The hype around cloud computing has been justified, say enterprises

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85% of respondents in a Tata Communications survey say that cloud computing had lived up to industry hype in their experience, with 23% saying cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity was the most popular benefit according to 69% of those polled, with better access to data (65%) and reductions in costs (63%) also highly cited. 83% of respondents admitted they experienced benefits they weren’t expecting to see.

The report added to the plethora of...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Gartner analyst muses on why so many are upset with their private cloud

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According to survey figures released by Gartner, 95% of attendees at the analyst house’s Datacentre Conference in Las Vegas are unhappy with their private cloud deployments.

The 140 respondents were given six potential options to explain what was going wrong with their private cloud, alongside a ‘nothing is going wrong’ option. 31% cited a failure to change the operational model, 19% said it was simply doing too little, and 13% cited...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Research.

CIOs still concerned over public cloud, Google usage dwindling in new report

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CIOs surveyed by investment firm Piper Jaffray in its latest study have reported dissatisfaction with public cloud solutions, and are departing Google as their choice of public cloud provider.

The report, which polled 112 CIOs across eight industries, found nearly three quarters (73%) had allocated budget to private, hybrid or public cloud projects in 2015, yet the security of public cloud was cited by 35% of respondents as the primary reason for keeping data on premise.

Amazon Web...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Google, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

The public v private cloud discussion is dead, says Verizon report

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Verizon’s yearly report on the state of enterprise cloud computing has found that the public v private debate, while “convenient shorthand”, is “inadequate to describe the massive variety of cloud services available today.”

The report, which features survey results from 451 Research of almost 1000 respondents, found a variety of interesting nuggets:

  • 65% of enterprises are using cloud computing
  • More than 80% of cloud spend is managed by the IT department – over half directly by the CIO
  • 71% of enterprises expect to...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.

Cloud hardware spending passed $4bn across EMEA for 2014, IDC asserts

The prognosticators have been at the tea leaves and crystal balls again. This time, an IDC study has found that cloud hardware spending will break $4bn (£2.34bn) across EMEA in 2014.

The report, entitled EMEA IT Infrastructure Hardware for Public and Private Cloud 2011-2018 Forecast, saw year on year growth of 19% and “confirmed that cloud is the major disruption factor in the EMEA infrastructure hardware market”, according to a press release.

According to the researchers 15% of infrastructure spend in...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Research.

Coca-Cola: How to move a 100 year old brick and mortar firm into the cloud #CloudWF

Onyeka Nchege, the CIO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, cited the importance of education and adaptability in how to transform a brick and mortar business to the cloud.

Speaking during the keynote of Cloud World Forum in London, Nchege noted that the 100 year old company, consistently voted as one of the most powerful global brands, has partially migrated to the cloud with technology not a huge standpoint.

"A lot of folks tend to focus on the technology...but you realise very quickly the technology isn't where...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Private.

Open hybrid cloud: The private vs public debate is resolved

As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition.More companies will be working within very heterogeneous cloud service environments, thereby putting more pressure on IT organizations that must deal with these additional complexities, according to a recent market study by Cloud Connect and the Everest Group.Their latest market study reveals the increasing influence of cloud services on IT budgets, staff skills and business strategy. Moreover, the findings within the "2014 Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey" report debunks hyped-up...

By David H Deans, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Private, Public, Research.

Private cloud and elasticity: Friends or foes?

Too often companies are faced with a choice: elasticity or security.

On the upside, the benefits of cloud computing are achieved through elasticity as much as anything else. As Craig Sheridan notes:

“More specifically then, elasticity in the cloud is the ability of an application to automatically adjust the infrastructure resources it uses to accommodate varied workloads and priorities, while maintaining...

By Logicworks, 15 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Private.

People power: Why staff are driving cloud adoption

By Eoin Jennings, General Manager Hosting Services, Easynet

As St Jude raged around the UK last month felling trees and bringing commuter trains to a standstill, a collective sigh could be heard: cloud naysayers finally admitting defeat.  

Whether or not businesses had a mobility or cloud strategy, those tech-savvy employees across the country armed with BlackBerries, tablets and Dropbox accounts were comfortably and productively working away, and their organisations were thankful. For many businesses,...

By Easynet G.S., 11 November 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Private, Public.

Gartner: Nearly half of enterprises in hybrid cloud by 2017

Gartner has been gazing into its crystal ball once again, and now the smoke signals have cleared the message is simple: get going with a hybrid cloud solution, because half of big enterprises are going to be deployed by 2017.

The analyst house puts hybrid cloud where the private cloud was in 2010; plenty of companies wanting to get on board, but the actual uptake remains low.

But it’s not going to be available instantly: Gartner recommends chief execs should consider the cloud because of its agility...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Research, SAP.

How to consolidate and integrate the public and private cloud

By Lee Fisher, Vice President, Abiquo

Most households have many services to keeping things ticking. No two households are the same; they have different priorities, values and structures, and different services suit different households. Water, gas and electricity all come from separate service providers, so if the electricity goes down in a house, it is not left in the cold.

Like a household, organisations are unique and something that works for one organisation, may not work for its competitors.

Choices, choices,...

By Lee Fisher, 30 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Private, Public.

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.

Don’t budget for cloud - budget for the solution

post thumbnailWe know we want it, so Cloud must be a thing, right? If we’re carrying our enterprise IT shopping basket around, we know we want to stop at the Cloud shelf. Once there, we might select a nice fresh IaaS or perhaps some of this SaaS or that. And whatever our selection, we’ll pay the bill at the register. Good thing we brought our shopping list, and...

By ZapThink, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public, SaaS .

Is hosted private cloud the future of cloud infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned.

When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds.

A recent Business Technology Roundtable

By Logicworks, 09 September 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private.

IBM vs AWS federal cloud war steps up a notch with Amazon lawsuit

It’s been one of the biggest stories of the summer. The battle for a lucrative CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) cloud computing contract between IBM and Amazon has featured attack, counter-attack, and all manner of legalistic name-calling as the two giants battle out for federal cloud supremacy.

While most of the talk has been in the sanctity of legal offices, a lawsuit from Amazon against the Federal Government, made public this week, reveals the true extent of the imbroglio.

The story so far: the CIA initially...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Private.

A guide to successful cloud adoption: The market for IT services

Last week, I met with a number of our top clients near the GreenPages HQ in Portsmouth, NH at our annual Summit event to talk about successful adoption of cloud technologies. In this post, I’ll give a summary of my cloud adoption advice, and cover some of the feedback that I heard from customers during my discussions. Here we go…

The Market for IT Services

I see compute infrastructure looking more and more like a commodity, and that there is intense competition in the market for IT services,...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, IaaS, Private.

Eliminating single points of failure from your private cloud

Eliminating Single Points of Failure From Your Private Cloud

– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –

When an organisation deploys a private cloud, that private cloud quickly becomes an indispensable, mission critical infrastructure component. That being the case, it is important to construct the private cloud in a way that avoids the potential for a single point of failure. Although it is impossible to delve into a comprehensive discussion...

By 2X Software, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Private, Scalability.