Cloud Market

2016 Review Shows $148 billion Cloud Market Growing at 25% Annually

Grazed from Synergy Research Group

New data from Synergy Research Group shows that across six key cloud services and infrastructure market segments, operator and vendor revenues for the four quarters ending September 2016 reached $148 billion, having grown by 25% on an annualized basis. IaaS & PaaS services had the highest growth rate at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services at 35% and enterprise SaaS at 34%. 2016 was notable as the year in which spend on cloud services overtook spend on cloud infrastructure hardware and software. In aggregate cloud service markets are now growing three times more quickly than cloud infrastructure hardware and software. Companies that featured the most prominently among the 2016 market segment leaders were Amazon/AWS, Microsoft, HPE, Cisco, IBM, Salesforce and Dell EMC.

Doubt Darkens $19 Billion Global Market for Cloud Computing

Grazed from Brink. Author: Editorial Staff.

The future of cloud computing depends on the trust and acceptance businesses place in the industry to store their critical data, but a recent survey of four key markets in the Asia-Pacific region might give the $18.9 billion global market a reason to be concerned. According to the survey—of 130 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore—70 percent said they weren’t likely to adopt a cloud first strategy, while just 29 percent have either adopted it or will do so in the next 12 months.

More concerning: 73 percent of companies surveyed believe that their data is safer in their control than it is in the cloud, and only 12 percent believe it to be the other way round. This suggests while businesses may see the cloud as part of their strategy, a majority are not inclined to make it the focal point in terms of how IT is run...

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Over 90% of Small- to Medium-Sized Businesses Currently Use Cloud Hosting or Say They Plan To

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Cloud hosting is an overwhelmingly popular option among small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as shown by a new survey from Clutch, one of the leading B2B ratings and reviews sites. Nearly 95% of SMBs say they either already use a cloud hosting service or plan to transition to it.

According to industry analysts, the Clutch survey findings are indicative of a necessary trend, who suggest the transition to cloud hosting services is a good strategic move for SMBs.

"I don't think you can truly move forward within a company without using cloud in some way, whether that's by buying software as a service from somebody or creating your own cloud infrastructure for your business," said Rachel Bair, Director of Hosting and Client Services at Unleashed Technologies, a web development and hosting service. "To stay competitive in your own vertical, cloud hosting will be the way to go."

Cloud market moving to higher value services rather than commodity pricing

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Customers that view cloud computing as a way of cutting costs by reducing IT provisioning to commodity services may be getting the wrong end of the stick, as the market is increasingly turning to value-added services that are a better fit for customer requirements. The latest Cloud Price Index report from analyst 451 Research claims to show that, rather than being dominated by cut-throat commodity pricing, the cloud market sees customers increasingly looking for value-added services, and providers are moving up the stack to meet this demand and maintain profits.

"Despite all the noise about cloud becoming a commodity, our research demonstrates a very limited relationship between price and market share. Certainly, being cheap doesn't guarantee more revenue, and being expensive doesn't guarantee less," said Dr Owen Rogers, research director of 451 Research's Digital Economics Unit...

Tech giants lock horns over Korean cloud market

Grazed from KoreaHerald. Author: Editorial Staff.

Tech giants from home and abroad are battling to garner a larger slice of the Korean market for cloud computing solutions, industry watchers said Monday, as local demand for the services is expected to grow sharply down the road. The Korean market for cloud computing solutions is expected to reach $1.2 billion in 2019, up from the $540 million posted in 2014, according to the data compiled by industry tracker Gartner.

Cloud computing solutions allow users to access their photos, documents and other content saved on servers through smartphones and PCs. The service has been gaining popularity around the globe, especially at the office, as it cuts down on costs. In January, U.S. tech giant Oracle held a large-scale cloud computing conference in Seoul to tap into the fast-growing Korean market. Oracle currently has around 70 million users through its clients in its cloud computing segment around the globe...

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Global Cloud Application Adoption Increases by 71 Percent in 2015

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, the Total Data Protection company, today announced the results of its second annual Cloud Adoption Report. The global report was compiled through an automated, cloud-based analysis of real-world traffic data from 113,000 organizations and more than 20 industry verticals, including finance, healthcare, education and government. Overall, cloud application adoption across all industries increased more than 71 percent in 2015. Among the most notable findings: cloud adoption in regulated industries experienced stronger-than-anticipated growth, up from 15 percent in 2014 to 39 percent in 2015.

The report reveals which industries have made the most progress in migrating from on-premises to public cloud applications and highlights which of these industries are following security best practices.

Market nears public cloud adoption tipping point

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jim O'Reilly.

Public cloud adoption has grown significantly over the past few years, as even the most skeptical IT pros admit the technology is right for certain use cases. Spending on public cloud services is expected to exceed $127 billion in 2018, up from $56.6 billion in 2014, according to industry analyst group IDC.

But, even as adoption grows, many organizations still question whether they can use public cloud to run all mission-critical workloads. The answer, however, depends on several factors. To protect data, a business' most mission-critical applications are kept close. In fact, by law, certain data must be protected...

EU mulls new rules to free up the cloud market

Grazed from Diginomica. Author: Phil Wainewright.

After last year’s change of the guard at the European Commission, there’s been a wait to find out what new policy directions the new team of incoming Commissioners may go off in. Given the attention that the previous cohort of Neelie Kroes, Viviane Reding and others lavished on cloud computing, this has special importance for anyone investing in cloud IT in the European market.

Some strong pointers came at this week’s Think Cloud for Government conference in London during a presentation by Pearse O’Donohue, who has taken over the role previously held by Ken Ducatel as the Commission’s head of unit for software, services and cloud computing. Essentially, this means he is the official in Brussels in charge of developing and delivering the EU’s policies on cloud computing...

Is Microsoft Pursuing the Cloud Computing Market Hard Enough?

Grazed from StreetWise. Author: Jacob Maslow.

I don’t mean to be a stick in the mud here. I know there are a lot of analysts who are happy that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is pursuing the fast-growing cloud computing industry in a very public way. Indeed, Microsoft has made its cloud business strategy the centerpiece of its transition from a traditional desktop-based software company.

This is all well and good. However, if you look at the numbers, it can’t help but leave you with a sinking feeling in your stomach. Let’s put it this way, Microsoft has an annual revenue of close to $100B. That’s how big Microsoft is. We’re talking about its Xbox, hardware initiatives, and of course Windows and Windows-based software. Of that figure, $5.5B came from cloud computing and its cloud business...

Dell: Robots and drones to drive the cloud market in next decade

Grazed from TechGoondu.  Author: Aaron Tan.

Robots, drones and driverless vehicles will propel the next decade of growth in the cloud computing industry, according to a Dell executive.  In an interview with Techgoondu at the Cloud Asia 2014 conference last week, Martin Yates, strategic enterprise practice director at Dell Asia-Pacific and Japan, said the increased processing power delivered over the cloud will offer unlimited possibilities in advanced automation.

“You’ll see an acceleration of cloud computing in areas like drones,” he said, noting that companies like DHL and Amazon are already using or experimenting with drones to deliver packages...