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Cloud Computing Moves from Fad to Foundation

Enterprise Cloud in the News

As hype dies down, companies are seeing real success in their cloud deployments, and money is pouring in, according to a recent post on InfoWorld.com.

The cloud is in the process of crossing from the experimental phase to production systems that businesses can rely upon. Yet his has not been an overnight occurrence: Enterprises have been quietly getting smart about cloud computing technology and applying it where appropriate, according to InfoWorld's David Linthicum.

Companies both big and small are making a move to the cloud.

"There are now careers, share prices and bonuses tied to the success of cloud computing in a big way. Those vested in it will hustle like hell to make cloud computing work for them. Some will fail, but the sheer amount of money riding on this technology will ensure that it functions well in the longer term," Linthicum writes.

Rackspace to Add Windows Server 2012 to Its Cloud Service
At the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Toronto, Rackspace announced support for Windows Server 2012 in its cloud service and its traditional hosting solution, according to an article on eWEEK.com.

While other cloud providers are expected to support Windows Server 2012 as well, Rackspace's offering differs from that of other providers, such as Amazon Web Services, on the level of service and support it provides to its customers, said John Engates, chief technology officer for Rackspace, who called AWS's offering "self-managed."

"They don't troubleshoot your applications, and they don't notify you if your application goes down at 3 in the morning. It's really up to you," Engates said, according to eWEEK.

Rackspace, on the other hand, has done a deep dive into Windows Server 2012, its features and capabilities, to better serve their customers that'll be using it, he said. Furthermore, to get ready to support users of the Microsoft SharePoint document-sharing platform, Rackspace acquired in February 2012 a consulting and support service company, SharePoint911, which Engates said has the "deepest bench of experts" on SharePoint in the world, according to eWEEK.

Cloud Is ‘Bright Spot' in Global IT Spending
IT spending is expected to rise 3 percent to $3.6 trillion in 2012, largely on the strength of increased spending on cloud computing, according to Gartner. The outlook for this year was raised from an earlier forecast of 2.5 percent growth. Nonetheless, the growth for this year will be much slower than the 7.9 percent gain in 2011, as economic turmoil in Europe, and slowdowns in China and the U.S. put pressure on IT budgets, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cloud computing, which lets CIOs offload their hardware hosting and maintenance to a vendor, is one of the "bright spots" in IT spending, said Gartner analyst Richard Moore. Spending on the cloud is expected to rise to $109 billion this year from $91 billion last year.

Moore said cloud-based business process software accounts for the bulk of cloud spending by enterprises, followed by platform as a service, software as a service and infrastructure as a service. Moore said cloud spending could nearly double to $207 billion by 2016, according to The Journal.

Cloud Computing: The 4th IT Industrial Revolution
China is projected to be on par with the U.S. as a future technology innovation leader - and the next big breakthrough is predicted to come from cloud and mobile, according to ZDNet.com.

In a recent article in Communications World Weekly, a leading Chinese technology news outlet, they noted that cloud computing was the fourth IT industrial revolution, after mainframes, PCs and the Internet.

In a related article, KPMG noted that China is projected to be on par with the U.S. as a future technology innovation leader. And according to the survey conducted by KPMG, the next big breakthrough is predicted to come from cloud and mobile.

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Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

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