InformationWeek Reports Feb. 17 announced the release of its latest research report, 2012 State of Cloud Computing. The report, written by Mike Healey, president of Yeoman Technology Group, an engineering and research firm, is comprised of the results from the annual survey on cloud computing performed by InformationWeek. The report found that 27 percent of respondents say they have no interest in cloud services compared to 32 percent in the 2011 survey. Forty-seven percent of adopters are custom coding direct to internal systems using individual cloud vendors’ APIs, a practice which the report calls “a recipe for downtime and out-of-control complexity.” More than 500 business technology professionals from companies with 50 or more employees responded to the poll. The survey also found that 71 percent of respondents using cloud-computing services review vendors’ general SLAs, then negotiate terms. Fifty-one percent of respondents cite security defects in the provider’s technology as a top concern when thinking about risks related to using cloud services. Other findings in the survey were 27% of respondents rate the general performance of their cloud-based applications better than same apps hosted in-house versus 19% saying the performance was sub-par and 14% of respondents say they have had to replace or fire a cloud provider.
The full report is available for download at the InformationWeek site. (InformationWeek Reports, 415-947-6361, http://www.informationweek.com.)
CompTIA, an IT industry association, Feb. 14 announced that the results of its Ninth Annual Information Security Trends Study indicates that the innovations that make data more accessible and devices more mobile also create new challenges for IT professionals responsible for security. Eighty-three percent of business and IT executives surveyed for the study believe the security threat level is on the rise. Tim Herbert, vice president, research, CompTIA, said, “Our data suggests that there is no single overriding factor behind this sentiment, rather, it's a combination of elements that each chip away at information safety and security defenses in some way.” The survey indicates that one of the biggest factors driving cybersecurity concerns is the greater interconnectivity of devices, systems and users. Among the “disruptive IT trends” contributing to greater interconnectivity and raising new security concerns, the study claims, are the “proliferation” of big data, social technologies, cloud computing and mobility. “Billions of devices connect to the Internet daily, and with each touch point there’s a potential for new security vulnerabilities. With more data being produced and touched by more people, the potential for data loss or leakage grows accordingly,” Herbert said. The study reports one in five organizations as definitely experiencing the loss of sensitive data in the past twelve months with 32 percent reported likely data loss. Among companies that experienced such data loss in the past 12 months the study reports that 65 percent lost confidential corporate financial data, 52 percent lost confidential employee data, such as human resources records, 27 percent lost confidential customer data, such as credit card numbers, and 26 percent lost corporate intellectual property or trade secrets. The study concludes that organizations are most likely to struggle with data loss prevention (DLP) efforts when data is in motion, such as transmitting sensitive information in an unencrypted format. Other security concerns for 2012 include malware and hacking as well as human error, according to the study. The survey shows that three in four organizations have experienced a security incident in 2011 apart from data loss, this is a slight increase over 2010, with about half of those incidents classified as serious. The survey also places malware at the top of security concerns as IT’s “most pervasive threat,” but also indicates that it is “less feared” than highly targeted distributed denial of service attacks, advanced persistent threats and other types of malicious hacking attacks, with 58 percent of respondents stating that hacking is a more critical threat today compared to two years ago. Human error, according to the study, is also raised as a security concern with 53 percent of IT and business executives saying human error is more of a factor today than it was two years ago. Finally, the study indicates that the current focus on IT security has created a demand for IT security specialists which currently exceeds the supply with about 70 percent of organizations ranking IT security as a high level priority, compared to 49 percent in 2010, and 40 percent indicating they face challenges in hiring IT security specialists. The complete report is available on the company’s website or by contacting CompTIA.
(CompTIA, 630-678-8300, http://www.comptia.org.)
ABI Research Feb. 16 released it new report, “Mobile Application Business Models,” which provides an in-depth look at mobile app revenue models, including forecasts for different models by world regions and mobile device. The report is a component of ABI Research’s Mobile Applications Research Service. The report finds that in 2012 mobile application revenues from in-app purchases will pass pay-per-download revenues, but unless app developers and Google begin to develop apps targeted to markets other than mobile games the market will have nowhere to grow. “As a revenue model, in-app purchase is very limited today,” said Mark Beccue, senior analyst, mobile services. “The vast majority of current in-app revenue is being generated by a tiny percentage of people who are highly-committed mobile game players. We don’t believe the percentage of mobile game players making in-app purchases will grow significantly, so for in-app purchase revenues to grow, mobile developers other than game developers must adopt it.” The report tags Google with hampering in-app purchase revenue growth for not introducing in-app purchase to Android until July of 2011 and only adding 17 mostly-European countries in December 2011. It also criticizes Google for not enabling the pay-per-download option in all markets for Android and not offering subscription billing at all. “Google is literally holding back the growth of mobile application monetization. We are keying many of our mobile app revenue forecasts around our guess of Google’s plans,” said Beccue. However, the report does conclude that despite these challenges, in-app purchases will successfully spread outside of games and predicts that total mobile app revenues from pay-per-download, in-app purchase, subscriptions, and in-app advertising will soar over the next five years, growing from $8.5 billion in 2011 to $46 billion in 2016.
(ABI Research, 516-624-2500, www.abiresearch.com.)
International Data Corporation (IDC) announced Feb. 15 that it has published an updated forecast for the Japan virtualized server market, Japan Virtualized Server 2011–2015 Forecast and 2010 Review, based on shipping results and market trends from the first calendar quarter of 2011. The shipping volume for the Japan virtualized server market in 2011 is estimated at 93,096 units, which represents a 3.0% increase over the previous year. While 2011 growth is only in single digits, the forecast predicts the growth rate to return to double digits in 2012. The forecast also indicates that the earthquake in Japan last year triggered a drop in total shipping volumes on the Japan server market and negative growth overall. “Up until this point, we have seen an expansion in application areas for virtualized servers unrelated to shipping trends for the Japan server market overall. As more and more companies install them, virtualized servers have enjoyed high-growth in Japan. We expect stronger growth for the virtualized server market than the server market in general, but over the medium and long term it will probably move closer to the overall market growth rate. For the Japan virtualized server market, it will be crucial to have a fine-tuned strategy that focuses on specific target segments,” said Satoshi Fukutomi, research manager of IDC Japan for servers. IDC forecasts that, while positive growth will be maintained from 2011 to 2013, a slight decline is forecast for 2014, which coincides with the trough in replacement demand for x86 servers. However, the market is forecast to return to positive growth in 2015. IDC forecasts the Japan virtualized server market shipping volume to reach 126,932 units in 2015 with the virtualization rate in the Japan server market forecast to grow 6.7 points to 23 percent compared with 16.3 percent in 2010. The full IDC study contains data on shipping volumes and shipping values in the Japan virtualized server market broken down by type of hardware and is available by contacting IDC.
(International Data Corporation, 508-872-8200, http://www.idc.com/.)
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