Understanding UK cloud adoption strategies: Where are we currently at?

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Last week, as part of London Technology Week, we held a breakfast panel discussion looking at cloud adoption strategies and overcoming cloud security and compliance challenges. Industry experts from Cisco, techUK, Behind Every Cloud, as well as cloud users joined us to discuss and explore adoption strategies for ensuring success. In particular, we wanted to understand what is working in the UK and what is not. What are companies aiming to achieve, and where are they in their cloud...

By Monica Brink, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

A disaster recovery plan: What is your IT team keeping from you?

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Your disaster recovery program is like a parachute - you don’t want to find yourself in freefall before you discover it won’t open. But amid hastening development cycles, and cost, resource and time pressures, many CIOs are failing to adequately prioritise DR planning and testing.

While IT teams are running to stand still with day-to-day responsibilities, DR efforts tend to be focused solely on infrastructure, hardware and software, neglecting the people and...

IT skills shortage leading to cybersecurity issues, research argues

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If a security system flags up an issue in your organisation and nobody acts on it, is it even an issue? Many organisations are acting that way, according to a report from Skyhigh Networks and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The research found that security budgets continue to rise – more than half (53%) of the 220 IT and security professionals polled expect their allocations to go up in the coming year – and the myriad of tools at teams’ disposals is a growing...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, Security.

Cost or agility: What is cloud's true purpose?

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Organisations are switching to cloud at a faster than ever pace and with this change key business questions have emerged.  Are we using the best vendor?  Are we getting premier service levels?  Do we get a volume discount?  Cloud has many upsides - fast access and more importantly faster time to market—which gives true competitive advantage. Perhaps the most obvious is the benefits to development teams and the fact that cloud gives direct access to the...

By Deirdre Mahon, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure.

Why the healthcare industry's move to cloud computing is accelerating

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Physicians are targeting breast and ovarian cancer through research that crunches massive amounts of information from more than 2,000 DNA sequences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The data set is gigantic — more than 100 terabytes — and the analysis happens aboard a secure cloud-based platform through Amazon Web Services.

“By using AWS, we can store source files securely and cost-effectively with significant durability and accessibility,” 

By Karin Ratchinsky, 27 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry.

How IoT, big data analytics and cloud continue to be high priorities for developers

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  • 56.4% of developers are building robotics apps today.
  • 45% of developers say that Internet of Things (IoT) development is critical to their overall digital strategy.
  • 27.4% of all developers are building apps in the cloud today.
  • 24.7% are using machine learning for development projects.

These and many other insights are from the Evans Data Corporation Global Development Survey, Volume 1 (PDF, client access) published earlier this month. The...

By Louis Columbus, 27 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers.

Couchbase rounds off a busy period – but is an IPO imminent?

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It has been a particularly busy year for database platform provider Couchbase – and the company hopes that things will become a whole lot busier.

Earlier this week Couchbase launched 4.5, which continues its move to create joins between NoSQL and SQL through the SQL-based query language N1QL. The latest iteration includes greater security capabilities, alongside faster queries and graphical tools to more easily explore data models.

In March, the Mountain View-based firm announced the conclusion...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Platform.

AWS and Microsoft get FedRAMP approval for sensitive cloud data

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Another day, another piece of good news for both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS); the vendors are two of three companies which have been given authority by the US government for federal agencies to use them for sensitive cloud data.

Azure and AWS, alongside CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS, have been given the green light under the new FedRAMP High Baseline requirements. The full, mammoth spreadsheet documenting each guideline can be found

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The next phase of SDN: Software defined campus networks

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Enterprise and university campus networks have enjoyed decades of architectural permanence. For years, these networks have been built with cookie cutter designs, with the only critical decision points being the number of ports and users. But new challenges presented today – more devices (both in number and type), mobility, security, and diverse application traffic – the management of these networks is finally coming to the forefront. Software-defined networking (SDN) is...

By Ayu Shah, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

A guide to planning for application resiliency in cloud environments

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As businesses look to clouds for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability. Here, we examine how requirements around fault tolerance and disaster recovery can impact choice of cloud or architecture strategies within a cloud. 

