Cloud 5: AWS's trillion dollar dream, Tesla's cloud lesson, Box IPO surge

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 30, 2015 9:40:00 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, Hybrid cloud is a concept, not a market. I was taken aback in a conversation with a large-company cloud executive last week when he referred to the hybrid cloud as a market. To me, it's just a concept, not a sales channel.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Government can be a good cloud customer. Just learn the rules.

Posted by Alan Earls on Jan 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Government is big business. In the U.S., for example, the federal government represents about 40 percent of total GDP. A lot of that goes to things like Social Security payments, salaries for government employees, fuel, military hardware, etc., but a big part of it is information technology.

In recent years the U.S. government has been spending more than $80 billion a year on new IT projects, above and beyond the billions spent on operations. Therefore, it’s reasonable to suppose that some of that spending is—or should be—directed to cloud. But, what’s involved?

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Cloud Trends

Hybrid Cloud is a concept, not a market

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Last week I was having a conversation with a large-company cloud executive and he referred to hybrid cloud as a market to be exploited. I was a little taken aback because I have always seen it as a concept, not a sales tool.

For those of you who might not know what hybrid means, it's simply the idea that you have a combination of on-premises and public cloud infrastructure, platform, and software.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Gartner 2015 IT Spending Forecast Creates Cause for Pause

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 27, 2015 10:08:15 AM

Theoretically at least, a flood should lift all boats. But when it comes to IT services, the weight of that boat might make a significant difference.

Buried inside a new report from Gartner that forecasts that worldwide IT spending will grow 2.4 percent to $3.8 trillion in 2015 is some news that may give IT service providers reason to exercise caution. While the 2015 forecast is for a 2.4 percent increase in spending, that growth rate represents a significant drop from the 3.9 percent growth rate that Gartner had previously forecasted.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Fuss-free OpenStack, Green clouds and IBM cloud revenue

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 23, 2015 9:30:48 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, Rumored MacBook Air could be the ultimate cloud machine. There is a rumor that the next MacBook Air will be built without so much as a single port. And you know what? We don't need no stinkin' ports.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The Shift of ERP applications to the cloud is on

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 22, 2015 3:30:17 PM

When it comes to on premise IT systems, ERP applications are one of the last major bastions. But not only is Gartner forecasting that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application spending will reach $20 billion, the market research firm also predicts that within the next two years the majority of ERP applications sold will be running in the cloud.

Gartner says the primary driver of this trend will not necessarily be a desire to cut costs but rather to craft more agile business processes. In fact, Gartner says the ERP suite (as it was once known) is being deconstructed into postmodern ERP that will result in a more federated, loosely coupled ERP environment where much of the functionality is sourced as either a cloud service or via business process outsourcer (BPO).

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Reliance on IT services firms to build private clouds starts to fall

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 21, 2015 1:21:03 PM

In 2014, building private clouds created a major revenue stream opportunity for IT services firms because the expertise required to set one up was in short supply. But a survey of 1,865 IT organizations conducted by Technology Business Research (TBR) may give IT services firms some reason for pause going into 2015.

The survey found that that while private clouds represent a $41 billion market opportunity growing at a rate of 15 percent– 65 percent of those clouds were built by a third-party. Taking into account all the self-built clouds, the survey found that 83 percent of the private clouds built involved a professional IT services organization. But year over year, that represents a 3 percent decline.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Custom processors have a massive cloud impact

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 16, 2015 12:13:46 PM

Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week announced that new C4 instances based on Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 processors that Intel worked with AWS to optimize are now available. Because these are the fastest instances of AWS, interest in C4 will no doubt be high. But AWS is hardly the only cloud service provider building its own servers in the cloud. In fact, the prevalence of custom servers in the cloud is one of the primary reasons shipments of commercial servers now only grow in the range of single digits year over year.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Cloud value, Cloud IaaS frenzied pace, Pricing war chart

Posted by Ron Miller on Jan 16, 2015 9:06:34 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, Leveraging Shadow IT. Many IT pros very likely see shadow IT as a nuisance and a direct attack on their authority, but what if they looked at it differently and saw it as a pointer to cool tools that your users actually like?

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Retail Industry starts to look to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 14, 2015 2:22:41 PM

When it came to IT, retail has long been viewed as one of the most laggard of all vertical industries. But thanks to the rise of mobile computing and security issues retailers are not only investing IT more heavily than ever, they are beginning to beat a path to the cloud, as evidenced at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2015 conference this week.

With the rise of mobile payment systems, many retailers are now looking at the need to increase their investments in IT infrastructure to support those transaction volumes. The challenge is that despite the volume of business a retailer might conduct, profit margins are still very often razor thin. Faced with having to make a capital investment in IT infrastructure, many retailers are now opting for cloud services that can  scale up and down more easily to meet transaction requirements that are often by definition seasonal in nature.

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Topics: Cloud Trends