Is cloud computing really that much cheaper than on-premise?

Before signing any cloud computing contract, or indeed, renewing his on-premise IT agreement, the CIO should sit down with his CFO to clearly identify and understand the total cost of the IT department to the business, and compare his current solution to a cloud-based alternative. And to complete this cost justification process, the CIO must look at each of the following areas:

The IT Crowd

Whilst a company’s employees are its biggest asset, they are also its biggest cost. And if a business employs a...

By Keith Bates, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise.

What IT departments need to do to prepare for cloud adoption

Cloud computing continues to gain acceptance amongst enterprises and as a result, software vendors are working hard to meet the need.

Specifically, enterprise IT has had to address the challenges concerning security, integration with internal applications, performance, and reliability of the cloud.

With the combination of maturing platforms, generational and cultural shifts, and compelling economics, cloud-based solutions are fast becoming the undeniable choice for nearly all future non-core technology...

By Paul French, 11 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise.

Cloud impact and adoption until 2015 [infographic]

According to Axway, the cloud is expected to become the primary operating system for enterprise by 2014.

Among other points, Axway explains that cloud in 2012 has become "serious" as the "hype is over", with strong adoption of mobile devices in 2013 resulting in cloud dominating enterprise IT organisations in 2014.

Paul French, Axway vice president, said: "It is important that [enterprise IT organisations] assess their...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, Infographic.

Europe two years behind US in cloud adoption, says Gartner

Many European companies may be moving to cloud now but they’re two years behind America in terms of cloud adoption, according to research house Gartner.

The analysts have put the difference down to a wide range of problems, including the diversity of Europe’s 44 different nations, the recession and Euro crisis, as well as European privacy rules relating to data protection.

Gartner elaborated...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research.

Cloud adoption ‘cautious’ from Asia Pacific retailers, survey says

Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that adoption of cloud from retailers in the Asia Pacific region is currently slow but will progress substantially within five years.

According to the survey, only 19% of the 56 respondents were currently pushing through a cloud adoption strategy for their business, but 32% stated they were considering implementing cloud within the next two-to-five...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, Research.

UK’s G-Cloud may struggle to hit targets, says report

A report from VMware has revealed the adoption of G-Cloud is not progressing as expected with many senior public sector IT staff sceptical about the process.

VMware interviewed nearly 200 IT heavyweights about G-Cloud, the UK government’s cloud service which will attempt to reduce IT costs by £200m per year and have 50% of IT spending coming through public cloud services.

Yet there wasn’t universal agreement on whether these targets will be hit, with only 30% saying the £200m...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Research.

The cloud security question: Benefit or barrier?

Despite perceptions to the contrary, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are benefiting from increased IT data security as a result of a move to cloud computing, according to new research from comscore and Microsoft.

The results of the research, carried out among SMBs in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the US, oppose the perception of security as the Achilles heel of the cloud argument.

The study shows that 35% of U.S. companies surveyed had experienced noticeably higher levels of security since...

By Matt Henkes, 15 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Security.

Four actions every CIO should take to capitalize on cloud

No doubt, cloud computing brings with it the promise of choice:choice in how you source and deliver services to drive out cost, in how you ramp up delivery time, and in how you achieve higher quality. But choice typically comes with complexity, raising questions like:

  • How do I know which services are right for cloud and which are not?
  • What is the appropriate mix of private cloud and public cloud, and how does it change over time?
  • What is the most effective way to build a private cloud for today and tomorrow?
  • How secure are my cloud services?
  • How do I manage my service portfolio to see that I get the...

By Sujit Janardanan, 11 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO.

5 ways to protect against vendor lock-in in the cloud

Recently Google announced a significant price increase for use of its App Engine Platform-as-a-Service. The increase itself was not a huge surprise. Google had been making noises that something like this was in the offing for a number of months. But the size of the increase shocked the Web development and cloud applications community. For most users, the cost of using the Google runtime environment effectively increased by 100% or more.

A huge online backlash ensued. For its part, Google put off the increase...

By Steve Tuck, 27 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SLA, Vendors.