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Private Cloud - Self-Service is Just the First Step

By Mary Johnston Turner

In the race to pilot and validate private cloud strategies, many IT organizations are focusing on implementing self-service portals and automated workload provisioning solutions that mirror the compute on demand type functionality provided by Amazon or Google.   These solutions tend to be targeted at application developers, IT staff, and, sometimes, a small group of power users. While these types of implementations are a good first step on the way to building a private cloud, don't be fooled into


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Cloud Commerce: The Return of "E"?

By Robert Parker

I had the rare opportunity, more than 10 years ago now, to be early in covering e-business technology as the hype wave magnified to a fever pitch.  I wrote reports on e-procurement and e-selling for industrial firms which all culminated with the hundreds of trading exchanges or e-marketplaces that cropped up for every segment from paper to automotive supply to semiconductors, all seeking to automate and streamline industry buy/sell transactions.  Ultimately, only a few of these companies survived,


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Shape of Cloud is As Important as Size

By Robert Mahowald

It's more key than ever for IDC and our clients to get both the size and the SHAPE of the cloud right - not just to have the big number out there on the horizon, but to have the right number, which shows the total provider opportunity in a granular way, and which accounts for changes in adjacent traditional markets from BPO, to application management, to IT outsourcing, and many others.  Two clear tangents emerged from a discussion between several analysts today:


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A few months ago IDC announced availability of our new forecast for public IT Cloud services spending. In this post - republished from the IDC eXchange blog - I'll share some highlights of the updated forecast, which extends to 2014. [The full report - including key assumptions and forecast data for all six years, segmented by five functional categories within eight regions/countries - is available to subscribers on idc.com.]


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My colleagues and I in IDC's Storage research team spend a great deal of time meeting with new storage and data management start ups.  In the past six months, one of the most interesting clusters of start ups are those that plan to use cloud-based storage services to shake up the NAS and iSCSI storage systems markets.  A representative, but certainly not exhaustive, list of companies in this space includes Cirtas, Nasuni, StorSimple, and TwinStrata.   A slightly different approach that focuse


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Economies of scale, business agility, server consolidation, virtualization -- all of these combine to make the cloud computing model very attractive to organizations around the world.   But as we move towards cloud computing, business-centric compliance becomes more critical as regulations continue to increase in number and complexity.   The question "Who has access to what?" is at the root of all regulations.  Fortunately there are increasing ways to automate manual processes and s


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I recently had the chance to talk with the CIO of a small, liberal arts college about managing its IT estate in these early days of cloud computing.  What I learned got me thinking about how the combination of cloud services and open source software will affect the IT services business. Marist College's move to the cloud is interesting because it was guided by an IT organization focused on return on assets, a metric CIOs typically do not monitor. Marist used the migration to cloud services as an o



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