From CIOs to IT: Shining a light on cloud disaster recovery with attainable metrics

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This publication has often banged the drum for organisations to ensure their cloud disaster recovery plans are in order. Now cloud service provider Databarracks has put together a series of resources designed to be the “complete DR toolkit.”

We know cloud exits are not the most thrilling topic of conversation. Everyone would much prefer to keep their heads in the sand and talk about how more productive, lean and agile their business will be once they’ve moved the...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2014, 2 comments. Categories: DisasterRec.

More than half of cloud conference attendees are adopting hybrid cloud strategy

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58% of attendees at the 2014 Cloud Expo and the AWS Summit, in New York, have indicated they are building hybrid cloud solutions for their organisations, according to a survey.

According to the survey, conducted by Avere Systems, the same number (58%) said they were planning on migrating at least some of their on-prem applications to the cloud within the next two years.

Archiving is the most popular aspect of enterprises that are being moved to the cloud, with 28% of the vote. This...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Research.

EMC beefs up its stake in VCE, buys out majority of Cisco’s share

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EMC has announced it is to merge data centre biz VCE into its main organisation, buying out all but 10% of Cisco’s stake in the company.

The news comes weeks after EMC announced the buy of open cloud provider Cloudscaling, and can be seen as an advancement of the ménage a trois-esque relationship between EMC, VMware and Cisco in ownership of VCE.

The converged infrastructure (CI) provider was originally set up as a joint venture between EMC, VMware and Cisco in order...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Data, VMware.

AWS is top enterprise cloud service – but beware the consumer threat

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular enterprise cloud service according to a report released today from Skyhigh Networks – but the research also fired a broadside at how companies are struggling to block consumer products.

The reports, which are quarterly and based on data from more than 1.6 million users, noted a huge disparity in companies saying they block certain services and the amount of employees actually blocked.

80% of companies say they block Dropbox, but...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Storage.

IBM ditches chipmaking business, looks to cloud as Q3 numbers get slammed

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Analysis If Google is struggling with its numbers, then there isn’t much hope for everyone else. The third quarter financial results have been a bit of a struggle across the board, but the big legacy tech vendors are really starting to feel the heat.

Oracle’s revenues only went up 3% year on year, lower than Wall Street expected, while SAP’s marginally went up

By James Bourne, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Analysis, Industry.

China launches “Great Firewall” attack against iCloud

According to a report by web censorship watchdog Great Fire, China's infamous state firewall is performing a MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) attack against users of Apple's Cloud-based services. It is suspected the attack has been launched in response to Apple's new default encryption methods.

It is possible to circumvent the fake site using a VPN, or one of iCloud's many other IP addresses.

Since iOS 8, authorities can no longer bypass on-device encryption to gain access. The convenient timing of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

SAP’s Q3 results show solid cloud growth, but is it good enough for THE cloud company?

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SAP has released its third quarter results, with cloud subscriptions and total revenue going up over 2013 figures, but software revenues taking a downturn.

Cloud subscriptions and support hit €738 million (£584.1m), a jump of 51% from Q313’s €488m (£386.2m), at an increase of 51%. Software revenues were at €2.53bn, a downturn of 3% from €2.61bn in...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, SAP.

ISO publishes new cloud computing standards and definitions

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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing, in an attempt to “put some order in the chaos” for users.

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing was put together by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the final version hitting the stands in September 2011. In it, cloud computing is defined as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry.

The importance of DevOps when deploying with AWS

The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development paradigm, “DevOps”, which builds on several principles of agile development, lean manufacturing, Kaizen and other continuous improvement processes, can be invaluable.

Companies that operate in the cloud are already familiar with the need for speed in...

By LogicWorks, 17 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Developers, OpenSource.

Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec

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A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement.

Paul Marland, Claranet director of account management, believes that cloud service today is far more dynamic. Contracts can – and should – change dependent on the customer’s need, and the classic SLA prohibits that.

“The vast majority of SLAs don’t really get to the heart of...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SLA.

EMC snaps up Cloudscaling, looks to expand in OpenStack markets

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Tech giant EMC has bought open cloud provider Cloudscaling, according to reports, bolstering the firm’s push towards OpenStack.

The reports, which first surfaced in Bloomberg, gave little information regarding further details, but suggested that the deal was worth less than $50m.

Cloudscaling...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Analysis, OpenSource.

Edward Snowden advises users to move away from Dropbox, Facebook, Google

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Edward Snowden has told an audience at the New Yorker Festival to “get rid” of Dropbox as it doesn’t support encryption or protect private files, instead opting for a service such as SpiderOak.

The whistleblower, who was taking part in a ‘virtual interview’ through Google Hangouts, also criticised Facebook and, ironically, Google, although conceded their efforts in keeping user data safe were improving.

Yet when asked what someone who...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Storage.

Salesforce unleashes Wave analytics cloud, aims to disrupt industry

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Cloudy giant Salesforce has announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, as its Dreamforce event in San Francisco. The platform is designed to make it easier than ever before to explore data, and take action from any device.

You can’t say it wasn’t coming. Last month Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted out a “top secret” version of the Dreamforce schedule, and it soon came to people’s...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Salesforce.