UK government report advocates fairer terms for cloud storage users

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Around 30% of UK adults use cloud storage in a personal capacity, according to a report released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – but the governing body notes concerns over some vendor practices which conflict with consumer law.

The report, which can be found in full here at a whopping 218 pages, shares concerns, such as companies being able to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Research, SLA, Software, Storage.

451 Research argues ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud is a red herring

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The cloud services sector is still a long way off from being a commodity market, according to the latest note from analyst house 451 Research.

The results, which have been published in the firm’s latest Cloud Price Index (CPI), show the ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud pricing, as exemplified by continued price cuts from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and others, is something of a misnomer and that the supply of higher value services will be key to long...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Analysis: What does the role of the CIO look like in 2016?

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It is a question which carries more resonance as technology matures: what is the major role of the CIO today?

The usual responses range from improving business efficiency, to spearheading the organisation’s technological revolution. At the MIT Sloan CIO Conference earlier this month, the answer was simple. “The perfect CIO is enabling the perfectly friction-less business,” argued Steve...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

Latest research shows three clear tiers in cloud infrastructure services

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The dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cloud infrastructure has long been apparent – but a new note from analyst house Synergy Research argues the space is in three distinct tiers, with AWS all on its own at the top table.

Amazon currently holds 31% of the global market share, with Microsoft, IBM and Google between them holding 22%. The next 20 vendors, including CenturyLink, Oracle, Rackspace, Salesforce and VMware, have 27% share between them. As previous research...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why the move to public cloud in large enterprises continues apace

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More than half of large companies plan to migrate to public cloud systems in the coming two years, according to a new report from migration and disaster recovery provider CloudEndure.

The survey, which polled more than 250 global IT professionals in the first quarter of 2016, found that across organisations of all sizes, public clouds and private clouds are set to grow 22% and 15% in year over year for the coming two years. Virtual and physical machines, by contrast, are expected to...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Public, Research.

How IT is struggling to cope with the weight of SaaS applications

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Corporate IT departments are drowning in the deluge of SaaS app requests, according to a report from BetterCloud.

The data, the first in a two part set, reveals how IT departments are “overworked and overwhelmed”, and a simple lack of time is prohibiting further cloud software being integrated into companies. Almost three quarters (73%) of IT pros surveyed feel guilt over this, saying they believe their end users lack SaaS apps that would increase productivity. In contrast,...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, SaaS , Software.

Why CIOs are worrying about the future of their IT infrastructure – and their own role

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CIOs continue to mop their brow over whether their IT infrastructure is good enough to meet their organisation’s long term requirements whilst worrying about where they fit in, according to a new piece of research released by EMC.

The survey, of more than 2700 business and IT professionals in EMEA, examined the CIO’s perspective of what is to be expected in five years’ time, and found that three quarters believe they need to launch new products and services in...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

IDC: Global cloud infrastructure market hit £20bn in 2015 – with HPE at the top

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The global cloud infrastructure market has grown 22% year on year to hit a $29 billion (£20.4bn) value in 2015 with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the top of the tree, according to the latest research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst house’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, sees HPE atop the list of infrastructure vendors, with fourth quarter revenues of $1.3bn (£915m) representing a 15.8% overall market...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

More enterprises using Microsoft and Google apps in tandem, research reveals

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Office 365 continues to be the most popular cloud app used by enterprises ahead of Salesforce and Box, while Slack has jumped in workplace popularity, according to the latest figures from identity management provider Okta.

Increasingly, enterprises are using both Office 365 and Google Apps, the fourth most popular service overall. Traditionally, Okta argues, industries such as finance, biotech and construction are more likely to be Microsoft houses compared to more digital businesses which prefer...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Research, Software.

Yin and WAN? Analysing the relationship between network and cloud provider

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More than half (56%) of businesses have expressed concern over security gaps at the point between their wide area network (WAN) and public cloud provider, according to a recent research study.

The report, conducted by IDG and commissioned by XO Communications, argues this potential pain point could compromise data used in the cloud. Less than two in five (38%) of the 55 survey respondents say they have good visibility into their WAN cloud connection points, while the biggest security...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research.

OpenStack cloud adoption continues to rise but challenges remain

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The adoption of OpenStack is going up and increasingly seen as a cost effective alternative to public clouds, according to a new survey released by cloud software provider Talligent.

