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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the launch of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 49 Availability Zones across 18 technology infrastructure regions globally with another 12 Availability Zones and four regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the US expected to come online by early 2019. The AWS EU (Paris) Region is AWS’s fourth in Europe, joining existing regions in Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Tens of thousands of French customers already use AWS in other regions, and starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations, can leverage AWS to run applications and store data in France by going to: https://aws.amazon.com/fr/paris/

The AWS EU (Paris) Region offers three Availability Zones. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance. Additionally, the new AWS EU (Paris) Region gives customers with data sovereignty requirements the ability to store their data in France with the assurance that their content will not move unless they move it. The new Region adds to the existing infrastructure AWS already has in France, which includes three Edge Network Locations in Paris and one in Marseille, for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to end users with low latency. These are part of AWS’s existing network of 107 Points of Presence (96 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) globally.


“For over a decade, AWS has been supporting French builders and entrepreneurs, in enterprises and startups, on their quest to reinvent and evolve their customer’s experiences,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We have tens of thousands of French customers using AWS from regions outside of France, but we’ve heard them loud and clear and are excited to deliver them an AWS Region in France, so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads or house any data that needs to reside on French soil.”

Politicians and officials, from French central and local government, also welcomed the opening of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. “The establishment of the AWS Region in France reinforces the attractiveness of our country for digital companies, strengthens the trust of French organizations in the cloud, and creates the right conditions for their digital transformation,” said Éric Bothorel, La République En Marche! representative in the French National Assembly and member of the Economic Affairs Commission, with a focus on Digital Affairs. “The digital revolution is bringing about major economic, social, and societal changes and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the benefit of the French economy as a whole. The cloud is the essential tool to ensure the development of this new economy and the digital transformation of businesses. It is also an important generator of jobs and we are glad to see AWS is a key part of this.”

Valérie Pécresse, President of Ile de France, also welcomed the new AWS infrastructure region saying, “We are delighted that Amazon Web Services is investing heavily in the opening of its datacenters in Île-de-France. It is a recognition of the strength and attractiveness of Ile de France, which is establishing itself as the technical hub of Europe. The region has already become established in the eyes of large companies and startups that have set up their headquarters in the metropolitan area. AWS’s choice to locate their datacenters here will help to attract even more companies and validates our ambition to be the first smart region of Europe.”

One of the reasons customers in France are moving to AWS is the company’s investment in security, compliance, and data protection. All AWS infrastructure regions around the world are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet the most rigorous compliance standards and to provide high levels of security for all AWS customers. These include ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability, PCI DSS Level 1, and many more. This means customers benefit from all the best practices of AWS policies, architecture, and operational processes built to satisfy the needs of even the most security sensitive customers.

AWS is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield and the AWS Data Processing Addendum (DPA) is GDPR-ready and available now to all AWS customers to help them prepare for May 25, 2018, when the GDPR becomes enforceable. AWS’ DPA terms allow customers to transfer personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in compliance with European Union (EU) data protection laws. AWS also adheres to the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) Code of Conduct. The CISPE Code of Conduct helps customers verify that AWS is using appropriate data protection standards to protect their data, consistent with the GDPR. In addition, AWS offers a wide range of services and features to help customers meet the requirements of the GDPR, including services for access controls, monitoring, logging, and encryption.

Customers and APN Partners welcome the new AWS infrastructure Region to France

In France, AWS works with tens of thousands of customers, including more than 80 percent of companies listed on the CAC 40, the French stock market index. Enterprises such as Canal+, Capgemini, Decathlon, Engie, LafargeHolcim, Le Figaro, Les Echos, Mondadori France, Nexity, Schneider Electric, Societe Generale, Soitec, TF1, and Veolia, are now using AWS to speed their time-to-market, lower their costs, and support their businesses globally.

