Public cloud market to surpass $300bn by 2021 says Gartner – with 21% growth this year

Public cloud continues to go up and up: according to Gartner, the market will grow 21.4% in 2018 to total $186.4 billion (£131.4bn).

Almost 40% of this will come from software as a service (SaaS), with a quarter to come from what Gartner calls cloud business process services (BPaaS) – delivering business process outsourcing (BPO) – and 22% to come from infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

IaaS, however, will outstrip BPaaS by 2021 according to Gartner’s predictions. In three years total...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

The top five reasons for a multi-cloud infrastructure

Having been focused in the cloud sector for more than 12 years now, I have experienced much fast paced change and continued assumptions, misunderstanding and over-promising of cloud as the saviour of all ills.

Cloud is used as a generic term and yet covers a wide plethora of sub form factors (SaaS – software as a service, PaaS – platform as a service and IaaS – infrastructure as a service) and delivery mechanisms (private, public and hybrid clouds). Within these you then have a growing...

By Ian Moyse, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Regulation, SaaS , Security, Software.

Dropbox and Salesforce commit to deeper strategic partnership

Dropbox continues to make progress after its IPO filing earlier this month, announcing a strategic partnership with Salesforce to connect platforms through new integrations.

The two companies are in their own ways poster children of the software as a service revolution; Salesforce being the first SaaS company to cross a billion dollar annual run rate, Dropbox being the fastest to do it.

While the duo already offered some level of integration – the Dropbox for Salesforce app has been available on...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software, Storage.

Cisco says cloud traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021

Cloud data centre traffic will represent 95% of total data centre traffic by 2021, while 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centres in the same year.

This is the key finding from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report, which again offers mind-boggling forecasts and statistics around future computing power. This time around, the report predicts that global cloud data centre traffic will hit 19.5 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2021, up from 6 ZB per year in 2016. When it...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

IDC forecasts global spending on public cloud services to hit $160bn in 2018

Global spending on public cloud services is forecast to hit $160 billion in 2018 at an increase of 23.2% the previous year, according to figures from IDC.

Software as a service (SaaS) will remain the largest cloud category with almost two thirds of all public cloud spending this year, followed by infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Of the SaaS spend, applications purchases will dominate the segment, with CRM and enterprise resource management (ERM) apps seeing the most...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Analysing the next generation of machine learning tools for financial services

“Machine learning is so tantalizing for most every day developers and scientists. Still, there are a lot of constraints for builders….How do we turn machine learning from a capability of the few, into something that many more people can take advantage of?” – Andy Jassy, Keynote from AWS re:Invent 2017

The fintech industry has been hyped about the potential of machine learning technology for years. Despite all the noise, it’s still very early for most companies. Expert...

By Logicworks, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, SaaS , Software.

SolarWinds acquires Loggly to strengthen its cloud portfolio

SolarWinds, an IT management software provider, has announced the acquisition of software as a service (SaaS) firm Loggly to deepen its cloud software engineering and analytics expertise.

Loggly, founded in 2009, offers a SaaS-based, unified log monitoring and log analytics product. The company has received six funding rounds in total, the most recent being a series D of $11,500,000 (£8.5m) in June 2016. The company was named

By James Bourne, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Security, Software.

Why businesses need to subscribe to the consumer subscription model

It is no secret that everything from consumer technology to business services are moving toward a service-based or subscription model, but now it’s not uncommon to bemoan this as a method of industry maximising revenue, which is one way of looking at it. However, it is important to recognise this trend for what it delivers to the consumers: value.

The success of consumer subscriptions

If we truly want to understand the value of subscriptions, let’s start by looking at the biggest players in the...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software.

What security roles should SaaS providers have on their teams?

For those at software as a service companies, it's easy to forget that cloud services still aren't standard at most companies.  According to a BetterCloud report, just 43 percent of organisations today operate primarily on cloud services. By 2020, however, BetterCloud expects that figure to hit 73 percent, and by 2022, it predicts that 86 percent of firms will default to cloud services.

Increased cloud usage obviously benefits cloud service providers. But as SaaS...

By Brad Thies, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security, Software.

Microsoft extends lead over Salesforce in enterprise SaaS – thanks to LinkedIn acquisition

Microsoft has extended its lead over Salesforce in the enterprise software as a service (SaaS) market with the LinkedIn acquisition starting to make its presence felt, according to Synergy Research.

