Cloud Industry Forum hails SLALOM as “major step forward” for cloud SLAs

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SLALOM, a European Commission-established initiative which aims to provide greater clarity for businesses dealing with cloud service level agreements (SLAs), has launched its final set of standardised contact terms, with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) arguing it ‘reduces the uncertainty’ of migrating to the cloud.

The CIF, who is listed as a partner of SLALOM alongside service provider Atos, legal firm Bird and Bird and various educational institutions, says research into the...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Why DevOps engineer is the number one hardest tech job to fill

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DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers.

An organisation’s inability to hire – and retain – systems engineers, build automation engineers, and other titles...

By Logicworks, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure.

Box financial results look good on the surface, but analysts unconvinced

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It has been a week of good and bad news for enterprise cloud storage provider Box with the announcement of first quarter financial results. The company announced record first quarter revenue of $90.2 million (£62m), an increase of 37% from this time last year – but because renewals were down, analysts came out of the quarter feeling somewhat unconvinced.

“We had a solid start to fiscal 2017,” said Box CEO Aaron Levie in the firm’s earnings call,

By James Bourne, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

451 Research argues ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud is a red herring

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The cloud services sector is still a long way off from being a commodity market, according to the latest note from analyst house 451 Research.

The results, which have been published in the firm’s latest Cloud Price Index (CPI), show the ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud pricing, as exemplified by continued price cuts from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and others, is something of a misnomer and that the supply of higher value services will be key to long...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Are the costs of cloud implementations overruling the benefits?

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Cloud computing has unquestionably had a dynamic effect on business growth and productivity, enabling mobile collaboration and scalable packages that allow for rapid expansion. One of the principal benefits given in favour of this model of computing is its ability to drive down costs, particularly when it comes to removing or reducing the need for upfront investment, and providing a stable, predictable IT subscription.

One might assume, then, that the

By Chris Ducker, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure.

The cloud bloat: Counting calories to prevent unnecessary waste

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Ponder this for a minute: our love affair with cloud technology and services, and the consequent struggle to keep cloud spending in check, is a lot like our daily eating habits.

Spinning up cloud services is almost as easy as grabbing food to go at your favourite burger joint. We’ve made fast food so convenient, affordable, and packed with calories, it’s become a national problem, because our consumption doesn’t match our nutritional needs or activity levels. Now...

By Andrew Atkinson, 27 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Virtualisation.

The big data and IoT opportunity is here – so don’t miss out on it

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The value of big data equity in the UK was estimated at £12 billion a year or 0.7 per cent of the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012. Four years flew by and the second report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has put the opportunity at £46 billion by 2020, or 2.2% of GDP – nearly four times the original value. 

And that’s just big data analytics adoption. We’ve now put a value on what adoption of...

By Mark Wilkinson, 24 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy.

Cloud computing and the urgent mission of green ICT

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Green ICT is a global imperative that must be pursued with urgency. Everyone involved in information and telecommunications technology – including cloud computing – must take it into account in their work going forward. The concept recognises the limits of our historic focus on performance and how today’s trends, if they continue, will rapidly become unsustainable.

We have no choice but to rethink how we modify and interact with existing systems and how we design new...

By Dr. Burak Kantarci, 15 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Economy, Hybrid.

Wikibon research argues ‘true’ private cloud market is smaller than AWS share

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Organisations are starting to conflate the private and public clouds – yet new research from Wikibon finds the market size of ‘true’ private cloud implementations is lower than the revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading public infrastructure as a service player.

Wikibon’s research aims to clarify private cloud and differentiate between solutions marketed by vendors and implementations by businesses. The research body assesses the true private cloud at $7...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in

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Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.

It is no wonder that cost monitoring tools have proliferated in the last two years. And while these tools help, they are only half the battle.

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By Logicworks, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.