HP Private Cloud Service Leads the Pack, Forrester Says

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

HP came out on top because of its breadth and depth of services for private clouds, while Cisco and Microsoft were also named leaders. Enterprises are expected to significantly ramp up their pursuit of internal private clouds within the next year and HP, Cisco and Microsoft have the strongest product offerings for those deployments, according to a new Wave report by research firm Forrester. According to a Forrester survey of more than 2,300 IT hardware buyers, about 55% of them said they plan to build an internal private cloud within the next 12 months; another 33% have already started.

The momentum represents the "next step along (the) virtualization journey," says Lauren Nelson, author of the report. "Over the past two years private cloud has shifted from concept to reality," she says. As organizations realize the benefits of private clouds, the market for products serving these deployments has intensified. Forrester evaluated almost 30 providers offering private cloud platforms, but took a deep dive into 10 of them. HP came out on top because of its breadth and depth of services for private clouds, while Cisco and Microsoft were also named leaders.

Video and Cloud Use on the Rise in the Enterprise, Infonetics Unified Communications Study Finds

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 UC Strategies and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, which explores enterprises’ plans for unified communications (UC), including cloud deployments, and their perceptions of UC vendors.

“The biggest change we’re seeing in unified communication deployments is the adoption of video,” notes Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics Research. “Businesses have been implementing more mobility into their UC architectures over the past year and now are looking toward videoconferencing to help drive further productivity.”...

Government Cloud Market By (Deployment & Applications) Worth $18.48 Billion By 2018

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The report, “Government Cloud Market By Agency (Federal Cloud, State and Local Cloud, Defense & Military Cloud), By Delivery (Saas, Paas, Iaas), By Deployment (Public, Private, Hybrid, Community) Global Advancements, Market Forecasts and Analysis (2013 – 2018),” has defined the adoption trends of the cloud solutions in government organizations. This comprehensive report offers a detailed analysis and forecast of the global government cloud market. It also highlights the drivers and restraints for this market, along with the insights on trends, opportunities and challenges.

Browse more than 139 market data tables, 103 figures spread through 345 pages and in-depth table of content on “Government Cloud Market":

Cloud, sluggish PC market chipping away at Intel’s value, analysts say

Grazed from BusinessCloud News. Author: Jonathan Brandon.

Despite the investments Intel has made in emerging datacentre technologies a research analyst with Macquarie Capital has lowered share price estimates ahead of its Q3 earnings report Tuesday, citing pressures in the PC market brought about in part by cloud computing.

A report penned by Deepon Nag, a research analyst with the financial advisory Macquarie Capital says that cloud computing will likely apply downward pressure to the global PC market, hindering Intel’s ability to grow in market segments that are traditionally strongholds for the chip manufacturer. The firm lowered its estimates from $25 to $22 per share and downgraded Intel from “Outperform” to “Neutral.”...

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

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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...