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This week, we offer some of the best cloud insights we’ve learned this week from trusted sources. Read why public cloud is growing faster than private and hybrid clouds, why Google hasn’t taken off in the cloud and why many CIOs should be afraid of shadow IT.

Public Cloud Grew Faster Than Both Private And Hybrid Cloud In 2015

As we settle in to 2016, new research from Synergy Research Group has claimed that 2015 was a year where the growth rate for public Infrastructure and Platform as a Service (IaaS/PaaS) services hit 51 percent, outgrowing the private and hybrid cloud segment.

The news puts cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure into a good stead for 2016, as customers are increasingly flocking to the services the aforementioned providers dish out.

Yet private and hybrid cloud providers, such as IBM, aren’t too far behind. Synergy said that the private and hybrid cloud market grew 45 percent in the four quarters up to September 2015. Read the article at TechWeek Europe.

Why Google hasn’t taken off in the cloud yet

Startup Gennion uses sensors to provide retailers with useful information on customer store traffic. The Spain-based Internet-of-Things company processes about 16,000 events per minute from its sensors and is hoping to scale up to thousands per second soon.

Like many young companies, Gennion launched in Amazon Web Services’ cloud. But Chief Architect Mariano Navas, a 15-year coding veteran who is on his third startup and runs a blog called Coding in Flip Flops, wasn’t impressed. He didn’t want to provision AWS virtual machines, storage and load balancers. He preferred to write code, so he tried Google’s cloud platform and hasn’t gone back. Read more at Network World.

Cisco Reports Rapid Rise of Unauthorized Cloud Usage

It is no secret that employees supplement their employers’ in-house information technology with external cloud computing services—but even chief information officers may not realize just how often. New data from Cisco Systems Inc. suggest that employees route around corporate networks to a startling extent, posing risks for security and data governance.

CIOs estimate their organizations use 91 cloud computing services, on average, Cisco said. But a more accurate average is 1,120, the Silicon Valley company said Wednesday. Such activity, known in the industry as shadow IT, is up nearly 70% from roughly six months ago, the company said. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

Seven Reasons to Feel Good About Cloud Services in 2016

2016 could provide many growth opportunities for cloud services providers. Here’s why:

  1. Total Cloud Infrastructure Spending Could Grow

International Data Corp predicted total spending on cloud IT infrastructure (server, storage and Ethernet switch, excluding double counting between server and storage) would grow by 24.1 percent to $32.6 billion in 2015. In addition, IDC noted it expected cloud IT infrastructure spending to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1 percent through 2019. Read more at Data Center Knowledge.

IT Innovators: Hybrid Cloud-Trained IT Pros Wanted

We spend a lot of time talking about the hybrid cloud these days: how it operates, how to implement and manage it, who should use it and for what applications—the list of potential discussion topics goes on and on. But the truth is that we can talk about all of these things until we are blue in the face and if enterprises don’t have the in-house IT professionals who now how to work with it, then it won’t really matter. Without a properly trained staff, those enterprises run the risk of not being able to fully leverage and collaborate with hybrid cloud technologies. It also makes implementing a hybrid cloud solution much more difficult and in the worst case scenario, can lead to outright project failure. Read more at Windows IT Pro.

Forecast Says Cloud Traffic to Quadruple: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

According to the fifth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index, global cloud traffic is expected to quadruple by the end of 2019. This comes on the heels of the news that many of the world’s leading brands are shifting their computing load from physical servers to the cloud. For IT professionals, business owners, and everyone in between, there are five fast facts you need to know. Read more at Heavy.

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