How can we better define IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS? Which are “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”?

The Cloud phenomenon continues to remain the major trend, almost unanimously identified as the main “guilty” of the emergence and rapid development of all other disruptive technologies. However, there are many unclear points and discussion topics related to defining Cloud patterns and especially their beneficial or evil influence…

That’s why Stratoscale, a hyper-converged software start-up asked 32 worldwide experts from IT industry to share their insights on the differences between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. The result of this valuable summary of expert content contribution was published on the Stratoscale’s website in a comprehensive article named: “IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Who is Stratoscale?
Stratoscale is the cloud infrastructure company, allowing anyone to deploy an AWS compatible region in any datacenter. Stratoscale Symphony, can be deployed in minutes on commodity x86 servers, creating an Amazon Web Services (AWS) region supporting EC2, S3, EBS, RDS and Kubernetes. Stratoscale was named a “Cool Vendor in Servers and Virtualization” by Gartner and is backed by over $70M from leading investors including Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm Ventures, SanDisk and Leslie Ventures.

cloud☁mania had the honour of being invited to participate in this initiative. You can read the cloud☁mania’s contribution to the matched theme and some consideration related to the evolution of the Cloud phenomenon. Read here our contribution:

The Future of Cloud Computing 

“We think about cloud computing when we need a scalable solution that can be quickly adapted to the requirements of the organisation’s time and that does not require substantial human and material investment. New business models that migrate existing solutions to the cloud or simply use applications and platforms lessens the burden on managers and allows them to focus entirely on business issues. In my opinion, the different classification models adopted by the cloud community and assimilated as standards by cloud ecosystems are only conventions. IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS are clearly different models, involving different technology components with different addressability.

Hyperconvergence solutions - stratoscaleIt is difficult to directly compare these models because there are very different. It’s important to understand who the users for each model are, and how cloud migration is solving their basic needs: IaaS addresses IT departments; PaaS and all middleware solutions migrated in the cloud are meant for apps developers, and SaaS is very clearly meant for end-users (be it enterprise or private users). Each model has his own adoption popularity and migration threats.

Additionally, from the enterprise point of view, the majority of cloud migration projects are involving a mix of models. This is similar to the attempt to compare public and private cloud – today, it is clear that the most accepted form is actually the hybrid cloud. But there already are a lot of different interpretations, even for the hybrid concept. Recently, the hybrid cloud has started to define various combinations between cloud and on-premises delivered solutions, which is now being discussed as distributed cloud or edge/fog computing in different interpretations. This type of cloud technology is moving the initial processing phases to the users’ terminals (networking edges) in real time, sending to the cloud only recordable data.

The next step is towards software-defined everything or hyper-converged systems, consisting of bundles of hardware and software that integrate particles of processing, storage and networking. Everything is managed by IT admins and by orchestration systems based on cloud tools and development practices.” Contributed by Radu Crahmaliuc, Founder, cloud☁mania.

From Cloud models flavours, benefits and dark sides, to XaaS, CPaaS and containers  

Connecting-To-Public-CloudHere is a briefing summary of other contributors perspective can be synthesised in few general conclusions. Important to note this is a personal selection aimed only to underline the most interesting aspects of this big Cloud diversity. To read the full specialists/ statements please see the original Stratoscale’s article “IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

“While these cloud models offer a lot of convenience and flexibility, they do all have downsides. Things can go horribly wrong with either SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS when the provider hosting your instances has an outage”Peter Tsai, IT Analyst, Spiceworks;

“Clients should strive to separate application lifecycles from hardware lifecycles, which is greatly enhanced by allowing cloud service providers to handle the challenges of maintaining capacity and services in the face of unknowns” Niels Goldstein, Director of Hybrid IT Management and Modernization Practice, CGI Federal

Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) is a beautiful thing – consume the best of breed services or the service de jour that your business organization wants, at the scale that it’s needed, anytime, anywhere. The good in this is clearly the agility, availability and scalability of services. In addition, on-demand services mean that one only pays for the services consumed at the time of consumption.”  – Kong Yang, Head Geek, SolarWinds

“The future of cloud computing depends upon factors that go way beyond the many services it offers. It’s not just about understanding what will work, won’t work, or what will fail terribly – it’s about thinking about the big picture, and noticing the obvious, which is getting ignored”. Naveen Joshi, DirectorAllerin

“Many IaaS vendors restrict customers’ network configurations, so sometimes really ugly workarounds are needed to get applications to work properly without redesign.” Ruslan Synytsky, CEOJelastic

“There are three Very Different Cloud Model ‘Flavors’ of current Cloud computing. Sometimes there are no clear-cut divisions between the three and the edges can be a bit blurry.” –  Dr. Roman Zenner, Industry Analyst & Content WriterCommercetools

“The most wonderful advantage of IaaS is the capability to transfer work to the cloud during peak demand in on-premise systems.” – Rahul Singh, Assistant Manager, Digital Marketing, SEO & BrandingPersistence Market Research (PMR)

The typical understanding is that the application sphere of cloud computing models is applicable only for pooling of ICT resources: servers, storages, switches, and so on. But the application sphere is obviously much broader – it may cover the entire spectrum of services and products and can be applied not just to servers, storages and switches, but to any kind of resource, such as vehicles, industrial equipment, buildings, and so on.”  – Alexander Gerasimov, Director of Сloud & ICT Market AnalysisJ’son & Partners Consulting

Deploying both IaaS and PaaS offers flexibility for design and deployment. The good news is that the delivered solution is fully operational, and you can focus on your data and processes without having to worry about operational details. The bad news, of course, is that you are limited to whatever features and modifications the vendor offers”. – Roger Strukhoff, Director of ResearchAltoros 

“The main concerns when using IaaS involve the details of the platform that are somewhat opaque (for example, networking performance, and particularly networking performance characteristics of different node types.”-  Mark Chopping, COOKognitio

Promising and innovative developers need the right tools to bring their application visions into the world. If they’re stuck working with a subpar development environment, they spend more time trying to work around the limitations in the system than they do meeting their original goals.”- Mark Geene, CEO & Co-Founder, Cloud Elements

“Why is Anything-as-a-Service good, and why might it be bad? The simple HR answer is: “It depends.” An “-as-a-Service” offering exists for almost anything you can think of in IT these days. Some of those services are fairly baked, like IaaS and SaaS, and are relatively easy to consume.”Mark Thiele, CSOApcera

“The cloud is definitely one of the key accelerators of digital transformation because it functions as a catalyst in promoting effective dialogue between businesses and IT today. The cloud is fast and easy to use, less expensive and increases business agility.” contribution of Suyati

IaaS requires expert knowledge to deploy complex applications in the cloud. The customer cannot manage and control the underlying physical infrastructure, and can only control the virtual platform.”Ekaterina Yudina, Project Manager and Content EngineerIT-GRAD

In recent years, PaaS is viewed in combination with microservices and concepts like containers and DevOps, which broadens its scope for innovation. But PaaS is not yet a very mature market and is still at the early stage of adoption. PaaS offerings also have a confusing marketing message.”- Nandavarapu Kiran, Director, Hi-Tech PracticeBlueocean Market Intelligence

“Despite its many benefits, IaaS is not optimal for certain use cases. Businesses that need ultra low-latency for sensitive applications are probably better off building a local data center where they can always guarantee optimal performance.”Contributed by DoubleHorn

PaaS has a definite dark side because it is most likely to cause lock-in to a particular cloud. Additionally, use of PaaS services is often metered, and can result in unexpectedly high costs if the use case scenarios are not appropriate.“ – Scott Chate, VP Partner & Market DevelopmentCorent Technology Inc.

“Everything is SaaS. IaaS is basically someone with a big server using software like VMware or Hyper-V to split up the server’s resources into software-based virtual servers. PaaS is basically someone with a big server using software like Azure to create software-based development environments. On these environments, people can write their own software – maybe even another SaaS solution – and present it to the world.”Richard May, Managing Director, virtualDCS

“When choosing cloud vendors for business-critical services, it is, therefore, worth to at least check to see how difficult it would be to migrate. It might not be that difficult to switch infrastructure providers as long as you stick to pure virtual machines, but the more you use higher-level platform services, the more bound you become to them.”Marcin Okraszewski, Software ArchitectCloudorado

“Before the cloud, every huge enterprise had a data center with walls, guards, fences, and locks to secure critical data. Now, organisations of any size can take advantage of world-class data centers run by Amazon AWS or Google GCE.”Patrick Kerpan, Co-Founder and CEO, Cohesive Networks

“If your organisation provides digital or software-based products and services which differentiate you from your competitors, you need the flexibility to build solutions that are your own product, and which distinct from your competition’s. This is what leads organisations to consider IaaS/PaaS over SaaS.”Dan Norris-Jones, Director and Co-Founder, Priocept

“Working with IaaS raises concerns with regards to sensitive data. There is also the question of security compliance and adhering to external data security regulations: Does the provider have security measures in place to manage communication outages such as denial of service, or attacks such as IP spoofing, DNS poisoning, ARP poisoning or RIP? “ – Cohen, Principal Blogger, Electric Monk

You should begin from strategic objectives, and ask: What should the cloud bring your company? Cheaper IT, better IT, or faster IT innovation? These are different goals, which, together with your company’s current or planned IT competence, drive your service model decisions.”Peter van Eijk, Head Coach,

Compared to deploying on-premises bare-metal servers, leveraging the IaaS model can provide higher levels of physical and logical security, a more robust underlying hardware platform and complete management by IT professionals.”- Matthew Chesterton, CEO, OffsiteDataSync

“XaaS is the new hulk of the cloud computing. Born due to elasticity offered by the cloud, XaaS can provide an ever-increasing range of solutions, allowing businesses to choose exactly the solution they want, tailored for their business, irrespective of size/vertical.” Amarkant Singh, Head of ProductBotmetric

“In my opinion, there are three major benefits of any XaaS solution: mobility, security, and predictability.” Paul Powell, Microsoft Practice LeadBishop Technologies, Inc.

“IaaS, SaaS and PaaS all have their own pros and cons. Just like other available solutions, such as on-premise or a private cloud, the current situation a specific organisation is in defines which solution fits best.”Jelle Visser, Sales and MarketingValueblue

“The good thing about SaaS is that you can set it and forget it – usually everything works well for the first few months/years. Certain SaaS providers also offer trial periods or even free memberships as long as you remain under the quotas.”Mark, Blogger, Marksei

“The biggest concern with SaaS is data security and on-premise integration. Challenges include: integrating SaaS with existing applications, availability of well-defined APIs and the cost of accessing them, user onboarding and offboarding, and integrating SaaS with existing on-prem applications.” – Pradipta Banerjee, Blogger, CloudGeekz

“SaaS is ideal for businesses where certain software is used irregularly or in the short term, such as for tax or billing software. Furthermore, businesses that rely on remote access from different devices benefit from SaaS models, as their software can be accessed on any device.” –  Contributed by CTS

“Many public clouds limit the amount of customization and control you have over the environment, potentially leaving you to contend with noisy neighbours, latency issues, suboptimal application performance, and security concerns – all of which eat up time and energy.” – Contributed by B2cloud

“Although some experts believe that when it comes to security and performance, a single-tenant model would fit better, I see multi-tenancy as the most elegant and cost efficient cloud deployment model.”- Richard Velden, Developer, Werken bij Qualogy

“The biggest change in the field of cloud services is the enthusiasm around containers. I see the success of this as similar to the success of APIs compared to the success of SOA”John Mathon, CEO, Agile Stacks Inc.

 “Most organisations manage network assignments using Excel spreadsheets. When the networking team receives a request to set up a new network, they access the spreadsheet for suitable resources.” – Juha Holkkola, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist, FusionLayer Inc.

