Financial firms accessing cloud more readily yet roadblocks still remain, say CSA

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61% of financial businesses are developing a cloud strategy within their organisation, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The paper, in conjunction with CipherCloud and interviewing over 100 global participants across the financial sector, found that businesses are slowly but surely moving into the cloud, with a mix of leveraging private and public cloud the optimum strategy.

The findings came out of the Financial Services Working Group (FSWG), an...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

Modular data centres: Standardise your way to a customised cloud

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It may seem counterintuitive, but enterprises and smaller firms can standardise their way to their own hybrid cloud model through smart use of modular data centres.

Large enterprises (and the rest of us) have tended to see pre-fabricated modular data centres (or containers) as an emergency option for extra capacity or one-off events. However, they have one crucial advantage over installed data centres: whilst the majority of data centres are designed, installed and tested in situ and...

By Chris Smith, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Analysing the rise of the distributed cloud model

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The current model for public cloud computing is an optimisation of the traditional construct of internet-facing data centres: maximise the scale of the facility to serve as broad a market as possible, using the Internet as the means of distribution.

This model is wedded to a separation of the compute from the 'dumb network', or to use the original terminology of some 40 years ago, we are still in a world where we separate processing (computing) from inter-process communication...

By Matthew Finnie, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Box raises $175m with IPO, but what is next?

Tomorrow's Schedule: 7 AM: Wake up, drink lots of coffee 8 AM: Do this and that 10 AM: Work

— Aaron Levie (@levie) January 23, 2015

Box enjoyed a very successful IPO last month, raising around $175 million despite a lot of ridiculous nay-saying about its growth strategy. I have defended its business model extensively in the past, so it was great to see a company that was once foolishly dismissed as “the Groupon of SaaS” enjoys such an...

By Tien Tzuo, 03 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Software, Storage, Vendors.

CIA claims its Amazon Web Services cloud is at ‘final operational capability’

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It was one of the most fascinating battles of 2013: who would win the lucrative CIA cloud computing contract? Two horses were in the race, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM; and it was the former who eventually came out on top despite appeals from the latter.

Now, according to CIA chief information officer Doug Wolfe, the AWS cloud has attained “final operational capability”.

As...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private.

Faster still: Analysing big data analytics and the agile enterprise

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By Mark Davis, Distinguised Big Data Engineer, Dell Software Group, Santa Clara, California 

Big data technologies are increasingly considered an alternative to the data warehouse. Surveys of large corporations and organisations bear out the strong desire to incorporate big data management approaches as part of their competitive strategy.

But what is the value that these companies see? Faster decision making, more complete information, and greater agility in the face of competitive...

By IEEE Cloud Computing, 27 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Salesforce delivers another billion dollar quarter, $5bn in annual revenue, shares skyrocket

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Cloudy software provider Salesforce has announced its latest financial results, with $5.37bn (£3.46bn) in total annual revenue and another billion dollar quarter.

The results were in line with Wall Street’s expectations, with earnings per share at $0.14 and a year on year growth of 26.1%.

It certainly seems a long way since 2009, when Salesforce’s first billion dollar annual figures arrived, and late 2013, when the first billion dollar quarter arrived. CEO Marc...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

The hype around cloud computing has been justified, say enterprises

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85% of respondents in a Tata Communications survey say that cloud computing had lived up to industry hype in their experience, with 23% saying cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity was the most popular benefit according to 69% of those polled, with better access to data (65%) and reductions in costs (63%) also highly cited. 83% of respondents admitted they experienced benefits they weren’t expecting to see.

The report added to the plethora of...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Shining a light on shadow IT - and how to ensure you get it right

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The nature of work is evolving; employees are mobile and cloud-enabled, free to work anywhere from almost any device. In response to this shift, the BYOD trend has emerged stronger than ever. Coupled with this is the growth of employees desiring more accessible applications. However, these factors have undoubtedly contributed to the emergence of shadow IT, which is creating a problem for many IT departments.

Applications such as Dropbox are increasingly being used by employees for business...

By Angelo di Ventura, 25 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Most UK employees unaware of employers’ cloud computing policy, claims research

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The majority of UK office workers are in the dark about their employer’s cloud computing policy, and even if they do know they’re likely to ignore it, according to research published by Trustmarque.

