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Almost 50% Of World Data To Be On The Cloud – Gartner

Almost 50% Of World Data To Be On The Cloud – Gartner

IT research and advisory firm Gartner recently released a statement predicting that roughly a third of the world’s digital content will be stored on the cloud by 2016. This is based on users’ desire to share and access content on multiple devices, without the need to manually transfer and synchronize data. In 2011 alone, Gartner states that 7 percent of worldwide consumer data is already stored on the cloud, and the figures are likely to grow to 36 percent within five years.

Cloud computing is starting to gain a lot of support from both SMEs and large enterprise users these days. The cloud allows them to use software, apps and certain services on a pay-per-use basis, whereas in the past they were required to set up their own IT infrastructure in order to host the apps and services on their own.

In addition to the constant increase in the adoption of tablet PCs, smartphones and other portable computing devices, users are now able to gather huge amounts of data, particularly photos and videos. Sooner rather than later, they’ll find that they will need far more storage than their device and its expansion capabilities can provide.

According to Gartner’s prediction, the consumer digital storage needs of the world will increase from 329 exabytes in 2011 to 4.1 zettabytes in 2016, based on digital content stored on PCs, smartphones, tablets, HDDs, NAS and cloud repositories.

Gartner principal research analyst, Shalini Verma, states that while consumers have traditionally stored content on their personal computers, we are now entering a post-PC era. Consumers are using various interconnected devices, which will lead to a huge and sudden increase in user-generated content needing storage. The emergence of personal clouds gives the growing consumer digital content a chance to quickly become disaggregated from their devices.

There are now several well-established providers of personal cloud services, such as Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and Dropbox (which uses cloud storage backed by Amazon).

Gartner also posits that social media sites will step in and do their part in providing cloud storage by hosting photos and videos from users who want to share their content. This will result in average storage per household increasing to 3.3 terabytes in 2016, from the mere 464 gigabytes figures of 2011.

Gartner believes that the rapid increase in cloud storage needs will include users who have become increasingly dependent on camera-equipped devices. This includes tablet PCs, smartphones, and portable gaming consoles, at the forefront. This is because consumers are first trying out basic, free cloud services provided by companies, only to sign up for paid accounts once they realize they have a need for premium services.

While local storage will remain the primary means of hosting consumer digital content, Gartner predicts that it will progressively drop in share by 2016, dropping sharply from 93 percent in 2011 to 64 percent in 2016.

Gartner also predicts that the majority of the growth in cloud storage will come from Western Europe and North America, while Japan and South Korea will be showing the highest growth in the Asia–Pacific Region.

By Kaamil Nakhasi

The Stormy Outage: Criticism Pouring On The Amazon Cloud

The Stormy Outage: Criticism Pouring On The Amazon Cloud

Last Friday night proved very gloomy for Amazon’s Cloud Service. It all started off with colossal thunderstorms jolting the Amazon US East datacenter and reportedly bringing it down (yet again). On the other hand, alternate cloud computing services within the same geographical location remained intact and continued to operate smoothly.

The incident has raised numerous questions, of which the most serious point out the core architectural foundation of the Amazon Cloud setup. Whether the repetitive cloud service hiccups are an outcome of intrinsic technical flaws that extend beyond the mere wrath of nature remains unanswered. This particular disruption, which happens to be the second experienced this month, resulted in Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix and Heroku being taken down for several hours.

Without the slightest shadow of a doubt, the storm was utterly merciless, leaving more than a million dwellers of Washington D.C. startled and deprived of electrical power for a significantly disturbing time. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud was severely hit by the same power outage, which had a lasting impact.

Surprisingly, Amazon’s cloud hosting competitor Joyent experienced absolutely no outage during the same time frame. This is where things get dubious – Amazon Cloud, with its soaring claims pertinent to network accessibility and architectural redundancy, should have been resilient to natural hazards just like other service providers.

The disruption served as an opportunity for rivals to chip in with their share of criticism. Steve Zivanic, Vice President of the marketing division for Nirvanix Cloud Storage, advised that customers should rightly stop sticking to the Amazon Cloud by default. “It is becoming rather clear that the answer for (Amazon’s) customers is not to try to master the AWS cloud and learn how to leverage multiple availability zones in an attempt to avoid the next outage but rather to look into a multi-vendor cloud strategy to ensure continuous business operations,” rattled Steve.

