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Cloud Technology Partners releases cloud migration tool to public beta

Cloud Technology Partners puts its PaaSLane cloud migration tool for application testing and optimization into public beta; plus, more news.

Cloud Technology Partners releases public beta of cloud migration tool 

Boston-based Cloud Technology Partners, a consulting and integration company, this week announced the public beta availability of its first commercial product, PaaSLane.

Designed to reduce the time and effort required to optimize applications for cloud migration, the new software allows users to quickly evaluate new and existing Java and .NET applications for cloud readiness, according to the company. PaaSLane software also evaluates any software-related issues and provides information on how long it will take to fix them.

The product has a rules engine that tunes analysis to specific users' cloud requirements, an open API, and an enhanced user interface, among other features.

In an interview with SearchITChannel, John Treadway, senior vice president for Cloud Technology Partners, explained how PaaSLane works. The software scans an application to determine how ready it is for the cloud, he said. "Then we give it a rating -- how conformant is it with the cloud you're trying to move to? -- we then tell you what you need to do to change the application, and we tell you how much time and effort that's going to require. That's really critical," Treadway said. Companies can use the remediation time estimates to determine in what order applications are moved to the cloud, he said. According to Treadway, PaaSLane speeds cloud migration time by 25%.

Cloud Technology Partners is in the process of recruiting channel partners for PaasLane. Treadway said, "Mostly we've been focusing our attention on cloud service providers because they have a really high vested interest in accelerating the onboarding of applications … but we're also starting to have conversations with a number of systems integrators. And also through the cloud service providers that we're working with, they're helping us engage with their channel partners that are also integrators."

Cisco introduces new collaboration products

Partners attending the annual Cisco Collaboration Summit 2013 held this week in Boca Raton, Fla., were privy to the vendor's new collaboration products announcement.

Designed with a more mobile and distributed workforce in mind, the vendor's new direction in collaboration is for broader, more efficient and instantaneous communications, according to Cisco.

New products include:

  • Cisco Expressway, designed for comprehensive collaboration services provided through Cisco Unified Communications Manager, and a key component of Cisco Collaboration Edge Architecture.
  • Jabber Guest, which facilitates enterprise collaboration with public Web and mobile guest users.
  • Second-generation endpoints, including the Cisco TelePresence MX300 and Cisco IP Phone 7800 series.
  • The Android-based Cisco DX650 Smart Desk Phone, the company's first endpoint that allows users to wirelessly sync their desk phones with their Apple and Android mobile phones.
  • Cisco Prime Collaboration, a single unified management console for managing the majority of Cisco collaboration products.

In a Cisco Telepresence-based briefing with press and analysts last week, Richard McLeod, senior director of Worldwide Channel Sales for Cisco, said, "We can see some game-changing capabilities in Jabber Guest, and also in terms of the Collaboration Edge, to really bring together any device, anywhere, at any time, and bridge that gap between business to business and business to consumer.  We see some incredible vertical applications coming from this and opportunities for our partners … in cloud and video." The best part of all, McLeod said, is that the technology optimizes customers' existing investments. "This is not a rip and replace. It's an 'extend and expand,'" he said.

McLeod said Cisco has been prepping partners around the new collaboration tools, with more than a thousand partners participating in a four-day educational session in June. In addition, he said, more than a hundred Cisco partners have been using Jabber Guest within their own organizations.

VentureTech Network Fall Invitational marks expansion into the UK

Ingram Micro Inc.'s VentureTech Network (VTN) held its Fall Invitational event this week in Palm Springs, Calif. In its 15th year, the group announced U.K. expansion plans, representing the community's first international foray. Currently, Ingram Micro's VTN is an exclusive community of 350 technology providers in North America.

According to Ingram Micro, VTN partners are high achievers, earning more revenue, partnering more frequently, and exceeding market growth in tech areas such as IT infrastructure, networking, security, services and storage.

According to estimates by Gartner Research, growth among VTN companies is tracking at four times the IT industry average.

As part of the VTN community, members and clients gain access to more than 10,000 certified technicians and 17 manufacturer partners, a valuable shared resource to service a variety of business and technical needs throughout North America, according to Ingram Micro.

IBM survey finds cloud gives a competitive advantage

A recent IBM survey of more than 800 business decision makers and users worldwide found that not only is the strategic importance of cloud computing to corporate decision makers poised to double, but also that cloud gives organizations a competitive advantage, boosting revenue growth beyond that of their more cloud-cautious peers.

In addition, the cloud's strategic significance to business decision makers, such as CEOs, chief marketing officers, finance, HR and procurement executives, is poised to grow from 34% to 72%, surpassing their IT counterparts at 58%.

Survey results posted a lot of positives for "Pacesetter" corporate cloud adopters --  the 18% of survey respondents that have deployed cloud on a broad scale and are achieving a competitive advantage from it. In addition to Pacesetters, 31% of survey respondents were considered "Chasers" (those in the early stages of adoption) and 51% were considered "Challengers" (those that are achieving greater efficiency from the cloud but lag Pacesetters in terms of differentiation and market responsiveness). For example:

  • Pacesetter cloud adopter organizations reported almost double the revenue growth and nearly 2.5 times higher gross profit than Chasers.
  • Pacesetter cloud adopters are 117% more likely to use cloud to enable data-driven decisions than their Chaser peers.
  • Pacesetters are 136% more likely than Chasers to reinvent customer relationships using the cloud.
  • Pacesetters are 79% more likely than Chasers to rely on cloud to locate and leverage expertise anywhere in the ecosystem for collaboration.
  • Pacesetters are 170% more likely that Chasers to extensively use analytics information.

Avnet releases Q1 FY14 earnings

Citing revenue of $6.3 billion for the quarter, Avnet Inc. posted an 8.1% increase in revenue from the quarter a year ago.

The Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) division reported revenue growth of 8.6% at $2.4 billion, coming in at the low end of the organization's expectations. According to Avnet, improvements resulted from cost reduction initiatives implemented in fiscal 2013, as well as improvement in gross profits.

Taking a deeper dive, ATS growth in services, storage and software was partially offset by a decline in server growth.

Additional reporting by Sue Troy, executive editor.

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