The E-Learning Market – Cloud Computing Adoption

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Research argues hidden costs contribute to a ‘cloud hangover’ for businesses

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It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve had a bit too much, your head’s pounding, and you’re frantically searching your brain for anything you might have said or did that you’ll be paying for later.

We’ve all been there. Yet according to new research from Sungard Availability Services, it’s a similar effect at work when the IT department buys cloud solutions. 87% of the 150 UK-based senior IT decision makers polled say they have encountered some form of unplanned cloud spend.

All this improved productivity and efficiency is great, but there are plenty of hidden costs and issues lurking around the corner – and it’s not going to be solved by an aspirin and a glass of water before you go to bed. On average, each organisation polled was spending £200,000 a year to ensure their cloud services run effectively. Yet this isn’t the full story.

Anyone who has ever tried to piece together the remnants of the night before always has a first port of call; the receipts. All manner of weird and wonderful items can appear on these pieces of paper. Sungard’s research showed organisations spent an extra £270,000 on unforeseen costs over the last five years, including adding resources to manage deployment (44%), internal software maintenance (42%) and systems integration (40%). Suffice to say it was a bit more than a takeaway and a taxi.

This wasn’t the case elsewhere in Europe however. Only 54% of respondents in Ireland had encountered unplanned spend on cloud, with £150,000 spent on extra resources. IT decision makers in France had a whopping £430,000 of unexpected spend.

Almost half (45%) of UK-based respondents said cloud had increased the complexity of their IT infrastructure, while 70% admitted cloud had added a bunch of new challenges to the IT department. 28% of those polled said their IT costs had not gone down overall, as an expected return on investment in adopting cloud services.

Keith Tilley, executive vice president at Sungard, noted how, like the barfly who goes back for just one more, it’s more often than not the customer’s fault for getting into that state in the first place.

“By getting caught up in the hype, some organisations were quick to adopt the cloud without linking it back to their wider business goals and failed to see the additional considerations such as interoperability, availability and the operational expenditure linked to cloud,” he said.

“Whilst organisations can indeed see incredible benefits from cloud computing including agility, flexibility and cost savings, the cloud needs to be deployed on a case-by-case basis in line with business goals and the nature of the application or the workload,” Tilley added.

As this publication has examined before, cloud computing is not a magic cure all and due diligence has to be applied. Questions over data residency and data sovereignty have to be asked. The benefits are clear to see, and organisations continue to adopt aggressively, but this research shows how hidden costs remain an issue.

You can take a look at the effects of the ‘cloud hangover’ in the full report here.

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The LEADS Act and cloud computing

Bipartisan legislation, introduced last month in the House and Senate, promises to reform and update the antiquated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and in the process push back against the practice by agencies of government to gain access to personal data stored on U.S. corporation servers abroad.

The legislation, called the LEADS Act, is co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and in the House by Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).

Short for “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad,” the LEADS Act’s principal improvements on ECPA are in recognizing that U.S. law enforcement may not use warrants to compel the disclosure of customer content stored outside the United States unless the account holder is a U.S. person, and by strengthening the process — called MLATs (mutual legal assistance treaties) — through which governments of one country allow the government of another to obtain evidence in criminal proceedings.

One of the better examples of the need for updating ECPA centers on a government warrant served on Microsoft for the contents of the email of an Irish citizen stored on a Microsoft server in Dublin. The government’s interest in this individual is reported to be in connection with drug trafficking. Microsoft denied the request and is currently embroiled in litigation, now before a federal appeals court.

At the mention of drug trafficking one imagines that many people might, at first glance, side with the government in this. But consider the same scenario, only with the countries reversed. Imagine the outrage if the Irish government demanded that a server located in the U.S. turn over to it the contents of the personal email of a U.S. citizen!

The larger issue in the Microsoft case, and as addressed by the LEADS legislation, is the fear, especially since the Edward Snowden revelations, that foreigners will lose confidence that the content of their email on U.S. servers will be open to government inspection, and go elsewhere for the purpose.

Organizations like Forrester Research and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation have attempted to put a price tag on the cost to the U.S. cloud computing industry of what is called the PRISM project, an outgrowth of the Protect America Act which authorizes the NSA to conduct metadata searches of email. Those estimates are uneven, and evolving, but all the figures reported are in the billions of dollars. And while PRISM operates on a different legal foundation than the one, ECPA, that is the subject of the LEADS Act, there can be no question that if Microsoft were to lose its case, and in the absence of the passage of the LEADS Act, U.S. cloud providers will suffer.

