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 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, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Data Management.

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.

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 there is still a culture of ‘hope’ and ‘fear’ around cloud and big data technologies

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Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud.

Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for 2015

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Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels. A Goldman Sachs study published earlier this year projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.

Centaur Partners and other firms mentioned in this roundup are seeing more enterprise-size deals for cloud computing infrastructure and applications....

By Louis Columbus, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research.

Finland has biggest take up of cloud computing services in EU, research reveals

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Finland has the highest proportion of enterprises in the EU using cloud computing, according to figures from Eurostat.

The findings from the European Union’s statistical office, from December 2014, saw more than half (51%) of Finnish enterprises in the cloud. Nordic and Benelux countries typically scored highly, with Sweden and Denmark in the top four and Netherlands and Belgium in the top 10. 24% of UK enterprises use cloud computing services.

Overall, 10 nations are ahead of the...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Research, SaaS , Software.

Financial firms accessing cloud more readily yet roadblocks still remain, say CSA

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61% of financial businesses are developing a cloud strategy within their organisation, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The paper, in conjunction with CipherCloud and interviewing over 100 global participants across the financial sector, found that businesses are slowly but surely moving into the cloud, with a mix of leveraging private and public cloud the optimum strategy.

The findings came out of the Financial Services Working Group (FSWG), an...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

The hype around cloud computing has been justified, say enterprises

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85% of respondents in a Tata Communications survey say that cloud computing had lived up to industry hype in their experience, with 23% saying cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity was the most popular benefit according to 69% of those polled, with better access to data (65%) and reductions in costs (63%) also highly cited. 83% of respondents admitted they experienced benefits they weren’t expecting to see.

The report added to the plethora of...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Most UK employees unaware of employers’ cloud computing policy, claims research

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The majority of UK office workers are in the dark about their employer’s cloud computing policy, and even if they do know they’re likely to ignore it, according to research published by Trustmarque.

The report’s findings, of over 2000 employees, saw the growth of cloud applications used in the workplace, be it approved or through shadow IT, continue to grow, meaning security and compliance fears grow with it. It’s a similar finding to

By James Bourne, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Cloud making inroads into the capital markets sector, report finds

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Slowly but surely, capital markets and investment companies are clearly understanding the benefits of cloud computing, with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and data management as the most popular options.

That’s the verdict of a report from TABB Group, based on data from 66 buy-side and sell-side firms. The adoption figures are relatively low – only 23% of companies questioned say they’re comfortable using the public cloud, while two thirds said security concerns...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Microsoft gives $500k of Azure credits, Office 365 subscriptions to Y Combinator startups

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Microsoft is giving $500,000 (£328,000) of free Azure hosting credit to Y Combinator (YC) startups, according to YC president Sam Altman.

The Redmond giant will also be offering YC firms in the Winter 2015 batch and beyond three years of Office 365 subscription, access to Microsoft developer staff, as well as one year of CloudFlare and DataStax enterprise services.

In a blog post published on February 9, Altman notes the company “[doesn’t] want to leave software...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

New report assesses the importance of cloud services to SMBs for marketing and collaboration

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A report published by BCSG has revealed how awareness and uptake of cloud services in small to medium businesses (SMBs) is on the rise.

The survey, of 600 European participants across all stages of small business, from micro businesses to pre-startups, found 64% of SMBs are already using cloud-based software, while the average number of applications in use is three.

78% of respondents say they are considering purchasing new solutions in the next two to three years – potentially...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Collaboration, Software.

Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

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A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.

The report finds different wins for different providers, with SoftLayer remaining the least expensive provider for larger Windows offerings, Microsoft Azure being the most inexpensive block storage offering, while CenturyLink and Rackspace block storage was most expensive yet could...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

KPMG survey shows how cloud “continues to drive disruption in the business world”

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Almost half of respondents in KPMG’s 2014 cloud computing survey are using cloud to drive cost efficiencies, with a similar number utilising it to better enable their mobile workforce.

The study, of 500 global C-suite executives, saw a variety of ways in which businesses are using cloud to drive business transformation. Aside from cost savings (49%) and enabling a mobile workforce (42%), CXOs also see the benefit of cloud as improving alignment with customers and partners (37%),...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Privacy, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

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As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially

By David H Deans, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Do you need a cloud strategist for your migration? Most firms don’t think so

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Despite the vast majority of companies looking to expand their cloud infrastructure over time, only 14% of respondents in a NuoDB survey said they had a specific cloud strategist to oversee it.

60% of the 200 plus respondents at the Cloud Expo and AWS re:Invent events said they saw cloud as one of their companies’ top three business or IT initiatives, yet seem happy enough for their current IT team to take charge of their cloud migration projects.

This is seen as particularly...

By James Bourne, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Most UK businesses not ready to move to the cloud, cite in-house skills as problem

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More than four in five (82%) of UK IT leaders believe they are not fully ready to move to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers because of a shortage of in-house skills, with Microsoft Azure as the most trusted IaaS provider.

The research, commissioned by Reconnix, found that despite the general air of reticence moving apps from traditional servers to the cloud was at least a high or medium priority for 88% of those polled.

Yet there’s a problem – and it’s...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS.

From one cloud to many: The current trend of cloud adoption

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Over the next 12 months, the majority of business applications will be deployed to the cloud, with most of these being deployed to multiple clouds across multiple geographies.

That’s the key trend from a survey conducted by Equinix, in which the overwhelming majority of the 659 global respondents (77%) said they planned to deploy to multiple clouds in the next year, and a similar number (74%) expect a larger budget in 2015 for cloud services.

91% of new cloud-based offerings...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research.