More enterprises using Microsoft and Google apps in tandem, research reveals

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Office 365 continues to be the most popular cloud app used by enterprises ahead of Salesforce and Box, while Slack has jumped in workplace popularity, according to the latest figures from identity management provider Okta.

Increasingly, enterprises are using both Office 365 and Google Apps, the fourth most popular service overall. Traditionally, Okta argues, industries such as finance, biotech and construction are more likely to be Microsoft houses compared to more digital businesses which prefer...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Research, Software.

Yin and WAN? Analysing the relationship between network and cloud provider

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More than half (56%) of businesses have expressed concern over security gaps at the point between their wide area network (WAN) and public cloud provider, according to a recent research study.

The report, conducted by IDG and commissioned by XO Communications, argues this potential pain point could compromise data used in the cloud. Less than two in five (38%) of the 55 survey respondents say they have good visibility into their WAN cloud connection points, while the biggest security...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research.

OpenStack cloud adoption continues to rise but challenges remain

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The adoption of OpenStack is going up and increasingly seen as a cost effective alternative to public clouds, according to a new survey released by cloud software provider Talligent.

The survey results of almost 650 virtualisation and cloud IT professionals, published in the inaugural State of OpenStack report, finds OpenStack deployments are likely to accelerate beyond the development environment once in place. Lab environments are expected to go from 43% to 89% among respondents in...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Research.

The cloud is becoming more secure – but it’s still costly to keep it that way

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Fears over cloud security will continue to linger, but the situation is improving: almost two thirds (64%) of enterprises polled by analyst house Clutch argue cloud infrastructure is more secure than legacy systems.

36% of the 300 respondents polled said cloud was much more secure than legacy infrastructure, compared to 28% who argued it was “somewhat” more secure. Only 11% of respondents argued cloud was in any way less secure, with 1% saying it was ‘much...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Revealed: The best cloud computing companies and CEOs to work for in 2016

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Employees would most recommend Zerto, FusionOps, Google, OutSystems, AppDirect, Sumo Logic, Cloudera, HyTrust, Tableau Software and Domo to their friends looking for a cloud computing company to work for in 2016. These and other insights are from an analysis completed today to determine the best cloud computing firms and CEOs to work for this...

By Louis Columbus, 03 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

New research reveals potential cloud pricing headaches for European customers

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CIOs pay a ‘protection premium’ of up to 19% to host their data on a European cloud platform compared to the US, according to the latest Cloud Price Index report from 451 Research.

The report, which for the first time focuses predominantly on the European market, argues US providers are still ahead of their competitors across the Atlantic. The researchers targeted a variety of vendors with a large application specification, but only five providers could deliver it in...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Platform, Research, Software.

Big data and IoT expected to raise more than £300bn to UK economy by 2020

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Big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to add £322 billion to the UK economy by 2020, according to research released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and analytics provider SAS.

The research, which builds upon a previous report from Cebr on big data analytics adoption, argues big data and analytics will contribute £40bn per year between 2015 and 2020. Back in 2012, Cebr argued the value of ‘data equity’ was...

By James Bourne, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Research.

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.

Research shows cloud spend going up in 2016 for two thirds of enterprises

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A report from analyst house Clutch has found two thirds of medium and large enterprises plan to increase their spend on cloud computing in 2016.

Of the 300 IT professionals surveyed, almost half (42%) said they would expect their cloud spend to go up by 11-30% with 14% opting for an increase between 31% and 50% and 7% anticipating even greater outlay. Comparatively, around a quarter (27%) said their cloud spending will remain mostly flat and only 6% said it would decrease in...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

The state of the cloud in 2016: DevOps, Docker momentum grows as hybrid hits its stride

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Hybrid cloud adoption has grown significantly while DevOps and Docker uptake continues to explode, according to the latest RightScale State of the Cloud research report.

The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 technical professionals, found that the more things change, the more they stay the same with regards to the overall trends pervading the cloud industry. Hybrid cloud adoption has gone up from 58% in 2015 to 71% among respondents, with private cloud going up from 63% to 77%....

By James Bourne, 10 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Infrastructure, Research.