IT organizations are looking to MSSPs for help

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 27, 2015 12:09:56 PM

A new study from Linkedin finds that while most organizations are moving to the cloud, security is clearly still a major concern. For IT service providers, those concerns should spell opportunity because partnering with MSPs that have security expertise has emerged as the top response to those perceived security concerns.

When 1,010 IT professionals were asked what they intended to do to make cloud computing more secure, 34 percent responded that they would partner with a managed security service provider. This was followed by deploying more security software at 33 percent and adding more IT staff at 31 percent.

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Leveraging cloud brokering still a challenge for IT service providers

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A generally accepted piece of wisdom about cloud computing is that when there’s a need to broker services across multiple clouds, a significant opportunity is created for IT service providers.

A new survey conducted by Technology Business Research finds that of the 318 IT professionals using cloud services who were surveyed only about 32 percent have actually adopted cloud brokerage services, though. The survey does find that another third are planning to adopt them, but what’s not clear is to what degree organizations are actually using these services. The reason for this is that while there is no shortage of cloud computing platforms, most of them are semi-autonomous.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Need for greater agility will drive service providers to invest in LSO software

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 19, 2015 2:00:00 PM

As IT becomes more complex to manage, providers of IT services are starting to come to terms with the idea that a major upgrade to the platforms they use to deliver those services is all but inevitable. In fact, a new report from the market research firm Rayno Media finds that the market for service provider lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) software could be valued at $2.75 billion by 2019.

The simple truth of the matter is that most of the processes used to manage IT are still far too manual. While advancements have been made in terms of provisioning virtual machines and now containers such as Docker, it still takes weeks to provision network services. To address that issue, there is a major migration on the horizon to software defined networking (SDNs) and eventually to network function virtualization (NFV) software.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology

Demand for enterprise networking will shift to services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 17, 2015 9:55:46 AM

There’s good news for IT service providers – the enterprise networking market will grow at a compound rate of 5.9 percent through 2018. According to the market research firm Technology Business Research (TBR), that means the value of this category will reach $99 billion.

While this research bodes well for IT service providers, there will be a lot of turmoil along the way. The price of networking infrastructure will fall at an increase rate, while the services segment of the enterprise networking market will grow at a compound annual rate of 7.2 percent.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud is so mainstream that it's lost its buzzword status

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 12, 2015 9:58:00 AM

I noticed a change this year when I went to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In the deluge of pitches I received in the weeks prior to the event, there was very little mention of the cloud. Internet of Things seems to have replaced it as the buzzword du jour.

And you know what? That's OK. It's high time to let the cloud just be, instead of talking about it like it's a special way of computing. I remember wondering back in 2009 when people would accept the cloud like we have accepted other forms of computing such as client-server.

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Community clouds are set to take off in a big way

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 5, 2015 3:18:01 PM

As cloud computing continues to mature many organizations are starting to figure out that the sum of their clouds might be more valuable than the individual pieces. This realization is fueling a growing interest in community clouds that are now forecasted to be a $2.4 billion market by 2018.

Community clouds usually form when a group of companies figure out that sharing a common set of IT infrastructure not only reduces their costs but also make it simpler for them to share data and insights with one another.

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Private clouds starting to overshadow public clouds

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The one thing that just about every IT professional  can agree on is that some form of cloud computing is now a standard enterprise platform. For the most part, though, it appears that the majority of that usage is decidedly private.

A new global survey of 1,000 senior IT executives at organizations with 500 or more employees conducted by Tata Communications, a global provider of IT services, finds that 28 percent of compute and data storage is in the cloud at the moment, and it is predicted to rise to 43 percent within five years and 58 percent in 10 years. But as IT organizations become more familiar with cloud computing, 57 percent report having migrated data back in-house from the cloud, primarily due to security and data protection concerns.

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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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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

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