18 Sep 2017
Cloud TrendProving value from the cloud
Migrating to the cloud benefits most executives become more flexible and effective. To fully maximize the benefits, organizations need to have a strong business case that can be secured larger budgets required to invest in sizable transformation.
To build up a success business case, organizations should look at the value realization, ensure the financial benefits are planned, captured, tracked and utilized.
29 Aug 2017
Cloud TrendCloud confidence: Overcoming the need to control
Moving to cloud requires companies to rethink their IT models, which included cost, scalability, transparency. The ideal way in cloud world is not to have any infrastructure and the capital model replaced to monthly usage fee for everything. You can select the suitable cloud product to fulfill operation needs.
25 Aug 2017
Cloud TrendCloud computing reversal: From 'go away' to 'I can't miss out'
Most of the companies have a major change in cloud computing market, they have no more doubt and started to fear the lack of it. More than two thirds of IT leaders worried about missing out the latest cloud products and iterations across the major cloud providers.
Companies should catchup from the very beginning, or it may harm the business as they are not in the trend and unable to change the business on a dime to follow market changes, as well as dominated by competitors.
12 Aug 2017
Cloud TrendBest practices for migrating data to the cloud
Enterprise are migrating their massive corporate data to cloud and it may cause lengthy, complicated and risky process. To migrate data, enterprise need to have enough dedicated bandwidth to cater multiple transfer data smoothly, below are the tips to help enterprise to migrate data to cloud.
1. Static data
2. Production data
3. Features for easy integration
4. Hybrid cloud or multicloud support
21 Jul 2017
Cloud TrendThe top three approaches for improving cloud migration and security
For many enterprises, migrating towards a cloud delivered approach for IT systems is an attractive proposition. Cost efficiency and business agility are big drivers for CIOs to make the move. Most modern companies have either started migrating toward a public cloud or they are in the early planning and analysis phases of doing so.
13 Jul 2017
Cloud Trend451 Research argues ‘everything as a service’ as next cloud opportunity
The concept of ‘everything as a service’ has been around the industry for a few years – yet according to the latest note from 451 Research, the increased demand for managed security, disaster recovery and networking is forcing its rise to the mainstream..
7 Jul 2017
Cloud TrendPublic cloud infrastructure spending continues to rise, says IDC
Public cloud services will be the fastest growing market segment for IT deployment in 2017, according to the latest note from IDC.
Spending on traditional data centres, which ranked at more than 60% of the market in 2016, will dip to less than half by 2021, the analyst firm argues, with public cloud taking the majority of the slack.
28 Jun 2017
Cloud TrendNew ransomware strikes after WannaCry
Dozens of organizations have reported computer outages due to cyber attacks that appear to come from ransomware that uses the same Windows exploit as WannaCry.
Following initial reports of affected systems in Russia and the Ukraine on Tuesday, organizations from the UK, Denmark, Spain, France, and the US reported similar attacks on computer systems.
20 Jun 2017
Cloud TrendSecurity SaaS booms as new tech pushes spend: Gartner
Cloud-based security services are set for another bumper year in 2017, with current growth above the total for the total cyber security market.
According to analyst firm Gartner, cloud-based security services will hit US$5.9 billion in 2017, up 21% from 2016 and will reach US$9 billion by the 2020.
7 Jun 2017
Cloud TrendWhy companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it
‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.
30 May 2017
Cloud TrendFocusing on the cheapest cloud price could cost you more
If you skip doing cost governance and cost monitoring, any savings you get upfront will evaporate over time as your actual costs grow.
Amazon Web Services really leads the way in determining market price for cloud services, and the second-, third-, and lower-tier cloud providers try to price their cloud services below that of AWS to steal its business. That is, until AWS drops prices—again.
26 May 2017
Cloud TrendCybersecurity a key pillar in Hong Kong’s smart city development
Local cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sector were urged to keep pace with the constantly evolving threat landscape to protect the city against all types of cyber risks.
Cyberattacks are getting more and more sophisticated, and it is crucial that our defenses to such attacks be fast, flexible and evolving,” said Victor Lam, deputy government CIO, at the recently concluded Total Security Conference held in Hong Kong.
