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.

IT turnover: How to keep cloud and DevOps projects on track

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It is no secret that it is difficult to recruit and retain IT talent. Millennial disloyalty, boredom, stressful workplaces, and the ubiquitous advice that job-switching leads to higher salaries are some of the many reasons employee tenure is reaching all-time lows across multiple industries. Low employee retention in the enterprise always means expense and disruption.

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By Logicworks, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

Spending review demands faster move to cloud for public sector

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If we have learned anything about budget announcements over the past 10 years, it is to prepare yourself for the unexpected. I’d be surprised, however, if anyone predicted the extent to which the 2015 Autumn Statement put such an emphasis on the role of IT in the transformation of government.

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With substantial job cuts resulting from reduced funding right across the public sector, the Chancellor’s clear objective is that by 2020, processes which still...

By Andrew Hawkins, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Private, Public, PublicSector.

FCA argues no “fundamental reason” why financial firms cannot move to the cloud

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a report arguing there is “no fundamental reason” why financial organisations cannot move to cloud-based models so long as the guidelines the body issues are adhered to.

“Our aim is to avoid imposing inappropriate barriers to firms’ ability to outsource to innovative and developing areas, while ensuring that risks are appropriately identified and managed,” the FCA argues. “We see no fundamental reason...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google: How cloud underpins their financial figures

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Yesterday was a pretty busy day if you were tracking financial results, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google all declaring their figures. And it was an impressive showing on the cloud side for the three tech giants, with Microsoft announcing Azure usage and compute usage more than doubling year on year and Amazon Web Services (AWS) showing similar quarterly and yearly growth.

AWS brought in $2.09bn for the firm in Q315, compared with $1.17bn for this time last year, with $5.47bn in the nine...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Research details challenges of tracking cloud consumption

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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.