Next two years “era of the hybrid cloud”, asserts Microsoft report
The latest cloud computing report this time comes from Microsoft in collaboration with 451 Research, and again looks towards the hybrid as the tangible future of cloud computing. The study, ‘The New Era of Hosted Services’, took responses from more than 1500 organisations and revealed that in two years’ time 68% of organisations will adopt the hybrid cloud model, up from 49% currently.
"Disruption redefined" - why business is ready for the CDO
We are beginning to see the emergence of a new member of the board: the chief disruption officer (CDO), who can act as a channel and a focus for bold approaches to strategic decision-making. Technologies like big data and software-defined networking are paving a way for positive disruption in the sense that they force organisations to evaluate new business models and new routes to market. Andrew Carr, CEO for UK & Ireland at Bull discusses how these individuals are driving adoption of a new wave of technologies to improve business performance.
Mimecast server goes down, putting 100% SLA in tatters
Email management provider Mimecast has experienced a UK-based outage due to a hardware network failure today, with customers being temporarily unable to send or receive emails. Yet the outage itself does not explain the full story. Mimecast, for better or worse, promises a 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA) – which now is torn to shreds after today’s unfortunate difficulties.
Is Adobe embracing the cloud a sign of the times?
Adobe, at the annual “MAX” event, has completely re-branded the companies most well-known Creative products which consists of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro. Each will now gain a CC moniker (e.g. Photoshop CC) which represents “Creative Cloud”.
Microsoft remains top software vendor as cloud increases its influence
The International Data Center (IDC) has released a report which reveals that Microsoft remains the largest software vendor globally through 2012 revenues and overall market share. Figures from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker put the Washington-based tech giant at a 17.1% market share, lower than its 2011 figure of 17.4% but still nearly twice as far ahead as its nearest competitors, IBM and Oracle.
Analysing the importance of cloud’s role in the enterprise
Aryaka, a company which offers wide area network optimisation in the cloud, has collated together several pieces of research emphasising the importance of cloud in a modern enterprise. Pooling together studies from the likes of CIO Insight, Forrester and IDC, Aryaka has examined cloud strategies at different points of the enterprise, predominantly assessing the UK market.
Gartner predicts the death of the traditional sourcing model by 2015
Gartner’s been gazing at its crystal ball again, and has forecast that service-led solutions – software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and so forth – will displace more traditional sourcing methods by 2015.
Who’s the top dog in the SaaS space? [infographic]
Software as a service (SaaS) has traditionally been the strongest and most valuable cloud computing market. Figures from Gartner in November show this: SaaS was valued at $14.4bn (£9.57bn) by the end of 2012; infrastructure as a service (IaaS) was a $6.2bn (£4.12bn) global market; whilst platform as a service (PaaS) was forecast to hit $1.2bn (£754m).
3 reasons to embrace the private cloud
More organizations are their very own "private" clouds to take advantage of cloud services while preserving privacy and, to an extent, autonomy. Here are some reasons your company might consider doing the same.
Cloud computing features heavily in 2013 CIO tech priorities
The importance of cloud computing in the overall tech sphere has again been emphasised in a Gartner report surveying over 2,000 CIOs on their technology priorities for 2013.