Amazon announces S3 cloud storing two trillion objects

What’s the best way to put the kibosh on your competitor’s latest key cloud release?

Make a statement loaded with braggadocio yourself, as Amazon has done by announcing that two trillion (2 x 10¹²) objects are now stored on its S3 cloud – a turnaround of 1.1m requests per second.

Microsoft, of course, launched Windows Azure Infrastructure Services earlier this week, and knocked off the price of compute, storage and bandwidth between 21% and 33% in a bid for direct competition with...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Public, Trends, Vendors.

RIP the old world and why cloud causes inevitable change

By Ian Moyse - Sales Director, www.workbooks.com 

Eurocloud UK Board Member & Cloud Industry Forum Governance Board Member

“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change”. - Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

The need for change and acceptance of the fact that your status quo for business may be no longer has never been truer.  I have...

By Ian Moyse, 15 April 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Trends.

Who’s the number one cloud computing nation?

The BSA has put together a report which ranks the top 20 countries worldwide in terms of cloud readiness, and it may not be a surprise as to which nation is at the summit...

Japan is the highest ranked cloud computing nation worldwide, according to research published by BSA: Software Alliance.

In its 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, the Alliance aims to “provide a platform for discussion between policymakers and providers of cloud offerings, with a view toward developing an internationally...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Research, Security, Trends.

Public cloud services will gain new momentum in 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, a growing number of savvy enterprise CIOs -- and perhaps even more Line of Business leaders -- are joining the momentum towards an increase in the mainstream adoption of managed cloud services. Furthermore, the near-term market outlook for 2013 is particularly bright and the long-term expectations are equally promising -- due mostly to the reported positive experience and results from the early adopters of cloud services across the globe. Peer recommendations are clearly driving this change in the marketplace. Worldwide spending on public IT cloud...

By David H Deans, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Trends.

Exploiting the mobile cloud via mobile browsers

Recent research has shown that mobile browsers can take advantage of cloud hosting, permitting the use of multiple servers in order to complete complex tasks which would be impossible using mobile technology alone.

Due to their limited computational capabilities, smartphones and tablets are not able to carry out complex tasks, however such mobile browser cloud servers could alleviate this problem. Complex tasks can be carried out via the cloud thus sending the user information on a web...

By VI, 10 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Trends.

ITSM advances set to empower and engage users in 2013

Adam Holtby, ITSM Research Analyst, Ovum

Through discussions with vendors, clients, and research into technology trends and disruptors, Ovum has identified what it believes will be the key IT service management (ITSM) advances of 2013. More detailed information and analysis can be found in our recently published report, 2013 Trends to Watch: IT Service Management.

Technology is evolving to assist with changing business demands

Technology continues to advance, and we are finally starting to see some good ITSM tool...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 04 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Trends, Vendors.

How Amazon benefits from applying lean principles to the cloud

Those of you who followed my blog for a while know that the idea of applying manufacturing best practices to cloud computing is a favorite topic of mine*. This week the topic popped up in a fireside chat (the popular term for keynotes delivered from a set of armchairs, often with no fire in sight) between Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogel and CEO Jeff Bezos at re:Invent, the first Amazon Web Services customer conference.
I won't cover the conference here - many blogs and media sites already did - but in the chat Bezos made a number of...

By Gregor Petri, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry, Trends.

Nasa making use of cloud computing

Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have announced that they will be looking to make use of cloud computing platforms in order to power the administration’s next generation of projects.

The news was revealed at the 2012 re:Invent conference as Nasa IT CTO, Tom Soderstrom,...

By VI, 30 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Trends.

Cloud on the rise in New Zealand as firms spend more

Research published by analysts Frost & Sullivan this week has revealed that over half of New Zealand companies surveyed are looking to increase their cloud budgets.

Two in five organisations which use cloud services in New Zealand spend more than 10% of their total IT budget on the cloud, whilst 57% of organisations intend to increase their cloudy budgets in the next 12 months.

