August 2016

Gartner Says by 2020 "Cloud Shift" Will Affect More Than $1 Trillion in IT Spending

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More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years, said Gartner, Inc. This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age.

"Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world," said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. "The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending (see Table 1), helping to create a new generation of start-ups and "born in the cloud" providers."...

Cloud Computing: The human-shaped stumbling block in the path of digital transformation

Grazed from Information-Age. Author: Ben Rossi.

There is a certain irony in the fact that, for all its rhetoric of innovation and sophisticated technology, digital transformation ultimately relies on that most basic and capricious of forces: human intelligence and habit.

The digital transformation agenda has largely focused on the strictly technical elements of making these kinds of big changes. This is understandable: the technicalities of digital transformation are complex, and there’s such a wide host of different options that guidance is necessary just to make sense of the landscape...

Cloud computing just had another amazing, awesome, over-the-top good week

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Frederic Paul.

Cloud computing has been on a roll for a while now, and instead of slowing down, it just keeps speeding up. Last week, for example, the cloud hit the accelerator big time, as demonstrated by a pair of key developments:

First, Amazon announced record quarterly results for Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS simply blew through its Q2 numbers, hitting $2.9 billion in revenue, which was up more than $1 billion from the same quarter in 2015. Yes, quarterly revenue increased by a billion dollars in just one year...

Federal data makes its way into the cloud

Grazed from NorthumberlandNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

A federal proposal for the use of cloud computing makes it clear that the most sensitive data the government keeps about Canadians won't be allowed to leave the country. Only information the government deems "unclassified" — meaning it's unauthorized release carries little, if any material or physical harm to the government or individual Canadians — will be allowed to cross the border, bound for cloud computing servers in other countries, under the government's newly released cloud computing strategy.

When data does leave the country, it must be encrypted, says the strategy that has been in development for more than a year. Sensitive personal information on Canadians like social insurance numbers and top secret government data will remain on cloud servers in the country so the federal government maintains "sovereign control over its data," the strategy says...

Cloud Adoption and Challenges in Asia-Pacific

Grazed from SecurityIntelligence. Author: Preethy Soman.

Organizations around the world understand the importance and the challenges of cloud adoption, and they continue to adopt the technology at a fast pace. Gartner predicted that the cloud market in India will reach $3 billion by 2017, which represents an almost fivefold increase from 2012.

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

On one hand, while cloud promises to change the way businesses run, it also presents significant challenges relating to information security and privacy. Organizations need to understand that, in addition to cost reduction and the ability to move from one licensing model to another, the major drivers behind cloud adoption should be transformation and innovation...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce buys Quip for $582 million

Grazed from CBR. Author: James Nunns.

Salesforce has again decided to splash the cash in order to boost its portfolio this time with the acquisition of productivity software maker Quip. The deal, which will be for $582 million in stock, will add to Salesforce’s portfolio a number of programs for creating documents and spreadsheets.

Quip’s products are designed for collaboration using mobile devices, something which should be a boost to the CRM vendor as it looks to advance its mobile offering. Another angle to the deal is that Quip is a competitor of Microsoft Office and Alphabet’s Google Docs...

VMware Launches AirWatch Express to Speed Up and Simplify Mobile Device Management

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VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today released AirWatch Express, a simple mobile device management (MDM) cloud solution designed to get devices up and running quickly. AirWatch Express makes it easy to configure devices with apps, email and Wi-Fi, while enabling the data encryption and security that is necessary in today's environment.

AirWatch Express delivers an affordable, consumer-friendly MDM built on the same platform as VMware AirWatch, the leading enterprise mobility management solution. With this simplified solution, more organizations globally can protect their company by securing their employee's devices in just a few clicks.

CSRA and Racemi Deliver Game-Changing Cloud Migration Services

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CSRA Inc., a leading provider of next-generation IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, and Racemi, a U.S.-based pioneer in migrating applications to the cloud, today announced an extension of their strategic partnership. The companies will collaborate to deliver cloud migration services that help public sector customers accelerate their transformation to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, and the AWS FedRAMP-certified GovCloud.

A key element of this collaboration is the delivery of all the critical components needed to conduct a cloud migration project. The comprehensive approach afforded through this partnership provides customers with a full picture of their current landscape and a roadmap of how to complete the migration. The three-phased, bundled services approach includes discovery and design; target preparation; and assisted server migration.

