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, 1 comment. 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.

A moral tale: The bank, the insurance company, and the ‘missing’ data


By Steve Davis, Marketing Director, NGD

Last week, a well-known insurance firm revealed a report berating business owners for not safeguarding themselves against cyber attack and failing to take out sufficient cyber insurance cover.  At the same time, another leading insurer was found to have lost a portable data storage device containing thousands of customer files belonging to a major bank.

As for the first insurance company, sure, cyber data loss insurance is a line of...

By NGD, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management.

How a hybrid cloud architecture stops the data loss and shadow IT threat

(c) Khalitov

Cloud computing continues to evolve at a fast pace, while having a large impact on modern businesses.  Many organisations are considering or trialling cloud adoption, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, once again, showing its continuing momentum.

Cloud provides organisations with many benefits, such as the potential to reduce costs while increasing value by allowing the more...

By Ian Finlay, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

SMBs urged to put disaster recovery plans in place after damning report findings


Smaller businesses are less likely to have a business continuity plan in place – and according to disaster recovery (DR) and backup provider Databarracks, there needs to be a stronger culture shift to put it right.

According to the vendor’s most recent Data Health Check report, only a quarter (27%) of small businesses have business continuity plans, compared to 68% of medium-sized firms and 75% of large organisations. Of the organisations with a plan in place, 88% had a...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

An uncomfortable question: Does the cloud provider actually matter?


Today, even the most ardent naysayers are coming out and proclaiming cloud as the only way to do computing. This is especially true in my own jurisdiction of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

With technology suppliers suddenly telling you to use cloud, does it really matter which one you use, who owns the service provider, and where it stores your data? The quick answer to all three questions is ‘yes’ – but let’s look at each one:

Is there a difference between cloud service...

By Julian Box, 14 September 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Box announces Q2 financial figures, hits 50,000 customers


Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced its second quarter financial results, with revenue at $73.5 million (£47.6m) and a customer base of over 50,000.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ending July 31, Box announced revenue figures at an increase of 43% year over year. Billings were at $79.6m, an increase of 45% from the same period last year, while non-GAAP operating loss was at 45% of revenue, down from 57% in fiscal year 2015.

The SaaS provider noted among its 50,000...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.