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Rapid Cloud Growth and the Industry Impact

Public IT cloud services spending will reach $56.6 billion in 2014 and grow to more than $127 billion in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%, which is about six times the rate of growth for the overall IT market. In 2018, public IT cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server, and storage spending growth.  The above will cause an explosion of software development firms and according to the IDC, 10 times the number of products, services and offerings. What...
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The State of Unified Communications in the Enterprise

UBM Tech recently undertook a study of IT decision-makers at 426 enterprise and SMB organizations to better understand UC adopters. Key findings of the study included: how many organizations have embraced unified communications, obstacle to UC adoption, what adopters have to say about UC and more.  XO Communications has created a infographic that highlights the key findings of the study. See below: Original Source: XO Communications
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Microsoft SPLA Partners Accelerate Revenue Growth, Customer Expansion with Citrix Hosted Desktops

Written by Penny Gralewski   The secret is out: Microsoft RDS licensers are driving additional revenue with the addition of Citrix hosted workspaces. During Microsoft Hosting Summit, Citrix was a Platinum Sponsor, keen to help current Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) partners expand their current hosting business.  Leaders of top service provider and ISV firms from around the world came together in Redmond to learn about -          trends for end user expectations around hosted services -          business opportunities for their service provider firms -          the latest technologies that deliver secure hosted workspaces. With today’s end users expecting anytime, anywhere access to...
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Seizing the Cloud Opportunity: Managed Service Providers Expanding into Hosted Workspaces

Written by Penny Gralewski Happening now: Telcos and managed service providers are expanding their businesses to include hosted technologies, Desktops-as-a-Service, hosted mobility and file sharing, and increasingly looking to Citrix as a top partner. It’s a trend that’s happening now; managed service providers seeing the opportunity to meet customer demand for mobile workspaces. Technology services leaders like All Covered–IT Services from Konica Minolta–are expanding into hosted workspaces and continuing to lead in the managed services space.   Ranked #8 on the MSP Mentor 501, All Covered is driving a new service provider business model and providing the hosted workspaces that end-users demand. Business owners, sales leadership and...
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Defining DaaS – Is It Hosted Desktops or Is It More?

Written by Penny Gralewski During this year at Citrix Synergy, Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) was discussed in several sessions, a packed Meet the Experts talk from Gabe Knuth and even the main keynote. It’s no surprise: the DaaS market is real – and growing. The definition of DaaS is tricky. Several people point at commodity desktops from mega vendors and call that DaaS, but Citrix has a different definition. Today’s workers want complete mobile workspaces. Citrix defines Desktops-as-a-Service as a complete hosted workspace with business-ready apps, complete desktops, data sync and share, plus mobility management. (Read more Desktops-as-a-Service and Complete Workspaces: the User Expectation Research released...
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