What’s driving cloud adoption among CIOs?

New research from Host Analytics and conducted by Dimensional Research has found that for four out of five business execs, the cloud is chosen for its value over anything else.

A similar number of employees surveyed said that it’s beneficial for them to use cloud applications.

The research, which covered over 300 CIOs and business executives, again found various benefits to cloud adoption, which may perhaps shift the balance as IT budgets are being prepared for 2013.

When asked for the reasons a cloud...

By James Bourne, 19 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Will Audiogalaxy buyout move Dropbox into a cloud music service?

There have been intriguing developments in terms of utilising the cloud as an entertainment vehicle during the past 24 hours, with Dropbox acquiring personal music streaming service Audiogalaxy and Amazon’s Cloud Player arriving on Samsung Smart TVs.

The acquisition of Audiogalaxy by cloud storage expert Dropbox may be a sign of things to come. Dropbox already allows limited music streaming as part of its cloud storage solution, and with Audiogalaxy’s expertise in that area, it seems like a match...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage.

One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud, says survey

Research from identity management provider SailPoint has revealed that US and UK based IT leaders see one in three mission critical apps as currently in the cloud, with that figure rising sharply by 2015.

The Market Pulse Survey of 400 IT and business leaders, which defined ‘mission critical’ as apps mainly focused on storage, file-sharing and communications, forecast that the number is expected to grow to one in two in three years.

The figures differed slightly dependent on which side of the...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Security.

Where does Forrester see cloud computing in 2013?

With 2013 just around the corner, it’s not surprising to see many companies rolling out their 2013 tech predictions – and it’s even less of a surprise that cloud computing features heavily.

Analyst house Forrester has revealed its top 10 cloud computing predictions for next year, with all the contributors to the Forrester cloud playbook giving their view before narrowing down their insight to the best 10 enterprise cloud forecast.

These predictions include a waning of AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 10 December 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Developers, Forecasts, Research, Virtualisation.

Four in five IT directors feel responsible for cloud failure

New research from enterprise IT solutions provider Damovo UK has revealed that, for 80% of IT top brass, if they move their services to the cloud, it’s their responsibility if it goes wrong.

The UK-based research, conducted by Vanson Bourne which spoke to 100 IT directors catering for more than 1000 employees, also found that for nine in ten respondents, cloud providers should in turn be more accountable, and provide greater transparency when it comes to data governance.

Interestingly, nearly 70% of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.

Cloud survey from Asigra shows data backup trends

A survey commissioned by Asigra and conducted by TechValidate has found security as the primary concern with storing data in the cloud.

Of the companies surveyed, security (21%) was the biggest concern, followed by location of company data (7%), cost (3%), cloud service provider going out of business (3%) and user error leading to data loss (3%).

There is a reason if these numbers appear particularly low – the top answer for respondents was “all of the above” (59%).

So, evidently, the...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, SaaS .

Cloud on the rise in New Zealand as firms spend more

Research published by analysts Frost & Sullivan this week has revealed that over half of New Zealand companies surveyed are looking to increase their cloud budgets.

Two in five organisations which use cloud services in New Zealand spend more than 10% of their total IT budget on the cloud, whilst 57% of organisations intend to increase their cloudy budgets in the next 12 months.

As part of its State of Cloud Computing New Zealand 2012 research, Frost & Sullivan examined the usual metrics concerning the...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

Study shows differences between cloud users and non-users

A cornerstone study into cloud computing in the UK has revealed the key difference in opinion between cloud users and non-cloud users.

The study, from Raconteur Media and written by Mike O’Driscoll entitled ‘Navigating the Cloud’, had a relatively small survey base – just under 250 completed at least part of the survey – but of that number, there was a lot of clout – 84% saw themselves as the key IT decision maker.

Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Research, SaaS , Security.

Gartner: PaaS market to hit the billions globally

The latest round of research data from analyst house Gartner reveals that worldwide platform as a service (PaaS) revenue is on target to hit $1.2bn (£754m) by the end of 2012.

This figure represents an increase from $900m (£565m) from the previous year, and integrates various sub-aspects of the PaaS infrastructure, such as aPaas (application platforms as a service) and iPaas (integration platforms as a service).

Following the prediction through fully, Gartner believes the platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, PaaS, SaaS .

Did cloud computing help Obama win the #Election2012?

A new post from Amazon Web Services’ Jeff Barr has detailed how President Barack Obama’s campaign team utilised the AWS cloud to their advantage.

“The words ‘mission critical’ definitely apply here,” wrote Barr, adding: “With the opportunity to lead the United States as the prize, the stakes were high.”

