Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Intronis.
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Hybrid clouds driving Docker container adoption

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM

While hybrid cloud computing is the ultimate goal for many IT organizations, the road they take to get there may wind up being be much different than the one they initially started on.

new survey of 745 IT professionals commissioned by StackEngine, a provider of management software for Docker containers, finds that the top reason IT organizations are adopting Docker containers is to build a hybrid cloud. Roughly 45 percent of the respondents said they plan to build a hybrid cloud, and 20 percent report that they have already deployed Docker containers in a production application.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Data center growth rates slow

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 24, 2015 2:00:00 PM

It would appear that the rise of cloud computing coupled with the advances in processors and storage technologies are finally conspiring to slow the growth of data centers around the world.

new report from 451 Research finds that the installed base of data centers only grew by two tenths of a percentage point year over year in the fourth quarter of 2014, representing some 4.3 million data centers and IT site locations.

From a square footage perspective, the report finds that traditional enterprise IT organizations continue to control 83 percent of the worldwide market. Multi-tenant data centers and cloud providers control 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Mobile management tops cloud agenda

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A new survey of 314 IT professionals conducted by QuinStreet Enterprise, publisher of eWeek and Channel Insider, finds that nearly half (47 percent) identified mobile device management as an area they plan to invest in in the cloud.

The rapid rise of mobile computing caught most IT organizations by surprise. As such, most of them don’t have the infrastructure in place to actually manage those devices. Plus, IT organizations need to manage both the devices and any number of native, HTML5, or hybrid applications running on those devices.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

How cloud WAN services will affect the IT channel

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 17, 2015 12:47:06 PM

For all the talk about software-defined networking (SDN) inside the data center, the biggest networking impact may very well occur outside the data center.

A new study from the market research from Rayno Report forecasts that demand for cloud WAN services is expected to be $7.5 billion by 2020, and some $360 million in venture capital has recently been poured into the category.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Public Cloud Service Revenue Forecasted to Reach $113 Billion by 2018

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

While everyone concedes that public cloud services have become a force to be reckoned with, no one is certain what portion of the trillions of dollars spent on IT is going to migrate into the public cloud.

One recent estimate made by the market research firm Technology Business Research (TBR) forecasts that public cloud spending will reach $113 billion in 2018. That's up from $67 billion in 2014.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Open source gains ground in private cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Conventional wisdom suggests that most of the adoption of the open source OpenStack cloud management framework would be limited to cloud service providers. After all, when it comes to virtual machines, VMware already dominates on-premise environments, so it’s natural to assume that VMware would extend that base into the realm of the private clouds running inside an enterprise.

But a new study of 376 IT professionals conducted by Zenoss, a provider of IT monitoring software, finds that 43 percent have deployed at least one private cloud based on open source software. In the majority of those instances, the open source software being used to build that private cloud is based on OpenStack.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, VMware backup

Internal IT cloud spending trends towards fundamentals

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 6, 2015 12:00:00 PM

For all the hype surrounding cloud computing as transformational technology most usage of cloud computing by internal IT organizations can best be described as utilitarian.

For example, a new survey of 600 IT professionals by Spiceworks, a provider of IT management software, finds that only 12 percent of annual IT budgets will be spent on hosted/cloud-based projects in 2015. Of that, 18 percent will be allocated to email hosting, 16 percent to Web hosting, 13 percent for online backup/recovery, 7 percent for application hosting, and 6 percent for industry-specific apps.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

Identifying the right cloud application sales moment

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 2, 2015 4:35:00 PM

As much as IT service providers would prefer to have business just magically occur, more often than not new business opportunities are created by a specific business or IT event. When it comes to cloud computing, the challenge is identifying the types of events that are most likely to drive customers to embrace the cloud.

Speaking at a recent Oracle CloudWorld event in New York, Mike Brown, principal at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, identified 12 signals that IT services firms should be looking out for when it comes to selling ERP applications in the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Selling Cloud Backup

Hybrid clouds should spur demand for managed services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 29, 2015 10:12:54 AM

For more years than most IT services firms would care to admit, selling managed services has been an exercise in frustration. As profitable as those services can be, internal IT teams remain firmly entrenched inside most organizations where they exist. In fact, a recent survey of 600 IT professionals released by Spiceworks, a provider of IT management tools, finds that only about 10 percent of the average IT budget is allocated to managed services.

But there is hope. A separate survey of 1,200 IT professionals conducted by ScienceLogic, a provider of IT monitoring software, finds that 62 percent admit they don’t have any visibility into what’s occurring in the cloud.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Gartner 2015 IT Spending Forecast Creates Cause for Pause

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 27, 2015 10:08:15 AM

Theoretically at least, a flood should lift all boats. But when it comes to IT services, the weight of that boat might make a significant difference.

Buried inside a new report from Gartner that forecasts that worldwide IT spending will grow 2.4 percent to $3.8 trillion in 2015 is some news that may give IT service providers reason to exercise caution. While the 2015 forecast is for a 2.4 percent increase in spending, that growth rate represents a significant drop from the 3.9 percent growth rate that Gartner had previously forecasted.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

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