Multi-cloud: the future of computing

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Richard Vester.

Cloud computing has revolutionised the way people work, consume applications, and the way they store their data. However, although it was born out of the need to simplify IT environments and make their business lives far easier, today, many companies are opting to have many cloud vendors, instead of just one. Multi-cloud is the future of computing. A recent Dimensional Research survey found 77% of businesses are planning to implement multi-cloud architectures in the near future.

Many businesses want to have different options, and will choose to use multiple cloud providers to support their various workloads and applications. They can select a cloud that will best meet their individual requirements. It's a matter of not putting all their IT eggs in one basket. The flexibility of multi-cloud is one of the main drivers behind its increased adoption...

The Cloud in 2017: Seven key trends, from AWS and Azure to voice services and machine learning

Grazed from GeekWire. Author: Dan Richman.

Here’s a no-brainer: 2017 will be a big year for the cloud. Cloud computing is an innovation rivaling the advent of client-server, the PC or the internet, and it’s going to enjoy continued vigorous growth in the new year. But private data centers aren’t going away. Though the essential balance of power within the public-cloud world won’t change much, competition may favor companies that best serve the organizations straddling private data centers and the public cloud — which is to say, most of them. Here are some of the key cloud trends to watch this year:

Revenue will rise sharply for the big public-cloud providers.

Forrester is predicting that revenue from public-cloud services, combined with software as a service, will grow at a compounded annual rate of 22 percent between 2015 and 2020, reaching $236 billion. VC firm North Bridge estimated that public-cloud spending alone will grow to $522 billion in 2026, from $75 billion in 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent...

Cloud Computing: What are the technologies that will shape 2017?

Grazed from Arnnet. Author: Editorial Staff.

The evolution of cloud computing, IoT, AI, and augmented reality are some of the technologies that will pave the way and shape 2017. In its 2017 Predictions: Dynamics That Will Shape The Future In The Age Of The Customer report, Forrester identified the top 15 trends that will shape 2017. It indicated that the next wave of technologies is poised to remake industries and customer experiences, and that these technologies will come in three forms:

  • Engagement technologies that will create different virtual, physical, and digital experiences.
  • Insights technologies that aim to convert personalisation and predictive analytics into reality.
  • Supporting technologies that will drive new levels of speed and efficiency in the next technology revolution.

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The cloud's role in the new digital economy

Grazed from FCW. Author: Bill Aubin.

We're in an intense era of digital transformation in which every industry is experiencing a shift. And out of this shift we've seen the rise of a new digital economy. Some consider that economy -- driven by the arrival of new computer technology and a generation of people dedicated to innovation -- to be the next Industrial Revolution.

The proof is everywhere: the prevalence of sharing services such as Uber and Postmates, automated business solutions, chatbots and more. Government agencies are under increasing pressure to adapt to the new economy while also facing the challenge of being a growing target for cyberattacks...

Firms Of The Future Embrace The Power Of The Cloud

Grazed from HuffingtonPost. Author: Jeff Cates.

In today's digital age, you would be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn't been transformed by technology. I've spoken about the dramatic shift in Canada's small business landscape in the last few years as we move away from the notion of the "mom and pop" shop down the street towards the innovative startup run by tech-savvy, digital entrepreneurs.

New technologies, cloud computing in particular, have also changed the face of the accounting industry, transforming the way accounting professionals collaborate with their small business clients and empowering them to expand their role from compliance officer to trusted business adviser...

5 cloud computing predictions for 2016

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

The salty tang in the air is the fragrance of a sea change in IT – a tidal shift that will change the role of IT and IT participants over the next five years. I believe that 2016 will go down as the year in which the future of IT appears out of a murky, dank, blinding fog into the clear sunshine of the shape of things to come. And it’s safe to say that no traditional IT practitioners – vendor and enterprise IT organization alike – will emerge unscathed from this transition. Here is what we’ll see in 2016:

1. Death of the enterprise public cloud

For years incumbent vendors pooh-poohed the rise of AWS, dismissing it as the sandbox of immature users – SMBs and startups. When AWS became too large to dismiss so blithely, incumbents vendors (both on-premise giants like HP and hosting providers like Terramark) proclaimed that what “real” users needed was an “enterprise cloud” provided by an organization that “understands enterprise needs.”...

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The cloud and the Internet of things are inseparable

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week featured plenty of cloud-related announcements from a wide variety of companies. Indeed, most new devices, from refrigerators to cars, have a massive cloud-based back end. The cloud components of these technologies are becoming more systemic. Indeed, the cloud is assumed.
More and more, people expect everything to be connected. No matter if it’s a washer and dryer, a refrigerator, or a car, they all communicate or will communicate with cloud servers. Why? Companies that make these devices understood early on that it does not make sense to keep all the smarts and storage in the device itself, and these devices must be instantly upgradable for them to have long-term value. Think about your TV service or smartphone updates. That's how cars and thermostats -- and eventually everything else that’s electronic in your home -- are beginning to work...

How growing hybrid cloud usage will double in two years

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David H Deans

Cloud enables IT agility, empowers DevOps teams and helps to transform legacy business models. The fifth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey investigates key trends in corporate cloud usage. This year's insightful survey findings offer perspective from cloud service practitioners across all industry sectors.

5 Cloud Computing Stocks to Take the Market by Storm in '16

Grazed from Zacks. Author: Zacks Equity Research.

Cloud computing has totally transformed the way organizations operate and professionals access technology resources. In less than a decade, the move to the cloud has revolutionized the entire IT sector. Companies are now moving away from hardware and licensed software purchases towards software-, platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS).

Before getting into the growth prospects, it might be helpful to understand what exactly cloud computing represents...

2016 Will Be All About the Cloud

Grazed from Barron's.  Author: Tiernan Ray.

Cloud computing was a hit last year, but 2016 is the year investors start asking more questions about a market very much filled with hyperbole.  The stocks of the two top cloud providers by revenue, Amazon.com (ticker: AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), rose by 118% and 19%, respectively, this year. Another cloud vendor, Salesforce.com (CRM), rose 32%. All three vastly outperformed the stocks of the Old Guard in tech, the non-cloud companies such as Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco Systems (CSCO). They fell 19% and 2% this year, respectively.
There are multiple reasons why Amazon and Microsoft enjoyed investor favor, but a lot of it has to do with the simple fact that they started revealing more about their cloud computing results. Amazon first broke out financial reporting for its cloud business in the spring, and Microsoft followed with its own reclassification of revenue in September...