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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Artifical intelligence set to become multi-billion dollar market

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM

After many false starts over the past decade, it looks like artificial intelligence (AI) applications are finally starting to make their way into everyday applications across the enterprise market.

Most notably, AI is gaining traction in the form of machine learning software and cognitive computing applications powered by the IBM Watson platform. Having access to massive amounts of data is making it easier to justify the cost of investments in AI technologies that promise to transform the way most organizations operate.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Fragmented data center co-location market continues to grow

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 28, 2015 12:00:00 PM

With more than 1,000 global providers of data center co-location services, this highly fragmented market continues to show signs of healthy growth.

In fact, a recent report published by 451 Research projects that the market for data center co-location services will reach $36.1 billion in 2017, up from $22.8 billion projected for 2015. Most notably, providers of these services with less than $500 million in revenue account for 74.8 percent of the market.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Healthcare spending on IT services starts to look a little sickly

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 23, 2015 10:44:55 AM

Thanks largely to government initiatives such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), consumption of IT service in the healthcare sector has been nothing but robust for the early part of this decade.

But a new report issued this week by Technology Business Research (TBR) says that demand for IT services among healthcare providers might finally be saturated. The report finds that in the fourth quarter of 2014 demand for IT services in the healthcare sector only grew 1.3 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in the same period a year ago.

Given the massive surge in healthcare IT spending  that the U.S. government has fostered, not being able to maintain the same high level of growth over time is understandable.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Compliance

AWS and VMware lose some altitude in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 21, 2015 12:10:58 PM

Popular perception these days is that Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, while VMware enjoys the most momentum deploying private clouds that run on-premise.

But a new report from 451 Research based on a global survey of 1,500 IT professionals finds that 57 percent have instances of AWS running and 37 percent cited AWS as their most important infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

The rise of self-service data integration

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

IT service providers have made billions of dollars integrating applications inside and outside the cloud, but a new category of data integration platforms in the cloud has the potential to cut into those profits. The transformation of data integration into a self-service offering that requires no programming expertise whatsoever is threatening the need for IT experts. For IT services providers, the rise of these services represents something of a double-edged sword.

Two examples of these new classes of data integration services are Bedrock Data and Adeptia, which interestingly have taken different approaches to solving a similar problem.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends, Integrations

Revenues from on-premise IT services expected to decline

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Building an IT services business around any given set of products assumes that those offerings are going to be installed somewhere—and that can be an issue. In the age of the cloud, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the IT services business is being fundamentally altered.

In fact, a recent report from the market research firm Technology Business Research (TBR) finds that network infrastructure revenue for the companies it tracks only grew 1.6 percent in the most recent fourth quarter, compared to 7 percent year-over-year growth seen in the prior quarter.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Gartner forecasts drop in IT spending for 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The market research firm Gartner sent a chill through the IT industry this week with a forecast that says global IT spending will decline 1.3 percent to $3.66 trillion in 2015 instead of increasing as originally predicted.

Gartner says the root of the problem is the higher value of the U.S. dollar, which in effect devalues other currencies in a way that makes products from the U.S. appear to be more expensive. Gartner says this shift in the valuation of the dollar has introduced a state of shock into IT purchasing processes in markets such as Western Europe, Russia, and Japan. In these regions of the world, the increased value of the U.S. dollar is tantamount to a price increase for products manufactured in the U.S.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

How the mobile computing butterfly effect is transforming networking

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 7, 2015 12:07:04 PM

Much like the fabled butterfly effect that eventually creates a tidal wave, millions of smartphones and tablets attached to networks are starting to have a material impact on how network services are being deployed and managed. In fact, ACG Research recently published a report commissioned by Ciena Networks that suggests the collective weight of all these devices will drive increased demand for network bandwidth by a factor of five by 2018.

It’s clear that the primary driver of that increased demand is video, which is being delivered mostly to a variety of consumer applications. While that might not mean much to the average IT service provider, all that bandwidth consumption is increasing how network services are being consumed and affecting where data centers are being located.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

It’s time for IT service providers to kill the username and password

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM

For all the talk about IT security, most end users are still their own worst enemy. They employ the same basic password time and again and have access to administrative rights most will never need. Invariably, when an end user’s credentials are compromised it turns out the damage done to the system can be directly attributed to the fact that they had administrative rights that enabled hackers to install malware on that machine.

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Topics: IT Security, IT Services Trends

Managing the pace of Windows 10 upgrades

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 31, 2015 2:30:00 PM

One of the major challenges with delivering any type of software as a service is the fact that not every customer wants to upgrade software being delivered via the cloud at the same time. While there are plenty of organizations using software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that get updated once a quarter, it’s clear there are many other organizations that don’t embrace these applications because they feel they will lose control over the IT environment.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Microsoft Windows

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