95% of enterprises say their cloud office migration has been a success

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For the vast majority of IT decision makers, cloudy offices fit their organisations like a glove. That’s one of the key findings from a study released by software vendor BetterCloud, which found 95% of the almost 270 respondents agree that Office 365 and Google Apps suit their workplace needs well.

Comparing the two, however, is something which is too tempting to resist. 44% of Google Apps users say that system fits their needs ‘very well’, compared with 39% for...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Software.

The private vs public cloud debate: Which to deploy, and why consider hybrid?

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Cloud is often seen as the answer to a wide range of business challenges from business innovation to cost reduction. However, there is uncertainty as to whether corporations should operate a model of public, private or hybrid cloud. Here, we will discuss the common perceptions and misconceptions surrounding public and private cloud and the benefits to the enterprise in the adoption of a hybrid model.

Public vs private cloud

By Sebastian Krause, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

How the public cloud can benefit the global economy

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A great deal has been written over the past few years about the financial benefit of migrating to the public or hybrid cloud for enterprises around the world. For enterprise looking for economic benefits of moving to the cloud, the main points have always been the ability to only pay for what you need, reduced operational cost, agility, availability, and elasticity.

The naysayers continue to point to the risks and the considerable labour involved in an enterprise-wide cloud migration. I...

By David Auslander, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Public.

HyperGrid promises “next generation” of hyper-converged infrastructure

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Hyper-converged all flash infrastructure vendor Gridstore and application lifecycle management platform provider DCHQ have merged to launch HyperGrid, which is claimed to be the industry’s first ‘hyper-converged infrastructure as a service’ (HCIaaS) offering.

To translate, the new HyperGrid product aims to combined hyper-converged infrastructure with a pay as you consume pricing model. “HCIaaS is the first solution that bridges the needs of traditional and...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Software.

Containers going mainstream, but deployment still a headache

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A survey of 200 IT professionals surveyed by IT and cloud operations provider NetEnrich has revealed that 70% are using containers today, but integration with existing IT environments remains a challenge.

The research found that while seven in 10 use container technology, with another 21% of respondents indicating they plan to move soon, more than half (55%) admitted integrating containers into current IT systems was the biggest issue. Security concerns (53% of respondents)...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Developers, Platform.

Almost half of UK councils are yet to put cloud plans together, research finds

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Even though almost three quarters of the major UK councils say they use cloud technologies for data storage in some capacity, almost half say they are yet to formulate plans to use cloud computing.

That’s the main finding from not for profit IT service provider Eduserv, in responses provided by the top 100 councils in the UK. 44% of those polled said they did not have a strategy or IT policy in place – and of that number, only 15% say they are exploring or considering a...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Public, PublicSector.

Dropbox and Egnyte move to leaders section in Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant

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Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Egnyte represent the leaders’ section in the latest Gartner enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) Magic Quadrant.

The 2016 rankings show an interesting correlation year on year; Dropbox and Egnyte move from the challenger and visionary sections respectively, while the overall number of vendors, 13, represents a step down from 16...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Software, Storage.

Making SaaS sticky: Why customer success is the industry’s new linchpin

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Behind every great tech innovation is the need for effective tech implementation. But anyone who has ever been an early adopter of enterprise technology knows that no matter how remarkable the software is, integrating it into a business and its processes is rarely (read: never) an easy feat. Not only must customers understand how to use the new technology, they have to know how to maximise its use for their business.

In the software as a service (SaaS) industry, this gets more...

By Ben Velker, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Data Management, SaaS , Software.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

The rise of multi-cloud: What you need to know to succeed in your deployment

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Multi-cloud has been discussed within the cloud computing industry for a while, but there is still confusion about what it is and where it fits within the terminology of private, public, and hybrid cloud.

What most agree on is that multi-cloud is about mixing and matching the best-of-breed solutions and services from different cloud providers to create the most suitable solution for a business. It minimises the amount of vendor lock-in and gives organisations more flexibility with their...

