Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows


More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

The challenge of finding the hybrid cloud sweet spot

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The benefits hybrid cloud can bring to businesses are not in doubt. What is less understood, however, is how much is too much?

No organisation is likely to jump in with both feet, placing almost all their IT services on public cloud servers due to concerns about control. Yet at the same time, finding the sweet spot - where the business is gaining the maximum benefit from a perfect balance of on-premise IT, private cloud and public cloud services can be extremely difficult.

Has the...

By Andy Soanes, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Accelerating cloud storage and reducing the effects of latency


Over a number of years there has been a long and hard fought battle to secure the ability to ‘accelerate anywhere’ any data type to, from and across a cloud area network (ClAN) to allow fast access to applications, or to secure data as a part of a back-up and archiving strategy. According to Claire Buchanan, chief commercial officer at self-configuring infrastructure optimise networks (SCION) vendor Bridgeworks, this battle is still ongoing....

By Graham Jarvis, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Research details challenges of tracking cloud consumption


Two thirds of respondents in a survey from Dimensional Research and Cloud Cruiser say they find it challenging to track cloud consumption for cost allocations.

The research, which quizzed IT professionals who attended the AWS Global Summit events in San Francisco and New York in April and July this year, found almost four in five (79%) are pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy. Almost a third (30%) of respondents saying they will grow cloud services by more than half in the coming year,...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Economy.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for Q315


  • The global SaaS market is projected to grow from $49B in 2015 to $67B in 2018, attaining a CAGR of 8.14%.
  • Global spending on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5B this year, an increase of 32.8% from 2014.
  • Cloud applications will account for 90% of worldwide mobile data traffic by 2019, compared to 81% at the end of last year.

These and other insights are from recent cloud computing forecasts and market estimates published by research and advisory consultancies including International Data Corporation (IDC),...

By Louis Columbus, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

PaaS and app migration: How to navigate digital disruption while keeping legacy investments


Digital technologies are having an irrefutable impact on working lives. Mobile, social media, cloud and big data technologies have been ushered into the enterprise to enable more flexible working practices for employees, more convenient access for customers and greater agility for the deployment of new services. However, it isn’t enough to simply layer these new technologies on top of an existing IT infrastructure.

Legacy applications and technology platforms must go through a...

By Greg Palesano, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud


Advances in software architecture over the last eight to 10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Despite this progress, today’s software applications, web-based or not, continue to still either provide a slower response or become completely non-responsive too often.

Utilising software like Chaos Monkey, which challenges a software application’s distributed systems by taking random instances offline, allows...

By ZapThink, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, 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.

The dangers of the 1% in cloud environments: Users remain the big security risk


The concept of the 1%, in economic terms, usually refers to wealth inequality; however, a recent report from CloudLock shows that in cloud environments, 75% of the security risk can be attributed to just 1% of users.

This instance, of course, has more in common with the Pareto principle, whereby approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, than anything else. Yet the report analyses a trend familiar to the readers of this publication; a key security risk when moving data...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Security, Vulnerabilities.

The state of DevOps in 2015: It’s strongly defined...but not the same definition


A curious finding appears in the latest DevOps market assessment from Gleanster Research and Delphix: stakeholders have a strong definition of what DevOps comprises, but each definition varies wildly.

75% of the more than 2000 survey respondents agreed DevOps was either ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ defined, yet when asked to pick an option, the consensus was less than unanimous.

The most popular definition (84%) for DevOps was “developers and system...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Software.