Nor is the suffering to be endured just by cloud computing companies. As published in a paper by the Media Institute, media and privacy lawyer Kurt Wimmer makes a compelling case that media companies may be especially sensitive to issues like those addressed by the Microsoft case and the LEADS Act legislation:

In an era of tight budgets for newsrooms and infrastructure, cloud computing has helped many media companies reduce costs and make their newsgathering operations more efficient and effective. It can be much more efficient for a newsgathering and publishing operation to purchase a package of cloud-based services (e.g., word processing, photography, publishing, storage) rather than maintain its own IT department, servers, and software.

Although there are substantial advantages for media companies in adopting cloud-based technologies, there are also risks. Newsgathering operations routinely handle highly sensitive information, and they rely on a foundation of trust between reporters and their confidential sources. If a media organization concludes that entrusting its data with a cloud service provider will result in that data being less private or secure, then the organization is less likely to embrace cloud technologies. …

This concern has been accentuated by the controversy surrounding Edward Snowden’s disclosures in 2013 regarding government surveillance. Particularly for media organizations with headquarters or operations outside the United States, the Snowden disclosures increased concern that if the companies entrusted their data to a U.S. cloud provider, that would make it easier for U.S. law enforcement to obtain their data.

For media companies, these are not abstract questions. As the Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized in updating its rules regarding subpoenas to reporters, maintaining the confidentiality of the newsgathering process is essential to both a free press and a working democracy. The DOJ now has strong guidelines governing the considerations that will be considered before subpoenas will be directed to reporters, but these are only internal guidelines and they only apply to the DOJ. The bipartisan LEADS Act provides a path forward to update the law to permit the cloud to be more meaningful and useful to media companies — and to others concerned about the privacy and security of their data. And by doing so, Congress can bolster the competitiveness of an emerging and important area of our information economy.

Maines is president of the Media Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes free speech, sound communications policy and excellence in journalism. The opinions expressed are those of Maines alone.

Article source: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/237328-the-leads-act-and-cloud-computing

Cloud computing may save Iowa $1 million a year

CEDAR RAPIDS — Shifting state email and calendar systems to the cloud may save Iowa up to $1 million a year, according to states that have made the jump.

Iowa officials, facing a lawsuit based on their choice of Google over Microsoft, estimate saving $1 million to $2 million over three years for email, but say there are other potential savings for services such as video conferencing.

“By moving to the cloud, the state can avoid those future costs and we expect significant gains in productivity, efficiency and a better use of state systems overall,” said Matt Behrens, Iowa’s chief technology officer.

Iowa awarded the $7.5 million, three-year contract to Tempus Nova, a Denver-based company, in September. Tempus Nova specializes in moving government email systems to Google Apps for Government, a cloud-based system.

Despite the mental image evoked by cloud computing, data is stored in bricks-and-mortar buildings — several of which are in Iowa. Google, Microsoft and Facebook have each invested billions of dollars in recent years to build data centers in Council Bluffs, West Des Moines and Altoona, respectively.

Microsoft claimed in a March 19 lawsuit in Polk County the Redmond, Wash.-based company wasn’t given a fair shot at the contract because Iowa waived core requirements for Tempus Nova, while booting Microsoft and other bidders for not meeting experience targets.

Heather Palmer, an administrative law judge with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, sided with the state Dec. 23.

Iowa may “reject any or all bids at any time for any reason,” Palmer wrote. The state also “reserves the right to waive minor deficiencies and informalities if, in the judgment of the department, the best interest of the state of Iowa will be served.”

The state of Wyoming has saved more than $1 million a year since hiring Tempus Nova to migrate email to Google Apps in 2011, said Flint Waters, that state’s chief information officer. Wyoming was the first state in the country to move email to the cloud.

Iowa’s CIO Bob von Wolffradt inked that deal when he held the same position in Wyoming. He moved to Iowa in 2012.

Wyoming reduced its biennial budget $1.5 million to $2 million by replacing an outdated video conferencing system with Google Hangouts, Waters added.

Colorado, which started moving to the cloud in 2012, saved about $2.4 million last year by ditching outside website vendors, hosting and maintenance agreements for previous email systems, said Tauna Lockhart, chief communications officer for the state’s information technology office.

Iowa’s initial Request for Proposals said the state wanted to move 23,500 email users to the cloud. Each state email box costs $165 now, Behrens said. He would not say how much less they would cost under the Google contract, but Wyoming’s cost-per-box is about $120, Waters said.

