KPMG study shows 75 percent of cloud adopters reduce costs

Now you know why Larry Ellison has been so cranky whenever he is asked about cloud computing.  Companies shifting to cloud computing aren’t buying more Sun servers. But they are showing more than savings. At least, that’s what KMPG found in a survey of 900 global companies. The survey is described in this Dow Jones […]

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Personal Cloud Computing Services Market Will Be Worth $12 Billion in Five Years

Apple is about to lead the development of a brand new industry if a new Forrester Research report is correct. After evaluating the new Apple iCloud service and its history with MobileMe, the analysts conclude that paying subscribers will flock to personal clouds A key factor driving the shift is the state of the personal […]

FT’s eye-opening report of cloud computing adoption plans is not exactly impartial

A story on the FT.com website today reported a claim that was so optimistic about the future of cloud computing, I just had to read more about it. The FT story is titled Battlelines in Cloud Services Market and it is largely about a $2.5 billion cquisition bid by CenturyTel for Savvis. But a few […]

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Microsoft gives NSF projects a free pass

Hoping to gain a toehold in the government’s move toward cloud computing, Microsoft has presented the National Science Foundation (NSF) with an offer that is difficult to refuse: any project approved by the NSF can run on Windows Azure at no charge. The NSF has already gained access to cloud-based software services from Google and […]

NASA commissions a platform for shared computational modeling

You might call this a cloud platform for modeling clouds. NASA is awarding a $600,000 contract to develop a platform that will allow engineers and scientists to execute computational modeling from a browser. The contractor is Parabon Computation Inc., a ten-year old DC-area company that focuses on computational analysis for distributed systems, especially grids. The […]

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Survey says recession has not slowed plans for cloud projects

Interest in cloud computing projects has grown by 320 percent within enterprise IT departments over the last year according to a survey by Avanade and Kelton Research. Over 500 CxO’s were surveyed in August and September and they showed a strong interest in cloud projects. Among the findings: 23 percent of U.S. companies are beginning […]

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Structure of IT deparments will change with growth of cloud services

Cloud computing will change the basic structure of the IT department in coming years. “The IT organization will be replaced by relationships to many cloud-computing service providers — each for one or a handful of services,” said Gartner Vice President Phil Dawson, speaking yesterday at the Gartner IT Xpo in Orlando, FL. Dawson said that […]

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AsiaOne: More firms turn to cloud computing

AsiaOne is based in Singapore; its business section reported on the trend toward cloud computing in Asia. Mr Chris Morris, a research director at independent research firm IDC, said the cloud computing market here is growing at more than 40 per cent every year as Singapore moves from ‘the early-adopter stage to the early-mainstream stage […]

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IDC: Defining “Cloud Services” and “Cloud Computing”

International Data Corp.’s research analysts have been following cloud services in their practice. At the analysts’ blog, they summarized some of their findings.. As a company that makes its living analyzing, sizing and forecasting market opportunities, IDC takes market definitions and taxonomies very seriously. We’re pretty good at distinguishing real markets from hypey ones, well […]