Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud and IT skills gap comes to the fore again in new research

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The cloud and IT skills gap has been a long-suffering gripe for many organisations; and a new research study from Robert Half Technology shows the problem is by no means resolved yet.

According to the study, which was based on interviews with more than 100 CIOs and IT executives across the UK, three quarters (74%) of CIOs and IT directors polled admitted they frequently encountered IT professionals who were not up to the task. Yet only two in five (38%) say they use standardised skills...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Research.

Why you need to understand GDPR now – and what you need to do from here

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If you’ve not yet heard the term GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you certainly well. As we approach May 25 2018, when this becomes law, the noise around it will grow.

Don’t stop reading now if the acronym seems boring and not relevant to you – it is, on both counts. What’s happening is a new law will come into play across Europe; Brexit or no Brexit, it will apply.

Yet this is not another year 2000-type hype where there was no impact or pain. The...

By Ian Moyse, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Europe.

The quarterly verdict: How do Google, IBM and Microsoft all stack up?

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It’s that time again; another quarter passes by and with it comes a variety of financial reports from the big hitters. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, IBM, and Microsoft have all filed within the past week – so what do the figures all mean?

Top line highlights:

  • IBM’s cloud revenue was at $13.7 billion for the full year of 2016, up 35%, while fourth quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $4.2bn
  • Microsoft’s commercial cloud annualised revenue run rate hit $14 billion, with Azure revenue up 95% in constant currency...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

CIOs fear outdated IT budgeting is slowing down cloud adoption

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If the goal for CIOs is to go to the cloud, one thing is holding them back, according to a new report from Trustmarque: outdated budgeting models.

The report, titled ‘Highlighting operational and financial barriers to cloud’, argues more than half (55%) of UK CIOs polled believe out of date capex models are slowing down their adoption of cloud services. An overwhelming 87% say existing software licensing agreements are another cause of delay – a higher figure...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

IDC: Cloud IT infrastructure spend to hit $44.2bn in 2017

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Total spend on IT infrastructure products deployed in cloud environments will hit $44.2 billion (£36.6bn) in 2017, according to the latest analysis from IDC.

The findings appear in the firm’s latest quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, and argue that the primary spend (61%) will come through public cloud data centres, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute almost 15% of spending.

Overall spend on IT infrastructure – including server,...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why it’s okay for MSPs to help customers stop wasting money on cloud resources

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Gartner recently reported that by 2020, the “cloud shift” will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending. The shift comes from the confluence of IT spending on enterprise software, data center systems, and IT services all moving to the cloud.

With this enormous shift and change of practices comes a financial risk that is very real: organisations are spending money on services they are not actually using. In other words, wasting money.

The size of...

By Jay Chapel, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Bursting the myth: Why cloud focuses on business value, not cutting costs

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If you asked a group of IT professionals for a list of outcomes driving companies to adopt cloud computing, no one would be surprised if saving costs came out near the top. Similarly, it would be taken as a given that increased use of cloud computing by organisations would lead to a corresponding reduction in their internal IT staff.

Neither of those preconceptions are true.

What is true is that the momentum behind cloud computing is...

By Campbell Williams, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure.

Skyhigh Networks grabs $40 million in series D funding in profitability push

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Cloud security services provider Skyhigh Networks has secured $40 million (£30.9m) in a series D funding round which will aim to steer the California-based firm “through to profitability.”

The round was led by Thomset Ventures, with Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners also contributing. Total venture capital to Skyhigh, launched only in February 2013, is now at $105.5m.

Skyhigh’s proposition is through being a leading ‘cloud access security broker’...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Security.

Oracle’s cloud sales approach $1bn, attacks Workday and AWS in results

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Oracle has announced total revenues of $8.6 billion (£6.6bn) in its first quarter 2017 financial results, up 3% in constant currency and with the cloud change at the heart of it.

Addressing analysts after the results were announced, Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO, said in her first remarks, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha: “Clearly, we are pleased with our...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.