Cloud Report

GigaOm Reviews Multi-Cloud Object Storage and Data Mobility Systems

"Organizations that are adopting hybrid or multi-cloud should pay particular attention to how data is stored and accessed across different applications and infrastructures," writes GigaOm Analyst Enrico Signoretti in a just released GigaOm Market Landscape Report, "Multi-Cloud Object Storage and Data Mobility." The report looks at the challenges posed by multi-cloud storage and examines the tools needed to realize a winning multi-cloud storage strategy.

"Block, File and Object/Cloud. All of them have very peculiar characteristics which are important to understand all the challenges with data mobility and avoid potential lock-ins while providing the best options for users and applications," says Signoretti, naming the three best storage systems for a multi-cloud strategy. Signoretti also examines the maturity of categories, notes key considerations for using multi-cloud solutions and includes a vendor review.

"When it comes to multi-cloud, wherein a large number of applications and data are stored in different locations, there are several aspects that come into play, these include data security, data protection, data placement and compliance, performance and cost." - Enrico Signoretti

Legacy Networks Stifle Government Cloud Migration; Struggle to Keep Pace With Demands of Next-Gen Tech

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MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, today announced the results of its new report, "Cloud Complexity: Navigating the Network Piece of the Federal Cloud Puzzle." The study, underwritten by Riverbed Technology and Tech Data Government Solutions, surveyed 150 Federal IT decision makers to understand their agency's cloud migration plans and network modernization efforts.

The study confirmed that 67 percent of government agencies' legacy network infrastructures are simply not prepared to handle the cloud migration lift or keep pace with the changing demands of cloud and hybrid networks. One of the biggest areas holding agencies back is the chaos and lack of prioritization to properly update networks necessary for cloud adoption and IT modernization efforts, 51 percent of managers reported. Respondents also noted that to reach their cloud goals, agencies need to increase network capacity and speed, reduce complexity, and improve visibility.

Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenues Continue to Grow by Double Digits in the First Quarter of 2018, According to IDC

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew 45.5% year over year in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), reaching $12.9 billion. IDC also raised its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2018 to $57.2 billion with year-over-year growth of 21.3%.

Public cloud infrastructure quarterly revenue has more than doubled in the past three years to $9.0 billion in 1Q18, growing 55.8% year over year. Private cloud revenue reached $3.9 billion for an annual increase of 26.5%. The combined public and private cloud revenues now represent 46.1% of the total worldwide IT infrastructure spending, up from 41.8% a year ago. Traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue grew 22.0% from a year ago, although it has been generally declining over the past several years; at $15.1 billion in 1Q18 it still represents 53.9% of total worldwide IT infrastructure spending.

Bitglass 2018 Report: Cloud Security Adoption Trails Cloud Usage, Leaving Two Thirds of Organizations Vulnerable

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Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, today released the 2018 Cloud Adoption Report, its fourth such study, which examines cloud adoption in more than 135,000 organizations around the globe. The report corroborates what is now broadly apparent -  the flexibility, productivity and cost savings benefits of cloud apps have fueled widespread adoption in every industry. Surprisingly, the report finds that the adoption of cloud security technologies lags cloud adoption, leaving many at risk of a data breach. 

The report finds that while 81 percent of organizations globally now use cloud apps, just 25 percent of organizations have adopted single sign-on (SSO), which is typically the first, most basic cloud security technology implemented. SSO combined with multi-factor authentication lowers the risk of phishing and password hacks.

"Cloud adoption hits new highs year after year as organizations worldwide have come to trust platforms like Office 365 and AWS, but it is surprising to see that far fewer organizations have invested in basic technologies like SSO to protect their data in the cloud," said Rich Campagna, CMO, Bitglass. "The disparity suggests that data breaches will continue to plague organizations."

 

Bitglass Report: Less than Half of Enterprises Have Visibility into External Sharing, DLP Policy Violations in the Cloud

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Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, today announced the findings of its "Cloud Hard 2018: Security with a Vengeance" Report, which features survey insights from over 570 cybersecurity and IT professionals on their approach to cloud security. Visibility and compliance challenges continue to haunt organizations, with 44 percent of respondents claiming they have visibility into external sharing and DLP policy violations in their cloud application and environments. More shocking was the fact that 85 percent of organizations acknowledged they were unable to identify anomalous behavior across cloud applications. 

The cloud security market is growing in large part because traditional security infrastructure has failed. Where next-gen firewalls and built-in capabilities are insufficient for regulatory compliance, internal compliance, and cloud data protection, dedicated cloud security becomes critical. Specifically, 84 percent of respondents say traditional security solutions don't work or have limited functionality in the cloud.