CAC 40 enterprise Schneider Electric is a leader in energy management and automation and is using AWS to support its transition to becoming a digital business. “For the past six years, we have been working with AWS as a key technology provider to support our digital transformation,” said Hervé Coureil, Chief Digital Officer, Schneider Electric. “By migrating our old IT systems to the cloud, we can accelerate our time to market, lower our IT costs, and better support our global business operations. For example, we are building our enterprise big data platform on AWS to give us the ability to centralize data from dozens of critical operational systems. Using AWS enables us to accelerate key decision-making processes and gain meaningful insights from large datasets for our pricing, logistics, human resources, and risk management applications.”

Another CAC 40 enterprise using AWS to support innovation in its business is Societe Generale, one of the largest banks in France and the world. “Societe Generale Group has been working with AWS to accelerate its digital transformation while complying with European and French financial services regulations. Using AWS, we developed SG Research, an application that makes Societe Generale’s analyst reports available to corporate customers allowing them to make better investment decisions,” said Carlos Goncalves, Head of Global Technology Services, Societe Generale. “We welcome the new AWS Region in France as it will help to accelerate the deployment of our hybrid strategy by delivering lower latency between applications running in the cloud and our information systems running in French data centers.”

As well as large, security-conscious enterprise organizations, the public sector in France is also entrusting AWS with mission critical workloads to deliver the highest levels of security and privacy. Public sector organizations using AWS to transform the services they deliver to the citizens of France include Kartable, Les Restos du Coeur, OpenClassrooms, Radio France, Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF), and many others.

SNCF, the French state-owned railway company, chose to build its SNCF mobile application on AWS to give traffic information to the 14 million travelers across its network in real time. “Using AWS, we are able to absorb peaks of hundreds of thousands of users per second on our mobile application. In times of extreme weather, traffic events, holidays, or engineering work, many travelers will connect to the application at once, and AWS gives us the ability to scale to cater to all of our travelers,” said Agnes Chiroux, SNCF Application Project Manager. “The new AWS Region in France is an opportunity for us to speed-up innovation and ensure a good experience for our users. In the future, we expect to develop new predictive features for the SNCF application, using machine learning and big data services in the AWS Region in France, to deliver reliable information to travelers. Using the new AWS Region will enable us to pursue our mission which is to keep travelers informed in real time and always suggest the fastest and easiest way to reach their destination.”

Non-profit organizations are also adopting AWS to innovate and better complete their mission of helping the underprivileged people of France. One example is Les Restos du Coeur, a French charity that provides assistance to the needy, delivering food packages, and participating in their social and economic integration back into French society. Les Restos du Coeur is using AWS for its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to track the assistance given to each of its beneficiaries and the impact this is having on their lives. AWS offers Les Restos du Coeur high levels of security, which is essential for managing beneficiaries’ personal data. “We are delighted to learn that Amazon Web Services has opened data centers in France as it now gives us the option to keep the personal data of our beneficiaries in the country as we expand our use of the cloud,” said Patrice Blanc, CEO at Restos du Coeur. “We started our journey to the cloud by building our CRM system on AWS, which is used by thousands of volunteers in more than 2,000 centers. This allows our teams to manage how we serve beneficiaries and their participation in activities to get them back into society, such as resume writing workshops, cooking classes, French lessons, computing courses, and more. Using AWS, we can now deliver personalized support to each of our beneficiaries and this insight is helping us to bring more people out of poverty, get them into work, and further our mission of helping the people of France.”