Release of Hybrid Cloud Visibility Solution Boosts Netwrix Enterprise Sales in Q2 2016

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Netwrix Corporation, the first to introduce a visibility and governance platform that supports both on-premises and hybrid cloud IT environments, today announced its results for Q2 2016, which demonstrate remarkable 121% enterprise sales growth compared to Q2 2015. Netwrix reported significant growth rates across both the U.S. and Europe, boosted by the release of Netwrix Auditor 8.0, a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data at rest regardless of its location.


Market Momentum

"Today’s IT infrastructures are becoming more complex than ever before. Large volumes of data, as well as growing interest in cloud adoption, are stimulating the demand for solutions to secure critical information and mitigate cyber risks," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. "We are happy to offer an innovative product that delivers visibility across hybrid cloud IT environments and empowers companies to address major security challenges, such as investigation of anomalous user behavior to detect insider threats and prevent data loss."

CloudJumper Announces MSP Strategies for Staying Ahead as Telcos Increase Their Presence in Managed Services

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CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, today announced strategies for managed service providers (MSPs) to help in successfully competing against the growing number of telecommunication firms transitioning to managed services. These strategies include activities as simple as expanding one's knowledge base to leveraging innovative product/service licensing models that differentiate the organization against new market entrants. With the right mix of business strategies and solutions, established MSPs can enhance their positions for increased marketshare.

According to a forecast* from independent global analyst firm Ovum, "Telecom service providers will grow their revenues from global services to enterprise customers to more than US$297 billion by 2020. The biggest contribution will come from new strategic ICT services revenues at nearly US$173 billion, which will increase at a CAGR of 9.9% over the period 2015-2020. Telcos overall have taken more than 14 percent of the global ICT services market in the last couple of years, and should reach more than 18 percent by 2020."[ Ovum Research, Telco-Managed Global Services Revenues to Reach US$297 Billion by 2020,]

Particle Announces Particle Cloud -- an Enterprise IoT Platform to Help Successfully Launch IoT Products

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Today Particle, the most widely-used Internet of Things platform, announced Particle Cloud, its enterprise IoT platform, already being used by Fortune 500 companies to ship secure, reliable, and easy-to-use IoT products in as little as six months.

"The Internet of Things is a new industry with huge potential. However, the unfortunate reality is that many businesses' IoT initiatives flounder or fail," said Zach Supalla, Particle co-founder and CEO. "The strongest business case for building an IoT product is irrelevant if you can't execute. Companies who work with Particle actually ship their products."

SolarWinds Empowers New Economy of SaaS Software Companies With Enterprise-Grade Application Performance Optimization

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced significant updates to its SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). With the enhancements, SolarWinds DPA is the only tool available on the market capable of providing Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis to improve Software as a Service (SaaS) application performance for MySQL- and Linux-only IT organizations, helping them reduce costs and improve overall organizational effectiveness.

Specifically, SolarWinds DPA now supports MySQL database repositories, enabling SaaS companies  running MySQL- and Linux-only infrastructure whether on-premises or in the cloud to fully leverage the award-winning tool, whereas a Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle repository were required previously.

Additional significant new features in the latest release of SolarWinds DPA include visualization and analysis to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking and deadlock issues, and support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Velostrata 2.0 Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption

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Velostrata, the leader in cloud workload mobility, today announced Velostrata 2.0, with new capabilities that significantly simplify, speed and de-risk cloud migration. Velostrata's agentless, streaming-based mobility software has always made it easy to extend the data center to take advantage of cloud compute capacity on-demand, but now adds the ability to fully move applications and their data to the cloud. Velostrata 2.0 also comes with additional support for Microsoft Azure, complementing existing AWS support and providing multi-cloud flexibility and anti lock-in. In addition, Velostrata today announced $17.5M in Series B funding led by strategic investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and 83 North. 

"Enterprises are continuing to adopt a public cloud strategy, however adoption has yet to reach its potential, given the complexity and risk of data loss or downtime during the actual workload migration period," said Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "By decoupling the storage from compute and allowing these components to migrate independently, while maintaining performance and availability, Velostrata is taking out a lot of the complexity and risk, enabling enterprises to make that leap to the cloud quickly and simply."

Spiceworks Launches Free Tool to Help IT Professionals Track and Manage Cloud Spending

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Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced Cloud Cost Monitor, a free online tool that connects to IT professionals' Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services accounts to analyze and report on organizations' infrastructure as a service (IaaS) costs and utilized resources. The tool's online dashboard displays a breakdown of an organization's IaaS spending, including weekly cost trends that can be delivered as an email report. This helps IT professionals identify and address any anomalies in their cloud usage before their monthly invoice arrives. 

