SMB Cloud Adoption Trends in 2014 Infographic

Infographic: SMB Cloud Adoption Trends in 2014

Today, the cloud is a mainstream part of IT, having been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses. This rapid growth is due largely to the new and unexpected ways in which the cloud has matured over the last few years. 

IT Clouds

The value proposition of cloud computing has always been clear—easy provisioning, flexible scaling and cost savings. But we’re now seeing apps and workloads that IT never expected would run in the cloud—and they’re often running leaner and faster than ever before. 

Say the word “cloud” to an IT professional today, and an entirely different image comes to mind than would have popped up five years ago. 

Early on, “the cloud” meant public cloud. Today it encompasses a range of hybrid offerings—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware, along with the software tools that enable these systems to work together seamlessly. Cloud security has evolved, too. For years, security concerns have been a major barrier to adoption. But as studies have increasingly concluded that the cloud is as secure as on-premise infrastructure, we’re beginning to see this sentiment shift. One recent study found that 94 percent of SMB cloud adopters report that they have experienced security benefits since moving to the cloud. 

And with the advent of bare metal servers that can be provisioned in minutes, even dedicated hardware is evolving to be more cloud-like. 

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Gartner Identifies Top Tech Trends for 2015

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 

 SureSkills Tech Trends


Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2015. 

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with the potential for significant impact on the organization in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. These technologies impact the organization's long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

"We have identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes," said David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow. "This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the trends at the same rate, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years."

Mr. Cearley said the top trends for 2015 cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.

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Deloitte claim CIOs struggle to drive IT innovation

Deloitte join ranks of analysts claiming other C-level roles will threaten CIOs

Driving digital strategies and Big Data analytics are the key technology investments for CIOs next year, although their role in shaping technology strategies is “uncertain”, according to research from accounting and advisory house Deloitte. 

The research, which claims to have questioned 900 global CIOs found that 77% of IT budgets were the same or up from last year, with 23% of them down. When asked where they would invest more money if they had it, the majority (30%) said analytics and Big Data. Mobile apps (17%) and private cloud (15%) were second and third in the priority list. Deloitte claim CIOs struggle to drive IT innovation

More than half of CIOs (52%) consider innovation an “important priority”, but said they receive little funding within their IT function. Almost half have less than 10%of their budgets aligned to innovation-related activities. 

Deloitte said in a statement that its survey reveals a “disparity between the excitement over and proposed investment in technology”, and the role the CIO is playing in this transformation. Kevin Walsh, head of Deloitte’s technology consulting practice, said, “The ongoing lack of innovation budget is very surprising given positive current market conditions and a general acknowledgement that technology is essential for organisations to deliver stronger customer engagement. 

“Either there is still limited budget for innovation, or, and perhaps more likely, it has been given to someone else in the organisation.”

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IT Expenditure – CAPEX or OPEX?

IT Expenditure – CAPEX or OPEX? 

Budgets, Costs and IT needs……. The never-ending circle of needing IT resources and having to balance costs with Return On Investment (ROI). 

If you find yourself in this spiral of need, cost and budgets we would like to propose an alternative to having to follow the traditional IT spend and provision lifecycle. 

The Public Cloud has a copious amount of IT Resources (Processing power, Network bandwidth and Storage). These resources are available when you want (or need) it and as you want (or need) it – and as much as you want or need! More importantly - there is no upfront commitment… A Pay-as-you-Go (PAYG) costing model - but only for what you use and not a cent more. 

No CAPEX costs and No inevitable delay waiting for delivery, and then provisioning and patching. 

Amazon Web Services – a Public Cloud and OPEX solution with immediate availability of IT resources. Have you considered an OPEX solution to your Data Centre needs? What about acquiring the necessary in-house skills to use these resources? – We’ve partnered with AWS so we can offer training with a variety of AWS Official training courses. 


Call or email us now or join our ½ day sessions in Belfast for an introduction (Show and Tell) to “The Cloud”. 

Calvin SureSkills VCI

Blog post by Calvin Riskowitz, Principal Cloud Evangelist & Educator with SureSkills. 

CommVault Recognized as an Industry Leader Again

CommVault has done it again! 

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For the fourth consecutive year, CommVault has been positioned in the Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances. 

CommVault have also been named leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software, for the full report, please click here. 

Forrester Wave: Enterprise Backup And Recovery, Q2 '13

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances objectively compares backup software and integrated appliance vendors based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision in an easy-to-read four-quadrant graph with detailed analysis. CommVault believe this is continued validation that their singular approach to data and information management is uniquely capable of reducing risk and costs, unlocking value from data and easily extending operations into cloud infrastructures. 

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According to Gartner, “because the backup/recovery software and integrated appliance market comprises tens, if not hundreds, of vendors, this research narrows it down to those that have a strong presence in midsize and large organization IT environments.” Download the report to learn why CommVault have been named a leader, and why that matters in helping you make better-informed decisions about data protection. 

CommVault have also been named leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software. CommVault named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013 CommVault is top ranked in the current offering category for their backup and recovery software. For CommVault and SureSkills, this report confirms that Simpana 10 is the leading enterprise backup and recovery solution in the market today, and the only product with a single platform for efficient data and information management. CommVault are enabling enterprises worldwide to take a truly modern approach to data protection


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 If you would like to know more about how your company could benefit from adopting the CommVault platform please email us today on for one of our experienced consultants to arrange a call back/workshop. 


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