A spokeswoman at Amazon explained that the disastrous storm lead Amazon to a trembling loss of not only its primary power source, but also of the crucial backup generator for its customer district located in the east. Service restoration was also reiterated. Amazon is expected to share further details on the incident in the days to come.

It is a bitter reality that even cloud giants such as Amazon are not one hundred percent outage-proof; courtesy of them inherently being a datacenter-reliant business. The outage should serve as a lesson for ventures that are yet to adopt a multi-cloud strategy in their operational dynamics. It seems Heroku has been the most avid of learners, and is reported to be “evaluating its options for actively seeking other cloud platform partners.”

By Humayun Shahid

Cloud Startup News: Top Startups Emerge from Summer Expo at Plug and Play

Cloud Startup News: Top Startups Emerge from Summer Expo at Plug and Play

Top Tech Startups 

Competition is fierce in the tech startup space yet few venues showcase new talent quite like Plug and Play’s quarterly EXPO. Last Thursday, over 500 attendees poured into Plug and Play Tech Center’s Sunnyvale headquarters to watch new tech startups compete. The event also featured a VC Panel with Ajay Agarwal, Jim Barnett, Kamran Elahian and Sumeet Jain. Robert Goldberg of Zynga gave the keynote and VIP judges hailed from companies like Adobe, Cisco,, Honda, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Warner Brothers and Yahoo!.

Harold Lee, Music Prodigy

“Imagine what American Idol would look like if it were looking for the best tech startups instead of pop singers; that’s pretty much what Plug and Play’s EXPO is,” said Saeed Amidi, CEO and Co-Founder of the startup accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center. “We look for entrepreneurs from all over the world, they submit their companies, we choose thirty of the best, they audition before our audience, and our judges vote to decide who wins.”

This year’s Summer EXPO winners are the mobile music learning platform Music Prodigy – whose founder, Hreold Lee, wowed the audience with his electric guitar playing – Seattle based mobile sales platform OfferUp and the big data analytics company Skytree.

Music Prodigy 

Sherman Oaks based Music Prodigy is a self-proclaimed “Gamified Rosetta Stone for Music.” As it says Music Prodigy’s site, “Our mission is to create more music, by creating more musicians… by making learning music easier, faster and more fun. – We are a young company. It had to be that way. The technology, processing power, algorithms… they didn’t exist before. And now that they do, we are not stopping with just guitar.”


OfferUp’s creators sought to make the process of buying and selling goods frictionless, fast and mobile. By offering a simple selling solution, they’re helping people answer the question, “what do I do with all of the stuff I’m not using?” While presenting onstage at Summer EXPO, company President and CEO, Nick Huzar used the last thirty seconds at the end of his presentation to showcase OfferUp by taking a picture of Plug and Play’s EXPO podium and offering it for sale on his platform.


San Jose based Skytree is in the business of machine learning – the science of discovering patterns and making predictions from complex data. Skytree’s product is designed to help companies make sense of everything from retail and marketing to pharmaceuticals and astronomy. When asked about his experience with EXPO, Skytree CEO and Co-Founder Martin Hack said, “Plug and Play EXPO is fantastic, not only for the Silicon Valley but for the entire startup community.”

The Competition at EXPO

This year’s competition included 27 other new startups like the social gifting company BeeBox, viral marketing platform Brandvocat and Gen4Web an upcoming social mobile game developer founded by fifteen-year-old Stanford hopeful Eric Manalac.

“There are two reasons why EXPO is great,” says Alireza Masour, Plug and Play’s Vice President of Technology Investments, “one is that it gives entrepreneurs with new ideas a chance to showcase their startups, and two – you never know what you’re going to find. You may find the next Mark Zuckerberg. You may help launch a new technology that will change people’s lives. The possibilities are endless.”

By Jennifer L. Jacobson, Plug and Play Tech Center

The Cloud For Young Entrepreneurs

The Cloud For Young Entrepreneurs

The next generation of outstanding businesspeople will have mastered the cloud, without a doubt. But these businesspeople aren’t just the set of twenty- and thirtysomethings who were wise enough to capitalize on cloud as its import became clearer. The young among us will also stand out among the crowd as they delve into how much cloud computing can offer their seedling enterprises. The moms and dads of potential business powerhouses parent their young with classic cliches of resilience: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Thanks to cloud computing, these youngsters can sell that lemonade like yet another proverbial edible: hotcakes.

