SMB Mobile Boom Creates Cloud Opportunities for Partners

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Aug. 1st, 2011 | Dan Berthiaume

Smartphone and tablet adoption within small businesses continues to skyrocket, according to AMI Partners. And as those new devices proliferate, cloud-related opportunities also grow for VARs and MSPs serving SMB customers. Here’s why.

AMI says nearly 3.5 million U.S. SMBs currently use smart phones and 700,000 currently use tablet computers. In the next 12 months, AMI estimates that the number of SMBs owning those devices will increase by 40% and 85%, respectively.

AMI astutely points out that the increasing availability of cloud computing is driving mobile technology adoption within SMBs.

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How Cloud Computing Will Change IT: 6 New Predictions

Fri, July 29, 2011 | By Bernard Golden

CIO — IT is in a time of disruptive transition, caused by the rise of cloud computing. CIOs are in the midst of a maelstrom, and—like Ulysses, the fabled hero from Homer’s Odyssey—are torn between the Scylla of established IT practices and the Charybdis of the future, both of which loom dangerously and portend trouble. Also like Ulysses, many CIOs must inure themselves to the din of tempting Sirens: the vendors who sing a sweet song of painless cloud transformation, made possible by the purchase of some software, or hardware, or a set of cloud services.

One can predict that, CIOs, like Ulysses, will eventually pass into calm waters—the future in which new processes and products will replace the legacy activities that make up today’s IT world. The shorthand term for these new entities is cloud computing.

It’s hard to envision that new world, of course, caught up as we are in the turmoil of today. Nevertheless, in my opinion, one can make confident predictions about how the cloud revolution will materialize. The light emanating from the cloud is strong enough that the outlines of the post-cloud future may be discerned.

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Agility and innovation in delivering new apps emerging as key cloud adoption drivers

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26 June, 2011 | By Mark Cox

Today, scalability and cost are seen as the primary drivers for cloud usage, while agility and innovation are quickly emerging as a key factor for adoption, as IT organizations view cloud computing as an effective means to implementing new applications quickly to keep pace with application backlogs and business demands.

Those are some of the findings of the inaugural Future of Cloud Computing Survey, conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners in partnership with GigaOM Pro and The 451 Group and supported by more than 30 industry collaborators. The 2011 survey captures current perceptions, sentiments and future expectations of cloud computing from industry experts, users and vendors of cloud software, support and services. 413 respondents participated in the survey, including representatives from both vendor and end user communities. Respondents were asked about a wide range of key issues impacting cloud computing, such as: drivers for cloud computing, inhibitors, sourcing, hiring, TCO, cloud’s effect on business sectors, and user interest for future cloud services.

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IBM Study Shows 60% Of CIOs Ready To Turn To Cloud Computing

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By Shara Tibken | Published May 16, 2011 | Dow Jones Newswires

NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- More than half of chief information officers surveyed by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) are ready to turn to cloud computing over the next five years, seeking to grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge.

The Armonk, N.Y., tech giant’s survey, which polled over 3,000 CIOs from 71 countries and 18 industries, showed 60% of CIOs plan to use cloud computing, up from 33% two years ago. Demand for cloud computing has jumped of late, with tech giants across the country rushing to introduce new offerings. The technology generally allows users to run programs and store information remotely, eliminating the cost of operating the equipment themselves.

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AWS Price Reductions Relentless

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Last week, amidst the din of VMWorld and people up in arms that OpenStack is implementing Rackspace’s APIs, Amazon’s Web Services Blog announced a significant price reduction on High-Memory Double Extra Large and High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large instances.

Read more at http://cloudscaling.com/blog/cloud-computing/aws-price-reduction

What the ‘private cloud’ really means

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The definition of the private cloud may be fuzzy, but it’s all part of the age-old quest for greater efficiency in IT

Cloud computing has two distinctly different meanings. The first is simple: The use of any commercial service delivered over the Internet in real time, from Amazon’s EC2 to software as a service offered by the likes of Salesforce or Google.

Read more at http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/what-the-private-cloud-really-means-463

6 SaaS Metrics You Should Track

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As you work to develop your product – before and after launch, it’s important that you use more than just “gut feelings” to ascertain what’s working and what’s not. Along those lines, last week, Ryan Carson, co-founder of Carsonified offered a list of six key metrics for your web app and how to track them.

It’s a great list – with definitions, calculation methods, examples, and even a link to a Google spreadsheet (see below for link) that you can use to input your own data.

Read more at http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/09/6-saas-metrics-you-should-trac.php.

Verizon teams with VMware on enterprise cloud service

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The service is designed to help enterprises move workloads between public and private clouds

Verizon Business is tapping into the popularity of VMware technology with a cloud computing service designed to let customers easily move workloads between their own infrastructure and Verizon’s cloud.

Read more: http://images.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/verizon-teams-vmware-enterprise-cloud-service-965

3 Vendors on the Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Virtualization

This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. How one Florida state agency saved a bundle with virtualization. Learn more in this ReadWriteWeb special report, made possible by Intel and VMware: How Virtualization Helps the Water Flow.

bluelock.jpgVMworld starts in the morning and all eyes will be on what gets announced and how virtualization is extending its reach into the realm of cloud computing.

Read more: http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/08/grading-3-vendors-on-the-relat.php

Citrix Buys VMLogix

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Citrix plans to announce Monday that it will buy VMLogix as part of a larger push to offer more self-service tools and address concerns like vendor lock-in facing enterprises using the cloud.

VMLogix is a provider of virtualization automation and management technologies. Citrix expects to include some of the technologies from VMLogix in its next free XenServer release, which will allow enterprise users to set up virtual services on internal computing resources in the same way they do on public clouds. Typically, public cloud providers let users order up compute services online and start using them immediately [Read more] from http://www.pcworld.com