Why Service Providers Need to Position for Cloud

Cloud Can't Wait

Recently I came across another service provider that is just now thinking beyond IaaS and how to position for the cloud. In 2016, I’m surprised this is still the case especially given the size of the market. By 2017 the public cloud services market is predicted to exceed $244B. There is a huge cloud service opportunity out there and one that you need to position your business to take. Check out our infographic which offers key statistics and advice for taking advantage of this market opportunity.
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What Hypervisor Do You See Driving Your Cloud

Cloud This year’s HostingCon is now a distant memory for all of us that attended. However, following the event, our partner ScienceLogic released findings from its annual survey of hosting providers to gain a sense of change in attitude from last year’s hosting survey, focusing on five key areas. The area we are focusing on today is relating to hypervisor technology.

ScienceLogic asked what hypervisor technology do hosters see driving their cloud deployments in the future. The answers are below.

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Parallels on Where the Cloud is Headed (if you think you know, you’re wrong!)

Parallels

Parallels’ Director for Cloud Service Provider Partner Program. Joshua Beil, wrote a blog recently entitled “Newsflash: If You Think You Know Where the Cloud is Headed, You’re Probably Wrong”. The blog echoes our sentiments on needing to build a future-proofed cloud platform that can adapt quickly because flexibility is at its core (You can read our blog on future-proofing using the Apple vs. Nokia example).

Read what Joshua had to say:

[Recently, the] renowned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures made a few very profound comments about dealing with the uncertainty of technology. Captured in The Virtualization Practice blog, Khosla’s comments can be summarized as follows:

  • You have to optimize for change and adaptability because you cannot know what you are going to face next year.
  • Customers do not have a clue as to where their businesses are going to go, so begin building the systems now that will allow them to react quickly.
  • Plan not to plan; plan to be agile.

So what does this mean for cloud service providers?

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So You Think Cloud Can Wait? Think Again!

If you think cloud can wait, you need to think again!Cloud Can't Wait By 2017 the public cloud services market is predicted to exceed $244B, so what does this have to do with you? There is a huge cloud service opportunity out there. Maybe you are wondering what it is for you or what chance you have of offering something different than the giants of the industry? Check out our infographic which offers key statistics and advice for taking advantage of this market opportunity.
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Survey Reports Growth in IaaS, Hybrid Cloud is the Future

The 2013 North Bridge Future of Cloud Computing Survey* in partnership with GigaOm was released this week and has some interesting findings that echo our thoughts and opinions at Flexiant.

Future of Cloud Survey

The Growth of the Cloud

Cloud computing adoption continued to rise in 2013, with nearly 75% of respondents using some sort of cloud platform, up from 67% last year. Software as a Service remains the most popular form of cloud service, used by 63% of organizations, up from 55% last year. But the real growth was in Infrastructure as a Service, which saw usage rise from 35% to 45%, a 29% increase over the previous year.

IaaS and SaaS will continue to dominate cloud computing adoption. However, PaaS is hot on their heels. Cloud service providers must acknowledge this growth and provide the requirements necessary for competitiveness today while also future proofing their investments, technology and infrastructure to serve their customers tomorrow.

Consideration must be given to how to deliver the IaaS capabilities your customers want – self-service provisioning, metering and billing, scalability up and down etc.  Service providers that are not currently offering IaaS (perhaps they are only offering VPS) also need to consider how moving to IaaS can launch a range of higher margin cloud services.

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