According to Spiceworks' study Diving into IT Cloud Services, only 25 percent of IT professionals believe cloud services are more cost effective than on-premises infrastructure, potentially due to a lack of visibility in how their cloud services are being utilized and the impact on monthly costs. Cloud Cost Monitor is designed to help IT professionals overcome the challenges of keeping their IaaS costs under control by enabling them to track how their usage and costs are trending over time.


SAIC Introduces Cloud Migration Edge

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Science Applications International Corp. launched today Cloud Migration Edge, a multi-tiered methodology that migrates and transforms customers’ current IT applications and systems to a cloud environment securely and effectively. As a cloud services integrator, SAIC teams with the best cloud technology providers to engineer solutions that meet customers’ individual needs. 

Cloud Migration Edge is a holistic, five-step approach that encompasses specialized tools, processes, and best practices to guide the cloud migration life cycle and provide ongoing improvement. This formalized framework supports the step-by-step implementation of a mission-centric cloud computing environment by breaking down the cloud migration process into standardized components at each layer of the IT service life cycle.

Speakers Announced for #OpenStack Days East Event in New York City, August 23-24

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The speaker lineup has been announced for the first ever OpenStack Days East event in New York City from August 23-24, which features case studies from Bloomberg, Comcast, eBay, EBSCO, NetApp, PayPal and Walmart talking about their OpenStack deployments. 

OpenStack Days East is expected to draw some 600 attendees bringing IT professionals, developers and OpenStack supporters together to share case studies, trends, and plans for the world's fastest-growing open source project. It gives those interested in learning more about the project opportunities to share experiences and talk directly with OpenStack community members.

VMblog's Expert Interviews: Kentik Talks Funding, SaaS & Big Data Network Visibility

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Since launching its ground-breaking SaaS-based network traffic analysis platform a year ago, Kentik has been making nice progress in the industry.  The company provides Kentik Detect, a cloud-based network visibility and analytics solution that delivers unprecedented depth of insight into any network.  Kentik processes tens of billions of data records per day, equipping service providers and enterprises network operations teams with actionable insights that enable them to make quick, cost-effective decisions.

The company just announced a Series B round of funding -- a nice sum of $23 million.  To dig in a little deeper into that funding news and to find out what they have planned going forward, I spoke with Kentik's co-founder and CEO, Avi Freedman.  

IaaS Growth Drives Federal Cloud Market

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Frank Konkel.

Infrastructure-as-a-service offerings dominate the federal cloud computing market, according to a new report. The federal government spent $3.3 billion on cloud computing in fiscal 2015, up almost 25 percent from a sequestration-driven 5-year low of $2.6 billion in fiscal 2012, according to analysis from big data and analytics firm Govini released this week.

IaaS providers benefitted the most from federal agencies beginning to modernize IT infrastructures. Agencies increased IaaS spending by 53 percent to $897 million in fiscal 2015 from $585 million in fiscal 2012. From an industry perspective, the biggest beneficiaries were IBM – the market leader in IaaS offerings, with $1.1 billion in cloud revenue since fiscal 2011 – and cloud resellers DLT Solutions and InfoReliance...

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4 New Ways to Hitch a Ride on the Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Tired of hearing about the handful of tech names everyone must own? Consider roaming a bit farther afield for cloud computing. This column has relentlessly talked up the potential of cloud computing for (ticker: AMZN), Alphabet ’s (GOOGL) Google unit, and Microsoft (MSFT). But there are also opportunities for newer, younger companies and turnaround stories among established names.

One good place to look is software tools—programs that computer engineers use to make their own software programs. As history has demonstrated, buying the makers of picks and shovels can be a good way to ride a gold rush. This is one of the most vibrant areas of technology today, as companies shift from selling software programs on a compact disk to selling code that runs on server computers inside Amazon Web Services or other public cloud facilities...

Amazon, Microsoft and Google Are Breaking Away From the Pack in Cloud Infrastructure

Grazed from The Street. Author: Eric Jhonsa.

In the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) such as cloud computing and cloud storage, Amazon (AMZN) , Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google are quickly distancing themselves from the pack. That spells trouble for the long list of would-be rivals who typically don't have as much scale or offer as many features as the leaders.

As was the case in its 2015 report, the 2016 edition of research firm Gartner's closely read IaaS Magic Quadrant report places only Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure in the report's "Leaders" quadrant, which features cloud platforms receiving top marks both for the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute...