Research argues hidden costs contribute to a ‘cloud hangover’ for businesses

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It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve had a bit too much, your head’s pounding, and you’re frantically searching your brain for anything you might have said or did that you’ll be paying for later.

We’ve all been there. Yet according to new research from Sungard Availability Services, it’s a similar effect at work when the IT department buys cloud solutions. 87% of the 150 UK-based senior IT decision makers polled say they have...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Why big data’s big promises are finally within reach

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By Adam Spearing, VP Platform EMEA, Salesforce

Let’s face it - until very recently big data has been a big letdown. Data warehouses and data analytics tools have historically proven difficult to design, build, and maintain. How much storage space will be necessary? How much data is there? What data management tools can the organisation afford and, just as important, what expertise is available in-house to build and run the data warehouse or data analytics platform?

InformationWeek recently...

By Salesforce.com, 30 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Private vs public vs hybrid cloud: Which one to choose?

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Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective...

By LogicWorks, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Extending solutions with cloud applications: What every enterprise should know

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The agile enterprise; it becomes ever more elusive the larger a business grows. As systems are developed over time, they can often hamper progress as they become inflexible and more complicated in comparison to the consumerisation of modern business technologies which are increasingly intuitive and blur the lines between the technologies that people use at home and work.

For some enterprises the answer is a large wholesale change, taking a phased approach to its implementation whilst...

By Josh Gilbertson, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Editorial.

Compliance remains the key cloud security challenge, according to CipherCloud report

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Almost two thirds of organisations in a CipherCloud survey on cloud data protection say compliance and auditing privacy is the biggest security challenge associated with cloud computing.

CipherCloud, which has released its inaugural “Global Cloud Data Security Report”, found a number of interesting findings in the research, and the challenges associated with data security for Global 2000 companies.

Compliance and data protection concerns continue to remain the top barriers for...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Microsoft unveils Azure App Service, digs into cloud first mantra again

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With everything Microsoft releases, it’s a “mobile first, cloud first” mantra which accompanies it. This is no different; the tech giant has announced the launch of the Azure App Service, a cloud service which enables developers to built web and mobile apps for any platform and any device.

The service brings together the capabilities from Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services. Microsoft aims to provide an integrated solution that streamlines...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Microsoft.

Why there is still a culture of ‘hope’ and ‘fear’ around cloud and big data technologies

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Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud.

Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

Opinion: Sorry, Europe: Data localisation is not the killer app for privacy

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By Kenneth N. Rashbaum, Esq.

This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel.

Edward Snowden has unleashed a torrent of activity in the name of data security and...

By LogicWorks, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Why the conversation needs to change in the cloud arena

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Sipping a coffee outside the hubbub of Cloud Expo Europe, Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre provider Interoute, has something on his mind.

The vast majority of the activity going on in the ExCeL arena, he surmises, will be vendors pitching their position. Nothing unusual with that at a trade show, you might say, but Finnie wants the conversations to go one step further.

“I think one of the things we’re hoping for is people start to put two and two...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Oracle CTO Ellison slams Salesforce in cloud financial results discussion

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After 27 years at the top, it remains a slight culture shock to note Larry Ellison as Oracle’s chief technical officer. But despite this he’s still stealing the headlines, by telling analysts in an earnings call his belief that Oracle will sell more new SaaS and PaaS business than Salesforce in 2015.

As reported by Seeking Alpha, Ellison told...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Severalnines: Mixing DevOps with database management and going its own way

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Sweden-based database management provider Severalnines is an interesting company. Its name would suggest SLAs but the firm, with approximately 7000 users, supports MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB among others and enables businesses to support both SQL and NoSQL open source databases in the cloud or on-premise.

Yet the way Severalnines has built its success is of most interest. Instead of going cap in hand to VCs and building up cash without going near making a profit, Severalnines has...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, OpenSource, SLA.

Report shows majority of cloud providers not hitting SLA targets

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76% of organisations surveyed by CDW in its Cloud 401 report say at least one cloud vendor failed to meet their SLAs.

The report, released in February, found reliability (43%) as the most important metric for cloud service providers, far ahead of cost (28%) and ability to integrate with existing infrastructure (27%), meaning a double whammy for providers who couldn’t meet their uptime figures.

Cloud...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, SLA.

NaviSite’s Sumeet Sabharwal on the evolution of desktop as a service

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At the back end of 2014 Sumeet Sabharwal, group vice president and general manager at NaviSite, penned a company blog explaining how the year had been “significant” for desktop as a service (DaaS) on a number of fronts. Maturation of technology, expansion of the provider landscape, and expansion of endpoint devices, such as the support of Chromebooks, have helped create a maelstrom going into...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure, VDI.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for 2015

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Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels. A Goldman Sachs study published earlier this year projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.

Centaur Partners and other firms mentioned in this roundup are seeing more enterprise-size deals for cloud computing infrastructure and applications....

By Louis Columbus, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research.

Finland has biggest take up of cloud computing services in EU, research reveals

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Finland has the highest proportion of enterprises in the EU using cloud computing, according to figures from Eurostat.

The findings from the European Union’s statistical office, from December 2014, saw more than half (51%) of Finnish enterprises in the cloud. Nordic and Benelux countries typically scored highly, with Sweden and Denmark in the top four and Netherlands and Belgium in the top 10. 24% of UK enterprises use cloud computing services.

Overall, 10 nations are ahead of the...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research, SaaS , Software.

The CIO focus on public cloud: "A viable option, but not a top consideration”

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A survey from analyst house Gartner has found that infrastructure and operations leaders should institute a ‘cloud-first’ consideration for every project on an application by application basis.

The report, entitled “Flipping to Digital Leadership: The 2015 CIO Agenda”, surveyed more than 2800 CIOs and found public cloud was an option for IT projects, but only a first consideration for a small minority.

15% of those polled aren’t considering cloud computing...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Cisco and HP top cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM slips

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The latest figures from Synergy Research have found Cisco and HP to be the leaders in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM, the clear market leader in Q412, slips further down the table.

The analysts point to IBM selling off its server business to Lenovo – which is now the seventh largest vendor in the space – as a key point in the Armonk firm’s downturn.

Cisco has a clear lead in public cloud infrastructure, while HP is on top in private cloud,...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Winds of change: Growing data centre industry brings new opportunities

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By Simon Taylor, Chairman, Next Generation Data

In this digital age, all businesses are effectively IT businesses no matter what they actually make or sell, whether in retail, professional services, manufacturing, and so on. IT underpins the systems and processes and more importantly will usually offer the key competitive edge, manage and pay the personnel, control suppliers and their costs, manage prospects and analyse customers buying habits, not to mention monitoring sales and...

By NGD, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Is cheap and unlimited cloud storage bad news?

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By Simon Langlois

Everyone can agree, storage quotas for cloud services are increasing very quickly. And this means only one thing: cloud storage is getting dirt-cheap. This is nothing new, as organisations have been getting more and more gigabyte (GB) for their buck in the past months. Some of the industry’s biggest cloud players, like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been engaging in a war on storage. Who will include the biggest quota at the lowest price? And who will cut...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software, Storage.