Firstly, cloud allows young entrepreneurs to pace their growth. Its inherent technology allows them to harness a third-party service to manage affairs that cannot be prioritized as irrefutably necessary. (Video streaming is one aesthetically appealing example of such a task.) As demand and attention for a business mounts, the cloud can adjust to handle the added hoopla. Youngsters in business should also take to the cloud to economize, via the pay-as-you-go subscription options that have become de rigeur as of late. Paying for a service incrementally instead of in a lump sum saves cash and allows an entrepreneur to structure a plan to foster growth, not bridle or dread it.

Partnering up is the second advantage available to the young and business-inclined via cloud. Several large and well established organizations, such as Google, grant users (virtually) free access to their enormously helpful services. Such a set-up frees entrepreneurs from worry over mounting and maintaining an infrastructure for a good while. Multiple collaborators within a single business venture can employ Dropbox or Google Drive to harmonize their output. In fact, they can augment their staff, so to speak, with a tool like Freshbooks, which can almost act like an additional employee, albeit one whose sole focus is on invoicing. Again, this aspect of cloud computing allows an entrepreneur to concentrate on duties more critical to a business at present.

Lastly, cloud computing can pinpoint a young business’ progress. The technology has grown sophisticated enough to buoy a business who would have previously battled difficulty in exposure to reach customers and produce revenue. With tools like Google Analytics and Geckoboard, entrepreneurs can gauge activity and engagement on their websites and in their social media presence. When the new Meg Whitman or Warren Buffett sprouts, anticipate her or him beelining to the cloud to take launch and conquer.

By Jeff Norman

Castelfranco Charter: Cloud Computing For Public Health

Castelfranco Charter: Cloud Computing For Public Health

A new revolution is occurring in communication and information technology, and that is cloud computing. People are becoming familiar with social networks and emails which are some of the services being offered by cloud computing. The main thrust of this revolution is to use the same concept being used in email and social networking to business so that applications and data can be shifted to the clouds. Great savings as well as better efficiency in both public and private sectors are expected to be generated if business entities shift to the clouds.

Asolo Ulss, a local public entity in Venice, Italy came up with a charter called Castelfranco Charter for public health. The charter offers suggestions for public entities when they shift to cloud computing. The recommendations were presented in an international conference tour.

The Castelfranco Charter recommends:

  • Use of a redundant broadband network to connect the company, the cloud service providers, and the clients.
  • Make sure the cloud service provider can offer use of a private cloud as an initial step before switching to a public cloud.
  • A roadmap must be presented when moving applications and data to the clouds under sustainable security, management, and economic conditions.
  • Ensure that the datacenters where the entity’s data will be stores are located in a country which guarantees regulations and laws are complied with.
  • Data portability and interoperability must be guaranteed by the cloud service providers if the entity wishes to take advantage of the offers of another service provider.
  • The cloud service provider must be able to ensure continuous operations while in the clouds.
  • Backup/data storage activities must be included in the cloud provider’s management policy.
  • The cloud service provider must put in writing its liability for interoperability failures, downtime, outages, theft and/or loss, and data misplacement.
  • The information and communication technology infrastructure must be modified for service management skills.
  • The entity must appoint a risk and privacy manager who will supervise security, protection, and data management.

Small and medium-scale companies as well as local public entities can also take advantage of the recommendations in order to move their applications and data safely to the clods. The benefits of cloud computing is highly depended on how fast business and public entities can adopt cloud computing therefore policymakers must be able to promote rapid adoption. These entities may have difficulties in overcoming data privacy, data portability, and reorganizations but these can be resolved by coming up with strategies before moving the systems to the clouds.

Cloud computing is continuously evolving and currently focused in providing software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. Because of this movement, software and hardware companies are creating a lot of services and data centers.

Compared to traditional platforms, cloud platforms can support various users through the internet and therefore becoming cost-efficient. Traditional platforms, on the other hand, are still founded on the use of the operating system on various infrastructure services as well as on custom and packaged applications.

Business organizations and public authorities can have great financial benefits when they take advantage of cloud computing because on a general scale, fixed costs are reduced because the entities do not need to spend heavily on fixed capital IT expenditures. SMEs can greatly benefit on cloud computing because money which is saved from capital expenditures can now be used on other more important projects.