Some of the most successful startups—as well as established enterprises and public sector organizations—in France are using AWS to build and rapidly expand their businesses across the country, throughout Europe, and around the world. Companies such as 1001 Pharmacies, Botify, CaptainDash, ContentSquare, Drivy, FrontApp, Iconosquare, Invoxia, Ividata, La Ruche Qui dit Oui!, Linxo, ManoMano, Nestor, Peter, Photobox, Predicsis, Pretty Simple, Realytics, Silkke, Slimpay, Softbank Robotics, Teads, Yomoni, and many more have embraced AWS as the infrastructure that is powering their businesses. One well-known example is AlloResto by JustEat, a leader in the French foodtech industry, which is using AWS to scale to cope with peaks in traffic as well as to innovate faster on behalf of its customers. “We are pleased that the new AWS EU (Paris) Region has now opened as it will allow us to store data closer to our thousands of French customers, lower the latency of running our application, and improve the customer experience,” said Noel Ly, International Platform Manager at AlloResto by JustEat. “We are running a foodorder platform that connects clients with participating delivery and takeaway restaurant partners which means our business sees intense spikes of activity for a few hours of the day, at lunchtime and again at dinner. Our website needs to scale up easily, and thanks to AWS, we are able to do this, fulfilling over 10 million orders this year. Using AWS, we estimate we will reduce our IT costs by around 50 percent in the next two years, something that would have been impossible with our previous co-location environment and for a company like us, saving costs is vitally important to the business. With AWS our stability has never been better which allows us to deliver customers a reliable and responsive application, as well as gourmet food.”

Startups in the regulated financial services industry are also using AWS to increase agility while ensuring the highest levels of security for their applications as they grow their businesses. PayPlug is an online credit card payment solution, which enables e-merchants to enrich their customer experience by providing user-friendly mobile payment gateways. “AWS has been key to the success of our business by providing us with a highly secure, compliant, and PCI DSS-certified infrastructure out of the box,” said Camille Tyan, CEO PayPlug. “When we started PayPlug, a service provider told us that we were too small and that it would be far too complicated for us to get PCI DSS certification, but they changed their mind as soon as we told them our data is hosted on AWS, due to the high levels of security and compliance it provides. Since then, in November 2016, we became one of the first FinTech startups operating on AWS to obtain the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution – ACPR) payment institution license. Now with AWS infrastructure in France, we look forward to further expanding the long list of financial services certifications and accreditations we have.”

French-based AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners also welcomed the arrival of the AWS EU (Paris) Region. The APN includes tens of thousands of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) around the world with APN participation among French based entities growing significantly over the past 12 months. APN Partners build innovative solutions and services on AWS and the APN helps by providing them with business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. In France, APN SIs supporting customers as they move to AWS include Premier Consulting Partners such as Accenture, Capgemini, Claranet, CloudReach, DXC, and Edifixio as well as Advanced Consulting Partners such as ABC Systemes, Atos, CoreExpert, Cycloid, D2SI by Devoteam, Linkbynet, Oxalide, Ozones, Scaleo, and Sopra Steria. These Partners are helping enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications, and provide a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services. APN ISVs including Axway, Commerce Guys, Efront, MicroStrategy, Sage, Software AG, Splunk, Talend, Tibco, and Zerolight are already serving their French customers from AWS Regions around the world, with many also making their software available from the AWS EU (Paris) Region at launch. Customers can also easily find, trial, deploy, and buy software solutions for AWS on the AWS Marketplace.

Capgemini, a CAC40 company and global leader in consulting, technology services, and digital transformation, also welcomed the opening of the new AWS EU (Paris) Region. “We have been working with many regulated companies that want to store their data on French soil and, at the same time, take advantage of AWS, so we are excited about the benefits the new AWS Region in France will bring to our customers,” said Aiman Ezzat, Group Executive Board Member at Capgemini. “As well as French enterprise and public sector organizations, we also see this opening up an opportunity for our many international customers to expand their presence in France and to give their end users low-latency access to their applications in the country. We look forward to working with our customers on the migration of their workloads to this new AWS Region.”

Developers and businesses can access the AWS EU (Paris) Region beginning today. A full list of services is available at https://aws.amazon.com/fr/paris/

About Amazon Web Services
For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 49 Availability Zones (AZs) across 18 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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NEW YORK, NY – Webair, a high-touch, agile Cloud and fully managed infrastructure service provider, announced that it has been identified as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s November 2017 “Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations.” This is the second year in a row that Webair has been recognized in this report.

According to Gartner’s report, “over the past decade, cloud computing has evolved rapidly and is now considered a viable IT service delivery option for new Healthcare Delivery Organization (HDO) IT initiatives and vendor offerings. HDO CIOs should use this guide to better understand this rapidly evolving marketplace and its notable vendors.”


“We’re proud to once again be named as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s November 2017 ‘Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations’,” comments Michael C. Orza, President and CEO of Webair. “Webair delivers agile, fully managed and healthcare-centric Cloud and IT infrastructure solutions. With our Direct Access Cloud, we’re also able to deliver them securely, completely ‘air-gapped’ from the public internet and segmented from other tenants for maximum security and compliance.”

Webair’s Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud solutions for healthcare customers are backed by the industry’s most comprehensive Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and Business Associate Agreements (BAAs). The Company’s Direct Access Cloud enables cloud and other Webair managed services — such as Disaster and Ransomware Recovery, Managed Security, Off-site Backups, and Cloud Storage — to be delivered directly and securely to healthcare organizations’ internal networks from local data centers. Customers can also consume managed third-party services privately, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and cybersecurity monitoring from Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs).

Webair operates a global network of data centers and recovery sites in New York, Los Angeles, Montréal and Amsterdam. The company also employs a HIPAA Compliance Specialist responsible for overseeing proper implementation of managed infrastructure in accordance with HIPAA regulations.

For more information about Webair’s Cloud and IT infrastructure solutions for healthcare, visit www.webair.com/healthcare.

*Gartner: Market Guide for Cloud Service Providers to Healthcare Delivery Organizations, Gregg Pessin, Barry Runyon, 20 November 2017.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Webair
Headquartered in New York for over 20 years, Webair delivers agile and reliable Cloud and Managed Infrastructure solutions leveraging its highly secure and enterprise-grade network of data centers in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Amsterdam, and Asia-Pacific. Webair’s key services include fully managed Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud; Customized Networking; Disaster Recovery-as- a-Service; Ransomware Recovery-as-a-Service; Off-Site Backups; DDoS Mitigation; Web and application stacks; and Colocation. Webair services can be delivered securely via direct network tie-ins to customers’ existing infrastructure, enabling them to consume SLA-backed solutions with ease, efficiency and agility — as if they were on-premise. With an emphasis on reliability and high-touch customer service, Webair is a true technology partner to enterprises and SMBs including healthcare, IT, eCommerce, SaaS and VoIP providers. Because Webair focuses on its core value of owning managed infrastructure within its own facilities, it is also an ideal cloud solution provider and business partner for VARs, MSPs, and IT consultants. For more information, visit www.webair.com

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CHANDLER, AZ – H5 Data Centers, a national colocation and wholesale data center provider, today announced a wholesale data center agreement with LeaseWeb USA, Inc., one of the world’s largest cloud hosting brands. LeaseWeb will expand to H5 Data Centers’ Phoenix data center location at 2600 W. Germann Road in Chandler, AZ. H5 Data Centers will continue to own and operate the state-of-the-art data center, which offers private data center suites for 125-kilowatt and 250-kilowatt increments.

“The expansion and partnership with LeaseWeb is a win-win,” said Josh Simms CEO of H5 Data Centers. “LeaseWeb can offer enterprises a full suite of retail colocation and hybrid IT cloud solutions, while H5 Data Centers can continue to innovate and deliver world-class wholesale data center solutions. We look forward to working with this globally-renown IT services partner.”


The relationship between LeaseWeb and H5 Data Centers will facilitate LeaseWeb’s US growth, while expanding the product offerings for H5 Data Centers’ Phoenix customers. LeaseWeb’s products and solutions include dedicated servers, private cloud, network, CDN, cybersecurity and hybrid IT solutions. Over the past several years, both companies have experienced significant growth and will continue to expand their existing portfolio and networks as their customers grow.

