June 30, 2011 | By Nathan Eddy | eWeek.com
The proliferation of hackers, natural disasters and unstable market conditions are all significant drivers for small and midsize businesses in the United States to seek backup and storage platforms for their company’s data and email in the cloud. Pressure to reduce costs, improve flexibility and maintain privacy of sensitive data also lures SMBs to invest in cloud storage. Furthermore, for mobile SMB employees, cloud storage is an attractive tool for backing-up and storing data while on the go. Nearly a third (31 percent) of the 1 million U.S. SMBs using hosted storage have mobile employees.
According to AMI-Partners’ recent report U.S. SMB Cloud Playbook, the market for hosted storage will increase by 11 percent yearly compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2015, to $270 million. “Many U.S. SMBs are moving to the cloud to enhance existing packaged applications, such as CRM databases. Cloud storage provides these companies with the latest storage technology realizing a significant reduction in IT overhead due to decreased investment in physical storage devices on their premises,” said Nichelle Grannum, survey research analyst at AMI.
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Mobile employees are leaving the traditional desktop in the dust
June 27, 2011 | By James E. Gaskin | Network World
The corporate desktop has looked the same for decades: computer, keyboard, mouse, desk phone, maybe a printer. But do these tools dominate because they’re the perfect combination of technology needed for work today, or is the enterprise workplace due for an extreme makeover?
According to industry analysts, hardware vendors, architects and futurists, the odds that major changes will revamp the standard corporate cubicle, technology tools and even buildings, rise every day.
Of course, fundamental changes like this don’t happen at all once. “When you’ve got hardware in place, it’s tough to yank it out,” cautions Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. “Some corporate PBXs are still in use from the 1980s. Faxing was declared dead in 1995, but I have two in my office.”
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Apple iCloud Makes A Splash
Apple’s iCloud, though it won’t hit the market officially until the fall, has already made a tremendous splash. As the lynchpin of Apple’s cloud strategy, iCloud promises to allow users to automatically save content like photos, music, documents and more into the cloud so it is accessible from up to 10 devices. During the Apple iCloud Launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said iCloud will work on iOS, PC and Mac devices. According to Apple, iCloud users get 5 GB of storage for free for mail, documents, photos, account information, setting and other app data. Purchased music, apps, books and Photo Stream do not count against the free storage limits.
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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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