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The State of the Cloud: Already Everywhere, and Lots of Room to Grow #CloudWF

Guest Blog with Equinix

Enterprise cloud usage is nearly universal, but there’s still significant room for cloud growth.

That sums up one of the key findings of RightScale’s 2015 “State of the Cloud Report.” The survey of 930 technical professionals indicates the enterprise has moved past its initial cloud skittishness and is getting quite comfortable investigating what the cloud can really do.

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The survey showed 93% of respondents have adopted cloud, roughly the same as the prior year. Hybrid cloud is also the preferred strategy of 58% of respondents, compared to 30% who are public cloud-only and 5% who are private cloud-only.

One key difference from 2014 is that 38% of cloud users are now classified by RightScale as “cloud explorers,” compared to 25% just a year ago when “cloud beginners” was the biggest category. “Cloud explorers” already have multiple projects and applications in the cloud and are looking to expand and improve their cloud use.

The survey also found plenty of room for cloud expansion, with 68% of enterprise respondents reporting that less than a fifth of their applications are currently running in the cloud. Most respondents (55%) also report that another fifth of their applications are already built on cloud-friendly architectures.

Here’s more of what we found most interesting in the State of the Cloud report:

Going public, staying private

Public cloud is being used by 88% of organizations, while 63% are using private cloud. But private cloud is still carrying a heavier workload, with 13% of enterprises running more than 1,000 virtual machines (VMs) in the public cloud and 22% running more than 1,000 virtual machines in private cloud. The survey also indicated enterprises are expecting to grow public cloud workloads more quickly.

Central IT gets more cloud comfortable

The survey authors note that in 2014, business units envisioned a more limited role for central IT in cloud purchasing decisions, likely because they felt central IT was generally too cautious. But central IT’s view of the cloud may be evolving. The survey indicated central IT concerns about cloud security have dropped, with 41% now reporting it as a significant challenge, compared to 47% a year ago. In addition, 28% of central IT respondents report public cloud as the top priority in 2015, compared to 18% in 2014.

More of the same

Respondents cited the same cloud benefits and challenges in 2015, but in many cases mentioned them more frequently. For instance, “greater stability,” “faster access to infrastructure,” and “high availability” were again the top three benefits, but each was cited by a greater percentage of respondents:

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A similar pattern was seen when respondents were asked about cloud challenges. “Security,” “lack of resources/expertise” and “compliance” again appeared as major concerns, but were referred to by a greater percentage of respondents, compared to last year:

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27 days to go! #cloudafrica

The Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 is fast approaching!

Don’t miss your opportunity to join leading industry professionals at Africa’s Largest Cloud & ICT Event for Enterprise & Telecom Professionals!

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Just some of our 2013 attendees!

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And examples of who you will meet this June!

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Other companies that have attended the Cloud World Forum Africa!

4G African Broadband Forum; 8.ta; ABN Africa; ABSA; ACSA; Adams & Adams; Adcock Ingram; Adcorp Holdings Pty Ltd; ADT; ADVA; Africa Analysis; African ICT Alliance (AfICTA); African Reinsurance Corporation – South Africa; Africom; Airports Company South Africa (ACSA); Airtel Bharti Nigeria; Amazon Web Services; ARUP; ASG Software Solutions; Astel; Automatic Mass Production; Autotask; Avbob Mutual Assurance Society; Aztec; Barclays Bank; Bodytech 2000; Bombela Operating Company; BotswanaPost; Britehouse Holdings; Britehouse vPS; Busbyhouse; CellC; CES Group; Clicks Group; Clientele; Cloud Credential Council; CMC NETWORKS; Comnet Lesotho; Compass; Insurance; Competition Commission South Africa; Consol Glass Propriety Limited; CxO Advisor; DAG; DATA GUARDIAN; Deloitte & Touche; Delta Partners Investments; Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); Department of Roads and Transport; DIRCO; DreamMobile; DRIVE CONTROL CORPORATION; EngineerIT; Enterprise Cloud; EOH; Ericsson; Eskom Pension & Provident Fund; Etisalat Nigeria &  many more!

To view the full list, click here.

We hope you can join us!

South African cloud market forecast to top $229.69 million

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South Africa’s cloud services market value is expected to grow to $229.69 million in 2014, according to a recent IDC research report.

A recent report has found that the value of South Africa’s cloud services market will continue to grow with a focus on public cloud software as a service (SaaS) spending.

The value of the likes of outsourced, managed services, and hosted services market in the country would increase by 10.9% year on year in 2014 to $2.8 billion.

Public cloud services would account for the majority (65%) of overall cloud spending, and the market is expected to see an increase in spending on private cloud services in 2014 and beyond, the report revealed.

The country’s evolving role of telecom operators would continue to be a critical factor in the local growth of data centre and cloud services with the South African IT market continuing to shift from IS outsourcing to managed and datacentre services as budgets remain under pressure and projects become smaller and more specific. End-user organisations will look to cost-effective IT delivery solutions such as cloud computing to help stay within budget.

“The cloud market in South Africa is expanding, with a number of international and new local providers entering the market, and it is maturing fast due to increasing competition with established vendors”

However, despite leading the continent in the uptake of cloud computing services a report compiled by Cisco and research firm World Wide Worx last year revealed that South Africa would be dramatically overtaken by West African nation, Nigeria.

The research study titled ‘Cloud in Africa: Reality Check 2013’ stated that cloud computing uptake would explode in major African economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the cloud.

It was revealed that 44% of Nigerian businesses are expected to embrace cloud in 2014, which would bring the total in that country to 80% by year end.

According to the report, 36% of businesses in Nigeria were using cloud services last year, 50% South African medium and large businesses were using cloud services; while 48% were using the cloud in Kenya.

“Cloud computing is the next big step in the evolution of computing and the internet,” said David Meads, Cisco’s vice president for Africa.

“The broadband revolution sweeping Africa and the continent’s reputation for innovation add up to tremendous appetite for services that will drive this evolution. Looking ahead, the Internet of Everything represents the largest online trend today.

Meads concluded, “As more people, things and devices connect to the internet in Africa, more data from more places will be introduced across corporate and service provider networks, which will open up new opportunities and increased demand for the cloud.”

Join us at the the Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 – Africa’s Largest Cloud & ICT Event for Enterprise & Telecom Professionals.

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Following the huge success of the Cloud World Forum Africa 2013, we’re expanding & enhancing our agenda to give you Africa’s first and foremost comprehensive Enterprise ICT show: Cloud World Forum Africa incorporating Enterprise ICT Africa 2014

Saudi’s Mobily to offer cloud services through partnership

cloudsGuest Blog from Telecoms.com, January 24, 2013 Written by Dawinderpal Sahota

 

Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has inked a partnership with enterprise cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider Virtustream to offer cloud services to enterprises and small-to-medium businesses. (more…)

Why all clouds are not created equal

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Cloud computing technology brings an unprecedented level of independence and liberation in deploying applications. Applications are no longer tied to dedicated hardware, yet clouds vary significantly in their capabilities and their cost. 
 
Want to understand the differences between enterprise clouds and public clouds, and hear about the advances available in carrier clouds?  Read this strategic white paper from Alcatel Lucent on why all clouds are not created equal:

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