Almost half of UK councils are yet to put cloud plans together, research finds

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Even though almost three quarters of the major UK councils say they use cloud technologies for data storage in some capacity, almost half say they are yet to formulate plans to use cloud computing.

That’s the main finding from not for profit IT service provider Eduserv, in responses provided by the top 100 councils in the UK. 44% of those polled said they did not have a strategy or IT policy in place – and of that number, only 15% say they are exploring or considering a...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Public, PublicSector.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

The rise of multi-cloud: What you need to know to succeed in your deployment

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Multi-cloud has been discussed within the cloud computing industry for a while, but there is still confusion about what it is and where it fits within the terminology of private, public, and hybrid cloud.

What most agree on is that multi-cloud is about mixing and matching the best-of-breed solutions and services from different cloud providers to create the most suitable solution for a business. It minimises the amount of vendor lock-in and gives organisations more flexibility with their...

By Tony Connor, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Google study: Examining how cloud trust relates to business performance

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Cloud technology can create positive business outcomes for businesses – but only if the organisation is willing to foster business transformations that leverage what the cloud offers.

That is the key finding from a report published by The Economist and sponsored by Google on how trust in cloud computing correlates with business performance.

The report, which is based on a global survey of more than 450 executives in 10 countries across five continents, finds 38% of enterprise...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Assessing the business case for hybrid cloud services adoption

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Forging a viable business technology strategy for today’s global networked economy is a high priority for most forward-thinking CEOs across the globe. Their guidance to CIOs is to create the fusion between existing IT infrastructure and modern cloud services. Moreover, the shift to a hybrid IT model must support the organization’s key commercial expansion objectives.

The savvy leaders who have a superior approach can extract greater value from their legacy IT investments,...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Gartner forecasts the end of ‘no-cloud’ corporate policies by 2020

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It’s certainly implausible to think of businesses incorporating a ‘no internet’ policy at their place of work, even when the web was in an embryonic state. This will naturally extend to cloud policies at work, according to analyst house Gartner, who predicts that by 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be a thing of the past.

The analysts did not stop there, however, filling out a few more betting slips in the process. Gartner also predicts that by 2019,...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

Why enterprise cloud transformation is all a matter of transition

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The move for enterprises to the cloud is not a question of if but when – and neither is it a question of pace.

That’s the view of Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre (VDC) provider Interoute. He argues that the industries traditionally less than keen on changing – finance and manufacturing, and a trend which this publication has covered extensively – have all come to the same realisation. “The issue for us is not so much the speed at...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

IoT, cloud, and the logical progression to everything ‘as a service’

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The growth of all things connected and of all things cloud seems unstoppable, and monikers are jumping to the logical end…that the Internet of Things will be the Internet of Everything and that the 'as a service' model will morph into 'everything as a service'.

On-demand products have always had a place in business. For more than forty years, mainframe time has been sold ‘as a service’ where users only pay for what they need when they need it. At a time when...

By Alex Vilner, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, IaaS, Industry.

Mind the gap: How to assess your organisation for cloud readiness

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Talking to IT teams and business leaders, it is clear that the benefits of cloud in supporting new business models for the delivery across the public sector is now well understood.

There is also a growing consensus that the different business model for IT operations which is enabled by cloud IT, could add substantial value to the organisations – particularly local authorities - as they shape and reshape services in the future.

So why isn’t the public sector moving to the...

By Andrew Hawkins, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public, PublicSector.

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.

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.

How Asia Pacific businesses who are utilising cloud are forging ahead

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Businesses in the Asia Pacific region who use cloud services are more than twice as likely to have a greater presence in international markets, according to new research from NetSuite and Frost & Sullivan.

The study, which surveyed more than 800 mostly C-suite executives across Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines and Singapore, found 70% of cloud-enabled firms surveyed were “internationalised” compared to 22% of their non-cloud brethren, while...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Why savvy digital visionaries see beyond the nearby clouds

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While the decisive CEOs have a digital transformation agenda, those companies executing plans to re-imagine their business models are in the minority. And yet, the early adopters now using cloud computing are enabled to respond quickly to changing market conditions. In contrast, the laggards are undecided and risk falling further behind.

This is a global phenomena, where the industry and local market leaders are able to enact their transition with limited interference or threats from...

By David H Deans, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Hybrid cloud usage: Few companies are past proof of concept stage

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To put a spin on a famous Mark Twain misquote, reports of hybrid cloud’s life have been greatly exaggerated.

That is the key finding from a new customer study conducted by EMC and VMware, which argues nine out of 10 survey respondents have not got past the proof of concept stage for hybrid cloud, as well as having no consistent method of evaluating workloads.

Regular readers of this publication will know the message from executives is that hybrid has represented the bright, shiny future of IT...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Why financial firms are missing out by not embracing the cloud

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The financial sector’s high security and compliance standards have traditionally made it something of a laggard in the adoption of cloud computing. Yet there are indications that momentum is shifting and finance institutions are beginning to benefit from the agility, flexibility, speed and innovation that is missing when running large, on-premise data centres.

But just how secure can customer data and commercial operations be when stored and running on someone else's infrastructure?...

By Tony Connor, 16 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Infrastructure.

AWS turns 10: A dominant market share, but does that tell the full story?

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Today marks a notable milestone in the history of cloud computing, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) turns 10 years old.

March 14 2006 saw a press release go out on the wire from Amazon announcing “a simple storage service that offers software developers a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs.” A decade on, AWS continues to hold a significant lead over the competition in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and while moving into other areas,...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2016

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Now acting as the technological cornerstone for businesses across the globe, the growth of cloud computing continues at a phenomenal rate – and as a result, the employer demand for cloud professionals has exploded.

In 2015, there were an estimated 18 million cloud computing jobs globally, according to WANTED Analytics, and it’s a number that is only set to increase with LinkedIn reporting ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one

By Ed Jones, 16 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise.

Six things to look for in a cloud MSP

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In the world of infrastructure as code, large and small businesses need a team that understands how infrastructure enables faster deployment and smarter product development. In the cloud, costs depend more on how day-to-day workflows are managed, not just on what hardware is running — so processes and reporting are more complex. Companies need a partner to not just fill in the gaps, but to tell them where the gaps are. They need experts not phone support.

The cloud is challenging...

By Logicworks, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Enterprise storage migration: Reliability key – but UK lagging behind

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The latest research from Western Digital Corporation has revealed that reliability continues to be more important than cost for enterprises looking to move their data to the cloud.

The survey, which polled 700 senior technology decision makers across three continents including in the energy, finance and healthcare industries, saw cloud budgets remain the leading growth area in IT, with more than four in five (84%) either planning, are completing or have completed cloud migrations.

Yet...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Microsoft announces $1bn cloud pledge for “public good”

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed a three part philanthropic initiative whereby the tech giant will donate $1 billion (£704m) of cloud computing resources towards non-profit organisations and education over the next three years.

The Redmond firm argues the cloud is a vital resource for “unlocking the secrets held by data”, in terms of communications and problem solving, better delivery of services, and helping organisations work in a more productive and...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public, Software.