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Market Insight Reports - CloudScape

MIS Impact Report - April 16, 2014
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The Spanish operator has embarked on a major operational restructuring program. The core strategy at play here goes beyond a structural change. For Telefónica, it represents a major step toward accomplishing its goal of becoming a leading 'digital telco.'
Agatha Poon     
MIS Impact Report - April 16, 2014
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The company has taken another step toward expanding beyond its enterprise content management roots to play in the broader business applications sector by productizing its Activiti business process management engine.
Carl Lehmann     
MIS Impact Report - April 15, 2014
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Now targeted at the hybrid cloud management opportunity, automation and marketplace supplier UShareSoft has created an integrated hybrid cloud offering called Plug2Watt based upon the NetApp/Cisco FlexPod.
William Fellows     
MIS Spotlight - April 15, 2014
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In the second part of our Cloud Wars series, we assess the level of commoditization in the cloud market today and show that solutions, not products, are the best way to differentiate in a market of huge supply.
Owen Rogers     Simon Robinson     
MIS Impact Report - April 14, 2014
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The cloud service management player is seizing the market momentum around ServiceNow in a bid to grow its footprint beyond the Americas.
Katy Ring     Dennis Callaghan     
MIS Impact Report - April 14, 2014
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Following geographical expansion into the US, Europe and China, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) is hoping to position Singapore as a regional hub to accelerate its cloud strategy in the ASEAN region.
Agatha Poon     
TDM Sector IQ - April 11, 2014
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Many large companies have bet big on the cloud, yet few have the tools to help customers navigate cost planning and management issues. Some will likely turn to M&A to plug this gap.
William Fellows     
MIS Impact Report - April 10, 2014
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The Finland-based company is looking to use its proprietary orchestration platform to deliver cheap cloud services on commodity hardware, but with high availability.
Owen Rogers     
MIS Impact Report - April 9, 2014
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Encryption is hard. Gazzang has announced a family of encryption products for big data designed specifically for AWS that allows non-technical users to spin up and tear down new instances with pre-configured security settings.
Garrett Bekker     
MIS Spotlight - April 9, 2014
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There's been much debate recently about whether cloud resources are a commodity. In the first of this two-part series, we look at the factors involved in assessing the commoditization of the cloud computing market.
Owen Rogers     

Long Form Reports - CloudScape

CloudScape ReportMarch 14, 2014
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IT as a service (ITaaS) is an operational model where the enterprise IT department acts and operates as a distinct business entity, creating services for the other lines of business within the organization. This report is designed to give strategists within buy-side IT service-provider teams, as well as external supply-side IT service providers, insight into the requirements for supporting the ITaaS model.
Katy Ring     

CloudScape ReportFebruary 07, 2014
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Interviews with active cloud providers and vendors in China and India confirm that there is a meaningful and growing opportunity for cloud operators, service providers and investors. This report provides perspective on the evolution of cloud computing in the fast-growing Chinese and Indian markets, with a specific focus on key trends that are shaping the competitive landscape and local business requirements.
Agatha Poon     

CloudScape ReportJanuary 23, 2014
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The next five years will see profound changes in enterprise networking. Virtual networks will displace physical networks. Dedicated transport will be replaced largely by mobile device connectivity and Internet connectivity. What we think of today as critical network devices will be replaced by services in the cloud or at the edge of the cloud. And network management will be delivered by SaaS offerings in the cloud. This report examines this network transition, and provides a holistic perspective on the early-stage market for cloud-hosted network services, as well as the market's near- and mid-term evolution.
Christian Renaud     Peter Christy     

CloudScape ReportDecember 23, 2013
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Over the past three years, the technology we used to know as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has had to adapt rapidly to new trends in mobility and cloud computing. IT departments must now deal with multiple device types rather than a company-owned desktop, while the cloud is radically changing application delivery methods, as well as back-end infrastructure deployments. This report covers the latest developments in virtual desktop technology and looks ahead to discuss how the market should evolve over the next 12-18 months.
John Abbott     

CloudScape ReportDecember 06, 2013
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Cloud computing once promised simple, usage-based charging for resources, similar to other utilities such as electricity; unfortunately, the current reality is far from this ideal. Pricing methods for IaaS consumption vary hugely between providers, with each method having its own strengths and weaknesses for both consumer and provider. The 451 Research Cloud Pricing Codex represents the first step in understanding the true cost and value of IaaS offerings. The aim of the Codex is to simplify a complex economic landscape, so that informed strategies for the development and implementation of cloud services can be identified by providers, consumers and others.


CloudScape ReportDecember 05, 2013
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IT departments must either develop competency in mobility or outsource mobile deployments to a managed service provider - an important strategic decision. This report examines the economic and strategic reasons why IT departments will look for external help to deal with the challenges of mobility. It also profiles key managed service providers, including systems integrators, network service providers and hardware vendors.


CloudScape ReportNovember 06, 2013
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As the worlds of outsourcing, hosting, managed services and cloud computing continue to converge, users can choose services that meet a variety of workload, policy and SLA characteristics. 'Best execution venue' (BEV) practices will be used to make rational decisions about how and where to best run applications and tasks. This report examines the adoption of cloud management and automation tools that are emerging to support the selection, provisioning, scheduling and dispatch of work to BEVs.


CloudScape ReportSeptember 30, 2013
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Linking cloud services with on-premises IT systems is now a pressing topic that raises new questions about how best to structure a hybrid IT architecture while maintaining managerial control and assuring data governance. What role will integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) technology perform, and what will IT vendors bring to the evolving hybrid cloud integration (HCI) market?


CloudScape ReportSeptember 16, 2013
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In the cloud era, the boundaries between traditional outsourcing and managed services are crumbling. Buyer requirements are changing, and this shift is opening up the infrastructure outsourcing market. This report is designed to give service providers, enterprises and investors a basic familiarity with the opportunity provided by remote infrastructure management outsourcing (RIMO).


CloudScape ReportFebruary 13, 2013
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This report examines the major forces driving the proliferation of business app marketplaces and the significant changes that are helping to shape various deployment models, along with the unique implementation and management challenges involved. It also examines the growing vendor ecosystem and the relationships between multiple parties involved in monetizing marketplace deployment.



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