Demand for data sovereignty puts home grown data centres in the spotlight
The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry. This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data.
Analysing SaaS IPOs: the past, present and future [infographic]
It’s been almost 10 years since Salesforce.com filed for IPO, on June 23 2004. And with a 56.4% gain in initial trading, it was the first genuine indicator of the huge monetisation potential in software-as-a-service (SaaS). But what does the future hold?
Latest cloud research notes continued struggle for channel
Research from IT services bods MTI has revealed that UK channel businesses are struggling to meet the needs of their demands due to the accelerated growth of cloud computing. No prizes for guessing the angle of this research; if your instant thought was ‘resellers struggle in a cloud-heavy market, thus they’ll need a partner to help monetise’, then you’d be right. Yet the stats, taken from over 150 respondents with seven in ten resellers, make for interesting reading.
The outlook for privacy and data protection for cloud in 2014
2014 is likely to prove to be a big year in data protection for many industries - none more so that the cloud computing industry with the possible adoption of the EU’s proposed Data Protection Regulation, implementation of European cyber security strategies and moves by Germany and France to set up a European Communications Network.
Global cloud market will be worth $121bn by next year, report finds
A recent report from market research firm Markets and Markets reveals that the cloud market is expected to grow to $121 billion dollars by 2015: a 26% compound annual growth rate from the $37 billion value in 2010. A large proportion of the growth of the cloud services sector is being driven by rapid adoption of Software-as-a-service platforms, which are saving businesses on the cost of licensing, management, and deployment of software and hardware for productivity and collaboration.
CloudBees secures $11.2m series C funding, strengthens Verizon play
PaaS provider CloudBees has secured series C funding to the tune of $11.2m (£6.7m), in a round of investment led by Verizon Ventures. The latest round puts the total investment at $25.7m (£15.4m), with Verizon joining existing investors Matrix Partners and LightSpeed Venture Partners, as well as new investor Blue Cloud Ventures.
IBM rebrands as a cloud company, moves $1bn of investments into hybrid play
It’s official. IBM is now a cloud company. Big Blue has announced it is to push $1bn (£597.6m) of its resources and investments into cloud, including a developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering called BlueMix. The Armonk giant also revealed it was to push SoftLayer into a variety of new zones, including making Watson available on the platform.
It’s time to stop thinking of G-Cloud as a golden ticket to public sector sales
With the new framework in the pipeline there are signs of renewed ambition for G-Cloud to deliver more business to a wider set of suppliers as evidenced by Francis Maude’s goal for a further £100m to be spent through the platform by May 2015. The trouble is that when you look at the numbers, this is little more than a gnat’s bite from the elephantine £13.8bn spent on Government each year. It is clear that G-Cloud has a long way to go. So what can we do to improve things?
Second time around: Falling back in love with CRM
It is a truth universally acknowledged that your first CRM deployment is more likely to fail than succeed – 63% of CRM initiatives fail according to a 2013 survey by Merkle Group Inc. Just like your first love, despite the hopes, excitement and expectation, a mixture of naivety and youthful exuberance means the first foray into CRM is unlikely to stand the test of time.
CloudBees announces PaaS integration on Verizon Cloud
Enterprise PaaS provider CloudBees has today announced a partnership with Verizon to make its platform as a service available on Verizon Cloud. This represents another hefty addition to the telco’s rapidly growing cloud ecosystem, after announcing a middleware partnership with Oracle back in January.