Cloud 5: Cloud as great leveller, RightScale cloud survey, HP cloud exec shuffle

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 27, 2015 9:30:00 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, Public cloud is where disruption will happen. One analyst suggested in a Tweet Storm that the only cloud that mattered is public cloud and the rest is basically a garbage bin set of terms to please the markets. I can't totally disagree, but I also know a hybrid mix of public and private computing is going to exist for a long time to come.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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

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

Cloud brokers could help navigate growing cloud complexity

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 12, 2015 1:51:59 PM

The cloud was supposed to make everything easier, leaving you to concentrate on what you do best and handing off the configuration, updates, and management to the cloud vendor. But as companies make the move to the cloud, many are finding that there are a range of issues involved with running a hybrid environment—and that's where the cloud service broker could come in.

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Topics: 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

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