But how did cloud computing influence the outcome of the election?

The use of technology to influence the presidential campaign has been widely reported,...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

Japan is most cloud ready Asia Pacific nation, ACCA says

A week after VMware released its Asia Pacific Cloud Index Survey, another report has come up from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) claiming Japan is the most ‘cloud ready’ nation in the Asia Pacific region.

Japan’s ranking is unchanged from last year at number one, with South Korea leapfrogging Hong Kong and Singapore into second place.

Hong Kong and...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

How is the cloud vital to a progressive SMB? [infographic]

What defines a progressive small to medium business (SMB)?

According to Cisco, it’s an SMB which is “increasingly encroaching on the territory of their larger competitors”.

Yet the biggest takeaway from the Cisco research is that these SMBs, if they are to become more progressive, will need to move to the cloud.

Other checkpoints for progressive SMBs are utilising the mobile workforce, collaborating in person and embracing social media.

Cloud computing is increasingly seen as a viable option...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infographic.

SaaS “continues to be entryway” for cloud platforms, says Symform

Recent research from Symform has shown that software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to be the most mature cloud market, but platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is lacking by comparison.

The survey of over 500 respondents showed that nearly four in five (79%) companies surveyed in the cloud were using SaaS, yet nearly half (48%) of companies in the cloud were not planning on utilising PaaS at any time during the next 12 months.

This correlates with

By James Bourne, 12 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Research, SaaS , Security.

Which Asia Pacific country knows the most about the cloud?

The third annual VMware Cloud Index survey has shone light on trends in Asia Pacific cloud computing, including which was the most knowledgeable nation.

The research surveyed 6,500 senior IT workers across the Asia Pacific region in 11 countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Korea.

Yet it appeared Singapore and Hong Kong were top of the class. 82% of respondents in Singapore claimed they had a strong knowledge of the cloud, with nine out of ten people in Hong Kong having a strong knowledge of...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Trends.

Stratsec research reveals potential alarm for cloud security

A new piece of research from security providers Stratsec has inferred that some cloud providers are unable to block malicious attacks, which could lead to cyber hackers being able to infiltrate systems in a botnet-styled attack.

As a result, according to the research at the Stratsec Winter School, there was an alarming number of reasons why attacking cloud systems was a good idea, such as being relatively easy to set up, costing less, and taking significantly less time to build.

Instead of a traditional...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Security.

IDC supports EU stance on cloud computing

The International Data Center (IDC) has come out in support of the European Union’s stance on cloud computing in a new report from the analyst house – albeit one published on the EU’s behalf.

Back in September, EU digital agenda vice president Neelie Kroes set out her strategy to make the EU the ‘e-EU’ in a report entitled “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”, which summarised that the cloud could...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Forecasts, Government, Migration, Security.

Amazon EC2 cloud suffers more connectivity issues

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 North Virginia cloud went down for approximately four hours yesterday, due to ‘elevated packet loss’.

The issue was first reported on the AWS Service Health Dashboard at 0208 PDT (0908 GMT) on October 15, with the dashboard cautiously noting “possible network connectivity issues” for EC2.

‘Possible’ became confirmed at 0219 PDT (0919 GMT), with a further update at 0320 PDT (1020 GMT) adding that it was due to elevated packet loss.

Only at...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Industry, SLA.

Is cloud computing always the greenest option for SMEs?

A new report has suggested that cloud computing is generally a better option than on-premise when looking to save energy, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), alongside WSP Environment and Energy looked at how on-premise computing compared to the cloud in terms of energy efficiency – in particular power usage effectiveness (PUE) of the server room or data centre; how much...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Research.

What are the current trends in cloud adoption?

A new survey from Navint Partners has revealed that many CIOs of larger organisations are happy with the results of moving to the cloud.

The survey, which predominantly interviewed chief execs of companies with over 5,000 employees, found that despite the general contentment there were still some misgivings about migration, with security predictably near the top of the list.

Nine out of ten respondents said they had gotten all of the predicted savings when their companies adopted cloud technology, with nearly...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Research.

Interoute: Attainable SLAs and taking on AWS #AppsWorld

CloudTech caught up with Matthew Finnie, the CTO of IaaS cloud providers Interoute, who is exhibiting at Apps World.

According to Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie, a 100% service level agreement (SLA) is ‘nonsense’, although a lot depends on the sector your cloud company is trying to reach and the shape of your business model.

Interoute, who is currently exhibiting at Apps World in London, has a virtual data centre (VDC) which offers a 99.99% uptime rate and, while it doesn’t reach the magical...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, IaaS, SLA.