Cloud 5: HP stays in cloud, Docker's big raise, false security worries

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 17, 2015 9:00:00 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, Machine learning suddenly popular with cloud vendors. Machine learning is suddenly the must-have feature for cloud service providers. AWS may be the latest, but it's something all the usual suspects are offering now.

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The rise of self-service data integration

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

IT service providers have made billions of dollars integrating applications inside and outside the cloud, but a new category of data integration platforms in the cloud has the potential to cut into those profits. The transformation of data integration into a self-service offering that requires no programming expertise whatsoever is threatening the need for IT experts. For IT services providers, the rise of these services represents something of a double-edged sword.

Two examples of these new classes of data integration services are Bedrock Data and Adeptia, which interestingly have taken different approaches to solving a similar problem.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends, Integrations

Revenues from on-premise IT services expected to decline

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Building an IT services business around any given set of products assumes that those offerings are going to be installed somewhere—and that can be an issue. In the age of the cloud, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the IT services business is being fundamentally altered.

In fact, a recent report from the market research firm Technology Business Research (TBR) finds that network infrastructure revenue for the companies it tracks only grew 1.6 percent in the most recent fourth quarter, compared to 7 percent year-over-year growth seen in the prior quarter.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Machine learning suddenly popular with cloud vendors

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 13, 2015 12:11:02 PM

Suddenly, machine learning is the must-have feature for every cloud vendor. Just this week, Amazon Web Services announced its new Amazon Machine Learning platform.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: HP quits public cloud, AWS's new file storage, and smart Barbie

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 10, 2015 9:56:16 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, How are there still companies that don't understand the cloud? I stumbled upon a survey that boasted almost half of the respondents were "aware" of the cloud. How is it possible that there still people who aren't?

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

How the mobile computing butterfly effect is transforming networking

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 7, 2015 12:07:04 PM

Much like the fabled butterfly effect that eventually creates a tidal wave, millions of smartphones and tablets attached to networks are starting to have a material impact on how network services are being deployed and managed. In fact, ACG Research recently published a report commissioned by Ciena Networks that suggests the collective weight of all these devices will drive increased demand for network bandwidth by a factor of five by 2018.

It’s clear that the primary driver of that increased demand is video, which is being delivered mostly to a variety of consumer applications. While that might not mean much to the average IT service provider, all that bandwidth consumption is increasing how network services are being consumed and affecting where data centers are being located.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Ford, Microsoft cloud team, wearables, school admissions

Posted by Ron Miller on Apr 3, 2015 9:04:55 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, How are there still companies that don't understand the cloud? I stumbled upon a survey that boasted almost half of the respondents were "aware" of the cloud. How is it possible that there are still people who aren't?

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

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Topics: Cloud Trends

IT organizations are looking to MSSPs for help

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 27, 2015 12:09:56 PM

A new study from Linkedin finds that while most organizations are moving to the cloud, security is clearly still a major concern. For IT service providers, those concerns should spell opportunity because partnering with MSPs that have security expertise has emerged as the top response to those perceived security concerns.

When 1,010 IT professionals were asked what they intended to do to make cloud computing more secure, 34 percent responded that they would partner with a managed security service provider. This was followed by deploying more security software at 33 percent and adding more IT staff at 31 percent.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology, Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Long live cloud, cloud misconceptions, fastest Chromebook

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 27, 2015 9:58:03 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, Big vendors find cloud religion. It took a long time for the traditional enterprise vendors to hop on board the cloud band wagon, but today, cloud is central to every large vendor's strategy.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Big vendors find cloud religion

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 26, 2015 3:18:18 PM

It took a while didn't it? The big guys hung back for years, ceding the cloud to Amazon, Google, Salesforce, and other players, but today you can't find an enterprise company worth its salt that doesn't have cloud at the center of its strategy.

Whether it's Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, HP, SAP, or any traditional enterprise play, it's all cloud all the time now. After ignoring it for years, the cloud has become these company's main focus. Why is that?

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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