“We will eliminate 50-plus servers and over 60 terabytes of storage across the state of Iowa including several separate email systems,” Behrens wrote in an email Friday.

Officials from Wyoming, Colorado and Utah said they have had no problems responding to open-records requests or protecting top-secret government emails on their cloud systems.

Kathleen Richardson, director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, said outsourcing email doesn’t change the state’s obligation to Iowa Code Section 22, which states “a governmental body shall not prevent the examination or copying of a public record by contracting with a non-governmental body to perform any of its duties or functions.”

Utah, Colorado and Wyoming all have added encryption to their cloud systems to protect secure information. Iowa also plans to take this step, Behrens said.

Article source: http://thegazette.com/subject/news/cloud-computing-may-save-iowa-1-million-a-year-20150326

Grassland city looks to cloud computing

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Hohhot says it has the right stuff to become a massive data hub, Yuan Hui and Fu Chao report.

Relying on its geographic advantages and charming scenery, Hohhot is a pleasant city and looking to become a national-level industrial hub for database and cloud computing. Photo provided to CHINA DAILY

Hohhot, the capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, is looking to the cloud computing industry as a key in the city’s economic restructuring.

The city renowned for its grasslands is west of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city cluster and serves as a major node connecting West and East China. It is also along the route to Mongolia, Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe.

The city has an annual average temperature of 8 degrees Celsius, favorable for the natural cooling of large equipment.

For seven to eight months of the year, there is no need for air conditioning systems in the city, which helps cut operation costs in the cloud computing industry.

As well, most of Hohhot is far from seismic belts and boasts a stable geology providing a safe and stable operational environment.

One of China’s three power grids, the western Inner Mongolia grid, is based in Hohhot and guarantees a stable and economic power supply.

Today the city has an installed power capacity of 843 kilowatts. The standard charge of electricity of the region is only 0.38 yuan per kilowatt hour.

For cloud computing project investors, the city offers a competitive price to help them cut production costs.

Article source: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-03/28/content_19936579.htm

5 Cloud Computing Funding Stories You Might Have Missed, March 27

Each week Talkin’ Cloud compiles a list of cloud computing financing stories for readers who might have missed the news earlier in the week. This week’s column features funding news from FinancialForce.com, BetterCloud, ProtectWise, FusionOps and Rubrik.

These stories have been gathered from Talkin’ Cloud’s article database and other media sources. If we missed something, feel free to leave a comment below. We might just add it into the mix.

Here’s this week’s list of 5 Cloud Computing Funding Stories You Might Have Missed, March 27.

FinancialForce.com Raises $110 Million to Capitalize on Cloud ERP Growth. FinancialForce.com, a cloud enterprise and resource planning (ERP) provider on the Salesforce1 Platform, has added $110 million in funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). Existing investor Salesforce Ventures also participated in the funding round. FinancialForce.com noted that it will use the funds to expand its product development, sales, marketing, alliances and customer support.

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BetterCloud Raises $25 Million to Accelerate the Shift to Cloud IT. BetterCloud has secured $25 million, raising its total funding to $47 million. The most recent investment was led by new investor Accel Partners with participation from existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners, New Amsterdam Growth Capital and Millennium Technology Value Partners. BetterCloud, which provides data security for cloud office platforms, said it will use the investment to bolster its BetterCloud management and security products for Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365.

ProtectWise Emerges From Stealth With More Than $17 Million In Funding To Launch World’s First Cloud Network DVR For Enterprise Security. ProtectWise has raised more than $17 million in funding from Crosslink Capital, Trinity Ventures, Paladin Capital Group and Arsenal Venture Partners. The company said it will use the funding to “scale business operations and drive continued product development and innovation.” ProtectWise currently offers Cloud Network DVR, a cloud-based virtual camera that records network activities.

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FusionOps Raises $12 Million To Accelerate Development and Global Expansion. FusionOps has added $12 million in Series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from its Series A investors, raising its total funding to $19 million. The company, which provides cloud-based analytics applications for the supply chain, said it will use the Series B funding to accelerate its technology development and expand globally.

Rubrik Raises $10M for Converged Data Management System. Rubrik has secured $10 million in Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. The converged data management startup also launched its Early Access Program for the Rubrik Converged Data Management platform. Rubrik provides a “time machine” for cloud infrastructure; it offers “live data access for recovery and application development by fusing enterprise data management with web-scale IT, and eliminating backup software.”

