How to cross the DevOps chasm in a safe and reliable manner
If you read IT blogs regularly, you would assume DevOps is already the status quo, that everyone has ‘crossed the chasm’, and are practicing continuous delivery on a daily basis. We read about all these amazing companies releasing hundreds of times a day using a mature DevOps model and release automation. Well, the reality is these exceptional companies are just that – the exceptions. Most companies are just setting out on their DevOps journey,...
Research shows cloud spend going up in 2016 for two thirds of enterprises
A report from analyst house Clutch has found two thirds of medium and large enterprises plan to increase their spend on cloud computing in 2016.
Of the 300 IT professionals surveyed, almost half (42%) said they would expect their cloud spend to go up by 11-30% with 14% opting for an increase between 31% and 50% and 7% anticipating even greater outlay. Comparatively, around a quarter (27%) said their cloud spending will remain mostly flat and only 6% said it would decrease in...
Why 2016 needs to be the year of granularity for cloud
A recent business conversation led to the establishment of the fact that the data centre business is becoming more cutthroat than ever. Price wars, advanced offerings, upsells and what not are the usual tactics that have been used, but now competing forces are pressuring data centre providers to go beyond the usual and utilise something new.
Data centre businesses are now relying more and more on leveraging strategic footprints, global presence and larger capabilities to educate and work...
The state of the cloud in 2016: DevOps, Docker momentum grows as hybrid hits its stride
Hybrid cloud adoption has grown significantly while DevOps and Docker uptake continues to explode, according to the latest RightScale State of the Cloud research report.
The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 technical professionals, found that the more things change, the more they stay the same with regards to the overall trends pervading the cloud industry. Hybrid cloud adoption has gone up from 58% in 2015 to 71% among respondents, with private cloud going up from 63% to 77%....
Cutting the cord: Why the cloud is the future of app delivery
IT is challenged by the line of business to deliver a competitive edge to compete in a global market. Securely delivering apps and data to any device is a core IT workflow to enable productivity.
However, if you are like most companies, your IT budget is not growing at the same pace as demand for IT services. To be more agile, the current paradigm around app delivery needs to be turned upside down. IT needs to cut the cord.IT’s evolution: From plow horse to...
Google offers extra 2GB storage, while StreamNation and CudaDrive head into the sunset
Contrasting fortunes in cloud storage this week: Google has tempted its user base with an extra 2 gigabytes of cloud storage if they have their security settings correctly configured, while the StreamNation and CudaDrive services are to shut down in the coming months.
StreamNation was launched in November 2013 with the aim of being the “first personal library in the cloud”, but the company says it hit a roadblock, and is now moving towards Project Noah, originally a side...
Three essential tips for choosing a cloud partner program
By Mathieu LeBlanc
If you’ve been selling cloud services for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to make a decent living as an independent. Yes, the demand for cloud services is high, but there’s a lot of other cloud resellers like you who are getting into the game. Recent statistics from MSP Alliance show that managed service providers (MSPs) generated revenue of...
Businesses not convinced of keeping up with EU data protection regulation
Only one in five companies say they are confident of complying with the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to new research released by Netskope.
Worryingly the research, which polled more than 500 businesses, found a similar number (21%) expect their cloud providers to handle compliance obligations on their behalf – a fact which is not the case according to the wording of the GDPR.
Only 7% of businesses polled said they had a solution in place for...
Why company culture is key to cloud success
If you ask any successful company for the key to their success, or ask any employee why they are happy in a position, the answer is almost always “the people”. But what makes happy, productive people is usually fueled by a thriving company culture.
Company culture is not built with free lunches, ping pong tables, and bring-your-pet-to-work days. Only companies that develop more meaningful values soar ahead of the rest.
Technology companies and particularly those in the cloud space have a unique...
Latest cloud infrastructure research shows yet more AWS dominance
This is not the most surprising news you will hear today: a note published by Synergy Research argues Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) domination of the cloud infrastructure market continues. The Seattle giant held 31% of the worldwide market in 2015, the researchers argue, with Microsoft (9%), IBM (7%) and Google (4%) trailing.
Despite the yawning gap between the market leader and the rest, all four companies continue to grow ahead of the overall rate, as Synergy chief analyst John...
How cloud providers are fighting the data sovereignty fight for European customers
For many US-centric cloud providers, Europe is quickly becoming a fierce battleground for their business. Earlier this week, Oracle announced plans to recruit up to 1400 cloudy salespeople across EMEA, while data centres are popping up all over the continent, from Microsoft’s commitment to the UK by the end of 2016 to IBM SoftLayer
After the flood: Why IT service continuity is your best insurance policy
The severe floods that hit the north of England and parts of Scotland in December 2015 and January 2016 devastated both homes and businesses, and led to questions about whether the UK is sufficiently prepared to cope with such calamities.
On December 28, the Guardian newspaper went so far as to say that the failure to ensure that flood defences can withstand the unprecedented high water levels, would cost at least £5bn. Lack of...
Gartner argues cloud email is still immature – but gaining traction
The cloud email market remains relatively immature with Microsoft ahead of Google in enterprise adoption, according to the latest figures from analyst house Gartner.
According to email server domain records of almost 40,000 public companies worldwide, only 8.5% of firms polled use Microsoft, compared to 4.7% on Google’s mail, with the remainder using on-premises, hybrid, hosted, or private cloud email systems.
Gartner also argues a trend of industries using different vendors;...
The unexpected rise of the managed data centre
For the last five years, industry analysts have predicted that cloud will kill the data centre. So why are colocation revenues continuing to climb at about 10% a year? Why did Equinix, the largest data centre provider in the world, see revenues go up 13% year on year in the fourth quarter of...
What the Safe Harbour ruling means for your business in 2016
The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud compliance of the recent nullification of the EU Safe Harbour Ruling. Safe Harbour, used by over 4,000 firms to move EU data to the US for the past 15 years, was declared invalid by the European Court of...
Dropbox, Box, Egnyte beef up Microsoft Office partnerships
Cloud storage providers Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, and Citrix ShareFile have announced updates which allow the ability to co-author documents in real time on Microsoft Office products.
The update comes as further validation of Microsoft’s policy for collaboration on Office as opposed to competition, having initially launched the Cloud Storage Partner Program in February 2015. The Redmond giant courted controversy after
From artisans to autonomics: How the automation polar shift will happen
Since the end of the 19th century, humans have been fascinated with the idea of artificial intelligence and self-governing machines – from the early novels by HG Wells to the Hollywood blockbusters 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator and Ex-Machina. And while this fascination will probably never subside, one thing is certain: In the not so distant future, machines will become increasingly useful to us.
One area ripe for this advancement is IT infrastructure management....
Global public cloud services market to top $200bn this year, Gartner asserts
Analyst house Gartner has looked into its crystal ball again, and predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will reach $204 billion (£142.8bn) in value by the end of this year.
The majority of the revenue will come through cloud advertising at $90.3bn in 2016 growing at 13.6%. Business process as a service (BPaaS), which Gartner defines broadly as “the delivery of business process outsourcing services that are sourced from the cloud and constructed for...
Datical: Why DevOps is right for every organisation
For a concept which merges different stakeholders within a business, it is perhaps not surprising that recent research concerning DevOps shows a fractured landscape. 84% of respondents surveyed by Gleanster Research in August defined DevOps in a multiple choice poll as “developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production”, while 69% opted for “using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service...