UK government report advocates fairer terms for cloud storage users

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Around 30% of UK adults use cloud storage in a personal capacity, according to a report released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – but the governing body notes concerns over some vendor practices which conflict with consumer law.

The report, which can be found in full here at a whopping 218 pages, shares concerns, such as companies being able to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Research, SLA, Software, Storage.

Why the PaaS market is not quite what it seems

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According to research from Gartner, the platform as a service (PaaS) market crossed the $4 billion mark in 2015. Clearly, the growing maturity of PaaS offerings is reflected in its continuing double-digit annual growth with more than 130 vendors across 15 different categories of specialised PaaS services now vying for a piece of the action.

Of course, PaaS was always going to be the next big thing. In 2013, Gartner boldly predicted that by 2017, “75% of new SaaS offerings will be...

By Jeff Drazan, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

451 Research argues ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud is a red herring

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The cloud services sector is still a long way off from being a commodity market, according to the latest note from analyst house 451 Research.

The results, which have been published in the firm’s latest Cloud Price Index (CPI), show the ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud pricing, as exemplified by continued price cuts from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and others, is something of a misnomer and that the supply of higher value services will be key to long...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Here’s why private and hybrid cloud are here to stay

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When private and hybrid cloud technology first appeared, some pundits predicted that they wouldn’t last. Wasn’t everything going to the public cloud? But last they did, and there are several good reasons why private and hybrid cloud are here to stay.

For one thing, some companies are balking at the cost of maintaining public cloud deployments once their workloads and storage grow into the tens of petabytes. In addition, some vertical markets (financial services, for example)...

By Steve Garrison, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, SaaS , Software.

Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations

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International data privacy regulations can be complex and ever-changing. The invalidation of the Safe Harbour agreement by the European Court of Justice, and the ongoing negotiations about its replacement, means than many companies are now forced to rethink their approach to information governance, without the certainty of knowing exactly which regulations they will need to comply with.

Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can...

By Gary Weiss, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

WANdisco collaborates with Bridgeworks for rapid cloud migration

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WANdisco and Bridgeworks have announced a new partnership, with WANdisco Fusion’s patented cloud transactional data technology will feature Bridgeworks PORTrockIT software.

David Richards, WANdisco CEO and co-founder, said: “WANdisco’s continuous availability and guaranteed data consistency can now be deployed with software from Bridgeworks that virtually removes the effects of network latency, making it possible for on-premise and cloud environments to operate as...

By Cloud Tech, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Capacity, redundancy, and transparency: The three big cloud question marks

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From my perch in the cloud computing ecosystem, I see three concerns on the horizon for cloud computing: capacity, redundancy, and transparency.

In certain ways, these topics are inter-related with security. Certainly, from the customer’s viewpoint, they all touch on perceptions of value and trust. And possible solutions, at least to my mind, tend to reflect old-school logic around risk management principles.

I know from my conversations with other professionals in the cloud...

By Christine Miyachi, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Cloud security strategies: In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king

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New research released today by enterprise cloud hosting provider iland has revealed almost half (47%) of security workers “simply trust” their cloud providers to meet security agreements.

The findings, from 100 IT decision makers and security experts, appear in a study whose title – ‘Blind Trust is Not a Security Strategy: Lessons from Cloud Adopters’ – lays the problem on thick. Even though 78% of firms polled are using the cloud in some capacity, and...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Vendors.

An update on security in the hybrid cloud: Where do we go from here?

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Even in mid-2016, very few who are serious about cloud computing will tell customers that out of the box public cloud services are as secure as their corporate data centres. At the same time no-one would suggest introducing mission critical applications and data into a brand new data centre environment without first planning and implementing proper physical, network, server, and application security controls.

Many organisations distrust moving corporate data and application assets...

By David Auslander, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

Are the costs of cloud implementations overruling the benefits?

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Cloud computing has unquestionably had a dynamic effect on business growth and productivity, enabling mobile collaboration and scalable packages that allow for rapid expansion. One of the principal benefits given in favour of this model of computing is its ability to drive down costs, particularly when it comes to removing or reducing the need for upfront investment, and providing a stable, predictable IT subscription.

One might assume, then, that the

By Chris Ducker, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure.

Analysis: What does the role of the CIO look like in 2016?

