Archive for March, 2013

 

Public Cloud Infrastructure Continues Gaining Momentum

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by

As the prospect of using cloud infrastructure technologies continues to influence decision-makers to adopt hosted services, companies are forced to choose which model they will implement: the private, public or hybrid network. In most cases, organizations are opting for the public cloud, because its multi-tenant environment and low buy-in opportunity lets firms of all sizes embrace the services.

A recent report by Gartner highlighted the progress of the public cloud, noting that it is forecast to generate roughly $131 billion in revenue in 2013, up 18.5 percent from the 2012 value of $111 billion. As executives gain more confidence in the cloud, they will leverage the solutions for a broader range of purposes, hoping to extend the value of the services to more departments and teams within the organization.

Public cloud infrastructure continues gaining momentum

Public cloud infrastructure continues gaining momentum

“The continued growth of the cloud services market will result from the adoption of cloud services for production systems and workloads, in addition to the development and testing scenarios that have led as the most prominent use case for public cloud services to date,” said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. “Evidence of this growth is found in the increasing demand for cloud services from end-user organizations, met by an increased supply of cloud services from suppliers.”

Some models garner more appreciation than others
Although the majority of the public cloud market is forecast to increase, certain segments of the industry will experience faster or more substantial growth than others. Because so many organizations are looking to augment storage, general computing and printing services, for example, the cloud infrastructure portion of the sector is forecast to develop quicker than other services.

Analysts said Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) grew 42.4 percent in 2012 to generate $6.1 billion in revenue and this rate will continue into this year, expanding 47.3 percent to $9 billion in revenue. This rapid evolution will make IaaS the fastest-growing cloud segment of the global market.

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San Francisco Event – Cloud Computing, Cocktails, & Canapés

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 by

It’s rare not to encounter fog in San Francisco. Call it fog, mist, clouds…it gives San Francisco part of its personality. With GoGrid though, it’s all about clouds, all of the time. And I’m not talking about those fluffy ones in the sky or shrouding the Golden Gate Bridge, I’m talking Cloud Computing. Being headquartered in “cloudy” San Francisco means we’re sitting on top of some of the brightest minds in tech, not just in the US, but in the world.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in Fog

There are clouds (and fog) in San Francisco

In an effort to bring some of these brilliant technophiles together to discuss how cloud computing is shaping the future for businesses, small and enterprise alike, GoGrid is hosting a cloud event, “Cloud Computing, Cocktails, and Canapés,” in San Francisco. If you’re local, join us next week, Wednesday, March 13 and come share how the cloud in impacting your world.

GoGrid CEO and founder, John Keagy, will be kicking off the event with his views on the importance of cloud computing, how GoGrid started and the exciting direction it is taking us. And speaking of exciting, Excite Digital Media CTO, Allen Hammock, will be talking about how they leverage the cloud to support their massive global growth and outdistance their competition.

San Francisco Cloud Computing Event Details

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: 111 Minna Gallery – Zappa Room, San Francisco, CA 94105

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3 Steps to Building a Healthy Cloud Partnership

Monday, March 4th, 2013 by

Implementing public cloud computing is quickly becoming a top priority for companies of all sizes and industries, as the technology enables employees to be more efficient and flexible – both of which are crucial in today’s highly competitive private sector. Because the public cloud is managed off-site, decision-makers need to find the right provider with services that will meet short- and long-term demands. Equally as important is developing a healthy cloud partnership.

TechTarget recently highlighted several ways to develop a strong partner program with a cloud vendor, as doing so will ensure a firm is given the best opportunity to succeed in the coming years. This growing demand for a robust relationship between the user and provider has forced many cloud companies to reevaluate their business models and create more relevant offerings.

3 steps to develop a healthy cloud relationship

3 steps to develop a healthy cloud relationship

Because cloud vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and offer myriad solutions, they need to find unique ways to differentiate themselves from other providers, TechTarget noted. Doing so will make certain services more appealing to companies and support healthy collaboration between the two parties.

“Every partner is slightly different,” cloud expert Jaywant Rao said, according to TechTarget. “They each have a different flavor of how they go to market. That means you have to focus on which models make sense for your own business and align things from there.”

Step 1: Decision-makers must identify objectives
Finding a service provider to meet corporate demands means executives must know what they intend to get out of the cloud. To do so, organizations should consider building a channel program that clearly defines the image of the perfect partner, TechTarget noted.

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