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

Public Cloud Is Where Disruption Happens

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 23, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Today on Twitter, analyst Simon Wardley put out a series of provocative tweets regarding the value of the public cloud. The gist of Wardley's Tweet storm was that all of the value in the cloud is found in public cloud services and that the goal of every data center from this point forward should be to get to data center zero—in other words no more data center.

That's a bold statement.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud-savvy grads, Amazon disruptors, leading IaaS providers

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 20, 2015 8:59:49 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.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

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

Cloud 5: Dissing private cloud, Hadoop in cloud, Shadow IT concerns

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 13, 2015 8:56:51 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, Cloud brokers could help navigate growing cloud complexity. The cloud was supposed to simplify everything, but as it turns out when you start layering on multiple services and mixing and matching with on-premises it can get pretty darn complicated. That's where cloud service brokers might be able to help. They're a new breed of cloud consultant.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, The Cloud 5, Cloud 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

MSP reinvention: Why you shouldn’t settle for success

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Jan 20, 2015 10:54:13 AM

You’ve built up a healthy business helping entrepreneurs get the most of their IT. Your clients find solid value in your services and pay their bills on time (for the most part). Your people are diligent, creative, and thrive on collaboration.

Congratulations. You’re a star.

Still an opportunity exists for you to pursue new levels of customer enthusiasm and company growth.

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas, Business Development, Cloud Industry and Technology, Buyer Targeting, Differentiation

Leveraging Shadow IT

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 15, 2015 11:25:05 AM

I'm willing to bet that the prevailing wisdom among many CIOs is that Shadow IT is a problem where employees are using unauthorized applications and putting the company at risk. They see it as something to be controlled, but if they were to look at it a bit differently, they might find their workers actually could be pointing them to some viable solutions.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Can Big Data help you manage your IT infrastructure?

Posted by Alan Earls on Jan 12, 2015 4:20:52 PM

Big data has garnered a lot of attention in recent years for its supposed ability to magically turn mountains of data into actionable business information. Hadoop NoSQL and Cassandra and a host of other emerging tools and techniques have made sifting data an ever-more-manageable task.

Now, some are wondering if all the streams of operational data produced by IT operations could be similarly parsed and mined.

It is both the expansion in scale and the heterogeneity of IT-generated data that is encouraging the big data approach. With thousands of virtual machines to monitor, it can be difficult to predict just what a new application added to the environment will mean in terms of security, performance, or compliance.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

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