The latest offering to be released by LiveHive may not specifically be a revenue earner for the channel, but using it as a customer could result in a stronger salesforce and more customer engagements. The new sales enablement platform from the company was developed to take advantage of a visible, analytics-driven approach to social selling across the vendor-to-partner-to-customer ecosystem.
API management and cloud-based data solutions vendor StrikeIron has launched a fully hosted API management platform in the cloud. Dubbed IronCloud, the cloud-based platform was previously only available to StrikeIron's partners and early adopters, but now the cloud service is available more generally.
The next version of Red Hat's OpenShift on-premise private PaaS offering is about to hit the proverbial shelves. Ashesh Badani, Red Hat's general manager of cloud and OpenShift, unveiled OpenShift Enterprise 2, which was designed to provide customers with the ability to increase the speed, efficiency and scalability of their IT service delivery.
MetaVis Technologies, a provider of information management solutions for Microsoft SharePoint and cloud platforms, is hoping to provide SharePoint Office 365 customers with easy access to the software's reporting and administration capabilities in the cloud.
The news about Google Compute Engine's general availability seems to be getting buried a bit, but it is now official. Google's IaaS offering is ready to take on Amazon Web Services after 18 months in beta and testing.
Sometimes being on top does nothing but give you grief from competitors hoping to flaunt your flaws. And when it comes to Dropbox, maybe some of that grief is deserved, but it also means everybody with a file sync and share cloud offering is taking aim and hoping to prove their services are better. And with the launch of Dropbox for Business, that competitive nature is coming out even more.
A study conducted by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership that focuses on serving the government IT sector, and underwritten by Red Hat, indicates that the federal government could save upwards of $20.5 billion by using PaaS. According to MeriTalk, that's equivalent to 25 percent of the feds' current IT budget.
Private cloud isn't in the same ballpark as public cloud, at least in terms of adoption. That's no real surprise, but according to Tom Ahlemeyer, solutions marketing manager of cloud at ASG Software Solutions, private cloud is lagging too much behind where it should be.
Revenue generated from public cloud is estimated to grow to upwards of $107 billion by 2017, but according to the head honchos at Flexiant, there's an apathy running through the services provider world. Although plenty of services providers have caught the cloud bug already, Flexiant's leaders noted in a discussion with Talkin' Cloud that many still don't "get" the cloud and how they fit into the market.
Cloud solutions have grown to yield approximately $111 billion annually, and by 2016, Gartner predicts that annual cloud revenue will reach $200 billion. With such exponential growth on the horizon, there is a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on new endeavors and address the growing need for cloud migration solutions.
With 2013 coming to a close, now is the perfect time to take a look back at the evolution of cloud solutions—to realize how far we’ve come and what we’ve learned, as well as understand where we’re going next.
The relationship between a cloud provider and service provider tends to be very sticky. Think about it: If an MSP has 50 customers buying cloud services and the MSP receives an offer for a lower rate from a competitive cloud provider, does it make the switch? The likely answer: probably not, because it’s very disruptive to the MSP and its customers to switch.
Let's say you're finding potential new customers are a little hesitant to get in on this cloud thing. The reason could be that they gave it the old college try and the project simply failed. Now they're wary of the whole cloud computing trend and want to stick to what they know.