Cloud Readiness

How to Unleash the Full Potential of Cloud Computing

Grazed from DZone. Author: Rick Delgado.

You may have already made the switch to cloud computing for your business and think you’re on the right track for optimal performance. However, most businesses are not harnessing the true potential of the cloud. In a survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM, it was found that only 38% of companies use cloud computing as a leading resource for their businesses. Those who have made it a priority have been able to tap into otherwise unreachable and unaffordable markets, appealing to new audiences and taking part in the latest technology. What more can the cloud do for you, and how are others already taking advantage? Here’s what the cloud provides:

1. Data Analytics For Even Smaller Companies

Budgets have always been the bane of creativity and innovation, especially for smaller companies who wish to take advantage of the tools heavy-hitters are using but are held back because of funds. The cloud offers flexibility to suit smaller companies and their smaller budgets without taking away any of the advantages...

Cloud Computing Technology Expected to Witness a Significant Rise in its Adoption During the Period 2016-2020

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Technavio research analysts are forecasting positive growth for many segments of the global cloud computing market over the next four years as several markets including backend as a service (BaaS), cloud management for OpenStack, and network as a service (NaaS), will witness an increase in revenues.

According to Technavio, the need to reduce complexities in application development will accelerate the growth of the global backend as a services market and post a massive CAGR of almost 102% during the period 2016-2020. Application of BaaS solutions makes it easier for developers to set up, use, and operate a cloud backend for creating their mobile, tablet, and web apps...

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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Cloud Solution Provider Paradox: Promise and Problems

Grazed from ChannelInsider.  Author: Michael Vizard.

 The cloud solution provider faces a complicated paradox: There is no shortage of opportunities—or obstacles—in this burgeoning field. This irony, though common in the business world, is particularly pronounced in the channel.  The movement of workloads in the cloud challenges business models that many solution providers have relied on for decades.  A key issue for companies in the channel, including cloud MSPs, is finding the spots where they can add value.
However, as cloud computing continues to mature, those spots are becoming more apparent. Although spending for "the greater cloud"—including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and MSP cloud solutions—is projected to exceed $500 billion by 2020, IDC reports that more than half of cloud service revenue is now generated indirectly via one channel or another...

Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).  Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk. Singapore (76.7), New Zealand (74.4) and Australia (73.2) comprised the top five, with the other categories focusing on sustainability, cybersecurity, government and regulation, intellectual property, business sophistication and freedom of information.
Looking at the other countries, there was minimal change, with the likes of Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand only moving one place up or down over the past year. South Korea, a certainly developed market and the second most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation in 2012, has dropped into mid-table obscurity with an overall position of #7 in 2016...

10 ways to convince your CFO that it’s time for the cloud

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud has been one of the most talked-about concepts in computing for years now, and a recent survey by RightScale found that 95 per cent of companies are now using some form of cloud service. However, a lot of this is still at the experimentation stage, with at least two thirds of workloads still provided via traditional IT systems. So there’s still a long way to go before market size predictions for the cloud are achieved. With huge potential economic benefits available from the cloud, here are 10 reasons (out of many more) that you can give your Chief Financial Officer, which might convince them it’s time to switch services over.

1. Fewer capital costs to worry about

One of the most attractive features of cloud computing is that you don’t need to invest in servers anymore, or at least not as many. So the three-year cycle of purchasing and replacement will no longer be such a huge issue, and you won’t need the periodic lump of finance required to upgrade. There will still be capital costs for end user equipment and infrastructure, including an increased focus on strong networking and Internet connectivity...

Sometimes You Just Have to Build Your Own Cloud

Grazed from Windows IT Pro. Author: Richard Hay.

Cloud, Cloud, Cloud! It seems the cloud is involved in nearly every business decision, planning for start ups, etc. but when do you decide it is time to go solo with your own cloud? We all know that cloud is a bit of a misnomer because in reality your files are just in residence on someone else's server hardware.

There is no need to look any further for proof of this than the server revenue and shipment report for the last quarter of 2015 that I wrote about last week. Companies around the world are moving a lot of hardware and making money while doing it. Of course, you folks understand this and the decision to go public or private cloud can be a challenging one because it involves cost and what the ultimate return on your investment will be in either case...

How is life different in the cloud?

Grazed from ScientificComputing. Author: Editorial Staff.

One of the most notable changes in the culture of pharmaceutical research and development is the move towards collaboration and outsourcing as the business model. This has been driven, at least in part, by a shift from the development of traditional small-molecule drugs, to large molecule biologics, biomarkers and personalised medicine.

‘Biologics discovery and development will generally require collaboration with CROs, small biotechs or academia that have required IP, or are specialised in different segments of the biologics workflow, perhaps next gen sequencing or biomarker discovery,’ according to Anthony Uzzo, president and cofounder of Core Informatics. ‘This means that collaboration and outsourcing will become an inevitable part of biologics and precision medicine initiatives."...

Top CEOs Focusing on Cognitive Computing

Grazed from Sci-Today.  Author: Jeff Cozza.

High-level executives from around the world are beginning to focus more on cognitive computing as the technology threatens to disrupt a variety of different industries, according to IBM. The use of cognitive computing is set to rise dramatically in the coming years, with half of CEOs expecting it to disrupt their sectors.

The news comes from the recent IBM Institute for Business Value study, “Redefining Competition: Insights from the Global C-suite Study -- The CEO perspective.” Researchers interviewed more than 5,000 C-level executives worldwide about their perspectives on a variety of technology issues, including the importance of mobile solutions, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things...

Are we reaching the end of the cloud utopia?

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Sam Pudwell.

Cloud security is a hot topic if ever there was one, so it certainly didn’t slip through the cracks at Intel’s Focus 15 conference, with a talk led by Raj Samani, Chief Technology Officer for EMEA at Intel Security, raising some particularly interesting points. Anyone with even a slight interest in the technology industry will be aware of the hype that has surrounded cloud computing for some time now, but are the security implications really being taken seriously by organisations and, more importantly perhaps, are they fully understood?

Right at the beginning of the talk, Raj made the statement that, although it has been hyped up more than anything else, “to me, cloud computing is not a remarkable technology.” Putting whether you agree with that or not to one side, what is hard to disagree with is that, so far, it has in general been used for fairly unremarkable means...

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