What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have?

Nigel Beighton, VP Technology, Rackspace, discusses the five most common cloud problems customers face, and how businesses can overcome these.

1.      Support

The most common cloud services complaint is the lack of support and management that comes when businesses are embarking on any level of cloud migration.

Businesses need to consider their wider approach to cloud operations first and ask themselves if they are going to run it internally, 24x7 or get someone else to do the hard work of scaling,...

By Rackspace, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SMEs.

Four in five SMEs “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, report forecasts

Four in five small businesses will be “fully adapted” to the cloud by 2020, according to a new forecast from software firm Intuit.

The figures, posted in a deck entitled ‘Small Business Success in the Cloud’, prognosticated that 78% of US SMEs would be au fait in six years, as opposed to the current adoption rate of 37%.

While this was the standout stat, the overall report gives off vibes similar to

By James Bourne, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts.

Aggressive cloud adopters get competitive advantage, roars latest research

The latest cloudy research paper this time arrives courtesy of US telco Verizon, and shows that companies who have shown faith with the cloud early are getting a competitive advantage through increased business agility.

The research, of Harvard Business Review readers, categorised users into four different groups; enthusiasts, moderates, cautious and non-existant on cloud adoption, and showed a higher predilection for enthusiasts (35%) than any other group. 34% of respondents were moderates, while cautious...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Research.

New Zealand case shows why the CFO is “critical” to next phase of cloud adoption

Chief financial officers “hold the keys” to the next phase of cloud adoption, according to analyst house IDC, because they are among the last ones to move into cloud services.

The analysts, who have collected their findings in the latest Asia Pacific cloud survey, say the CFO has an important role to play in terms of moving to a more optimised business model. In other words, it’s to ensure that the CFO sees cloud as a strategic differentiator for companies, as opposed to just being a...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Is the future for businesses in hybrid cloud?

By now, many companies have embraced cloud computing. While a few years ago, many businesses were skeptical of cloud computing and having their software and data in a remote location. However, today, according to a recent survey by Gartner, many companies both big and small have already deployed the cloud in some capacity in their system. So, what is the future of the cloud now? Well it seems that moving forward; the hybrid cloud is where most organizations are going. According to another survey by a private...

By John Angelotti, 04 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry.

UK cloud computing usage continues to rise, CIF finds

Cloud computing has officially hit the mainstream in the UK, according to the latest research published by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).

The research, conducted in June 2014, found that more than three quarters (78%) of organisations had “formally” adopted at least one cloud-based service, which indicated a 15% growth since the last research undertaken in September 2013.

Of that number, almost half (45%) use only one cloud service, while 28% use two, 13% use three and 14% use four or more,...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research.

How Big Data is driving Cloud adoption among businesses

A survey report published on the ExpertIP blog late last year showed that enterprise CIOs see big data as the technology that will cause the biggest organizational impact over the next few years. However, given the complexity of the systems involved, only 40% of the CIOs are expected to rise up to the big data challenge by 2017.

One area where big data is expected to be a...

By Anand Srinivasan, 22 April 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research.

Turning the legal industry tanker around on cloud adoption

It seems that the days of fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding cloud adoption will soon be well and truly behind us.

The majority of industry sectors have either already implemented, or have begun investigating, cloud services. Even the most security-conscious sectors are beginning to take their first steps into cloud computing as we have seen with central government and banking.

Cloud adoption in the UK is continuing to rise, with end user satisfaction soaring due to the flexibility and cost-savings cloud...

By Peter Groucutt, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Legal, Opinion.

Skills gap hindering government cloud adoption, survey finds

According to the latest research from government cloud provider Eduserv, a lack of awareness and skills around cloud computing is halting its adoption in central government.

The research, conducted in January and February of 829 civil servants, found that nearly nine in 10 (88%) required some form of training in order to take advantage of cloud computing, whilst three quarters (75%) believed the benefits of their cloud were a mystery to the company as a whole.

The survey results also shed some doubt on the...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, PublicSector, Research.

Interoute launches new VDC in Hong Kong, expands global footprint

Cloud services provider Interoute has announced the launch of a new virtual data centre (VDC) in Hong Kong, joining other vendors in setting up shop in the lucrative Asian region.

The company also announced that its customers can move data and apps across the entire services platform, across VDC zones, for no cost.

Lee Myall, the general manager of Interoute’s enterprise app store CloudStore, told CloudTech that while European expansion was still key, this was big news for Interoute on a global...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hosting.

