3 ways to make the cloud work for your accountancy firm

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Your firm’s success is tied to the satisfaction of your clients. Providing the best financial services, regardless of the location or time, is possible with the cloud. The main attraction to the cloud is the fact that critical information can be stored securely and retrieved instantly.

Whether conducting a working lunch in a boardroom or reviewing files before a red-eye flight in an...

By Christopher Stark, 02 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy.

Egnyte EMEA chief Ian McEwan: On customer demand, channel strategy and challenges

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Feature Enterprise file sharing provider Egnyte has hired Ian McEwan to head up its nascent EMEA operation – and after a “hectic” first five weeks, the former Gigamon sales VP and founder member of the Cloud Industry Forum is rolling up his sleeves and getting on with the challenge.

Egnyte’s proposition is straightforward. The company tailors itself as being ‘built from the cloud down’. In other words, you need a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premise for enterprise to store...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Feature, Storage, Strategy.

New survey shows slight increase in uptake of VDI solutions

It’s long been mooted that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) just isn’t ready for mainstream deployment, even though Gartner predicted there would be 49 million VDI users by the end of 2013.

Whether it’s down to incompatibility or price is a matter of executive opinion. Yet a new survey for CloudTech by IP EXPO Europe has revealed a small amount of growth in the space.

According to the survey, of 300 UK IT directors and managers on IT infrastructure, over a quarter (27%) of those surveyed had...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Virtualization.

Ericsson’s move to cloud services: Analysing the state of the telco cloud market

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Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Swedish telecoms provider Ericsson had bought a majority stake in platform as a service (PaaS) provider Apcera.

The deal, to close in Q4, sees Ericsson strengthen its position in the cloud market. Apcera will continue as a standalone company, with Ericsson shoving funds into Apcera’s technology and sales operations.

The telco cloud is an expansive opportunity and market place. One only needs to look at the initiatives Verizon is...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS.

What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have?

Nigel Beighton, VP Technology, Rackspace, discusses the five most common cloud problems customers face, and how businesses can overcome these.

1.      Support

The most common cloud services complaint is the lack of support and management that comes when businesses are embarking on any level of cloud migration.

Businesses need to consider their wider approach to cloud operations first and ask themselves if they are going to run it internally, 24x7 or get someone else to do the hard work of scaling,...

By Rackspace, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SMEs.

Red Hat CEO claims it is “only a matter of time” before cloud winners emerge

The CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, has spoken of the “huge opportunity” to become the leader in enterprise cloud in a newsletter, describing the shift from client-server to cloud-mobile as a “once in every 20 years” change.

Whitehurst put pen to paper summing up Red Hat’s summer on a positive note with a glut of acquisitions and partner news over the past few months. The most recent of these was the buyout of Irish mobile backend as a service provider FeedHenry,

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change

The latest survey from cloud provider Databarracks has found that small businesses are lagging behind when it comes to disaster recovery planning and cloud exit strategies.

Only 30% of smaller businesses had a business continuity plan in place, compared to 54% of medium organisations and 73% of large businesses. The findings, which appear in Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check report (registration link here), showed a poor uptake in smaller...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec.

Oracle chief Larry Ellison steps aside to become CTO, results miss target

Analysis Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison has stepped down from the chief exec role, with co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd appointed to steer the ship.

Ellison isn’t leaving Oracle full stop however, assuming the role of CTO and executive chairman at the software giant. In an earnings call, Ellison admitted that not much would change under the bonnet.

“I’m going to continue doing what I have been doing over the last several years, [Catz and Hurd are] going to continue what they’ve been doing...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Economy.

How to overcome the cloud-savvy IT talent shortage

Senior executives at large multinational enterprises are already demanding that their CIO has a plan in place to ensure that they can effectively procure public and private cloud services for their organization. In smaller companies, some IT managers are now expected to acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a similar role.Are they prepared? To find out, let's review a current IT resource assessment.According to the findings from a recent market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), European IT departments still need to make significant...

By David H Deans, 18 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Enterprise, Trends.

Box unveils its iOS 8 bet, users able to access docs from iOS apps

Cloud storage provider Box has announced compatibility with iOS 8 on day one, including support for iOS App Extensions, which allows apps to “lend” functionality with each other.

This means users can access Box content from any other app on their iDevice, provided it supports the Extensions framework. Users can select a document on Box and open it in an editor, or work on Box content from a mobile project management tool, for instance.

“This gives you unprecedented freedom and control when...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

Rackspace abandons takeover plans, appoints Taylor Rhodes as CEO

Open source cloud provider Rackspace has dismissed all merger and acquisition discussion to continue with its current independent trajectory – and has named Taylor Rhodes as new chief executive.

Rhodes joined Rackspace in 2007 and was appointed president of the company back in January. He takes over from Graham Weston, CEO from 1999 to 2006, who had temporarily held the fort since the shock retirement of Lanham Napier in February.

“Our board conducted a thorough search of highly qualified internal...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Hybrid.

IBM’s Watson Analytics: How it makes sales and marketing’s job easier

Yesterday IBM unveiled Watson Analytics, a freemium data science tool for businesses of all sizes utilising the power of Watson’s supercomputer technology.

As we reported, for a company which isn’t averse to bigging itself up, Watson Analytics appears to be a release of which Big Blue is particularly proud, with IBM exec Oliver Oursin calling it a ‘breakthrough’.

The main...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Analytics, Data.

Data leaks in Hollywood: Who might be next?

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

The recent iCloud hack and subsequent leak of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities has made it clear that even the rich and famous aren’t immune to data loss. The fatal mistake these stars made was to forget that data, be it an email or photo, isn’t static. More often than not it goes straight to the cloud, where in theory it can be accessed from anywhere.

What’s happened to the stars of...

By Absolute Software, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, DisasterRec, Opinion.

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business.

Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data.

Easynet rolls out new European cloud portfolio in response to customer demand

Managed service provider Easynet has launched a new European cloud portfolio, featuring a “hybrid by design” format in response to customer demand.

The new solution avoids vendor lock-in by offering customers the opportunity to select the most appropriate cloud solution for their requirements, and offers a 99.99% SLA.

Philip Grannum, managing director of cloud, hosting and UC services at Easynet, told CloudTech that even though customers felt the need to switch between vendors as and when, they still...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, SLA, Vendors.

Google offers eye-catching $100k Cloud Platform credit to startups

Google has offered an olive branch to eligible startups, promising them $100,000 (£61,500) in Cloud Platform credits to get their companies off the ground.

The initiative, with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name of ‘Google Cloud Platform for Startups’, was announced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit and gives companies access to the search giant’s support team 24/7, as well as access to the firm’s technical solutions team.

“This offer supports our core Google Cloud...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, SMEs.

VDI: Why is it still virtually untapped?

By Giorgio Bonuccelli, Marketing Director

Cloud computing and virtualization technologies have undoubtedly brought about a revolution in the IT world in the past decade. With the increase in BYOD environments, a work-from-home culture and the drive for resource optimization, desktop virtualization and remote application delivery have been welcome solutions for modern businesses of all sizes – often being their first foray into cloud computing.

IT analysts had predicted that 2012 would be the ‘year...

By 2X Software, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualization.