Cloud money is in SaaS hosting

The UK Software and IT services market (SITS) is predicted to grow a further 8%, to the value of £47.2 BN by 2018, after a strong drive in SaaS hosting.

SaaS, which is short for ‘Software as a Service’ is a popular element of cloud computing technology. The service enables software developers and independent vendors to deploy their software through the internet, where users can then access it through the internet and pay for it on a subscription based service.

SaaS hostingThe latest SITS prediction came from TechMarketView’s most recent report “The UK Software & IT Services Market: Trends and Forecasts 2015”, where the organisation warns that suppliers will be facing challenges and may need to change their ways to succeed in the industry:

“As digital transformation services look to shape the direction of the market, technology companies are being forced to overhaul their own business models in a bid to survive; with those technology leaders willing to embrace nimble technologies and new digital services set to make significant gains.”

The report also indicates that there is a trend with smaller, more agile companies ‘disrupting’ the market by rapidly gaining customers and that the larger organisations need to “move outside of their comfort zone” if they wish to remain competitive against them.

Richard Holway, Chairman of TechMarketView commented on the estimated growth of the industry, stating that: “The relatively stable UK SITS market place, where we celebrate a one or two per cent real annual growth rate, might not at first glance seem that inspiring. But, as our report indicates, it will be truly exciting to witness the massive impact that digital disruption has on the space over the next few years.”

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Disaster Recovery for Private Clouds

A recent CloudEndure report assesses industry Disaster Recovery plans for Public Cloud solutions. The report finds that a key risk to cloud computing system availability remains human error.

Interviewing 116 IT professionals, the report examines the various disaster recovery protocols that businesses have in place for their Private Cloud Solutions. The results find that organisations believe human error accounts for the majority of failures in cloud computing, above external threats and any cloud provider downtime.

Disaster Recovery planning

Interestingly, the majority of businesses surveyed had a Service Level Agreement (SLA) goal of at least 99.9%, but evidently some of their cloud providers have difficulty translating this SLA into actual results as 44% of firms stated that they have had at least one outage over the last three months.

Despite the expected SLA, only 9% of participants stated that their systems have never failed and shockingly, 26% of firms don’t measure their service availability at all.

Disaster Recovery measurement

The report finds a strong correlation between the cost of downtime and the average hours each week invested in disaster recovery planning, with larger businesses spending more time protecting their data. Remote storage backup is the most frequently used strategy to ensure system availability, ahead of storage replication.

The report also shows that the top challenges in meeting availability goals are insufficient IT resources, budget limitations and the limited ability to prevent software bugs.

New Windows 10 predictions

According to a report carried out by the IT professional networking company Spiceworks, a huge 73% of European and American companies plan to be using Windows 10 within the first two years of its release.

In the report, it is estimated that 5% will be using Windows 10 on the day of release, 35% are going to be using Windows 10 within the first year of release and a further 33% will be using it within the first 2 years of release. It is still unclear on whether Microsoft’s “free upgrade” service may be behind this corporate confidence in the new operating system, as the high degree of demand is quite unusual for the release of an operating system.

Windows 10This all comes as good news to Microsoft as they were previously criticised for announcing the new system too early due to a large amount of company’s late transformation to Windows 8 or 8.1.

The Spiceworks report also states that companies in the conducted research were questioned on how they intend to use Windows 10 upon installation, along with how they intend to install it. The most surprising revelation was that 83% of businesses plan to place it on desktop machines. Analyst group Gartner have described the desktop market as struggling, however as a result of this revelation it may help justify some of the design decisions Microsoft has made to Windows 10 which include a more mouse-based interface.

50% of users intend to use the system on tablets justifying options such as “tablet mode” user interface. A 31% interest in mobile phone devices is encouraging news for Redmond, as organisations haven’t really accepted the use of Windows Phone 8.

The return of the Start Button appears to have “most enticed” Windows 10 users as 64% of them have stated this, followed by 55% persuaded by the aspect of it being a free upgrade. Windows 10 looks like it could be just what the company needs in terms of success.

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