The report’s findings, of over 2000 employees, saw the growth of cloud applications used in the workplace, be it approved or through shadow IT, continue to grow, meaning security and compliance fears grow with it. It’s a similar finding to

By James Bourne, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Cloud disaster recovery in a nutshell: How does it work?

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Disaster recovery - the IT industry’s latest buzz words. Although a popular subject, many of the articles out there are not providing accurate or enough information to demystify the concept. How does one explain disaster recovery to a SMB owner or an organisation’s president without confusing them more than clarifying? Or without boring the hell out of them? Here’s my attempt.

First, there are a few terms you’ll need to acquaint yourself with. Like RTO and...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Microsoft offers 100GB of OneDrive storage to Dropbox users

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Users of Dropbox can take advantage of 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage though a Microsoft promotional deal.

This latest storage giveaway from Microsoft appears available for all, unlike the US-only Bing Rewards scheme announced earlier in February. Yet it’s an interesting play to get more users to sign up for OneDrive, which is already free and unlimited to Office 365...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Cloud making inroads into the capital markets sector, report finds

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Slowly but surely, capital markets and investment companies are clearly understanding the benefits of cloud computing, with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and data management as the most popular options.

That’s the verdict of a report from TABB Group, based on data from 66 buy-side and sell-side firms. The adoption figures are relatively low – only 23% of companies questioned say they’re comfortable using the public cloud, while two thirds said security concerns...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Analysing emerging technologies across the cloud storage landscape

There has been an influx of emerging technologies across the storage landscape. Many vendors are using the exact same hardware but are figuring out ways to do a lot of smarter things with the software. In this post, I’ll cover a handful of vendors who are doing a great job innovating at the software layer to improve storage technology and performance.

Nimble

Nimble was founded by the same people who did Data Domain and does data compression. Their success led to EMC buying them in June 2009. The...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Federation of Small Businesses warns of continued security fears for SMBs in the cloud

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found nearly two fifths of small businesses are sceptical about the benefits of cloud technology when compared against security risks.

The survey, which was conducted in association with Verve and polled over 1200 SMB professionals, found 59% were using cloud services of some description, and of those, the biggest worry was a risk of data being lost, stolen or damaged, cited by 61% of respondents.

55% were worried about not being able to...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Google Cloud Platform goes down for two hours after connectivity issue

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Google has resolved an issue with Google Compute Engine whereby its platform went down for two hours.

The network issue where instances in ‘multiple zones’ lost connectivity first began at 2259 US Pacific time (0659 GMT), with Google first issuing an update on 2346.

“The problem with network connectivity in Google Compute Engine is resolved as of shortly after 0100 US/Pacific,” a Google status page explained....

By James Bourne, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, SLA.

Rackspace posts solid financial results, continues to bang drum for managed cloud services

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Rackspace has announced solid fourth quarter financial results, with adjusted EBIDTA at $165m, up 25% year on year, and net revenue up 16.4% from Q413.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $36.9m, up 5.1% year on year, while return on capital in the quarter went up to 15.5% from 9.6% in 2013.

The company’s primary USP in 2014 was its Managed Cloud portfolio,

By James Bourne, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

DevOps adoption rises and hybrid cloud strategy deepens in new study

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The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud report has found DevOps adoption increase year on year in enterprises, as well as a continued push towards a hybrid cloud strategy.

The survey, of 930 respondents, found 82% of enterprises want a multi-cloud strategy; 55% want to pursue hybrid cloud, compared to 13% multiple public cloud and 14% multiple private. This is up from 74% and 48% respectively the previous year. “Hybrid cloud is (even more) the strategy of choice for...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

IBM launches Spectrum Storage for hybrid cloud, invests $1bn in software defined storage

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IBM has launched IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage portfolio which adds a layer of intelligent software to store each piece of data at the optimal cost maximising performance and security.

The tech giant has also put more than $1bn of investments into its storage software portfolio over the next five years.

Software defined storage is an interesting area, where the programming that controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage. It’s not to everyone’s taste,...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office

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Cloud storage provider Box has joined the Microsoft Cloud Storage Program, integrating with Microsoft Office to enable businesses to seamlessly access content across devices and platforms.

The new collaboration includes enabling users to open, edit and save documents back to Box directly from Office for iOS, and is available today for free, with integration with Office Online arriving later this year.

“We’re excited to deepen our commitment to openness in the enterprise...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.