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Verizon: Major Apps Move Cloudward In 2014

Verizon Terremark exec says partnerships with major enterprise app providers will help ease more enterprises into cloud-based offers.

Expect to see leading brand-name enterprise apps become more cloud-based in 2014 as cloud services do a better job of securely supporting hybrid cloud environments. This will give enterprises more confidence to move more core apps into the cloud, a top Verizon Terremark executive predicts.

John Considine, CTO, Verizon Terremark, says the consumerization of IT is gathering steam and putting greater pressure on IT departments to deliver more functionality and do so at lower cost, thus increasing the attractiveness of pay-as-you-go cloud-based solutions. At the same time, Considine says, cloud service providers such as Verizon are getting better at providing secure cloud connections and easier transitions to cloud services, as well as supporting hybrid cloud environments.

These factors will combine to make 2014 a big year for cloud adoption, Considine says. He is among those telecom execs who have admitted that cloud adoption thus far has been slow, but believes it will still pick up steam, because the underlying trends will continue. (See Enterprises Not Rushing to Embrace Cloud.)

The consumerization of IT, for example, is not new, but it continues to exert an impact as more enterprise employees gain access to sophisticated tools, and expect to be able to use their smartphones and tablets at work. They expect to have the broader access to apps and data that they enjoy as consumers, Considine notes in an interview with Light Reading.

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asksqn,
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12/30/2013 | 6:02:22 PM
Life in the clouds is imminent
The widespread adoption of mobile devices, no doubt, has much to do with the growth of the cloud. Evernote and Google Drive & Docs make it so that you need not lug around a laptop - just spend about $250 for a Chromebook and kiss your tethered to a desktop lifestyle goodbye.
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Li Tan,
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1/3/2014 | 3:26:21 AM
Re: Life in the clouds is imminent
The future trend will the consistent experience of apps everywhere, no matter what kind of device I am using. We can use portable BYOD such as tablet or a min-book. By virtue of cloud computing and web technology, I can rely on browser to trigger all my apps. Thanks to the technology such as AJAX and cloud computing - they made it possible that the end user do not need powerful end device to use all kinds of apps to do their work.
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WKash,
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12/31/2013 | 11:47:19 AM
Cloud picking up steam - $17 Billion worth
John Considine, CTO, Verizon Terremark, notes that the consumerization of IT and improvements by cloud service providers to make it easier for enterprises to transition to cloud services all add up to making 2014 a big year for cloud adoption.

But many may have overlooked this fact: The federal government awarded more that $17 BILLION in cloud computing contracts over the past (fiscal) year.  Not all of that will go for external or fully hybrid services, but there's little question, cloud adoption has already been picking up steam but some of the nation's largest public enterprises.

 
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