Is Amazon getting too big for its britches?

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 22, 2017 11:36:38 AM

Amazon shocked a few people last week when it announced it intended to purchase the Whole Foods supermarket chain for a whopping $13.7 billion. It raised all kinds of questions about Amazon's intentions and whether perhaps the company was growing too big and too powerful.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, AWS, Amazon

Survey: Are you ready to support the public cloud?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Many businesses are moving toward the cloud, but cloud adoption drastically varies from one business to the next. Some organizations only have one application running in the cloud, while others have adopted a cloud-first mentality. In a recent survey conducted by Osterman Research, 92 percent of end-users admitted they have sensitive information stored in the cloud. As an MSP, it’s your job to protect these environments for your customers—the question is, are you ready to do so?

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Topics: Cloud Trends

MSPs need to rise to hybrid cloud computing challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 30, 2017 10:19:14 AM

By now just about everyone agrees that public cloud computing platforms are playing a major role in the enterprise. What's less clear is the debate about whether all application workloads will move to the cloud or if hybrid cloud computing is the new natural state of IT affairs.

A new survey of 212 IT decision makers conducted by Peak 10 and Microsoft suggests that the latter perception is starting to win out. A full 61 percent of the respondents said they would intentionally choose a hybrid cloud computing strategy if they were starting from scratch today. Only 16 percent said they are employing hybrid clouds as part of a goal to achieve an all-cloud end.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Google doubles down on AI at I/O

Posted by Ron Miller on May 24, 2017 9:59:56 AM

Every time the big three cloud vendors — Google, Microsoft and Amazon — hold an event, we look for the onslaught of new tools aimed at developers, IT providers, and data scientists. It seems like with Amazon so far in the lead, that it may be all window dressing. But it definitely matters and each company is trying hard to make its case.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, Google

Biggest Inhibitor to Cloud Transition Is Simple IT Inertia

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 11, 2017 11:55:00 AM

After being around for slightly more than a decade, cloud computing is finally seeing mainstream adoption across the board. But despite the rise of “cloud first” mandates, when it comes to deploying new application workloads in the cloud a new global survey published by Paessler AG, a provider of network monitoring tools, suggests that in small-to-medium businesses (SMB) adoption of cloud computing is still in its relative infancy.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Chasing AWS

Posted by Ron Miller on May 11, 2017 10:04:47 AM

If you're a cloud company today not named AWS, you have quite a hill to climb. That's because in spite of all the tough talk coming every competitor from Oracle to Alibaba to Google that they are coming after AWS and they're going to overtake them, the fact is that all of those companies combined still don't equal half the marketshare of AWS (according to data from Synergy Research).

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Topics: Cloud Trends, AWS

MSPs should carefully navigate AWS price cuts in a multi-cloud world

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 4, 2017 10:55:46 AM

This week Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it will employ the considerable amount of scale it has amassed to drive down pricing on virtual machine instances at a time when the overall public cloud computing market is much more competitive.

Depending on the region, type of instance, and length of contract, the savings can be as high as 21 percent. Obviously, AWS is starting to feel some market share pressure from rivals such as Microsoft and Google. Plus, this move comes on the heels of a spate of recent cloud storage price cuts.

But the move managed service providers should take note of is the effort AWS is making to entice customers to sign up for three-year contracts. The implications of that move go well beyond merely trying to gain market share at the expense of other cloud service providers (CSPs).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Even healthcare and financial services are all in on the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on May 2, 2017 1:55:18 PM

When it comes to the cloud, the standard argument has always been that healthcare and financial services were two heavily regulated industries where it just wasn't a good fit. That always felt like a false argument and a recent survey by security company McAfee found that to be the case.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud storage price war is now underway

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 2, 2017 11:38:08 AM

Price wars in the age of the cloud have largely been limited to virtual machines and a few of the more esoteric services that are not widely used. But a new report from 451 Research suggests that a price war involving cloud storage is now in the offing.

The market research firm is reporting that pricing for object-based storage has dropped more than 14 percent over the past 12 months. In comparison, 451 Research reports that virtual machine pricing has dropped only 5 percent over the same period. 451 Research is predicting that declines in cloud storage pricing will not only accelerate over the next 18 months, they will also be extended to other services such as databases.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

IBM's road to transformation has been filled with pot holes

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 27, 2017 9:39:31 AM

IBM launched as a company in 1911. It's interesting that its 100 year anniversary year in 2011 marks the last the time the company reported positive revenue. That's right, for the last five years or 20 consecutive quarters, the company has reported declining revenue.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, IBM

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