“LeaseWeb USA and H5 Data Centers come together with this Phoenix transaction at a similar scale in the U.S. with a shared focus on delivering excellent service and hybrid cloud technology located as close to our customers as possible,” said Lex Boost, CEO of LeaseWeb USA. “We see great joint opportunities in the Phoenix market, with the potential for an expanded partnership to come across our national footprints.”

About H5 Data Centers
H5 Data Centers is one of the leading privately owned data center operators in the United States with nearly 2 million square feet under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center and interconnection solutions to address the business and operational requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers currently owns data centers in Ashburn, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Seattle. For more information, visit www.h5datacenters.com.

About LeaseWeb USA, Inc.
LeaseWeb USA, Inc. was established in 2011, as a distinct subsidiary of LeaseWeb Global to provide services in the USA. As a trusted partner for mid-market companies, LeaseWeb USA helps businesses find the right solution to their critical cloud-hosting needs from its global, managed hybrid platforms. All of its solutions run on one of the world’s largest, most reliable networks, boasting 5.5 Tbps bandwidth capacity with 58 PoPs and 12 data centers in North America – and a historic uptime of 99.9999 percent. For more information, visit www.leaseweb.com.

About LeaseWeb
LeaseWeb is a leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider serving a worldwide portfolio of 17,500 customers ranging from SMBs to Enterprises. Services include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting, Colocation, and Dedicated Hosting supported by exceptional customer service and technical support. With more than 80,000 servers under management, LeaseWeb has provided infrastructure for mission-critical websites, Internet applications, email servers, security, and storage services since 1997. The company operates 18 data centers in locations across Europe, Asia and North America, all of which are backed by a superior worldwide network with a total capacity of more than 5.5 Tbps. LeaseWeb offers services through its various subsidiaries, being LeaseWeb B.V. (“LeaseWeb Netherlands”), LeaseWeb USA, Inc. (“LeaseWeb USA”), LeaseWeb Asia Pacific PTE. LTD (“LeaseWeb Asia”), LeaseWeb CDN B.V. (“LeaseWeb CDN) and LeaseWeb Deutschland GmbH (“LeaseWeb Germany”). For more information, visit www.leaseweb.com.

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – Sima Solutions LLC (SIMA), a real-time software solutions company and leading Business Process Management (BPM) provider, announced today the strategic deployment of SimaCLOUD, an integrated IBM Cloud Hosting WebSphere Commerce platform. SimaCLOUD Solutions provides clients managed transformation services to migrate legacy WebSphere Commerce application environments into the Cloud. Our new managed services and solutions for WebSphere Commerce hosting is designed to enable companies to bridge on-premises environments into private or public clouds and accelerate app development. The SimaCLOUD solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce includes the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports Docker containers. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and others.

“Regardless of what version of WebSphere Commerce you are starting with, SimaCLOUD Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce has the roadmap to accelerate transformation of your WebSphere Commerce application to cloud hosting,” states Jim Pollitt, President of Sima Solutions LLC. He continues: “The new Sima Managed Services and Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce provides Flexible Platforms with Support for Enterprise Developers to simplify management of WebSphere Commerce and accelerate app development.

  • Dev / Test Cloud Environments to add more application and agile development capacity fast and efficiently
  • IBM Private Cloud migration to move existing application workloads into the latest version of WebSphere Commerce
  • Advanced Cloud Management Automation: Streamlined management across cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols.
  • Security & Data Encryption: Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses; Ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.
  • Core Cloud Platform: Includes a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, and essential management tools surrounding developer runtimes, which are fully integrated and automated.
  • Infrastructure Choice: Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and IBM Data and Application Support & DevOps Tools
  • Infrastructure Choice – Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Data
  • Application Support, Optimized management & DevOps Tools: Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder, as part of software bundles; and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode, which can be added for a separate fee.

