Why hybrid cloud is so important - and why the market prediction is so large

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Now we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the models are performing.  Public cloud has its own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT teams.  But there is another model that is winning over IT teams, the hybrid cloud, and it has good reason to.

With the rise of cloud models, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits of public...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Why the Tomb Raider publishers created their own database as a service

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In the past 25 years, one of the most proprietary technologies that has come to market is cloud computing. That’s the claim I made to the editor of this very publication back in July. The cloud’s promise of flexibility may prove to be a Trojan horse of vendor lock-in as you move up each layer of the vendor’s stack, consuming not just infrastructure, but also...

By Kelly Stirman, 03 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

SaaS provider Apttus raises $108m series C funding, takes aggressive approach

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Software as a service (SaaS) provider Apttus has secured $108 million (£70.4m) in series C funding, just seven months after its previous funding round.

Apttus delivers SaaS apps providing an unbroken funnel throughout the sales process, with the company claiming to pioneer the ‘quote to cash’ cycle, which is an end to end process covering an entire sales lifecycle in the cloud. The latest cash injection comes after a $37m round in September 2013 and $41m in February...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

FAA moves to the cloud through CSC, Microsoft and Amazon in potential $1bn contract

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CSC has announced a contract win with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worth $108 million (£70.4m) alongside Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other business partners.

The contract, potentially worth $1 billion over 10 years, will see the FAA move to a hybrid cloud environment, with CSC consolidating data centres and migrating data and systems across using the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool.

The news was

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Are you sure your data centre is really as secure as you think it is?

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Data centres are only as secure as the connectivity that links them up to a network. They can otherwise be prone to cyber-attacks or information security breaches, which can have catastrophic consequences for any organisations that wish to transmit data and backup data between their own data centres. With network latency being an issue that needs to be addressed, the transmission to and from data centres or to the outside world could increase the risks associated with...

By Graham Jarvis, 28 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

We’re on the road to cloud – what do you mean our rivals may be going faster than us?

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More than half of the 1,000 participants in a study by Oracle admit their IT organisations are unprepared for the competitive threat of moving to the cloud, including competitors’ ability to launch new applications faster.

The report, which looked at large enterprises in EMEA, also uncovers inadequacies in terms of how platform as a service (PaaS) offerings are being leveraged for business agility. 59% of those polled said their businesses either do not or cannot know whether...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, PaaS, Platform.

Demystifying AWS Spot Instances through three use cases

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Around six years ago, Amazon introduced an EC2 usage option at very low costs: Spot Instances. With EC2 Spot Instances, you can save money, but there’s a catch - they won’t necessarily be available when you need or want to use them. Managing and strategising around such temperamental instances can be challenging, not to mention unsuitable for AWS customers who are looking to provide stable online end user experiences.

Amazon created this type of resource in order to...

By Sharon Wagner, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The dangers of the 1% in cloud environments: Users remain the big security risk

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The concept of the 1%, in economic terms, usually refers to wealth inequality; however, a recent report from CloudLock shows that in cloud environments, 75% of the security risk can be attributed to just 1% of users.

This instance, of course, has more in common with the Pareto principle, whereby approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, than anything else. Yet the report analyses a trend familiar to the readers of this publication; a key security risk when moving data...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Big data, cloud, mobility, and why IT needs to move at the speed of business

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“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change” – Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Successful businesses require the ability to change and increasingly to adapt quickly, to be agile to new approaches and technologies and be flexible to the needs of the business and customers.

We are at the wake of monumental change and how businesses service and engage...

By Ian Moyse, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Management, Enterprise, Mobility.

Finance sector looking further to the cloud – but beware security risks

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More proof arrives that financial organisations are becoming more comfortable with cloud technologies: according to the latest industry outlook from Skyhigh Networks, the average financial services company uses more than 1,000 cloud services, with collaboration tools the most popular type of application used. But is it a good thing?

The report, which focuses on real life data from 3.7 million employees at banks, insurance companies and credit card firms among others, found the...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Why cloud MSPs are software companies

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By Jason Deck, vice president of strategic development, Logicworks

When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.

Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualised data centres or moved to the public cloud, servers, switches,...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Software, Virtualisation.

The state of DevOps in 2015: It’s strongly defined...but not the same definition

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A curious finding appears in the latest DevOps market assessment from Gleanster Research and Delphix: stakeholders have a strong definition of what DevOps comprises, but each definition varies wildly.

75% of the more than 2000 survey respondents agreed DevOps was either ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ defined, yet when asked to pick an option, the consensus was less than unanimous.

The most popular definition (84%) for DevOps was “developers and system...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Software.

SDN: How software has (re)defined networking

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By Andrea Knoblauch

Over the last few years we’ve seen just about every part of the data centre move towards virtualisation and software. First we virtualised desktops, then storage, then even our security tools. So when the idea of software defined networking (SDN) started being floated around, it wasn’t a big surprise. But what exactly is it?

SDN’s early roots can be likened...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 20 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Software.

How All Things Code’s move to the cloud aligns with key SMB trends

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More and more small businesses are moving to the cloud. According to a recent survey from BT Business and the British Chambers of Commerce, cloud usage among UK SMBs has grown by 15% year on year to 69%, while more than half of respondents cite cloud computing as crucial in driving business flexibility.

Take app development house All Things Code. The Northamptonshire-based firm, in business less than two years and with only six employees, has deployed iland’s Enterprise Cloud...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Wuala cloud storage to shut down, offers Tresorit as potential new home

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Wuala, the Switzerland-based cloud storage service owned by data storage provider Seagate, is to terminate in November, according to a company blog post.

The post, from Wuala head of sales and marketing Markus Speth, details the three stages of closure. The company – as of yesterday – will not accept any new storage purchases or renewals, the service will transition to read-only on September 30, and on November 15 the...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Software, Storage.

Reliability matters in the cloud: Check the performance markers

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Cloud vendors claiming to be the “fastest” or “best performing” deserve a little scepticism. While speed and performance can appear impressive if conditions are aligned in a particular way, it doesn’t mean they will hold up in the long-term.

For companies searching for the right cloud provider, data on performance expectations is essential as it relates to picking the right host, managing scalability, and effectively spending on resources. Companies can use the...

By Jamie Tyler, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure.

Gartner expects five years for hybrid cloud to reach productivity: Are they right?

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Gartner has released its latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, and while the likes of autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things sits atop the peak of inflated expectations, hybrid cloud computing is a bit further down the line heading straight for the trough of disillusionment.

The analyst house groups a bunch of technologies in three different stages and heavily influenced by its nexus of forces – mobile, social, cloud and information. Hybrid cloud comes under the...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Trends.

Collaboration and agility shows why enterprise cloud is “worth the effort”

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A new report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services argues that as cloud usage in the enterprise continues to rise, collaboration is now the key benefit ahead of business agility.

The research, which had more than 450 participants and was sponsored by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, found 84% of respondents agreeing their organisation’s use of cloud computing had increased in the past year. 72% said their use of cloud increased collaboration options, while 71% argued business...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Collaboration, Enterprise.

The race to zero: On the path to no-cost cloud computing

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It seems that everyone is in a race, and the pace of business in the modern world is no less evident than in cloud computing. While prices for just about anything are going up, cloud storage prices are nosediving. The competition between leaders such as Google, Amazon, and Box is driving prices down and providers across the industry are being pressured to be part of the “race to zero”.

This race has been accelerating. Microsoft began providing...

By Rick Delgado, 14 August 2015, 2 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Feeling insecure? It's time to find a data centre

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By Steve Davis, marketing director, NGD

It seems hardly a day goes by without a market survey uncovering yet more shock horror findings about companies of all shapes and sizes believing or knowing they are insecure when it comes to their data security.  But many still admit to be avoiding best practice even though threat levels are higher than ever.

Equally surprising, many organisations still view colocation data centres as being out of reach and soldier on with their servers and...

By NGD, 14 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.