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Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises

IDC's U.S Outsourced Cloud Services Survey, 4Q139 May 2014 Armonk - Businesses across the US have ranked IBM the no. 1 Cloud computing provider, according to an IDC survey of US market preferences for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Enterprises ranked Amazon 7th, behind Google (5th) and Microsoft (6th). The rankings are based on responses from more than 400 US-based companies with more than 1,000 employees.

Cloud providers were also rated on their quality of service for availability, speed of provisioning, simplicity and overall cost. IBM's IaaS platforms include SoftLayer, an IBM company, acquired in July 2013 and IBM Cloud Managed Services.

According to the study, "IDC: U.S. Buyers Rank IBM, Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google as Likely Most Effective Top 5 Providers in Delivering IaaS, Doc # 248127 May 2014", buyers selected IBM as their top overall preference among providers they believe can most effectively provide IaaS, whether private or public. IBM was the leading Cloud vendor with 35 percent of first place votes. By comparison, Amazon carried 13 percent, Microsoft and Google came in around 16 percent.

"We believe this new IDC report, based on actual client preferences, underscores IBM's overall leadership in Cloud computing", stated Jim Comfort, General Manager Cloud Services, GTS. "IBM is investing billions in Cloud to serve clients with the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry across infrastructure, platform and software-as-a-service. We are expanding our global data centre footprint, opening our software to the Cloud for developers and making cloud services easily accessible through an on-line Cloud marketplace. Enterprises trust IBM to manage their business transformation, operations and processes as they move into the future - hybrid cloud era."

In addition to overall top ranking, IBM was also rated the leader in six of eight major industries covered in the study including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Professional Services, Wholesale and Retail and Public Sector (government). IBM also finished in the top three in Transportation and Telecommunications, the only vendor to lead in as many industries and rank no lower than third in any industry. IBM has deep industry expertise helping client tackle industry-specific issues as they move to the Cloud era. In fact, IBM has more than 40,000 industry experts dedicated to this effort.

The majority of respondents (52 percent) indicated a strong preference for full-service providers such as IBM for their broad capabilities - professional services, consulting systems integration, custom software development and testing - needed to support buyers moving to cloud services. Less than 5 percent of respondents preferred their vendor to be an online service provider such as Amazon or Google.

Survey respondents were evenly divided among companies in three size categories: 1,000-4,999 employees, 5,000-9,999 employees and 10,000+ employees. Interestingly, the report stated, companies under 5,000 employees showed the highest share of respondents ranking full-service providers such as IBM as their top selection of business model options from which to procure Cloud services.

Overall, US buyers gave Cloud service providers considerably strong ratings, according to the IDC study. This applies to providing Cloud services most cost-effectively and meeting quality of service expectations involving availability, speed of provisioning, and simplicity of service provisioning.

Another key finding of the study is IDC's finding that to be successful in the future, Cloud service providers must build to where the "puck will be". Ultimately, the report states, players competing in the Cloud services market will need to build to the end-state structure of a Cloud service provider business model that resembles the automotive factory model of services delivery involving a robust ecosystem, localized app store, integrated digital services supply chain and a "cloud factory" consisting of PaaS, TaaS, IaaS and SaaS.

In the first four months of 2014, IBM has announced three major cloud initiatives:

  • An investment of $1.2 billion to grow its global cloud footprint to 40 data centers in every major financial centre.
  • A $1 billion investment to open its enterprise software to the Cloud to allow developers to create new applications for the hybrid cloud era on IBM's BlueMix platform-as-a-service.
  • The launch of an IBM Cloud marketplace to provide easy access to IBM's Cloud services for individuals across the enterprise from IT operations, line of business and application development.
IBM reported record annual revenue of $4.4 billion for Cloud computing in 2013 and most recently, a 50 percent growth rate for cloud in the first quarter of 2014. Most telling of all, enterprises have rated IBM their top choice to provide Cloud infrastructure services and guide them into a new era.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...