How cloud adoption is changing the business landscape

A 2013 IBM survey shows that the cloud’s strategic importance to decision-makers, such as CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, HR directors, and procurement executives, is poised to double from 34 percent to 72 percent, vaulting over their IT counterparts at 58 percent.

The survey found that one out of five organizations is ahead of the curve on cloud adoption.  Moreover, they are achieving a competitive advantage by using cloud-based...

By LogicWorks, 13 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry.

Why for most businesses the cloud is evolutionary, not revolutionary

IT decision makers are conservative by nature: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”

I frequently hear the question, “What does the cloud do for me that I can’t do in my own data centre?” The honest answer is nothing.

There is nothing that can be done in the cloud that couldn’t also be done in an in-house data centre or with collocated hardware in an external data centre.

However, almost everything a business may want to do...

By Victor Brown, 13 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Opinion.

The true rate of cloud adoption in healthcare

Although healthcare was once considered an industry that would not adopt cloud computing due to systemic security, legal, and privacy issues, that no longer seems to be the case.  Those in healthcare IT are moving even farther into the world of cloud computing.

The use of cloud computing in the world of healthcare seems logical to me.  Healthcare providers, and payers, are cost sensitive.  They are also experiencing rapid change, thus they could use technology that’s more agile. ...

By LogicWorks, 13 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Opinion.

CIOs told in latest report to “embrace cloud or be left behind”

A survey from Capita IT Services has revealed that CIOs see cloud computing as a key enabler to business innovation, yet boardrooms are “nervous” places where execs have to convince them cloud adoption is the way forward.

The research, a combination of roundtable sessions and surveys featuring nearly 150 CIOs, found some interesting points regarding cloud adoption. More than three in five (61%) believe that improving the company’s innovation is now one of their highest priorities, with a...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Research claims UK businesses struggling to cope with cloud boom

A new research report from cloud identity management provider Okta has revealed that nearly four in five (79%) UK IT decision makers are looking to increase the amount of cloud applications in their company through the coming year.

Yet the report, entitled ‘Identity Management in a Cloud and Mobile World’, also found that data security remains a concern of cloud adoption for seven in 10 organisations.

Not altogether surprisingly, the report from an identity and access management (IAM) firm focuses...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Research, Security.

How profitable is cloud for the vendors?

The cost benefits that cloud computing offers to its users is something that has been discussed ad nauseam.

In a study conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley and INRIA, France showed that cloud computing can offer savings of anywhere between 40-95% depending on resource usage.

This potential for cloud based systems to bring about huge savings in their annual expenditure is what has been driving the massive...

By Anand Srinivasan, 31 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Research.

How the PRISM fallout is impacting cloud adoption

The fallout of the Edward Snowden scandal that broke over the summer is being felt globally, with concerns around governments’ ability to access data prompting many organisations to rethink their investment in ICT and the cloud. It is this information that has contributed to analysts estimating that the US cloud computing industry could lose up to $180 million by 2016. This has opened up a debate – has the PRISM...

By Len Padilla, 27 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Security.

Cloud computing in legal profession: New report promises “sunny” outlook

Cloud computing services and technology is on the cusp of mass adoption by the legal industry, according to a report from LexisNexis.

Nearly three quarters (72.4%) of firms surveyed said they were more likely to use the cloud this year, with adoption levels among attorneys in smaller firms hitting 40% - a number which is 10% higher than previous surveys.

This consensus is so grounded that, for the majority (38.7%) of the over 275 respondents, cloud systems will overtake on-premise in the legal profession...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Legal, Migration, Research, Trends.

How cloud-based systems can reduce your HR burden in 2014

Keeping up with the day-to-day HR needs of a growing workforce can significantly affect your efficiency. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant: all take you away from your strategic focus. A cloud-based HR system can help remove the administrative stress from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on your business.

You already use the cloud

It’s amazing how many people are aware of ‘The Cloud’ but don’t...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 15 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data, Industry, Migration.

Verizon teams up with Oracle, offers middleware for beta cloud

Tech giants Verizon and Oracle have announced a partnership whereby customers can use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon’s cloud.

“This deal represents two market leaders coming together to create a compelling cloud offering that will help enterprises succeed in a highly competitive market environment,” Oracle president Mark Hurd trumpeted in a statement.

He added: “Combining Verizon’s unique enterprise experience and capabilities with Oracle’s best in...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hosting, IaaS, OpenSource, PaaS, SaaS .