“When security is done right, the cloud can be even more secure than traditional software. 62.9% of IT professionals believe the cloud platforms have equal or better security than on-premises software.” – Kamal Shah, SVP of Products and MarketingSkyhigh

“These two trends – the shift from standalone, siloed communication environments to embedded communications, and the shift from on-premises communications systems to cloud-based services – are big market drivers today, and the pace of those shifts are accelerating.” Dan Nordale, Chief Revenue Officer, Flowroute

“Although the SPI models are important, the impact of XaaS will tip the scale toward a massive paradigm shift in which technology is no longer considered a mere resource, but also a strategic imperative for ensuring business profitability in mass.”James O’Connor, Analyst and Technical Writer, eFileCabinet


Talking about Hybrid Cloud with Mr Ian Moyse

Digital transformation is an easy buzzword to use, but a difficult outcome to achieve



“The buzz around hybrid has challenged how many in IT approach to cloud and opened up new opportunities to utilise new platforms. It is also going to drive more innovation from the tech vendors on making hybrid more seamless, allowing customers to flex compute back and forth between platforms and vendors easier and quicker than we see today.”


Ian Moyse

Director at Cloud Telephony provider Natterbox#1 Global Social Cloud Influencer 2015 & 2016 (Onalytica) and Cloud Industry Commentator


A few days ago we announced the official release of the first Hybrid Cloud Catalogue published in Romania. Being the 6th edition of a successful Cloud Computing Romania catalogues edited since 2014 by the publishing partnership between Agora Group and cloudmania, the Hybrid Cloud Catalog main purpose is to offer to local customers community a comprehensive guide, starting from Hybrid Cloud definitions, theoretical concepts, and models descriptions, passing to hybrid solutions advantages, market figures and trends, key steps in the migration process, use cases, and finishing with the specific solutions offered by international and Romanian providers on the local market.

One important part of this Hybrid Cloud guide is a comprehensive analyse based on specialists statements about hybrid advantages and market evolution. cloud☁mania addressed the same two questions to few international and local Cloud gurus & pioneers, managers, and specialists, all statement being published in Hybrid Cloud Catalogue in a dedicated special section named ”What are specialists thinking about Hybrid Cloud”.

Starting from now, cloud☁mania will publish all specialists’ contributions as individual articles. The first in these articles series is the answers offered for cloud☁mania by Mr Ian Moyse, Director at Cloud Telephony provider Natterbox and one of most popular Cloud evangelists, #1 Global Social Cloud Influencer in 2015 & 2016 (Onalytica) and Cloud Industry Commentator.

cloudmania: Which are the main advantages of the Hybrid Cloud model in the business transformation process for any organisation?

Ian Moyse: In the past few years the Cloud offering has shifted from a cost saving driver to an enabler of business innovation and transformation.  Cloud offers a plethora of form factors (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Private Cloud & Public cloud) and it is no surprise that for most businesses of size, a hybrid cloud model has become a common adoption model.

Digital transformation is an easy buzzword to use, but a difficult outcome to achieve. It often disrupts not only technology but processes, people and emotions too.  Identifying the panacea design and outcomes desired from a transformation is easy, getting there is not. Utilising a mixed approach of on-network, private & public cloud compute and mixing SaaS, PaaS & Iaas offers both a more palatable journey for the business and staff and a way to mitigate risks.

Where an application is core mission critical and legacy to the business consider retaining the codeset and leveraging cloud compute for higher resiliency and cheaper faster compute power.  Where the application can be changed consider a newer SaaS replacement, mix and match is the new world, allowing higher performance, better resilience, reduced costs combined with mitigation of risk.

cloudmania: How is the Hybrid Cloud adoption/ migration influencing the IT market development in the next 3 years?

Ian Moyse: The buzz around hybrid has challenged how many in IT approach to cloud and opened up new opportunities to utilise new platforms. It is also going to drive more innovation from the tech vendors on making hybrid more seamless, allowing customers to flex compute back and forth between platforms and vendors easier and quicker than we see today.

Companies need to re-invent and become agile and more aligned to the new customer dynamic, those expecting rapid high-quality service/outcomes 24*7 from anywhere and any device.  This is how businesses need to view Hybrid cloud, what can it enable us to better serve our customer, NOT what can it do to change our technology use for the sake of technology.

We can expect to see market disruption of tech vendors to continue, increased acquisitions and mergers and likely some more big name legacy technology failures as we recently saw with Avaya. The new world is customer service 1st; take heed quickly of Cloud, Mobile, IOT, Big Data and other new technology trends and how they fit into your business model and help address your customer needs.

cloudmania: Thank you, Ian Moyse, for your valuable contribution for the first Hybrid Cloud Catalogue in Romania!

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First Hybrid Cloud Catalogue in Romania

Primul Catalog de Cloud Hibrid din România disponibil acum și online!

A 6-a ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania, dedicată soluțiilor de Cloud Hibrid, rezultat al bunei colaborări între Agora Group și cloudmania, poate fi citită acum și online. De ce acum un Catalog despre Cloudul Hibrid? Deoarece acum este momentul. Toți analiștii spun că 2017 va fi Anul Cloudului Hibrid în întreaga lume. Rămâne să vedem dacă și în România…

”It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.

It is the one most adaptable to change.”

Charles Darwin

Implementările bazate pe modele hibride de Cloud se bucură de o popularitate în continuă creștere pentru că oferă soluții de compromis, la îndemâna oricărei organizații care știe ce vrea și pe ce poate miza, și nu visează la o teleportare pe o planetă digitală. Căci, vrem nu vrem, ne-am trezit în plină eră în care limbajul universal de business a devenit digital, iar tehnologiile disruptive în frunte cu soluțiile Cloud tind să acapareze orice strategie de dezvoltare. Cei care încă ezită să facă pasul radical către migrarea într-un Cloud public, pot găsi în arhitecturile hibride de Cloud cea mai bună combinație între controlul intern și beneficiile clasice ale mediilor publice.

