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The real world cloud is hybrid, bimodal, multi-platform and difficult…#CloudWF

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Which Apps? Which Cloud?
5 Findings About The Real World Cloud

The CIO of today is under more pressure than ever to balance the new with the old. He/she must embrace new digital possibilities for creating business value and simultaneously maintain a complex set of existing applications that are an organisation’s foundation. A critical factor that can help a CIO navigate this bi-modal tightrope is an assessment of the application estate and the impact of digitalisation on it.

To aid with the above and to establish the current benchmark for the application estate,  NTT Com commissioned independent research to understand which infrastructure is best suited to host which kind of applications in the real world. Further, the research aimed to ascertain if there was a correlation between the characteristics of an application (type, maturity, adoption rates) and its suitability for the cloud or the corporate data centre.

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The responses showed that there are no definitive answers to these questions, but highlighted some interesting trends. Here are some of the key findings from the survey that can give a layer of clarity when making decisions about cloud.

  1. The reality – many apps many clouds:

    NTT Com’s study found that on average, an organisation runs hundred applications. In some sectors like telecoms and finance this number doubles. Organisations use four different cloud platforms on average and over 80% of respondents expect the number of cloud platforms to increase.

  2. Which Apps go Where – no definitive answers:

    The survey responses showed a lack of consensus on which applications are best suited to which environments. This did not mean a lack of faith in the cloud though. Respondents made it clear that they were comfortable deploying core business applications in the cloud.

  3. Cloud platforms – the winners and losers:
    While there is no clear choice on which platform is the most adopted, nearly 48% voted for IaaS in some form (Private and Public) making it the most favoured among the respondents. On the other hand, there weren’t many takers for PaaS, showing that PaaS providers still need to build confidence for this platform in enterprises.

    4. Top cloud benefits – scalability and cost:
    With 50% of respondents citing it, scalability emerged, unsurprisingly as the top cloud benefit, followed by cost (Capex and Opex) savings at 47%. These point out that despite the confusion around cloud platforms, organisations are clear about the benefits of cloud.

  4. Have Cloud, will move:
    Nearly 90% of respondents cited that they will migrate their most important application from the corporate datacentre to the cloud at some point. 60% believe this will happen within 2 years. What does this mean? The question is not “To cloud or not to cloud”, but when, how and how much.

In summary,  NTT Com’s findings show that the cloud ecosystem is complex and is affected by numerous factors such as the company type, industry, scale, size, and location. The real world cloud is hybrid, bimodal, multi-platform and difficult. There are no broad answers that can apply to all.

The CIO of today, when formulating strategies, must take into account all of these factors and aim for a realistic balance between achieving the benefits of cloud and managing its complexities. In doing so, he/she can create a winning strategy unique to the needs of his/her organisation.

To read the full report go here.  An infographic highlighting the key facts and figures of the report is available here.  Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #realworldcloud.

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The Inaugural Software Defined Enterprise World Forum – the only dedicated meeting place to cover Software-Defined Networking for Enterprise, Software Defined Data Centre and Software Defined Storage and Automation under one roof – will take place in London between 10-11 September 2014!

This is the only event to cover all sides of software defined technologies through the prism of enterprise organisations. It targets both the CIO for the overall business case behind SDx but also the engineers, working on the nitty-gritty details of the SDDC and SDS.

Stay ahead of the game – get answers to the key questions in the SDN space right now! Key topics up for discussion include:

  •  Getting to grips with SDN in the enterprise: Where in the SDN journey is your organisation?
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  • Data Centre Architectures of the future: Moving towards new models


Cloud World Forum Rides The Big Data Wave

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London, 06 June 2014 – Big Data is the future of business consumer relationships as businesses, governments, researchers and organizations across all industries attempt to harness burgeoning masses of complex data to advance applications and services. This year’s Cloud World Forum, co-located with Big Data World Congress, looks at how organizations are analysing their Big Data, to make more intelligent personalized choices about their customers and also at the risks Big Data poses.

Venturebeat  recently reported how Big Data analytics has the capability to prevent systems crashing like HBO GO, which recently failed on the first episode of the new Game of Thrones season because of high levels of traffic. Venturebeat reported that by analysing subscriber trends, HBO could have prevented the crash by adjusting its network to support the increase of traffic. However, Big Data has also recently been criticised, in a report by the White House  concerns were raised about the privacy of data and discriminatory outcomes of detailed personal profiles and automated algorithms.

