New Zealand’s national census delivers valuable lessons about cloud services

Kevin Noonan, Research Director, Public Sector

Although there is general acceptance that cloud services are here to stay, a number of enterprises are still skeptical about whether cloud computing is really up to the job when it comes to delivering big and complicated government services. Against this backdrop, the New Zealand government’s successful national census provides valuable lessons about how to drive a large-scale cloud implementation, as we explain in our recent report Driving Government Innovation...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, VDI, Vendors, Virtualisation.

How Informatica is “the Switzerland of data”

Dennis Moore, SVP and GM, master data management at Informatica, speaks to CloudTech about the data sector, the big players in the database space, and how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing everything.

Plenty of column inches in the past months have been focused on the various solutions vendors have put together for databases.

Oracle and SAP, the big traditional enterprises, have made plenty of hot air with their in-memory solutions – but only time will tell if the ripples on the market match up....

By James Bourne, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, Vendors.

How cloud services usage is rising in the Middle East and Africa

In the third annual Global Cloud Index, Cisco forecasts that global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data center traffic, is expected to grow 4.5-fold -- that's a 35 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- from 1.2 zettabytes of annual traffic in 2012 to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017. The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2012–2017) was developed to estimate data center and cloud-based Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth and trends. The Index serves as a complementary resource to existing network traffic...

By David H Deans, 17 October 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Enterprise, Vendors.

How cloud opportunities are set aloft by Ethernet

Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure

The 10th Ethernet World was held in Prague September 30 through October 2. The global enterprise Ethernet service market continues to grow robustly. For full-year 2013, Ovum projects a $34bn Ethernet service market worldwide, growing to $62bn by 2018 at a 13% CAGR. Ovum chaired the cloud services and data center day at the conference. The industry discussion on cloud services continues to mature based on new business model constructs, a growing body of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

Can managed services balance BYOD security and compliance concerns?

BYOD security is and has been a major point of interest (perhaps hype) in IT for some time now. The desire for employees to use their own smartphones and devices frames an opportunity for businesses to cut capital expenses and increase efficiency. Despite the potential upsides, and while there are many companies that have come to embrace such an approach, there are major hurdles where security and compliance are concerned.

As an added layer of complexity, many companies are also balancing the cloud and network...

By Logicworks, 07 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Enterprise, Vendors.

How new services will drive the next phase of cloud

Around the world, market leaders in all industries have already deployed managed cloud services. Seeking to use business technology as a strategic lever to advance past their competition on multiple fronts, the senior executives at these leading companies are eager to learn about the next phase of cloud service development. Worldwide spending on public IT cloud services will reach $47.4 billion in 2013 and will reach more than $107 billion by 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Over the 2013–2017 forecast period, public...

By David H Deans, 04 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Vendors.

Obamacare goes live: Healthcare cloud computing in action

Today marks the opening of the online enrollment of government-approved health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

As we previously explored, though the law has been a lightning rod for partisan controversy and bickering, one undeniably positive impact of the law has been its emphasis on utilizing burgeoning IT approaches for healthcare, including cloud computing, to enable more people to access insurance coverage.

As

By Logicworks, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you

By Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology, International, Rackspace

Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications.

To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is essential.

Financials: As the recent...

By Rackspace, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, SLA, Vendors.

Why China’s cloud computing ecosystem is at a vital crossroads

Due to its sheer size and economic power, China has the potential to be a huge cloud computing market.

But there are many obstacles to overcome. A new report examines these problems and the relationship between China and the US, whilst a big Chinese telco has announced overseas cloud expansion. Where now for China and the cloud?

A report released earlier this month on behalf of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCESRC) has warned of potential security concerns if the US consumer market...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Government, Private, Research, Vendors.

Verizon and Gartner reports reveal roadmap for enterprise cloud

According to a report from Verizon, enterprises are increasing their average monthly cloud spend by 45% with cloud environments becoming “more mainstream”.

The overall sense from the Verizon report, which was conducted between January 2012 and June 2013, was that the enterprise cloud was becoming more and more critical to business strategy.

Cloud-based storage capability went up by 90% during this time, with cloud-based memory usage increasing 100%.

The report examined the current state of the...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Vendors.

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.

How is cloud computing becoming more influential in the charity sector?

Company execs have long since worked out that the cloud can be beneficial for all manner of industries, from the faster moving technological sector to the more glacial banking and healthcare divisions.

The charity, or Third Sector, is no different, according to a report from exponential-e entitled “Third sector reaches for the cloud”.

Yet it needs to be pointed out that the revolution has still got a long way to go. Whilst 42% of respondents said their companies had used software as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Vendors.

Changing the conversation around IT operations management

database structureIn today’s cloud-filled world, the conversation around operations management is – as it should be – all about service assurance. Can IT deliver the server, storage, networking, and application resources necessary to meet business needs? The focus on service assurance isn’t really a new concept – it’s been talked...

By Zenoss, 09 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SLA, Vendors.

US cloud industry set to lose up to $35bn because of PRISM

According to a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the repercussions of PRISM means that, over the next three years, the US cloud computing industry can lose from $22bn to $35bn due to reneged market share.

Anyone hoping this is a brand new piece of research may be slightly disappointed, although they’re not entirely wrong either.

Last month, CloudTech reported on a survey from the Cloud...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Security, Vendors.

What will be the future of the cloud in Europe?

I recently tuned in to a GigaOM webinar on the future of the cloud a few weeks back. Key topics discussed were what’s driving cloud adoption in Europe and whether Europe can truly build a vibrant cloud ecosystem.

It was an interesting debate, which got me thinking: We listen to the likes of Gartner and other analysts on what the future will bring for cloud, but what do you as a cloud user or vendor really think about this?

GigaOM predicted that EMEA would account for 20 per cent of the global cloud market at about...

By Steve Rushen, 07 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Forecasts, Vendors.

Unified comms and collaboration is increasingly important for insurers

Barry Rabkin, Principal Analyst, Insurance Technology

Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) capabilities are becoming increasingly important for insurers and companies in other industries in the rapidly emerging digital marketplace. To determine how enterprises around the globe are using or planning to use UCC, Ovum interviewed over 1,320 enterprise ICT decision-makers in 18 countries in 4Q12 and 1Q13. Ovum’s recently published report The Future of Unified Communications and Collaboration: Insurance...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

How to save money before taking the first step into the cloud

Cloud hosting can bring many benefits to both small and large businesses, but before you fly into the software sky, it’s always worth looking at the business case before any such move.

Application vendors will no doubt be shortly banging on your door with their options and proposals for hosting your current services in the cloud. Let’s stop to consider a few things before you sign away on any new hosting contacts.

The benefits

There are plenty of benefits for moving to cloud hosting for both your...

By Neil Cavanagh, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Migration, Vendors.

New Zealand updates cloud policy, follows in Australia’s footsteps

As all eyes were on Australia in the Asia Pacific cloud computing space, New Zealand has taken a similar leap through the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP) and published an updated cloud policy, called the Cloud Code.

The v2.0, released today, has two key agreements for all potential signatories: no cloud washing, and upfront disclosure of cloud products and services.

New Zealand’s cloudy code of practice was first developed in 2011, in partnership with the major CSPs, so it could be argued that...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Regulation, Security, SLA, Vendors.