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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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The channel must embrace cloud to build for the future #CloudWF

Channel-300x240With cloud acceptance growing, more and more businesses are dipping their toes in the water and trying out cloud based services and applications in a bid to work smarter and lower IT expenditure. But with recent research suggesting that four in ten ICT decision-makers feel their deployment fails to live up to the hype – more needs to be done to ensure cloud migration is a success.

This is where the channel has a vital role to play and can bridge the knowledge gap and help end-users reap the benefits that cloud technology can provide.

With the cloud becoming a mainstream solution for businesses and an integral part of an organisation’s IT strategy, the channel is presented with a huge opportunity. Offering cloud services to the market has the potential to yield high revenues, so it’s vital that the channel takes a realistic approach to adopting cloud within its portfolio, and becomes a trusted advisor to the end user.

We have identified three key reasons why resellers shy away from broadening their offering to encompass cloud for new and existing customers. A common barrier is a simple lack of understanding of the cloud and its benefits. However, if a business is keen to adopt this technology, it is vital that its reseller is able to offer advice and guidance to prevent them looking elsewhere.

Research by Opal back in 2010 found that 40 per cent of resellers admit a sense of ‘fear and confusion’ around cloud computing, with the apprehension to embrace the technology also extending to end users, with 57 per cent reporting uncertainty among their customer bases. This lack of education means they are missing out on huge opportunities for their business. A collaborative approach between the reseller and cloud vendor will help to ensure a seamless knowledge transfer followed by successful partnership and delivery.

The sheer upheaval caused by offering the cloud will see some resellers needing to re-evaluate their own business models and strategies to fulfil the need. Those that are unaccustomed to a service-oriented business model may find that becoming a cloud reseller presents strategic challenges as they rely on out-dated business plans and models that don’t enable this new technology. However, failing to evolve business models could leave resellers behind in the adoption curve, whilst their competitors are getting ahead. Working with an already established partner will help resellers re-evaluate their existing business plans to ensure they can offer cloud solutions to their customers.

Resellers are finding it challenging to provide their customers with quick, scalable cloud solutions due to the fact that moving existing technology services into cloud services can be time consuming, and staff will be focused on working to integrate these within the enterprise. However, this issue can easily be resolved by choosing a trusted cloud provider, and in turn building a successful partnership.

Although resellers will come across barriers when looking at providing their customers with cloud services, these shouldn’t get in the way of progression. In order to enter a successful partnership with a cloud provider, there are some important factors resellers should consider before taking the plunge.

Scalability

Before choosing a prospective partner, resellers need to ensure it has the scalability and technology innovation to provide a simple integration of current IT services into the cloud. Recent research has proved that deploying cloud services from three or more suppliers can damage a company’s business agility. UK businesses state a preference for procuring cloud services from a single supplier for ease of management. It’s important to make sure the chosen provider has the ability to provide one fully encompassed cloud service that can offer everything their customers require.

Brand reputation

Choosing a partner that offers not only a best-of breed private, public and hybrid cloud solution, but also has the ability to provide the reseller with a branded platform will give an extra layer of credibility to the business for not only existing customers, but future ones as well. Resellers are more likely to choose a cloud provider that gives them control over the appearance, as well as support and access to infrastructure of the cloud platform.

Industry experience

It’s vital to ensure the cloud provider has extensive industry experience and knowledge with a proven track record in order to meet the required criteria of scalability and performance. The partner must have the knowledge in order to educate and offer advice to the reseller. If they are able to do so, the reseller can therefore pass this knowledge on to their own customers.

By not offering the cloud, resellers will miss out on vast opportunities and in turn, lose potential revenue as well as new and existing customers. The channel must now embrace the cloud and take advantage of the partnerships available in order to succeed.

Written by Matthew Munson, CTO, Cube52

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Exclusive Interview with Agenor Leão, CIO, Natura #cloudlatam

The Cloud World Forum Latin America 2014 is fast approaching. In the run up to the event, we caught up with Agenor Leão, CIO at Natura, to get his views on the cloud computing market:

Exclusive Interview with Agenor Leão, CIO, Natura about the cloud computing market:

AGENOR LEAO1. How do you think the IT industry has changed over the last 5 years? What is the greatest challenge that the IT Director faces these days? How has Cloud Computing affected this change?

In recent years the technology industry has changed enormously since the advent of the internet and the exponential growth in mobility. Smartphones and tablets today provide the creation of large-scale connections between people and organizations, who exchange information at all times. Technological developments made it economically viable to process in real time this large amount of information, supported by cloud computing. This, in turn, expanded processing capacity and use of technology by businesses of any size and sector of activity, a reality that was restricted to owners of large data-centers. The great technological innovations of recent years came in the hands of small businesses – the famous startups – made possible by the factors set out above, making the traditional leaders of the IT industry attentive observers and sometimes, buyers of these small businesses.

Within this context, IT leaders within organizations face great challenges, focused on two main aspects:
– The first is that technology areas leave the traditional role of supporter, in which the main responsibilities were limited to the automation of processes and information generation, to a new role as a “booster” and “new business generator” for organizations;

–  The second is that the existing capacities in the market today will facilitate the use of technology by the organization, not restricting the scope to the solutions brought solely by the company’s technology area, which assumes the position of a trusted advisor and coordinates the use of technology through new paradigms, such as “software as a service”, instead of trying to control its use.

Balancing these two aspects and sustaining the business through traditional operations demand, in fact, a negotiation skill and an ability to be ahead of the market, becoming a “proposer” of solutions, instead of the traditional role of “demander” of business areas.

Obviously, the spread of cloud computing, linked to other factors exposed previously, contributes greatly to this scenario, since the flexibility, speed and scalability obtained with the use of the cloud create an environment of innovation which, in turn, makes possible the technological innovation in players previously unviable, whether in the IT industry, whether in their own companies users of technology.

It is up to the companies and, particularly, the areas of technology, to appropriate the facilities that are available to re-invent themselves, building value for your business through good opportunities created by technological innovation.

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NEW podcast with Cisco: Hybrid Cloud – Different Clouds for Different Needs

Hybrid Cloud – Different Clouds for Different Needs

The Director of Worldwide Cloud Marketing at Cisco, Fabio Gori provides answers to big questions: As cloud gives an opportunity to businesses to buy services externally – how is cloud impacting your customers? Do you see hybrid cloud as where the world is going? What benefits does it bring? And how does Cisco connect all of these clouds? Fabio also tells us everything about Intercloud and Cisco investment on it.

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Fabio Gori

Fabio Gori currently leads World Wide Cloud Marketing as a Director on the Data Center and Cloud Marketing team, covering SP and Enterprise customers across Cisco. Fabio joined Cisco in 2000, coming from Telecom Italia. At Cisco, Fabio has held a number of positions within Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Fabio moved from Europe in 2013 where he most recently served as Director of SP and Cloud Field Marketing. There, Fabio and his team built a new co-marketing practice to accelerate sales of Cisco-based Managed and Cloud Services with the top 15 SPs in Europe. Their efforts resulted in very successful demand generation campaigns for Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Vodafone, and KPN in the areas of BYOD, IaaS, Hosted TelePresence, and HCS. Fabio also collaborated with Cisco’s Partner Marketing to launch Cisco Powered at Cisco Live! and in the UK.

Before joining SP Field Marketing, Fabio was the European Leader for the Cisco Managed Services business. He led the Solutions and Business Development team responsible for service creation and interlock with Cisco Business Units for new SP services such as VPN and Application Performance Management, HCS, and IaaS. Fabio also worked with the worldwide Sales and Partner organizations to introduce new business tracking and Managed Services sales compensation models.

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