How do you avoid cloud evaporation?

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The pace of businesses migrating to the cloud is accelerating.  In the UK in particular there certainly seems to be a larger and faster adoption of cloud services.  In fact, I recently read a new survey from the Cloud Industry Forum that stated that more than eight out of ten UK companies currently store some or all of their data in the cloud.  Published in May this year, the research found that 84 per cent of firms have now adopted one or more cloud services –...

By William Rabie, 28 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery.

Box nails big customer win with US Department of Justice

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Cloud storage provider Box has announced that it is working with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to deliver secure file sharing and collaboration to its employees.

The move represents a major customer win for the firm, who now has more than 40 federal customers on its books. “Innovative government agencies, like DOJ, are deeply committed to leveraging emerging cloud technologies to better serve the American people, while ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Compliance, Enterprise, Storage.

Which IaaS vendor to choose? High price doesn’t always mean high performance

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Cloud Spectator, an analyst firm, has put together the second of its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) pricing reports, and found Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) crown slipping.

The latest study, which collected over one million data points over a 24 hour period on processor and memory, examined performance alongside other patterns, such as instability and unpredictability. Performance tests were conducted on five different virtual machine sizes across 15 IaaS providers.

The results...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation

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What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.

In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination of automated tasks, ultimately resulting in a consolidated process or workflow.

It is simplest to see this in an example. To...

By Logicworks, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IT managers unconvinced on getting ROI from cloud adoption

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More than half of IT managers surveyed by West IP Communications say they expect to get full return on investment by moving to the cloud – but it’s an unconvincing figure.

54% of the more than 300 respondents said they would be able to fully recoup their costs of cloud computing adoption, which of course means 46% aren’t so sure. Yet those with bigger IT budgets were more confident: two thirds (66%) of managers with company IT budgets over $5m were...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Government agencies approaching tipping point with cloud adoption

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It has been nearly five years since Vivek Kundra, then CIO for the US federal government, announced a “cloud first” approach to federal IT. Now, a new report from Forbes Insights and Microsoft argues there is a tipping point for government agencies.

Curt Kolcun, vice president of US public sector at Microsoft, notes: “Initial concerns around moving to the cloud are being countered by real-world government success stories.” In other words, worries about data...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Bring your own cloud: Understanding the right policies for employees

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Cloud usage has grown rapidly in the UK, with adoption rates shooting up over 60% in the last four years, according to the latest figures from Vanson Bourne. Yet there is an ongoing problem with a lack of clarity and understanding around cloud policies, and decision making within enterprises at all levels.

This confusion comes from the fact the IT department and the rest of the company have very differing conceptions about what cloud policy is and what it should be.

What policy?

By James Butler, 22 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Suffering a cloud outage? Look closer to home for the potential cause

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If your systems are down, and you’re just about to get on the phone to tear a strip from your cloud vendor, remember this: technical errors in failed cloud implementations are more likely to come from the user organisation itself than the supplier.

That was the surprising finding from a report recently released by The Economist Intelligence Unit, with 36% of respondents saying errors were more likely to come from within than outside (29%). The report noted commercial errors were...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Google drops its cloud pricing – again – and continues to follow Moore’s Law

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It’s not the first time this has happened, and it almost certainly won’t be the last; Google has slashed the prices of its Compute Engine instance types, in a bid to continue to follow the Moore’s Law pricing structure.

Moore’s Law – the simple theory, predicted in 1965 that processing power will double every two years – just keeps on going. Google appears just as committed to the process today as it was when Compute Engine was launched in November 2013.

By James Bourne, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why the cloud wars are good for you: Google’s NoSQL database and the battle with Microsoft and Amazon

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Google is creeping up your data stack. In response to Microsoft’s recent Azure DocumentDB announcement Google has released Cloud BigTable into the wild. Cloud BigTable is a managed NoSQL database service based on a version of BigTable used internally for more than decade. Last week Google announced the database would be...

By Kelly Stirman, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Will the next generation of Linux Containers knock load balancers off kilter?

