Cloud Trends

3 misconceptions small business have about the cloud

 Grazed from CIO.  Author: Paul Mah.

Starting a small business, or trying to grow it is a daunting affair. Thankfully, cloud services have sprung up to help business owners better leverage technology.  However, the cloud can be confusing and surrounded by myths and misinformation. With this in mind, we take a closer look at some of those common misconceptions, specifically in the context of using the cloud to host websites, email services and online file storage.
1. Distrusting the security of the cloud
An age-old concern with cloud services is that security is poor compared to businesses that handle their own hardware. However, this misses the point. Few small businesses can even afford to set up their own IT department, much less hire dedicated security staffers with the skillset and experience to properly protect their organizations from the bad guys...

Cloud Computing: Computer Trends Impact Innovators While Making Waves In 2016

Grazed from InQuisitr. Author: Jinger Jarrett.

As computers continue to get smaller, computer trends are expanding in other ways including greater productivity and mobility in the workplace. Technology that wasn’t available in 2015 will be available to end users in 2016, including virtual reality and 3D cameras. Users will be able to take advantage of smaller computers and new technology in 2016, further increasing their computer power.

Digital Trends reported on some of the latest computer trends that will affect end users in 2016. One of the most important is virtual reality. Although this technology was available in 2015, end users won’t have wide access to it until 2016. The Oculus Rift will see its release in the first quarter of 2016, while the HTC Vive will be released in April...

Cloud pricing for enterprises falls by two-thirds says TCL

Grazed from ChannelBiz.  Author: Antony Savvas.

Average cloud computing pricing for enterprises has “fallen by two-thirds” since 2014, but pricing is now starting to “stabilise”, according to research TCL (Tariff Consultancy Ltd) has published its Pricing the Cloud 2 – 2016 to 2020 report, which includes a survey of published cloud pricing from more than 20 top public cloud providers worldwide.
It is an update of the original TCL Pricing the Cloud report published in 2014 and reveals that average entry-level cloud computing pricing has declined by some 66 percent over the last two year period to November 2015.  Amazon Web Services AWSThe decline in cloud pricing “reflects in part the intense competition” between public cloud computing providers, and also the “rapid product innovation” that is taking place among the key worldwide platform providers, said TCL...

Cloud Computing: The 2015 Trends and Predictions of 2016

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Mergers and acquisitions have changed the financial situations of cloud computing companies. Innovations and advancements are setting the technological tone for the year past and the one to soon come.

Looking Back at 2015

The cloud computing world consolidated with several companies involved in:

  • Mergers
  • Partnerships
  • Acquisitions

The highest price tag of 2015 was $67 billion, paid by Dell for EMC, including its VMware virtualization software. Dell was in the news also for a new partnership with Microsoft to create Azure in a Box, a cloud system that can be used in multiple industries. Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that involves each being a preferred partner to the other...

Cloud computing on the rise in education sector

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Clare Hopping.

A report by MarketsandMarkets has revealed the education-based cloud computing market is accelerating at an amazing pace, with researchers predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8 per cent between 2015 and 2020. The research firm said the market will grow from $5.83bn in 2015 to $15.02bn by 2020, with the US continuing to demonstrate the biggest gains and Asia-Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America breaking out of the nascent stage.

"Cloud services in [the] education sector enable efficient management of business processes and effective knowledge delivery to students," MarketsandMarkets said. "This results in higher student engagement, better collaboration among stakeholders, and improved student performance."...

Oil company hopes to strike efficiency with cloud analytics

Grazed from CIO. Author: Clint Boulton.

To make drilling more efficient during a commodities industry downturn, Laredo Petroleum is turning to cloud applications from a Silicon Valley startup to correlate production and operational costs. An offhand remark about hating spreadsheets led Laredo Petroleum CIO Lars Crotwell to deploy analytics software to help the company curb production costs.

Crotwell, during a phone call with a friend in 2013, complained that business managers were cross-referencing data from dozens of Excel files to understand why operating costs for some wells were higher than those producing twice as much oil. "We were using a lot of homegrown spreadsheets and it was like herding cats," says Crotwell, who manages IT for publicly traded Laredo, which produces 15 million barrels of oil annually from 1,000 wells situated in the Permian Basin of West Texas...

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Is Cloud Sameness Dangerous to Competitive Advantage?

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Paul Barsch.

The rise of public cloud computing is awe-inspiring. Companies like Amazon, via Amazon Web Services, are “turning virtual iron into gold” with exponential growth in revenues and operating income. However, as more companies turn to cloud computing, and use the same applications available from a specific cloud provider, there could be danger of losing competitive advantage wrought by technological advances.

These days, if your company smells of cloud, you’re in an enviable position. That’s because according to the New York Times, in October 2015, companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft added more than $100B to their market capitalization, in part fueled by cloud growth. And while some companies are moving to the cloud to take advantage of cloud benefits of elasticity, pay per use, scalability and more, there are downsides to going “all in the cloud” that are sometimes missed...

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With Cloud Computing, The Sky's The Limit

Grazed from Forbes. Author: William Craig.

There are a lot of technical buzzwords floating around the business world right now, but “cloud” may still be one of the most misunderstood. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the official definition for cloud computing goes something like this:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models...

Cloud Computing: The Top of a Trend or Beginning of an Opportunity

Grazed from ETFDB. Author: Justin Kuepper.

Dell Inc. agreed to buy EMC Corp. (EMC) in October for $67 billion in the largest technology acquisition in history. While some analysts attributed the deal to tech market froth, the acquisition also signifies the growing importance of cloud computing. The move is also just the latest in a trend of such acquisitions, including International Business Machine’s (IBM) acquisition of SoftLayer in 2013 for $2 billion after selling off its PC business. Investors looking to capitalize on these trends may want to take a look at the ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY B), which is a $500 million exchange-traded fund (ETF) that provides them with exposure to cloud computing technology.

Massive Shift Spurs M&A

According to Cisco Systems Inc.’s (CSCO) Global Cloud Index white paper, more than three-quarters (78%) of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers by 2018 compared to just 22% processed by traditional data centers. The growth will be largely driven by software-as-a-service’s 33% CAGR, although infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service technologies are also expected to realize double-digit annual growth rates...

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3 Takeaways from Amazon’s re:Invent cloud conference

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Upon returning from my fourth AWS re:Invent, another jam-packed cloud computing conference in Las Vegas, I’m left thinking about what really stood out. Here are my three big takeaways.

The cloud is still in its early days

Over two days of keynotes, executives from the following companies were among those who made presentations discussing their use of Amazon Web Services’ cloud: General Electric, Capital One, John Deere, BMW and Major League Baseball. If people were wondering before the conference if enterprises are really using this platform, AWS re:Invent 2015 proved that they are...