Cloud Growth

Cloud Computing Perfectly Poised for ‘Second Wind’ Growth Spurt

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Editorial Staff.

The growth of cloud computing has not only made companies around the world take notice and shift their IT priorities, but it also made tech giants that sat on the sidelines – like Google and Oracle – take the plunge and fight for market share. Amazon and Microsoft are racing towards $20 billion in annual cloud revenues, which they should hit within the next few years, but considering the furious rate of growth, should we brace for a slowdown in the near future?

Far from it, says Rackspace’s CEO in an interview with ZDNet. “Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes said that while revenue across the big cloud players is around $20bn, that’s still dwarfed by the $500bn of applications and data still held in data centers — and it could take a decade or more for all of that to move to the cloud...

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Why the Computing Cloud Will Keep Growing and Growing

Grazed from New York Times. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, along with a couple of his rivals, may eventually control much of the $1 trillion global market for business computers and software. That is because Amazon Web Services, his big-business computing division, is starting to affect more than just the world of computer servers, data storage and networking at the core of computing. Increasingly, it is also entangled with mobile phones, sensors and all sorts of other devices in the so-called Internet of Things.

It’s the same story at Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, the other two big cloud companies. Start-ups and giant corporations rent the core resources, along with related software, instead of owning and running their own machines. What’s next? As innovations like artificial intelligence and connected devices become popular, customers are putting cloud components in mobile computing, home games and email marketing campaigns. In other words, the big clouds aim to be everywhere...

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Zen Internet Celebrates a Year of Cloud Success

Grazed from Zen Internet

Zen Internet’s cloud services enjoyed significant success in 2015/16, with full year results showing a 144% growth in revenue. The company also announced a series of major milestones in the development of the business.

There were important advances for both Zen’s internal Zen Cloud and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. The company attained AWS Advanced Partner status early in the year, and remains one of only a handful of companies outside London able to offer customers that level of expertise.

The year also saw a substantial investment in Zen’s own Zen Cloud service, improving both hardware infrastructure and the customer portal. Customers now get better performance from an even more reliable and cost-effective storage platform, along with a more intuitive management portal.

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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Cloud Computing What does the role of the CIO look like in 2016?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

It is a question which carries more resonance as technology matures: what is the major role of the CIO today? The usual responses range from improving business efficiency, to spearheading the organisation’s technological revolution. At the MIT Sloan CIO Conference earlier this month, the answer was simple.

“The perfect CIO is enabling the perfectly friction-less business,” argued Steve Rosenbush, the editor of CIO Journal. Yet there are many layers to uncover to get to the heart of this statement. Harvey Nash and KPMG have today released a report on ‘the creative CIO’. The authors, Harvey Nash chief executive Albert Ellis and KPMG International global CIO advisory service network lead Lisa Heneghan, conclude that despite an increasing examination of security, the CIOs with a creative mindset are winning out over those with an operational focus...

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Alibaba Cloud's new programme to help startups accelerate their business growth

Grazed from MISAsia. Author: Nurdianah Mur.

Alibaba Cloud — the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group — has launched its first global startup programme called Create@Alibaba Cloud. The programme — which is an expansion from Alibaba Cloud's previous initiatives in Hong Kong and China — is aimed at enabling startups to maximise their potential through Alibaba's support network and suite of cloud infrastructure services.

"Our focus has always been to empower our global customers with our cloud expertise to achieve greater global coverage and expansion into international markets. We hope that this programme will make our sophisticated networking solutions and big data intelligence also available to start-ups and small enterprises to accelerate their business growth," said Yu Sicheng, Vice President of Alibaba Cloud...

Cloud Computing Had a Wild and Wooly Week

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

If you don’t like the current cloud landscape (cloudscape?), wait a minute. It’ll change. Take this week as an example. First, news dropped that Dropbox, which had long used Amazon Web Services to store most of its digital stuff, acknowledged that it had moved most of that (90%) to its own infrastructure. The migration, which has taken more than two years, was previously reported but wasn’t confirmed by Amazon AMZN -1.46% nor Dropbox until now.

For those who don’t follow this space, a public cloud is a huge pool of shared servers, storage, and networking owned and managed by one provider—Amazon, Microsoft MSFT -1.50% , and Google GOOG -0.12% are the big three. Those providers, in turn, rent that capacity to customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies...

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Cloud Computing Boosts Oracle Even As Dollar Proves Challenging

Grazed from MorningStart. Author: Jay Greene.

Oracle Corp. posted solid growth in its cloud-computing businesses in the last quarter, even as it wrestled with the challenge of a strong U.S. dollar. The Redwood City, Calif., maker of business software often is thought of as late to Web-based computing on demand. But it recently has beefed up its cloud offerings, and customers have responded with enthusiasm.

Oracle's total cloud revenue in the quarter ended Feb. 29 rose 40% to $735 million. Because the company books overseas sales in foreign currencies, quarterly cloud revenue would have gained 44% measured in constant currency. "The world is shifting faster to the cloud, and Oracle is adapting appropriately," said Bill Kreher, an analyst at Edward Jones...

Cloud Computing: Oracle Plans Massive New Austin Campus

Grazed from SiliconHills. Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle Tuesday announced plans to build a 560,000-square-foot campus and parking development on 27 acres on the waterfront of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake. In addition, Oracle is buying an adjacent 295-unit apartment building for employees to live and “to support a work-life balance.” The campus will be focused on Oracle’s cloud expansion.

Oracle also announced plans to expand its local workforce by 50 percent during the next few years. The company declined to disclose how many employees it currently has in Austin. The Austin Chamber of Commerce reports Oracle has between 1,000 and 2,000 employees in Austin. The new jobs will be in Oracle Direct, its cloud sales organization. The company plans to hire a lot of recent university graduates and technical people early in their career...

Cloud Computing: How Can DevOps Accelerate Innovation?

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Dan Kobialka.

What could revamped development and operations (DevOps) mean for independent software vendors (ISVs)? MSPmentor 501 honoree Logicalis has identified several ways the cloud can enhance the development process for ISVs. The New York-based managed service provider (MSP) noted the cloud "can facilitate DevOps changes and accelerate innovation within the software developer’s organization."

"Developers and their IT counterparts are polar opposites in their business lives," said Brian Day, senior director of cloud services at Logicalis US, in a prepared statement. "But with the help of a savvy cloud or SaaS partner, software providers are realizing significant productivity gains in the people, tools and overall culture of their organizations -- changes that give them a competitive edge in today's fast-paced software development world."...

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