Workday signs up to IBM cloud in ‘multi-year strategic partnership’

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IBM has announced that financial and HR cloud app provider Workday has signed up for its cloud services in what has been described as a “multi-year strategic partnership.”

The deal, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, means IBM’s cloud will become the primary platform for Workday’s development and testing projects – with the latter...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft top IHS Markit cloud IT infrastructure analysis

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Here’s a slightly different take on a widely analysed space: IHS Markit has put Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft as leaders in the cloud IT infrastructure services sector – but put Amazon at the left of the others.

The analyst house released its cloud services scorecard which provides an interesting examination of the landscape – certainly different in its approach to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for instance. The graph is divided into three segments;...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Google launches customer-supplied encryption keys for greater cloud security

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Google has launched customer-supplied encryption keys (CESK) for its Compute Engine infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which enables organisations to better protect their cloudy data.

The search giant automatically encrypts customer content stored at rest, including all Compute Engine disks, but in a blog post written by Maya Kaczorowski and Eric Bahna, product managers at Google Cloud Platform, the new release is aimed to be “secure, fast and easy” for users.

“With CESK, disks at...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

Gartner’s cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant: AWS, Microsoft and Google a clear 1-2-3

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For all those who may deride Gartner’s Magic Quadrants across its various subject areas, it does provide a clear cut snapshot of when a market has sufficiently matured. Nowhere is this better exemplified in the latest quadrant for cloud infrastructure services, released earlier this week – which shows Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft on their own in the leaders’ zone.

It’s always a fun exercise comparing between technologies and between years to see what has changed in the eyes...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google own more than half of global cloud infrastructure market

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google continue to grow more quickly than their smaller competitors and own between them more than half of the global cloud infrastructure service market.

That’s according to the latest figures put out by Synergy Research, who issued a note after Amazon and Alphabet – the parent company of Google – put out

By James Bourne, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Amazon and Alphabet announce Q2 financial results: Cloud directly and indirectly the key

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated $2.89 billion (£2.19bn) over the last financial quarter, according to financial figures released by the infrastructure giant yesterday.

The figures represent an almost 58% rise from this time last year. For the past two quarters, the figure stands at almost $5.5bn – up 61% from the six months ending June 30 2015.

Considering specific AWS figures were kept out of all its financial releases until last year, instead being bumped in with...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, IaaS.

HyperGrid promises “next generation” of hyper-converged infrastructure

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Hyper-converged all flash infrastructure vendor Gridstore and application lifecycle management platform provider DCHQ have merged to launch HyperGrid, which is claimed to be the industry’s first ‘hyper-converged infrastructure as a service’ (HCIaaS) offering.

To translate, the new HyperGrid product aims to combined hyper-converged infrastructure with a pay as you consume pricing model. “HCIaaS is the first solution that bridges the needs of traditional and...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Software.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

Microsoft looks to cloud as key strength of latest financial results

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Microsoft cited the strength of its cloud portfolio on the firm’s ‘customer momentum’ as it reported a $3.1 billion (£2.4bn) net income for the quarter ending June 30.

Revenue was $20.6bn GAAP, with operating income at $3.1bn. Office commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 5%, heavily driven by the Office 365 side, while Office consumer products and cloud services grew 19%.

For Azure, revenue grew 102%, with Azure compute usage more than doubling year on...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Opinion: Why there is no such thing as managed IaaS

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By Jason Deck, SVP of Strategy, Logicworks

The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i.e. infrastructure...

By Logicworks, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.