IDC predicts value migration from IaaS to PaaS in 2014, cites IT “third platform”

It’s that time of year again, with every analyst firm falling over themselves to predict what will happen in IT during the next 12 months.

IDC is no different, issuing the first of its 2014 predictions earlier this week with a straightforward claim: all the big players will make increased investment in cloud, mobile and big data because of the huge emergence of the “third platform” for IT management.

The term ‘third platform’ relates to the technology built on the pillars of...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, Trends.

Amazon continues to “dwarf all competition” in IaaS and PaaS, analyst claims

The latest report from Synergy Research has claimed that Amazon Web Services’ quarterly revenues continue to be greater than its biggest rivals combined in IaaS and PaaS.

Amazon grew by 55% between Q212 and Q213 to over $700m of revenue in the quarter, with Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM and Google combined making over just $600m.

John Dinsdale, of the Synergy Research Group, noted that the battle for second place will be of more interest to analysts.

“We’ve been analysing the IaaS/PaaS markets...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, PaaS, Research, SaaS .

Can the enterprise afford to pass up PaaS?

With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firmly built into how enterprise IT operates, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems a distant third for how big businesses are accessing cloud.

But should that be the case?

When we think of PaaS, you typically think of smaller companies starting up applications in the cloud. However, PaaS has a role to play in companies at scale.

According to Joe...

By Logicworks, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

PaaS has evolved quickly...and will continue to do so

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

PaaS is a multi-faceted phenomenon that has been evolving very rapidly in the past five years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Enterprises should get ready to anticipate and take advantage of new PaaS developments. To do so, they should ask vendors some hard questions about strategy plans and product roadmaps. For more information, see the Ovum report PaaS: Two More Years of Confusion Ahead.

PaaS has quickly evolved in the past few years

Today’s...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, PaaS.

Three main barriers between AWS and businesses

Recently Gathering Clouds’ friend and cloud computing expert David Linthicum dug into a few ways in which AWS continues to create gaps between its offering and businesses.

While Linthicum focused on cost, contract, and utility-based computing issues, we thought we would explore a few other obstacles that still keep AWS from full enterprise adoption.

While we are sure AWS will eventually...

By Logicworks, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Enterprise, PaaS.

Why Salesforce is winning the cloud platform war

The future of any enterprise software vendor is being decided today in their developer community.

Alex William’s insightful thoughts on Salesforce Is A Platform Company. Period. underscores how rapidly Salesforce is maturing as a cloud platform.  And the best measure of that progress can be seen in their developer community.

(To be clear, Salesforce and the other companies mentioned in this post are not clients...

By Louis Columbus, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, PaaS, Salesforce.

Windows Azure cloud nails FedRAMP qualification, government work to rise

Microsoft has announced that its Windows Azure cloud infrastructure has been given the sought after FedRAMP accreditation for US federal cloud computing.

As the American government is trying to go ‘cloud first’, this represents an important milestone for Redmond – if perhaps a little late.

Back in June, competitors HP and Amazon announced that their clouds were secure after gaining federal...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS, Microsoft, PaaS, Security.

CloudBees CEO Sacha Labourey on the strength of the PaaS market

It’s been a very good first half of the year for Java-based platform as a service (PaaS) provider CloudBees. The Belgium-based cloud company reported a revenue increase of 148% in the first two quarters of 2013, as well as a 135% increase in its customer base.

The news, which CEO Sacha Labourey describes as “definitely a great step for us”, could also be seen as more affirmation of the sharp rise in the PaaS market.

Almost every recent research paper you come across will mention it.

Market...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Interview, PaaS, Public, Security.

Salesforce.com tops list of Talkin’ Cloud 2013 CSPs

Talkin’ Cloud has come up with its yearly Talkin’ Cloud 100, comprising a century of cloud’s best and brightest players. And, in a fiercely competitive field, it was Salesforce.com who came out on top of this year’s list.

Salesforce beat Amazon into the silver medal position, with Microsoft, Oracle and Google completing the top five.