De la editarea primului nostru Catalog Cloud Computing în ianuarie 2014 implementările bazate pe modelul de Cloud Hibrid au devenit tot mai populare. Cu o platformă hibridă, orice companie poate alege tehnologii on-premises, infrastructuri private de Cloud gestionate sau nu, precum și servicii publice de Cloud de la unul sau mai mulți furnizori va suporta nevoia crescută de procesare în orice moment, de oriunde. Piața de Cloud Hibrid va crește în următorii 3-4 ani ani cu o medie de 22%, iar aproape trei sferturi dintre directorii IT și managerii chestionați de un studiu The Economist Intelligence Unit sunt deja pe cale de a adopta un model de Cloud hibrid.

Iată un sumar al conținutului primului catalog de Cloud hibrid publicat în România:

  • Trăim într-o lume hibridă, contradictorie, dar care evoluează inevitabil spre Cloud – Radu Crahmaliuc (R.C.), cloud☁mania;
  • Tot ce e mai bun din ambele lumi: 25 de întrebări despre Hybrid Cloud – R.C., cloud☁mania;
  • Ce cred specialiștii despre Cloudul hibrid? – R.C., cloud☁mania;
  • Hibridul ca motor al pieței de Cloud din România – R.C., cloud☁mania;
  • Modelul pragmatic IDC pentru abordarea Cloud hibridă – Răzvan Savu, IDC;
  • Cloud-ul hibrid în România – Eugen Schwab-Chesaru, PAC;
  • Cloud hibrid cu ajutorul produselor Cisco și ale serviciilor profesionale Datanet Systems – Datanet Systems;
  • Protejați-vă aplicațiile și datele cu ajutorul soluțiilor de securitate pentru Cloud de la Palo Alto Networks – Palo Alto Networks;
  • Soluții enterprise de Cloud pentru aplicații critice – Dell EMC;
  • eLearning în Cloud sau cum redevenim stăpâni pe timpul nostru – Viorel Jigman, SIVECO Romania;
  • Coperta 2: Servicii NXDATA
  • Coperta 3: SocrateCloud: ERP 7 CRM & BI în Cloud – BIT Software;
  • Coperta 4: GTS Data Center & Cloud (IaaS) – GTS Telecom.

Le mulțumim specialiștilor care ne-au oferit părerile lor: Bernd BECKER – Entrepreneur and Cloud Computing Expert Scout2Cloud Consulting, co-founder and former President EuroCloud Europe, Ron KEREN – IBM Country Leader Romania & Republic of Moldova, Ian MOYSE – #1Global Social Cloud Influencer & Cloud Industry Commentator , Florin ILIA – Președinte și Director General SIVECO Romania, Nicoleta MACOVEI – Executive Director Asseco SEE Europe, Gabriel MARIN – Chief Executive Officer OMNILOGIC, Mihnea MIHĂILESCU – General Manager Ymens și Răzvan STOICA – Chief Executive Officer GTS Telecom.

Le mulțumim, de asemenea și companiilor partenere la acest proiect, care au participat cu informații despre tehnologiile și oferta lor curentă de soluții ce pot fi angrenate într-o structură hibridă: BIT Software, Datanet Systems, Dell EMC, GTS Telecom, IDC Romania, NXDATA, PAC, Palo Alto Networks și SIVECO Romania.



Welcome to DataCenter Forum 2017, Bucharest, 11th of May

Organised by Tema Energy, DataCenter Forum is the first exclusive event dedicated to professionals from data center area. More than 14 most important players from data center equipment industry will be present in this first edition of  DataCenter Forum hosted by Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Bucharest 11th of May.

The DataCenter Forum is offering to sponsor and participants a +550 sqm exhibition area for indoor and outdoor equipment. Between the Data Center providers which will present in this exhibition area will be  APC by Schneider, Carrier, Caterpillar, Hoppecke, Leoch, Mitsubishi Electric, Nexans, Pyralis, Riello, Rittal, Toshiba, Uniflair, Uniline, and Vertiv.

The Conference sessions Agenda is based on 15 keynotes and workshops dedicated to data center industry landscape, digital transformation trends and how if influencing this the data center evolution, practical guides in equipment selection, DC infrastructure management and operations best practices,  physical protection of data center and data rooms, and backup process optimisation.

One of the most interesting presences in Datacenter Forum event will be Uptime Institute, worldwide recognised authority for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability. Scott  Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA will sustain for the first time in Romania a conference dedicated to “Digitization & the changing shape of data center”, and a workshop named “Data Center Management & Operations Best Practice“.

Scott Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA

Uptime Institute created the standard Tier Classification System as a means to effectively evaluate data center infrastructure in terms of a business’ requirements for system availability. The Tier Classification System provides the data center industry with a consistent method to compare typically unique, customised facilities based on expected site infrastructure performance, or uptime. Furthermore, Tiers enables companies to align their data center infrastructure investment with business goals specific to growth and technology strategies.

The Data Center Site Infrastructure Tier Standard: Topology defines the requirements and benefits of four distinct Tier classifications for data center infrastructure. Each Tier aligns with a specific function in the business world and sets the appropriate criteria for power, cooling, maintenance, and capability to withstand a fault. Tiers are progressive; each Tier incorporates the requirements of all the lower Tiers. Additionally, Tiers has been demonstrated as a meaningful industry standard because Tiers allows a variety of solutions, allowing the flexibility to meet both the performance goals and comply with local statutes, codes, and regulations. 

DataCenter Forum will present to the local participant’s solutions for the whole operational spectrum, available for both DC services providers, and for the organisations able to administrate their own infrastructure. Participants will have the possibility to evaluate and to discuss directly with specialists in cooling systems, UPS’, fire prevention, security, backup, data & disaster recovery, communication and networking, monitoring and maintenance, and more.

Tema Energy will present a mobile Data Center developed a proprietary concept and already implemented in some public and private organisations in Romania.  Established in 2002, Tema Energy is the leader in Romania in the Data Center and Power Supply systems turn-key execution. What highly define our company are the management culture and our lasting experience in Integrated Systems and Solutions.

In line with the constant preoccupations to promote new technologies and their benefits in the context of the digital transformation process, cloudmania will have an active presence at the DataCenter Forum 2017, as a media partner.

