What Cloud 2015 Holds: My Predictions and Hopes for Enterprises
2014: A Reflection 2014 has been a pivotal year in the enterprise tech world. Enterprise IT has begun to fully understand the cloud, and the development of a mutual understanding has grown. The cloud is, in turn, adjusting more and more to the features and traditional needs of enterprise  IT. My perspective...Read more

imageI believe that this is the year when the enterprise will find its way to the cloud.

The mega Internet sites and applications are the new era enterprises. These will become the role models for the traditional enterprise. IT needs remain the same with regards to scale, security, SLA, etc. However, the traditional enterprise CIO has already set the goal for next year: 100% efficiency.

The traditional CIO understands that in order to achieve that goal, IT will need to start and do cloud, make sure that IT resources are utilized right, and that his teams move fast.

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imageNext week, on Oct 23rd in Tel Aviv we welcome the annual conference of IGT – The Israeli Association of Cloud Computing. Started in 2008, this is the 5th year that this international conference takes place in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv located alongside the Jaffa coastline. This year the conference will no longer discuss what is the cloud and how it disrupting the IT world. This year the conference holds two themes: Big Data and SaaS business.

In a discussion I had with Mr. Avner Algom, Founder and CEO of IGT, he noted:

““Every year we strive to bring the international industry leaders and, as our community grows, it just becomes more appealing and it’s easier to get them to come. Without a doubt, the question “What is Cloud?” is behind us. This year’s conference focus is on Big Data and SaaS. These are important issues for cloud companies and cloud business as these are strongly tied together in the cloud”” said Avner Algom, IGT CEO.

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Every day I talk, write and comment about the “Cloud”. Every time I mention the cloud I try to make sure that I add the name of the relevant cloud operator, “Rackspace Cloud, “MS Cloud” (Azure) or “HP Cloud”. Somehow all of these cloud titles don’t right to me – it seems the only title that really works for me is the “Amazon Cloud”. In this post, I will elaborate about the competition in the IaaS market and I will explain further why I think this is so.

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cloud-connectLast week I attended one of the most popular cloud technology conferences in the world – CloudConnect. The CloudConnect conference started about four years ago. Attending the event gave me a clear understanding of the market maturity and evolution rhythm. Check out the following sections for the main points on what I heard and learned:

Cloud Performance

The underlying infrastructure performance, round trip time, bandwidth, caching and rendering are to be counted as the major features of an online service performance. In an interesting presentation by @joeweinman (known by his famous “Cloudonomics” theory), it was claimed that latency holds the greatest weight among these faetures. I encourage you to check out his new research – As Time Goes By: The Law of Cloud Response Time presents some good formulas, methods and considerations with regards to online services’ performance and latency (including simple facts, for example, that people tend to prefer selecting from fewer options on an online page –  so you can have less content on a page and achieve a better browsing performance).

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Last week I was invited to the HP Tech Day in HP’s campus in Houston to learn and hear more about the giant’s cloud offering. I appreciate HP and Ivy very much for the invitation and for a great event where I was able to learn more and see these clouds in real. I had the privilege to meet savvy and professional guys. It is always great to see people who are enthusiastic on their jobs and are proud of their company. Let me share with you HP’s cloud from my point of view.

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The IaaS Management Market: Evolution, Vendors and More
A lot has already been said about the false cloud use where the IaaS platform utilized as an hosting extension of the IT organization’s data center and not taking advantage of the elasticity benefits to generate a cost effective and scalable IT operation. Using the public IaaS whether it is...Read more

“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Microsoft – ״Last week, Microsoft president Jean-Phillipe Courtois announced that the company will be spending 90% of its research budget on improving cloud computing technologies. Since Microsoft’s annual R&D budget this year is $9.6 billion, this investment translates to a massive $8.6 billion.״ cloudweaks.com

Amazon – “Amazon.com Inc is thinking long-term when it spends heavily on “the cloud” …It has invested heavily in areas such as “cloud computing” — which allows companies to store data on its servers — to take on its rivals Google Inc and Apple Inc” reuters.com

IBM – “IBM expects to continue its investment on higher value businesses, and will increase research & development (R&D) spending by $35.0 billion in the next 5 years. The company expects to incur productivity savings of $8.0 billion over the next 5 years.” finance.yanoo.com

Rackspace – “This is Rackspace’s second acqustion in recent months. The company bought cloud-management start up Cloudkick in December.” theregister.co.uk

Cisco – “We are putting our partner community at the heart of Cisco’s cloud go-to-market strategy,” said Ralph Nimergood, vice president of data center and virtualization for Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization ..” crn.com

CA – At the heart of CA’s strategy is a big bet on the cloud. In October 2010, CA lifted the curtain on a new MSP channel program based off the acquisition it made of 3Tera and 3Tera’s AppLogic offering. Bill McCracken, CEO of CA Technologies says:

“The rate and pace is going to pick up,” McCracken told a gathering of CA solution providers in New York Tuesday, discussing cloud adoption. “The industry estimates are wrong. They’re low. You can write that down. It’s growing faster and moving faster than we’re predicting. The opportunity is standing in front of us.”

Read more about CA faith in the cloud.

IaaS Providers are a hot topic – as evident by recent acquisitions of Terremark by Verizon for $1.4B and Savvis for $2.5B by CenturyLink (Qwest).

To learn more about how the world view the cloud, I recommend you to use an easy-to-use but powerful Google Insights for Search.