GoCloud’s Weekly Hosted Desktop News Roundup: #3

SaaS market growth, Gartner Hype Cloud Study, Judge Rules Oracle must Supply HP, VMware announce keynote speakers for ‘Right Here, Right Now’ event

SaaS market growth

According to SaaS publisher Sidetrade Cloud, the first six months of the year saw a 30% increase in transaction volumes when it comes to virtual desktop solutions and said that this is “underscoring the value of the SaaS model”.

The group saw a subscription-based revenue of €3.73m, representing a “double-digit growth of 22.6% during the first six months of the year”.

This would suggest that hosted desktops and similar services continue to gather pace, despite raised concerns surrounding security and privacy this week in the wake of the Apple/Amazon hack, performed on US journalist Mat Hanon.

However, the long-term effect of this is more likely to affect public cloud services rather than private, although it could impact BYOD schemes.

Gartner Hype Cloud Study

Latest research from analysts Gartner, laid out in their Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing 2012 has warned that "enterprises are far from abandoning their on-premise models and applications entirely for the cloud”.

The study found that whilst companies are looking towards deployment to the cloud, they are focusing on specific strategies which best suit their business, in order to gain the best possible experience from the technology.

The research analysts also point out that “cloudwashing”, a term which refers to vendors brainwashing their customers into buying solutions they’re not ready for, has now peaked and this means that buyers remain confused about which solution they should choose for their organisation.

75% of the companies that Gartner surveyed for the study said that they will attempt to implement a private cloud strategy by 2014, with a large percentage looking to virtualization and SaaS as the technology that provides the most benefits.

According to Gartner, this means that more than half of global enterprises will have some kind of SaaS solution in place by 2015.

Judge rules Oracle must continue to supply HP

Oracle will be forced to continue supplying HP with software for its Itanium servers following the ruling of a judge that the former are in breach of contract. This means that Oracle will have to continue producing software for HP servers until they cease production.

"Today’s proposed ruling is a tremendous win for HP and its customers. The Superior Court of the State of California, Santa Clara County, has confirmed the existence of a contract between HP and Oracle that requires Oracle to port its software products to HP’s Itanium-based servers. We expect Oracle to comply with its contractual obligation as ordered by the Court,” HP said in a statement.

Of course, Oracle won’t take this lying down and intend to appeal the ruling on the grounds that “HP misled both its partners and customers.”

"HP’s argument turns the concept of Silicon Valley ‘partnerships’ upside down,” they went on to say.

Oracle decided to stop producing software for the servers when it decided that the technology was approaching the end of its life. The software company issued a statement at the time fully outlining its decision.

Following the ruling, Oracle will be required to offer "any new releases, versions, or updates” for free and as things stand, HP will be looking to seek damages reportedly in the area of $500m.

However, Oracle also said that despite the announcement to discontinue the software, they would continue to offer support to customers for the next ten years, as well as full support to make the transition to a platform of their choice.

VMware announce keynote speakers for ‘Right Here, Right Now’ event

Cloud enthusiasts across the water, or those planning to make the trip later this month, will be interested to learn that VMware has announced the keynote speakers for its “Right Here, Right Now” VMworld 2012 event.

The conference is due to take place on 27th August in San Francisco and will include “more than 230 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers that are driving innovation in the virtualization and cloud computing industry,” the company said in a press release.

There are also expected to be more than 250 sponsors and exhibitors in attendance, including Cisco and HP. The first presentation will be given by VMware CEO Paul Maritz and other VMware executives and is expected to detail how VMware helps customers and partners “thrive in the cloud era”.

For those who will be unable to attend the event in person, a webcast will be available live and on-demand at VMware Now. Tuesday’s event is expected to include CTO Steve Herrod alongside other VMware partners, who will be taking to the stage to demonstrate new technologies; this will also be made available at via webcast.

VMworld Europe 2012 will take place in Barcelona, Spain Oct. 9-11, 2012. For more information and registration, please visit the event website.