By Florence de Borja

Cloud Computing Q&A: IBM SmartCloud

Cloud Computing Q&A: IBM SmartCloud

A few questions have been put together for Rebecca Buisan, who is the Director of Product Marketing for IBM.

When it comes to cloud computing, as with any technology solution, small businesses need to address a unique set of challenges and concerns. What are some of the things small business owners need to keep in mind when selecting cloud tools?

I think there are two primary challenges SMBs are facing: cost and trust. When deciding to move to the cloud, SMBs need to keep in mind that they don’t have to put all their chips in at one time. Choose a trusted partner that will work with you to help assess your businesses cloud readiness, develop adoption strategies, and identify business entry points. The need to accomplish more with less is at the financial core of every SMB, and the cloud’s on-demand nature makes it the perfect IT resource for organizations that need to operate within a tight budget but also need to expand their capacity as their business grows.

As information has become the new currency, the ability of SMBs to survive in an increasingly competitive and global environment is largely determined by their use of advanced technologies like cloud computing. Our advice to these entrepreneurial companies is to take advantage of emerging opportunities like cloud computing and social business.

What does social business mean, and where does it fit into this picture?

Within the past 2-3 years, businesses have begun using social technologies to transform communications inside and outside the company. While social networking was once viewed as a tool for students and teens to connect with one another, businesses are now looking for ways to adopt similar concepts to better connect their employees, partners and clients and overall, to transform. We think of social business as being broader than the use of social networking technologies inside of an organization.

Social Business is about moving beyond social media tools. It’s about discovering, collaborating and sharing — all in an environment that encourages transparency — to deepen customer relationships, generate new ideas faster, identify expertise and enable a more effective workforce.

Fast growing delivery models like Cloud Computing are driving demand for Social Business. While we are witnessing technology challenges due to this shift in how business is conducted, there are many collaboration technologies available to businesses at a very manageable cost, due in part to the advantages that cloud computing provides. For example, IBM SmartCloud for Social Business is a public cloud enterprise collaboration
service provided which offers social networking, online collaboration tools and e-mail as a service. As a cloud-based service, IBM SmartCloud for Social Business is designed to help companies focus on their core business by having IBM manage their collaboration and messaging infrastructure for them.

Are there any real-world success stories you can share, to illustrate the ways in which cloud-based collaboration offerings can have a positive impact on SMBs?

Russell’s Convenience Stores is an SMB transforming its business with cloud collaboration technology from IBM. As a result of adopting IBM SmartCloud for Social Business, the company can better integrate and share data across its 24 convenience stores across the western US and Hawaii.

It can improve communication flow between management teams, employees, customers and partners. Prior to working with IBM, Russell’s management team was struggling with project management for retail store expansion projects. Contractors, landlords, architects and Russell’s management team had to spend significant time and money traveling to site locations to complete projects effectively. Russell’s Convenience chose IBM’s SmartCloud for Social Business to transform how its employees collaborate with each other, their licensees, vendors and partners and respond more quickly to customer demands.

With IBM SmartCloud for Social Business, Russell’s licensee stores can now access and share information regardless of their location. They have instant access to cloud-based social networking and collaboration tools, including file storing and sharing, email, instant messaging and activity management. Instead of searching through emails or making multiple phone calls, employees can now collaborate on the fly. They can meet online to resolve issues, share sales goals, network with co-workers, and track projects to completion.  A unique guest model lets Russell’s invite partners outside of its network to collaborate in the cloud.  This has resulted in lower costs, faster project completion, and even increased retail revenues for the chain.  In fact, Russell’s saw a return on their cloud investment within the first month of using it.

Q&A Contribution By Rebecca Buisan,

Director of Product Marketing, IBM SmartCloud for Social Business.

Did Cloud Computing Win New York Giants the Super Bowl?

Did Cloud Computing Win New York Giants the Super Bowl?

By now you know: the Giants dwarfed the pompous Patriots in what’s being deemed one of the oddest battles in Super Bowl history.

Eli Manning summoned one of his signature fourth-quarter drives to score the winning touchdown in an eleventh hour finish. His talent, alongside a formidably capable fleet of fellow players and coaches, was verified this weekend as being of the ultimate in championship caliber.

