Gartner: SaaS contract language regarding security is lacking

Grazed from NetworkAsia. Author: Chris Kanaracus.

The large majority of people working in IT procurement are "significantly dissatisfied" with the way SaaS (software as a service) vendors define contract language related to security, a feeling likely to persist through 2015, according to a Gartner report.

"Contractually, very little security language appears in the body of SaaS contracts," Gartner analysts Jay Heiser and Alexa Bona wrote in the report. "Typically the security section contains little more than platitudes, stating that the provider will use 'commercially reasonable efforts to establish and maintain security safeguards.' These are often declared to be 'in line with industry standards,' which are mostly never defined."...

Cloud Computing Enters The Growth And Innovation Phase, IDC Says

Grazed from IT Jungle. Author: Alex Woodie.

If you thought this whole cloud thing was just a passing fad, you'd be wrong--at least according to the industry watchers at IDC, which this month made some pretty tall predictions concerning the size, scope, and growth of the cloud computing phenomenon. According to IDC, spending on public cloud computing (as opposed to private cloud services) will grow from $47.3 billion this year to $107 billion by 2017.

That represents a 23.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), which is more than five times the rate of growth for the IT industry as a whole. As the "3rd Platform" enters Chapter Two of its life, the big growth driver will shift from saving the IT department a few bucks by basically outsourcing the care and feeding of servers, to enabling startups to do new, interesting, and highly profitable things with cutting-edge clouds...

Cloud growth explodes, non-IT roadblocks on the rise

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Brian Taylor.

451 Research has released its semi-annual TheInfoPro report on cloud computing. Analyst Peter ffoulkes speaks with TechRepublic about the increasing non-IT roadblocks that the survey uncovered.   TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research, has released its semi-annual report on cloud computing, which surveyed 100 IT professionals from February through May of 2013.

While the results predict the explosive growth of enterprise cloud projects, non-IT roadblocks are on the rise.  Peter ffoulkes, TheInfoPro's Research Director for Cloud Computing, hosted a webinar about the survey on September 17. TechRepublic had the chance to speak with him by telephone about the survey, and the people and process issues that enterprises are facing in their cloud deployments...

Constellation Research Publishes SaaS Adoption Trends and Customer Experience Report

Grazed from NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Constellation Research, Inc. the research and advisory firm focused how disruptive technologies transform business models announced today the publication of "SaaS Adoption Trends and Customer Experience” by Constellation Vice President and Principal Analyst, Frank Scavo. Based on survey results from Computer Economics, this report documents the increasing adoption levels and investment rates for SaaS applications across all categories and recommends best practices for buyers in evaluating and contracting with SaaS providers.

This new report is report reveals:

- The percentage of organizations investing in 10 categories of SaaS applications, along with and extensive list of vendors in each category.
Analysis of 11 key benefits of SaaS along with 10 concerns, ranking by importance in the minds of buyers.
- Customer preference for multi-tenant versus single tenant applications...

Forrester: Cloud Computing Drives IT Spending

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Cloud computing is on the list of top IT spending priorities for the next year. According to Forrester Research, software spending worldwide will continue to grow with a big focus on the cloud. These worldwide trends reflect the focus of midsize firms.

Popular Software

The research featured recently in the CloudTimes found that, in the past year, companies and governments spent more than $2 trillion on hardware, software and services. In the most popular segment, software firms allocated budgets for improving mobile apps, analytics, security and collaboration software. Software spending increased last year by more than $540 billion; it is expected to grow 3.3 percent this year and 6.2 percent in 2014, the largest projection for technology categories...

Cloud Adoption Limited but Poised to Grow: Gartner

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Just 38 percent of all organizations indicate cloud services use today, according to a survey of 651 organizations across nine countries from IT research firm Gartner. However, 80 percent of organizations said that they intend to use cloud services in some form within 12 months, including 55 percent of the organizations not doing so today.

The results revealed that although the use of cloud services is growing faster than the overall enterprise IT market, it is still a small part of overall IT spending. The objective of the survey was to better understand how organizations are shifting from the use of traditional technology products to new technology delivered as cloud services and to understand end-user organizations' use of external service providers for IT services, Gartner explained...

Red Hat Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for On-Premise Application Platforms

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Platforms, for its solutions including Red Hat JBoss Middleware and OpenShift Enterprise, the company's private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering.

Gartner assessed 16 vendors in this Magic Quadrant, which profiles the leading application infrastructure vendors that provide IT developers and architects with complete end-to-end support for application projects for enterprise use. The full report is available here...

VMware must demonstrate it is a ‘serious IaaS provider’ at VMworld: Gartner

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

As VMware readies to kick off its annual virtualisation and cloud conference, VMworld 2013 later this week, Gartner analyst explains what users can expect at the event and the company’s future in the mobile and cloud era. At the event featuring more than 21,000 customers, partners and system integrators, VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger will discuss the next generation of IT and how the software-defined datacentre (SDDC) can extend virtualisation and automated management across storage, networking and security.

The term SDDC rose to prominence last year during VMworld 2012 with VMware touting it as the next best thing in IT. A software-defined datacentre is an IT facility where the elements of the infrastructure – networking, storage, CPU and security – are virtualised and delivered as a service and the operation of the entire infrastructure is automated by software...

Gartner: Amazon still public cloud leader by a long shot

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Amazon Web Services remains the top IaaS public cloud computing provider, offering the widest breath of services of any vendor in the market, Gartner concluded in its annual Magic Quadrant report. In addition to having a broad range of cloud-based services, AWS also has the largest capacity to handle cloud-based workloads. Its cloud operation is estimated by Gartner to be five times larger than a dozen of its top competitors in the market combined. “AWS is the overwhelming market share leader,” the report reads. “It is a thought leader; it is extraordinarily innovative, exceptionally agile and very responsive to the market. It has the richest IaaS product portfolio, and is constantly expanding its service offerings and reducing its prices.”

Each year Gartner compiles its Magic Quadrant for public cloud vendors by examining the estimated 15 largest market players based on estimated market share, then it ranks them based on their understanding of market needs and the company’s ability to execute...

Cloud contracts poor on security, says Gartner

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Warwick Ashford.

Buyers of commercial cloud services – especially software as a service (SaaS) – are finding security provisions inadequate, according to a report by research firm Gartner. Contracts need more transparency to improve risk management, analysts said, with SaaS contracts often have ambiguous terms regarding data confidentiality, data integrity and recovery after a data breach.

This leads to dissatisfaction among cloud services users and makes it difficult for service providers to manage risk and defend their risk position to auditors and regulators. Up to 80% of IT procurement professionals will remain dissatisfied with SaaS contract language and protections that relate to security for at least the next two years, Gartner predicts. “We continue to see frustration among cloud services users over the form and degree of transparency they obtain from prospective and current service providers,” said Alexa Bona, vice-president at Gartner...