Cloud computing tipping point set to arrive in 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Although most organizations currently use the cloud to one degree or another, two recent surveys suggest that 2015 will witness a major tipping point in terms of adoption.

survey of nearly 200 IT professionals conducted by Level 3 Communications, reports that not only did 34.1 percent report they are currently running and managing applications in the cloud, but also finds that 48.3 percent say they are “on their way.”

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Cloud 5: OpenStack's maturing, United's phablets, and NAS is not cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 12, 2014 8:30:27 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 begins to take hold in the C-suite. A recent survey of 1000 C-suite executives found surprisingly broad support for hybrid clouds, which seems to show that the cloud as a whole is mainstreaming as executives see the value in moving certain workloads there.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Cloud begins to take hold in the C-suite

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 11, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A recent study by consulting firm Avanade found broad support for hybrid cloud solutions in the C-Suite. The distinction here is that executives outside of IT, who are increasingly controlling technology budgets and are making technology decisions are bullish on hybrid solutions.

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The rise of hybrid cloud computing in 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A global survey of 1,000 C-level executives conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Avanade, a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, finds that 75 percent say they believe hybrid cloud computing will be an area of focus for their organizations in 2015.

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A peek inside Amazon Web Services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 8, 2014 8:46:00 AM

While just about everyone recognizes Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a force to be reckoned with in the cloud, there’s not much actual visibility into what is actually running on AWS.

To solve that bit of a mystery 2nd Watch, a provider of managed services that specializes in AWS, recently ran an analysis of the tens of thousands of AWS instances it has under management. Of all the types of EC2 instances running it may not come as a surprise that 38 percent of the EC2 instances are of the small variety, while another 19 percent are using a medium instance. In addition, 2nd Watch says a full 94 percent of its customers are also using the S3 cloud storage service from AWS.

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Cloud 5: Amazon ups price war ante, Microsoft talks cloud and OpenStack dominates

Posted by Ron Miller on Dec 5, 2014 9:56:00 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, AWS announcements at re:invent put competitors on notice it's not standing pat. Google and Microsoft may have deeper pockets than AWS, but it has something they don't have: marketshare. And AWS let its rivals know it's not going to sit idly while they spend billions.

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Wait, going to the cloud could create jobs?

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 26, 2014 8:30:00 AM

A common belief among IT pros, and perhaps one of the reasons they have resisted the cloud for so long is that it would reduce the number of IT jobs. The theory goes if you are closing data centers, chances are you are going to need fewer people, but is that really the case? I'm beginning to think it's not and here's why.

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Cloud 5: AWS checks Docker box, Azure outage was not end of the world as we know it

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 21, 2014 9:04:00 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, AWS announcements at re:Invent put competitors on notice it's not standing pat. Google and Microsoft may have deeper pockets than AWS, but it has something they don't have: marketshare. And AWS let its rivals know it's not going to sit idly while they spend billions.

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AWS announcements at re:invent put competitors on notice

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 20, 2014 8:57:00 AM

Amazon's head of AWS Andy Jassy was asked about his deep-pocketed rivals, Microsoft and Google last week, and he made it clear he wasn't concerned about their money because in his view AWS could hold its own. He went so far as to say that some day, AWS would make more money for the Amazon empire than Amazon.com. All chest beating aside, AWS certainly let their rivals know they will continue to build out the product and the others can, well, bring it on.

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Cloud 5: CEOs pushing cloud now, AWS ain't afraid of no Google, and is the datacenter dead?

Posted by Ron Miller on Nov 14, 2014 9:10:00 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, The private cloud has always been a contradictory notion. The private cloud in a private data center isn't really the cloud. In fact, it requires an external host to be a cloud.

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