The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

(c)iStock.com/RyanKing999

IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

Gartner forecasts the end of ‘no-cloud’ corporate policies by 2020

(c)iStock.com/BsWei

It’s certainly implausible to think of businesses incorporating a ‘no internet’ policy at their place of work, even when the web was in an embryonic state. This will naturally extend to cloud policies at work, according to analyst house Gartner, who predicts that by 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be a thing of the past.

The analysts did not stop there, however, filling out a few more betting slips in the process. Gartner also predicts that by 2019,...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

How IoT relates to the cloud and PaaS: Pace and flexibility

(c)iStock.com/chinaface

By Alex Vilner, managing director, SaM Solutions

With all things tech switching to cloud-based platforms the ‘as a service’ industry is exploding. The one that started it all, SaaS (software as a service), is now joined by IaaS and PaaS.

The commonality for these ‘as a service’ offerings is that they are all based in the cloud, solely managed by the provider and available to clients via a membership platform.

Connected devices are changing the landscape of...

By Alex Vilner, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Virtualisation.

Why the PaaS market is not quite what it seems

(c)iStock.com/peshkov

According to research from Gartner, the platform as a service (PaaS) market crossed the $4 billion mark in 2015. Clearly, the growing maturity of PaaS offerings is reflected in its continuing double-digit annual growth with more than 130 vendors across 15 different categories of specialised PaaS services now vying for a piece of the action.

Of course, PaaS was always going to be the next big thing. In 2013, Gartner boldly predicted that by 2017, “75% of new SaaS offerings will be...

By Jeff Drazan, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Two in three OpenStack deployments are in production, argues new research

(c)iStock.com/samxmeg

Almost two thirds (65%) of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33% from this time last year, according to the latest user survey by the OpenStack Foundation.

The report, the seventh of its kind and featuring responses from more than 1,600 users, finds organisations are moving towards OpenStack as the default open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) API.

Not surprisingly, IT (68%) is where the largest number of OpenStack bods are based, followed by telecoms (14%) and...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

XaaP and the platform business model: How Netflix, Uber, Airbnb are forging ahead

(c)iStock.com/sd619

The primary business context for cloud native case studies like Netflix is the ‘Platform Business Model‘, the conceptual design model for the particular commercial models they implement as well, one that is directly enabled by the technology.

Considering the business wealth a ‘simple’ mobile phone app has generated for Uber, this relationship is not hard to...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform.

Enterprise PaaS: Agile architecture for continuous innovation

(c)iStock.com/PeskyMonkey

Although the MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that – a business model, not a technology – there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the cloud model PaaS (platform as a service).

This offers literally that – a platform as a service – and so it can play a central component part in enabling the Platform Business Model.

Enterprise vs cloud PaaS

Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the platform as a...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, DevOps, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform.

PaaS and app migration: How to navigate digital disruption while keeping legacy investments

(c)iStock.com/PeskyMonkey

Digital technologies are having an irrefutable impact on working lives. Mobile, social media, cloud and big data technologies have been ushered into the enterprise to enable more flexible working practices for employees, more convenient access for customers and greater agility for the deployment of new services. However, it isn’t enough to simply layer these new technologies on top of an existing IT infrastructure.

Legacy applications and technology platforms must go through a...

By Greg Palesano, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

We’re on the road to cloud – what do you mean our rivals may be going faster than us?

(c)iStock.com/saadrox321

More than half of the 1,000 participants in a study by Oracle admit their IT organisations are unprepared for the competitive threat of moving to the cloud, including competitors’ ability to launch new applications faster.

The report, which looked at large enterprises in EMEA, also uncovers inadequacies in terms of how platform as a service (PaaS) offerings are being leveraged for business agility. 59% of those polled said their businesses either do not or cannot know whether...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, PaaS, Platform.

Want to get ahead in the cloud? Docker and DevOps skills are what you need

(c)iStock.com/portishead1

According to recent IT Jobs Watch figures, job roles involving container technology Docker have risen 317 places to number two in the 500 most sought after IT skills. With this in mind, recent research from Rackspace has shown a similar spike in Docker and DevOps-related skills in the UK technology industry.