Join Free admission to DataCenter Forum 2017, hosted on May 11th by Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bucharest, but don’t forget to REGISTER HERE before.





4 ani de cloud☁mania: Transformarea digitală prin Cunoaștere


Cu peste 4 ani de prezență publică activă,  cloudmania s-a afirmat ca cea mai populară platformă independentă de digital knowledge din Europa Centrală și de Est.

Lansată în Februarie 2013 ca un proiect editorial bazat pe instrumente tehnologice sociale, evoluția cloud☁mania reprezintă un adevărat exemplu de transformare digitală. Pornind de la un hobby ce avea ca scop plăcerea de a analiza și a partaja cele mai interesante informații despre Cloud Computing, cloud☁mania a devenit o platformă de cunoaștere, care are ca principal obiectiv transformarea know-how-ului în valori de business.

Dar, nu numai atât… cloud☁mania

  • este o punte de legătură între consumatorii de tehnologie digitală și furnizorii de soluții, comunitățile de business și profesionale;
  • ajută utilizatorii să înțeleagă mai bine nevoia schimbării în business, alternativele oferite de Cloud, procesele de migrare în Cloud;
  • nu acoperă doar tehnologiile Cloud, ci adresează întreaga gamă de tehnologii digitale inovative: virtualizare, Big Data & Analytics, Mobile Computing, Fog Computing, Internet of Things, Machine-2-Machine, Industry 4.0, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Digital Marketing și altele…

Asumându-și un rol, de liant în coagularea unei comunități active de Cloud în România, cloud☁mania a devenit membru activ EuroCloud din Ianuarie 2016, implicându-se, pe lângă colaborările anterioare, în promovarea și jurizarea internă și internațională a concursului EuroCloud Award și de organizarea și moderarea Forumului EuroCloud de la Bucuresti.

Prin diversitatea și profesionalismul serviciilor oferite, capacitatea de customizare, expertiza internațională și flexibilitatea ofertei adaptată la cerințele sezoniere ale clientului, cloud☁mania se dovedește un adevărat ”Cloud de servicii de consultanță”. Spuneți-ne ce nu puteți să faceți singuri și face cloud☁mania pentru dumneavoastră!

Clienții cloud☁mania își pot externaliza activitățile de procesare și analiză a cunoașterii digitale pentru care nu au suficiente resurse interne și se pot concentra pe valorificarea valorii cunoașterii, ce constituie driverul transformării digitale.

Astfel, portofoliul serviciilor oferite de cloud☁mania pe plan intern și internațional se bazează pe:

  • Conținut original (articole, broșuri, povești de succes, testimoniale, bloguri de companie, prezentări customizate, infografice, ghiduri online, White Papers & eBooks, Catalogul Cloud Computers Romania – 6 ediții
  • Studii de piață, analize și evaluări (cercetări de piață, analize independente, poziționări, analiza concurenței, cercetări la cerere, sondaje ad-hoc)
  • Consultanță și business development pentru vânzări și marketing (strategii și servicii Demand Generation, campanii Leads Generation, deschiderea de subsidiare și lansarea de noi produse, auditarea și eficientizarea proceselor de marketing și comunicare, strategii și campanii de marketing și comunicare, brand awareness și Employer Branding, programe de instruire în marketing și vânzări pentru Cloud și tehnologii digitale
  • Consultanță și organizare evenimente (conferințe, seminarii și workshopuri, Webinarii pe teme de transformare digitală, prezentări Keynote și moderări conferințe B2B, interviuri VIP și declarații în exclusivitate.

Cea mai recentă realizare cloud☁mania este editarea celei de-a șasea ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania dedicată soluțiilor Hybrid Cloud. Realizat în colaborare cu Agora Grup, primul catalog de Cloud hibrid din România are o structură editorială bazată pe un Ghid de Cloud Hibrid, care prin cele 25 de întrebări oferă răspunsuri pertinente și sistematizate despre fenomenul hibrid, de la definiții și modele de Cloud hibrid, la avantaje și dezavantaje, cifre de piață, sfaturi utile pentru adopție, precum și criterii de alegere a celor mai potrivite soluții pentru fiecare. În plus, Catalogul se bucură de contribuția personală a unui grup de 8 experți, evangheliști, pionieri ai pieței de Cloud, manageri și specialiști cu mare experiență pe piața internă și internațională care au răspuns la același set de întrebări ce rezumă chintesența fenomenului hibrid: ce avantaje oferă și cum va marca evoluția viitoare a pieței. În fine, pentru a oferi o imagine cât mai realistă despre potențialul pieței autohtone de soluții hibride, Catalogul conține o analiză a centrelor de date existente în acest moment în România, realizată de cloud☁mania prin studierea datelor publice oferite de furnizori, cu menționarea principalelor categorii de soluții și servicii hibride oferite. Catalogul Cloud Hibrid a apărut deja în forma tipărită și va putea fi consultat și online.

Articol este publicat și pe site-ul EuroCloud Romania, la rubrica de Știri despre membrii comunității.


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Time is passing…Three years ago “Avalansa BigData” (EN: BigData Avalanche) was the first article published in cloud☁mania.

Logo Patrat Radu micBut this was not properly the beginning of my editorial activity. This was more than 20 years ago… The first blogging articles was already online versions articles published in business and technical media. cloud☁mania was from beginning an ambition. It was my wish to come with something new, something different in professional social media dedicated to IT.

Cloud wasn’t an arbitrary subject. From the start everything was designed for the Cloud. A big volume of data about Cloud existing. Huge volume of information received every day. All of these had to be better valued. From the beginning cloud☁mania was not a simple Blog. It was a platform for social development of a lot of activities related to Cloud computing technologies. After the first original articles and surveys, everything had start to be in a shape. A Cloud knowledge platform shape based on articles, studies, Webinars, business presentations, consultancy, partnerships, Cloud Catalogues, Cloud contest jury membership, international workshops, exclusivity interviews, international events, media sponsorship, education, trainings, specializations, certifications, careers, and what I better like: most interesting key studies and Cloud adoption success stories.

