Many businesses considering moving their IT to a privately cloud based system will be looking at Desktop as a Service (DaaS), often referred to as a Hosted Desktop Service, however, many still don’t fully understand the business benefits this can bring.
Cloud computing is something businesses can’t ignore as uptake accelerates around the world. In September 2012, analysts Gartner predicted that by 2016, the global cloud market will nearly double; and a paper last year entitled: ‘The Reality of Enterprise Cloud Migration in 2013’ from Virtustream, a cloud software provider stated that 69% of medium to large organizations are planning to migrate their business-critical applications into the cloud by the end of 2014. Many businesses considering moving their IT to a privately cloud based system, will be looking at Desktop as a Service (DaaS), often referred to as a Hosted Desktop Service, however many still don’t fully understand the business benefits this can bring.
Here is a roundup of the most compelling reasons for businesses to make the leap this year:
Mobility – Access the office from any location
The number one benefit of hosted desktops is that business users can log on to their own desktops and their entire suite of business software applications – from their CRM database to their accounting packages, as well as their emails, files and data – from any location, using any device.
Hurst Financial, a boutique firm of independent financial advisors based in Salisbury discovered this
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It’s a fact: more data is added via the Internet every second than the Internet had in its entirety twenty years ago. This accumulation of “Big Data” comes from many sources, including consumer and business files — including photos and images, spreadsheets, mobile application data, and more.
In the past, much of this data was stored in the memory of computers and mobile devices. Now, data is increasingly being stored “in the Cloud,” which allows it to be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection, and numerous companies are battling it out for this market. Let’s look at the numbers behind cloud storage, and particular for two hot companies in this market, Box and Dropbox — both of whom received additional funding in Jan 2014.
Cloud Storage by the Numbers
The “Cloud” is a generic term which collectively refers to a number of online services that make it possible to do computing remotely (aka Cloud Computing). Cloud storage is the component of Cloud Computing which allows for data to be saved and accessed remotely. Hard drives and flash drives are still used, just as for any computer or mobile device. Cloud storage is specifically designed for remote use via the Internet.
Benefits of Cloud Storage and Why We Need It
Accessibility is the key feature of Cloud storage.
- You are not tied to a desk in order to access data entered on a computer.
- Data can be created from one device (e.g., desktop or laptop) and accessed from another (e.g., smartphone or tablet)– with Cloud storage
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In his latest book, titled “Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models,” Mike Kavis, a seasoned chief technology officer and IT architect, shows how cloud proponents can map out their cloud plans.
Mike identifies the six key questions that are essential to cloud architectural planning:
1) Identify the problem statement (why): “The single most important question to answer,” Kavis observes. While cloud is a no-brainer for startups, more established enterprises need to evaluate how cloud will benefit the business. Ultimately, a cloud-based solution may focus on one specific business problem where existing systems aren’t delivering satisfactory results. An enterprise may end up with numerous cloud models to address varying requirements.
2) Evaluate user characteristics (who): “Users may be people or systems,” says Kavis. “Identifying the actors helps discover what organizations interact with the overall system.”
3) Identify business and technical requirements (what): Such requirements “describe how the system, application, and service should function,” and include points such as what data the system must process, how the screens should operate, how the workflow operates, system outputs, who has access, and pertinent regulations.
4) Visualize the service consumer experience (where): Just as building architects need to understand the laws and conditions of where they are building a house, cloud architects “need to become familiar with the laws and regulations that pertain to their business and their data.” Local and national data laws may affect how the cloud is built and managed. Another consideration:
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For a concept that seems so surreal, cloud computing is surprisingly ubiquitous. It is almost impossible to surf the internet without interacting with it in one form or another. Webmail services such as Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail are a well-known example of cloud computing at work, as are streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube. You’ve probably bumped into the concept at your workplace in the form of Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps.
Do you watch TV? Well, cloud computing is very similar to the system used to deliver content to the svelte LCD in your living room. While your favorite show or sports program starts its life in the bowels of a media company, clouds begin by companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple building data centers to store and process huge amounts of data.
Television programs get to you via cable, satellite or over-the-air transmissions. Similarly, an Internet connection is needed to link you to the cloud. Sometimes, this is the same infrastructure that delivers TV programs to your living room. This makes it possible to access a service like YouTube on a compatible television.
To access TV programs, you need to buy a cable box, an antenna or satellite dish and a television. Similarly, you need an Internet-enabled device such as a smartphone or a laptop to visit the cloud. Please note that you may need to install an application and set up an account before accessing the system,
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What’s the next big IT trend? Businesses want to know how they can leverage these trends, as well as how they can address any challenges. These trends, including the explosion of data, cloud computing and the multitude of personal devices on the corporate network, are fast changing the way organizations traditionally manage their business. The challenges and opportunities are more apparent than ever before, and look set to drive IT and business decisions in the coming year.
These themes will become even more relevant in 2014 as we encounter further impact from cloud computing, BYOD, social media, big data analytics and security.
1. One Cloud does not fit all
In the past, most organizations jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon, adopting cloud services with no regard towards their company size or nature. However, cloud computing has reached an inflection point, and as Forrester predicts in its Cloud Computing Playbook, enterprises today recognize that they need a comprehensive strategy before partaking in the cloud.
In 2014, organizations will increasingly realize that one cloud does not fit all. There will be more interest on the options available, including the type of cloud – public, private or hybrid, as well as how to ensure the security of data moving in and out of the cloud. Security will naturally remain a primary concern, especially with employees leveraging free cloud services and social media sites to transfer corporate files.
2. CYOD, the new BYOD
Enterprises have been experimenting with the concept of
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The use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner. 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.
“Overall, there are very real trends toward cloud platforms, and also toward massively scalable processing. Virtualization, service orientation and the Internet have converged to sponsor a phenomenon that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner. “Services delivered through the cloud will foster an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management.”
“In India, cloud services revenue is projected to have a five-year projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.2 percent from 2012 through 2017 across all segments of the cloud computing market. Segments such as software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have even higher projected CAGR growth rates of 34.4 percent and 39.8 percent,” said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. “Cloud computing continues to grow at rates much higher than IT spending generally. Growth in cloud services is being driven by new IT computing scenarios being deployed using cloud models,
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