Red Hat CEO claims it is “only a matter of time” before cloud winners emerge

The CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, has spoken of the “huge opportunity” to become the leader in enterprise cloud in a newsletter, describing the shift from client-server to cloud-mobile as a “once in every 20 years” change.

Whitehurst put pen to paper summing up Red Hat’s summer on a positive note with a glut of acquisitions and partner news over the past few months. The most recent of these was the buyout of Irish mobile backend as a service provider FeedHenry,

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change

The latest survey from cloud provider Databarracks has found that small businesses are lagging behind when it comes to disaster recovery planning and cloud exit strategies.

Only 30% of smaller businesses had a business continuity plan in place, compared to 54% of medium organisations and 73% of large businesses. The findings, which appear in Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check report (registration link here), showed a poor uptake in smaller...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec.

Oracle chief Larry Ellison steps aside to become CTO, results miss target

Analysis Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison has stepped down from the chief exec role, with co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd appointed to steer the ship.

Ellison isn’t leaving Oracle full stop however, assuming the role of CTO and executive chairman at the software giant. In an earnings call, Ellison admitted that not much would change under the bonnet.

“I’m going to continue doing what I have been doing over the last several years, [Catz and Hurd are] going to continue what they’ve been doing...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data, Economy.

How to overcome the cloud-savvy IT talent shortage

Senior executives at large multinational enterprises are already demanding that their CIO has a plan in place to ensure that they can effectively procure public and private cloud services for their organization. In smaller companies, some IT managers are now expected to acquire the knowledge and skills to perform a similar role.Are they prepared? To find out, let's review a current IT resource assessment.According to the findings from a recent market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), European IT departments still need to make significant...

By David H Deans, 18 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Enterprise, Trends.

Box unveils its iOS 8 bet, users able to access docs from iOS apps

Cloud storage provider Box has announced compatibility with iOS 8 on day one, including support for iOS App Extensions, which allows apps to “lend” functionality with each other.

This means users can access Box content from any other app on their iDevice, provided it supports the Extensions framework. Users can select a document on Box and open it in an editor, or work on Box content from a mobile project management tool, for instance.

“This gives you unprecedented freedom and control when...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

Rackspace abandons takeover plans, appoints Taylor Rhodes as CEO

Open source cloud provider Rackspace has dismissed all merger and acquisition discussion to continue with its current independent trajectory – and has named Taylor Rhodes as new chief executive.

Rhodes joined Rackspace in 2007 and was appointed president of the company back in January. He takes over from Graham Weston, CEO from 1999 to 2006, who had temporarily held the fort since the shock retirement of Lanham Napier in February.

“Our board conducted a thorough search of highly qualified internal...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Hybrid.

IBM’s Watson Analytics: How it makes sales and marketing’s job easier

Yesterday IBM unveiled Watson Analytics, a freemium data science tool for businesses of all sizes utilising the power of Watson’s supercomputer technology.

As we reported, for a company which isn’t averse to bigging itself up, Watson Analytics appears to be a release of which Big Blue is particularly proud, with IBM exec Oliver Oursin calling it a ‘breakthrough’.

The main...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Analytics, Data.

Data leaks in Hollywood: Who might be next?

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

The recent iCloud hack and subsequent leak of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities has made it clear that even the rich and famous aren’t immune to data loss. The fatal mistake these stars made was to forget that data, be it an email or photo, isn’t static. More often than not it goes straight to the cloud, where in theory it can be accessed from anywhere.

What’s happened to the stars of...

By Absolute Software, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, DisasterRec, Opinion.

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business.

Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data.

Easynet rolls out new European cloud portfolio in response to customer demand

Managed service provider Easynet has launched a new European cloud portfolio, featuring a “hybrid by design” format in response to customer demand.

The new solution avoids vendor lock-in by offering customers the opportunity to select the most appropriate cloud solution for their requirements, and offers a 99.99% SLA.

Philip Grannum, managing director of cloud, hosting and UC services at Easynet, told CloudTech that even though customers felt the need to switch between vendors as and when, they still...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, SLA, Vendors.

Google offers eye-catching $100k Cloud Platform credit to startups

Google has offered an olive branch to eligible startups, promising them $100,000 (£61,500) in Cloud Platform credits to get their companies off the ground.

