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As Big Data Evolves, Cloud Comes into Focus

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by

The ongoing adoption of digital technologies has created mountains of information for the private sector, enabling decision-makers to capture, analyze and use resources to improve operations. This occurrence, commonly known as big data, is one of the main drivers behind cloud computing adoption strategies because the flexible hosted environments offer firms a scalable, on-demand infrastructure that is perfect for managing the ever-increasing volumes of information.

As big data evolves, cloud comes into focus

As big data evolves, cloud comes into focus

Gartner recently highlighted the growing demand for big data, noting that 42 percent of companies have either already adopted the strategies or plan to do so within the next year. This suggests that 2013 will be a major year for the trend, giving the private sector new opportunities to leverage information to their advantage.

The report said necessity and conviction are the two main reasons to leverage big data, though many firms are still in the early phases of adoption and have yet to understand the best ways to embrace technologies associated with the movement.

“Business and IT executives regularly say that information is one of their company’s greatest assets,” said Doug Laney, research vice president at Gartner. “Businesses are increasingly managing and deploying information more effectively than ever, but certainly not with the well-honed asset management discipline applied to their traditional material, financial or other intangible assets.”

The big data-enabled future
While the big data phenomenon is not necessarily a new trend in the business world, it is rapidly picking up momentum as organizations continue to use tools like social media and mobile devices that produce mountains of information per use. In the coming years, leveraging big data will be a necessity to remain competitive because the insight gathered will allow firms of all sizes to reduce costs, improve customer service and strengthen efficiency in the workplace.

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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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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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Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data

Monday, February 25th, 2013 by

The way people acquire and use computing resources is rapidly changing. In the past, individuals would use personal computers, or PCs, for virtually every task, as the devices enabled nearly anytime access to sensitive or important digital assets. Today’s world is much different, however, especially since the dawn of the smartphone and tablet, making the computing endpoint market much more diverse. Now instead of using a PC, people have turned to cloud computing.

The personal cloud model is gaining momentum outside the workplace because of its ability to provide seamless connectivity between information and computing devices, regardless of make, model or platform type, according to a report by Gartner. As consumers continue to leverage a multitude of smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, they will demand an independent environment separate from any particular endpoint.

Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data

Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data

“Cognizant computing evolves the connected device and personal cloud service into an activity of seamless and frictionless integration connected to sensor-driven ‘invisible’ devices that are optimized for a particular set of functions,” said Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner. “This data and information can then be tied to other services across larger ecosystems, platforms and operating systems.”

The natural evolution of computing
Cloud infrastructure and cognizant environments represent the next natural step in computing​’s transformation into a more reliable and convenient service, Gartner noted. Rather than solely being driven by the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other devices, computing’s future relies on the ongoing use of applications that can be accessed via multiple mediums.

Analysts said this increased use of advanced software has made solutions aware of their surroundings, providing users with more relevant information in a timely manner. This evolution is especially important as it makes its way into the business world, helping companies capture, analyze and leverage data effectively. Because software is now ubiquitous and not reliant on a particular device, individuals don’t have to make a long-term commitment to a single platform.

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Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by

Although businesses around the world are leveraging cloud computing more frequently now than in the past, decision-makers are still relatively unfamiliar with the technology and are more likely to make important choices based on instinct rather than understanding. Still, executives are trying to get better acquainted with the cloud because they know the hosted services will play a crucial role in the development of the overall private sector in the years to come.

A recent survey by The Open Group highlighted this occurrence, noting that more than 92 percent of IT professionals said they have already implemented the cloud and are using it for business purposes or are researching how the technology can improve operations. This is a slight increase from 2011 and represents a shift in the private sector.

Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Yet not all companies deploy the same cloud models because each has unique needs that may be met more easily by one service than another. The Open Group revealed that nearly 30 percent of respondents were using the private cloud in 2011 while another 17 percent adopted public offerings. In 2012, these rates increased to nearly 60 percent and more than 25 percent, respectively, suggesting that decision-makers around the world have become more trusting of the cloud.

What are the perks of using the cloud?
The study found that approximately 83 percent of IT professionals believe the cloud will have a significant impact on at least one business process in the coming years. This is because using the cloud provides firms with a number of advantages.

In fact, The Open Group revealed that improving cost savings, business agility and resource optimization were the top three reasons for deploying the cloud. Other important drivers behind implementing the hosted technology included enhancing business continuity efforts, eliminating obstacles to support innovation and boosting the quality of overall IT support.

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