Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

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A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.

The report finds different wins for different providers, with SoftLayer remaining the least expensive provider for larger Windows offerings, Microsoft Azure being the most inexpensive block storage offering, while CenturyLink and Rackspace block storage was most expensive yet could...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

KPMG survey shows how cloud “continues to drive disruption in the business world”

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Almost half of respondents in KPMG’s 2014 cloud computing survey are using cloud to drive cost efficiencies, with a similar number utilising it to better enable their mobile workforce.

The study, of 500 global C-suite executives, saw a variety of ways in which businesses are using cloud to drive business transformation. Aside from cost savings (49%) and enabling a mobile workforce (42%), CXOs also see the benefit of cloud as improving alignment with customers and partners (37%),...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Privacy, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

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As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially

By David H Deans, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Do you need a cloud strategist for your migration? Most firms don’t think so

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Despite the vast majority of companies looking to expand their cloud infrastructure over time, only 14% of respondents in a NuoDB survey said they had a specific cloud strategist to oversee it.

60% of the 200 plus respondents at the Cloud Expo and AWS re:Invent events said they saw cloud as one of their companies’ top three business or IT initiatives, yet seem happy enough for their current IT team to take charge of their cloud migration projects.

This is seen as particularly...

By James Bourne, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Most UK businesses not ready to move to the cloud, cite in-house skills as problem

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More than four in five (82%) of UK IT leaders believe they are not fully ready to move to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers because of a shortage of in-house skills, with Microsoft Azure as the most trusted IaaS provider.

The research, commissioned by Reconnix, found that despite the general air of reticence moving apps from traditional servers to the cloud was at least a high or medium priority for 88% of those polled.

Yet there’s a problem – and it’s...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS.

From one cloud to many: The current trend of cloud adoption

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Over the next 12 months, the majority of business applications will be deployed to the cloud, with most of these being deployed to multiple clouds across multiple geographies.

That’s the key trend from a survey conducted by Equinix, in which the overwhelming majority of the 659 global respondents (77%) said they planned to deploy to multiple clouds in the next year, and a similar number (74%) expect a larger budget in 2015 for cloud services.

91% of new cloud-based offerings...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research.

Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows

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Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group.

The research, which surveyed CIOs from financial services firms with more than 1000 employees, saw that 72% of respondents fear the cloud because of concerns over data not being backed up, and issues of disaster recovery.

Two in five (40%) respondents aren’t currently using cloud...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Joe Weinman, Cloudonomics author: What's the real reason to do cloud, again?

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Cloud computing is having a dramatic impact on all aspects of our lives: as consumers, we spend our time on cloud-based social networks and using apps downloaded from the cloud; as employees, we use a variety of cloud-based software applications; as citizens, we file our taxes and even encourage social transformation via the cloud.  For such a richly applicable general purpose technology, how can one begin to characterise its benefits?

The conventional answer is that...

By IEEE Cloud Computing, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

3 ways to make the cloud work for your accountancy firm

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Your firm’s success is tied to the satisfaction of your clients. Providing the best financial services, regardless of the location or time, is possible with the cloud. The main attraction to the cloud is the fact that critical information can be stored securely and retrieved instantly.

Whether conducting a working lunch in a boardroom or reviewing files before a red-eye flight in an...

By Christopher Stark, 02 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy.

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.

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.