How software asset management needs to adapt to changing cloud conditions

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A new report issued today by Flexera Software argues that software asset management (SAM) needs to evolve to keep up with software as a service (SaaS) and virtualisation moving into the mainstream.

The study, which polled almost 500 respondents answering questions on enterprise and application production, found that for 20% of respondents, more than a quarter of their software is SaaS-based, while 39% say more than a quarter is virtualised. Interestingly, while three quarters say 80% or...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Why analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption in 2017

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  • U.S.-based organisations are budgeting $1.77M for cloud spending in 2017 compared to $1.30M for non-U.S. based organisations.
  • 10% of enterprises with over 1,000 employees are projecting they will spend $10M or more on cloud computing apps and platforms throughout this year.
  • Organisations are using multiple cloud models to meet their business’s needs, including private (62%), public (60%), and hybrid (26%).
  • By 2018 the typical IT department will have the minority of their apps and platforms (40%) residing in on-premise...

By Louis Columbus, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Software, Storage.

How Google is getting more aggressive in the cloud

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  • Deutsche Bank estimates Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has a $750M revenue run-rate estimate today.
  • The combined revenues of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and GCP are still less than $15B for a market penetration of just 1%-2% of the Total Available Market (TAM).
  • During the 2Q16 call, Google called out cloud as the primary driver of the re-accelerating growth for Licensing and Other revenue, the first time the business has been called out in pole position.
  • Recent Orbitera and Apigee...

By Louis Columbus, 22 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform, Research.

VMware notes good and bad with decentralised IT – and how cloud is driving it

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It’s a discussion which has rumbled on for years; does a centralised or decentralised model of IT work best? According to new research commissioned by VMware, cloud computing has become key to the decentralisation of IT – and while it may ease the pressure in some areas, security, management and compliance issues remain.

The latest release, titled State of the Cloud, represents the second half of VMware’s study, with the former, The IT Archipelago, being conducted by the...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Goldman Sachs upgrades Microsoft to ‘buy’ after Azure growth

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Goldman Sachs has upgraded its rating on Microsoft from ‘neutral’ to ‘buy’ after praising the company’s Azure growth.

According to a report from StreetInsider, Goldman Sachs’ Heather Bellini raised the price target from $60 to $68 noting Azure’s continued growth; 100% or greater, year over year, in eight of the...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Clutch survey warns about security of small businesses using free cloud storage

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Small businesses continue to put security as their main priority when selecting a cloud storage provider, yet many continue to risk their security by choosing free solutions, according to a new survey from analyst firm Clutch.

According to the survey, which polled almost 300 small and medium businesses who use at least one cloud storage platform, 25% of respondents admit they use a free cloud storage product, compared to 71% who said their organisations pay for cloud storage.

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By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Storage.

451 Research argues the ‘longer tail’ market opportunity for managed services

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According to the latest figures from 451 Research, more than a third of enterprise IT budget is expected to be spent on hosting and cloud services in 2017.

Currently, enterprises spend more than a quarter (28%) of their budget on cloud, but 451 argues this number will go up to 34% next year. Despite hosting and cloud providers positioning themselves as infrastructure players, only 31% of that budget goes towards infrastructure services, with applications (42%), managed services (14%)...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Cisco argues global cloud traffic to hit 14 ZB by 2020 in latest study

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It’s that time of year again: Cisco has released its latest cloud index survey, and the numbers keep getting bigger. This time, global cloud traffic is predicted to rise from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015, to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020, assisted by greater data centre virtualisation and increased migration to cloud architectures.

The figures from this time...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

“Rigid, confused and complex” infrastructure leads to employee collaboration issues

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Even though the majority of respondents in a survey released by Oracle say collaboration between business and IT is key for an enterprise cloud model to succeed, a plethora of barriers remain.

The research, which polled 1,200 technology decision makers in midsize and large companies across three continents, found more than a quarter (27%) of respondents said managing shadow IT is a ‘significant’ barrier to adopting an integrated approach to the cloud, while almost half (43%)...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why the private cloud is still needed to better utilise the public cloud

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According to the latest research from Pluribus Networks, building private clouds is of “critical importance” to effectively utilising public cloud services.

The research, which polled 134 IT professionals and business decision makers who attended this year’s VMworld, found that there was nothing to split public and private clouds among respondents as technologies which will impact their company the most in the future.

