Cloud Adoption

Where does IBM fit in the cloud market?

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Recently released reports from two investment research firms call into question just exactly where IBM fits in the cloud computing market. Deutsche Bank’s Markets Research team issued a note titled “Why IBM Won’t Catch AWS,” which argues that IBM’s focus on hybrid cloud computing puts the company in a different, and smaller, market than Amazon Web Services.

Another report from UBS Global Research focused more broadly on the cloud computing market and said IBM should be considered among the “Big 4” providers in cloud: AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The conflicting reports show IBM is sitting on the fringe of the cloud market...

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Cloud Computing Technology Expected to Witness a Significant Rise in its Adoption During the Period 2016-2020

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

Technavio research analysts are forecasting positive growth for many segments of the global cloud computing market over the next four years as several markets including backend as a service (BaaS), cloud management for OpenStack, and network as a service (NaaS), will witness an increase in revenues.

According to Technavio, the need to reduce complexities in application development will accelerate the growth of the global backend as a services market and post a massive CAGR of almost 102% during the period 2016-2020. Application of BaaS solutions makes it easier for developers to set up, use, and operate a cloud backend for creating their mobile, tablet, and web apps...

So Long, Hardware: Tech Spending Sinks on Land, Soars in Cloud Computing

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Thinking about your company’s tech investments? How much of your thinking is up in the cloud? For many companies, the answer is: A great deal. According to a 2015 RightScale survey of the latest cloud computing trends, 93 percent of the respondents reported adopting cloud services.

Eighty two percent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy (i.e., a mix on-premises, private and third-party public cloud platforms), up from 74 percent in 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, there is "a shift toward purchasing virtualized, digital services that replace physical equipment."...

Research: The Internet of Things - hope, hype or hazard?

Grazed from Computing. Author: John Leonard.

How old is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Technological change being evolutionary it’s impossible to pinpoint an exact start date. The phrase was coined at the turn of the century, but for the sake of argument let’s just say that for practical purposes the IoT began 10 years ago when the ZigBee protocol for connecting smart-home devices came into being.

Rather conveniently that would make it about the same age as big data, which began (again for the sake of argument) with the arrival of Hadoop in 2005, and cloud computing (Amazon Elastic Compute cloud was released in 2006). The IoT is a superset of both cloud and big data analytics. While encompassing both, it also adds sensors, wireless communications and artificial intelligence, and as such has taken a little longer to enter the public imagination...

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New Relic CEO ‘Amazed’ by C-Suite Embrace of Public Cloud

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Following a report this afternoon by software management and analytics tools maker New Relic (NEWR) of fiscal Q4 revenue that topped analysts’ expectations and a an outlook for this quarter and the year above consensus, CEO Lew Cirne was kind enough to spend a few minutes talking with me by phone.

Cirne was “thrilled” with the results, including both a 10% improvement in the company’s operating profit margin, on an adjusted, non-GAAP basis, and the company’s further expansion into enterprise accounts after a history of selling mostly to small and medium businesses...

Huawei rallies businesses on cloud tech adoption

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Leading Chinese technology firm, Huawei, has described cloud technology as the future of entrepreneurship, adding that hardware innovation, software re-architecture, and data intelligence have become the three most important factors for business success. It stated this during its second Open Cloud Congress West Africa summit in Lagos, with the theme, ‘Transforming with Cloud: Setting New Benchmark.

Huawei said that by depending on joint innovation, technology innovation and cooperation innovation, it had devoted itself to build an open, collaborative and win-win cloud ecosystem together with customers and partners. It also said that it would strengthen cooperative relationships with its customers, and seek greater marketing opportunities...

Tech giants lock horns over Korean cloud market

Grazed from KoreaHerald. Author: Editorial Staff.

Tech giants from home and abroad are battling to garner a larger slice of the Korean market for cloud computing solutions, industry watchers said Monday, as local demand for the services is expected to grow sharply down the road. The Korean market for cloud computing solutions is expected to reach $1.2 billion in 2019, up from the $540 million posted in 2014, according to the data compiled by industry tracker Gartner.

Cloud computing solutions allow users to access their photos, documents and other content saved on servers through smartphones and PCs. The service has been gaining popularity around the globe, especially at the office, as it cuts down on costs. In January, U.S. tech giant Oracle held a large-scale cloud computing conference in Seoul to tap into the fast-growing Korean market. Oracle currently has around 70 million users through its clients in its cloud computing segment around the globe...

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IBM launches new cloud services for blockchain

 Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work.  The blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a digital tool for doing a slew of functions such as recording and verifying transactions. The technology, according to its many supporters, would make it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring central control.
The interest in the blockchain surged last year when Wall Street's major players such as Goldman Sachs delved into the technology and saw it as a way to solve inefficiencies in financial markets.  "Clients tell us that one of the inhibitors of the adoption of blockchain is concerns about security," said Jerry Cuomo, vice president, Blockchain at IBM in a statement...

Cloud Solution Provider Paradox: Promise and Problems

Grazed from ChannelInsider.  Author: Michael Vizard.

 The cloud solution provider faces a complicated paradox: There is no shortage of opportunities—or obstacles—in this burgeoning field. This irony, though common in the business world, is particularly pronounced in the channel.  The movement of workloads in the cloud challenges business models that many solution providers have relied on for decades.  A key issue for companies in the channel, including cloud MSPs, is finding the spots where they can add value.
However, as cloud computing continues to mature, those spots are becoming more apparent. Although spending for "the greater cloud"—including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and MSP cloud solutions—is projected to exceed $500 billion by 2020, IDC reports that more than half of cloud service revenue is now generated indirectly via one channel or another...

The Cloud Is Tearing Up Tech and Helping Amazon

Grazed from Barrons.  Author: Tiernan Ray.

 What ails tech? The last couple of weeks of corporate earnings have seen one disappointment after another, for companies large and small.  Some of this is pressure on global economies finally hitting home, with the miracle of American tech giants making money off an expanding world marketplace now showing its unfortunate downside. But that’s not all. Read through the statements of the companies reporting, and there is evidence that their businesses are changing drastically because of cloud computing.
Cloud is displacing sales of traditional equipment and software. In a time of pressure on global economies, the move to cloud computing will only accelerate, given that it offers companies a chance to rent computing rather than buy it, thereby trimming their up-front capital budgets. That leaves some companies caught between a cloud and a hard place...