What are your thoughts on this week’s top cloud computing funding news? Share your thoughts about this story in the Comments section below, via Twitter @dkobialka or email me at [email protected]

Article source: http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-funding-and-finance/03272015/5-cloud-computing-funding-stories-you-might-have-missed-march-27

5 freshly-funded cloud computing companies worth watching

Investors made a crowd around the cloud this week, investing $175 million in companies focused on everything from storage to the WAN to the supply chain.

Sure, “the cloud” is a broad term and in reality, what new tech company doesn’t have some cloud angle? But 5 companies that announced funding this week, some familiar to us and some not, all have legit claims on being cloud computing businesses.

The big winner of the bunch this week was FinancialForce.com, a San Francisco cloud ERP provider based on the Salesforce1 Platform that touted $110 million in fresh funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures. Existing investor Salesforce Ventures also chipped in. The $110 million, which will go toward product development, sales, marketing and more, adds to $50 million committed about a year ago by Advent International.

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Given that FinancialForce reported a 91% annual subscription run rate growth and a $50 million revenue run rate in 2014, it’s no wonder funding is pouring in. The company, which as a private company is more discreet about profit figures, battles vs. vendors such as NetSuite and SAP.

Led by Jeremy Roche, the company launched in 2009 and now employs around 450.

Aryaka, which offers cloud-based application acceleration and WAN optimization products (a.k.a. WAN- and CDN-as-a-service), has collected $16 million in new funding led by Nexus Venture Partners. That brings total funding to about $75 million, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

Aryaka, started by CEO Ajit Gupta, is a feisty competitor that has been aggressive in going after rivals’ customers, as evidenced by a buyback program for Riverbed users introduced in 2013. Gupta sold an earlier company, content delivery network provider Speedera, to Akamai in 2005.

Another company that’s been around for a while – cloud-based supply chain analytics provider FusionOps – this week said it has raised $12 million in Series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. That funding, added to $7 million previously raised, will be used to fuel product development and global expansion. As it is, the company boasts marquee customers such as Merck and Brocade.

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FusionOps dashboard

In addition to announcing the new funds, the Mountain View outfit said it has come out with a version of its business intelligence product for the Salesforce.com platform as well as support for the Oracle Enterprise Business Suite.

FusionOps, Aryaka and FinancialForce are relative graybeards compared to other cloud companies scoring funding this past week.

BetterCloud, for example, announced $25 million in new funding led by Accel Parners to back its products for managing and securing cloud-based office programs from Microsoft and Google. The company started off in 2011 focused on Google Apps (CEO and Founder David Politis came from Google Apps service provider Cloud Sherpas) , but has recently released a Microsoft Office 365 product into beta testing. New York-based BetterCloud claims to have 50,000-plus customers.

According to a blog post from CELO Politis, “We plan to use our current position as a launching point for even more innovation in the cloud insights, management, and security space. We have taken a number of big risks recently and the market continues to validate that the direction we’re moving in is the right one. So, we will continue to evolve and aggressively go after our big vision.”

Finally, the newest of all of these cloud companies is software-defined storage startup Hedvig, which after three years of stealth development emerged this week and announced it had received $12.5 million in seed/Series A funding led by True Ventures and Atlantic Bridge.

The company is the brainchild of CEO Avinash Lakshman, who while at Amazon co-created Dynamo (genesis of NoSQL) and while at Facebook co-developed the open source Cassandra distributed database management system.

Hedvig’s products are designed to work in data centers and across private/hybrid/public clouds (you can see the basic architecture below).

HHedvig architecture

Article source: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2902409/cloud-computing/5-freshly-funded-cloud-computing-companies-worth-watching.html

Cloud-Computing: An industry In Exponential Growth

Investors today have far more options available than in the past. Among these options is the cloud. Nasdaq reported that last year revenues for cloud services grew by 60 percent. Furthermore, cloud computing is anticipated to continue growing at a robust rate over the course of the next five years. If you are considering investing in a technology-based company, there are certainly many advantages. By owning stock in a company offering cloud-based services, you will not only be able to follow the latest trends but also have the opportunity to make money from the explosive growth of this industry. Before getting involved in cloud computing investing, however, it is important to understand what is involved, what is driving the growth in this industry, and the best way to plan your cloud investments.

What Is Cloud Computing?

Before you consider investing in cloud computing, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of exactly what it is. While many of us enjoy the ability to upload photos, documents, and videos to “the cloud” and then retrieve them at our convenience, the concept of cloud computing is somewhat abstract. The heart of cloud computing is fairly simple. Companies providing cloud services make it possible to store data and applications remotely, and then access those files via the Internet. (For a background on the Internet industry from which cloud computing has emerged, see article: The Industry Handbook: The Internet Industry.)

