Cloud 5: DoD's cloud plans, Salesforce and AWS are friends

Posted by Ron Miller on May 27, 2016 10:12:20 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, The cloud infrastructure market is about to get even more heated. The cloud infrastructure market is poise to become even more competitive as the biggest names vie for the biggest customers, perhaps giving them sweetheart deals for the prestige of getting them to come on board.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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The cloud infrastructure market is about to get even more heated

Posted by Ron Miller on May 26, 2016 1:29:26 PM

For a long time, the cloud infrastructure market has been defined by a group of big players competing with one another on price and features. To a large extent, that's still the case, but today if anything it's more pronounced as AWS, Microsoft, and Google wrestle and struggle for market share.

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Who's really responsible for IT security in the cloud?

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 26, 2016 9:33:53 AM

The typical public cloud service provider employs a bifurcated approach to IT security in the cloud. They'll take responsibility for securing the infrastructure services they provide, but any software running on top of those infrastructure services is the responsibility of the developer or the IT organization that put it there.

A new survey of 100 IT decision makers conducted by the market research firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on behalf of iland, a provider of cloud hosting services, finds that when it comes to securing application workloads nearly half (48 percent) of IT organizations are spending more on security technologies than they ever did when they only ran application workloads on premise.

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Robin Robins: How much is your time really worth?

Posted by Robin Robins on May 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I got a very funny e-mail inquiry a while back from a VAR right down the street from our office. Not funny “ha-ha,” but instantly funny to me because he wrote: “I have heard quite a bit about you from Harry Brelsford. Your office is actually less than 1 mile from mine. We have called many times and asked about hiring you on an hourly basis to come help us, but your staff keeps rejecting us or not connecting us to you. I would think that a nice paying ‘filler’ gig next to your office would be a great idea, but someone there doesn’t. The Technology Toolkit is a bit more than I need, even at the current price, since we do not have a full-time sales or marketing person.”
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Public cloud spending spins out of control

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 24, 2016 11:41:58 AM

As is often the case in life, there can always be too much of a good thing. A new survey of 189 IT professionals attending the recent Amazon Web Services Global Summit conference in Chicago finds that while over half (54 percent) describe cost allocation being important to them, a full 82 percent say they find reconciling actual consumption of cloud service to billing to be a significant challenge. In fact, just under a third (31 percent) admit they don’t proactively manage their spending on public cloud services at all.

Nevertheless, 40 percent estimate that usage of public clouds inside their organization will increase 25 to 50 percent in the next 12 months, and another 38 percent pegged usage growth at between 10 to 25 percent. Only five percent said there would be no growth at all.

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Infographic: Work and Lifestyle Habits of IT Professionals

Posted by Raj Khera on May 24, 2016 8:30:00 AM

MailerMailer, makers of IT marketing automation tool Presstacular, recently took an informal poll of a couple hundred IT professionals and created an infographic that I think you’ll enjoy.

Here are some quick highlights: We found that more than 75 percent of IT professionals work more than 40 hours a week. Most of them have a hard time unplugging for downtime, too. More than 87 percent reported that they work during vacations, and 90 percent of IT business owners work on weekends.

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Meet Brian Babineau, new General Manager of Intronis MSP Solutions

Posted by BJ Jenkins on May 23, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Ever since Barracuda acquired Intronis MSP Solutions back in October, I’ve been impressed with how much our teams have been able to get done together. We’ve launched two new products for MSPs and expanded internationally—all within six months. Whenever I visit our Chelmsford, MA office (Intronis HQ), the energy level and effort I witness are remarkable, and I can see why we’ve been able to get so much done so quickly.

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Ask Intronis: How do I get more form fills on my MSP website?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on May 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Q: We’re currently expanding our services at my MSP, and with the new changes, we want to run some campaigns to direct more traffic to our website. Currently, we use forms on our website, but we’re having trouble with them. Quite a few people have clicked on the link to fill out the form, but very few have completed it. How do I get more people to fill out the form? I want to get this right before we start trying to drive more traffic to the site.

Congratulations on expanding your services at your MSP! Running marketing campaigns will definitely help generate buzz around your new services and uncover potential opportunities. We know that finding interested prospects is vital to a successful campaign. It’s even better when prospects visit your website looking for more information about your company and then fill out a form. This gives them an opportunity to reach out easily and let you know they want to learn more.

To get you the best advice on creating forms, we consulted Sarah Duffy, our senior manager of demand generation. Sarah organizes our website by keeping our content up-to-date, ensuring ease of navigation, and using forms to capture leads. Here are her tips on how to use form fills to generate more leads:

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Cloud and mobile driving massive shift in retail

Posted by Ron Miller on May 20, 2016 1:15:11 PM

I spent part of this week at the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas listening to companies and experts of various ilks discuss the huge changes going on in retail. As you would expect, there was a lot of talk about the way the business has been transformed by the internet.

Even that initial wave of companies that came along with the rise of the World Wide Web in the 1990s is now being pushed by a new generation of retailers who were born in the age of cloud and mobile. The brick-and-mortar retailers have even bigger challenges as the internet—the world's greatest distribution channel—drives further disruption.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Microsoft, SAP commit to cloud; a good quarter for Salesforce

Posted by Ron Miller on May 20, 2016 9:30:12 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, Rackspace earnings shows there's big money in small slices of cloud market. Rackspace had its earning reports, and it made some money. It's not AWS or Microsoft money, but it grew fairly substantially proving that even a small slice of the cloud market could produce big results, especially when a company is a little flexible about its strategy.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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