Skyhigh Networks grabs $40 million in series D funding in profitability push

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Cloud security services provider Skyhigh Networks has secured $40 million (£30.9m) in a series D funding round which will aim to steer the California-based firm “through to profitability.”

The round was led by Thomset Ventures, with Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners also contributing. Total venture capital to Skyhigh, launched only in February 2013, is now at $105.5m.

Skyhigh’s proposition is through being a leading ‘cloud access security broker’...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Security.

The number one reason IT struggles with cloud migration

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IaaS adoption usually begins in isolated pockets — one project here, one there. Then a few months (or years) later, IT decides to expand AWS usage and realises that they don't know the status of current AWS projects; they don't know if they 'did it right' when they built the first couple of projects; and they don't know what it looks like to 'do it right' in AWS in general.

This last point is the crux of the issue, and the #1 reason we see AWS migration projects stall is not...

By Logicworks, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cloud usage in healthcare on the up, new research argues

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More than half of respondents in a survey from cloud migration services provider SADA Systems say cloud-based apps are improving patient satisfaction and leading to better treatment.

The survey, which polled more than 300 North American IT professionals, found Microsoft was the primary cloud infrastructure platform for healthcare organisations, cited by 42% of respondents. Google (29%) and Amazon (27%) trailed behind. In terms of mobile device management, Microsoft (55% of...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Industry, Security, Software.

Research argues overconfidence in disaster recovery is ‘common and costly’

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A new UK study from cloud disaster recovery provider iland has found that 95% of respondents have faced an outage or data loss in the past year – with 87% of that number saying it triggered a failover.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Matters and which specifically polled 250 UK decision makers responsible for their company’s IT disaster recovery plans, also found that of the 87% who had executed a failover, while 82% said they were confident it would be successful, 55%...

By James Bourne, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Anything you can do, AI can do better: Making infrastructure smarter

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Data flows and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the globalised supply chain by sending data around the world. Using the cloud as the data transport method requires more efficient data acceleration. AI is infiltrating many places, and it’s not just about replicating human performance and taking jobs, or streamlining processes. It also helps make technology smarter.

AI can be part of IT infrastructure. David Trossell, CEO and CTO...

By Graham Jarvis, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

IBM launches Norway cloud data centre, citing continued Nordic demand

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IBM has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre in Oslo, Norway, becoming the latest vendor to support a growing need for cloud in the Nordics.

The new facility, which takes IBM’s global cloud data centres to 48 in total with 12 in Europe, offers the full range of IBM’s cloud infrastructure services, from bare metal to virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking. Customers will also have access to a plethora of other options, from platform as a...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Microsoft announces greater availability in German data centres

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Microsoft has announced its new German Azure data centres are being managed by a subsidiary of telco giant Deutsche Telekom in what is being claimed as a ‘first of its kind’ European business model.

The German data centre regions, in Magdeburg and Frankfurt, were announced at the end of 2015 and opened earlier this year. Yet being under the control of a ‘data trustee’, T-Systems International, enables customers with additional controls on their data, as well...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Is on-site or remote IT support best for you? A comparison guide

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A new digital era is here, and cloud-based technologies are colliding with traditional IT systems and hardware, driving rapid changes to infrastructure and business requirements. As organisations realise the challenges of staying apace of technological developments to meet customer demands, IT outsourcing is gaining traction. During the 2015-2019 period, Research and Markets estimates the global IT outsourcing market

By Matt Kingswood, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

“Amazon’s lead is over”: Oracle launches next generation IaaS data centres

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Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and chief technology officer, has claimed that “Amazon’s lead is over” in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space after Oracle announced the launch of next generation data centres at its OpenWorld event in San Francisco.

The event came days after the software giant released its first quarter 2017 financial...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How the British Medical Journal ditched its old culture for a DevOps environment

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During a recent VMworld keynote, Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, gave special praise to General Electric (GE). For a company which was founded when Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, its continued innovations through cloud, analytics, and more has helped it remain the only company still standing from the original 12 listed as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), founded in 1840, a full 52 years before GE, is another...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Oracle’s cloud sales approach $1bn, attacks Workday and AWS in results

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Oracle has announced total revenues of $8.6 billion (£6.6bn) in its first quarter 2017 financial results, up 3% in constant currency and with the cloud change at the heart of it.

Addressing analysts after the results were announced, Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO, said in her first remarks, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha: “Clearly, we are pleased with our...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

Not so fantastic Mr Fox: How the cloud enables British business to work harder than ever

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During a speech at a Conservative Way Forward event on September 9, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain had become “too lazy and too fat”, with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity.

While somewhat diffused by Downing Street later as “clearly private views”, his statement was certainly thought provoking.

As the CEO of a company that provides cloud-based IT...

By Joseph Blass, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Software.

Gartner predicts global public cloud services market to break $200bn this year

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The global public cloud services market is set to break the $200 billion mark, going to $208.6bn (£157.8bn) at a 17.2% increase by the end of this year, according to the latest prognostication from analyst house Gartner.

Gartner’s verdict comes primarily through the rapid growth of cloud system infrastructure services, which the analysts expect to grow 42.8% this year, with cloud application services – SaaS – growing at a 21.7% clip, to reach $38.9bn.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

Evernote moves to Google’s cloud, cites machine learning as key factor

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Note-taking app provider Evernote has announced it is moving to Google Cloud Platform and is ditching its own servers and networks.

The company, which celebrated its eighth anniversary earlier in the summer, said in a company blog post that the current arrangement did not give Evernote the ‘speed and flexibility’ needed for the future.

What was more interesting in the move, as confirmed by both Evernote and...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Platform.

The importance of coexistence: Adopting an optimal IT infrastructure model

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Some mainstream IT buyers might think that most cloud infrastructure vendors and service providers are essentially alike. But there are key differences. Besides, given the body of market research to the contrary, there’s clearly no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" cloud solution.

Furthermore, if you believe that a hybrid cloud should support an IT agenda to...

By David H Deans, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

CTERA Networks secures $25m in funding to ‘power up’ sales execution

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Israel-based cloud storage and data protection company CTERA Networks has received $25 million (£18.9m) in an investment round led by US-based Bessemer Venture Partners, which brings the company’s total financing to nearly $70 million to date.

Cisco and Israeli investment management firm Vintage Investment Partners also participated alongside Bessemer in the investment round.

The funds will be used to boost the company sales and marketing initiatives as well as to push...

By Cloud Tech, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

HPE still leads the way in cloud infrastructure ahead of Cisco and Dell

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The company may only be a week old – but Dell Technologies is already challenging the traditional leaders in the cloud infrastructure space, according to new data released from Synergy Research.

Naturally, this statement isn’t quite telling the whole truth. Even though Dell Technologies came into being on September 7, the company’s history, having come about

By James Bourne, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

How to avoid a Hatton Garden-style data centre heist in your organisation

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In April 2015, one of the world’s biggest jewellery heists occurred at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in London. Posing as workmen, the criminals entered the building through a lift shaft and cut through a 50cm-thick concrete wall with an industrial power drill. Once inside, the criminals had free and unlimited access to the company’s secure vault for...

By Yoav Shay Daniely, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.