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.

Colt must clarify its cloud services positioning

Ian Brown, Senior Analyst, IT ServicesLike many of its peers in the telecoms industry, European network provider Colt is building up its IT services portfolio, of which cloud is an integral part. Network operators such as Colt own two key assets for the delivery of cloud computing: networks and data centers. They also have a key motivation for turning to the cloud: declining revenues in their legacy communications businesses.

Colt’s differentiator as a cloud provider is its expertise in cloud...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Vendors.

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.

More companies moving sensitive data to the cloud - but who's responsible?

More and more companies are transferring sensitive data to the cloud, according to the latest report from Thales e-Security and the Ponemon Institute on cloudy data encryption.

Over half (53%) of survey respondents said they were transferring such data, with a further 31% stating they were looking to push ahead in the next 12 months.

The report, one in a series of overall encryption trends, concludes that organisations, instead of not noticing the cloud security warnings, or even simply ignoring them, are...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS, Research, SaaS , Vendors.

Did the US just give a big stimulus towards local European cloud activities?

Unless you have been under a rock for the last week it was impossible not to notice the uproar regarding the Guardian’s story on alleged information collection , allegedly called PRISM that -again allegedly- involved several major cloud service providers. The most detailed and nuanced piece so far – but it is only Sunday when I am writing this – is

By Gregor Petri, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Security, Vendors.

Crisis in the clouds – what to do if your service provider goes bust

Like businesses across all sectors of the economy, cloud service providers are far from immune to the worst ravages of the recession.

But when a provider does go bust what happens to the businesses that have put their faith, money and resources in finding a suitable partner and are now threatened with losing services, resources and data as a result of their collapse?

For many organisations, the main challenge is: when their data is held in the cloud; how do they retain control and ownership of it when their...

By Pippa Rhys, 06 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, SLA, Vendors.

Exploring automation for cloud service providers

In the midst of strong cloud competition coming from many different sources as well as rampant cloud-washing in the market, service providers need to differentiate and add value to their cloud offerings in order to be relevant. However, differentiation often drives up costs. It’s much cheaper to offer the plain vanilla version of everything, including cloud services. Sure, customers will pay a premium for things like ongoing compliance, security and service levels, but service providers need to ensure the cost  of differentiation...

By BMC Communities, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, SLA, Vendors.

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.

Microsoft fronts up for cloud battle with Infrastructure Services release

Microsoft has stepped up its cloud push by releasing Windows Azure Infrastructure Services this week, and pricing it in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Infrastructure Services is designed to help Windows Azure customers migrate their applications into the cloud, and, as the title suggests, it is primarily an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution – although it encompasses both platform as a service (PaaS) and hybrid scenarios.

“Our announcement today is a significant step...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, PaaS, Vendors.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise expands its cloud vision

Brian Riggs, Principal Analyst, EnterpriseThrough 2013 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALU-E) will roll out a set of solutions on which its partners can offer a range of hosted unified communications (UC) services. The company’s strategy is different to those of its competitors in that it will deliver separate solutions for enterprises and SMBs, as well as a set of application services. These will be offered to operators, and also sold to value-added resellers and distributors that want to compete not...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

Choosing a cloud provider: The importance of compliance transparency

Looking beyond HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance claims

The scary part about shopping for a cloud solution is that even if the managed services provider claims compliance, this doesn’t mean that they actually are compliant. In fact, the provider may not even realise they are being misleading. Because regulatory compliance is too often left open to interpretation, your definition of HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance might be different...

By Ray Vallillo, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Compliance, Infrastructure, Regulation, Vendors.

Avaya’s cloud UC strategy continues to evolve

Brian Riggs, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Telecoms

At Enterprise Connect in March 2013 Avaya introduced a set of platforms on which its partners – which include operators, systems integrators, and resellers – can build to offer fully hosted communications services. The move is a marked departure for the company, whose revenues are derived mainly from selling communications software and solutions that enterprises deploy on-premise. Avaya also has a services business that sells managed and hosted communications...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: UnifiedComms, Vendors.

IBM backs OpenStack as the path to wider cloud adoption

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Ovum SoftwareIBM recently made three significant announcements about its vision for how cloud computing will be adopted by enterprise customers. First, IBM believes that open standards are needed to drive increased customer demand for workload portability in a hybrid cloud environment. Second, IBM has segmented the adoption of cloud computing as two different strategies serving two different reasons to adopt cloud computing, namely a cloud-enabled approach and a cloud-centric approach. A...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, Vendors.