Cloud Market Dominance

HP tops IDC cloud infrastructure market rankings, ahead of Dell and Cisco

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

IDC’s ranking of cloud infrastructure providers is in: HP has hit the top of the charts, with Dell and Cisco making up the top three. The findings, which arrive in the analyst house’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, cover storage, server and Ethernet switch and show HP’s revenue growing 37.4% between 1Q14 and 1Q15, and market share at 15.7% for total 1Q15 revenues of $985 million. Dell, in second, has first quarter revenues of $745m, a market share of 11.9% and year over year revenue growth of 34.2%. Cisco, in third place, has first quarter revenues of $582m, an overall market share of 9.3% but revenue growth year over year of 30.1%.

The two companies positioned in fifth place, NetApp and Lenovo, had contrasting fortunes. NetApp’s revenue went up year on year by 1.5% to capture a 4.4% market share in 2015, down from 5.4% in 2014, while Lenovo’s revenue growth between 2014 and 2015 skyrocketed at 770.3%, moving from 0.5% market share in Q114 to 3.6% in Q115 – not especially surprising given IBM sold the majority of its x86 server business to the company last year...

Is Amazon's Dominance In The Cloud Under Threat?

Grazed from GuruFocus. Author: Mihir Mehta.

It is true that Amazon (AMZN) is struggling with its bottom line and for a good period of time, it has just been assuring investors that the time would soon come when it revives its growth trajectory. In the third quarter as well, Amazon missed the Street forecast and the shares plunged 9 percent after the company provided lackluster guidance for its fourth quarter. The guidance was more disappointing because the fourth quarter is the holiday season in the U.S. and European markets as well and therefore, investors were hoping to get favorable assertions from the management.

Looking back

Over the past two years, Amazon has been running in different directions including experimenting with smartphones but most of these initiatives have not yielded expected results. In the third quarter, net loss widened to $437 million or 95 cents per share in the third quarter, from $41 million or 9 cents a year ago...

SoftLayer CEO talks IBM's cloud pitch, AWS competition

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Beth Pariseau.

Lance Crosby is the CEO and founder of SoftLayer, a company IBM purchased in 2013 to boost its cloud computing credibility among enterprise customers. Modern Infrastructure caught up with him this spring to suss out SoftLayer's progress at IBM.

Modern Infrastructure: What's IBM's cloud pitch to enterprises?


Crosby: Everything we do can be either single-tenant or multi-tenant, and we give complete control and transparency, which is unlike all the other clouds. Our background is in enterprise and government hosting. The look and feel of SoftLayer is a lot more familiar to enterprise customers than other clouds, which is why IBM was drawn to SoftLayer at the time of the acquisition...

SaaS continues to dominate enterprise cloud computing market

Grazed from IT World Canada. Author: Andrew Brooks.

While there are security, compliance and portability concerns with “as-a-service” models, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS look set for further growth While the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model remains dominant in terms of market share, growth and breadth of coverage, a new research report says other cloud computing models have established themselves as contenders and are themselves undergoing rapid growth despite some issues.

Worldwide SaaS revenues will reach US$53 billion by 2018, or 59 per cent of the enterprise public cloud computing market, says a new report from U.K.-based Juniper Research. SaaS brought in US$23.2 billion last year. The report, titled “Cloud Computing – Enterprise Markets: SaaS, PaaS & IaaS, 2014-2018,” SaaS will remain the dominant cloud model, thanks in part to its relative maturity and widespread acceptance, and broad recognition of the comparative benefits and risks of commissioning cloud-based software...

Amazon's market dominance in IaaS: The consequences for innovation

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Thoran Rodrigues.

Back at the end of August, Gartner released their 2013 Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure-as-a-Service. The IaaS market is still a very volatile and competitive market that’s growing steadily, so changes on the relative positions of the market players are to be expected from one year to the next, but the dominance that Amazon Web Services has displayed is simply incredible, and raises some interesting questions related to the future evolution of the cloud market as a whole.

