How planning is the perfect tonic for avoiding the ‘cloud hangover’


If there is one shortage we will never suffer in the technology sector, it is one of attention-grabbing sound-bites.

The latest one to do the rounds is the ‘cloud hangover’. It has been coined to describe the undesirable after-effects of a move to the cloud, the most painful of which is the significant unplanned for expenditure incurred by organisations in maintenance...

By Ivan Harris, 29 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

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.

Lack of vendor visibility is number one pain point for cloud customers

(c) Sergeev

New survey data revealed by the SANS Institute shows more issues cloud providers face in keeping their customers happy, with a lack of visibility into operations the biggest bugbear for clients.

The report, entitled ‘Orchestrating Security in the Cloud’, spoke to 485 IT professionals and found lack of visibility was cited by 48% of respondents as a problem. A lack of virtual machine and workload visibility was selected by 46% of those polled, while vulnerabilities...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

An uncomfortable question: Does the cloud provider actually matter?


Today, even the most ardent naysayers are coming out and proclaiming cloud as the only way to do computing. This is especially true in my own jurisdiction of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

With technology suppliers suddenly telling you to use cloud, does it really matter which one you use, who owns the service provider, and where it stores your data? The quick answer to all three questions is ‘yes’ – but let’s look at each one:

Is there a difference between cloud service...

By Julian Box, 14 September 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

CIO dissatisfaction with cloud providers revealed in latest survey


Even though 93% of businesses are now using the cloud in some capacity, expectations are exceeding specific gains according to a new survey from cloud provider ElasticHosts.

More than four in five (84%) UK-based CIOs believe their cloud provider could do more to reduce the burden on in-house IT staff, and a similar number (80%) believe the pricing structure is a “rip off.”

Top of the list of grievances was slow response time to customer service queries, cited by 47% of...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud adoption frustration: It’s not whether you move, it’s who you move with


Three quarters of UK businesses are experiencing frustration with cloud adoption, according to a new study from Arlington Research and StratoGen.

The research, which polled 1,000 UK senior business executives, found more than a third (36%) of respondents admitting they host fewer than 10% of their IT applications in the cloud. One in five polled said their main issue with cloud technology was the cost, while 17% cited insufficient availability of applications and 16% opted for a...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure.

Why hybrid cloud is so important - and why the market prediction is so large


Now we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the models are performing.  Public cloud has its own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT teams.  But there is another model that is winning over IT teams, the hybrid cloud, and it has good reason to.

With the rise of cloud models, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits of public...

By, 03 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

FAA moves to the cloud through CSC, Microsoft and Amazon in potential $1bn contract


CSC has announced a contract win with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worth $108 million (£70.4m) alongside Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other business partners.

The contract, potentially worth $1 billion over 10 years, will see the FAA move to a hybrid cloud environment, with CSC consolidating data centres and migrating data and systems across using the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool.

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By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

We’re on the road to cloud – what do you mean our rivals may be going faster than us?


More than half of the 1,000 participants in a study by Oracle admit their IT organisations are unprepared for the competitive threat of moving to the cloud, including competitors’ ability to launch new applications faster.

The report, which looked at large enterprises in EMEA, also uncovers inadequacies in terms of how platform as a service (PaaS) offerings are being leveraged for business agility. 59% of those polled said their businesses either do not or cannot know whether...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, PaaS, Platform.

Finance sector looking further to the cloud – but beware security risks


More proof arrives that financial organisations are becoming more comfortable with cloud technologies: according to the latest industry outlook from Skyhigh Networks, the average financial services company uses more than 1,000 cloud services, with collaboration tools the most popular type of application used. But is it a good thing?

The report, which focuses on real life data from 3.7 million employees at banks, insurance companies and credit card firms among others, found the...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Security, Software.