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Weekly IT Highlights on IaaS, 2013 Predictions, IT Operations Analytics, trends for Cloud and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on IaaS, 2013 Predictions, IT Operations Analytics, trends for Cloud and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on IaaS, 2013 Predictions, IT Operations Analytics and trends for cloud. Enjoy!

Gartner Survey Shows 71 Percent Using SaaS for Less Than 3 Years

By APM Digest

Implementing net new solutions or replacing existing solutions is now the primary driver for using SaaS, according to the survey. Worldwide, there is a shift in SaaS adoption from primarily extensions to existing applications to net new deployments or replacements of existing on-premises applications. 

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2013: Year of the hybrid cloud

By Christine Burns

Cloud infrastructure outages happen. That's a fact that is not going to change. So it only makes sense for an enterprise to take a look at the workloads they can put in the public cloud where there lies the bigger risk of outage and data loss and those that should be placed on a more controlled private cloud

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Having cloud-enabled technology = Having a cloud

By Lydia Leong

Many people confuse "using a hardware and software stack that potentially enables a cloud" with "cloud infrastructure as a service". Analyst firms haven't necessarily done a good job with drawing the distinction, either — there are plenty of (hopefully non-Gartner) analysts who use "IaaS" interchangeably to describe the technology stack and the service itself 

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What blogs are good for IT careers?

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Check out our handpicked list of the must-read blogs for IT professionals. This collection of blogs can provide you with current information on the industry and insights into skills, technology, and job value.

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Brain Power: IT Operations Analytics [On-Demand Webinar]

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Cachet Software's CEO, Stuart Kenley and Evolven's CEO and Co-Founder, Sasha Gilenson, brought in an great crowd in with their impressive insights on how you can apply IT Operations Analytics to your IT operations and improve performance and availability. Learn how to apply new IT Operations Analytics approach to chronic change and configuration challenges.

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2013 Cloud Predictions: We'll Finally Get Real About Cloud

By James Staten

What's the value of a mobile app that doesn't call out through the Internet to back-end services? Not much. And where will these back-end services live? Probably not in your datacenter — unless you plan to poke a big hole in your firewall to accommodate an unpredictable flood of traffic. More often than not, we are finding mobile applications connected to cloud-based back-end services (increasingly to commercial mobile-back-ends-as-a-service) that can elastically respond to mobile client engagements and shield your data center from this traffic. Nearly every software-as-a-service (SaaS) application has a mobile client now, which is proof of the model as well. 

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Cloud Management Needs Context

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

The currently available tools may analyze performance, availability, configuration etc., but they don't connect the monitoring results back to the related assets, like connecting the CPU performance to a Puppet manifest configuring the server. Cloud based operations means IT ops needs to address integrated management of increasingly disparate IT assets and resources as well as maintain greater visibility and control over those assets.

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IT spending will grow 5.7 percent in 2013, IDC predicts

By Ann Bednarz

In software, for instance, SaaS vendors will grab one or more of the top share positions in the majority of the major application software markets within the next three years, IDC says. In servers, Amazon -- the largest cloud service provider -- will become a top 2 or 3 server/virtual machines vendor by 2016. 

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Infrastructure as a Service: 12 Providers Analyzed

By Andrew Conry

Murray he cloud is now an accepted component of a company's technology infrastructure, whether it's cloud-based applications such as Salesforce or raw compute and storage services that can be rented at pennies per hour. According to the 2012 State of Cloud Computing report from InformationWeek, only 6% of respondents say they won't be delivering IT services from the cloud over the next two years. By contrast, a combined 15% of respondents say that within the next 24 months, 50% or more of their IT services will come from cloud providers. 

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How Gremlins and Vanilla Ice Can Help Us Deliver Better IT Services

By Stephen Mann

Believe me, users don't glow in the dark nor turn into savage creatures when fed after midnight like Furbies or whatever they were (Stephen: I think you will find they were Mogwai . . . then gremlins . . . but you knew that). I've met some and they were really quite pleasant, and I didn't catch anything after shaking their hands — users that is, not Furbies. Or do we in IT simply not give a hoot? 

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Job satisfaction: Why senior IT leaders stay and why they go

By Christina Torode

What do senior IT leaders working for an international packaging company, a global plastics manufacturer and a nonprofit with 57 locations have in common? What they make in a year holds little sway over why they choose to stay at their company-- or in the case of one of them, why he plans to leave his current job. 

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Are we asking the right questions concerning the future of IT?

By Mark P. McDonald

Why ask these questions? Well as I reflect on IT at an existentialist level one thing is increasingly clear. IT as we know it is in real trouble. 

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If tech is so important, why are IT wages flat?

By Patrick Thibodeau

It would be fair to say that the globalization of markets for goods and services is helping restrain wages across many sectors, including the IT sector. 

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Cloud IaaS SLAs can be meaningless

By Lydia Leong

IaaS, like traditional infrastructure services, is vulnerable to catastrophes in a data center, but it is additionally vulnerable to logical and control-plane errors. Unfortunately, cloud IaaS SLAs can readily be structured to make it unlikely that you'll ever see a penny of money back — greatly reducing the provider's financial risks in the event of an outage. 

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Virtualization: 6 Reasons To Finish What You Started

By Peter H. Salus

Today the enterprise can be enabled through the use of virtual machines, virtual networks, virtual storage, and virtual software. You may not be living and working on a "holodeck," but your business can employ facilities that you don't own: you save by virtually using the hardware, the storage, the software that your staff work with, rather than purchasing them. 

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