The UK government's recently announced a "Cloud First" policy follows a realization long understood by organizations around the world: Consuming ready-made IT services drive cost savings and agility improvements. Coca Cola recently announced its adoption of a cloud-first policy, formalizing a direction it's been moving in since 2009.
This Sunday is Father's Day in a number of countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, and with the rise of personalized gift cards and specialist e-commerce sites, we wondered if people were taking advantage of these services to celebrate their dads.
We surveyed Brits on their Father's Day card- and gift-buying habits and found an increase in online shopping across all age groups. One in five this year said they'd bought a gift online and a further 20 percent said they'd browsed the web before picking up a gift on the high street.
The move adds AppFog's market-leading PaaS capabilities to the already-extensive Savvis Cloud product catalog. Savvis instantly becomes - in my estimation - the only cloud provider with market-leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service AND Platform-as-a-Service solutions. And the CenturyLink network is the cherry on top.
As we announced the Asian expansion of our Cloud Application Database today, a look at global cloud computing trends on Forbes.com caught my eye and made me think about how far this technology has come in a very short period of time.
Asia, in particular, is being projected by industry experts to lead the growth in cloud over the next few years. Last year, for example, Cisco's Global Cloud Index whitepaper predicted Asia Pacific to generate 1.5 zettabytes of cloud traffic annually by 2016, the highest in the world.
Last week I had the distinct privilege of representing Savvis as a participant in the Future in Review (FiRe) conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. It was two and a half days of stimulating dialogue around some of the greatest challenges facing the future of our planet - economics, energy, education, technology and governmental policy.
I came to talk tech, but I left the event with something much more valuable: the understanding that our company is right in the heart of it all - that data center technology, powerful networks and cloud computing are all essential fuel for creative thinkers around the world to illuminate the years ahead.