Securing clouds and taking educated steps
The most common objections for holding back SaaS (Software as a Service) adoption, as reported from end customers, are ‘security’ and ‘reliability’.
This is interesting when you consider that SaaS Security is consistently reported as the fastest growth area of SaaS. This ‘security’ objection usually stems from the customers’ perspective; they are concerned about the security of their data held outside their perimeter by the cloud provider.
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Zscaler gets £24m VC fund for increased cloud security
Zscaler, the SaaS cloud security company, has for the first time received venture capital investment to the tune of £24 million ($38m), mainly from Lightspeed Venture Partners.
The San Jose startup was traditionally funded internally, but according to Zscaler the money will be used to “further accelerate its go-to-market strategy, and further develop its cloud security offering with a high emphasis on mobility”.
In other words: it’s not because Zscaler needs the cash, more upgrading...
Trending attitudes in cloud computing [infographic]
What are IT professionals valuing, using and potentially considering? This infographic from Insight Cloud Computing Solutions tries to shed some light on the issue, including the differences between private, hybrid and public clouds:
KPMG: Why is the SaaS cloud market expanding rapidly?
A new report from consultants KPMG has shown that software as a service (SaaS) is expanding rapidly, and the threat of a double dip recession is purportedly driving cloud adoption.
It’s a reasonable enough assumption – companies moving to the cloud often do so in the hope of reducing cost, after all – and it appears SaaS is the best model with which to achieve that aim, although there are still some worries for CIOs to consider.
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Are companies spending more and more on the cloud?
According to analysis from research firm Frost and Sullivan, over half of Australian companies using cloud computing services are spending 10% of their budget on the cloud.
Further research revealed that 70% of Australian enterprises in the cloud are looking to boost their services “significantly” in the next 12 months.
The overall research into Australian business showed:
- 53% of companies using cloud computing services spend more than one tenth of their IT budget on cloud solutions
- 31% spend more than 20% of their budget on the cloud
How a SaaS product shook the foundations of its on-premise rival
What’s an example of on-premise software being threatened by the emergence of a SaaS upstart operating in the cloud? Answer: Mint Vs. Quicken
Quicken, for years, had cultivated a devoted base of users who waited for each new version of the software to appear from Intuit. This nifty little personal finance tool is easier to use than QuickBooks albeit more limited in scope.
Then came along this amazingly simple and intuitive online offering called
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Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey
The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.
The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.
Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,