Yet could cloud computing have played a role in Manning and the Giants sequoia-sized finish? Growing in reputation is the capacity of the cloud to boost and reinforce the skills and promise of professional sports teams in a mood to embrace cutting edge technology. Spokespeople for the winning New York Giants team are remaining mum about its engagement in cloud computing. Yet an exploration of just what’s possible for a high-profile athletic organization in the cloud provides an interesting stimulus for thought.

What is a sports franchise anyway but a well-muscled and multi-person metaphor for cloud computing: a craftily composed conglomerate (a team bolstered by fans and big-money investors) designed to share a pool of resources (the acumen of players, the intellect of coaches) that can be harnessed easily and on call (game day, of course) wherever they be needed (both on and off the playing field)?

The cloud endows coaches, team owners, and other staff to keep track of their practices and meetings to the minutest detail. It can also build and nourish a dynamic setting for players to absorb and retain key information for the gridiron.

New companies such as Servasport are creating software draped in cloud technology that specifically addresses athletics organizations; beyond just social network integration, the software also provides such amenities as data capture on stakeholders and real-time, player-coach management and communication.

Crystal clear and lively discourse on the field is nothing new to the sport of football, which has employed technology both new-school (headsets, digital on-the-wrist playbooks) and old-school (a good old fashioned yelling, complete with spittle) for decades. Yet the cloud can potentially push the forms of interaction between figures on every strata of the field to new levels of nuance and sophistication. The ability for a team to communicate with one another, wielding information guarded in a remote server, could potentially revolutionize how coaches disseminate vital info to their players as they go for first down.

Returning to the Giants: did they or didn’t they incorporate the cloud into their obviously dynamite strategy? So far, the verdict is still outstanding. We can’t blame a team for remaining silent on their most treasured technologies, at least so soon after the fact. But one thing’s for sure: savvy football fans will keep their ears open for news of the cloud to factor into franchises — and future Super Bowl wins — throughout this year and beyond.

By Jeff Norman

The Social Cloud: Facebook IPO – Is This MySpace 2.0?

The Social Cloud: Facebook IPO –  Is This MySpace 2.0?

History repeating: 2000 Bubble, Myspace, 2012 Facebook IPO, NBT (Next Big Thing…) 

Investors are expected to sink $5 billion into the Facebook IPO. Wow. Well, from a pure spreadsheet perspective it makes some sense. If you take the 800 million Facebook users multiplied by a value of $6.25 per user, that equates to a $5 billion initial public offering. Being the most visited site on the Internet, with more stickiness than anybody else could even plan for, let alone credibly lie to anybody about, this makes some sense. Or does it?

Let’s compare Facebook to Apple.

The major difference from my perspective between Facebook and Apple is this: I paid a lot of money for all these devices, and I spent even more time selecting them and getting them set up. I touch my iPhone more times a day than anything else. My wife, my kids — they all rank below my phone. Sure, a lot of times I will use my iPhone to access Facebook, but I do a lot of other things with it besides Facebook.

I’ve bought into the Apple gadget ecosystem. The stickiness of an Apple phone, and a laptop, and its app store, and my airport-express-powered sound system, and my Apple TV, and my Thunderbolt-attached storage device will drive my resistance to change brands beyond what is sensible.

Now, let’s talk about Facebook.

Their terms of service require me to sign over my personal data, and all derived data in my social ecosystem, to Facebook. What if, just if, there was an alternative service maybe somewhere else in the cloud, a successor to Facebook, where I could migrate my Facebook data? And, where I could control my data? Where I could decide what to disclose – and more importantly, what not?

Looking back at Myspace, it’s clear now that something better came along – Facebook. Myspace was acquired in 2005 by News Corporation for $580 million. In 2011, Myspace was sold for approximately $35 million. Total destruction. The only missing part required to bring down Facebook’s user data ownership is somebody offering a service without this inappropriate claim on user data, and its house of cards will crumble.

Control your data… 

By Juergen Geck, Chief Technical Officer, Open-Xchange

Juergen is responsible for continued development and communication of the company’s technology strategies. He has a distinguished background in open source and technology management. Prior to Open-Xchange, he spent 10 years with Suse Linux as vice president – Technology Partners and CTO. He built strong alliances with AMD, Fujitsu-Siemens-Computers, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Oracle and SAP. Geck was instrumental in designing Suse’s flagship product, Suse Linux Enterprise Server and its maintenance model, enabling the first enterprise Linux offering in the market. Geck is also one of the founders of He holds a masters degree in production engineering from the University of Erlangen, Germany.

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