ARM-based servers: The next evolution of the cloud?

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The benefits of cloud computing have already been well documented, from increased productivity among employees to giving companies added capabilities to expand their business. While the benefits are certainly helpful, that doesn’t mean the innovation that drives the cloud has gone away. If anything, new innovations are propelling the cloud to new levels, and one of those breakthroughs may be the next big thing in

By Rick Delgado, 17 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place

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Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place.

82% of the more than 200 global respondents to the2015 Enterprise Cloud Report said cloud technology was a key part of their IT strategy. 36% of those polled said they were currently using multiple applications, while 31% said they were regularly using cloud daily. 52% of high...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management.

Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter most popular business cloud apps – but are they safe?

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More than 15% of European organisations now use more than 1000 cloud apps with Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter the most popular, according to a report from Netskope.

The findings, which appear in the April 2015 Netskope Cloud Report, saw iCloud and Salesforce make the top five. Five cloud storage apps (Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive for Business, OneDrive and Dropbox) made the top 12, alongside four social apps (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn).

Of the organisations analysed in...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Software.

Docker raises $95m in series D funding: Analyst describes “huge gamble” ahead

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Open container platform Docker has announced $95m (£64.3m) in series D funding, in a move to “address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardised on Docker’s technology.”

The funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with eight other firms putting their change in the bowl, including new investors Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Docker’s last funding round, in September 2014, was $40m...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Cloud ‘reality check’ in store for IT leaders, report affirms

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As we’re now full swing into 2015, there is certainly a greater understanding over the potential – and the limitations – of cloud computing. Research from NTT Communications has explored the varying issues and argued there needs to be a smoother migration path from the corporate data centre to the cloud.

Similarly, even though cloud will claim a growing share of IT budgets in coming years, many IT decision makers don’t believe it is living up to its potential.

The...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, PaaS, Platform.

Hybrid cloud adoption set to triple in three years according to new research figures

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Hybrid cloud adoption is set to triple in the next three years with economics as the primary driver, according to new research from Peer 1 Hosting.

The study, which polled over 900 IT decision makers in the UK and North America, found cutting IT costs (49%) was the biggest IT priority within their organisations. Improving processes and operational efficiencies (45%) was also a popular response.

Currently, more than half (52%) of those polled said their primary IT approach was to use...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why hybrid cloud is the way forward for IT leaders - and how to get there

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Updated As cloud continues to be mainstream, the question amongst progressive IT departments when rolling out new applications is shifting from “why cloud?” to “which cloud?” Currently, the public cloud is dwarfed by private and on-premise solutions, with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stating that the latter represents over 90 per cent of the total business. Furthermore, Gartner has estimated that by 2020, on-premise cloud will...

By Sean McAvan, 10 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Security failing to keep pace with cloud technology adoption, report finds

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Cloud service providers (CSPs) can no longer treat security as a luxurious add-on, and customers have to ensure their providers take care of the issue, a new report asserts.

The research, the latest cab off the rank from Ovum and FireHost entitled “The Role of Security in Cloud Adoption within the Enterprise”, offers sound advice to vendors and users alike. True, it’s stuff everyone will have heard before – but it’s worth repeating.

“On too many...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Research, Security, Vendors.

Traditional banks vs. disruptive competitors: Why agile infrastructure matters

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By Martin Cooper, Technical Director of SolidFire

There are few industries which can match the financial services sector for the sheer volume of rules and regulations governing personal information and data. This complex set of requirements and regulation creates unique tension within well-established financial services companies. They have to operate and update existing infrastructure, but also need to develop and expose new services to a...

By SolidFire, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Majority of firms say they aren’t confident in responding to cloud-based data threats

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If data stored in the cloud is under threat, what would you do: fight the fire or hide under the bed and hope everything goes away? The majority of respondents in a recent survey admitted they would do the latter.

