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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is proving to be both a threat and an opportunity for technology vendors and CIOs. MGI's coverage of cloud computing  dispels the myths surrounding cloud computing and highlights the benefits, risks and impact on IT spending. 

Current key issues covered by MGI Research in Cloud Computing include, but are not limited to:

  • Who are the winners and losers of cloud computing?
  • What are the economics of cloud computing?
  • What new business models are enabled by the cloud?
  • What are the trade-offs of the various cloud computing architectures?
  • What role will frameworks play in adoption of cloud computing?
  • What are the limitations of cloud computing – is it a zero-sum game for the IT industry?
Research coverage focuses on cloud computing trends for infrastructure, platform, application and tool providers. Companies covered include  Rackspace, Salesforce.com, Google, Akamai and many others - established and emerging, public and private. 

Deploying Enterprise Apps to the Cloud - 20 Questions with the CEO of XebiaLabs

In this research report we take a closer look at the challenges of deploying enterprise applications to the Cloud. Virtualization and Cloud Computing are transforming requirements for infrastructure and application management tools. Management automation problems that were seemingly solved ten to fifteen years ago are re-appearing again in completely new contexts and challenge IT organizations and incumbent management tools vendors. These discontinuities in the market create opportunities for startups such as XebiaLabs; - a firm focused on application release automation tools for virtualized and cloud-based environments. As part of the “20 Questions,” an MGI Research Interview Series with leading technology industry thinkers, doers, investors and observers, Igor Stenmark recently interviewed the CEO and VP of Product Management of XebiaLabs, - Coert Baart and Andrew Phillips.

20 Questions with CEO of LogLogic Guy Churchward

Cloud and virtualization are forcing IT organizations to completely re-think their systems, security and network management strategies.  Both the requirements landscape and the applicability of existing management tools are being challenged and redefined by multi-pronged advances in cloud computing, mobile technology, agile development, and social media. While the incumbent management tools software vendors have consolidated, a new generation of companies have taken the spotlight. The new entrants bring technologies that have been built from the ground up to address modern infrastructure and help IT address the rapidly increasing regulatory and compliance mandates. One such emerging company is LogLogic – a California-based firm focused on tools that optimize security and compliance management. As part of “20 Questions,” an MGI Research Interview Series with leading technology industry innovators, investors and executives, Igor Stenmark recently had an in-depth discussion with Guy Churchward, the CEO of LogLogic. Conversation topics ranged from how IT management and security tools will evolve in world defined by virtual resources and cloud services to the opportunities and challenges faced by LogLogic. 
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Who Benefits from Disarray at HP?

HP customers, investors and business partners feel like they are stuck in the HP version of the movie "The Groundhog Day". After three dramatic CEO exits in recent history, with the ouster of Hewlett Packard's CEO Leo Apotheker, and the appointment of Meg Whitman to succeed him, it is not a surprise to see both HP shares and its market position under pressure. The question amongst HP competitors is not one of "Who could benefit from HP troubles", but one of "Who will benefit the most?" Can HP really defend its turf in servers, storage and software while continuing the process of assimilating a large services business acquired with EDS? Do the immediate competitors such as IBM, Dell and EMC, have the requisite strength to attack entrenched HP market positions? In this report, we analyze HP current situation as well as the outlook for a recovery at the world's largest technology company.

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The Three Key Trends Shaping Cloud Computing

We examine the three dominant themes that are beginning to define the speed and trajectory of cloud computing: A - the shift from confrontation to collaboration between central IT and cloud vendors, B - the increasing complexity of cloud migration options and strategies and their impact on virtualization, and C - the dramatically rising focus on cloud security and management issues by both central IT as well as the LOB buyers of cloud services. We expect the pace of adoption for cloud computing to accelerate. The current shift from confrontation to collaboration between central IT and the cloud providers, signals a removal of a significant road-block to cloud adoption. The challenges posed by cloud security and management issues are serious, but are not the insurmountable barriers to broader adoption of cloud computing. Both the cloud as well as virtualization are driving a redefinition of the requirements landscape for security and management tools. This disruption creates a growth opportunity for cloud start-ups and a challenge for incumbent vendors of software and security tools such as CA, BMC, HPQ and IBM. We expect the re-acceleration in this space to benefit RAX, AMZN, CRM, CNQR, TLEO, KNXA, as well as the cybersecurity vendor group. This report is a must read for anyone interested in gaining an in-depth insight of the current business and technical trends that are shaping the opportunity for cloud computing.
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Cloud Computing: A Definition

Cloud computing is seemingly everywhere. Vendors have embraced it, business leaders claim to be "going there" while the corporate IT organizations are trying to identify it as either a friend or foe.  What is lacking is an independent definition and assessment of cloud computing technology and economics. In this report, MGI Research analysts separate cloud facts from cloud hype and provide users, vendors and investors with an objective definition and in-depth analysis. This 14 page report contains an intensive "crash course" on cloud computing. It identifies the five key attributes and growth drivers of cloud computing, examines cloud risks and hidden opportunities, analyzes cloud impact on corporate IT and dispels most common myths.

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