Microsoft: How the cloud conversation has changed – and the edge on AWS


Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz has told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference of the explosive growth in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and how the company is differentiating against rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and IBM in the cloud.

With Deutsche Bank’s Karl Keirstead asking the questions, Schutz noted the varied nature of Microsoft’s customer base gives it the advantage over AWS.

By James Bourne, 21 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Public cloud generating more than $20bn quarterly for IT companies


A note released by Synergy Research shows the public cloud continues to make significant inroads into the overall IT market, generating over $20 billion (£12.9bn) in quarterly revenues for IT firms.

According to the research, public cloud operators provide $10bn in quarterly revenues for key technology and IT supplies, while generating $12bn themselves in revenues from infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

Synergy classifies the leading vendors into...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

HP overhauls Cisco in cloud infrastructure equipment space


HP has finally overtaken Cisco in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, according to latest figures released by Synergy Research.

The two companies had been virtually neck and neck in the previous two quarters’ analysis, yet Synergy argues HP has grabbed the lead by virtue of its investment in the server and storage space, which now accounts for almost two...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure. claims to be first UK pure play container cloud service


Meet This container-based cloud infrastructure provider claims to offer the first pure-play container cloud service in the UK.

The company builds upon the auto-scaling Linux container technology from hosting provider ElasticHosts, whose CEO, Richard Davies, is the founder of One of the key facets of cloud computing is the ability to ‘pay as you go’ – but Davies argues this can be taken one step further. With billing based on actual usage rather...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google “leave rest behind” in cloud infrastructure market


The revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google in cloud infrastructure services commands more than half of the worldwide market, according to new data from Synergy Research.

The figures reveal the combined market share of the ‘big four’ at 54% of the overall cloud infrastructure market, comparing favourably with Q214 (46%) and Q213 (41%). AWS holds a 29% market share at the top, with each of the big four cloud providers increasing their share of the...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Chef cooking with gas as Amazon Web Services rollout announced

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IT automation and DevOps provider Chef has announced its availability in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace, expanding its collaboration with the infrastructure giant and offering one click deployment for AWS users.

Chef, whose clients include Facebook, Splunk and GE, now enables AWS customers to migrate workloads from on premise data centres to AWS, as well as migrate, deploy, automate, and manage change in the cloud.

Ken Cheney, VP business development at Chef, said: “Chef...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

IBM unleashes NVIDIA GPU on SoftLayer cloud for faster processing power


While the rest of the tech media marvelled at the world’s first seven nanometre chips unveiled by IBM earlier this week, the Armonk giant has quietly pushed out a couple of impressive cloud announcements alongside it.

IBM – who, let us not forget, wants to be seen as a cloud-first organisation – has announced the availability of NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators on bare metal cloud servers. In other words, it...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure prices rise for European and Australian customers


Pretty much every cloud software or infrastructure pricing article this publication has ever penned has announced the news of lower prices. Google in particular continues to strenuously follow Moore’s Law, the latest being back in May when Compute Engine instance prices were slashed.

This time, however, it’s different: Microsoft is revising its cloud prices, with...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

No shortage of options in Gartner’s cloud managed hosting Magic Quadrant

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It’s that time of year again: Gartner has released its Magic Quadrant for cloud-enabled managed hosting, with 16 vendors in all assessed.

Seven vendors made the top right leaders section of the report; BT Global Services, CenturyLink, Claranet, Colt, Interoute, Rackspace and Verizon. Interoute scored top in completeness of vision, while Rackspace emerged victorious on ability to execute.

Of the two highest scoring players’ strengths and cautions, Interoute was...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business


Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds.

At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one,...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Vendors.