Enterprise Adoption

Business growth is primary focus of mature cloud users

Grazed from EnterpriseInnovation. Author: Editorial Staff.

Business growth rather than cost reduction is the focus of organizations with a mature approach to cloud computing, a new IBM report written by The Economist Intelligence Unit reveals. They are also more likely to achieve those benefits as a result of their use of cloud. The global survey reveals that cloud is poised to become the dominant model for IT service delivery. Two thirds of respondents predict that 60% or more of the technology services will be delivered via the cloud within three years.

High cloud-maturity organisations are more likely to view “boosting customer demand” and “expanding sales channels” as drivers to cloud adoption, the report shows. They are also more likely to have achieved revenue growth as a result of their use of cloud. Low cloud-maturity organizations are typically more focused on cost reduction and efficiency...

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Surprise: More Cloud Benefits Are Emerging

Grazed from InformationManagement.  Author: Scott Feuless.

As more and more enterprises move infrastructure from in-house data centers to off-site public clouds, they begin to see changes in staffing requirements and functions almost immediately. At the very least, IT shops are freed from the work of purchasing, installing, configuring and upgrading hardware. You already know about those benefits.

But when an enterprise moves further along their migration journey to include a much larger percentage of the infrastructure and perhaps higher levels of the software stack, it will eventually reach a tipping point -- where the benefits begin to build on one another, exposing unanticipated opportunities that can increase organizational efficiency, reduce staffing requirements and lower asset costs in a step-wise manner...

ANSYS 16.1 and Enterprise Cloud Launched

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

ANSYS customers can now deploy consistent enterprise-specific simulation workflows and data to more engineers, regardless of geographic location or business unit with today’s launch of ANSYS 16.1 and ANSYS Enterprise Cloud. The new solution, running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), simplifies and accelerates the transition to cloud-based simulation by providing a reference architecture for end-to-end simulation that can be deployed within days – minimizing risk while boosting productivity.

Customers who adopt the ANSYS Enterprise Cloud can scale their simulation capacity – including infrastructure and software assets – on demand, in response to changing business requirements, optimizing efficiency and cost while responding to the growing demand for wider use of the technology...

Intel and CoreOS Collaborate to Democratize Cloud Computing

Grazed from Intel. Author: Jonathon Donaldson.

A powerful trend sweeping through today’s data centers can be summed up in a single word: Containers. Container-based virtualization allows you to package applications and the required software libraries to create units of computing that are scalable and portable. Today, Nick Weaver shared Intel’s vision for containers and the mainstream democratization of sophisticated cloud computing at CoreOS Fest in San Francisco. If the level of the engagement at the conference is any indication, I expect the industry to join us on the path toward broad scale deployments of advanced, easy to consume, hyperscale technologies.

The container concept is a central feature of hyperscale cloud technology. Hyperscale technologies promise to make software developers more productive, data center infrastructure more efficient, and IT resources easier to deploy and consume. It is not hyperbole to say that broad proliferation of hyperscale cloud technology could have an impact on data centers that is similar to the impact that virtualization delivered years ago...

Cloud: The great leveler for SMEs

Grazed from Rappler. Author: Chris Schnabel.

Let’s start with a few assumptions, said May-Ann Lim, executive director of Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA): if you think that Asia will be the next driver of global growth, then you’ll wonder what powers that growth. “Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 99.95% of all enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region,” Lim said in an exclusive interview.

Enabling faster SME growth therefore enables you to have the greatest positive impact on regional development, she added. Cloud computing, the ACCA believes, has the potential to be the ‘great leveler’ for both SMEs and developing economies. Adopting the cloud allows SMEs to have greater reach, greater speed, and greater flexibility in acquiring or serving customers, ACCA says in 2015 SMEs in Asia market report...

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Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

While you can easily access your cloud data from any spot in the world, you must be rather cautious when using it within your business. You must keep your access plans for your cloud network in check so you will not be at risk of having your data becoming compromised at any point.

1) Manage your passwords the right way.

As useful as passwords can be for your cloud access needs, you must be careful when going anywhere with such passwords. In addition to having complicated or detailed passwords that are hard to predict, you must also use several passwords within your cloud. You can add different passwords for specific access points or even have different passwords for specific accounts that want to reach your cloud setup...

MSP Guide: How to Grow Top Line in The Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Brock Spradling.

The cloud is here to stay. Enterprises both small and large are moving to cloud-based services en masse. This migration to the public cloud has created additional revenue pressures on Managed Service Providers (MSPs) as they look for new ways to add value on top of commoditized infrastructure. To add this value, MSPs must differentiate their offerings by providing additional services, including the assessment, design, automation and optimization of their clients’ applications and services.

Consuming IT infrastructure as software has never been easier. The hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) marketplace has become crowded and confusing, with many new entrants and services during the last few years, offering a dizzying array of new choices for customers...

10 Things We've Learned About Cloud Computing, So Far

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Joe McKendrick.

Cloud computing — in its current form — has been around for well over a decade now.  While it takes on many dimensions, the earliest roots of current-day cloud formations can be traced back to 1999 with the launch of Salesforce.com, and to 2004,with the first Amazon Web Services offering.

With all this activity going on year after, enterprises have accumulated some key lessons on what cloud is and is not all about. So, what have we learned, more than a decade in?...

What Keeps Small Business Out of the Cloud?

Grazed from SmallBusinessComputing. Author: Aleksandr Peterson.

According to a recent estimate by research firm Markets and Markets, the global cloud computing industry will be worth more than $121 billion in 2015, reflecting a 26.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Everywhere you turn, people are talking about cloud software, cloud platforms, cloud infrastructure, and cloud storage, but it's far more than a cultural fad.

Cloud technology has veritably transformed the way people manage their lives and businesses, whether they're storing files in a Google Drive or purchasing a cloud-hosted business productivity suite. Gartner has gone so far as to predict the demise of traditional IT sourcing and a complete transition to cloud office systems before the end of the year...

The Quantum Leap Into Computing And Communication: A Chinese Perspective

Grazed from EurAsiaReview.  Author: Cindy Hurst.

A nation’s success in military operations often rises and falls on the basis of how well it communicates. When a nation does not secure its communications effectively, its enemies intercept and read its communications and win thereby military and diplomatic advantages.1

Vice Admiral Noel Gayler, former director of the National Security Agency, once wrote, “Important as it is in peacetime, communications security becomes even more important in wartime.”2 For a few decades, nations have been relying on encryption systems to protect a wide variety of computerized transmissions ranging from commerce to government to military communications...