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Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research's annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of $2.06 trillion spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to the IT world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middleware, analytics, security, and collaboration software, according to an article on CloudTimes.org. Software registered the largest share of tech spending in 2013 and companies will continue to spend in this segment particularly on smart and cloud computing in 2014. While investment in legacy a... (more)

Rackspace Launches New Private Cloud Reference Architectures

Rackspace, co-developer of the OpenStack cloud platform, has created a more direct path for large, full-service IT providers to deploy the popular open source-based software in large-scale private cloud projects, according to an article on eWEEK. Rackspace released three new blueprints, called Private Cloud Open Reference Architectures, to fuel the initiative, which is designed specifically for such companies as EMC, Dell, IBM, NetApp and Hewlett-Packard. The new blueprints primarily are directed at Big Data-type private cloud projects, which are ramping up in many different vert... (more)

Cloud Storage Adoption Gaining Among Businesses

Talk about TMI. Cloud computing is helping businesses combat a growing problem: Too much information and not enough storage capacity, according to an article on eWEEK.com. With businesses increasingly facing the prospect of running out of storage capacity, adoption of cloud storage technologies continues to grow, according to a report from cloud-integrated storage solutions specialist TwinStrata. The survey found that 37 percent of respondents have been using cloud computing for three or more years, more than a one-third increase over last year's 27 percent number. When compare... (more)

Why Small Business Needs Cloud Computing

They may be small in terms of the number of employees, but small businesses stand to reap big benefits when it comes to cloud computing. Cloud is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a small business trying to grow quickly. If you are an entrepreneur or own a small business, here are some reasons compiled by SmartDataCollective.com, why cloud computing would be a good fit. Less Startup Costs Many potential entrepreneurs are inhibited by the huge upfront costs required in order to get a business up and running. Investing in technology can be particularly consuming, but with the cl... (more)

Cloud Computing and 4G: Perfect Together

Just as a team is only as strong as its weakest player, the more robust a mobile broadband service, the more beneficial it is to accessing and running applications in the cloud. There's a strong connection between cloud computing services and mobile broadband, including 4G services. Mobile broadband provides a connection to anyone anywhere within its coverage area. And the latest mobile broadband technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE), often referred to as 4G, provides a mobile broadband connection that is sufficiently fast for most cloud applications, according to an article on ... (more)