Over 40% of UK IT professionals not aware of the ICO guidance on cloud computing

Grazed from Channel EMEA. Author: Editorial Staff.

A new survey of 300 senior IT professionals highlights a worrying lack of awareness of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance and recommendations on cloud computing, with over 40 per cent of professionals admitting they are unaware of them. Of those IT decision makers that are of aware of the ICO guidelines, less than 27 per cent admit their organisations are compliant.

CipherCloud, the leader in cloud information protection, commissioned the independent survey of 300 IT professionals across key industries including financial services, healthcare, and government between 15/11/2012 and 23/11/2012 by Opinion Matters. The survey was targeted at leading enterprise organisations in the UK...

IT Security is Cloud Centric

Grazed from CIOZone. Author: Editorial Staff.

For IT security, Gartner analysts are predicting that 2013 is going to be about expansion of cloud computing and the struggle by the enterprise to achieve appropriate security for it. According to Gartner, by 2015, 10% of overall IT security enterprise capabilities will be delivered in the cloud. Is BYOD part of the problem or part of the Plan? What forces will shape and drive embedded cloud security managed services?

IT managers are balancing security and support concerns with the very real potential to reap significant cost and productivity benefits from trends such as BYOD. Research has shown that BYOD is just the gateway to greater business benefits...

Gartner: Amazon, HP cloud SLAs are "practically useless"

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Amazon Web Services, which Gartner recently named a market-leader in infrastructure as a service cloud computing, has the "dubious status of 'worst SLA (service level agreement) of any major cloud provider'" analyst Lydia Leong blogged today, but HP's newly available public cloud service could be even worse..

HP launched the general availability of its HP Compute Cloud on Wednesday along with an SLA. Both AWS and HP impose strict guidelines in how users must architect their cloud systems for the SLAs to apply in the case of service disruptions, leading to increased costs for users...