By Tony Connor, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Microsoft looks to cloud as key strength of latest financial results

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Microsoft cited the strength of its cloud portfolio on the firm’s ‘customer momentum’ as it reported a $3.1 billion (£2.4bn) net income for the quarter ending June 30.

Revenue was $20.6bn GAAP, with operating income at $3.1bn. Office commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 5%, heavily driven by the Office 365 side, while Office consumer products and cloud services grew 19%.

For Azure, revenue grew 102%, with Azure compute usage more than doubling year on...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Opinion: Why there is no such thing as managed IaaS

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By Jason Deck, SVP of Strategy, Logicworks

The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i.e. infrastructure...

By Logicworks, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Boeing and Ryanair looking to take advantage of cloud and big data platforms

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The airline industry has traditionally been ripe for technological innovation – and a couple of examples have hit CloudTech’s inbox with regard to how different providers are currently utilising big data and cloud.

Boeing has announced an agreement with Microsoft to build a cloud-based platform for its range of analytics tools, aiming to transition many of the airline’s commercial aviation applications into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Among the applications ready to move into...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Infrastructure, Platform.

Box deploys RingCentral to modernise comms platform, saving almost $1m per year

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Enterprise cloud software provider Box is working with cloud communications provider RingCentral to unify its global enterprise communications in order to save up to $900,000 per year.

Box will deploy RingCentral Office, the comms vendor’s flagship UCaaS (unified communications as a service) platform, as well as planning to utilise RingCentral products which integrate with both Google for Work and Salesforce. RingCentral notes that the openness of its platform, as well as its...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Software, UnifiedComms.

IDC notes how public cloud IaaS is ‘transforming enterprise IT value chain’

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A short research note from analyst house IDC argues how enterprise acceptance and adoption rates are driving strong growth of public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

According to IDC forecasts, public cloud IaaS revenues are set to more than triple, from $12.6 billion (£9.5bn) in 2015 to $43.6bn in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 28.2% over that period. The public cloud IaaS market grew 51% in 2015, according to IDC, with that growth expecting to slow after...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

ISO compliance in the cloud: Why should you care, and what do you need to know?

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More and more organisations are looking to move to cloud to benefit from scalability, cost reduction and the ability to launch new service offerings fast.

The dynamic nature of cloud however necessitates security and compliance controls that frankly can be daunting. Issues around mobility and multi-tenancy, identity and access management, data protection and incident response and assessment all need to be addressed. And with multiple modes – SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, public, private, hybrid...

By Frank Krieger, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Security.

Microsoft secures major court win with ramifications for global cloud data storage

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A federal court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to hand over data stored in other countries, overturning an original decision from a magistrate judge in 2014 and giving a shot in the arm for cloud security and data sovereignty.

The key asset in the case was data located in Microsoft’s data centre in Dublin, after the US Department of Justice had wanted to...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

What you need to know about infrastructure as code – and why now

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The new generation of infrastructure management technologies promises to transform the way we manage IT infrastructure. But many organisations today aren’t seeing any dramatic differences, and some are finding that these tools only make life messier. As we’ll see, infrastructure as code is an approach that provides principles, practices, and patterns for using these technologies effectively.

Why infrastructure as code?

Virtualisation, cloud, containers, server automation, and...

By Kief Morris, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Kief Morris: On DevOps, containers, and empowering end to end services

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The concept of infrastructure as code (IaC), where computing infrastructure is managed and configured by automation rather than through manual processing, has been around for a while. Mark Burgess’ work on CFEngine, an open source configuration management system dating back to 1993, laid the groundwork, while DevOps.com introduced its readers to the concept back in May 2014. But what does the landscape look like in 2016?

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Chef launches ‘flagship’ product Automate, aims for greater enterprise DevOps rollouts

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IT automation software provider Chef has announced the launch of Chef Automate, claimed to be a flagship software product which ties together all of the company’s product portfolio.

Chef Automate aims to give users comprehensive visibility across all applications and their supporting environments, providing a single dashboard with access to analytics, trending data and health status of Chef-managed resources.

Other key features include a unified workflow, essentially a shared...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.