After support expires, many organisations still cling to Windows Server 2003

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Figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) reveal more than half (51%) of organisations polled with between 21 and 200 employees and almost three quarters (72%) of firms with more than 200 employees are still reliant on Windows Server 2003, despite the support from Microsoft having expired on July 14.

Naturally, this may not be the most surprising news you will read today. Back in April, this publication spoke with hybrid IT provider Zynstra and cloud storage provider CTERA Networks and concluded...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Rackspace offers up fanatical support for Microsoft Azure

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Rackspace has announced it has expanded its service offering with Microsoft, working with customers to speed up their deployment of Azure cloud services.

The two companies are unveiling a self-service hybrid solution utilising Rackspace’s private cloud powered by Microsoft Cloud Platform. The two companies, who have enjoyed a 13 year partnership, will aim to minimise costs and optimise performance with its feted fanatical support, offering a 100% network uptime...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

CIO and head of IT, not CEO, most likely to have final say on cloud adoption

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Cloud usage is rocketing amongst UK business users – but the final decision making falls to the head of IT or the chief information officer in almost three in five (59%) cases, according to latest research.

The research, from cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, shows more organisations are turning to cloud for all their business needs, with UK cloud penetration reaching a high of 84%.

78% of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service, figures which correlate

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, SaaS , Software.

55% of enterprises predict cloud computing will enable new business models in three years

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In late 2014, Oxford Economics and SAP collaborated on a survey of 200 senior business and IT executives globally regarding the adoption and use of cloud technology:

  • 69% of enterprises expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years as they migrate core business functions to the cloud.
  • 44% of enterprises are relying on cloud computing to launch new business models today, predicting this will increase to 55% in three years.
  • 32% are using cloud computing to streamline their supply chains today. Senior executives predict this figure...

By Louis Columbus, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Using bimodal IT to quickly turn lightbulb ideas into revenue

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In 2014, Gartner introduced a new organisation model for enterprise IT called “bimodal IT.” In fact Gartner first started talking about this back in 2012 following the introduction of DevOps and agile development.   Now Gartner posits that IT organisations of the future will have two separate flavours: mode 1 is traditional IT, focused on stability and efficiency, while mode 2 is an experimental, agile IT organisation focused on time-to-market, rapid application...

By William Rabie, 08 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Bring your own cloud: Understanding the right policies for employees

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Cloud usage has grown rapidly in the UK, with adoption rates shooting up over 60% in the last four years, according to the latest figures from Vanson Bourne. Yet there is an ongoing problem with a lack of clarity and understanding around cloud policies, and decision making within enterprises at all levels.

This confusion comes from the fact the IT department and the rest of the company have very differing conceptions about what cloud policy is and what it should be.

What policy?

By James Butler, 22 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further

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Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003.

WS2003 will have its support stopped on July 14 and, as this publication has previously examined, many companies are leaving...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud playing a more significant role in day to day work for SMB employees

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Workers in small to medium businesses (SMBs) feel happier and more productive when using cloud apps in their day to day work, according to new research from Kronos.

The study, which focused on 1000 European knowledge workers in SMBs, notes how late many small businesses are in moving to the cloud, arguing SMB leaders are “yet to realise [its] strategic value”. Yet almost two thirds (63%) believe the majority of their...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2015, 6 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration, SaaS , Software.

Windows Server 2003 end of life upgrade: Why many companies are leaving it “quite late”

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Updated Everyone occasionally likes a comfortable pair of shoes. Businesses, when forced to upgrade their legacy tech, are no different. UK-based cloud provider Exponential-e has sounded a dire warning to enterprises hoping to cling onto their Windows Server 2003 deployments as the 100 day countdown to support switch-off begins at Microsoft towers.

The arguments against keeping Windows Server 2003, which will have support stopped on July 14, are straightforward; it’ll be a hacker’s...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Migration.

Docker raises $95m in series D funding: Analyst describes “huge gamble” ahead

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Open container platform Docker has announced $95m (£64.3m) in series D funding, in a move to “address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardised on Docker’s technology.”

The funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with eight other firms putting their change in the bowl, including new investors Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Docker’s last funding round, in September 2014, was $40m...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, PaaS, Platform.