Microsoft unveils new offering to combat patent trolls in the cloud

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Microsoft has announced the launch of the Azure IP Advantage program to help protect intellectual property from ‘patent trolls’ in the cloud.

Patent trolls, defined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as companies or people who ‘use patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming up with new ideas’, are becoming an increasing problem with code and products hosted on cloud servers.

As a result, Microsoft is making 10,000...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Legal, Microsoft, Security.

How serverless, cognitive computing, and blockchain will influence cloud this year

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As the sun rises on 2017, a highlight of this New Year will be the gathering strength of the cloud. If the big question posed by businesses and their CIOs in 2016 was whether they should migrate to the cloud; in 2017 the question will be what is the best way to get there.

A recent IBM survey of more than 1,000 C-suite executives from 18 industries found that almost every company we surveyed is using cloud, but only in pockets of their business. 78% of...

By Sebastian Krause, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Hybrid.

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.

Cloud wrangling in the digital age: How to get the right skill set

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The forecast for the digital era is cloudy all over. According to a recent IDC FutureScape on cloud market predictions, 50% of IT spending and 60% of IT infrastructure spending will be cloud based by 2018. Between 60% and 70% of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. 

IDC also forecast that 65% of organisations’ IT assets will be offsite, in co-located, hosting and cloud data centers by 2018. One-third of IT staff will be working at...

By Antonella Corno, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Building the blockchain of success: How cloud is at the heart of it

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Blockchain is the new buzzword on the block; and while many business leaders, managers, developers and IT departments are Googling it and left scratching their heads, others are wising up to it, are realising how brilliant it is, and are recognising the opportunity it’s going to bring and the potential impact it will have.

If we put aside the tech behind it and focus on what it can do, it’s actually capable of disrupting many industries and bringing new innovations not...

By Pat McCool, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

DevOps still lacking definition despite big usage figures – but the cultural element is key

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The way in which DevOps is being tackled by different organisations can be defined in one of two ways. You’ve either got the ‘teenage sex’ approach – everyone’s talking about it but hardly anybody’s doing it – or you’ve got the Eric Morecambe method; ‘all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’

In other words, there is no one unified guide; companies and departments are...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Blockchain beyond Bitcoin: Assessing the enterprise use cases

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Updated Jan 25 Blockchain has serious potential to disrupt a multitude of industries, but a lot of barriers – not least confusion – still need to be ironed out.

That’s one of the verdicts from a recent research report from analyst firm Tractica on how the database technology, defined as a 'distributed data verification technology wherein financial and operational transactions are recorded and validated across a network, rather than through a central authority', can...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Enterprise.

New research questions strategic importance of DevOps despite rise in usage

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Even though DevOps and automation methodologies are increasingly being used to deliver apps more frequently, only one in five respondents to a survey from F5 say DevOps has a strategic impact on their organisation.

The study, which polled almost 2,200 IT executives and industry professionals, found that among executive roles only 17% identified DevOps as key, well below software as a service (42%), big data (41%) and public cloud infrastructure as a service (39%).

VMware was the...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Turn your DevOps volume up to 11 and seize the business opportunity

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“These go to 11.” One of the great lines from the classic mockumentary – This is Spinal Tap. Spoken by fictional rock guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the wonderful scene where he proudly shows off how his amplifier has a volume range of 0 to 11. Still hilarious after 30-odd years.

With DevOps and continuous delivery, organisations can also shoot for 11 - striving to take automation to its ultimate...

By Peter Waterhouse, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Why Kubernetes promises much for those willing to embrace a cultural shift

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Opinion It’d be fantastic if developers could write one piece of code on their machine and have full confidence it could run on any server without a glitch.

This is far from the norm as the technical headaches of pushing code on to different servers and environments can have profound consequences for any organisation. This can undermine confidence and slow down the roll-out of new apps and amendments to them.

Things are changing though, as the technology supporting cloud...

