Recently, I sat down with NovoLogic President and CEO, Burke Allen, to talk about the partnership with Global Capacity and making history as the first corporation in Lawrenceville - the second oldest city in the state of Georgia - to be connected to a fiber-optic network.
iMiller Public Relations recently sat down with Global Capacity’s Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Edmond, to discuss how and why cloud and network are necessarily intertwined within today’s marketplace. Here are his thoughts:
iMPR: From your perspective, what is the overall cloud outlook for 2014 and beyond?
BE: The cloud marketplace continues to explode, with deployment growing over 32 percent last year alone. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services is expected to surpass $180 billion. We’re also seeing a fundamental shift in where business applications are sitting, moving from traditional client server architecture and the four walls of the enterprise to third-party data centers, or the ‘cloud’. Gartner predicts that by 2015, 35 percent of IT spending actually takes place outside of IT; by the end of the decade, this figure is expected to top 90 percent. This is driving unprecedented demand into the network platform as well as into the data center. The customer for cloud solutions has changed from IT to the end-user. With this shift, the network becomes a critical facet in the delivery of the user experience.
In a recent article, by Mike Kavis, on the topic of Rackspace’s Exit from the IaaS Market, it became clear that the race for public cloud workloads is quickly settling into a three horse race between tech giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google. And let’s not forget the likes of IBM who with it’s Softlayer acquisition would now show up on the chart. Companies like Amazon and Google create a huge ecosystem where independent service providers can step in and provide a suite of services within a large marketplace.
After achieving record growth in 2013 and opening 5 new points of presence (PoPs) in San Jose, Seattle, Minneapolis, Ashburn and Pittsburgh and the team here at Global Capacity has no plans to slow down this year. In fact, we have been hard at work in 2014 honing in on an array of new initiatives, including opening up new points of presence (PoPs) to make this even more of a landmark year for our customers.
The Application Service Provider (ASP) is a third-party entity that manages and distributes software-based services and solutions to customers across a Wide Area Network (WAN) from a central data center. The need for ASPs has evolved from the increasing costs of specialized software that have far exceeded the price range of small to medium-sized businesses. Furthermore, the growing complexities of software have led to huge costs in distributing the software to end-users. Through ASPs, the complexities and costs of such software can be cut down. In addition, the issues of upgrading have been eliminated from the end-firm by placing the responsibility on the ASP to maintain up-to-date services, 24x7 technical support, physical and electronic security and in-built support for business continuity.
Advances in technology have transformed nearly every sector of the American economy. Perhaps no industry, however, has been impacted more than healthcare.
The region of the San Francisco Bay dubbed “Silicon Valley” is one of the most interconnected markets in the world, catering to the highest concentration of high-tech companies across the globe. The city was recently dubbed the No. 1 location for startups by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
There are many reasons why businesses turn to Ethernet access for achieving improved application performance and business productivity. In fact, in a previous post, we discussed the top 10 factors for choosing Ethernet connectivity, including availability, performance and bandwidth scalability, among many others. Now, let’s take a look at the top 10 applications that benefit from connecting with Ethernet and why.
In the not-too-distant past, students didn’t need much more than pencil and paper to get through a school year. But today, nothing could be farther from the truth, where we now inhabit an ultra-connected, high speed educational era of which the Internet plays an increasingly vital role.
2013 is slated as being a huge year for cable broadband. According to Infonetics Research Directing Analyst for broadband access and pay TV Jeff Heynen, “Cable operators worldwide have a number of bandwidth-hungry applications on tap that will drive…growth throughout the year,” including voice, multi-screen services and carrier Wi-Fi services.