Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

US Army signs $62 million deal to move to IBM’s cloud

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IBM has secured a major cloud customer win in the form of the US Army with a potential $62 million (£50.3m) contract over five years, the company has announced.

The deal, which is designed for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is for the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program and comes under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, which is an ‘indefinite delivery’ deal which started on December 31 last year and expires exactly five years...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

Oracle announces new UK, US and Turkey cloud regions, adds product enhancements

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Software giant Oracle has made a series of announcements at its Oracle CloudWorld event in New York, with the standout being the launch of three new cloud regions including the UK.

The new regions, in Virginia, London, and Turkey to be more precise, are expected to go live by the middle of 2017, while the company adds it expects further regions, in APAC, the Middle East, and North America, to be launched a year later.

Oracle adds that the new regions will comprise at least three high...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IDC: Cloud IT infrastructure spend to hit $44.2bn in 2017

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Total spend on IT infrastructure products deployed in cloud environments will hit $44.2 billion (£36.6bn) in 2017, according to the latest analysis from IDC.

The findings appear in the firm’s latest quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, and argue that the primary spend (61%) will come through public cloud data centres, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute almost 15% of spending.

Overall spend on IT infrastructure – including server,...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud market valued at $148bn for past year, growing 25% annually

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Operator and vendor revenues across the main cloud services and infrastructure market segments hit $148 billion (£120.5bn) in 2016 growing at 25% annually, according to the latest note from analyst firm Synergy Research.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) experienced the highest growth rates at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services, at 35%, and enterprise SaaS, at 34%. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft lead the...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Alibaba cloud goes global, launching four new data centres by end of 2016

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Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba has beefed up its cloud operations with the announcement of four new data centres opening by the end of 2016 in Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.

The German data centre, located in Frankfurt, will be run in partnership with Vodafone, while Sydney will host the Australian data centre with a dedicated team. Japan’s data centre opening will continue Alibaba’s partnership with SoftBank announced earlier this year, while the launch...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

“Rigid, confused and complex” infrastructure leads to employee collaboration issues

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Even though the majority of respondents in a survey released by Oracle say collaboration between business and IT is key for an enterprise cloud model to succeed, a plethora of barriers remain.

The research, which polled 1,200 technology decision makers in midsize and large companies across three continents, found more than a quarter (27%) of respondents said managing shadow IT is a ‘significant’ barrier to adopting an integrated approach to the cloud, while almost half (43%)...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

No change here: AWS continues to dominate public IaaS and PaaS markets

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Another quarter, another period of dominance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in public cloud IaaS – according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The figures tell a similar story from previous quarters; the market leaders are growing faster than the rest of the market, but while Microsoft and Google are growing faster than AWS, the Seattle-based giant still holds 45% of the worldwide public IaaS space, dwarfing Microsoft, Google, and IBM’s shares put together.

When it...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Google announces eight new cloud regions and greater customer integration

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As night follows day, so one player in the cloud infrastructure space announces something, another has to respond.

Or at least that’s what it feels like. Google has announced eight new locations for its Cloud Platform service, with three in Europe – including the UK – and three in Asia Pacific, shortly after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new plans for a data centre zone in...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why it’s okay for MSPs to help customers stop wasting money on cloud resources

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Gartner recently reported that by 2020, the “cloud shift” will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending. The shift comes from the confluence of IT spending on enterprise software, data center systems, and IT services all moving to the cloud.

With this enormous shift and change of practices comes a financial risk that is very real: organisations are spending money on services they are not actually using. In other words, wasting money.

The size of...

By Jay Chapel, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.