Making the case for a network-centric cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 16, 2015 2:34:04 PM

Leading cloud computing service providers predict that in the future they will be at the center of massively distributed computing that will span the globe. But network service providers predict a very different future for cloud computing.

Cisco’s approach to hybrid cloud computing

Case in point is Cisco, which has now extended its Intercloud approach to integrating cloud services from hundreds of providers around the globe to include 35 independent software vendors. Instead of thinking hierarchically, Cisco views each cloud service provider as equal. The size of the cloud service doesn’t matter. What matters is that each cloud runs an instance of the same core set of networking services that make each cloud a natural distributed extension of the other.

In effect, Cisco is enabling a highly distributed approach to hybrid cloud computing that makes it possible for its partners to aggregate those services. The end result allows customers to run application workloads anywhere they choose based on the infrastructure attributes of the cloud service provider. Most significantly for IT services providers, Cisco sees the services that make up this ecosystem being sold primarily by channel partners that represent Cisco as well as multiple cloud providers.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

3 Reasons cloud solutions for small business just make sense

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 8, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Small business owners are busy people. Running your own business takes a ton of effort, and you probably don't want any of that energy being diverted to worrying about the software you use to run your business. That's where the cloud comes in and why cloud solutions for small business make so much sense.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

The cloud is the glue that keeps us connected

Posted by Ron Miller on May 22, 2015 12:08:07 PM

Even though the cloud remains a somewhat nebulous term to the population at large, nearly everyone has a sense that it allows us to keep our digital lives in order and access content from any device, anywhere, anytime (as long as there is an Internet connection—and even sometimes when there's not).

At a simple level, it's how you can save your photos or documents and access them from anywhere. But the cloud is really the connective tissue for so much more, and it's allowed mobile to take off on several levels.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Focus on open source software changes IT services dynamic

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 19, 2015 11:13:24 AM

Regardless of whether it makes financial sense or not, IT organizations of all sizes have adopted an open source first mantra. Rather than spend their money on commercial software, they’ve made it clear they would prefer to throw labor at their enterprise software challenges. After all, not paying for commercial software enables those organizations to keep more IT staff on the payroll.

That’s not necessarily the wrong decision. By investing in labor, those organizations get to retain  software expertise at a time when every company is becoming a software company to one degree or another.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology

Deployment of Windows Server on AWS spikes

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 5, 2015 1:14:02 PM

In the recent revelations about how large the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud has become, many people overlooked just how many of the applications hosted on AWS are running in production environments compared to application development and testing projects.

Amazon disclosed that in the most recent quarter AWS posted an operating income of $265 million on revenues of $1.57 billion. That's a roughly 17 percent gross margin on what is on track to become a $5 billion business this year. But to get a little more insight into what is actually happening inside the AWS cloud, it’s worth taking a look at the AWS Scorecard published each quarter by 2nd Watch, a provider of managed IT services for AWS.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Four challenges issued to IT service providers at ChannelNEXT East

Posted by Achmad Chadran on May 1, 2015 4:22:00 PM

The scenic mountain town of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, provided a refreshing backdrop to this year’s ChannelNEXT East, and the opening panel discussion, “VAR MasterMind,” set the tone for the event. The program billed the panel discussion as an exploration of challenges facing VARs and MSPs, but I felt the focus was more on solutions than on challenges. Julian Lee, president of ChannelNEXT organizer TechnoPlanet Productions, held court with three other eloquent professionals on vital topics facing IT service providers: social media, CRM, and the becoming better business owners.

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Topics: Business Development, Cloud Industry and Technology, Events and Webinars

AWS market share still bigger than all rivals combined

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 30, 2015 3:18:00 PM

The latest quarterly report on the cloud market from Synergy Research Group shows that Amazon Web Services is bigger than all its rivals combined. While the market continues to grow and each member of the pack has its special strengths, it's an AWS market share world, and everyone else is just playing along right now.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

There's piles of money in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 24, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Amazon broke out its AWS revenue yesterday for the first time, and the results were so impressive, it makes you wonder why it didn't do it sooner. Here's the thing though, every cloud vendor is experiencing growth and there's evidence that the cloud will continue to grow substantially over the next several years.

In other words, there's plenty of money still be found in the cloud. This is in spite of the fact that cloud services are absurdly cheap, and for the most part continuing to get cheaper all the time.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

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 cloud transition has arrived

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

While many companies have begun the journey to the cloud, they are often living in parallel universes. In one, they maintain older legacy systems. In the other, they have moved workloads to cloud. That means they have to figure out how to manage both worlds.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

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