Cloud computing is primarily comprised of three services: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and platform as a service (Paas). Software as a service is expected to experience the fastest growth, followed by infrastructure as a service. According to research conducted by Forrester, the cloud computing market is anticipated to grow from $58 billion in 2013 to more than $191 billion by the year 2020.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Deployed online, SaaS involves the licensure of an application to customers. Licenses are typically provided through a pay-as-you-go model or on-demand. This rapidly growing market could provide an excellent investment opportunity, with Goldman Sachs reporting that SaaS software revenues are expected to reach $106 billion by next year.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a service involves a method for delivering everything from operating systems to servers and storage through IP-based connectivity as part of an on-demand service. Clients can avoid the need to purchase software or servers, and instead procure these resources in an outsourced on-demand service.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Of the three layers of cloud-based computing, PaaS is considered the most complex. While PaaS shares some similarities with SaaS, the primary difference is that instead of delivering software online, it is actually a platform for creating software that is delivered via the Internet. Forrester research indicates that PaaS solutions are expected to generate $44 billion in revenues by the year 2020.


What Is Driving Growth in Cloud Computing

The rise of cloud-based software has offered companies from all sectors a number of benefits, including the ability to use software from any device, either via a native app or a browser. As a result, users are able to carry over their files and settings to other devices in a completely seamless manner. Cloud computing is about far more than just accessing files on multiple devices, however. Thanks to cloud-computing services, users can check their email on any computer and even store files using services such as Dropbox and Google Drive. Cloud-computing services also make it possible for users to back up their music, files, and photos, ensuring that those files are immediately available in the event of a hard drive crash.

Driving the growth in the cloud industry is the cost savings associated with the ability to outsource the software and hardware necessary for tech services. According to Nasdaq, investments in key strategic areas such as big data analytics, enterprise mobile, security and cloud technology, is expected to increase to more than $40 million by 2018. With cloud-based services expected to increase exponentially in the future, there has never been a better time to invest, but it is important to make sure you do so cautiously. (See article: A Primer On Investing In The Tech Industry.)

Which Type of Cloud Computing Investment Is Right for You?

In choosing your cloud investment options, it is important to understand that there are many different elements involved in cloud computing, each of which presents the opportunity for investing as this industry continues to grow.

Centralized Data Centers

An increasing number of providers are now building centralized data centers. Among those companies are Rackspace and Amazon. Amazon seems to think that the future lies in the cloud. Microsoft’s largest competitor, at least in terms of cloud computing, Amazon has been investing billions of dollars in expanding its data centers across the country. Reuters reports that Amazon plans to construct more data centers in an effort to make the Internet giant’s cloud-computing branch the largest part of its business.

Storage

Rather than storing information on a hard drive or local storage device, cloud-based storage makes it possible to save files to a remote database. Vendors such as Dropbox, Apple, and Mozy are now facilitating cloud-based storage solutions, making it possible for users to move their files to the cloud for convenient and secure storage.

Security

Although cloud-based computing solutions have become increasingly popular, security remains a vital concern when accessing files online. More and more companies are now providing cloud-security solutions, including Websense and Qualys.

Applications

Among the most prolific services now being delivered via the cloud is Software as a Service. Leaders in the industry now providing SaaS include Keynote Systems, Salesforce, and Taleo.

Virtualization Technology

Cloud-based solutions often provide some type of desktop virtualization or application technology. Leading vendors providing virtualization technology include Citrix and VMware.

Choosing Cloud-Based Investments Wisely

In the process of selecting cloud-based investment opportunities, it is important to exercise caution and avoid companies that simply claim they are cloud-based. Take the time to review exactly what it is that the company offers and ensure that they are not simply using industry jargon in order to leverage market interest.

Research is vital to the success of cloud investments. When choosing any investment, it is always important to conduct due diligence. Given the rapid growth of cloud-based computer services, it is even more important to research the leading companies that are currently involved in the cloud. Consider whether there are any tech companies that are currently experimenting with new technology.

The Bottom Line

Poised for significant growth over the course of the next five years, cloud-based computing offers the opportunity for tremendous potential profit, but it is important to stay on top of industry changes and choose your investments wisely. (For related reading, see article: Top 10 Internet Stocks For 2015.)

Article source: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/032715/cloudcomputing-industry-exponential-growth.asp

2015 Roundup Of Cloud Computing Forecasts And Market Estimates

Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels.  A Goldman Sachs study published earlier this year projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.