About Sima Solutions LLC
Sima Solutions’ SimaCLOUD for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce enables organizations to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere Commerce apps in the cloud environment of their choice. A GSA Schedule 70 contract holder (GS-35F-037AA) with over 20 years’ experience in the IT-consulting industry, Sima Solutions is a leading provider of software and services for IBM’s products based on WebSphere, e-Commerce and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Led by experienced, top-tier lead architects, their consultants provide project-based or staff-augmentation services to design, build and deploy enterprise-class solutions for small to midsize organizations to global enterprises. For more information, visit www.simacloud.com.

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – A new LogicMonitor® survey of nearly 300 industry influencers predicts that enterprises will migrate the majority of their IT workloads from the data center to the cloud by 2020. Fueling this transition will be the 20.8 billion IoT devices Gartner predicts will come online, and the rapid maturation of AI and machine learning technologies. The Future of the Cloud Study also finds that while Amazon holds a dominant leadership position in the public cloud market, Microsoft and Google are closing that gap.

LogicMonitor, the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for Enterprise IT, sponsored the survey, polling both AWS re:Invent attendees and industry analysts, media, consultants and vendor strategists to explore what the landscape for cloud services will look like in 2020. “Our customers continue to ask for guidance in planning their cloud migration strategies,” said Jeff Behl, Chief Product Officer for LogicMonitor. “We designed our survey to gather feedback from some key industry influencers to understand their predictions, and to provide our customers with insights and answers.”


Steady Migration to the Cloud

Survey results confirm that in the short term, 37 percent of all IT workloads will continue to run predominantly on-premises, and 31 percent will run in the public cloud. However, over the next two years, the percentage of premises-based workloads will drop to 27 percent and workloads running in the public cloud will grow to 41 percent with the balance running on private or hybrid clouds. When will 95 percent of all workloads run in the cloud? That’s 10-15 years out but acceleration could pull it in.

The survey asked respondents about the key drivers of this transition: 63 percent cited Digital Transformation followed closely by IT Agility (62 percent) and DevOps (58 percent). This changes dramatically by 2020 when AI and Machine Learning takes the lead followed by IoT.

The Competition Intensifies

Respondents also expect the market to grow increasingly competitive as Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform gain ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Gartner’s research shows Amazon holds a 44 percent share of the overall cloud IaaS market, followed by Microsoft at 7 percent, Alibaba, 3 percent and Google trailing at 2 percent today.

Overcoming the Skills Shortage

The third largest public cloud challenge cited by respondents was that IT staff lacks cloud experience. More than a third also cited lack of visibility.

To get ahead of this, Enterprises should make it easy for IT professionals to gain complete situational awareness of all technologies in their IT stack by answering basic questions like:

  • Is the technology working?
  • Is performance meeting SLAs?
  • Is everything within capacity limits?

One way to quickly gain situational awareness is to consider a SaaS-based performance monitoring solution that monitors everything from the data center up to and including cloud services, such as the LogicMonitor platform. “Traditionally, organizations have used various monitoring tools to keep tabs on different parts of their technology,” said Steve Francis, Founder and Chief Evangelist, LogicMonitor. “Organizations really need an end-to-end monitoring solution that automatically monitors both on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure, services and apps to truly understand what’s going on so they can continue to be agile and proactive.”

To view the full report, “Future of the Cloud Study” please visit the LogicMonitor at https://www.logicmonitor.com/resource/the-future-of-the-cloud-a-cloud-influencers-survey.

About LogicMonitor
LogicMonitor® is the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for Enterprise IT. With out-of-the-box coverage for thousands of technologies, LogicMonitor makes it easy to gain granular visibility into infrastructure and application performance. LogicMonitor’s automated device discovery, preconfigured alert thresholds, and rich, customizable dashboards, come together to give IT teams the speed, flexibility, and actionable insights required to succeed in today’s competitive markets.

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