Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

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.

Hybrid cloud analytics: Don’t be cloud-washed by the new term on the block

Not surprisingly, with all the momentum in hybrid cloud infrastructure, we’re starting to hear the term “hybrid cloud analytics” pop up in the modern business intelligence (BI) market. However, it’s a term that is being overused and misunderstood as those in the industry seek to align with the latest trend. We see the future value of hybrid cloud computing as helping to empower customers to embrace a cloud strategy of their own versus having it dictated to them by a vendor.

A hybrid cloud...

By Drew Clarke, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

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.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2017

Financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reveals massive growth for the top cloud providers. With 47% and 93% revenue growth for Amazon AWS and Microsoft respectively, one thing is clear – cloud is growing at a breakneck pace.

Enterprises and small businesses will continue to adopt and invest in cloud technology. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index whitepaper shows global cloud IP traffic will almost...

By Alex Bennett, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise.

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.

The spotlight falls on data centre resiliency as data keeps growing

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It’s hard to imagine the sheer scale of data created on a daily basis. In just one second 747 Instagram photos are uploaded, 7,380 tweets are sent and 38,864GB of traffic is processed across the internet. This equates to 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. With IoT connections booming, this number is expected to keep growing exponentially. Almost all this data travels through a data centre at some point.

Businesses are handing the...

By Adrian Barker, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

IDC says global spending on public cloud services to hit $122.5bn in 2017

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Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will hit $122.5 billion by the end of this year at an increase of almost 25% on 2016, according to the latest note from IDC.

The analyst house argues that discrete manufacturing, professional services, and banking are the primary public cloud service industries based on market share today, while professional services (23.9% compound annual growth rate), retail (22.8%) and media (22.5%) are expected to be the fastest growers....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Why the cloud could hold the cure to diseases

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We constantly hear about programs such as Race for the Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ice Bucket Challenge, and other fundraising or awareness initiatives for diseases.  However, hearing a disease has been cured almost never happens. With billions of dollars being used to research diseases around the world, many people started looking for reasons as to why more progress hasn’t been made. Researchers re-examined their processes and realised two things. First,...

By Rick Delgado, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Collaboration, Data & Analytics.

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.

Five reasons why every CIO needs an integration roadmap in 2017

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The difference between CIOs who lead and those caught in never-ending reactionary cycles is often a strategic IT plan and integration roadmap.

It’s the CIOs who take the time to create and pursue an integration roadmap that has the greatest chance of breaking out of always reacting to IT projects and leading them instead. That’s because the majority of inbound requests centre on data, reports or analysis only deliverable by integrating two or more systems together.

Five ways...

By Louis Columbus, 20 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics.

The ruling on cloud computing: Analysing the legal perspective

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When it comes to digital transformation within the legal sector there are understandably many questions about how to handle sensitive information without compromising client confidentiality. This is also true when dealing with the internet as a whole, but particularly when it comes to cloud computing.

In a survey by the Cloud Industry Forum it was revealed that 70% of IT decision makers regarded data security as one of...

By Monica Brink, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Legal.

Azure usage continues to grow – but organisations need channel help to succeed

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It continues to gain traction whilst still being significantly behind the market leader; but what underpins this growth? A new study from NetEnrich has found that while Microsoft Azure continues to see impressive usage figures, companies have to rely on channel providers to help them make the most of their implementations.

The survey, which garnered the views of more than 80 IT professionals in large and midmarket companies, found 46% of respondents were running at least half of...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

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.

Where is the true state of the cloud in 2017? Analysing two influential reports

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Two reports have hit this publication’s inbox around the ‘state of the cloud’ in recent days; a study from RightScale argues the market is growing at a solid clip, while the summary from Bessemer Venture Partners’ (BVP) Byron Deeter found an industry which struggled at the start of 2016 but has since roared back.

While both reports differ – RightScale focuses on the adoption and vendors, while Deeter looks almost exclusively at the financial angle –...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

What is the point of hybrid cloud – or, is it time to re-evaluate hybrid?

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Opinion There used to be a buzz around hybrid cloud. The idea was simple, host your mission critical applications in-house where they were more secure and manageable and then burst into the cloud for additional capacity.

Sounds great; but in reality, it didn't really work. Many organisations tried and while some succeeded most failed. Why? The primary issue was network latency between stacks but there was also a huge degree of complexity in orchestrating different technology platforms...

By Mike Bainbridge, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Nutanix, HPE and Cisco top 451 rankings for servers and converged infrastructure

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Nutanix is the leading vendor for converged infrastructure ahead of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco, while the latter two and Dell are jostling for prime position in the server space, according to a report from 451 Research.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s most recent Voice of the Enterprise study, argues that server spending remains ‘steady’ despite enterprises continuing to move workloads to the cloud; almost half (49.4%) of those polled say...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research.

Is hybrid cloud in danger of becoming lost in translation?

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In the last year hybrid cloud adoption has ramped up as both cloud users and cloud vendors have matured. Yet there is still confusion in the market about what it means to go truly hybrid with many CIOs unable to agree when it comes to the true definition of hybrid cloud.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, “[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique...

By David Richards, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

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Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet.

The study, put together in conjunction with Vanson Bourne and polling 900 end user IT leaders across European mid-market businesses, found almost half (45%) of finance companies polled had already developed a DevOps approach. This compared favourably against other industries, such as retail, software, and...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Industry, Infrastructure.

The ‘torchbearer CIO’ and how hybrid IT continues to fuel digital transformation

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Information technology advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before.

So, how are savvy CIOs leading this transition?

Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market...

By David H Deans, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Hybrid.