15 May 2017
Cloud TrendHK security experts offer advice to avoid WannaCry
About 14 months after the Locky ransomware hit Hong Kong, another ransomware WannaCry struck the world over the weekend. This large scale cyberattack has infected 75,000 computers in 99 countries, affecting global companies like FedEx and government like Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) and the numbers continue to rise.
10 May 2017
Cloud TrendIn-house lawyers become top influencers in HK cloud decisions
An IDC study on Asia-Pacific legal, risk and compliance professionals found that 18.9% of these professionals in Hong Kong viewed cloud applications and platforms as being more trustworthy than on-premise solutions because of better security and other reasons.
8 May 2017
Cloud TrendEmail, email, in the cloud
As my company continues to move enterprise applications to the cloud, the latest development presents a security opportunity. We are giving up our on-premises Microsoft Exchange email in favor of the Microsoft Office 365 service. With the transition, we might be able to curtail the common employee practice of communicating and storing sensitive business-related data in email.
12 Apr 2017
Cloud TrendYou need your 'cloud brain' more than ever
IT is keep changing nowadays, and how we do on all changes to keep the speed up to run with the trend? You need the have a "Cloud Brain", there are few attributes you need to gear up in your new cloud brain.
1.The ability to stop looking at all workloads as things that must exist in a corporate datacenter.
2.The ability to deal with security as a systemic concept, not a bolt-on.
3.The ability to focus on how technology can enable the business, not the other way around.
07 Apr 2017
Cloud TrendIT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud
About 42% of IT decision-makers are running security applications in the cloud and almost half of those would like to move their security operations to the cloud in a few years. Security is a complex and expensive set of technologies. There are few key reasons that cloud-based security has been able to outperform traditional security approaches and technologies.
1.The ability to be more proactive
3.The ability to better integrate security and devops
31 Mar 2017
Cloud TrendHealthcare firms believe their data is safer in the cloud than on-prem for a disaster
IT professionals believe their data is safer in the cloud than on-premises when faced with a hardware issue or environmental disaster, especially in health care industry. Report stated there will have 85% of all organizations polled said they had at least 1 services in the cloud, while more than four in five respondents say they plan on adding new or additional cloud services in the next 3 years. Cloud computing lets healthcare organizations focus on healthcare.
24 Mar 2017
Cloud TrendCIOs look to hybrid cloud future - with security a positive
According to the research from NetApp, which polled 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK. There are only 3% of respondents are not using any cloud services, or still in gestation stage. Enterprises need to have visibility into cost, performance and data placement to make informed business and regulatory decisions across the full data lifecycle.
17 Mar 2017
Cloud TrendA cloud move means big changes for IT operations
When IT shift into cloud, operations are going to have to be associated with some other form of management as the cloud will be providing the infrastructure. IT operation is moving toward an application-centric focus VS infrastructure focus, these will exit as application components and it will be part of the new server less generation, where developers never worry what server they will be running on. New generation of operations managers will be needed, to figure out what application-centric operation in the cloud really need for successful operation management.
10 Mar 2017
Cloud TrendThree reasons 2017 will be the year of the hybrid cloud
Recent reports have revealed that enterprise have already split cloud budgets to create demand for hybrid cloud from splitting budgets between public and private deployments, and reports also predicted there will increasingly live in hybrid in 2017.
While the adoption of hybrid cloud increases, there is also increase the need of support, consultation or migration services at the same time, to provide end-to-end cloud management tools or services.
The 3 key benefits below associated with implementing hybrid cloud solution:
23 Feb 2017
Cloud TrendGartner: Public cloud market to reach $246bn in 2017 with IaaS and SaaS at forefront
Gartner predicted that public cloud service market will grow 18% in 2017, global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure would reach $122.5billion by the end of this year. The larger market in 2017 will be software as a service (SaaS) and will overtake BPaaS, while Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will grow to $34billion.