An analysis of job adverts has shown an almost tenfold (991%) increase in posts seeking Docker skills over the past 12 months, while DevOps expertise continues to rise, with...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

IBM unveils developer friendly open source cloud projects

(c)iStock.com/Graffizone

IBM is ramping up its commitment to open source technologies by releasing a new platform which enables developers to build cloud applications.

The platform, called developerWorks Open, allows developers to not only download the code but have access to blogs and videos, comprising a global network to accelerate development projects.

IBM has had more than 20 years in the open source computing biz, becoming a main player in projects such as Apache, Linux and Eclipse. Big Blue is a platinum member of...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Chef cooking with gas as Amazon Web Services rollout announced

Picture credit: Chef

IT automation and DevOps provider Chef has announced its availability in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace, expanding its collaboration with the infrastructure giant and offering one click deployment for AWS users.

Chef, whose clients include Facebook, Splunk and GE, now enables AWS customers to migrate workloads from on premise data centres to AWS, as well as migrate, deploy, automate, and manage change in the cloud.

Ken Cheney, VP business development at Chef, said: “Chef...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

55% of enterprises predict cloud computing will enable new business models in three years

(c)iStock.com/4774344sean

In late 2014, Oxford Economics and SAP collaborated on a survey of 200 senior business and IT executives globally regarding the adoption and use of cloud technology:

  • 69% of enterprises expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years as they migrate core business functions to the cloud.
  • 44% of enterprises are relying on cloud computing to launch new business models today, predicting this will increase to 55% in three years.
  • 32% are using cloud computing to streamline their supply chains...

By Louis Columbus, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Will the next generation of Linux Containers knock load balancers off kilter?

(c)iStock.com/Artush

Modern IT infrastructure needs to be highly flexible as the strain on servers, sites and databases grows and shrinks throughout the day. Cloud infrastructure is meant to make scaling simple by effectively outsourcing and commoditising your computing capacity so that, in theory, you can turn it on and off like a tap. However, most approaches to provisioning cloud servers are still based around the idea that you have fixed-size server “instances”, offering you infrastructure in...

By Richard Davies, 19 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Containers, PaaS, Platform.

Multi-cloud management: Is this cloud nirvana?

(c)iStock.com/Draco77

The concept of the public cloud has sparked a great deal of excitement and interest among IT executives.  Many are improving business agility and achieving superior results with cloud services. This, in turn, drives further investment in cloud.

Aside from the common expectations of agility and OpEx consumption pricing, some are drawn to the idea of expansive, highly centralised multi-cloud strategies. These executives envision managing multiple vendors with ease, orchestrating all...

By David Treybig, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform.

Five ways cloud service providers are making manufacturers more competitive

(c)iStock.com/.shock

Enterprises are only realizing 35% of the total potential value of their cloud deployments according to a recent Bain & Company study. Companies that moved development to IaaS and PaaS clouds from Amazon Web Services (AWS) reduced downtime by 72% and improved application availability by 3.9 hours per user per year.

These and other key takeaways are from the recent Bain & Company study, Tapping Cloud’s Full...

By Louis Columbus, 28 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Docker raises $95m in series D funding: Analyst describes “huge gamble” ahead

(c)iStock.com/cnrn

Open container platform Docker has announced $95m (£64.3m) in series D funding, in a move to “address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardised on Docker’s technology.”

The funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with eight other firms putting their change in the bowl, including new investors Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Docker’s last funding round, in September 2014, was $40m...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Containers, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Cloud ‘reality check’ in store for IT leaders, report affirms

(c)iStock.com/benoitb

As we’re now full swing into 2015, there is certainly a greater understanding over the potential – and the limitations – of cloud computing. Research from NTT Communications has explored the varying issues and argued there needs to be a smoother migration path from the corporate data centre to the cloud.

Similarly, even though cloud will claim a growing share of IT budgets in coming years, many IT decision makers don’t believe it is living up to its potential.

The...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, PaaS, Platform.

Oracle CTO Ellison slams Salesforce in cloud financial results discussion

(c)iStock.com/JasonDoiy

After 27 years at the top, it remains a slight culture shock to note Larry Ellison as Oracle’s chief technical officer. But despite this he’s still stealing the headlines, by telling analysts in an earnings call his belief that Oracle will sell more new SaaS and PaaS business than Salesforce in 2015.

As reported by Seeking Alpha, Ellison told...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.