GoCloud Hosted Desktop News Roundup #18

EU consider new cloud policy, death of the workstation desktop, Microsoft and Apple bicker over iOS app

Researchers at IDC have found that removing barriers to cloud adoption would considerably increase spending in the public cloud. The report, commissioned by the EU, found that changing policies surrounding cloud adoption could increase spending to around €77.7bn by 2020, which is currently worth around €35.2bn.

Currently, the obstacles that surround firms willing to adopt cloud services include confusion around "legal jurisdiction”, due to companies not quite knowing exactly where their data is stored. There are also the usual security worries as well as uncertainty on the "trustworthiness of suppliers” and "fear of lock-in with propriety systems”.

To overcome this, IDC suggest that "regularity action at the EU level and a determined effort to increase the accountability of cloud vendors”.

"The migration to a new IT paradigm enabling greater innovation and productivity – the roll-out of cloud computing – will generate substantial direct and indirect impacts on economic and employment growth in the EU,” European Government Consulting IDC EMEA associate vice-president Gabriella Cattaneo said.

He went on to say that if the "EU adopts a ‘no intervention’ policy towards cloud adoption”, then cloud could contribute €88bn to the EU GDP; however, if a proactive approach is taken then this could increase significantly generating around €250bn GDP in 2020

"We estimate that the cumulative impact for the period 2015-2020 will be €940 billion in the "policy-driven” scenario, compared to €357 billion in the "no intervention” one,” European Industry Solutions research vice-president Giuliana Folco said.

Policies could include "harmonising data protection and privacy protection regulation, so that cloud service providers and users are sure that the same regulations are respected, no matter where the data is”.

Further considerations are to develop an EU-wide certification for vendors to increase trust and promote regulations and standards.

Is it time for the death of the workstation desktop?

Due to the rise in popularity of BYOD and hosted desktops, analysts Gartner predict that 821 million smart devices will be sold by the end of 2012 and a third of the US population will have some form of tablet or mobile computing device by 2016.

Along with Forrester, this, they say will mean the eventual demise of office workstations which store their own data. Of course, this is good news for the cloud computing industry and is revolutionising the IT industry and the way that enterprises work.

Not only do hosted desktops allow workers to access their data from anywhere, but it also reduces capital outlay and allows for more teleworking.

However, for business, it seems that public cloud is not the answer as many are unsettled by the locked in approach to cloud, along with security. Private cloud is a much safer option for enterprises as there is more control over apps, the vendor can prove assurance with certifications and provide an all round better service.

The current trend in BYOD means that the definition of the desktop is changing, especially with the current ‘tablet wars’ hotting up in time for the festive season. However, a good vendor will offer a range of devices and can even add personalised apps to a hosted desktop solution.

“The death of the desktop” means that in just a few years’ time the IT landscape could be unrecognisable compared to what it is now.

Microsoft and Apple bicker over iOS app

Apple is refusing to let rival company Microsoft issue new updates to its SkyDrive iOS app due to fees when people upgrade the amount of storage in the MS app. According to The Next Web, Apple feel that Microsoft should be paying them the standard 30% fee from the purchase of an app.

This means that Apple have not only refused updates for the app, in line with their policies, but will be locking out any other third party apps that interact with SkyDrive. This is to stop other apps used on other platforms such as Android updating on the iOS app, even if a user has upped their storage capacity, which is often paid for monthly.

It seems that Apple have declined a compromise on the situation, although according to VentureBeat, a Microsoft spokesperson gave them the following statement:

“Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS. We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

Apple’s iOS has much tighter rules when it comes to submitting apps than the Android platform so we shall wait with baited breath as to whether the two companies ever do reach an agreement.