Admittedly, it says something about the strength of the ecosystem where SAP (6th) didn’t make the top five and Workday (11th) the top 10. Terremark,...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, PaaS, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, SAP, Vendors.

IBM and Cloud Foundry: A match made in heaven?

IBM’s partnership with Cloud Foundry will certainly go down as one of the bigger announcements in the cloud computing space this year. But what will it mean on a wider scale?

IBM and Pivotal have announced collaboration on the open platform as a service (PaaS) Cloud Foundry, pushing forward to establish open governance in the PaaS community – in other words, allowing companies total freedom to write software applications running in the cloud.

“Cloud Foundry’s potential to transform...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, IaaS, PaaS.

Microsoft report shows channel partner success in selling cloud

Microsoft has had a lot to say in terms of cloud computing developments in recent months, and this latest report in association with IDC may come as no surprise: channel partners who have more than 50% of revenue in cloud are experiencing major payoffs in business growth.

The report surfaced at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC13) in Houston, and found that cloud partners perform better in various KPIs; revenue per employee, higher gross profit, higher customer acquisition, and of course...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Public, Research, Vendors.

With HANA, SAP says commitment to cloud is "stronger than ever"

There were some pretty big statements being laid down during Rob Enslin’s keynote speech at the SAP UK and Ireland Forum today, with the enterprise giant’s global customer operations president making plenty of noise about HANA, the company’s big cloud bet and a shift to the database sector.

The big push this year, of course, is HANA's Enterprise Cloud, which is in the words of SAP, “the power of real-time business and simplicity of the cloud". It's enterprise class with cloud’s...

By Cloud Tech, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Editorial, Enterprise, ERP, PaaS.

Teradata releases own Hadoop products

At the Hadoop Summit conference last week, Teradata announced some Hadoop-only products that are a lead-in for applying its data management services to this emerging platform. The new offerings, announced in conjunction with strategic partner Hortonworks, include a new Teradata-branded Hadoop-only appliance that adds new deployment and node management capabilities, and deeper Teradata-delivered service and support options. The announcements raise the question of what value-add IT incumbents bring to the Hadoop game, when...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, PaaS.

Genesys accelerates cloud strategy with new Platform On Demand offering

Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Experience and Interaction

Genesys is making bold moves to strengthen its position in the cloud customer service market. Following its acquisitions of Angel.com in February 2013 and, more recently, SoundBite Communications, Genesys will also offer its own suite of contact center applications in the cloud. The new solution, Platform On-Demand, will be offered in addition to Genesys’ existing partner-led cloud solutions. It is targeted at contact centers with over...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, PaaS, Scalability.

The future of integration middleware is hybrid

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

Many organisations are struggling with integration issues created by the rapid rise of social, mobile, and cloud platforms, and given the persistent time and budget constraints, are not inclined to use traditional integration approaches for hybrid integration scenarios. IT has no other option but to combine traditional and cloud-based integration approaches to deliver the desired integration capabilities on time and within the allocated budget. The growing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, PaaS.

Hype hazards: What can we learn from the history of technology hype?

Think back to December 31 1999. Where were you when the countdown to the New Year ended?

One thing I can be certain of is that you weren’t stuck in a lift hurtling 12 storeys to the ground, in the midst of a massive traffic pile-up because all the lights stopped working at once or in a plane plummeting 30,000 feet from the sky as all the onboard systems died.

Yet, if the scaremongers in the IT world were to be believed, you should have been. Fears over the effects of the millennium bug had been blasted...

By Campbell Williams, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, PaaS.

IaaS and PaaS service revenues go up and up, beat $2bn in first quarter

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) service revenues surpassed $2bn in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Synergy Research Group.

This number is up 56% from last year’s figure, providing yet more evidence of the increasing numbers in cloud computing.

And it will come as no surprise as to which company is leading the way in revenues. Amazon’s overall share of the market, according to the research, stands at a whopping 27% - this was exactly the same number...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, PaaS, Research.

LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things

LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.

The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.

LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hardware, Infrastructure, OpenSource, PaaS, Scalability.