Cloud adoption – recent analyst reports December 2014

December 6th, 2014 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Cloud adoption is increasing as companies identify more IT operations they want to migrate.

The results of IDG Enterprise’s survey of 1,672 IT decision-makers represent the practices and opinions of technology buyers whose organizations already have, or plan to have, at least one application or some portion of their infrastructure in the cloud. The pace and implementation focus vary according to company size, industry and job titles of parties involved, while security concerns persist as the top challenge to deployment. (Computerworld 11.04.2014)

A survey of more than 650 IT decision makers in Australia, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, North America, and Singapore by Dimensional Research that uncovers global trends in information technology (IT) strategies for 2015 found that the vast majority (77 percent) plan to implement multi-cloud architectures in the coming year. These same decision makers are seeking interconnected colocation data center environments because they offer direct connections to multiple cloud providers for increased security, reliability and performance.

CompTIA researchers at the IT advocacy and education organization has watched cloud go from potential game changer to foundational player in modern IT. That meteoric rise, and the prospects for long-tail entrenchment of cloud in business technology, continued unabated this year, with more than 90 per cent of companies now using some form of cloud computing, the latest CompTIA study finds. (Channelweb)

Most enterprise cloud users (83%) struggle to consolidate their cloud services and get a holistic view of their cloud infrastructure, software and platform services, a study from Forrester Consulting revealed. “Cloud computing has reached a tipping point for enterprises with some 83% of the enterprises we surveyed struggling to bring together all their cloud services — from IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS and from public and private clouds to traditional IT,” See the study, titled Simplify and innovate the way you consume cloud. (Computer Weekly 11.19.2014)

43% of enterprises are planning to deliver the majority of new business applications over the internet next year, a new Akamai Technologies report revealed. However, half of the companies reportedly run 20% or less of their business apps over the internet, the “Trends in Application Delivery Strategies” survey report added. Akamai Web Experience Business Unit senior vice president and general manager Mike Afergan said: “Trends such as globalisation, telecommuting and mobility continue to drive the shift to Internet-delivered applications, and enterprises today are working hard to keep up. (Computer Business Review 11.18.2014)

In October with a series of cloud announcements Microsoft moved to put a stake in the ground with hybrid cloud computing and emerge from the shadow of cloud rivals Google and Amazon. “This helps get Microsoft onto an equal footing with Amazon and Google, who are the most talked about cloud players today,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. “It’s a smart move. It gives Microsoft a unique offering that can’t easily be matched by its competitors right now.”

Microsoft (MSFT) and IBM (IBM) announced a partnership aimed to enhance their respective positions in cloud space. The partnership will let IBM’s middleware software, known as WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ, and DB2 database, run in virtual machines (or VMs) on Microsoft Azure for development and deployment purposes. Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft both pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users. In October thecompanies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM’s infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure. (Computer World 10.22.2014)

Microsoft added three new big data services to its Azure cloud platform as part of its ongoing efforts to make Azure a leading platform for big data services and to make it ready to tackle the Internet of Things (IoT). “Every day, IoT is fueling vast amounts of data from millions of endpoints streaming at high velocity in the cloud,” says Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Machine Learning at Microsoft. “Examples of streaming analytics can be found across many businesses, such as stock trading, fraud detection, identity protection services, sensors, web clickstream analytics and alerts from CRM applications. In this new and fast-moving world of cloud and devices, businesses can no longer wait months or weeks for insights generated from data.” (CIO.com 10.30.2014)

Public IT cloud services spending will reach $56.6 billion in 2014 and grow to more than $127 billion in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%, which is about six times the rate of growth for the overall IT market. In 2018, public IT cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server, and storage spending growth. (BusinessWire 11.03.2014)

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