Gmail's billion-user milestone shows the power of cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 8, 2016 1:40:33 PM

Gmail reached an impressive milestone last week when Google announced at its earnings call that it had passed a billion users on its email service. Pretty impressive when you consider that not that long ago people questioned putting their email in the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

New research finds AWS still blowing all comers away

Posted by Ron Miller on Feb 5, 2016 12:02:29 PM

Do a quick check of the tech news headlines these days, and you're likely to find quite a few that are trumpeting how well Microsoft is doing in cloud. While Microsoft is growing at an enormous rate, it is still well behind AWS, which continues to completely dominate the market according to the most recent data supplied by Synergy Research Group.

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Private clouds face a losing battle

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 28, 2016 3:31:19 PM

The private cloud is supposed to give companies the benefits of a public cloud service while protecting data behind the firewall. The problem most companies face trying to take this approach is that it's impossible to compete with the public cloud behemoths. They are too well-funded and too innovative, and your private cloud can never be as good.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, private cloud

IT spending on public cloud accelerates

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 28, 2016 10:35:13 AM

While it’s difficult to say exactly how much money is pouring into public clouds, the growth rate is certainly staggering. This week, Gartner forecasted that public cloud spending will reach $204 billion in 2016, while International Data Corp. (IDC) predicted a more conservative $141 billion in public cloud spending by 2019.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

The cloud is no longer a pie-in-the-sky idea

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 18, 2016 11:48:22 AM

There was a time when the cloud was a fairly radical idea. You were asking IT to give up control of its hardware resources and software and hand it off to a third party to manage. In the 2008-2010 timeframe, only early adopters were willing to go that route. Today as the cloud has matured, it's a mainstream idea.

Consider that Salesforce, the grandfather of cloud computing, has been around since 1997. That's 17 years, folks, and it has more than 16,000 employees. Last November, the company announced its third quarter fiscal 2016 numbers, and they were impressive by any measure.

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Public cloud price cuts on core services appear to slow

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

IT services providers and their customers have come to expect that significant price cuts in public cloud computing services will occur on a regular basis. But, an analysis of recent price cuts by Amazon Web Services (AWS) conducted by Deutsche Bank suggests that those price cuts don't actually occur as often as people think.

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The cloud is coming soon to a car near you

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 7, 2016 9:38:13 AM

The Consumer Electronics Show is going on this week in Las Vegas. It's that time of year when companies large and small can show off their latest technology — and there's a lot of action from car companies. Not surprisingly, as cars become more connected, the cloud is going to play a greater role to transfer information to the manufacturer, between devices and other cars, and even with your house.

The car is the next logical place for the cloud if you think about it. The connected car provides a world of data about the condition of the car, the weather, and road conditions. Some of this could be helpful for the individual driver, and some could help all drivers.

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Financial institutions need cloud agility too

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

A new report, released this month by the European Union Agency for Network And Information Security, describes the views of European financial services companies toward the cloud. For the most part, this group remains skeptical.

According to the report, European financial services companies recognize the benefits of the cloud but are still extremely cautious about making any kind of significant move there. Instead, they are confining their cloud activity to safer undertakings like email or experimental projects. For the most part, they prefer private clouds over public ones.

Contrast this with the report published by the Cloud Security Alliance called How the Cloud Is Being Used in the Financial Sector (pdf), which surveyed financial services companies from around the world but mostly concentrated in the U.S., and you have a very different picture.

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By now we know that the cloud is the real deal

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I get a Google Alert in my email every morning on "cloud computing," and I'm continually amazed by some of the simplistic headlines I see with articles trying to explain what the cloud is or define basic terms — stuff you would imagine we all understood years ago. 

I get that not everybody lives on the bleeding edge where journalists often like to sit, but eight years after I first heard the term "cloud computing" I'd think we would all understand what it's about and that it's become part of just about every company's technology strategy.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Can anyone stop Amazon Web Services?

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 17, 2015 2:39:09 PM

Amazon Web Services launched in 2006, long before most people thought about the concept of the cloud or renting servers and storage online. AWS will be 10 years old next year, and as it reaches that milestone, it finds itself in the enviable position of market superiority, making money hand over fist and continuing to out innovate everyone in the market.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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