Centaur Partners and other firms mentioned in this roundup are seeing more enterprise-size deals for cloud computing infrastructure and applications. While each of these consultancies and research firms have varying forecasts for the next few years, all agree that cloud computing adoption is accelerating in enterprises on a global scale.

Key take-aways from the roundup are provided below:

  • By 2018, 59% of the total cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads, up from 41% in 2013.  Cisco is predicting that by 2018, 28% of the total cloud workloads will be Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) workloads down from 44% in 2013. 13% of the total cloud workloads will be Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) workloads in 2018, down from 15% in 2013.  The following graphic provides a comparative analysis of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS forecasts from 2013 to 2018. Source:  Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2013–2018. (PDF, free, no opt-in).

  • Centaur Partners’ analysis of SaaS cloud-based business application services revenue forecasts the market growing from $13.5B in 2011 to $32.8B in 2016, attaining a 19.5% CAGR. Centaur provides a useful overview of current market conditions including MA activity in their latest market overview published this month, Introduction to Centaur Partners: SaaS Market Overview, (PDF, free, no opt-in).

  • Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels.  Spending on integration, storage management, and database management systems are projected to experience the greatest growth in 2015. These and other key insights are from Forrester’s SaaS software subscription revenue by category show below.  Source: Enterprise software spend to reach $620 billion in 2015: Forrester.

  • $78.43B in SaaS revenue will be generated in 2015, increasing to $132.57 in 2020, attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.14%.  The following graphic and table provides an overview of Forrester’s Global Public Cloud Computing market size analysis and forecast for the years 2011 to 2020. Source: Institut Sage. 

  • IDC predicts that by 2016, there will be an 11% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery, toward various versions of cloud computing as a new delivery model.  By 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled, continuous delivery and enabled by faster DevOps life cycles to streamline rollout of new features and business innovation. Source: 2015-2017 Forecast: Cloud Computing to Skyrocket, Rule IT Delivery.
  • By 2018, IDC forecasts that public cloud spending will more than double to $127.5 billion. This forecast is broken down as follows: $82.7 billion in SaaS spending, $24.6 billion for IaaS and $20.3 billion in PaaS expenditures.  Source: Forecasts Call For Cloud Burst Through 2018.
  • By 2016 over 80% of enterprises globally will using IaaS, with investments in private cloud computing showing the greater growth. Ovum forecasts that by 2016, 75% of EMEA-based enterprises will be using IaaS.  These and other insights are from the presentation, The Role of Cloud in IT Modernisation: The DevOps Challenge (free PDF, no opt in). The graphic below provides an analysis of cloud computing adoption in EMEA and globally.

  • By 2018, more than 60% of enterprises will have at least half of their infrastructure on cloud-based platforms.  These and other are insights are from the keynote Cloud Business Summit presentation Digital Business, Rethinking Fundamentals by Bill McNee, Founder and CEO, Saugatuck Technology.  Source: Digital Business, Rethinking Fundamentals.

(Cross-posted @ A Passion for Research)

Article source: https://www.enterpriseirregulars.com/86213/2015-roundup-cloud-computing-forecasts-market-estimates/

Tony Frazier: DigitalGlobe Combines Streaming, Cloud Computing, Big Data for …

Tony Frazier

Tony Frazier

Satellite and geospatial imagery vendors such as DigitalGlobe have worked to utilize streaming technologies for data mining and analytics operations in environments with high volumes of available data, TechTarget reported Wednesday.

Craig Stedman writes that the company has worked to integrate big data, cloud computing and stream processing technologies to deliver real-time analytics.

DigitalGlobe’s InsightCloud service, which has gone through beta tests and will be commercially released this year, combines Apache Spark‘s data streaming function, Apache HBase‘s database function and Apache Storm‘s computing function, the report said.

Tony Frazier, senior vice president for government solutions at DigitalGlobe and an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015, told TechTarget that the service aims to leverage the company’s data resources as tools for customers’ operational decision-making.

“What we want to do is go from reporting on events to anticipating them, and ultimately changing outcomes,” he said.

Applications Frazier identified for the technology include the monitoring of fishing exclusion zones in the oceans, determining retail traffic at shopping malls, natural disaster response and surveys of remote areas.

He noted that DigitalGlobe plans to stream all of its data through Spark by the end of this year, Stedman reports.

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Article source: http://blog.executivebiz.com/2015/03/tony-frazier-digitalglobe-combines-streaming-cloud-computing-big-data-for-analytics-service/