What’s happened with cloud☁mania in 3 years? Let’s figures talk:

  • +313 articles/ blog post
  • 22 Cloud categories
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Calalog Cloud Computing Romania, 4th Ed. Internet of Things.

Top 10 International Articles (English language) in the last year:

  6. IDC IoT Forum Bucharest: From Enterprise Assets Intelligence to Industrial Internet
  8. First IoT Catalog in Romania

Top 10 Local Articles (Romanian Language) in last year:

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Sorin Mindrutescu – Oracle Country Leader Romania & CEE Cloud Leader

  1. DESPRE CLOUD SI STRATEGIA ORACLE DE TRANSFORMARE DIGITALA CU DOMNUL SORIN MINDRUTESCU (About Cloud and Oracle Digital transformation Strategy, with Sorin Mindrutescu)
  2. PRIMA CONFERINTA INTERNATIONALA IoT DIN ROMANIA (First International IoT Conference in Romania)
  3. CINE SE TEME DE UBERIZARE? (Who is Afraid Uberisation?)
  4. PUTEREA ANALITICĂ A SISTEMELOR FOG COMPUTING (Analytical Power of Fog Computing Systems)
  5. DISRUPTIVE NU SUNT TEHNOLOGIILE, CI MODELELE MUTANTE DE BUSINESS (Disruptive are not Technologies, but Mutant Business Models)
  6. DE UNDE AU APARUT FURNIZORII IoT? (From Where IoT Providers are Coming?)
  7. SUNTEM DESTUL DE INTELIGENȚI PENTRU VIITOARELE SMART CITIES? (Are We Intelligent Enaugh for the Future Smart Cities?)
  8. DESPRE ROCS DIN FATA, DAR MAI ALES DIN SPATELE CORTINEI… (About ROCS from the Front, but More from Back of the Curtain…)
  9. BATALIA TITANILOR CLOUD E ABIA LA INCEPUT (Cloud Titans War Just Beginning)
  10. DESPRE MOBILITATE IN CLOUD CU DOAMNA ANDREEA MARASESCU (About Cloud Mobility with Andreea Marasescu)

Most Appreciated Categories:
• PRACTIC • ABC • Research • Events • Media
Geographic distribution of cloud☁mania’s visitors
Here was an interesting phenomenon. If in the first year 2013 more than 70% from visitors were from Romania, in 2014 International visitors represented 57%, and in 2015 were more than 62% from yearly number of visits, and in this year beginning 66%… cloud☁mania’s visbility is now global. Visitor’s map is including now 136 countries and territories.

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cloud☁mania Visitors Geographical Distribution


Top 10 Countries % from Top 10 Total

Coming back to figures, excepting Romania, Top 10 Visitors Countries are:
1. United States 25.38% from total visitor number (excepting Romania)
2. India 13.82%
3. UK 7.24%
4. Germany 4.44%
5. France 3.98%
6. Russia 3.53%
7. Italy 2,07%
8. Czech Rep. 2.03%
9. Canada 1.89%
10. Japan 1.71%

Looking to countries repartition on continents (Romania included):
Europe 42%
North America 28%
Asia 24%
South America 3%
Africa 2%
Australia 2%

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A lot of projects are in 2016 agenda. At least two new editions of Romanian Cloud Computing Catalogue will be released. More focus will be on digital transformation and how business and industries are reacting to digital technologies. Digital transformation, digital industry, IoT, M2M, smart communities will be constant subjects. In the same time, Cloud computing evolution, second Cloud wave, Cloud migration, Cloud adoption, Cloud restriction, Cloud security, Cloud certification, Cloud standards, and Cloud specialization will continue to represent the main attention for cloud☁mania.

More activities for digital knowledge, digital transformation barometer, and Cloud in depth analyses will be the main development drivers for cloud☁mania in 2016.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” said Peter Drucker.
Let’s create the new Digital Community!

First IoT Catalog in Romania

AGORA Group and cloud☁mania started the new 2016 year with The 4th edition of Cloud Computing Catalog dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. This is practically the first Romanian IoT dedicated publishing project released in print and online media.

CCC4 CoverAccording IDC, year-to-year growing of IoT market in CEMA region is expected to expand with 22% in 2015, reaching $14 billion in total value. More than 60% from this forecast value is estimated for CE Europe. The IoT Cloud Computing Catalog is offering most relevant information about the opportunity to choose, selecting criteria, and information about the technologies and services related to Internet of Things, with horizontal development perspectives and vertical applicability in healthcare, financial & insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, smart cities, smart homes, retail, and smart grid infrastructure.

General development of IoT regional market is driven by industrial expenses growing in automated public transit, connected vehicles, digital signage, asset management smart grid, and smart appliances coming from some key vertical industries like manufacturing, transportation, utilities, healthcare, retail and consumer.

Considering the valuable solutions and services diversity available on the Romanian market, the IoT Catalog is containing a large variety of IoT solutions and cloud services offered by international or local providers.

In alphabetical order we have descriptions and offering solutions from: BITSoftware – Socrate Cloud Distribution Solution, Fujitsu – MetaArc digital future modelling, IBM – solutions portfolio for IoT implementation in business, Microsoft Romania – dedicated IoT solutions with particular examples from Energy, Smart Public Services, Retail, and Manufacturing, Qualitance – Modern software development, SIVECO Romania – Cloud Services diversity and Waste Management Cloud solution , StarStorage – Star Vault Cloud Server, Telekom Romania – Smart City and M2M solutions, Ymens – whole SaaS portfolio,  and Zitec – complete Cloud services offer.