According to Gartner, AWS today has overwhelming market share. What do they mean by overwhelming? More than five times the compute capacity than the aggregate total of the other providers considered in the study. Not only that, but at the end of the report they state that the gap between the share leader (AWS) and the others is widening due to increasing customer expectations and the broadening of use cases. Are we headed towards a one-player cloud computing market?...

Cloud Computing: Yahoo Trumps Google As Most-Visited Website

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Kristin Burnham.

For the first time since 2011, Yahoo ranks as the most-visited website in the U.S., according to the latest report from ComScore, which tracks unique visitors to U.S. properties across the Web. Yahoo received 196.6 million unique visitors in the month of July compared to Google's 192.3 million. Microsoft, Facebook and AOL rounded out the top five.

According to the report, Yahoo saw 20% more unique visitors in July 2013 as compared to July 2012. Traffic to Tumblr, the blogging platform that Yahoo acquired in May for $1.1 billion, did not contribute to Yahoo's overall traffic number, said Andrew Lipsman, ComScore's VP of industry analysis. Tumblr ranked as the 28th most popular U.S. property in July, according to the report. The latest ComScore numbers also do not include mobile usage...

SaaS Market Domination: You’re Targeting Too Big of a Market!

Grazed from Business Insider. Author: Scott Maxwell.

Every expansion-stage SaaS company wants to dominate its market, but most founders don’t build and execute a market-dominating strategy. The problem is that they want to win the entire market so they don’t start by getting clear on the market targets that they want to dominate. Since they don’t have the right focus, they can’t build the right product or go-to-market strategy to dominate their market.

This post is all about narrowing your focus and aiming at the right customer segment(s). If you do this, you will have a much better chance of dominating your markets and becoming a great, large company!...

Cloud Wars: Who Will Come Out On Top?

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: Editorial Staff.

Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) are out at each other in a new invisible battlefield: Computer horsepower. Cloud computing has been around for quite a long time (since 1984, at least the concept) but its potential has only recently been discovered. Despite the buzz around the concept, very few people understand the underlying framework, which is ironic since most people have already used it. Simply put, cloud (another word for internet) computing is using other people's server to run your network/application for your organization, remotely. Prime examples are Gmail and drop box. It essentially reduces the hassle and cost of the end user by outsourcing the entire IT department to the service provider; e.g. Amazon or Google.

Overview

Amazon is the pioneer, providing cloud computing services since 2004, but Google has recently caught on (began last year June). Google has the largest storage capacity in the world, which has made Amazon push harder, especially in terms of pricing. Amazon's EC2 provides IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), outsourcing IT needs along with the hardware, while Google's App Engine provides PaaS (Platform as a service)...

Cloud-on-Cloud Computing: An Expansion of Processing Power and Competition in the Cloud Market

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

What started as a secret and then an enterprise novelty has quickly gone mainstream. Chances are, your enterprise has caught on to cloud computing and seen several advantages. Easier and faster access to data is one of these. Nobody has yet come up with a reason this is not beneficial to the modern enterprise. The Web services which are easily accessible are numerous. The big names such as Google and Amazon have come up with some fairly versatile solutions over the past couple of years, expanding data storage and the resources available to run complex software applications.

Rackspace is yet another competitor in the cloud computing market, bringing to life the concept of cloud-on-cloud computing. Everything from cloud services you can outsource your infrastructure to, to configurations enabling business to create their own clouds, have been conceived. This company, however, has come up with OpenStack, a software platform that has brought businesses one step closer to in-house cloud computing. The single, open-source platform can span hundreds of different servers, converging processing power for applications used on the network...

Apple Named King of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Motley Fool.  Author: Tim Beyers.

When it comes to storing most of our online entertainment, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) and its Drive file system isn't top dog. Neither is Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) SkyDrive or Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) Cloud Drive. The winner? Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , says a new report from Strategy Analytics.

The survey asked respondents which digital locker services they use to store music or video. iCloud and iTunes topped the list with 27% using Apple's services. Surprisingly, Dropbox ranked second, two percentage points ahead of Cloud Drive...