"Cloud security is here to stay as is evident by the concerns and challenges survey respondents highlighted," said Bitglass CMO Rich Campagna. "Enterprise security teams are concerned about the next-generation of cloud threats that pose a risk to corporate data. There has already been immense progress in the past five years as security personnel come to the realization that legacy security tools and processes are not enough to secure their ever-changing ecosystem."

 

RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report Uncovers Cloud Adoption Trends

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RightScale Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise universal cloud management, today announced the results of the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Survey. In its seventh year, the RightScale State of the Cloud Survey is the largest survey of corporate cloud users, including 997 technology professionals at large and small enterprises across a broad cross-section of industries.

The survey results are available in the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report, which can be downloaded at www.rightscale.com/2018-cloud-report.

"The RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Survey showed that enterprise cloud spending will grow rapidly over the next year, and yet 35 percent of cloud spend is wasted. As a result, optimizing clouds costs is the top initiative for cloud users in 2018," said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. "Multi-cloud continues to be the preferred strategy for enterprises, with companies reporting that they use nearly five different clouds on average. With this multi-cloud approach, Azure is now nipping at AWS' heels and, in fact, is in a dead heat with AWS among enterprises that are just beginning their cloud adoption."

Cloud Management Report 2017 Now Available

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CloudCheckr has released the 2017 Cloud Management Report, a new study into how leading organizations migrate to the cloud and optimize their IaaS investments. This report offers surprising insights into the ways organizations are establishing a cloud center of excellence (CCoE) to dramatically improve their public cloud deployments.

Key findings:

  • 94% of organizations face challenges in public cloud adoption
  • 33% report that business leadership has a strong understanding of the cloud
  • 81% say they need to improve communication between departments
  • 63% have added new roles to deal with cloud adoption
  • 46% have already formed a CCoE
  • 83% report having a CCoE is effective

 

 

Sumo Logic Unveils 2017 'State of Modern Applications in the Cloud' Report

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Sumo Logic, the leading cloud-native, machine data analytics platform that delivers continuous intelligence, today released its 'State of Modern Applications in the Cloud' report providing exclusive data-driven insights, best practices and emerging trends by analyzing technology adoption within the application stack. Based on active and anonymized data from more than 1,500 customers using Sumo Logic's machine data analytics platform, this next wave of data builds upon last year's 'State of Modern Applications in AWS' report, delivering rich and unprecedented analysis of mission-critical modern applications and infrastructures on cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The report is released in conjunction with Sumo Logic's inaugural Illuminate user conference, taking place in Burlingame, Calif., and will be discussed during Sumo Logic CEO Ramin Sayar's keynote on Sept. 13, which will also be accessible via live webcast.

"Today's enterprises are striving to deliver high-performance, highly scalable and always-on digital services. These services are built on 'modern architectures' -- an application stack with new tiers, technologies and microservices -- typically running on cloud platforms like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform," said Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for Sumo Logic. "Sumo Logic has exclusive access to the rich customer data and insights that showcase the nuts and bolts of how forward-thinking digital businesses are architecting and running their modern applications on the leading cloud service providers."

Cloud Spectator Releases 2017 Top 10 Cloud IaaS Providers Benchmark for North America

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Cloud Spectator, the industry leading IaaS benchmarking agency, today released its 2017 Top 10 Cloud IaaS Providers Benchmark Report. The report analyzes nearly 1.5 million data points collected over a twenty-four hour period to rank the leading ten Cloud Service Providers. Based on price and performance data, the Cloud Service Providers are ranked by the CloudSpecs Value Score™. The extensive study provides performance and stability results for CPU, Block Storage, and Memory for several virtual machine sizes.

Kenny Li, CEO of Cloud Spectator emphasizes that, "The 2017 report highlights considerable differences in price, performance and stability across the leading IaaS providers. More than ever, the enterprise consumer is at risk of significantly overspending when it comes to selecting the right cloud products and vendors. The 2017 Top 10 Cloud IaaS Providers Benchmark Report highlights the importance of testing individual cloud products and right-sizing applications before making major purchase decisions."
 

Cisco Global Cloud Index Projects Cloud Traffic to Nearly Quadruple Representing 92 Percent of Total Data Center Traffic by 2020

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In today's unveiling of the sixth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2015-2020), cloud traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold, up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020. This rapid growth of cloud traffic is attributed to increased migration to cloud architectures due to their ability to scale quickly and efficiently support more workloads than traditional data centers.

With greater data center virtualization, cloud operators are also able to achieve greater operational efficiencies while flexibly delivering a growing variety of services to businesses and consumers with optimal performance. To better understand data center growth, new analysis on application workloads was developed for this year's report. The following business and consumer projections were revealed: