Cloud computing in 2015 – and what is on the horizon for 2016

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As we wave goodbye to 2015 and say hello to 2016, it has again been an interesting, mostly successful year for cloud. According to research from Synergy, public cloud generates over $20 billion (£12.9bn) in quarterly revenues for IT firms. With the usual mix of mergers and acquisitions, security scares, and a few surprises, here are the highlights from 2015.

2015 review

February: Box files for...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Trends.

2016 cloud computing forecast: Private, hybrid, and automation

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As we look forward to 2016, there is a lot to reflect on and forecast in cloud. Below you will find my top predictions for the year ahead.

RIP private cloud

The biggest missed story of 2015 has been the profound failure of the private cloud.

Just a few years ago, the private cloud was IT’s solution to remaining relevant to their business partners. I remember attending OpenStack Boston 2011 at the height of the private cloud movement, where everyone seemed convinced of the...

By Joe Kinsella, 04 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Trends.

Gartner expects five years for hybrid cloud to reach productivity: Are they right?

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Gartner has released its latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, and while the likes of autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things sits atop the peak of inflated expectations, hybrid cloud computing is a bit further down the line heading straight for the trough of disillusionment.

The analyst house groups a bunch of technologies in three different stages and heavily influenced by its nexus of forces – mobile, social, cloud and information. Hybrid cloud comes under the...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Trends.

Cloud: The promised world of utility billing

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Cloud solutions, be they SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) or IaaS (infrastructure as a service), and public, private or hybrid in some way, are all growing at a pace with the options available to customers from a wide range of providers growing on a monthly basis. We are seeing innovation, immense computing power available affordably to all, and delivery of mobile on demand access to both business and consumer communities.

Many assume that in the...

By Ian Moyse, 05 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Infrastructure, Platform, Software, Trends, Vendors.

Barclays: “Market is still excited” for cloud

2014 hasn’t been the same type of year for cloud as 2013. If you go back into 2013, it’s almost as if cloud could do no wrong. Was 2014 the wake-up call that cloud needed? Box’s IPO is now on hold after the company admitted that it was hemorrhaging 9 figures.

Cloud companies that were seeking investments in the stock market or by drumming up venture capital have been met with a cold shoulder since the beginning of the year. When will the investing mood cheer up for cloud companies around the...

By CloudWedge, 13 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Trends.

Understanding IoT: The Internet of Things explained

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not some future concept, nor is it just around the corner; it has been here for some time, and it’s growing. Fueled by the expansion of wireless and cloud computing technology, more things are now connected to the internet than people. That’s all people, not just people on the internet.

What are these “things” which make up the Internet of Things? The IoT is not limited to smartphones and tablets, laptops and...

By NEI, 25 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Trends.

Salesforce.com bangs the cloudy drum as it makes top 10 software revenue list

Cloud is ‘driving the bulk of change’ in the software market as Salesforce.com becomes the first pure play cloud company to make the top 10 companies for global software revenue, according to analyst house Gartner.

“The software market has been changing shape over the past five years, and cloud is driving the bulk of this change as software vendors acquire and provide applications and infrastructure technology to support the cloud and the Internet of Things movement,” said Gartner...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Trends.

The impact of cloud 2.0 – from CRM to IRM

Although cloud hosting has been a massive boom it’s not necessarily a disruptive technology model.

While Amazon is certainly doing it to a much larger scale than ever before, it more represents an ongoing maturity of the simple web hosting we began in the early 90s. It may now be on steroids but it’s still fundamentally the same virtualized shared infrastructure model.

It’s also still just a technical decision, not one of business transformation. The Marketing and other business...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Trends.

IBM refocuses hardware strategy on high-value technologies

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IBM has announced that it will invest more than $1bn in the new IBM Watson Group, as well as $1.2bn to expand its global cloud computing footprint to 40 data centers worldwide in 15 countries across five continents. On January 23, 2014, IBM also announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Lenovo to sell the Chinese company the majority of its x86 server business in a $2.3bn deal that includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Trends.