The IoT dedicated Cloud Computing Catalog is offering also a comprehensive guide with valuable information about:

  • Internet of Things historyCCC IoT p1
  • Market figures
  • Technology and Market Trends
  • Short IoT Dictionay
  • IoT Benefits
  • Real problems solved by IoT
  • EU IoT Reglations
  • IoT Providers Analyse
  • IoE and M2M Concepts and Benefits
  • Basics in IoT Systems Implementation
  • General Architecture of IoT Platforms
  • All abut Sensors
  • WiFi Technologies compatible with IoT
  • SCADA vs IoT
  • Fog Computing Concepts
  • Analytic Power of Fog Computing Solutions
  • Main Applicability Areas for IoT Systems
  • M2M Systems and Smart Cities
  • IoT in Healthcare
  • IoT in Automotive
  • Sherlock IoT Project
  • Data Flow in a IoT System
  • Top IoT Cities (after IoT Analytics)
  • Top 10 Books about IoT (after

Considering huge opportunities related to IoT/ IoE/ M2M industries and dynamic market development we intend to dedicate special Catalogs to most interesting verticals like: Smart Cities, Digital Manufacturing, Digital HealthCare, and more. This year Two other Catalogs are in work process.

We are open for any proposal coming from IoT providers or business partners. Just contact us @ Let’s Talk about Cloud.


A aparut Catalogul Cloud Computing Romania – editie speciala IoT!

Primul Catalog IoT din Romania! 

Iată-ne la a 4-a ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania, dedicat sistemelor Internet of Things, o alta realizare a colaborarii dintre grupul de presa Agora si platforma de knowledge cloud☁mania.

De ce IoT? Pentru că ne aflăm într-un adevărat boom al interconectărilor.

CCC$ CoverIndiferent de natura acestor conectări, senzor-terminal, mașină-mașină, mașină-om, om-om, brusc ne-am dat seama brusc că de ani buni acumulăm o grămadă de date pe care nu prea știm cum să le valorificăm. Într-o paralelă cu ce se întâmplă în minerit, pe măsură ce instrumentele de explorare și exploatare se perfecționează, crește și procentajul de minereu care poate fi separat de gangă, existând premisele ca haldele de steril să ofere resurse minerale mult mai valoroase și mai ușor de obținut decât zăcămintele în sine… S-a constatat că în multe cazuri datele provenite de la sistemele IoT existente nu sunt suficient valorificate, dar tehnicile moderne de analiză ne permit să decantăm noi resurse de valoare din informația existentă. Valoarea datelor se transformă în valoarea informației, care migrează în valoarea cunoașterii, care la rândul ei aduce valoarea de piață…

Gartner crede că aproape 21 de miliarde de unități IoT-ready vor funcționa  în anul 2020. Asta înseamnă o medie de 3,3 dispozitive pentru fiecare bărbat, femeie sau copil de pe Planetă… Uriașul volum de informații generate de oameni sau lucruri poate fi stocat, analizat și utilizat pentru a fi returnate într-o formulă customizată către fiecare receptor sub formă de VALOARE.

În cazul nostru, sperăm ca ce-a de-a 4-a ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing să vă ofere o adevărată valoare de informații care să vă ajute la mai buna înțelegere și, de ce nu, la optimizarea sistemelor IoT de companie.

Cu atat mai mult, cu cat proiectul nostru reprezinta si primul Catalog IoT din Romania.

Le mulțumim partenerilor noștri din induwtria de IT&C  care au realizat valoarea proiectului și valoarea momentului, oferind informații de cea mai mare valoare despre soluțiile și platformele IoT , IoE sau M2M pe care le oferă la ora actuală.



Radus Cloud“I’m doing fine, On cloud nine,/ Let me tell you ’bout cloud nine, Cloud nine/ You can be what you want to be, Cloud Nine/ You ain’t got no responsibility, Cloud nine/ And every man, every man is free, Cloud nine/ And you’re a million miles from reality, Reality…”  Cloud Temptations


Time is passing, clouds are going and coming again, sun is shining…  This is a celebrating article resuming what’s happened in 2 years of cloud☁mania activity.

Starting as a Cloud dedicated online magazine mapped on a WordPress blog format cloud☁mania is becoming more than a simple blog… After 2 years, cloud☁mania is acting like a social-technology platform. From beginning the main purpose of cloud☁mania was to bring the information from the Clouds and to share it with interested peoples, convinced or not about Cloud benefits. Now cloud☁mania is represented by business and technical articles, presentations, Webinars, Cloud Catalogs, international workshops, B2B conferences, consultancy, dedicated research, cloud communities partnership, exclusive statements, events agenda, trainings & certifications, and successful key studies.

cm int visitBut let’s the figures speak: What’s happened with cloud☁mania in two years?

  • 250 de posts/ articles
  • 20 subjects categories cloud dedicated

Top 10 International Articles (English language):



Top 10 Local Articles (Romanian Language):

  8. SIVECO mizează pe tehnologia cloud

Most appreciated categories:

  1. ☁ PRACTIC
  2. ☁ ABC
  3. ☁ Research
  4. ☁ Events
  5. ☁ Media

Geographical distribution of visitors

Capture cm area coverage 2During 2 years cloud☁mania received visitors from 113 countries and territories. Here was an interesting evolution. If in 2013 more than 70% of cloud☁mania’s visitors were Romanians, in 2014 the segment of international visitors was majority with +57%, and during this beginning of the year this segment growth to +65%.

TOP 10 countries, % from total number of International visitors:

  1. United States 25%
  2. UK 10%
  3. India   9%
  4. France   6%
  5. Germania    5%
  6. Canada 4%
  7. Japan     4%
  8. Netherlands 3%
  9. Belgium 3%
  10. Australia    3%


Happy new year with cloud☁mania!









Dupa ce la inceputul anului prezentam Catalogul Cloud Computing Romania 2014, ca prim rod al unui proiect ambitios, gandit si elaborat de AGORA Group si cloud☁mania, iata ca, dupa numai sase luni anuntam a doua editie a Catalogului, dedicata solutiilor Infrastructure as a Service. Lansarea oficiala a Catalogului s-a facut cu ocazia conferintei “Convergence, Cloud Computing, XaaS (Everything as a Service)” organizata de Agora Group, joi 26 iunie 2014, la hotelul Marchal Garden din Bucuresti.