By Rob Greenwood, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

App container market to hit $2.7bn by 2020 – with consolidation signs already afoot

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The application container market is expected to grow to $2.7 billion by 2020 up from $762m in 2016, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

The analysts put app containers in the overall bucket of cloud-enabling technologies (CET) alongside virtualisation, automation, and private platform as a service, and argues that while by no means the largest segment, containers will see the quickest growth. The overall market will see a 15% CAGR over the next four years, and be worth...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Research.

How APIs are enabling the future of IT infrastructure

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Companies are always looking for new ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining excellence in the quality of their products and services. A big part of cloud computing that IT departments and service providers increasingly look to is APIs (application programming interfaces) to enable automation, in turn driving efficiency, consistency and cost savings. How are businesses doing this, and where are the opportunities for future development?

Enabling operational...

By David Grimes, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Larger organisations more likely to push ahead with DevOps initiatives, research argues

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Almost half of respondents in a new study from Redgate Software say they have adopted a DevOps approach to their projects – with a further third planning to join them within the next two years.

The study, the firm’s latest State of Database DevOps survey, polled 1,000 companies globally with more than half employing at least 500 people. While 47% polled overall said they are already on the road with DevOps initiatives, this number rises to 59% among companies with more...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Bitcasa posts cryptic farewell message on website

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Bitcasa, the developer-friendly cloud storage platform based in Mountain View, is ‘no more’ according to a statement from former CEO Brian Taptich.

The statement, which appears on the Bitcasa homepage and is redirected to from other pages on the site, is cryptic in tone, only noting that the company has “become a part of something much, much bigger.” A VentureBeat article...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Storage.

How McKinsey’s 2016 analytics study defines the future of machine learning

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  • U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five years.
  • Design-to-value, supply chain management and after-sales support are three areas where analytics are making a financial contribution in manufacturing.
  • 40% of all the potential value associated with the Internet of Things requires interoperability between IoT systems.

These and many other insights are from the McKinsey Global Institute’s study

By Louis Columbus, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

IBM launches new Bluemix continuous delivery and DevOps services

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IBM has announced the launch of new services on its Bluemix platform which are focused on continuous delivery, DevOps, and simplifying app development in the cloud.

IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery gives DevOps teams a central hub to create, manage, and scale toolchains, which are integral to the app development process, as well as providing toolchain templates designed to be provisioned enterprise-wide with minimum fuss. The templates can also be used to help build microservices,...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

AWS launches refreshed T2, R4, C5 and I3 instances, snags Workday as new customer

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a new series of instances for its cloud infrastructure, both expanding current instance families and creating new categories.

At Re:Invent in Las Vegas today, Andy Jassy, AWS chief executive, announced XL and 2XL segments for its T2 series of instances, which are aimed more at the simpler workload, as well as I3, the next generation of its high I/O instances, C5 for more compute intensive workloads, and R4 for memory intensive...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure.

IBM announces new Bluemix services for greater cloud migration and data insights

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IBM has announced a series of new cloud data services on Bluemix, its developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering, aiming to help businesses accelerate their migration and glean better insights from their data.

There are three services in total. The snappily-titled IBM Decision Optimisation on Cloud, which is in beta, helps organisations digest a large amount of data, including predictions, business goals and transactional figures, and spit them out as decision...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Google beefs up cloud machine learning offerings with new groups and APIs

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Google has been pushing the message of machine learning as it aims to tempt more customers onto its cloud – and this push continues with the launch of a new group focused on delivering cloud-based machine learning solutions to businesses, as well as a new API.

“Building a centralised team within Google Cloud will accelerate our ability to deliver machine learning products and services to enterprise customers in every industry,” wrote Rob Craft, group lead for...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Why six million developers are creating big data and advanced analytics apps today

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  • 2 million developers are working on IoT applications, increasing 34% since the last year.
  • Over 50% of the developers working on IoT applications are writing software that utilizes sensors in some capacity.
  • 4m enterprise developers play decision-making roles when it comes to selecting organizational IT development resources. Another 5.2 million hold decision-making authority for selecting IT deployment resources.
  • 4m developers (26% of all developers globally) are using the cloud as a development environment today
  • The APAC region leads the world with approximately 7.4m...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.