Friday, March 2, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, Mar 02, 2012

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have access to greater computing power than ever before thanks to cloud computing. This remote computing power - provided by a third party, usually over the internet using a web browser, and often without a contract - is transforming the way SMEs use IT and even do business. Cloud computing is lowering the barrier to entry into business for some SMEs, and helping speed up exploitation of new opportunities for others. It is democratising IT and enabling many SMEs to act like, and appear to be, organisations of much greater size and scope. In these ways, with SMEs the growth engine for many countries, cloud computing has the potential to have a positive impact on industries and economies alike.

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SMEs can reduce computing costs, achieve greater speed

Cloud Computing has emerged as a new area in IT and is at the top of the mind for every chief information officer (CIO) today. SMEs that contribute to one-third of IT investment (as per EMCZinnov study 2012) find Cloud Computing as the most appealing IT feature. As per the EMC-Zinnov study, the Cloud Computing market in India is estimated at around $400 million and is expected to reach $4.5 billion by 2015 driven by SMEs that constitute the backbone of Indian economy.

How cloud computing is forcing it evolution

Two of the presentations at the Cloud Connect conference addressed how organizations are transforming data centers as a result of the need for scale and density. Ron Vokoun, a construction executive with Mortenson Construction, a company that builds data centers, began by noting that the projects his firm is taking on are quickly shifting toward larger data centers. Mortenson is seeing small and medium-size enterprises leaving the business of owning and operating data centers, preferring to leverage collocated and cloud environments, leaving the responsibility for managing the facility to some other entity. The typical project size his firm sees has doubled or quadrupled, with 20,000 square feet the typical minimum.

Cloud Computing and SaaS: Information Technology Evolving

Information technology is very important in higher education. There are just many advantages of the IT that we cannot just ignore. For example, IT allows learners to actually explore the world in the safety of their classrooms. With IT facilities, the teacher can bring the world to the classroom and bring the classroom to the world. IT, as a matter of fact, is also supposed to mean less consumption on the part of the education institutions (Hignite et al., 2010). How is IT supposed to do this? Well, IT is largely capable of making sure that learners and teachers can access applications through the internet. With this, it is thought that educational institutions can reduce or cut their educational spending. However, we now know that they are wrong.

Cloud Computing Market for SMBs in Asia-Pacific (Excl. Japan) to Reach US$16.5B in 2012

Small and medium businesses (SMBs, companies with less than 1000 employees) in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) will invest US$16.5 billion in cloud computing solutions, according to the latest research conducted by AMI-Partners. These companies will continue to leverage cloud technologies as a major enabler for their future growth and innovation strategy.

We hope these short sum-ups on Cloud Computing are helping you to take a knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming week.


Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.


Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

NOTE: The views expressed above are purely personal and for informational purposes only. WOLF FRAMEWORKS INDIA PVT. LTD. MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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