An update on cloud services via a Gartner research update. Small business takeaways are a view of peer moves and predictions.
Excerpt: Gartner Research Director Ed Anderson says IaaS may eclipse SaaS in terms of market size based on a few factors, such as the “predominance of standardized services” – IaaS involving the purchase of raw computer power or storage capacity rather than the broad range of applications under SaaS – and increased enterprise comfort.
“We believe that the market has reached a tipping point now where we are moving to more mainstream adoption of cloud infrastructure services because consumers believe the models are viable, and there are good examples of the early adopters being successful.
Read full article via IaaS Resonates in Public Cloud Boom – Information Management Online Article.
An update status of where are we? Reality check and good read….
Excerpt…..As I noted previously, cloud IaaS is a lot more than just self-service VMs. As service providers strive to differentiate themselves from one another, they enter a software-development rat race centered around “what other features can we add to make our cloud more useful to customers”.
However, cloud IaaS providers today have to deal with two different constituencies — developers (developers are the face of business buyers) and IT Operations. These two groups have different priorities and needs, and sometimes even different use cases for the cloud.
Read full article…….via Cloud IaaS feature sets and target buyers. From Gartner
More this morning on information technology and data management……current trends and offerings…..what this does or should mean to you…plus takeaways of how to assess your status and plan your pursuits.
Excerpt……“What Every CEO Needs to Know About The Cloud” was authored by Andrew McAfee from MIT’s Center for Digital Business. Having reported on McAfee’s science of business thinking previously, I expected the article to be thought provoking. I wasn’t disappointed.McAfee articulates the usual suspect categorizations of cloud usage models: raw computing infrastructure only – Infrastucture-as-a-Service (IAAS#; computing platforms set up for software development – Platform-as-a-Service #PAAS#; and platforms that host specific custom-built software applications ready for customer use – Software-as-a-Service #SAAS). The commonalities behind all three offerings include rent versus buy pricing, vendor responsibility for administration and support, and elasticity of available capacity to scale up to customer demand.“With cloud computing, companies lease their digital assets, and employees don’t know the location of the computers of the computers, data centers, applications and databases that they’re using … Customers don’t have to concern themselves with details; they just rent what they need from the cloud.”The article’s focuses are questions generally posed by executives: 1) What does the cloud mean for my IT department; 2) What are the risks/concerns of using the cloud; and 3) How should my company get started.
Read full article…..via HBR is Sunny on the Cloud. From Information Management
If you are one of the many businesses using salesforce….here is an outline of some productivity apps that enhance Salesforce for your workflow. IaaS
Excerpt……Salesforce.com is a phenomenally popular service, used by vendors and customers alike. Part of it’s popularity is because it has a publicly-available API. This enables you to mix-n-match cloud capabilities. This means that you do not necessarily need to move your data onto salesforce.com. Instead, you can port selected data using integrators such as Dell’s Boomi. Similarly, integration as a service also enables you to transfer data easily and quickly. In case you missed it, I have already blogged about integrators and work flow management applications (that work with integrators to ensure that your cloud work flow mirrors business processes). Once you have these in place, you should be ready to roll!
Read full article…via Productivity Applications for Small Businesses Integrated with Salesforce.com. From GetApp.com
Definition and projection…. ..the cloud need-to-know … good read
Excerpt…….Worldwide platform as a service (PaaS) revenue is on pace to reach $707.4 million in 2011, up from $512.4 million in 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. The market will experience consistent growth with worldwide PaaS revenue totaling $1.8 billion in 2015.
“Cloud has three technological aspects — infrastructure as a service (IaaS#, platform as a service #PaaS) and finally software as a service (#SaaS),” said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner. “While #SaaS is the most developed aspect, #PaaS is the least developed, and it is where we believe the battle between vendors is set to intensify.”
Initial #PaaS products primarily supported application server capability, but the market has since expanded to encompass other middleware capabilities as a service, such as integration, process management, and portal and managed file transfers (MFTs). #PaaS offerings are increasingly set to take market share from the low end of the portal, application server and business process management (BPM) markets, but as the technology matures, PaaS offerings will also challenge the upper layers of the market.
Read full article…..via Gartner Says Worldwide Platform as a Service Revenue is on Pace to Reach $707.4 Million in 2011. From Gartner