How the IoT and mobility has made cloud more than a ‘nice to have’

In its Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Hardware Spending Forecast, 2016–2020, IDC forecast that the spending on cloud IT infrastructure would grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent and reach $54.6 billion by 2019. As the move to the cloud becomes inexorable for organisations, they are faced with the important task of properly managing this significant architectural change.

Perhaps the most critical facet of digital transformation...

By Carl Levine, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Mobility, SaaS , SLA, Software.

How cloud is ‘background radiation’ in a record tech M&A 2016

The cloud tech IPO landscape may have struggled a little of late, but the analysts at EY – formerly Ernst & Young – argue that on a global scale, 2016 saw an all-time record high in overall technology activity due to the “massive digital transformation” caused by disruptive technologies.

The overall aggregate 2016 value of $466.6 billion (£373bn) was up 2% over 2015’s previous record, while the Q416 figure of $117.2bn was down 38% year over year.

For the full year of...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Gartner: Public cloud market to reach $246bn in 2017 with IaaS and SaaS at forefront

First IDC made its forecast on the public cloud, and now Gartner has done likewise, predicting that public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to total $246.8 billion (£198.1bn).

IDC’, by comparison, said global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure would reach $122.5bn by the end of this year with seven out of eight primary geographic regions to record CAGRs of more than 20% in the next five years.

Outside of ‘cloud advertising’ – “cloud-based...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research, Software.

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft vow to improve cloud conditions after CMA review

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Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have vowed to improve their terms and conditions of cloud storage contracts after a review from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the body has announced.

The giants join BT, Dixons Carphone, Dropbox, Google, JustCloud, Livedrive and Mozy in moving forward with improved conditions. Common areas where Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft will make changes include giving ‘adequate notice’ to customers before significant changes are made to the...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, SLA, Software, Storage.

Software-defined storage, hybrid clouds, and getting the performance right: A guide

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In today’s data-intensive, hyper-connected world, storage solutions built on the vertical scaling model have become impractical and expensive. Enterprises are driven by the need to remain competitive while storing and managing petabytes of data. In this vein, ESG senior analyst Mark Peters believes that there is at last a straight line between how storage is configured and business value – if organisations can...

By Stefan Bernbo, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

The six golden rules to training health industry employees

You could have the world's best instructors, access to bleeding edge technology and course materials that would grace Harvard - but if you're taking the wrong approach to training employees then it will still end in failure.

This whitepaper from Blackboard assesses the most important approaches to training health industry employees, and how a cloud-based content system could be of benefit.

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Software.

SAP promises ‘new generation of intelligent cloud ERP’ with latest offering

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German software giant SAP has unveiled its roadmap for the ‘next generation’ of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) with the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

S/4HANA, SAP’s public cloud offering which was originally released towards the end of 2015, is being updated with a new architecture of in-memory in combination with contextual analytics, digital assistant capabilities and machine learning, according to the press materials.

In other words, SAP is...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, SaaS , Software.

Dropbox makes Paper generally available and hits billion-dollar revenue milestone

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced two new products focusing on cross-platform storage and collaboration, as well as revealing it has become the fastest software as a service (SaaS) vendor to hit the $1 billion revenue run rate threshold.

According to various reports, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced the financial milestone at an event in San Francisco earlier this week. Fastest of course does not mean first; the company has a way to go before it catches up with the likes...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, SaaS , Software, Storage.

DevOps still lacking definition despite big usage figures – but the cultural element is key

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The way in which DevOps is being tackled by different organisations can be defined in one of two ways. You’ve either got the ‘teenage sex’ approach – everyone’s talking about it but hardly anybody’s doing it – or you’ve got the Eric Morecambe method; ‘all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’

In other words, there is no one unified guide; companies and departments are...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Developers, DevOps, Software.

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.