Gartner Predicts Public Cloud Revenue to Cross $208 Billion Mark by 2016

A huge annual growth of 17.2% is being predicted in terms of revenue in comparison with the public cloud revenue in 2015.

public-cloudGreatResponder.com The Gartner research firm has conducted an in depth research on the revenue of public cloud services across the globe. According to that research, the public cloud service revenue is going to cross the $208 billion mark by the end of this year. It will be a huge jump from $178 billion recorded in the year 2015. The average growth across the year in the public cloud revenue for 2016 will remain about 17.2% as compared to the previous year.

While elaborating about the reasons of this gigantic growth in the public cloud domain of business, the research giant informed that innovation, cost saving, enhanced security, fast public cloud adaptability and agility are a few major causes of this growth. Out of all these reasons, the modernization of the IT infrastructure is a key driver of this increase.

While talking about the status of the current public cloud computing market and its trends, the research director at Gartner Research Firm, Mr. Sid Nag said, “Growth of public cloud is supported by the fact that organizations are saving 14 percent of their budgets as an outcome of public cloud adoption, according to Gartner’s 2015 cloud adoption survey. However, the aspiration for using cloud services outpaces actual adoption. There’s no question there is a great appetite within organizations to use cloud services, but there are still challenges for organizations as they make the move to the cloud. Even with the high rate of predicted growth, a large number of organizations still have no current plans to use cloud services.”

It is very important to note that many other research organizations have not predicted such a huge growth in the revenue of the public cloud revenue. The security and privacy are still two major concerns among the companies that have either adopted the public cloud or planning to adopt it.

The vice president at Gartner Research Company, Mr. Ed Anderson said, More education is needed to help organizations overcome the hype associated with security concerns. This should be a key area of focus for providers in working with their clients to unlock the benefits of public cloud services.”

Many experts in the industry are also very optimistic about the substantial increase in the public cloud service revenue.

Microsoft Launches Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight

The public preview of Spark for Azure HDInsight was released 12 months ago and now Microsoft has announced its general availability as well as extending Cortana’s offering to the Xbox.

spark AzureGreatResponder.com  Microsoft announces the general availability of Apache Spark for Azure HDInsight. Features of the new services include new capabilities to the YARN resource manager to create an open source Apache licensed REST web service, as well as integrations between Spark and Azure Data Lake Store to increase scalability, Spark and Data Lake Store to increase security, Jupyter (in Python) notebooks and Power BI to build interactive visualizations over data of any size.

“Since we announced the public preview, Spark for HDInsight has gained rapid adoption and is now 50% of all new HDInsight clusters deployed,” said Chiu. “With General Availability, we are revealing improvements we’ve made to the service to make Spark hardened for the enterprise and easy for your users. This includes improvements to the availability, scalability, and productivity of our managed Spark service.”

Alongside the Spark announcement, the Microsoft team has also ventured into the consumer AI market as Cortana will now be available on Xbox One, Xbox Live and Windows Stores. Starting with a limited Xbox Preview audience for Xbox One, the offering will be more widely released to the Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10 over the course of the summer.

Starting out with U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, Cortana voice commands on Xbox One will work with both headsets and Kinect. Firstly, users will be able to find new games, see what your friends are up to, start a party and accomplish common tasks, though new features will be added over time.

“As an industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Nadella. “At Microsoft, we call this Conversation as a Platform, and it builds on and extends the power of the Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere.”

The Cortana Intelligence Suite, which was launched at the event, allows developers to build apps and bots which interact with customers in a personalized way, but also react to real-world developments in real-time. The company claims the Hadoop and Spark cloud service is now an enterprise-ready solution which is fully managed, secured, and highly available.

Over 57% Organizations Have No Hybrid Cloud Strategy, Says VMTurbo

Verizon and VMTurbo are conducting a survey series collectively that will establish a baseline for organizations and a framework that proceed to the hybrid cloud over next three years.

Hybrid cloudGreatResponder.com  The research shows that 57% organizations don’t have any kind of multi cloud strategy. It is also revealed that 35% of the organizations don’t have a private cloud strategy while 28% organizations are lacking in public cloud strategy.

Even though the hybrid cloud is considered one of the increasing trend within the cloud industry, the research proposes that the clatter at the back of multi-cloud strategies is coming from either a fewer number of clients, or from the seller organizations themselves. Other than those who can be considered in the functional multi-cloud Owner group that only embodies 10.4% of the respondents, approximately half were using a two-cloud model, and merely over a quarter were using a three-cloud model. The multi-cloud strategy was preferred by bigger organizations in common.

“A lack of cloud strategy doesn’t mean an organization has studied and rejected the idea of the cloud; it means it has given adoption little or no thought at all,” said Charles Crouchman, CTO of VMTurbo. “As organizations make the journey from on-premise IT, to public and private clouds, and finally to multi- and hybrid clouds, it’s essential that they address this.”

He further said “Having a cloud strategy means understanding the precise costs and challenges that the cloud will introduce, knowing how to make the cloud approach work for you, and choosing technologies that will supplement cloud adoption. For instance, by automating workload allocation so that services are always provided with the best performance for the best cost.”

With no strategy, businesses will be reproving themselves to higher than estimated costs, and a cloud that never performs to its full prospective.

The survey also verified the total cost of possession is not completely understood within the businesses itself, and it reduced more in smaller organizations. Small and medium enterprises are developing to make private cloud environment estimated their budget to be in the region of $150,000 (average of all respondents), whereas the total bill for those who have already completed such projects averaged at $898,508.

The statistics support the thoughts of a number of organizations who think there should be more of a business case behind the transition to the cloud instead of just dropping CAPEX and OPEX.