The research, commissioned by Informatica and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, found 60% of global respondents were “not confident” they had the ability to proactively respond to cloud-based data threats. 80% said not knowing if sensitive or confidential...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

The top 100 cloud-based enterprise software startups of 2015

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Investments in emerging enterprise software companies increased 53% from Q3 to Q4, 2014  according to MoneyTree Report, a collaborative research initiative between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.  A graphic from the latest available data shows how software investments were 39% of all investments in Q4, 2014.

To determine which enterprise software startups have gained the...

By Louis Columbus, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Why desktop virtualisation leads the way in the VDI market

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By Michele Gasparoli, Channel Marketing Manager, Praim

The virtualisation market in general and desktop virtualisation in particular has progressed over the years to support changing business needs.

Until a few years ago, as anyone who implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure would testify, substantial resources and advanced skills both in networking and storage were needed to successfully complete a virtualisation project. These types of installations were adopted only by large customers with...

By Praim, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, VDI.

Location, location, location: The changing face of data centres

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One of the rare occasions that the subject of data centres has ended up in the mainstream news was fairly recently, when Facebook built a new data centre in Sweden. It was a precious moment when our industry – which despite being responsible for so much cool stuff in the world is not exactly considered to be the most glamorous to the average Joe – was seen on the likes of Gawker and the Mail Online.

Of course, the Facebook factor is a strong reason for this public...

By Ross Momtahan, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

New report shows MongoDB to be leader of the NoSQL database pack

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Updated April 15: A report from United Software Associates (USAIN) has found MongoDB to be top of the pile of NoSQL database providers in benchmark testing.

The research tested three leading products – Cassandra, CouchBase and MongoDB – through Yahoo!’s cloud standard benchmark, YCSB. USAIN wanted to assess the durability of each, going on the theory that most applications should prioritise durability over performance, not accepting data loss. The databases were...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Why organisations need to be extra vigilant over their cloud security and partner use

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A report from Skyhigh Networks has examined the issues for enterprises who share cloud data with partners, with almost 30% of data shared with partners considered “high risk.”

The report, the latest Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, argues the case that security does not end at the corporate perimeter. The average number of cloud services in use by company has risen again, from 545 in Q313 to 923 in Q115. Broken down by cloud service category the average company uses 162...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

A four step guide to triple your savings on AWS deployments

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The playground for cloud infrastructure providers is busy, as the most recent  Gartner report shows, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), though being challenged by Microsoft Azure, still look like the unattainable leader. What makes Amazon appear a cure-all solution and how many of its services de facto bring tangible benefits to cloud neophytes?

AWS comes with a stack of tempting benefits such as elastic...

By Vadim Belski, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration.

The Box advantage: Growth, predictability and competitiveness

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Although Box’s stock value has had its ups and downs since its IPO in January, going public sent an important signal to investors. Aaron Levie has demonstrated that a subscription-based service is now the only viable business model in the technology industry today.

When Salesforce debuted in 2004, there was very little market awareness of recurring revenue-based business models. They were mostly associated with print media and telecoms. Eight years later, Workday’s successful...

By Tien Tzuo, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Research argues hidden costs contribute to a ‘cloud hangover’ for businesses

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It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve had a bit too much, your head’s pounding, and you’re frantically searching your brain for anything you might have said or did that you’ll be paying for later.

We’ve all been there. Yet according to new research from Sungard Availability Services, it’s a similar effect at work when the IT department buys cloud solutions. 87% of the 150 UK-based senior IT decision makers polled say they have...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Why big data’s big promises are finally within reach

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By Adam Spearing, VP Platform EMEA, Salesforce

Let’s face it - until very recently big data has been a big letdown. Data warehouses and data analytics tools have historically proven difficult to design, build, and maintain. How much storage space will be necessary? How much data is there? What data management tools can the organisation afford and, just as important, what expertise is available in-house to build and run the data warehouse or data analytics platform?

InformationWeek recently...

By Salesforce.com, 30 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Private vs public vs hybrid cloud: Which one to choose?

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Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective...

By Logicworks, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public.