PaaS

Does your IT infrastructure take advantage of cloud computing?

It can be difficult to prepare your IT infrastructure to take advantage of cloud computing. There are a lot of things that need to be considered when going through the process. You will need to upgrade, revise and sometimes create systems during the process.

Logicalis has created 14 key technology areas that need to be addressed to put a suitable foundation in place for the cloud:

1.            Server Hardware

2.            Storage

3.            Networking

4.            Data Backup Systems

5.            Virtualization

6.            System Management/Monitoring

7.            Service Orchestration

8.            Configuration Management

9.            Chargeback/Showback

10.          Performance/Capacity Planning Tools

11.          Service Catalog

12.          Change Management/CMBD

13.          Adoption of SaaS

14.          PaaS Management of Key Applications

Do you agree that addressing these 14 technology areas will assist you in putting a suitable foundation in place for the cloud, and this is ripe? Or is this only hype?

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Will addressing key technologies help you put a suitable foundation in place for the cloud?



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Will PaaS see a sharp market growth?

PaaS (Platform as a Service) market will grow up to $1.2 billion this year. Next year Gartner is predicting that PaaS spending will be up to $1.5 billion and up to $2.9 billion in 2016. The US alone will take up 42% of the total PaaS market.

Even though the PaaS marketplace continues to grow, it is still relatively modest compared to other categories of the cloud. However Gartner believes that as PaaS continues to grow the cloud market will shift. In fact one report even said that a “rapid aggregation” of PaaS components into suites will emerge.

Do you believe that PaaS will see a sharp market growth and this is ripe? Or do you think that this is only hype?

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Are new skills needed for the cloud?

The role of the cloud in IT has created a whole new set of skills that are required for IT professionals to know. This new skill set is larger than the industry has ever seen before. First it is important for IT professionals to understand the technical aspects of the cloud their organization has selected (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS). It is also important for them to understand the technical differences between private and public clouds, and to particularly understand the solution(s) they are working with. And lastly they need to understand the management issues related to cloud delivery and governance.

While the cloud has created a new skill set it has also enabled IT departments and CIOs to play a more strategic role. The cloud has given them the capability to work closely with the business and focus on overall objectives. While skill sets will need to adapt to the cloud from the CIO to the IT operational staff the cloud has the ability to free up time and grow skills that will build a more effective IT department in the long run.

Do you agree this is ripe and a new skill set is needed for the cloud? Or do you believe this is hype and there are no extra skills needed for the cloud?

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Where do you think the cloud will be this time next year?

The IT industry continues to grow daily. In fact Gartner predicts that IT spending will be $3.6 trillion for 2012. Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing aspects of IT. In 2011 the cloud market stood at $91.4 billion and it is expected to grow to $206.6 billion by 2016.

The largest market share of the cloud is BPaaS which is made up of business processes delivered from the cloud such as email, payroll, and cloud advertising. The next largest market share is SaaS and Gartner expects this part of the market to grow to $6.2 billion this year. PaaS is the smallest of the three cloud markets and it is predicted to end the year with about $1.2 billion in spending.

Do you agree with Gartner’s predictions that the cloud will continue to grow its share of the market over the next couple of years and these predictions are ripe? Or are they only hype?

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Will the cloud market share continue to grow over the next couple of years?



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Is PaaS the Next Big Thing?

Some are saying platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology will cross in to mainstream status over the next three years. Today, PaaS solutions provide application development and deployment tools abstracted from the underlying cloud infrastructure on which they run your apps.

What are you seeing in your organization? Do you think PaaS is becoming increasingly popular, and this is Ripe, or do you think this is just Hype?

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