Cloud Adoption

A to Z of the Cloud: Part three

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Tony Connor.

In our final instalment of this three-part A to Z series of terms you might commonly hear associated with the Cloud, we will take you through the letters S to Z. Our previous instalments have included a wide range of terms, from DevOps and Elastic computing to Operating system and Redundancy, and if you’d like to go back through and see the terms we have covered off already, you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. With just a few more terms left to explain for you, we now pick up where we left off with the letter S.

S is for SaaS

Software as a Service, sometimes referred to as “on-demand software”, is a type of software which is hosted centrally “in the cloud” and paid for using a subscription, a so-called pay-as-you-go model. Users can access the services via any internet enabled device with a web browser and as a bulk of the processing occurs in the cloud, the end-users do not need high-end equipment...

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Cloud First - Are We There Yet?

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Scott Fenton.

In speaking with a number of companies, I am surprised at how many have not adopted a Cloud First strategy. In many cases, I find the organization either does not understand the benefits, both business and financial, or are simply risk averse. These can range from a fear of losing control of your applications and data, to losing your staff.

I totally understand their concern. Disruption to your business applications and platform could have devastating consequences. On the flip side however, the benefits far outweigh the risks. As a CIO, I had not purchased an on premise application in years, only Cloud solutions. Below, I have outlined five benefits of a Cloud First strategy, and five pitfalls to avoid...

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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...

The Need of Cloud Computing in Web Business and The IT Sector

Grazed from TechFeatured. Author: Avinash Pudota.

Cloud computing deals any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities. Cloud computing technology provides on-the-fly, point-and-click customization and report propagation for business users, so IT doesn’t spend half its time making minor changes and running reports.

Cloud computing technology is tripping a huge change in application development circles. As a metaphor for the Cyberspaces, “the cloud” is a everyday cliche, but when combined with “computing,” the meaning gets large and furrier. Today, for the most part, IT must jade into cloud-based services individually, but cloud figuring aggregators and integrators are already emerging...

Key Factors in Choosing On-Premises IT vs. Public Cloud

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Trevor Pott.

Public cloud computing costs more than do-it-yourself datacenters. Except when it doesn't. On a per-VM basis, standing up public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) instances for 24x7 use is egregiously expensive per VM, but the floor cost can't be beat. If I want to stand up a workable small business network, I need several infrastructure components.

I need, at a minimum, a DNS server, a DHCP server, storage and something to run workloads. If I'm planning to expand my business at all before the refresh on that hardware is up, then I'm probably going to want to use virtualization, as it's still the only rational way to spin up and down workloads as needed for on-premises deployments...

3 Ways Cloud Computing Has Revolutionized Business for Everyone

Grazed from TGDaily. Author: Alice Williams.

If your organization hasn’t moved to the Cloud yet, it may be missing out on a host of cost-saving opportunities. The benefits are tremendous, ranging from better customer experience to greater mobile accessibility among your employees. And according to a 2015 report by Exact, small businesses that employed Cloud-based solutions doubled their profits and generated 25% more revenue growth than their Cloud-reluctant counterparts. If that’s not enough to convince you to make the switch to the Cloud, ask yourself these three questions and then keep reading to see how adopting the Cloud can revolutionize the way you do business.

Pay for Only What You Need

Instead of purchasing excessive equipment and IT infrastructure to support anticipated growth, you can stretch your budget further with the Cloud because you only pay for exactly what you need, when you need it. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud-computing platform is a good example. With its pay-as-you-go model, scalable resources can be adjusted on demand...

FCA green lights cloud technologies

Grazed from BankingTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud technology has been around for years now and we are all using it in some ways. If you have an iPhone, then you are using the iCloud all day every day without even realising it. Your DropBox, your Google Drive, your Amazon account are all using cloud computing. At work, it’s your Microsoft One Drive or your Evernote application on your tablet that uses the cloud.

We are constantly connected to it and yet, in financial services, the adoption has been tremendously slow. In part, this is due to a lack of guidance from regulators, especially where cloud-based regulation technology is concerned. Finally there is forward progress. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK has taken a real step forward to embrace innovation in its recent paper looking at cloud technology, which gives firms clear guidance in the procurement and monitoring of cloud technology providers...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Predicts Four Green Tech Developments in 2017

Grazed from WinBuzzer. Author: Sead Fadilpasic.

The predictions are courtesy of Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft. He believes that the energy sector will be a primary benefactor of green tech, relying more and more on renewable sources. According to Bernard, the world will continue the struggle with water shortages in 2017, raising awareness on the issue. Furthermore, we will increasingly use data to make sense of natural developments while leveraging cloud-based technologies in the process.

IoT and Cloud Computing will begin to transform utility energy management

Bernard first prediction is about energy management. He states that the existing infrastructures will need to cope with the increasing amount of energy produced. As a result, IoT and cloud computing will be in the forefront, helping manage energy collection and distribution. “2017 will see an increased investment by utilities in technology to leverage data, through IoT solutions and cloud computing, to make energy management more predictable, flexible and efficient.”...

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10 trends that will influence cloud computing in 2017

Grazed from InformationAge. Author: Editorial Staff.

For most organisations the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt cloud, but when is the right time and what services to move.Meanwhile, early adopters should be reviewing their portfolio to ensure they are getting best value and optimum service, as cloud providers are constantly developing and updating their offerings. These are the key cloud trends to look out for in 2017.

1. Enterprise cloud

At the moment, the term’ enterprise cloud’ is generally taken to mean virtualised in-house environments with an element of user self-service and reporting. Hyperconvergence is often described as enterprise cloud.However, ‘true’ enterprise cloud should be a common suite of design, provisioning, management and reporting tools controlling hybrid clouds that allow each service to be hosted and controlled on the most appropriate platform. That’s irrespective of whether these are public, private, hybrid, community, hosted or any combination...

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ZTE makes case for link between fog computing and cloud to bolster 5G, IoT

Grazed from RCRWireless. Author: Dan Meyer.

In a move to combine what it sees as similar technology attributes, ZTE offered up a support for combining work being conducted in cloud and fog computing. Participating in the International Telecommunications Union’s Eighth CTO meeting in Thailand, the vendor said it analyzed online video, augmented reality, virtual reality, large-scale “internet of things” and other application scenarios in pointing out similar concepts behind fog computing and multi-access edge computing.

Those efforts were said to be placed under a “cloud-fog collaboration” system architecture. ZTE explained that while a solid cloud platform is required to deal with the generation, transmission and processing of massive data, performance and latency requirements for AR and VR in particular will require edge-based platforms...