Big Data World Congress will address these issues head on, leading the way on big data discussions with panels and presentations running throughout the event. On Day One, Jean-Pierre Temime, Executive Vice President, Orange Labs, will deliver a presentation titled, “How can Telco’s tap into the value of Big and Fast Data?” Also on Day One, Temine will join Mojtaba Akbari, CTO, SEPAM Group and Dr. Susan Wegner, Vice President Internet and Services, T-Labs, Deutsche Telekom, on a panel discussion looking at creating a Big Data ecosystem within organisations.

On Day Two Charles Ewen, CIO, Met Office, will present a masterclass keynote on how the MET Office is harnessing operational Big Data, looking at the role technology plays in forecasts and predictions. Day Two will also see Ian Massingham, Technical Evangelist, Amazon Web Services; discuss why Cloud Computing is vital to company’s delivery of advanced analytic and processing tools, how to overcome networking, storage and architectural challenges and the growing need for holistically flexible environments.

Dr Will Venters, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, London School of Economics, who will be speaking at Cloud World Forum said: “Cloud Computing continues to dominate the enterprise IT debate – for good reason. But capitalising on the long-term strategic impact requires detailed analysis. Events like Cloud World Forum are useful to meet others wrestling with similar issues – and to learn from their analysis”

Cloud World Forum will also look at Big Data with Susan Doniz, Global CIO, Aimia, looking at how Cloud, Big Data and next generation IT technology can help companies build relationships with their best customers on Day Two of the Future Cloud track.

Susan Doinz, Global CIO, Aimia said:“Cloud computing technology and SaaS models are allowing us to simplify and commoditize the technology that Aimia’s employees use daily, making us more flexible, responsive and effective,” Doniz said. “But more importantly, they are enabling us to offer similar benefits to our customers – a drive to standardization, flexible pricing models, and scalability to manage periods of surging data or the sheer volume and variety of data generated from the relationships with their own customers.”

The Cloud World Forum, co-located with Big Data World Congress, will take place on 17-18 June 2014, at the Olympia National, London, UK. Boasting an impressive agenda with more than 300 speakers participating from 74 countries, the event is EMEA’s largest and most comprehensive Cloud event.

For more information, to plan your visit, to view the full event programme, or to register for the event, please visit or call +44 (0)207 017 5506. Alternatively, keep up to date with the event on Twitter @CloudWSeries or using #CloudWF.



The CIO Challenge: How to future-proof the cloud and the network #cloudwf


Andy Johnson, GTT Managing Director, to Provide the Opening Day Keynote Address in Transforming Cloud Theater

 London, 26 May, 2014 – The role of the CIO is evolving quickly and dramatically, elevating them to the forefront of strategic business decision making. The advent of game changing technologies such as big data, cloud computing, collaboration and virtualisation are forcing CIOs to be more involved in defining future business plans.

Andy Johnson, GTT Managing Director, will be addressing ‘The CIO Challenge: How to future-proof the cloud and the network’ during his keynote speech on Tuesday, 17 June, in the Transforming Cloud Theatre at 10:30 am.

GTT, a global leader in cloud networking solutions, is sponsoring the Transforming Cloud Theatre at this year’s Cloud World Forum event. During Mr. Johnson’s presentation he will discuss the top five factors that CIOs must consider today to future-proof the cloud and the network for tomorrow.   With such dramatic changes, it is imperative that enterprises architect a holistic end-to-end network infrastructure for optimized performance.

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GTT operates a global Tier 1 IP network with the most interconnected Ethernet service platform around the world. We provide highly reliable, scalable and secure cloud networking services. Our clients trust us to deliver solutions with simplicity, speed and agility that are unmatched by other network providers. For more information visit GTT

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Enterprise cloud strategies are focusing on execution and digital divide management


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Cloud computing use is young, as are cloud strategies, at least for the few enterprises that have one. Ovum’s survey data shows that many respondents still lack an overall cloud strategy even while acknowledging its importance, and that those that claim to have a cloud strategy in place acknowledge its limitations at a variety of levels, from governance to integration. As a result, execution will become a growing focus for enterprises. When it comes to cloud-centric transformation, enterprises will increasingly deal with cloud-centric digital convergences. For more details, see the recent Ovum 2014 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing report that looks at the overall cloud computing market, as well as the strategies of vendors, their channel partners, and public sector organizations.