The analyst firm, which has put out a note based on Q2 data, finds Adobe, Oracle and SAP round out the top five, with Salesforce still comfortably in the silver medal position.

Salesforce still bests Microsoft in the CRM space – the slowest growing of the buckets enterprise SaaS is measured in (below)...

By James Bourne, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

A guide to simplifying private cloud management with SaaS

On-premises cloud infrastructure promises better security, governance, and performance than public cloud, but many enterprises don’t want to deploy it because they must invest in a team of cloud experts. But now, software as a service (SaaS) is being used as the management platform for some on-premises clouds, which greatly simplifies cloud management and reduces the need for cloud-savvy network administrators.

Here, we will see how the use of SaaS simplifies on-premises cloud operations in three areas:...

By Ajay Gulati, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, SaaS , Software.

Stripe beats Dropbox and Slack to top spot in Forbes Cloud 100 ranking

Payments provider Stripe is the top private cloud computing company today with storage company Dropbox and messaging firm Slack making up the top three, according to the latest Cloud 100 list from Forbes.

Slack, which came top last year, finishes third with Dropbox taking second position for the second consecutive year. DocuSign was ranked at #4, completing a quartet of San Francisco-based...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

The cloud can supercharge organisations’ productivity – but only if it is secured

In less than six years, organisations that neglect the advantages of cloud infrastructure will most likely be in a minority. It’s not difficult to see why, really. Not only do cloud services save both time and money, they also have the potential to completely revolutionise how your business operates, opening up new opportunities and revenue streams that would otherwise remain untapped.

Cloud infrastructure provides for...

By Tim Mullahy, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security, Software, Vendors.

Oracle posts $1.36bn cloud quarter with PaaS and IaaS aiming to go into ‘hyper growth’

Oracle’s cloud revenues continue to go in the right direction – with Larry Ellison predicting its PaaS and IaaS business will outperform SaaS in time.

Total cloud revenues for the company’s most recent quarter hit $1.36 billion (£1.06bn), or 13% of overall revenue, compared to $859 million and 8% this time last year. SaaS contributed 70% of the overall total with $964m, compared to PaaS and IaaS with $397m.

Speaking to analysts after the announcement, Ellison, Oracle’s CTO, said that in...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts for 2017

  • Cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.
  • Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.
  • 74% of Tech Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) say cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business in 2017.

Cloud platforms are enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks in 2017 than many analyst and advisory firms predicted. Combined with...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Why SaaS is a ‘runaway train that’s showing no signs of stopping’ in business

Three quarters of organisations say 80% of their apps will be software as a service (SaaS) by 2020, while 38% of companies are already running ‘almost entirely’ on SaaS, according to a new report from BetterCloud.

The report, which polled more than 1,800 IT professionals, also found that larger organisations are not the laggards that many believe. Only a quarter (27%) of medium to large enterprises have the vast majority of their applications as SaaS today, but this number is expected to rise to...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

Aryaka report reveals 50% of enterprise traffic is composed of cloud and SaaS traffic

Global enterprise wide area network (WAN) traffic saw an increase of 200% annually, with almost 50% of enterprise traffic composed of cloud and SaaS traffic, according to the latest study from Aryaka.

Aryaka has collated data of enterprise WAN traffic from over 5000 sites in 63 countries in different industries over the past four years to analyse trends, response times and inconsistencies in application performance, WAN reliability and bandwidth access. The report analyses the threshold of the network...

By Cloud Tech, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Five ways configure price quote software is revolutionising selling today

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) continues to be one of the hottest enterprise apps today, fuelled by the relentless need all companies have to increase sales while delivering customised orders profitably and accurately. Here are a few of the many results CPQ strategies are delivering today:

  • Companies relying on CPQ are growing profit margins at a 57% greater rate year-over-year compared to non-adopters.
  • 89% improvement in turning...

By Louis Columbus, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft looks to simplify IoT with SaaS for new release

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft IoT Central, a software as a service (SaaS) offering which aims to reduce the complexity of Internet of Things solutions for customers.

The new launch goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s current platform as a service (PaaS), Azure IoT Suite, built on the Azure cloud, with the latter enabling deep customisation and control of implementations. IoT Central ‘has the potential to dramatically increase the speed at which manufacturers can innovate and bring...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SaaS , Software, Storage.