17 Feb 2017
Cloud TrendFive key cloud trends to look forward to in 2017: Containers, AI, and more
Cloud computing services become necessary, its flexibility, scalability and cost-friendly nature has started to attract consumers from wide range of industries. Cloud adoption is expected to increase to a greater extent in 2017. There are few trends for 2017 to have better and greater tapping of cloud resources:
1. Migration will continue to accelerate
2. Cloud security will take precedence
3. The continued rise of containers
4. Machine learning and artificial intelligence will gain prominence
5. Hybrid cloud continues to proliferate
30 Dec 2016
Cloud Trend3 simple steps to compliance in the cloud
We must deal with different regulations in our daily life, it is no surprise there are rules for date in public cloud. Compliance is the top reason that enterprise not willing to move to the cloud beside security, and there are 3 steps to dealing with compliance in the cloud.
1. Understand the law, such as how the data should be handled and by whom.
2. Look for best practices, seek and employ consultants to avoid making mistakes.
3. Automate, automate, automate, there are governance tools that focus on compliance to avoid human errors.
23 Dec 2016
Cloud TrendWhy the cloud? In 2016, it was the lure of the new
Nowadays, cloud became not only new normal, but also the most exciting new enterprise tech. Enterprises moved to cloud because of avoiding capital expense, adding scalability to applications and the one raised in 2016 is, incredible new features all pre-provisioned. Public clouds offer new functions and it helps the enterprise with lack of access, public cloud service will deliver and stay close with the trend of software/ applications upgrade.
16 Dec 2016
Cloud TrendWhy analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption in 2017
IDG's Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey 2016 showed the results, like use of cloud technology continuously expanding which both 43% of business/ data analytics and data storage/ data management are projected to lead cloud adoption in 2017. 28% of organization' total IT budget is dedicated to cloud computing next year and 45% is allocated to SaaS, 30% to IaaS and 19% to PaaS. IDG also predicted IT environment will shift toward to cloud in 18 months.
1 Dec 2016
Cloud TrendSMB purchases of IT products and services forecast to reach $668 billion in 2020, according to IDC
The first Worldwide Semiannual Small and Medium Business Spending Guide from IDC forecasts small and medium business (SMB) will spend $564 billion on IT hardware, software and services in 2016. And, compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is expected to increase 4.2%, reaching $668 billion in 2020. SMBs' investment on software will overtake both hardware & services to become the larger spending category in 2020 and more than half of all SMB software purchases in 2016 will go to applications.
25 Nov 2016
Cloud TrendHow to clear the final hurdle to public cloud adoption
Gartner's cloud adoption survey stated there are many enterprises still reticent to cloud onboarding until they have more assurances about performance and security. "Connectivity to these cloud service is increasingly a key part of the solution - it can be no longer be an afterthought and must seriously be considered from the outset" said Steve, article author. Seamlessly plugging into global public cloud infrastructures will increase security, reduce latency and optimize bandwidth in one fell swoop.
21 Nov 2016
Cloud Trend2016 state of the cloud
Cloud adoption continues to move ahead, IDG Enterprise survey of more than 900 IT decision makers about their cloud usage. 70% of companies moved at least 1 applications to the cloud which increased 19% from 2015. As companies continue to move their infrastructure or applications to the cloud, IDG predicted there are over 50% companies will be in cloud base and will spend 1.64 million on average to the cloud in the next 12 months, almost the half will spend on Software as a Service(SaaS). The next 3 years, companies expect to move their data storage & management (43%), business & data analytics apps (41%), and IT infrastructure management (41%) to the cloud.
11 Nov 2016
Cloud Trend2017 is the year the cloud zooms like a rocket
2016 was the inflection point for cloud computing, the questions now are set for 2017, how big will it get? When will it experience rapid growth? What part of the market will grow the fastest?
Cloud marketing in 2017 will be at faster pace and larger scale, challenge will be getting bigger to enterprise in getting the process, technology, and people needed to proceed. It will be worth to move on cloud as it is in the long run.
04 Nov 2016
Cloud TrendHybrid IT model taking hold in Hong Kong
A survey from Century Link finds that 81% of Hong Kong businesses are aware of the hybrid IT deployment model. The security mitigation is the top consideration of managing service providers, followed by cost reduction. However, hybrid IT model requires strategic alignment between internal and external IT professionals, which included senior management reluctance and migration or consolidation issues.
