Why going ‘cloud native’ is the key to success with NFV

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MWC “I get the feeling the momentum is there – people are understanding architecturally how to make it work now,” says Steve Gleave, senior vice president of marketing at Metaswitch Networks.

Gleave could be speaking about any emerging technology within reason, but in this instance, it’s NFV (network functions virtualisation), the concept of taking old school network appliances and replacing them with software. And at Mobile World Congress this year, it’s more than...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How the IoT and mobility has made cloud more than a ‘nice to have’

In its Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Hardware Spending Forecast, 2016–2020, IDC forecast that the spending on cloud IT infrastructure would grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent and reach $54.6 billion by 2019. As the move to the cloud becomes inexorable for organisations, they are faced with the important task of properly managing this significant architectural change.

Perhaps the most critical facet of digital transformation...

By Carl Levine, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Mobility, SaaS , SLA, Software.

Hybrid cloud analytics: Don’t be cloud-washed by the new term on the block

Not surprisingly, with all the momentum in hybrid cloud infrastructure, we’re starting to hear the term “hybrid cloud analytics” pop up in the modern business intelligence (BI) market. However, it’s a term that is being overused and misunderstood as those in the industry seek to align with the latest trend. We see the future value of hybrid cloud computing as helping to empower customers to embrace a cloud strategy of their own versus having it dictated to them by a vendor.

A hybrid cloud...

By Drew Clarke, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Gartner: Public cloud market to reach $246bn in 2017 with IaaS and SaaS at forefront

First IDC made its forecast on the public cloud, and now Gartner has done likewise, predicting that public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to total $246.8 billion (£198.1bn).

IDC’, by comparison, said global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure would reach $122.5bn by the end of this year with seven out of eight primary geographic regions to record CAGRs of more than 20% in the next five years.

Outside of ‘cloud advertising’ – “cloud-based...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research, Software.

The spotlight falls on data centre resiliency as data keeps growing

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It’s hard to imagine the sheer scale of data created on a daily basis. In just one second 747 Instagram photos are uploaded, 7,380 tweets are sent and 38,864GB of traffic is processed across the internet. This equates to 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. With IoT connections booming, this number is expected to keep growing exponentially. Almost all this data travels through a data centre at some point.

Businesses are handing the...

By Adrian Barker, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

IDC says global spending on public cloud services to hit $122.5bn in 2017

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Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will hit $122.5 billion by the end of this year at an increase of almost 25% on 2016, according to the latest note from IDC.

The analyst house argues that discrete manufacturing, professional services, and banking are the primary public cloud service industries based on market share today, while professional services (23.9% compound annual growth rate), retail (22.8%) and media (22.5%) are expected to be the fastest growers....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

The ruling on cloud computing: Analysing the legal perspective

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When it comes to digital transformation within the legal sector there are understandably many questions about how to handle sensitive information without compromising client confidentiality. This is also true when dealing with the internet as a whole, but particularly when it comes to cloud computing.

In a survey by the Cloud Industry Forum it was revealed that 70% of IT decision makers regarded data security as one of...

By Monica Brink, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Legal.

Azure usage continues to grow – but organisations need channel help to succeed

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It continues to gain traction whilst still being significantly behind the market leader; but what underpins this growth? A new study from NetEnrich has found that while Microsoft Azure continues to see impressive usage figures, companies have to rely on channel providers to help them make the most of their implementations.

The survey, which garnered the views of more than 80 IT professionals in large and midmarket companies, found 46% of respondents were running at least half of...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Software-defined storage, hybrid clouds, and getting the performance right: A guide

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In today’s data-intensive, hyper-connected world, storage solutions built on the vertical scaling model have become impractical and expensive. Enterprises are driven by the need to remain competitive while storing and managing petabytes of data. In this vein, ESG senior analyst Mark Peters believes that there is at last a straight line between how storage is configured and business value – if organisations can...

By Stefan Bernbo, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Where is the true state of the cloud in 2017? Analysing two influential reports

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Two reports have hit this publication’s inbox around the ‘state of the cloud’ in recent days; a study from RightScale argues the market is growing at a solid clip, while the summary from Bessemer Venture Partners’ (BVP) Byron Deeter found an industry which struggled at the start of 2016 but has since roared back.

While both reports differ – RightScale focuses on the adoption and vendors, while Deeter looks almost exclusively at the financial angle –...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

What is the point of hybrid cloud – or, is it time to re-evaluate hybrid?

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Opinion There used to be a buzz around hybrid cloud. The idea was simple, host your mission critical applications in-house where they were more secure and manageable and then burst into the cloud for additional capacity.

Sounds great; but in reality, it didn't really work. Many organisations tried and while some succeeded most failed. Why? The primary issue was network latency between stacks but there was also a huge degree of complexity in orchestrating different technology platforms...

By Mike Bainbridge, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Nutanix, HPE and Cisco top 451 rankings for servers and converged infrastructure

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Nutanix is the leading vendor for converged infrastructure ahead of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco, while the latter two and Dell are jostling for prime position in the server space, according to a report from 451 Research.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s most recent Voice of the Enterprise study, argues that server spending remains ‘steady’ despite enterprises continuing to move workloads to the cloud; almost half (49.4%) of those polled say...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research.

Is hybrid cloud in danger of becoming lost in translation?

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In the last year hybrid cloud adoption has ramped up as both cloud users and cloud vendors have matured. Yet there is still confusion in the market about what it means to go truly hybrid with many CIOs unable to agree when it comes to the true definition of hybrid cloud.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, “[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique...

By David Richards, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

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Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet.

The study, put together in conjunction with Vanson Bourne and polling 900 end user IT leaders across European mid-market businesses, found almost half (45%) of finance companies polled had already developed a DevOps approach. This compared favourably against other industries, such as retail, software, and...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Industry, Infrastructure.

UK businesses remain ‘risk-averse’ and lagging behind in cloud strategy, Intel argues

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Organisations in the UK are among the least likely globally to have a cloud-first strategy, according to a new report from Intel Security.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 senior IT professionals, found the UK had pretty miserable scores across the board compared to their international brethren. The UK’s score of 70% for businesses who are cloud-first – whilst still a reasonable number – lagged behind the global average of more than 80%, while only 7% of UK...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

How to achieve HIPAA compliance on AWS: A guide

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Healthcare companies that are accustomed to complete control over physical systems often struggle to understand their responsibilities in a cloud environment. Who is responsible for which aspects of compliance? Can healthcare companies trust Amazon with their mission-critical apps and sensitive data? What are the rules and boundaries for AWS compliance?

Mastering these intricacies can help you create compliance-ready systems on AWS. In this article, we will cover the basics, but for a deeper...

By Logicworks, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

Five ways big data and integration enables the factory of the future

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  • 93% of global product leaders say that predictive maintenance combined with real-time equipment monitoring enabled by integration is a must-have for factory planning today.
  • 75% of global product leaders plan to implement factory of the future initiatives and programs in the next five years or less, starting with Industry 4.0
  • 67% of automotive executives expect that new technologies enabled by real-time integration will enable their teams to reach and exceed lean management and continuous improvement goals starting this year and accelerating...

By Louis Columbus, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

AWS hits $3.5bn in revenue for Q416, takes on ‘surge’ from Microsoft, IBM, and Google

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit $3.54 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an almost 50% increase from this time last year, according to Amazon’s latest financial results.

The cloud infrastructure leader earned $926m in operating profit at a 26% margin, while its annual operating profit margin was at more than 25%. Third quarter revenue for AWS was $3.2bn, while overall Amazon revenue was at...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

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.