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It is a question which carries more resonance as technology matures: what is the major role of the CIO today?

The usual responses range from improving business efficiency, to spearheading the organisation’s technological revolution. At the MIT Sloan CIO Conference earlier this month, the answer was simple. “The perfect CIO is enabling the perfectly friction-less business,” argued Steve...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

How to enable the ISV community with cloud computing

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Access to computing resources has been democratised through access to low cost cloud platforms. Network access is now high-speed, low-cost and almost ubiquitous. Together, this means that cloud provides a perfect platform for the development and scalable delivery of applications. And the ISV community has a significant opportunity to take advantage.

Delivering value for customers

The SaaS model creates new opportunities for both ISVs and their customers. Consumption-based charging...

By Sean McAvan, 20 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software.

Amazon Web Services launches X1 instances on EC2 for SAP users

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has officially launched X1 instances for its EC2 cloud, which claim to have the most memory available in any SAP-certified cloud instance available today.

The instances have 2 terabytes of memory each and are, according to Amazon, a good fit for programmes such as the SAP HANA in-memory database, big data processing engines such as Apache Spark and Presto, as well as other high performance computing workloads. The memory available in X1 is eight times more...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Top 10 UK business disasters revealed: Is your business ready for the worst?

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Managed IT services provider IT Specialists (ITS) has put together a list of the top 10 business continuity disasters to hit the UK over the past 12 months, including storms Abigail, Desmond, Katie, as well as a fire at Holborn and power cuts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Heathrow Airport.

The list of disasters encompass various business situations, from the Forth Road Bridge Closure in December where 80,000 vehicles were diverted daily for 19 days, to the Heathrow power cut which...

Opinion: How to achieve a solid business continuity strategy

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Over the last 12 months, the UK has seen floods and fires upend businesses of all sorts – from hospitals, to factories, to recycling centres. Commuters faced their own significant set of challenges, with incidents such as the closure of the Forth Road Bridge and the Heathrow Airport power cut, which diverted more than 130 flights. Meanwhile, the Met Office has plenty of opportunities to test the new convention of naming storms, with the likes of Katie, Abigail and Desmond...

Colocation market update: Equinix, Digital Realty, NTT see further growth

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The major colocation players continue to extend their leadership – and comfortably beat overall market growth – in large part due to significant acquisitions, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

According to the firm’s Q1 2016 figures, the top three vendors in the space remain Equinix, Digital Realty, and NTT, with 28%, 26%, and 41% year on year growth respectively. Yet while the analyst house argues the three firms grew well enough organically, the...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Microsoft and SAP expand partnership, running SAP HANA on Azure

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Tech giants Microsoft and SAP have announced a partnership enabling in-memory database platform SAP HANA to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud, as well as other integrations with SAP’s cloud and Office 365.

The announcement, made at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference with SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella onstage together, also includes management and security of custom SAP Fiori apps. Developing custom mobile hybrid apps on SAP HANA will also include support...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SAP, Software.

CIOs bemoan increasing IT complexity in their organisations…again

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More than three quarters (81%) of CIOs argue the ever-increasing complexity of IT infrastructure is creating a bottleneck for IT support, while a similar number (82%) argue IT support has become a “growing burden” on modern IT departments.

The results appear in a survey from end-to-end technology provider Trustmarque, which polled 200 UK CIOs and senior IT decision makers from large enterprises. More than half of CIOs polled (58%) admit they are struggling to offer a...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure.

How Santander embraced cloud storage for greater productivity and data security

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If you were to think of an industry that would be naturally reluctant to embrace technologies such as cloud and mobility for reasons of sensitive data privacy, which one would you think of first? The two most common answers are usually healthcare and banking – so it is therefore interesting to note how Santander has gone all in on enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) with cloud storage provider CTERA Networks.

According to the bank, the opportunity to move organisational...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Enterprise, Security, Software, Storage.

Why savvy digital visionaries see beyond the nearby clouds

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While the decisive CEOs have a digital transformation agenda, those companies executing plans to re-imagine their business models are in the minority. And yet, the early adopters now using cloud computing are enabled to respond quickly to changing market conditions. In contrast, the laggards are undecided and risk falling further behind.

This is a global phenomena, where the industry and local market leaders are able to enact their transition with limited interference or threats from...

By David H Deans, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.