The increasing use of software as a service (SaaS), online streaming media, online gaming, and high-performance computing is expected to restore health to the data center uninterrupted power supply (UPS) market, according to new research by Frost & Sullivan. While the small data center market has been the cash cow of the UPS market, medium and large data centers will expand their revenue shares as organizations grow and scale up their equipment. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's World Data Center UPS Market research finds that the market earned revenues of $3.01 billion in 2010 and estimates this to reach $4.55 billion in 2017. The market also received a bounce from the eager acceptance of cloud servers, as they pack more power into smaller spaces. Owing to this heightened demand for cloud computing, manufacturers are gearing up to provide data center UPS with higher efficiency, lower total cost of ownership, and the opportunity to invest in developing reliable technology.
(Contact: http://www.frost.com,Britni Myers, 210/477-8481).
Mobile sophistication and the need to provide a scalable platform for growth and innovation will drive demand for cloud solutions among small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, says AMI-Partners. Companies with fewer than 1000 employees in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) will invest $16.5 billion in cloud computing solutions. These companies will continue to leverage cloud technologies as a major enabler for their future growth and innovation strategy. AMI predicts that the market for cloud solutions will grow more than 1.5 times the rate of traditional ICT technologies in 2012 in the Asia-Pacific region. As the leader of worldwide growth of the cloud computing markets over the next five years, these markets will provide information and communication technology (ICT) vendors with the strongest growth opportunities.
“Many organizations and CIOs today reap the benefits of the cloud in the form of speed to provisioning, ubiquitous availability to end-users and variable costs,” says Singapore-based Stefan Haas, Consulting Director Asia-Pacific at AMI-Partners. “Yet the instant availability of new business and technology capabilities is among the main factors for APAC SMBs to evaluate cloud solutions.” The increasing maturity of cloud offerings, as well as rising customer demand for mobile business scenarios supported by increasing tablet and smartphone penetration, will continue to drive demand and investment levels for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions among these SMBs in APAC over 2012. This year, up to two-thirds of the total cloud investment is estimated to come from SMBs in Korea, China, and India, investing up to $11B in cloud-related technologies. While the strongest growth among Asia-Pacific economies is expected to take place in China, AMI-Partners expects the ASEAN markets to be the next fastest growing sub-region, with an annual growth potential of over 20 percent.
(Contact: AMI-Partners, 212/944-5100, email@example.com.)
While 'mobility' will be a cornerstone of the future workspace, it should not be considered in isolation and will need to evolve to encompass more of the broader workspace in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), a new IDC report says. That’s why enterprises will need to continue to support other components such as printing, desk-based computing and peripherals. Service providers and vendors must work to identify organizations by types to determine the extent to which mobility should be integrated into their business. The research also found that organizations with over 500 employees are more likely to deploy an enterprise mobility strategy in the near term, but it is not yet a high priority for SMBs. Since ANZ is an SMB-heavy market, IDC expects fierce competition in the top end of the market, especially as desk-based computing becomes more commoditized. “There are many trends driving mobility in the workspace such as consumerization of IT, cloud deployment models, collaboration and social networks,” says Dustin Kehoe, associate research director, IDC Australia. “The point is the technology should only move as fast as the other pieces for enterprises to deploy a successful next generation workspace strategy.” The report warns vendors not to make the mistake of selling point solutions, but rather to embrace partnerships and deliver an end to end solution. It also advises vendors and IT decision markers to canvass lines of business and develop more robust TCO/ROI metrics to quantify success.
(Contact: www.idc.com, Dustin Kehoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 2 9925 2224).
Social media can hold the key to transforming enterprise business continuity management (BCM), especially crisis/incident management and communications practices, according to Gartner, Inc. Analysts predict that, by 2015, 75 percent of organizations with BCM programs will have public social media services in their crisis communications strategies, and they advised BCM professionals to immediately begin assessing social media's opportunities — and risks. "Enterprises simply cannot afford to ignore social media as a crisis communications tool," said Andrew Walls, research vice president at Gartner. "In many cases, social media may represent the only available means of locating and contacting personnel; providing stakeholders with the information and assistance they need; informing citizens, customers and partners of product/service availability; and taking other business-critical actions following a disruptive event." But effective use of a new communications channel requires forward planning and practice. Attempting to leverage social media for the first time during a crisis can cause more harm than good. Instead, he said that organizations must develop comprehensive social media strategies and tactics for crisis/incident management and integrate social media with the enterprise's established BCM processes.
(Contact: Gartner, www.gartner.com Christy Pettey, 408/468-8312, email@example.com).
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