Planning for application resiliency in cloud environments can present special challenges. Strategies can be similar to those used in traditional data centres,...

Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy

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With researchers seeing a 3500% increase in the use of net infrastructure which criminals use to run ransomware campaigns, it’s not surprising that ransomware has been making big headlines.

The media laments the growing rings of cyber criminals that launch ransomware threats, but there’s another culprit that tends to slip under the radar: people like you and me. Sure, we’re not...

By Matt Kingswood, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

The four key storage drivers for SaaS success

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Software as a service (SaaS) and cloud delivery models are disrupting the world of traditional enterprise software.  As IT organisations embrace agile infrastructure strategies to keep pace with the rapid change of the businesses they support, SaaS delivered applications have a clear advantage over traditional on-premises enterprise apps.  As the forces of digital transformation reshape enterprise IT for the on-demand world, SaaS applications will be a driving force in...

By Josh Epstein, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

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According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.

The study, snappily titled ‘Industry Experience: the 2016 State of the Cloud and Software Defined Data Centre in Real World Environments’, surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public, Research, Virtualisation.

Analysing the analysis: Gartner’s 2015 CRM market share report

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Top line findings

  • Worldwide customer relationship management (CRM) software totaled $26.3B in 2015, up 12.3% from $23.4B in 2014.
  • SaaS revenue grew 27% year over year, more than double overall CRM market growth in 2015.
  • Asia/Pacific grew the fastest of all regions globally, increasing 9% 2015, closely followed by greater China with 18.4% growth.

These and many other insights into the current state of the global CRM market are from

By Louis Columbus, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Cloud Industry Forum hails SLALOM as “major step forward” for cloud SLAs

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SLALOM, a European Commission-established initiative which aims to provide greater clarity for businesses dealing with cloud service level agreements (SLAs), has launched its final set of standardised contact terms, with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) arguing it ‘reduces the uncertainty’ of migrating to the cloud.

The CIF, who is listed as a partner of SLALOM alongside service provider Atos, legal firm Bird and Bird and various educational institutions, says research into the...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Big data loss: What to do when the almighty cloud fails

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If you use the cloud, it's probably for a few main reasons: you can store large amounts of data, you can share your data easily, and you're very unlikely to lose your data. But cloud data loss does happen, and even if the chances are low, it still might happen to you. Make sure you've protected your data from every angle to make sure you never lose it, no matter what happens.

Server failure

When you or your business stores something on the cloud, to you it seems like it's backed up in...

By JT Ripton, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Traditional software giants are starting to kick it in the cloud — so what’s next?

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For years the benefits of the cloud have been the subject of much debate within the IT industry. In the past, sceptics claimed that the cloud wasn’t reliable or secure — although Gartner sought to dispel that myth. Now, the sceptics are harder to find and Gartner doesn’t have to dispel as many cloud myths. Our latest Businesses @ Work report shows that companies are not only enabling...

By Phil Turner, 16 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software, Trends.

Samsung acquires Joyent in greater cloud push after finding synergies

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Samsung has agreed to acquire California-based cloud provider Joyent, adding another cloud platform to the Korean giant’s ever-increasing portfolio of mobile, cloud and IoT services.

The move came after Samsung assessed a “wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space”, and saw Joyent as the standout with an “experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology,” according...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, M&A.

Why DevOps engineer is the number one hardest tech job to fill

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DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers.

An organisation’s inability to hire – and retain – systems engineers, build automation engineers, and other titles...

By Logicworks, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure.

Are you being served? Big data and the disrupters of customer service

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We often hear the buzzword phrases of customer service, quality of service, customer first and net promoter score, and both the B2C and B2B markets have been constantly changing, driven by more demanding customer expectations with the bar being set ever higher by new disrupters. Take the age-old example of Blockbuster, a model and brand that was globally successful and known, quickly disrupted when newcomers set the de facto bar: download a movie anywhere, anytime to a growing number of...

By Ian Moyse, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, Data & Analytics, Software.