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.

Why Hong Kong is playing “cloud catch up” – but moving quickly

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It may be strange to hear, but Hong Kong has fallen behind much of the rest of the world when it comes to adopting cloud computing.

Hong Kong is well known for being an enormous financial hub for south-east Asia and one of the busiest centres of economic activity in the world, so to think that they’re lacking on the technological front would seem out of character. And yet, that’s exactly the case.

In many ways, Hong...

By Rick Delgado, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Cloud pricing “starting to stabilise” after continued cuts, research argues

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The start of any year is always a good time to take stock, inspect the landscape, and see where the puck is moving. That is exactly what Tariff Consultancy (TCL) has done, with the company’s latest cloud pricing report revealing that while enterprise cloud computing prices have dropped by two thirds on average since 2014, the race to the bottom is finally letting up.

The report, entitled ‘Pricing the Cloud 2 – 2016 to 2020’, assessed a total of 24 vendors,...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud Spectator study reveals surprising list of top 10 cloud providers

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Here’s something that may raise a few eyebrows: 1&1 has been named the best value infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider according to a new benchmark report from Cloud Spectator.

The report, a follow up to last year’s verdict which found Amazon EC2 had “significant” cost advantages investing long term, saw a 350% performance difference...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Research shows increased proliferation of endpoints for IT service providers

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The extent of the proliferation of endpoints and how IT service providers (ITSPs) are reacting to it has been revealed in a new survey released by IT management provider Autotask.

More than half of the 1,100 global ITSPs polled (55%) said they have seen ‘significant’ or ‘steady’ endpoint growth, with four in five respondents saying they rely on cloud delivery to manage and secure endpoints.

90% say they offer cloud-based services while 55% say they expect between...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Security.

Enterprise PaaS: Agile architecture for continuous innovation

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Although the MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that – a business model, not a technology – there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the cloud model PaaS (platform as a service).

This offers literally that – a platform as a service – and so it can play a central component part in enabling the Platform Business Model.

Enterprise vs cloud PaaS

Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the platform as a...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, DevOps, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform.

Enterprise IT in 2016: Why it is no longer enough to just be the best in your industry

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Over the course of 2015, we’ve seen many of the trends we predicted last year come to fruition. As cloud adoption in the UK soared past 84% in May, it was evident that we had been right that the technology would become even more mainstream. With enterprises aiming to become more mobile, 2015 has also seen the normalisation of “anytime, anywhere working” and the increased dependency on...

By Sean McAvan, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Security.

How security will accelerate, not inhibit, cloud adoption in 2016

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A study released by Rackspace and conducted by Vanson Bourne argues improving resilience and security remain in the top three motivations for businesses moving to the cloud in 2016.

The survey, which polled 500 UK IT and business decision makers, found reducing IT costs (61% of respondents) as the most popular reason for migration, ahead of resilience and disaster recovery (50%) and security (38%). While these reasons have long since been considered when companies move data to the...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Busting the myths: Three misconceptions deterring cloud adoption amongst UK SMEs

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Cloud technology has fundamentally altered the way people do business. For small and medium-sized firms in particular, it delivers sustainable, competitive edge. By presenting firms with the means to work smarter and quickly capitalise on opportunities, cloud and mobile technologies help to eliminate inefficiencies, facilitate flexibility, and ensures SMEs are as agile and...

By Ash Patel, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise.

How much money is your cloud slurping up? Businesses still in the dark, says survey

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Many organisations continue to be left in the dark when it comes to providing details on cloud costs and consumption, according to research released by Cloud Cruiser.

The survey, which polled almost 350 IT professionals who were at the AWS re:Invent shows in 2014 and 2015, found almost half (42%) of respondents saying it continues to be difficult to properly allocate public...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Microsoft, Software.

Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in

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Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.

It is no wonder that cost monitoring tools have proliferated in the last two years. And while these tools help, they are only half the battle.

Recently, 

By Logicworks, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

CIOs struggling to identify and implement cloud services

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Cloud computing is already cited by CIOs as one of the biggest contributors to IT complexity – now new research released by Trustmarque shows more than four in five CIOs struggle to identify and implement cloud services must suitable for their business.

The complexity of existing IT infrastructure is a problem for moving to the cloud, according to two thirds (66%) of CIOs, while almost three quarters (74%) admitting interdependencies between different IT environments are another...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Sage One reaches 100,000 UK subscriptions, affirms cloud accounting uptake

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Accounting software provider Sage has announced it has hit 100,000 subscriptions of its cloud-based Sage One product, with the user base comprising more than half of customers already using Sage.

The numbers indicate the small business sector is alive and kicking when it comes to utilising cloud software, and Sage describes it as “one of many milestones that helps us to connect our customers to accountants and partners with real time and intuitive information about their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SaaS , Software.

Why security will make small businesses move to the cloud in 2016

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It has long been said that security concerns are what drives small businesses away from putting their data in the cloud. Yet according to Oscar Arean, technical operations manager at disaster recovery provider Databarracks, 2016 will see more small to medium firms move towards cloud services as managing security in-house becomes an increasing headache.

In particular, Arean argues the need for small businesses to move to Office 365 – almost by default – because of its...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Security.