The hybrid IT conundrum: How to effect seamless enterprise transformation


The term ‘enterprise transformation’ is frequently heard, relating to organisational change and moving away from legacy technologies. Accenture defines it as a “fundamental shift [of] strategy, in response to major disruptions through a complete, business-driven remodelling of how a company structures itself.” But how far down the company does change go?

Antonion Piraino, chief technology officer at IT management software provider ScienceLogic, argues...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for Q315


  • The global SaaS market is projected to grow from $49B in 2015 to $67B in 2018, attaining a CAGR of 8.14%.
  • Global spending on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5B this year, an increase of 32.8% from 2014.
  • Cloud applications will account for 90% of worldwide mobile data traffic by 2019, compared to 81% at the end of last year.

These and other insights are from recent cloud computing forecasts and market estimates published by research and advisory consultancies including International Data Corporation (IDC),...

By Louis Columbus, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

Research details challenges of tracking cloud consumption


Two thirds of respondents in a survey from Dimensional Research and Cloud Cruiser say they find it challenging to track cloud consumption for cost allocations.

The research, which quizzed IT professionals who attended the AWS Global Summit events in San Francisco and New York in April and July this year, found almost four in five (79%) are pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy. Almost a third (30%) of respondents saying they will grow cloud services by more than half in the coming year,...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Economy.

Google launches new US East Coast data centre


Google has unveiled a new data centre with three new zones in the US east coast region, adding South Carolina to Iowa, Belgium and Taiwan as its primary data centre locations.

The expansion move comes two weeks after Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz decried Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for having, at the time, 12 regions combined compared with Microsoft’s 19.

“This will open up our services to customers that were waiting on a US East Coast...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union


It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.


By Jamie Tyler, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

PaaS and app migration: How to navigate digital disruption while keeping legacy investments


Digital technologies are having an irrefutable impact on working lives. Mobile, social media, cloud and big data technologies have been ushered into the enterprise to enable more flexible working practices for employees, more convenient access for customers and greater agility for the deployment of new services. However, it isn’t enough to simply layer these new technologies on top of an existing IT infrastructure.

Legacy applications and technology platforms must go through a...

By Greg Palesano, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

US and China will continue to lead for data centre location, analyst notes


A note from Synergy Research has shed light on the most popular data centre geographies, with the US and China coming out on top.

Not surprisingly, the US is the most popular location for cloud and internet data centres in Q215. After analysing the data centre footprint of 13 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, 44% of data centres were in the US. China (10%) was in clear second place, ahead of Australia, the UK, Japan, and Singapore (all 5%), with Germany and...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing dominates Deloitte’s 2015 global venture capital confidence survey


  • Cloud computing is the strongest technology investment sector for the third year in a row.
  • Biopharmaceuticals and robotics are the two sectors that have gained the greatest venture capital confidence from 2014 to 2015.
  • U.S. technology hubs (Silicon Valley/San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles & Chicago), Israel and Canada dominate while confidence continues to fall in Brazil and other emerging markets.

These and other insights are from

By Louis Columbus, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, M&A.

Employee cloud storage trends uncovered in latest research


Research released by WinMagic reveals two thirds of employees do not know their company policy on cloud storage – and its usage is putting business data at risk.

The survey, which quizzed 1,000 office workers at companies with 50 or more employees, found a marked difference in employees’ usage of cloud storage; 41% of respondents said they used cloud services at least once a week, while 42% never touch them.

5% of those who said they use cloud storage once a week do so at...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

How planning is the perfect tonic for avoiding the ‘cloud hangover’


If there is one shortage we will never suffer in the technology sector, it is one of attention-grabbing sound-bites.

The latest one to do the rounds is the ‘cloud hangover’. It has been coined to describe the undesirable after-effects of a move to the cloud, the most painful of which is the significant unplanned for expenditure incurred by organisations in maintenance...

