PaaS market to hit $6.5bn by 2016, says new report

The platform as a service (PaaS) market is expected to reach $6.45bn by 2016 and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 50%, with application infrastructure and middleware PaaS expected to grow the fastest.

That’s the big takeaway from analysts TechNavio, having published the latest industry report entitled Global Platform as a Service Market 2012-2016.

According to the researchers, the market currently stands at $1.31bn, with that number expecting to rise to $1.85bn...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PaaS, Public, Research, Trends.

Companies spending less on office space thanks to cloud

The overlap between cloud computing and enterprise mobility is becoming ever more pronounced. And according to a new survey from Rackspace Hosting, the proliferation of cloud computing, and mobilising workforces means that companies are likely to spend far less on office space.

It’s not strictly correct to call this a ‘new’ survey. It’s the third in a series on the state of cloud computing from the global hosting provider, called ‘Cloud Computing: State of Play’.

By James Bourne, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Migration.

Cloud and data explosion among big trends for enterprise IT, says survey

The latest cloud computing survey, this time from NaviSite, has examined enterprise IT’s strategies, in particular for coping with an increasingly data-heavy ecosystem, and found that cloud is at the forefront of the data strategy for IT execs.

The report interviewed more than 500 IT professionals from companies with more than 200 employees, and found intriguing trends in the enterprise space.

Cloud computing is one of the biggest trends facing enterprise IT departments today, according to a quarter of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage, Trends.

Experience key to exploiting cloud value, says new report

Albert Einstein once said that the only source of knowledge is experience. And in terms of cloud computing, the latest report from RightScale, subtitled “How cloud maturity unlocks cloud value” emphasises that to a tee.

The second annual RightScale State of the Cloud Report, surveying 625 respondents from execs to cloud practitioners, found a wide array of interesting takeaways, but the key theme running through the research was that the more time you spend on cloud, the more revenue you’ll...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Migration, Research.

Microsoft remains top software vendor as cloud increases its influence

The International Data Center (IDC) has released a report which reveals that Microsoft remains the largest software vendor globally through 2012 revenues and overall market share.

Figures from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker put the Washington-based tech giant at a 17.1% market share, lower than its 2011 figure of 17.4% but still nearly twice as far ahead as its nearest competitors, IBM and Oracle.

IBM has an 8.5% market share, compared to Oracle’s 8.1%, with SAP and Symantec comprising the...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Research, SaaS .

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.

Latest US research shows proliferation of hybrid clouds

A survey of over 800 US-based IT decision makers from Virtustream in conjunction with independent cloud research firm Neovise has revealed that over half of US enterprise are using cloud computing in one form or another.

54% of those surveyed said they were in the cloud, which certainly indicates an uptake in US adoption. Of that number, three quarters said they used public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds, with 70% using private on-premise IaaS and 65% using private off-premise IaaS clouds.

The main...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Private, Public.

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.

Are we misjudging the cloud’s environmental impact?

A whitepaper from Melbourne’s Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has cast doubt on traditional thinking regarding the energy consumption of cloud computing.

“Previous analysis and industry focus has missed the point,” blistered the Power of Wireless Cloud report to open its executive summary. “Access networks, not data centres, are the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services.”

As...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Research.

Private cloud drives data centre expansion, says survey

Half of those polled in the latest cloudy survey have said they will “definitely” look to expand their data centres in the coming year, with the vast majority of remaining respondents claiming they will expand in 2014.

The survey, commissioned by data centre services provider Digital Realty Trust and conducted by Campos Research and Analysis, spoke to 300 IT execs and concluded that this explosion in data centre usage was primarily down to the proliferation...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Security.

Analysing the importance of cloud’s role in the enterprise

Aryaka, a company which offers wide area network optimisation in the cloud, has collated together several pieces of research emphasising the importance of cloud in a modern enterprise.

Pooling together studies from the likes of CIO Insight, Forrester and IDC, Aryaka has examined cloud strategies at different points of the enterprise, predominantly assessing the UK market.

