SaaS

SkyHigh Networks moves to secure SaaS applications

Grazed from SkyHigh Networks.  Author: PR Announcement.

SkyHigh Networks has moved to collaborate with SafeNet in an attempt to deliver flexible and secure key management solutions for the enterprise data in the cloud.  The partnership will help businesses retain full control of their encryption keys whilst leveraging on-premise or cloud-based models, in turn meeting the compliance needs of their corporate and regulatory requirements.

Chris Cesio, VP of business development and alliances, Skyhigh Networks, said: "More and more organisations are asking to encrypt their data in business-critical SaaS applications such as Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Microsoft Office 365 with customer-managed keys...

HP Improves Its Cloud Offering With SAP-HANA SaaS

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: Editorial Staff.

Technology giant, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), has been restructuring its business to boost profitability and focus on new verticals that offer better growth opportunity. As part of this strategy, the company is continuously expanding its portfolio of cloud services. In a recent move, the company has struck a partnership with German enterprise software developer, SAP AG (SAP), to deploy SAP’s in-memory database platform HANA as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.

We believe that this offering was a logical extension to an earlier deal according to which HP is the primary infrastructure provider for SAP-HANA deployment that will be carried out by Accenture. [2] In this article, we will explore why cloud services are important for HP, and how it can generate more revenue for the company in the future. Furthermore, we will briefly explain the new cloud product offered by HP...

SaaS Represents the Commoditization of Business Function

Grazed from Utilizer. Author: JP Morgenthal.

North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124 slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like this is very important because it provides tangible proof for our anecdotal hypotheses. That said, the report does not extrapolate what is the most interesting facet of SaaS hyper growth—59% in three years—the model for commoditization of business function is market validated.

Like all things that get commoditized, differentiation or uniqueness that keeps economic value high becomes less important than the common, undifferentiated features driving costs down. The interesting thing is that lower costs is a side-effect of commoditization as commoditization can only occur when businesses identify that they can achieve the same goals with the commodity item as they can with the unique one...

CloudPhysics raises $15 million in Series C funding

Grazed from Cloud Computing Info. Author: Massimo Ferrari.

CloudPhysics is a provider of a SaaS performance and capacity analytics solution, the first in its segment to leverage the informations collected for its customer datacenters to improve the intelligence and effectiveness of the product itself. The company, founded in November 2011 from John Blumenthal and Irfan Ahmad, both former VMware employees, but publicly presented only in July 2012, announced today a new Series C funding of $15M that comes on top of a $10M Series B funding achieved in August 2013 and led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and of a previous $2.5M funding from angel investors and the Mayfield Fund, announced in August 2012, for a total funding of $27.5M in 3 years.

This new funding, that sees Jafco Ventures to support Kleiner Perkins Caufield and the Mayfield Fund in this new round, will be invested to furtherly improve the storage monitoring side of the product, launched today as a new Storage Analytics, and to develop the custom reporting area where CloudPhysics is already quite strong with the ability to create infographics and scorecards with a more “high level” aim...

Read more from the source @ http://cloudcomputing.info/en/news/2014/06/cloudphysics-raises-15-million-in-series-c-funding.html

Industry's Largest Cloud Computing Survey Reveals 5X Adoption of SaaS

Grazed from BroadwayWorld. Author: PR Announcement.

North Bridge Venture Partners, in conjunction with Gigaom Research and a record 72 collaborating organizations, today released results for its fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey. This survey is the industry's deepest and broadest examination of the cloud technology revolution. It analyzed the inhibitors and drivers behind cloud adoption, separating the hype surrounding the cloud from genuine industry trends and real world cases across a sample of 1,358 respondents. See the complete findings slideshow here: 2014 Future of Cloud Computing survey, along with analysis and commentary on the results here.

"With four years of data, we're now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS adoption to 74% and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS adoption to 41%." said Michael Skok, founder of the Future of Cloud program and General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners...

Read entire report here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/Industrys-Largest-Cloud-Computing-Survey-Reveals-5X-Adoption-of-SaaS-20140619#.U6LsXZRdWRM

SaaS-Based Services Edging Out On-Premise Solutions in the Global Enterprise Content Management Market

Grazed from OpenPR. Author: PR Announcement.

A recently released report from TechNavio, the independent tech-focused global research firm, shows the Global SaaS-based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Market is projecting healthy growth, with a CAGR of 31.11 percent from 2013-2018. While on-premise ECM held a 90.73 percent share in the Global ECM market in 2013, its share is expected to decrease by 2018.

Traditionally, the biggest advantage of on-premise software is that it gives businesses complete control over their critical data, as opposed to SaaS-based models wherein the solution is hosted in the cloud and accessed via the web. The solution is deployed and managed by cloud service providers, and end-users are able to use the service on a pay-per-use model...

Not all clouds are born equal: IaaS vs. SaaS vs. Paas

Grazed from OnBase. Author: David Jones.

I like to compare the different enterprise content management (ECM) cloud deployment types to my children playing with Legos. We have a large box of Lego pieces that my children can use to build anything. My eldest daughter loves this ground-up style of playing and can make some fascinating creations – simply by combining raw bricks and her imagination.

This compares to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in that all of the raw components to host a cloud solution are provided – servers, virtual machines, load balancers and so on. What is required is the guile and skill to combine these components (Lego bricks) with the required software tools (imagination) to create the desired effect...

85% of CRMs will be SaaS by 2025, research shows

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: Editorial Staff.

If you are using a CRM, your CRM is most likely hosted in the cloud. If you aren’t using a CRM, you are light years behind your competition in regards to the amount of knowledge you have on your customers and your interactions with them. Cloud CRM presents distinct advantages versus the traditional model of setting the system up in an onsite data centre.

Technology research firm Gartner predicts that 50% of CRM tools will most likely be delivered by cloud in 2015 and by 2025, 85% of CRM offerings will be hosted in the cloud. Angus McFayden, a technology law expert affiliated with Out-law.com says, “The move towards cloud based solutions is predominantly being driven by cost effectiveness and the flexibility of those solutions.”...

The Basic Service And Deployment Models Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Mojgan Afshari.

Nowadays, access to reliable high-performance hardware and software resources without large capital outlays, easier access to applications and services, capability of handling large amounts of information have encouraged managers of companies to migrate to cloud computing.

Cloud computing is a service-oriented technology that use both hardware and software to provide services through a network regardless of time and location. Cloud computing consists of three different service models and a company should cover all three distinctive service models in order to adopt cloud computing. These three cloud service models are: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service ( SaaS). (Infographic Source: Horn Group)...

Read more from the source @ http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/05/basic-service-deployment-models-cloud-computing/

Build vs. Buy in SaaS App Delivery, Part 1: Ask The Right Questions

Grazed from DimensionData. Author: David McKenzie.

Are you trying to compare DIY vs using a managed hosting provider to deliver your SaaS application? It’s a common comparison and yet we have found many instances where this was far from apples vs apples. I personally have had conversations with CTOs of SaaS companies who when asked about how they were going to compare a fully managed solution with an internally built solution actually seemed to be more focused on the hardware costs and not all of the other expense criteria involved in their web application delivery services. Hardware is a critical and important component of the cost model, but it is one of many items that need to be identified to properly make a comparison.

First, ask yourself these questions before you start thinking about using a service provider:

  • Is building and maintaining infrastructure a core competency of yours?
  • Who will do the work in-house?
  • Do you feel you can trust a Service Provider with your application/data?
  • Can you give up some control?