OpenStack revenues to exceed $5bn by 2020 – with private cloud the lynchpin

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Revenues from OpenStack business models will surpass $5 billion (£4.08bn) by 2020 and grow at a CAGR of 35%, according to the latest figures from 451 Research.

The numbers, which are being released to coincide with the day before the latest OpenStack Summit, puts the exact figure at $5.7bn by 2020, from $4.6bn the previous year and $3.5bn in 2018.

“We continue to believe the market is still in the early stages of enterprise use and revenue generation,” said Al Sadowski,...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform, Private.

How to achieve agile-DevOps-cloud superiority in your business

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Anyone who knows anything about the application economy is embracing agile, DevOps and cloud - and with good reason. Agile empowers you to more rapidly deliver code that more precisely meets the immediate needs of the business. DevOps helps you get that code into production without delay, and improve software quality through enhanced feedback loops between development and operations. And cloud safeguards your user experience by adaptively responding to fluctuations in session volume,...

By Aruna Ravichandran, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps.

Google announces low latency cold storage Coldline in “major refresh”

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Google has announced a ‘major refresh’ of its cloud storage options, including Coldline, a new storage class aimed at long-term archival and disaster recovery.

The revamped storage classes are multi-regional, for highest availability of frequently accessed data, such as video and business continuity, regional, for data accessed frequently within a region such as data analytics and general compute, Nearline, for infrequent access, and Coldline.

“Whether a business needs to...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Storage.

Containers, NFV and SDN most interesting technology for OpenStack users

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With the OpenStack jamboree in Barcelona only a week away, it’s a good time to note the technologies driving its users forward – and according to the latest survey data, containers lead the way, with NFV (network function virtualisation) and bare metal also seeing an uptick.

The user study from OpenStack, which has been running semi-annually since 2013 and polled almost 400 respondents, found that container technologies continue to lead the way, cited by 78% of...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

x.ai launches professional version of its AI personal assistant

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Artificial intelligence (AI) software provider x.ai has announced the launch of the Professional version of its personal assistant product.

The personal assistant, Amy – or twin brother Andrew – schedules meetings on behalf of users, saving plenty of admin time. All users need to do is connect their calendars to x.ai, and cc Amy or Andrew, who does the rest.

The beta version was launched in June 2014, and since then the New York-based...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Recovering from disaster: Develop, test, and assess

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Disaster recovery (DR) forms a critical part of a comprehensive business continuity plan and can often be the difference between the success and failure of an organisation. After all, disasters do happen — whether that’s a DDoS attack, data breach, network failure, human error, or by a natural event like a flood.

While the importance of having such a strategy is well recognised, how many organisations actually have the right plan in place? Not many, according to the 2014

By Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The power of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the data centre

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Data is everywhere – masses of it. And it’s helping businesses to make better decisions across departments. Marketing can utilise data to discover the effectiveness of email campaigns, finance can analyse past trends to make predictions and projections for the future, and sales can target their follow-up with detailed information on prospective customers.

But data is only useful when business tools transform it into valuable information. Data intelligence through algorithms...

By Richard Jenkins, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

More money in big data initiatives, Gartner argues – but is the ROI still unclear?

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The big data landscape is approaching a state of maturation: according to the latest note from analyst house Gartner, more money is being invested in big data but fewer companies are deciding to commit.

The research, which polled almost 200 members of the Gartner Research Circle, found that 48% of companies have invested in big data this year – up 3% from this time last year – but also argued that only a quarter (25%) plan to invest in the coming years, down from 31%...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

The hidden dangers of legacy technology – and how to resolve them

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Every business has that one legacy system they can’t seem to let go of. You know you’ve got one - a relic hidden away in some dusty server room. But are you aware of the damage these outdated systems can, will and may already be having on your organisation?

The damage inflicted by legacy technology can range from minor systems issues through to major events that could put your organisation out of business – and it’s important to know the hidden dangers.

Increased downtime...

By Ed Jones, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Test, test, then test again: Analysing the latest cloud DR strategies

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In September, we hosted a roundtable with fifteen business leaders to discuss and debate the findings from our The State of IT Disaster Recovery Amongst UK Businesses survey.  The debate was chaired by Chris Francis, techUK board member. Customers Wavex and Bluestone also participated in the discussion as did our partner Zerto and industry influencers Ray Bricknell from Behind...

By Monica Brink, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.