Azure more likely cloud provider for enterprise with Google for SMB, says Clutch

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Enterprises prefer Microsoft Azure as their primary cloud provider while smaller businesses are more likely to be Google houses, according to the latest research from B2B analysis firm Clutch.

The findings, which polled almost 250 users of AWS, Google and Microsoft, appear in the firm’s latest report, found almost 40% of Azure users polled identify as enterprises, compared to only 25% for SMBs...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research, Vendors.

Matson, AWS, and overcoming the cloud lock-in challenge for big data

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Shipping giant Matson made news back in November with its major migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Matson’s recent announcement to go ‘all in’ with AWS is another example of large enterprises realising the intrinsic value of the public cloud.

But merely getting set up on one of the large cloud providers is now table stakes – everyone has a pilot. True cloud success is another matter.

It took years to complete...

By Prat Moghe, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How to keep downtime to a minimum with the right cloud computing support

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The cloud has transformed the way we do business today, improving infrastructure scalability and cost models for everything from software to data storage to disaster recovery. As with any IT solution, however, cloud computing isn’t without its risks.

In 2012, the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR) claimed that cloud downtime had cost £45 million over five...

By Matt Kingswood, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

SimpliVity and Huawei team up in hyperconverged play

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Hyperconverged: it’s a word which elicits knowing nods from those in the industry, and looks of panic from those few who haven’t heard of it. Yet hyperconverged infrastructure, bundling in compute, storage, networking and virtualisation in a software-centric architecture, is here to stay, and Massachusetts-based SimpliVity has today announced a deal to put its OmniStack technology on Huawei FusionServer in a new collaboration.

The offering is available on SimpliVity's...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

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.

How cloud IAM is driven by the need for secure and robust enterprise governance

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The emergence of the Internet has given birth to a number of cloud-based technologies and services to cater to a wide audience. There has been a significant rise in the number of users and enterprises who are adapting to the radical changes cloud technologies have brought about in enterprise handling and management.

The colossal volumes of data and information held by any business organisation run the sheer risk of intrusion from malicious insiders, network threats, hacking attacks,...

By Nitin Chitmalwar, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Vendors.

CenturyLink buys Level 3 Communications – and then sells its data centres

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Updated Nov 8 Louisiana-based CenturyLink has been particularly busy over the past week. The telco has announced, within days of each other, the acquisition of Level 3 Communications, while also agreeing to sell 57 of its data centres to a consortium led by BC Partners and Medina Capital.

The two moves are linked; CenturyLink says the funding from getting rid of its data centres – priced at $2.15 billion – will be used as part of the Level 3 deal, rated at an eye-watering $34...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Vendors.

The four essentials MSPs forget when disaster recovery testing

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By Mary McCoy

By now, most MSPs recognise that offering backup is table stakes.

Your clients can receive this service from any number of your competitors. In order to stand out and increase monthly recurring revenue (MRR), focus on the disaster recovery (DR) aspect of backup and disaster recovery (BDR). Offer your clients DR testing.

To fully capitalise on the advantages of DR testing, keep...

By Continuum Managed Services, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

Advanced cloud security: Standards and automation in a multi-vendor world

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Enterprise IT has long struggled to develop common standards for the security of cloud deployments. With multiple cloud vendors, fast-moving product teams, and a changing security landscape, it is perhaps no wonder that enterprises are left asking:

  • What is the right cloud security standard?
  • What level of security is “good enough”?
  • And most importantly — how do we apply these standards in a consistent way to existing and new cloud environments?

In July 2016, the Ponemon Institute published 

By Logicworks, 27 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

Oracle and Verizon announce latest cloud partnership with SDN at forefront

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Oracle and Verizon have announced a new partnership which aims to ‘make the move to cloud easier for global organisations.’

The deal combines Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services, which utilises Verizon’s network to transfer data and apps securely to cloud service providers, to create the snappily-titled Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect. The combination of software defined networking (SDN) from the Verizon side and in-region...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

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The benefits of big data are real. And with so many businesses looking to migrate their data to the cloud, they want to make sure everything arrives safely and intact. After all, much of this data contains sensitive and proprietary information, and the prospect of moving it from the safety of the corporate firewall to a cloud environment is cause for concern.

Still, as data volumes continue their exponential growth, moving vast sets of structured and unstructured data from the restrictive...

By Rick Delgado, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Vendors.

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.

Five ways to humanise your MSP marketing

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MSPs planning a marketing strategy today will find an overwhelming array of technologies and tactics at their disposal. But those that adopt technology- and data-driven marketing while maintaining a consistent human touch will stand the best chance of success.

Here are five practices we often recommend for MSPs looking to humanise their brand and make stronger connections with prospects:

Lead with your people

By Continuum Managed Services, 04 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Platform, Vendors.

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.

Why vendor lock-in remains a big roadblock to cloud success

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Despite the clear advantages of cloud, enterprises can be skittish about getting “trapped” in a public cloud vendor. But unfortunately, this may prevent them from achieving success in the cloud, a new survey finds.

According to a Logicworks survey by Wakefield Research, 78% of IT decision makers believe that concerns about vendor lock-in prevent their organisation from maximising the benefits of cloud resources. This...

By Logicworks, 01 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Privacy, Security, Vendors.

Multi-cloud gains more and more traction – but cost still the key factor

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New research released by Turbonomic and Verizon has revealed several key reasons for businesses wanting to adopt a multi-cloud strategy, from business continuity to resilience – yet cost is still a burning issue.

The study, which polled 1,821 IT decision makers, saw the need for business continuity as the most important business driver for adoption of multi-cloud, cited by 77% of respondents, ahead of increased resilience (74%), and reduction of operational expenditure (70%) and...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

A CIO writes (sort of): I’m terrified of cloud lock-in - what should I do?

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“Dear Deidre,

I’m stuck in a loveless marriage.

I’m in a three-year relationship which I don’t think I can get out of. It started off great, but now I’m getting bled dry and I don’t have the freedom I thought I would have. What should I do?

Regards,

C.I O'Really.”

Some of you will be suffering from the same concerns as poor Mr. O’Really. Over the last two years it seems like every organisation has been enthusiastically walking down...

By Mat Keep, 17 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Can data transparency be the future of outsourcing?

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The benefits of storing data in the cloud are clear. However, as businesses are beginning to closely examine what having data in the cloud entails, they’re discovering that their relationships with cloud vendors are sometimes, well, cloudy.

In a 2015 Forrester Consulting survey, more than 60% of businesses said issues with transparency were stalling further expansion into the cloud. These organisations...

By Matt Kingswood, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

Why cloud security best practices mean engagement from vendors and employees

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Ransomware may be the hot topic in the news at the moment, but human error is a greater threat. Human error, in fact, is often the reason ransomware is able to infiltrate a network (by staff members clicking phishing links, for example). It’s also one of the greatest causes of data loss in the cloud. The first part of this series discussed how cloud vendors, shadow...

By Matt Kingswood, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

The next phase of SDN: Software defined campus networks

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Enterprise and university campus networks have enjoyed decades of architectural permanence. For years, these networks have been built with cookie cutter designs, with the only critical decision points being the number of ports and users. But new challenges presented today – more devices (both in number and type), mobility, security, and diverse application traffic – the management of these networks is finally coming to the forefront. Software-defined networking (SDN) is...

By Ayu Shah, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.