28 Oct 2016
Cloud TrendCloud services lift IT outsourcing market higher than expected
There was 37% of annual value of infrastructure-as-service increased which more than 8% of annual value of software-as-a-service dropped. However, the IT outsourcing market demands are shifting, service providers have changed the strategy and start to sell multi-tenant solutions and repackage shared assets to embrace platform models. Much of the innovation in the services market will come from enterprises that are building new platform-base businesses.
25 Oct 2016
Cloud Trend7 ways to take back control of your cloud strategy
There was 35% of IT spend managed outside of IT departments, and Gartner predicts CMO alone will spend more on IT services than CIOs which included insecure and secure cloud apps and services. To take back the control of cloud, companies have to rethink what visibility and control means in the cloud. As most IT departments underestimate the number of cloud apps running on extended network, which were adopted by employees or business units without IT knowledge. And below are the 5 other strategies to help you to take back control of your cloud.
1. Develop a detailed cloud governance strategy
2. Ensure all apps are business ready
3. Reduce cloud costs and complexity
4. Identify risks to cloud accounts and data
5. Provide monthly executive level reports
16 Oct 2016
Cloud TrendCloud computing's true value can't be measured in dollars
Companies decide to have cloud mostly focus on how can cloud save as much money as they can. Saving cost is important, however, there are greater benefits in agility and time that cloud offered. Gartner estimates the public cloud services market will be increased 16.5% to 204 billion in global revenue this year. It is a huge mistake to measure success in terms of how much money the company can save in IT operations, rather than how much money IT can make for the company.
07 Oct 2016
Cloud TrendDriving digital transformation with the cloud
Digital transformation is now happening as a fresh wave of high-flying digital natives, to crank up corporate fears of missing out. Enterprises are emulating those startups' decision to build on the public cloud. Moving to the public cloud is a trend for enterprises.
30 Sep 2016
Cloud TrendBursting the myth: Why cloud focuses on business value, not cutting costs
Driving companies to adopt cloud computing is not because of saving cost or reduce internal IT staff. There is a point more important than cost saving, it is increasing companies' business value. IT teams can focus on the routine operations like provisioning and decrease rapidly with cloud adoption. They may shift to architecture, design, security, information management and line-of-business applications to enhance business performance.
23 Sep 2016
Cloud TrendWhy your business email should live in the cloud
Hosting an email sever in house is a IT strategy 10 years ago, nowadays, companies move their email onboarding mainly because of the following reasons:
1. Lower costs - Maintaining a server cost or any upfront capital expenditure in new hardware can be replaced by predictable operating cost with monthly fee.
2. Improved reliability, less hassle - Spending less time effort on maintaining and increase productivity
3. Accessibility: Desktops, laptops, tablets and phones will all connect.
4. Security - Run on more secure networks and are updated more frequently than the mail servers with data encryption.
5. Backup and disaster recovery - Mailboxes will be backed up across multiple physical servers straight away.
6. Scalability - Email provision can grow as the company grows, you will only pay for what you use.
15 Sep 2016
Cloud Trend451 Research: 60% of workloads running in cloud by 2018 - and the rise of cloud first
Workload shift to cloud will have a strong growth included data and analytics and business applications. Many of companies already have a cloud-first policy, with increased cloud usage including mergers, acquisitions. A forecast was made where the Chinese telco argued that by 2025 all enterprise IT would be "cloudified" and 85% if all enterprise applications would be based in the cloud.
09 Sep 2016
Cloud TrendIT pros predict majority enterprise cloud uptake by 2018
Companies are now moving the workloads to cloud, cloud-first policy became more common. They consider the cloud for all deployments, which included moves like hard ware buys and software upgrades to push companies toward the cloud. It is expected to go from 41% to 60% by mid-2018 companies shift the workload to cloud.
05 Sep 2016
Cloud TrendDigital transformation is giving IT spending a big boost
Cloud became a common tool to operate the flow of companies, it is important to both CIOs and management to decide how to spend their budget to improve the cloud solutions. The report predicted global spending on IT products and services will grow from near $2.4 trillion in 2016 to more than 2.7 trillion in 2020. Also, different industries growing the cloud fast especially finance and manufacturing industries.
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