More than half of enterprises choosing cloud by default, survey says


A new report from enterprise cloud services provider ServiceNow argues that a tipping point has finally been reached with more than half of enterprises surveyed would use cloud as the default choice for business application rollouts.

52% of the 1,850 senior managers polled across four continents said they now prefer cloud as a platform compared with on-premise data centres, while more than three quarters (77%) of respondents expect to shift to a cloud-first model in the next two...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Is IT resilience now something for businesses to be getting excited about?


The provocative side of IT resilience is made up of all the threats that today have more and more people talking about it than ever before. Let’s face it, who isn’t intrigued (and worried, terrified or simply concerned) by headlines about IT failures that have triggered nationwide flight cancellations or data hostage situations or global service outages? 

That said, even less dramatic outages like ING...

By Lilac Schoenbeck, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Putting the ‘converged’ in hyperconverged support: What to do on the second day


By Geoff Smith, Senior Manager, Managed Services Business Development

Today’s hyperconverged technologies are here to stay it seems.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to employ a novel technology approach that ‘consolidates all required functionality’ into a single infrastructure appliance that provides an ‘efficient, elastic pool of x86’ resources controlled by a ‘software-centric’ architecture?  I mean, outside of the x86 component,...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cutting through the noise and sorting out the hybrid and multi-cloud imbroglio


The hybrid cloud: it’s a buzzword which refuses to go away.

This month is a case in point. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, arguably the two biggest and most influential cloud computing organisations, both made announcements on the theme.

The general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was seen as “another big step in hybrid cloud”, Microsoft argued, with a “cloud-ready OS” which “inherently enables hybrid cloud.” AWS, on...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public. launches professional version of its AI personal assistant


Artificial intelligence (AI) software provider 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, 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.

AWS and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership


It had been rumoured, but now it’s confirmed: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware have announced a strategic alliance which will culminate in a new hybrid cloud service snappily titled ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’.

The two companies say the announcement will give customers a full software-defined data centre (SDCC) experience, combining leadership in private and public cloud. The service will run on AWS bare metal infrastructure, while the SDDC side will come predominantly...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, VMware.

One in three public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ for cloud


A new research report from software and business services provider Agilisys has found that more than a third of public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ to adopt cloud-based technology.

The findings, which appear in the 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey, found that of the 180 respondents, 36% had no plans to migrate to the cloud.

Almost 60% said that cloud adoption would help to reduce on-site maintenance and IT support requirements, which may indicate it is not a lack of...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Software.

Why a new era of computing has arrived with the software-defined data centre


The delivery of IT services on-demand is becoming an increasingly common ambition for enterprises. As businesses are introduced to public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, they are expecting the same flexibility, real-time delivery and cost savings from services across the entire IT landscape.

In turn, this is leading to a brand new world of computing, one in which old client-server models are being turned on their heads, replaced by mobile and cloud computing. By necessity,...

By Martin Cooper, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Oracle and Verizon announce latest cloud partnership with SDN at forefront


Oracle and Verizon have announced a new partnership which aims to ‘make the move to cloud easier for global organisations.’

The deal combines Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services, which utilises Verizon’s network to transfer data and apps securely to cloud service providers, to create the snappily-titled Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect. The combination of software defined networking (SDN) from the Verizon side and in-region...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration


The benefits of big data are real. And with so many businesses looking to migrate their data to the cloud, they want to make sure everything arrives safely and intact. After all, much of this data contains sensitive and proprietary information, and the prospect of moving it from the safety of the corporate firewall to a cloud environment is cause for concern.

Still, as data volumes continue their exponential growth, moving vast sets of structured and unstructured data from the restrictive...

By Rick Delgado, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Vendors.