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Pricing out your cloud investment is not so simple (yet), falling short of the industry promise. See how booking your hotel room is analogous to paying your cloud provider in the latest 451 Research production.


Market Insight Reports - CloudScape

MIS Impact Report - April 24, 2014
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The firm is broadening its cloud portfolio with enhanced desktop as a service and new backup and cloud offerings. It has also tightened up its go-to-market strategy, leveraging sales resources from its parent company and channel partners.
Agatha Poon     
MIS Spotlight - April 24, 2014
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Reserved instance pricing isn't just for baseline, permanent cloud workloads. Through a worked example, we show how different utilizations of RIs give consumers the ability to make savings even on variable workload applications or temporary instances.
Owen Rogers     
MIS Impact Report - April 24, 2014
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Move over IaaS, PaaS and SaaS; there's a new kid on the as-a-service block – OPaaS. It stands for on-premises as a service, and it's a new option from cloud storage specialist Zadara.
Simon Robinson     
MIS Impact Report - April 23, 2014
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With $8m in funding under its belt, Monexa wants to enable 'as a service' providers to streamline complex customer and organizational billing requirements. It plans to target service providers that are looking to move to usage-based billing.
Owen Rogers     
MIS Impact Report - April 23, 2014
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The largest Linux distribution vendor is adding cloud to its portfolio following its tried-and-true playbook standardizing on open technologies with an enterprise focus. Red Hat also announced its plans to support Docker.
Michael Coté     
MIS Impact Report - April 23, 2014
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The software company is extending beyond its polyglot PaaS capabilities to respond to enterprise demand for Windows and .NET support on open source PaaS platforms such as Cloud Foundry and OpenShift.
Jay Lyman     
MIS Impact Report - April 22, 2014
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Since going private in 2007, SafeNet has sharpened its go-to-market strategy and product focus, with its HSMs as the centerpiece of a platform strategy intended to open up adjacent encryption opportunities in cloud, VMs and secure file sharing.
Garrett Bekker     
MIS Spotlight - April 22, 2014
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According to public filings, Internet giants Amazon, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo jointly spent more than $27bn in capital expenditures in 2013, a 30% increase over 2012.
Sandra Vail     
MIS Impact Report - April 22, 2014
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While remaining 'unfashionable,' Computacenter has managed to build successful services businesses in the UK and Germany. Can it now service large-scale global requirements?
Katy Ring     
MIS Impact Report - April 21, 2014
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The market for cloud orchestration and automation has taken off, and now it is security's turn. CloudPassage offers a mature offering, but newcomers in the market are catching up quickly, and there's plenty of room to grow.
Adrian Sanabria     

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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