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Modern IT infrastructure needs to be highly flexible as the strain on servers, sites and databases grows and shrinks throughout the day. Cloud infrastructure is meant to make scaling simple by effectively outsourcing and commoditising your computing capacity so that, in theory, you can turn it on and off like a tap. However, most approaches to provisioning cloud servers are still based around the idea that you have fixed-size server “instances”, offering you infrastructure in...

By Richard Davies, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform.

Gartner warns of competitive landscape shifting on IaaS

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Analyst house Gartner has warned over the current position of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, claiming it to be in a “state of upheaval”, despite global spending expected to grow almost 33% in 2015.

According to VP and distinguished analyst Lydia Leong, customers are getting great value out of cloud IaaS, but as 2014 was a “year of reckoning” for many IaaS providers, some have been left high and dry, believing their current strategy was failing...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Dropbox becomes latest cloud provider to adopt emerging ISO 27018 standard

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has announced it has achieved certification with the emerging privacy standard ISO/IEC 27018, boosting its security credentials.

ISO 27018 was published on July 30 2014 by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) as a follow up to the widely accepted ISO 27001 information security standard. It aims to put together a code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds. The standard has already been...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Software, Storage.

Training the next generation cloud workforce: AWS announces Educate program

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Today’s schoolchildren are tomorrow’s workforce. Yet even though plenty of schools are migrating to mobile devices and cloud technologies, it’s imperative to ensure the workforce of tomorrow is prepared to utilise the technologies they’ll be facing.

That’s what Amazon Web Services (AWS) is affirming. The cloud provider has announced AWS Educate, a program that helps educators and students use “real-world cloud technology” in the classroom.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon.

Why the future is cloud autonomics

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Many great innovations have come out of cloud computing, such as on-demand infrastructure, consumption-based pricing and access to global computing resources. However, these powerful innovations have come at a high cost: complexity.

Managing cloud infrastructure today is substantially more complex than managing traditional data center infrastructure. While some of the complexity is a direct consequence of operating in a highly transient and shared computing environment,...

By Joe Kinsella, 14 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Platform.

The power game: Ensuring the right data centre relationship

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By Steve Davis, Marketing Director, Next Generation Data

Britain’s internet demand is expanding so fast that it could consume the nation’s entire power supply by 2035, scientists told the Royal Society earlier this month.

Hopefully it won’t come to that but Andrew Ellis, professor of optical communications at Aston University, told the “Capacity Crunch” conference that data storage and transmission on the internet, along with devices such as PCs and TVs,...

By NGD, 14 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Five ways to monitor and control AWS cloud costs

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Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of third party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies.

While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved Instances and eliminating unused resources, the real issue is usually far more complex. Unplanned costs are frequently the result of...

By Logicworks, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres

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Microsoft has announced a series of partnerships to invest in subsea cables and terrestrial dark fibre capacity in order to better connect their global data centres.

The partnerships are with Ireland-based subsea capacity-based network provider AquaComms and telecoms service providers Hibernia Networks and Chunghwa Telecom. David Crowley, managing director for network enablement at Azure, notes: “As people and organisations expect data and information at their fingertips,...

By James Bourne, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Microsoft.

UK cloud adoption continues to rise – and WS2003 shutdown will accelerate it further

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Newly released figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) show that cloud computing adoption rate in the UK currently stands at 84%, with that number expecting to sizeably increase due to the shutdown of Windows Server (WS) 2003.

WS2003 will have its support stopped on July 14 and, as this publication has previously examined, many companies are leaving...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

Cloud-based voice and telephony services continues apace

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Almost half of companies surveyed by Britannic Technologies said they had cloud-based voice and telephony services, while two thirds said they had a partial voice solution in the cloud.

84% of respondents said they understood the proposition of cloud computing, yet there were some intriguing responses as to why companies aren’t putting their voice services in the cloud. Almost half (48%) of those polled said they were concerned about security worries, while 38% were worried...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, UnifiedComms.