The initiative, with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name of ‘Google Cloud Platform for Startups’, was announced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit and gives companies access to the search giant’s support team 24/7, as well as access to the firm’s technical solutions team.

“This offer supports our core Google Cloud...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, SMEs.

VDI: Why is it still virtually untapped?

By Giorgio Bonuccelli, Marketing Director

Cloud computing and virtualization technologies have undoubtedly brought about a revolution in the IT world in the past decade. With the increase in BYOD environments, a work-from-home culture and the drive for resource optimization, desktop virtualization and remote application delivery have been welcome solutions for modern businesses of all sizes – often being their first foray into cloud computing.

IT analysts had predicted that 2012 would be the ‘year...

By 2X Software, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Virtualization.

HP buys Eucalyptus to offer cloud compatibility products

Eucalyptus is known in the cloud arena as being an open source offering that gives private cloud engineers the tools they need work seamlessly with Amazon Web Services APIs. Eucalyptus helps organizations pool together their resources such as compute, network and storage which in turn gives end users the ability to tap into on-demand resources within hybrid and private clouds.

It is being reported that HP has purchased Eucalyptus for an undisclosed...

By CloudWedge, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition.

Alex Gorbansky, CEO, Docurated: Why storage is free, yet information pays out

We’ve all been there. It might be an email address you neglected to put in your contacts book. It’s on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t remember it. It might be a photo, or even an important email from the boss you swore you’d put in the right folder.

Docurated, a New York and Boston based firm, feels your pain. The firm’s product lifts, shifts and sorts through a company’s content repository, using machine learning to automatically...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

CloudBees drops runtime PaaS to focus more on Jenkins

Continuous delivery provider CloudBees has shifted its company focus, dropping the runtime platform as a service (PaaS) of its offering to focus exclusively on open source software Jenkins.

CEO Sacha Labourey told CloudTech it was a ‘hard’ and ‘emotional’ decision to move for CloudBees, which was founded in 2010.

“We realised at the beginning of this year that Jenkins Enterprise was growing very fast, beyond our expectations, and we knew that...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, PaaS.

How the cloud has made HR better

You know the cloud has taken over when even the most reticent of industries - legal, financial - shift to the cloud, and even discuss Europe-wide private clouds specifically for their industry.

It seemed for a long time that the traditional reasons for moving to the cloud - i.e. reduced cost, increased flexibility - were the key drivers behind the shift towards cloud-delivered software, but some professions are seeing wider benefits. Let's look at...

By Gareth Cartman, 11 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Legal, Migration.

Mining Bitcoins in the cloud catches on

Josh Garza, the CEO of GAW Miners, first made a name for himself by building one of the top online retail stores for cryptocurrency mining equipment. Garza has pivoted that operation into the cloud by launching what he has dubbed hashlets. These hashlets are designed to create Bitcoins using a combination of ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) and cloud data center technology.

CloudWedge first reported on organizations wanting to use cloud to mint...

By CloudWedge, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking.

Why mistrust from the iCloud leak isn’t necessarily a bad thing

In a society that celebrates the public broadcast of an individual’s life through multiple mediums, the return to a more modest ideal may be the only way forward.

Increasingly over the last ten years or so, Millennials, and what some refer to as Generation Z, have been pressured to share intimate aspects of their lives over the internet. If you look back, there has been an interesting trend with this.

Facebook...

By CloudWedge, 09 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

XaaS: The future of cloud or marketing fluff?

As cloud computing becomes ever more pervasive, future models will begin to revolve around XaaS. Anything as a service, everything as a service, more as a service, call it what you will. The overall effect is that a new type of service will deliver IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in one package.

That’s the verdict of John Dixon, consulting architect at GreenPages Technology Solutions. Let’s be clear on how we define XaaS first. Dixon cited desktop as a service (DaaS) as a good example of XaaS, citing servers...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 2 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit?

Small businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of software as a service. It’s a model that opens up new possibilities to them. There is little or no capital investment and a convenient pay-as-you-go subscription model. It’s no wonder that many SMBs are now using cloud business software they would never have thought of installing on servers on their own site.

Cloud storage is even simpler. The data for entire small business can be...

By CloudWedge, 05 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: DisasterRec, SMEs.