Five key cloud trends to look forward to in 2017: Containers, AI, and more

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There’s no denying that cloud computing has changed the way both large enterprises and small businesses operate.

The latest market analysis from Cisco states that global cloud IP traffic will almost quadruple (3.7-fold) over the next 5 years. It will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 30% from 2015 to 2020.

With the increased acceptance of cloud computing,...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Migration.

Microsoft raises prices for UK enterprise cloud customers after pound plunges

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Microsoft has announced it will be increasing its prices for customers buying its enterprise software and cloud services in British pounds by up to 22% from January to “harmonise” within the EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) regions.

The company said on-premise enterprise software will increase by 13% to align closer to the Euro, while “most” enterprise cloud prices will rise by almost a quarter, adding that after the adjustment customers will...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Microsoft, Migration.

More apps are being stored in the cloud – but are we putting too much faith there?

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While two thirds of organisations polled by cloud storage and data protection provider CTERA Networks deploys more than a quarter of its applications in the cloud, protecting them is a different story altogether.

The findings appear in a report entitled ‘Game of Clouds’ – no prizes for guessing the theme – which makes the research concept clear.

“The emergence and tremendous growth of cloud computing in the enterprise is taking IT environments to uncharted...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Migration, Security, Storage.

Oracle and Verizon announce latest cloud partnership with SDN at forefront

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Oracle and Verizon have announced a new partnership which aims to ‘make the move to cloud easier for global organisations.’

The deal combines Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services, which utilises Verizon’s network to transfer data and apps securely to cloud service providers, to create the snappily-titled Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect. The combination of software defined networking (SDN) from the Verizon side and in-region...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

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The benefits of big data are real. And with so many businesses looking to migrate their data to the cloud, they want to make sure everything arrives safely and intact. After all, much of this data contains sensitive and proprietary information, and the prospect of moving it from the safety of the corporate firewall to a cloud environment is cause for concern.

Still, as data volumes continue their exponential growth, moving vast sets of structured and unstructured data from the restrictive...

By Rick Delgado, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Vendors.

Breaking boundaries: How Freightos achieved high speed graph search in the cloud

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The problem

Freightos’s application runs heavy-duty graph algorithms against a very large dataset. This requires some unusual design principles, which no cloud platform today is optimised for. But we succeeded in building the application on top of the Google App Engine Flexible Environment, a new offering from Google, positioned somewhere between Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Even Flexible Environment, which is still in beta, does not...

FCA gives green light to financial firms using cloud technologies – but with a caveat

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a series of guidelines on how financial firms can migrate to the cloud and provisionally giving the green light to them.

“We see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules,” the report notes.

The authority notes that they have successfully supported many firms to use cloud and other IT service...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Migration.

WANdisco collaborates with Bridgeworks for rapid cloud migration

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WANdisco and Bridgeworks have announced a new partnership, with WANdisco Fusion’s patented cloud transactional data technology will feature Bridgeworks PORTrockIT software.

David Richards, WANdisco CEO and co-founder, said: “WANdisco’s continuous availability and guaranteed data consistency can now be deployed with software from Bridgeworks that virtually removes the effects of network latency, making it possible for on-premise and cloud environments to operate as...

By Cloud Tech, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Why the move to public cloud in large enterprises continues apace

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More than half of large companies plan to migrate to public cloud systems in the coming two years, according to a new report from migration and disaster recovery provider CloudEndure.

The survey, which polled more than 250 global IT professionals in the first quarter of 2016, found that across organisations of all sizes, public clouds and private clouds are set to grow 22% and 15% in year over year for the coming two years. Virtual and physical machines, by contrast, are expected to...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Public, Research.

The key steps when migrating from a physical environment to the cloud

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As companies continue to step up the pace of migration to the cloud, many find themselves in the situation of having to bridge the gap between their physical and cloud infrastructures, which brings new challenges. IT has applications it regards as critical but lines of business have different application requirements that they regard as critical. As a result, IT often ends up becoming overloaded with requests, and as they attempt to satisfy demand with more resources, this can lead to...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

Research sheds light on changing role of IT admin through cloud

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IT administrators in organisations which have migrated to Google Apps or Office 365 argue they spend much less time doing mundane activities – but it’s not exactly ‘put your feet up’ time either.

That’s the key finding from the latest study by BetterCloud on the state of the cloud office. Back in July, the first set of results was...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Migration.

After support expires, many organisations still cling to Windows Server 2003

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Figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) reveal more than half (51%) of organisations polled with between 21 and 200 employees and almost three quarters (72%) of firms with more than 200 employees are still reliant on Windows Server 2003, despite the support from Microsoft having expired on July 14.

Naturally, this may not be the most surprising news you will read today. Back in April, this publication spoke with hybrid IT provider Zynstra and cloud storage provider CTERA Networks and concluded...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Cloud migration: From monolith to microservices

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A cloud migration project can be a relatively simple exercise, where applications are migrated ‘as is’, to gain benefits such as elastic capacity and utility pricing, but without making any changes to the application architecture, software development methods or business processes it is used for.

There may be a clear business for doing so, such as the hardware platform becoming obsolete; however the organisation overall won’t realise any additional benefits...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration.

Cloud migration still poses various challenges, according to new research

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The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has called on cloud service providers (CSPs) to do more to assist with the process of cloud migration for their customers after new research reveals difficulties associated with moving to the cloud.

The CIF survey, which polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers from the public and private sectors, found only 10% of respondents saying their transition to cloud services “could not have been improved.” 38% of those polled said they had...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Migration.

Cloud playing a more significant role in day to day work for SMB employees

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Workers in small to medium businesses (SMBs) feel happier and more productive when using cloud apps in their day to day work, according to new research from Kronos.

The study, which focused on 1000 European knowledge workers in SMBs, notes how late many small businesses are in moving to the cloud, arguing SMB leaders are “yet to realise [its] strategic value”. Yet almost two thirds (63%) believe the majority of their...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2015, 6 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration, SaaS , Software.

Windows Server 2003 end of life upgrade: Why many companies are leaving it “quite late”

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Updated Everyone occasionally likes a comfortable pair of shoes. Businesses, when forced to upgrade their legacy tech, are no different. UK-based cloud provider Exponential-e has sounded a dire warning to enterprises hoping to cling onto their Windows Server 2003 deployments as the 100 day countdown to support switch-off begins at Microsoft towers.

The arguments against keeping Windows Server 2003, which will have support stopped on July 14, are straightforward; it’ll be a hacker’s...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Migration.

Why your cloud needs more than great customer service

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When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure.

This solution may be adequate for several months or even years. But most enterprises ultimately find that a one-size-fits-all cloud solution no longer actually...

By Logicworks, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Migration, Public.

Moving workloads to the cloud: A comprehensive guide

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The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organisations.

Of course, it is essential for organisations to maximise the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimising risks. Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services. For many businesses of small and medium size, it represents a...

By Pierluigi Paganini, 23 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Software.

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.