Enterprises need to manage the outside-in/inside-out convergence

The outside-in approach to cloud computing favors public clouds for green-field applications in areas such as mobile, social, and to bring out core IT processes, applications, and data to customers as well as partners. The inside-out approach favors the notion of private cloud to modernize, standardize, and consolidate legacy processes, applications, and data. Supporters of the two approaches can be found on both the business and IT sides of the enterprise. The challenge for enterprises will increasingly be to bridge the two approaches, not so much from a technology point of view, but from a business-centric cloud strategy perspective. Doing so will require enterprises to not only bring together the outside-in and inside-out camps, but also to bridge the gap between top executives, who are broadly in favor of cloud computing in all its guises, and the middle-management layer that has proven much less eager to take it on board. This is all the more critical because middle management is key to cloud strategy execution.

Enterprises need to manage the line-of-business executive–CIO convergence

The up-and-coming role of chief digital officer (CDO) exemplifies the convergence between technology and business. Many CxOs, irrespective of their background, be it IT (CIO), marketing (CMO), or finance (CFO), can potentially fulfill it, with CDOs increasingly regarded as “CEOs in waiting”. In this context, there is a tendency to describe the role as the object of a war between CIOs and other CxOs. Similarly, when it comes to the control of IT budgets, many like to pin CIOs against other CxOs, particularly CMOs who have increasing control over the 20% of the IT budget that goes toward new investments. However, CIOs are still very much in control of the 80% of the IT budget that is used to keep the lights on.

What digital enterprises need is not CxOs battling over roles, budgets, or strategies, but CxOs with both a business and an IT background coordinating their IT investments and strategies. Although mandatory, this is easier said than done, as indicated by a variety of surveys pointing out that beyond the usual political power struggles, there is disparity between various CxOs, especially between CIOs and CMOs in terms of knowledge, priorities, and concerns. It is at this level that the true “digital enterprise” will prove its mettle in 2014.

Enterprises need to manage the shadow–official IT convergence

IT departments understand that shadow IT make enterprises more responsive, flexible, and helps them discover needs that have been overlooked or ignored. They also acknowledge the need to manage shadow IT; a complex challenge in that it spans not only lone-of-business executives but also individual employees both within and outside of the IT department. We expect growing independence of LoB executives, but greater tightening of employee-level rules. One of the biggest dangers, alongside a lack of C-level executive alignment, will be the tendency for IT to clamp down on employee-driven cloud shadow IT with “private cloud” solutions in the name of security and governance. IT as well as business executives need to give user experience and user empowerment the same priority as governance to keep up with not only with public cloud convenience and flexibility, but also their peers. They need to train employees on the advantages, not just the dangers, of public cloud services.

Enterprises need manage the DevOps convergence

The DevOps movement was launched by forward-thinking cloud computing-centric ops to bridge the development and IT operations divide from two angles. The first focuses on the need for IT operation (ops) people to learn from developers (devs) when it comes to creating then managing the scripts and processes required for data center automation. The second is about ops cooperating with devs to support continuous delivery/deployment/integration (CD/I).

The DevOps movement has had much greater impact among cloud service providers than in the enterprise space, where ops have proven less enthusiastic than devs in the adoption of cloud services. As a result, in an enterprise cloud computing context, there has been too much focus in the past two years on devs doing it for themselves, and avoiding ops altogether, a shift from DevOps to “NoOps”. We expect the start of a more balanced approach, as enterprises begin to tackle the need to redefine the role of ops at both private and public cloud levels. They will also be more proactive in implementing a DevOps-centric approach to automation and CD/I. As part of this effort, they will need to tackle the divide between virtualization ops people, who are currently at the forefront of cloud experimentation, and other ops in areas such as network or storage, who are less eager both despite and as a result of the current hype around the notions of software-defined data center, storage, and network (SDDC, SDS, SDN).


Further reading

2014 Trends to Watch: From Private to Hybrid Clouds, IT022-000007 (March 2014)
2014 Trends to Watch: Public Clouds, IT022-000008 (March 2014)
2014 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing, IT022-000006 (February 2014)
2014 Trends to Watch: Cloud Services, IT019-003310 (January 2014)


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  • Vendor meetings and technology assessments.
  • Interviews with end users.


Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

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