Gartner: Public cloud market to grow 18.5% this year

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The global public cloud computing market will grow 18.5% in 2013 to $131 billion, up from $111 billion last year, research firm Gartner predicts. Through the next three years, cloud spending is predicted to total $677 billion, with almost half of that spending made up of cloud advertising.

While North America and Western Europe represent the two largest cloud computing markets, areas such as Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe represent smaller, but faster growing markets for cloud computing services. North America will be responsible for 59% of new cloud computing spending through 2016, with Western Europe accounting for 24%, Gartner says. The top segments of the cloud computing market this year break down as follows:...

In two years' time we won't be talking about the cloud

Grazed from  Author: Danny Palmer.

We won't be discussing cloud computing in two years' time, not because the service has become obsolete, but because it will have become so ingrained in IT there will not be a need to talk about it as a concept.   That's the consensus to come out of a roundtable discussion hosted by Rackspace, which explored the impact cloud computing is having on UK businesses.

"Most of our customers don't even know they're in the cloud. They consume IT through a server, as far as they're concerned," said Raj Patel, executive deputy chairman of cloud-based accounting software provider Kashflow.   Patel added that in future cloud will be discussed as an entity which creates value for businesses, rather than just cutting costs...

The Future of Cloud Computing Security

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Emma Johnson.

The recent years where computers were on hype made way for faster and more productive operations; further when they became a household and a business necessity. They were a different kind of a giant leap for mankind indeed. Daily activities such as checking on your children to reviewing your business’ monthly sales were made convenient with the onset of software that are centralized on easing our most demanding tasks.

However, before you can marvel at their convenience, you first have to accomplish the overwhelming mission of handling the technical aspects of these devices that only experts can really manage. Realizing this hardship that users experience, innovations were pushed through, and the fruit was a breakthrough called Cloud computing...

How Cloud Computing is Changing the IT Industry

Grazed from Seattle Post.  Author: Editorial Staff.

When we think of the cloud's impact on the corporate world, it is easy to get caught up in how it has changed the way we do business on a global level, how we can connect using a multitude of devices, or even how it has given small businesses access to better technology.  What sometimes gets lost is how the cloud has changed the IT industry as a whole.

Cloud computing is revolutionizing the IT industry, not only because it provides robust technology solutions at a variety of price points, but because it facilitates a change in the role of the IT organization itself.   "Cloud computing has the ability to transform an IT's focus from performing business as usual activities (keeping the organization running) to driving IT innovation," explained Shally Stanley, managing director, Global Services...

Cloud computing 2.0: Where next for business?

Grazed from ITPro.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing has come a long way in the past 12 months. Everywhere we look, the cloud seems to be there - it’s like the industry is a film with the cloud on an overt product placement mission.  At the same time, however, for many, it perhaps feels like cloud hasn’t come far enough - once users get an appetite for technology they want the IT version of the moon on a stick. And, inevitably, they want it yesterday.  Download the latest IT Pro report here

This is putting increased pressure on already pressurised IT departments and means business and tech decision makers have to provide even more leadership and guidance then ever before.  In our first IT Pro report entitled Cloud Computing in 2012, we looked at what cloud is and pondered its potential for business transformation...

Roundup of Cloud Computing & Enterprise Software Market Estimates and Forecasts, 2013

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Columbus.

When the CEO of a rust-belt manufacturer speaks of cloud computing as critical to his company’s business strategies for competing globally, it’s clear a fundamental shift is underway. Nearly every manufacturing company I’ve spoken with in the last ninety days has a mobility roadmap and is also challenged to integrate existing ERP, pricing and fulfillment systems into next-generation selling platforms.

One of the most driven CEOs I’ve met in manufacturing implemented a cloud-based channel management, pricing, quoting and CRM system to manage direct sales and a large distributor network across several countries. Manufacturers are bringing an entirely new level of pragmatism to cloud computing, quickly deflating its hype by pushing for results on the shop floor...

The next revolution in cloud computing

Grazed from CNN Fortune. Author: Shelley DuBois.

Remember the Titan? No, not the comeback football team. The supercomputer that generated headlines last November for ranking as the world's fastest. Titan can crunch so many calculations, it has the equivalent processing power of 500,000 laptops.

All that computing might is for naught without software capable of managing it. Software is a major—if often unsung—factor in the future of high-power computing. It will matter increasingly to businesses of all kinds as more and more products and services move into the cloud. "The line between high performance computing and cloud is blurring," says Rob Clyde, CEO of Adaptive Computing, a company that builds software to increase efficiency in supercomputers and cloud-based servers. Today, Adaptive revealed it developed the software that boosted Titan's efficiency from 70% to about 95%. The software used to make Titan tick is similar, Clyde says, to software that optimizes the cloud...

Cloud and business technology trends to watch in 2013

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

In 2013, IT buyers will be looking for increased stability and better ways to prepare for the next five years in their business cycle, according the the latest market study by Ovum. "The fact that we live in very uncertain times makes investment decision-making even more difficult. With continuing instability across the global markets and even in locations with historically robust growth - such as China and India - the outlook for IT services in 2013 is unpredictable," said Jens Butler, principal analyst, IT Services at Ovum.

Ovum believes that business leaders will be looking for greater reliability in their IT usage and - as a consequence - seeking stability, capability and accessibility among their external service providers...

Cloud computing features heavily in 2013 CIO tech priorities

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

The importance of cloud computing in the overall tech sphere has again been emphasised in a Gartner report surveying over 2,000 CIOs on their technology priorities for 2013. Cloudy areas featured heavily in the top 10 priorities for CIOs, with cloud computing itself – alongside software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) ranked at number three.

Elsewhere, legacy modernisation – a big element of companies moving into cloud-hosted solutions – was ranked at five, with customer resource management (seven), virtualisation (eight) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps (10) also make the top 10. Yet the two priorities ahead of cloud computing in the pecking order, analytics and BI (business intelligence) and mobile technologies, make for interesting reading as of course the areas are all inextricably linked...

Up in the Cloud: Hype and High Expectations for Cloud Computing

Grazed from Knowledge@Wharton. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is a much hyped but often misunderstood technology that is gaining traction in different industries around the world. Businesses are integrating the cloud into countless systems, from HR to finance. Full adoption and acceptance of cloud computing, however, are still far away.

A recent global survey by Knowledge@Wharton and SAP's Performance Benchmarking team reveals that while the hype and excitement surrounding cloud computing is reaching a fever pitch, many businesses are still expressing concerns over cloud security and IT integration issues. The survey also shows that while many people agree that the cloud is revolutionizing business, they still do not fully understand how it works...