The Cloud may invoke images of effervescence that leaves no trace, but in reality the Cloud means just another data center, along with the accompanying Carbon Footprint. The issue of being Green has never been higher on the agenda, but how do professionals feel about Green IT, and how does this vary either side of the Atlantic? This paper compares the enthusiasm for Green IT between the US and Europe.
A recent report, The Cloud Begins With Coal, calculated that the ICT ecosystem now approaches 10% of world electricity generation. “The zettabyte era already uses about 50% more energy than global aviation.” While in recent years, we’ve seen Greenpeace release the “How Clean Is Your Cloud?” & “How Dirty Is Your Data?” reports, along with a feature-length article in the New York Times entitled “Power, Pollution and the Internet”, which includes the startling quote, “A single data center can take more power than a medium-size town.”
Whether for or against, Green IT has gradually become a major topic within IT in recent years. But has a once passionate and polarised audience become apathetic after years of intense media attention? How does feeling on the subject vary either side of the Atlantic, and do those within IT feel enough is being done to promote the subject? To gauge the levels of enthusiasm and apathy towards Green IT, we surveyed 149 business & IT professionals from Europe and the US and compared the results. Interestingly, the number of US participants proved far lower than European, due to far less enthusiasm for partaking in the survey.
Apple made waves during Tuesday’s media event when the company announced that its iLife and iWork suite would be free for customers who buy a new Mac or iOS device. But the apps are also free for users who already have the apps installed, and one app is free, period. Here’s our guide to demystifying Apple’s new pricing structure on its iLife and iWork apps.
How “free with purchase” works
When Apple first announced that its iOS apps would be free with the purchase of a new iPhone, I theorized that Apple might include a notification alert after you first activated your new device, with a link to download your free apps. Instead, there’s no link or alert to be found. If you want your free iWork and iLife apps—on OS X Mavericks or on iOS—you have to first visit the Mac App Store to do so. When you do, however, the “Buy” button for those apps will be replaced with “Download” or “Update” (or the iCloud icon on the iOS App Store). I’ll note that iWork and iLife apps only come free for the kind of device you’ve purchased—you won’t get the OS X versions of iLife and iWork for free because you recently purchased a new iPhone or iPad.
Though I can’t yet confirm it (I asked Apple for more details but have yet to receive a response), I suspect that Apple associates the iWork and iLife suite with your Apple ID when you first activate a new device. That way, when you visit the app’s page, it shows up as already “purchased” on your account, and you can download away.
Mobile/Wireless, Outsourced IT Services (including Cloud), and Hardware Investments Rise
Framingham, Mass. – August 2, 2013 – IDG’s CIO, the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership, reveals the CIO Tech Poll: IT Economic Outlook results for June 2013. The study indicates that IT leaders are seeing increased budgets over the next year, with an overall increase of 4.9%, and that mobile/wireless, outsourced IT services (including cloud) and hardware investments are on the rise. As tech investments continue to rise, IT remains a leader in the tech purchase process and collaborates with line of business (LOB) executives on determining the business need.
Spending on New Projects Rises
CIOs remain optimistic on IT spending in the coming year, with more than half expecting to increase their overall budget.
IDG Enterprise’s 2013 Cloud Computing Research Details Cloud Adoption, Ownership of Cloud Investments and Opportunities for Solution Providers
FRAMINGHAM, MA– – IDG Enterprise — the media company comprising Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, DEMO, CSO, CIO Executive Council, ITworld, CFOworld and CITEworld — releases the results from the 2013 cloud computing research, highlighting how cloud is transforming IT, public vs. private cloud strategies, cloud ownership and opportunities for cloud solution providers.
IT Transformation via Cloud Computing
Cloud adoption is maturing and the majority of organizations (61%) have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud. Additionally, one-third (29%) anticipate that the majority of IT operations will be in the cloud in the next five years, with the exception of financial and compliance applications. Cloud computing capabilities that align with business strategy are driving investments, including enabling business continuity (43%), improving customer support and services (43%), increasing flexibility to react to changing market conditions (40%) and reducing resource waste (40%).
IDC Press Release
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.– According to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on hosted private cloud (HPC) services – an operational model for deploying computing infrastructure services of many types via a cloud model – will be more than $24 billion in 2016. HPC spending will experience a compound annual growth rate of more than 50% over the 2012-2016 forecast period as companies and IT providers look to cloud in its various forms as a means to transform and make more efficient and scalable the “how” of what they provide to their customers. Along the way, Hosted Private Cloud services will become the backbone of a new set of infrastructure services, transforming existing provider models for IT outsourcing, hosting infrastructure services, and other key IT industries.
At the highest level, there are two types of deployment models for cloud services: public and private. Public cloud services are designed for a market and are open to a largely unrestricted universe of potential users who share the services. Private cloud services are designed for a single enterprise and have user-defined and controlled restrictions on access and level of resource dedication.
Hosted private cloud is a composite view of two private cloud services deployment models, both of which offer customers and providers very different choices about resource dedication, tenancy cost, user access/control of the computing asset, and real and perceived security structures in place. The two HPC deployment models are:
IDC Press Release
China looks a good bet to be the engine of growth again in 2013, while U.S. will see improving PC market and more software growth
FRAMINGHAM, MA – According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book Query Tool just released (Document # 239304), IT spending remained broadly strong throughout a difficult end to 2012 as business confidence waned in the shadow of the “fiscal cliff’,” economic growth declined in much of Europe, and economies in Asia struggled to cope with reduced exports. In spite of these headwinds, worldwide IT spending recorded annual growth of 5.9 percent in 2012 in constant currency terms, keeping pace with the 5.8 percent growth recorded in 2011. Total IT spending on hardware, software and IT services reached $2 trillion, while ICT spending (including telecom services) increased by 4.8 percent to $3.6 trillion.
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