Cloud usage continues to gain momentum across all industries. In a recent
FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2017 Predictions report, IDC predicted that
between 60 percent and 70 percent of all software, services and technology
spending will be on the cloud by 2020.
With this increase in cloud usage comes a corresponding need for employees
with cloud skills. Supply has not kept pace with demand, however. The State
of Cloud Readiness Study 2016 found that 53 percent of IT leaders are
struggling to acquire the necessary skills to support cloud initiatives
within their organizations, while almost half indicate staff training is not
This is a serious problem, but one that hold tremendous upside potential for
career advancement and success for network and data center professionals with
the right training and certifications. For those weighing a career in IT,
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an
industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at
SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8,
2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and
services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates
with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure
networks with agility, performance and value.
For more information, visit www.juniper.net.
The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event
@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York
(June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan)
@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley
(Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA)
Full Conference Registration Gold Pass and Exhibit Ha... (more)
Cloud and Virtualization - A Case of Déjà Vu
As today's businesses increasingly turn to the cloud to run their operations,
seasoned enterprise technology professionals may recognize a familiar
pattern. Years ago, virtualization emerged as a transformational technology
with a similar pattern of business drivers; initially the promise of
significant cost savings justified deployments. Just as virtualization
evolved from a tactical cost-saving technology into a corporate strategy
enabling enterprises to be responsive to changing business demands, cloud
computing is following a similar path.
I talk frequently with IT professionals about their interest in and usage of
cloud technologies, and I'm frequently struck by a strong sense of déjà vu
from the time when virtualization was starting to take off and gain traction
within enterprises across the globe. Virtualization w... (more)
SaaS Apps and Feature Gaps
By Christine Cignoli
We're slowly getting used to cloud and SaaS applications in every area of our
lives-including at work. Even huge enterprises are starting to move important
business apps to the cloud, like Office 365 and Google Docs. That shift
affects IT and end users a lot, as both adjust to using and supporting new,
cloud-based tools. Sometimes those SaaS applications lack the features of
their in-house counterparts.
Evaluating SaaS apps against their previous in-house versions isn't so
simple, and neither is figuring out which cloud application to choose.
Comparing Office 365 vs. G Suite, for example, isn't an apples-to-apples
choice. They each comprise a lot of applications with a lot of features, but
there will be differences in how the apps look and how users experience them.
They each have areas of strength and weakness. And bo... (more)
Managing Performance for SaaS-Based Applications
Software as a service (SaaS), one of the earliest and most successful cloud
services, has reached mainstream status. According to Cisco, by 2019 more
than four-fifths (83 percent) of all data center traffic will be based in the
cloud, up from 65 percent today. The majority of this traffic will be
Businesses of all sizes are adopting a variety of SaaS-based services -
everything from collaboration tools to mission-critical commerce-oriented
applications. The rise in SaaS usage has many positive benefits, but one
drawback is that as demand grows, SaaS providers are having a harder time
ensuring a high-performing (fast, reliable) end-user experience - at the same
time performance expectations are growing higher than ever.
SaaS Providers Struggle to Meet Modern Day User Performance Expectations
Websites and a... (more)
Bridging the Gap with MongoDB on AWS
MongoDB Atlas leverages VPC peering for AWS, a service that allows multiple
VPC networks to interact. This includes VPCs that belong to other AWS account
holders. By performing cross account VPC peering, users ensure networks that
host and communicate their data are secure.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jay Gordon, a Developer Advocate at
MongoDB, will explain how to properly architect your VPC using existing AWS
tools and then peer with your MongoDB Atlas cluster. He'll discuss the
security advantages you immediately gain, easier configuration of
whitelisting networks and potential cost savings on bandwidth.
Jay Gordon is a Developer Advocate at MongoDB focused on providing users with
a great experience with our Cloud products. He joined MongoDB in 2016 after
many years as working as a System Administrator and D... (more)
Protecting Data and Applications in the Age of SaaS
Recent market analysis from Cisco demonstrates the torrid adoption of
cloud-based services. By 2019, more than four-fifths of all data center
traffic, 83 percent, will be based in the cloud (up from 65 percent today).
Most of this action will be going to public cloud services, which will
account for 56 percent of all cloud workloads. In terms of type of cloud
services, a majority will be applications, as the study finds Software as a
Service (SaaS) is and will continue to be the dominant mode. Currently, about
45 percent of cloud implementations are SaaS; this figure is expected to grow
to 59 percent by 2019, and SaaS adoption is particularly widespread among
The increasing trust and confidence in public cloud services has contributed,
and is continuing to contribute, to the growth in SaaS adoption for
Cloud Is the Engine of Ingenuity
Contrary to conventional wisdom, we are not entering a new era of technology.
We're already there. We are living in the midst of one of the most disruptive
periods in enterprise IT, and cloud is the leading catalyst. There are
several trends marking this dramatic transition in 2017, five of which
warrant close scrutiny.
1. Public cloud use continues to grow at hyper-scale
A global survey from Accenture of nearly 1,900 executives across 15
industries reveals massive growth in public cloud. In the study, four out of
five executives indicated that they intend to move more of their operations
to the cloud within the next several years.
Despite common misconceptions that public cloud leaves companies more
vulnerable than private cloud, business leaders are seeing the light. While
our survey revealed that security is still a concern among e... (more)
FinTech SaaS in the Cloud: Idea to Execution
FinTech is the sum of financial and technology, and it's one of the fastest
growing tech industries. Total global investments in FinTech almost reached
$50 billion last year, but there is still a great deal of confusion over what
it is and what it means - especially as it applies to retirement.
Building financial startups is not simple, but with the right team,
technology and an innovative approach it can be an extremely interesting
domain to disrupt. FinTech heralds a financial revolution that is for
everyone. Ideally, it's cloud-based, consumer friendly and offers education
in a consumable manner with mobility and portability.
In recent years, the financial services market has seen a major disruption
wave coming from the FinTech sector. Surprisingly, innovations were brought
not by industry experts, but by technology ex... (more)
Updating the Balanced Scorecard for the Saas World: Subscription Scorecard
The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a tool that organizations have used for many
years to measure strategic, operational and financial performance. The
concept behind the BSC is simple: a company and/or business unit prioritizes
a set of 15 to 20 financial and non-financial metrics across four quadrants
linked to the company's market and operations strategy in order to measure
and manage performance. While the BSC is a good organizing framework and
remains relevant today, it needs a major shift to be effective in a
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) world where traditional BSC measures don't
adequately gauge and predict performance.
SaaS companies have a constant window into how customers use their products
as well as an opportunity to gain insight and add value at continuous
customer touch points. Whe... (more)
Cloud Operations Can't Be Ignored
By Christine Cignoli
Lots of cloud technology predictions and analysis are still dealing with
future spending and planning, but there are plenty of real-world cloud use
cases and implementations happening now. One approach, taken by stalwart GE,
is to use SaaS applications for non-differentiated uses. For them, that means
moving functions like HR, finance, taxes and scheduling to SaaS, while
spending their software development time and resources on the core apps that
make GE better, such as inventory, planning and sales. Essentially, as for
more and more large enterprises, GE is getting out of the infrastructure
And at another company that's been around for awhile - Intuit - the CIO has
focused on spending transparency and business outcomes, both essential to IT
strategy in this cloud computing era. For them, any digital p... (more)