By Ivan Harris, 29 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Lightning can strike twice: Don’t be complacent backing up cloud data

(c) Spencer

Last month, one of Google’s data centres was struck by lightning; not once, but four times. The result was that some of its data and, worse, other people’s data, was lost forever. This should be a wakeup call for businesses everywhere that they need to back up data in the cloud, because when it comes down to data loss, all data – be it on premises or in the cloud – is created equal.

Most businesses already know that backup is essential, and backing up...

By Jon Thordarson, 28 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management.

Software defined data centres will be vital for business agility – but not just yet


Analyst house Gartner argues the software defined data centre (SDCC), otherwise known as the virtual data centre (VDC), is not the right choice for every IT organisation today – but long term it will be crucial to the evolution of an agile digital business.

The SDDC is whereby IT infrastructure is virtualised and delivered ‘as a service’, leading to greater levels of automation, flexibility and, in turn, business agility. The development is seen as crucial by the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Virtualisation.

Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud


Advances in software architecture over the last eight to 10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Despite this progress, today’s software applications, web-based or not, continue to still either provide a slower response or become completely non-responsive too often.

Utilising software like Chaos Monkey, which challenges a software application’s distributed systems by taking random instances offline, allows...

By ZapThink, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, Software.

Fujitsu aims to help CIOs master hybrid IT through new functionality


Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced new functionality which the company claims will help CIOs to deliver hybrid IT environments without compromising compliance and data security.

The company is announcing Fujitsu Cloud Services Management, which builds on the previous Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform and aims to enable unified management of various cloud environments, across different departments within an organisation.

Fujitsu is also announcing an extension of its range of standardised...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Public sector fighting hidden costs of cloud computing, report reveals


Even though the public sector is adopting cloud as a key part of its IT strategy, new research from Sungard Availability Services has revealed the sector is facing a large number of challenges in managing and operating cloud environments.

According to the report, entitled ‘Digital by Design: Avoiding the cloud hangover in the UK public sector’, UK public sector organisations are spending over £300 million each year on ‘hidden costs’ associated with their...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: PublicSector.

Securing your data centre from human error with a multi-step security approach


10 years ago, few could have predicted that the world would generate data on today’s colossal scale, that a new social media environment would emerge, or that the Internet of Things (IoT) would integrate devices with intelligent IT. These changes have impacted the way we access data, and the way that businesses manage and store data.

Recently we have seen an evolution in infrastructure and storage to support these new trends, both for the business community and for consumers, which...

By Sean McAvan, 22 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

Microsoft: How the cloud conversation has changed – and the edge on AWS


Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz has told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference of the explosive growth in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and how the company is differentiating against rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and IBM in the cloud.

With Deutsche Bank’s Karl Keirstead asking the questions, Schutz noted the varied nature of Microsoft’s customer base gives it the advantage over AWS.

By James Bourne, 21 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Lack of vendor visibility is number one pain point for cloud customers

(c) Sergeev

New survey data revealed by the SANS Institute shows more issues cloud providers face in keeping their customers happy, with a lack of visibility into operations the biggest bugbear for clients.

The report, entitled ‘Orchestrating Security in the Cloud’, spoke to 485 IT professionals and found lack of visibility was cited by 48% of respondents as a problem. A lack of virtual machine and workload visibility was selected by 46% of those polled, while vulnerabilities...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

You may be right to be worried about DRaaS – but help is at hand


Latest figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) indicate that cloud adoption is at its highest figure to date, with 78 per cent of organisations now having formally adopted at least one type of cloud-based service. TechNavio echoes this surge and in particular the surge in growth of disaster recovery as a service, forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 54.64 per cent between 2014 and 2018. However, despite the striking numbers and growth expectations there are still many...

By Monica Brink, 18 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Public cloud generating more than $20bn quarterly for IT companies


A note released by Synergy Research shows the public cloud continues to make significant inroads into the overall IT market, generating over $20 billion (£12.9bn) in quarterly revenues for IT firms.

According to the research, public cloud operators provide $10bn in quarterly revenues for key technology and IT supplies, while generating $12bn themselves in revenues from infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

Synergy classifies the leading vendors into...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.