Among the statistics cited in the infographic include an interesting summation of the top cloudy growth areas. According to the 1300 people...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .

Cloud one of the five IT “game-changers” in latest survey

Communications provider CommScope has released a report, entitled the 2013 Global Enterprise Survey, to assess which aspects of IT were changing the paradigm for organisations around the world – and found that cloud computing and enterprise mobility were the biggest tickets on the list.

The research, which is taken every three years and gathered over 1100 responses from 63 countries in five continents, found the top five disruptive IT forces as enterprise mobility, cloud services, 40Gb and 100Gb...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Fears of cloud insecurity “should not drive infrastructure decisions”

Alert Logic’s latest cloud security report has summarised that cloud security providers (CSPs) are “inherently no less secure than enterprise data centres”, and that cloud security threats continue to follow a consistent pattern.

In its State of Cloud Security Report, subtitled “Targeted Attacks and Opportunistic Hacks”, the network security provider observed over 45,000 security incidents and found that some things don’t change; Web application attacks are the biggest...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Gartner predicts the death of the traditional sourcing model by 2015

Gartner’s been gazing at its crystal ball again, and has forecast that service-led solutions – software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and so forth – will displace more traditional sourcing methods by 2015.

The analyst house stresses that IT companies need to “bridge legacy offerings and new services”, again pointing a future to the cloud for service providers.

And cloud services appear to be growing at a much quicker rate...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Apple’s iCloud most widely used cloud storage platform, beats Dropbox

According to the latest report published by Strategy Analytics, Apple is moving ahead of competitors Dropbox, Google and Amazon in the battle for cloud storage supremacy.

Over a quarter (27%) of Americans polled said they had used iCloud, compared with 17% for Dropbox, with Amazon Cloud Drive (15%) and Google Drive (10%) trailing behind.

Interestingly, over half of respondents (55%) had never used a cloud storage service, but 33% had first used one within the past week.

The report noted the key battleground...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Research, Storage.

Is BYOD the cloud evangelist’s worst nightmare?

For three in four IT security professionals, bring your own device (BYOD) is one of the “greatest inhibitors to effective cloud security”.

That’s the result from a new report by AccelOps. Talking to 176 IT security personnel, the results put BYOD ahead of data control and data loss – traditional topics for cloud security worriers – as the main security threat.

Other cloud security pain points according to the research included enforcing security policies, compliance reporting and employee...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Security.

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.

Soto: “Cloud does not absolve anyone from common sense IT”

CloudTech speaks with Juan Carlos Soto, Informatica senior vice president, cloud evangelist and member of the TechAmerica Foundation’s US Deployment of the Cloud, about iPaaS, SLAs and keeping secure in the cloud.

The difficulties around cloud security may be improving, but users don’t help themselves if they’re not street smart about their IT usage.

That’s according to Informatica senior vice president Juan Carlos Soto, who said that cloud computing shouldn’t “absolve...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, Security, SLA.

Who’s the top dog in the SaaS space? [infographic]

Software as a service (SaaS) has traditionally been the strongest and most valuable cloud computing market.

Figures from Gartner in November show this: SaaS was valued at $14.4bn (£9.57bn) by the end of 2012; infrastructure as a service (IaaS) was a $6.2bn (£4.12bn) global market; whilst platform as a service (PaaS) was forecast to hit $1.2bn (£754m).

With this in mind, Staff.com has published an infographic looking at the current SaaS...

By James Bourne, 08 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Infographic, Research, SaaS .

Cloud and CRM influencing 2013 enterprise software spend, says Gartner

For enterprises, customer relationship management (CRM) is moving ahead of enterprise resource planning (ERP) as the main priority for application software investment.

That was just one of the takeaways from Gartner’s latest report, “User Survey Analysis: Cloud and CRM Nexus Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014”, published last month.

Other key factors emerging from the report include the clear differences between emerging and emergent markets in terms of cloud...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Private, Public, Research.