Catalog IaaS

Si cum spuneam si in mesajul de prezentare din Catalog: „destul cu vorbele, cu teoria și cu tendințele. Haideți să mai și construim…“, deoarece… ”Cloudul s-a dovedit o realitate, nu mai e o utopie, o gaură neagră pentru date sau o marotă pentru sceptici. Cloudul este în viețile noastre, în casele noastre, pe birourile noastre, în mașinile noastre, în parcurile noastre și, mai ales, în buzunarele noastre…”

Iar noi ne-am facut datoria. Am mai trecut o data la fapte… Pe linia pe care ne-am propus-o prin realizarea primului Catalog de Cloud, ne-am gândit că în mod natural trebuie să abordăm mai în detaliu principalele modele și tipuri de servicii cloud. Și pentru că totul se clădește începând cu fundația, am dedicat ceastă a doua ediție a Catalogului Cloud Computing România descrierii de soluții bazate pe infrastructura cloud.


Multumim companiilor (prezentare in ordine alfabetica): 3M, BIT Software, Citrix/ Logicom, ClassIT, Dell, Fujitsu, NXDATA, Orange Romania, Romtelecom, SIVECO Romania, SoftOne Romania si Zitec, participanti la Catalog care ofera comunitatii de utilizatori informatii de interes legate de complexitatea solutiilor cloud existente pe piata din Romania – unele dintre ele chiar prezentate in premiera pe piata noastra, prin intermediul Catalogului.

Multumim de asemenea partnerilor si prietenilor de la NIST, IDC Romania, Pierre Audoin Consultant, Gartner, CIO Council, si EuroCloud Romania, ale caror recomandari, analize, tendinte si cercetari de piata aduc o valoare adaugata extraordinara la continutul Catalogului.

Ca o concluzie la acest demers, prin Catalogul Cloud Computing – editia IaaS, se confirma faptul ca exista o piata de solutii cloud in Romania. Si chiar daca, din anumite puncte de vedere, acceasta piata nu este inca matura, pentru ca la maturitate se ajunge numai cu sprijinul nemijlocit al economiei, putem spera ca suntem contemporani cu coagularea unui ecosistem cloud in plin proces de afirmare.

Cititi versiunea electronica a Catalogului Cloud Computing Romania, ed. A II-a, Solutii IaaS.


Related posts: Catalog Cloud Computing Romania, cloud☁mania, Ianuarie 2014


Image Source: Agora Group & cloud☁mania, Coperta Catalogului Cloud Computing






cloud☁mania 2013 MOST READ ARTICLES

End of the year is by tradition analyze period. Speaking about cloud☁mania’s activity in this first year is a perfect moment to see which the most interesting articles were, according WordPress Stats estimation tools.

calendar-for-wordpress-300x229Due to diversity of subjects and article structure, I established many appreciation criteria based on:

  • Top 5 International articles (English language)
  • Top 5 Romanian articles
  • Top 5 Most Interesting Events
  • Top 5 No of Visitors per Month

Let’s start the description of these three categories, mentioning month of publication:

1. Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant 2013, cloud☁mania – August

2. Top 5 Issues About Cloud Adoption in Romania According CIO Council Study, cloud☁mania – July

3. SIVECO Romania Believe in Cloud Advantages, cloud☁mania – May

4. 5 Ways to Secure Cloud Data Sovereignty, cloud☁mania – October

5. 61% of Romanian Big Companies are Investing in Cloud, cloud☁mania  – July


1.     Cu Raspberry si Lego Pi Cloud, cloud☁mania – June

2.     Dulcea perioada de pionierat a Unix-ului in Romania, cloud☁mania – June

3.     Despre Cloud cu domnul Vladimir Aninoiu, cloud☁mania  – November

4.     SIVECO mizeaza pe tehnologia Cloud, cloud☁mania – April

5.     Sa nu mai aruncam pisica in Cloud pentru orice carenta de securitate, cloud☁mania – August


1.     Nu trebuie sa ne fie frica de Cloud – Urmariti Webinarul EuroCloud despre Securitatea si confidentialitatea datelor in cloud, cloud☁mania -. October

2.     Exista interes pentru Cloud in Romania! – IDC Roadshow, cloud☁mania  – September

3.     Major Cybersecurity Event in Romania, Sibiu 25-26 September, cloud☁mania  – September

4.     5 Motive pentru care e important studiul CIO Council, cloud☁mania – August

5.     Institutul Bancar Roman si CIO Council va invita la Cyberthreats 2013, cloud☁mania – October


According the most visited articles during a month, the Top 5 Visitors per Month, per no of articles is:

  • 1. September – 12 articles
  • 2. October – 10 articles
  • 3. November – 6 articles
  • 4. June – 19 articles
  • 5. July – 30 articles

Let’s meet again on cloud☁mania in January 2014 with a new series of analyse and articles dedicated to Top Cloud events in 2013  

Happy New Year 2014!  

Christmas 2013

cloud☁mania opened LinkedIN and Facebook dedicated pages!

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cloud☁mania is dedicated to the Cloud Computing Concept which is changing old business models. Before rejecting any input coming about cloud, let’s try to understand it and think how to better use it in our private life and in our business.

cloud☁mania is Now more than a simple blog activity, becoming a more complex and comprehensive social entity with direct involvement in online & printing contents, Social activities, online group discussions, IT & Cloud Events, Cloud statistics, Cloud Around the Globe, Cloud Made in ROmania, Cloud Jobs and Cloud Jokes.

Link with us on LinkedIn

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Because… In Cloud We Trust…


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Because some of content sources posted by cloud☁mania are subject of personal engagements or copyrighting issues, I invite you to discuss Out-of-Cloud any subject you are interested related to blog post or any other topics related to the Cloud Computing technologies. I’m open for any discussion.



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Deoarece unele dintre sursele folosite pentru conţinutul postărilor cloud☁mania sunt subiectul unor angajamente personale sau sunt supuse reglementărilor de copyright, vă invit să discutăm orice subiect de interes “în afara Cloud-ului”, fie că e vorba de postările de pe blog, fie despre orice altceva are legătură cu Cloudul. Sunt deschis pentru orice subiect de discuţie.

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