Last week on GigaOM Research: all cloud, all the time


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While a series of acronyms dominated the news this week – WWDC, PRISM, E3 – over on GigaOM Research, our analysts were laser-focused on the cloud. This week, we’re featuring three in-depth research reports that look at the cloud in three distinct ways. No surprise there, as Structure, our signature cloud computing and infrastructure conference, is just days away. We still have a few tickets left, so join us for two days of fireside chats, workshops, and panels by some of the most innovative thinkers in the cloud space.

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Cloud: Cloud security market landscape, 2013–2017
Keren Elazari

The rise of cloud computing has brought unprecedented opportunities for companies, bringing enhanced big data processing, mobility for clients and employees, and flexibility in the workplace. But with these advancements come a new set of cyber threats, which capitalize on the security holes that the cloud exposes. Analyst Keren Elazari takes a look at the three major shifts that have impacted the global cybersecurity industry since the infamous “summer of Stuxnet” in 2010, and goes on to identify what market trends, innovations, and business models are currently dominating the landscape. Elazari also provides an overview of emerging cloud-security companies, as well as solutions currently offered by IT giants, and compares the different types of available security solutions.

Cloud: Getting your organization ready for SDN: Part 1
Mark Leary

Analyst Mark Leary presents the first installment of his two-part guide to software-defined networking (SDN), arguing that “a network actively, reactively, and proactively defined by software is a network that is far more ready for anything than a network constructed of static devices, connections, and configurations.” He outlines the benefits of converting to SDN from the IT perspective, the business perspective, and the end user side, and closes with a detailed breakdown of the components that comprise an SDN architecture.

Cloud: How the mega data center is changing the hardware and data center markets
Martin Piszczalski

In his latest report, Analyst Martin Piszczalski takes a look at mega data centers, defined as “a single facility with 15,000 or more servers.” These massive data centers present a scale and energy efficiency that is unmatched by traditional data centers, and are on track to become the standard practice in all modern data centers. However, there are still a number of barriers that mega data centers must overcome before they can become the new industry standard. Piszczalski takes a look at the two mega data center markets, including examples from industry giants such as AWS and Microsoft. He also provides a deep dive into the operations and architecture that Facebook uses in its mega data centers, a rare look at the inner workings of an extraordinarily fast industry leader, before concluding with a market outlook and key takeaways.

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