As part of its State of Cloud Computing New Zealand 2012 research, Frost & Sullivan examined the usual metrics concerning the...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

AT&T & IBM join forces (again)

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Telecoms, Ovum

In October 2012 AT&T and IBM announced a new strategic relationship that uses the telco’s secure private network to access the tech company’s back-end infrastructure. The goal is to give Fortune 1000 customers access to IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) services with AT&T’s VPN network services. IBM and AT&T plan to launch the new service in early 2013. Either company could take the lead, but it seems likely that...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.

Cloud computing hubs will become increasingly data-centric

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

In 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing, we show that cloud computing platforms are increasingly approached not just as technology delivery platforms but as ecosystem hubs for cloud service providers, consumers, and their respective channel partners. These hubs are increasingly data-centric.

Ecosystem services will make or break cloud service providers

From the start Ovum has emphasised that cloud computing platforms are not just technology delivery platforms but are also...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Trends.

Japan is most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation, ACCA says

A week after VMware released its Asia Pacific Cloud Index Survey, another report has come up from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) claiming Japan is the most ‘cloud ready’ nation in the Asia Pacific region.

Japan’s ranking is unchanged from last year at number one, with South Korea leapfrogging Hong Kong and Singapore into second place.

Hong Kong and...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

Which Asia Pacific country knows the most about the cloud?

The third annual VMware Cloud Index survey has shone light on trends in Asia Pacific cloud computing, including which was the most knowledgeable nation.

The research surveyed 6,500 senior IT workers across the Asia Pacific region in 11 countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Korea.

Yet it appeared Singapore and Hong Kong were top of the class. 82% of respondents in Singapore claimed they had a strong knowledge of the cloud, with nine out of ten people in Hong Kong having a strong knowledge of...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

New tipping point: Chinese mobile cloud Vs Google Android

Smartphones are generating new battlefields between those who want to service applications through the cloud and those that wish to distribute them through tightly controlled App marketplaces.

Ironically, it is the Chinese who believe their new mobile OS called Aliyun, built on Linux open source, is the true flag bearer for a new generation of cloud computing applications and websites which will run remotely in Alibaba’s cloud and mainly appeal to a Chinese audience (shortly set to overtake...

By VI, 20 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility, Trends.

Mind the gap – the "consumerisation of innovation"

The landscape of IT innovation is changing.

“Back in the day” (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology solutions brought them to the enterprise and marketed them to the IT management stack.

CIOs, CTOs and IT directors were the injection point for technology acceptance into the business. Now, that injection point has been turned into a fire hose.

Think about many of the technologies we have to consider as we...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Enterprise, Trends.

How cloud services are an organizational innovation, not a technology "silver bullet"

By Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, IT, Asia-Pacific, Ovum

Many executives regard technology evangelists as “drive-by shooters” – people who cruise by their offices firing so-called “silver bullet” solutions. Are cloud evangelists in this category? Perhaps. If they are selling cloud computing as a technology innovation, then the “drive-by shooter” label can fit quite well.

Most ICT executives know how to manage technology evangelists: they do not let them into...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Industry, Trends, Vendors.

Why cloud should be part of your business mobilisation

A survey of mobile enterprise app developers has found that a significant percentage plan to integrate some kind of cloud service into their apps in the near future.

Mobile platform company Appcelerator’s quarterly survey of its developers, carried out by IDC, found that 83% of devs will utilise cloud services and also intend to use a cloud solution for the back end of their apps.

The numbers are roughly in line with a similar...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, Trends.

Public cloud on increase in India – in line with wider trends?

The past few days have seen a variety of cloud-oriented news come from the Indian market and reveal some intriguing trends. What are the highlights?

  • The cloud market in India is on the verge of being worth $1bn, according to consultants Zinnov
  • Public cloud – a hitherto nascent market in India – has increased significantly and should only go higher
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) “have started taking advantage of the cloud” in terms of economic benefit yet exercises caution overall

The report from Zinnov, entitled...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Trends.