43% said public and private cloud respectively...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Research.

No change here: AWS continues to dominate public IaaS and PaaS markets

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Another quarter, another period of dominance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in public cloud IaaS – according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The figures tell a similar story from previous quarters; the market leaders are growing faster than the rest of the market, but while Microsoft and Google are growing faster than AWS, the Seattle-based giant still holds 45% of the worldwide public IaaS space, dwarfing Microsoft, Google, and IBM’s shares put together.

When it...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

How to bridge the data analytics gap between vendors and customers

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A new whitepaper from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) argues there is a gap between data analytics services offered by vendors and the requirements of Asia Pacific organisations looking to engage them.

The findings, which appear in the paper ‘Data Analytics to Bridge Knowledge Gaps’, finds that 62% of companies surveyed use data analytics to some extent, yet less than half use analytics for making financial decisions and only 5% use it for human resources...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Why there is a disconnect between IT on SaaS app deployments

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There has been plenty written around the disconnect between line of business and IT around cloud deployments – but what about just IT? According to the latest research from BetterCloud, there is a similar issue afoot between IT executives – CIOs and VPs – and the run of the mill employees.

“On just about every topic, entry-level admins, managers, and senior IT professionals see things through a different (perhaps more accurate) lens than IT executives (VPs and...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, SaaS , Software.

IDC outlook sees global cloud IT infrastructure revenue at $7.7bn for Q216

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According to the latest research from analyst house IDC, worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenue hit $7.7 billion (£6.05bn) in the second quarter of 2016, at a growth rate of 14.5%.

The data, which comes from the company’s latest worldwide quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, found Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) remains top of the tree for global infrastructure vendor revenue, with the same market share – 16.4% - as this time last year, although not growing as...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Big data technology market speeding up – with NoSQL and Hadoop at forefront

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The big data technology landscape is varied and vast – and a new report from Forrester examines the key strands, with non-relational databases taking the bulk of the honours.

The report, claimed to be a first of its kind from the analyst firm titled Big Data Management Solutions Forecast 2016 to 2021, argues NoSQL and Hadoop will see the biggest growth during the five year period, with the markets growing 25.0% and 32.9% per year respectively. The analysts also claim that the big...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults

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More and more enterprises are moving towards multi-cloud environments, but data encryption and security remain a stumbling block, according to the latest research from workload security provider HyTrust.

The study, which polled more than 400 respondents at the recent VMworld event in Las Vegas, found that 60% of organisations polled plan to move to a multi-cloud model, while more (64%) said their pursuit of a hybrid cloud strategy will be multi-cloud and multi-vendor. Yet almost half...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

HPE still leads the way in cloud infrastructure ahead of Cisco and Dell

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The company may only be a week old – but Dell Technologies is already challenging the traditional leaders in the cloud infrastructure space, according to new data released from Synergy Research.

Naturally, this statement isn’t quite telling the whole truth. Even though Dell Technologies came into being on September 7, the company’s history, having come about

By James Bourne, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Lack of vendor support hinders channel cloud push, research finds

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Even though almost all of the channel recognises the potential benefits of cloud computing, only two thirds of companies polled by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Intermedia say they are offering cloud services today.

The research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne and polled 150 senior decision makers from managed service providers, value added resellers and systems integrators, found there were ‘significant’ barriers when it came to channel organisations selling...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

The latest analytics, big data and BI forecast and market estimates, Q316

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  • Big Data & business analytics software worldwide revenues will grow from nearly $122B in 2015 to more than $187B in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period.
  • The market for prescriptive analytics software is estimated to grow from approximately $415M in 2014 to $1.1B in 2019, attaining a 22% CAGR.
  • By 2020, predictive and prescriptive analytics will attract 40% of enterprises’ net new investment in business intelligence and analytics.

Making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on...

By Louis Columbus, 12 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

Are virtualisation workloads causing memory issues at your organisation?

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A new survey from memory and storage providers Crucial argues almost half (47%) of IT professionals are planning to upgrade their server memory in the next 12 months as virtualisation workloads bite.

Given who is providing the survey data, the results aren’t exactly a surprise. But some of the statistics are illuminating.

Taking its findings from 350 IT decision makers in the US and central Europe, on average IT professionals are running 29 virtual machines per physical server. Yet...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Research, Software, Virtualisation.