The survey results of almost 650 virtualisation and cloud IT professionals, published in the inaugural State of OpenStack report, finds OpenStack deployments are likely to accelerate beyond the development environment once in place. Lab environments are expected to go from 43% to 89% among respondents in...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Research.

The cloud is becoming more secure – but it’s still costly to keep it that way

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Fears over cloud security will continue to linger, but the situation is improving: almost two thirds (64%) of enterprises polled by analyst house Clutch argue cloud infrastructure is more secure than legacy systems.

36% of the 300 respondents polled said cloud was much more secure than legacy infrastructure, compared to 28% who argued it was “somewhat” more secure. Only 11% of respondents argued cloud was in any way less secure, with 1% saying it was ‘much...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Revealed: The best cloud computing companies and CEOs to work for in 2016

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Employees would most recommend Zerto, FusionOps, Google, OutSystems, AppDirect, Sumo Logic, Cloudera, HyTrust, Tableau Software and Domo to their friends looking for a cloud computing company to work for in 2016. These and other insights are from an analysis completed today to determine the best cloud computing firms and CEOs to work for this...

By Louis Columbus, 03 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

New research reveals potential cloud pricing headaches for European customers

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CIOs pay a ‘protection premium’ of up to 19% to host their data on a European cloud platform compared to the US, according to the latest Cloud Price Index report from 451 Research.

The report, which for the first time focuses predominantly on the European market, argues US providers are still ahead of their competitors across the Atlantic. The researchers targeted a variety of vendors with a large application specification, but only five providers could deliver it in...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Platform, Research, Software.

Big data and IoT expected to raise more than £300bn to UK economy by 2020

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Big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to add £322 billion to the UK economy by 2020, according to research released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and analytics provider SAS.

The research, which builds upon a previous report from Cebr on big data analytics adoption, argues big data and analytics will contribute £40bn per year between 2015 and 2020. Back in 2012, Cebr argued the value of ‘data equity’ was...

By James Bourne, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Research.

Wikibon research argues ‘true’ private cloud market is smaller than AWS share

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Organisations are starting to conflate the private and public clouds – yet new research from Wikibon finds the market size of ‘true’ private cloud implementations is lower than the revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading public infrastructure as a service player.

Wikibon’s research aims to clarify private cloud and differentiate between solutions marketed by vendors and implementations by businesses. The research body assesses the true private cloud at $7...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Research shows cloud spend going up in 2016 for two thirds of enterprises

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A report from analyst house Clutch has found two thirds of medium and large enterprises plan to increase their spend on cloud computing in 2016.

Of the 300 IT professionals surveyed, almost half (42%) said they would expect their cloud spend to go up by 11-30% with 14% opting for an increase between 31% and 50% and 7% anticipating even greater outlay. Comparatively, around a quarter (27%) said their cloud spending will remain mostly flat and only 6% said it would decrease in...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

The state of the cloud in 2016: DevOps, Docker momentum grows as hybrid hits its stride

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Hybrid cloud adoption has grown significantly while DevOps and Docker uptake continues to explode, according to the latest RightScale State of the Cloud research report.

The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 technical professionals, found that the more things change, the more they stay the same with regards to the overall trends pervading the cloud industry. Hybrid cloud adoption has gone up from 58% in 2015 to 71% among respondents, with private cloud going up from 63% to 77%....

By James Bourne, 10 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Infrastructure, Research.

Latest cloud infrastructure research shows yet more AWS dominance

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This is not the most surprising news you will hear today: a note published by Synergy Research argues Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) domination of the cloud infrastructure market continues. The Seattle giant held 31% of the worldwide market in 2015, the researchers argue, with Microsoft (9%), IBM (7%) and Google (4%) trailing.

Despite the yawning gap between the market leader and the rest, all four companies continue to grow ahead of the overall rate, as Synergy chief analyst John...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Global public cloud services market to top $200bn this year, Gartner asserts

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Analyst house Gartner has looked into its crystal ball again, and predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will reach $204 billion (£142.8bn) in value by the end of this year.

The majority of the revenue will come through cloud advertising at $90.3bn in 2016 growing at 13.6%. Business process as a service (BPaaS), which Gartner defines broadly as “the delivery of business process outsourcing services that are sourced from the cloud and constructed for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.