US Army signs $62 million deal to move to IBM’s cloud

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IBM has secured a major cloud customer win in the form of the US Army with a potential $62 million (£50.3m) contract over five years, the company has announced.

The deal, which is designed for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is for the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program and comes under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, which is an ‘indefinite delivery’ deal which started on December 31 last year and expires exactly five years...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

Oracle announces new UK, US and Turkey cloud regions, adds product enhancements

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Software giant Oracle has made a series of announcements at its Oracle CloudWorld event in New York, with the standout being the launch of three new cloud regions including the UK.

The new regions, in Virginia, London, and Turkey to be more precise, are expected to go live by the middle of 2017, while the company adds it expects further regions, in APAC, the Middle East, and North America, to be launched a year later.

Oracle adds that the new regions will comprise at least three high...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IDC: Cloud IT infrastructure spend to hit $44.2bn in 2017

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Total spend on IT infrastructure products deployed in cloud environments will hit $44.2 billion (£36.6bn) in 2017, according to the latest analysis from IDC.

The findings appear in the firm’s latest quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, and argue that the primary spend (61%) will come through public cloud data centres, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute almost 15% of spending.

Overall spend on IT infrastructure – including server,...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud market valued at $148bn for past year, growing 25% annually

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Operator and vendor revenues across the main cloud services and infrastructure market segments hit $148 billion (£120.5bn) in 2016 growing at 25% annually, according to the latest note from analyst firm Synergy Research.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) experienced the highest growth rates at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services, at 35%, and enterprise SaaS, at 34%. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft lead the...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Alibaba cloud goes global, launching four new data centres by end of 2016

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Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba has beefed up its cloud operations with the announcement of four new data centres opening by the end of 2016 in Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.

The German data centre, located in Frankfurt, will be run in partnership with Vodafone, while Sydney will host the Australian data centre with a dedicated team. Japan’s data centre opening will continue Alibaba’s partnership with SoftBank announced earlier this year, while the launch...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

“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.

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.

Google announces eight new cloud regions and greater customer integration

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As night follows day, so one player in the cloud infrastructure space announces something, another has to respond.

Or at least that’s what it feels like. Google has announced eight new locations for its Cloud Platform service, with three in Europe – including the UK – and three in Asia Pacific, shortly after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new plans for a data centre zone in...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why it’s okay for MSPs to help customers stop wasting money on cloud resources

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Gartner recently reported that by 2020, the “cloud shift” will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending. The shift comes from the confluence of IT spending on enterprise software, data center systems, and IT services all moving to the cloud.

With this enormous shift and change of practices comes a financial risk that is very real: organisations are spending money on services they are not actually using. In other words, wasting money.

The size of...

By Jay Chapel, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

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.

The number one reason IT struggles with cloud migration

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IaaS adoption usually begins in isolated pockets — one project here, one there. Then a few months (or years) later, IT decides to expand AWS usage and realises that they don't know the status of current AWS projects; they don't know if they 'did it right' when they built the first couple of projects; and they don't know what it looks like to 'do it right' in AWS in general.

This last point is the crux of the issue, and the #1 reason we see AWS migration projects stall is not...

By Logicworks, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

“Amazon’s lead is over”: Oracle launches next generation IaaS data centres

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Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and chief technology officer, has claimed that “Amazon’s lead is over” in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space after Oracle announced the launch of next generation data centres at its OpenWorld event in San Francisco.

The event came days after the software giant released its first quarter 2017 financial...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS vs. Azure: IT pros weigh the pros and cons

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When it comes to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), some organisations struggle between the choice of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. They’re both solid IaaS platforms that give organisations access to vast computing resources around the world, but deciding which one is best for you depends on many factors.

At a quick glance, both offerings might look similar on paper, but there are key differences between them that you might not discover until you try them out or talk...

By Peter Tsai, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

451 Research: 60% of workloads running in cloud by 2018 – and the rise of cloud-first

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According to the latest forecast from 451 Research, three in five enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by mid-2018, up from two in five (41%) today.

The analyst firm argues there will be strong growth in particular enterprise workload categories, including data and analytics and business applications. In the same timeframe, almost a quarter (23%) of enterprise workloads will be software as a service (SaaS), compared to 12% for IaaS. 451 argues that IaaS will be the highest...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Workday signs up to IBM cloud in ‘multi-year strategic partnership’

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IBM has announced that financial and HR cloud app provider Workday has signed up for its cloud services in what has been described as a “multi-year strategic partnership.”

The deal, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, means IBM’s cloud will become the primary platform for Workday’s development and testing projects – with the latter...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft top IHS Markit cloud IT infrastructure analysis

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Here’s a slightly different take on a widely analysed space: IHS Markit has put Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft as leaders in the cloud IT infrastructure services sector – but put Amazon at the left of the others.

The analyst house released its cloud services scorecard which provides an interesting examination of the landscape – certainly different in its approach to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for instance. The graph is divided into three segments;...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Google launches customer-supplied encryption keys for greater cloud security

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Google has launched customer-supplied encryption keys (CESK) for its Compute Engine infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which enables organisations to better protect their cloudy data.

The search giant automatically encrypts customer content stored at rest, including all Compute Engine disks, but in a blog post written by Maya Kaczorowski and Eric Bahna, product managers at Google Cloud Platform, the new release is aimed to be “secure, fast and easy” for users.

“With CESK, disks at...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

Gartner’s cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant: AWS, Microsoft and Google a clear 1-2-3

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For all those who may deride Gartner’s Magic Quadrants across its various subject areas, it does provide a clear cut snapshot of when a market has sufficiently matured. Nowhere is this better exemplified in the latest quadrant for cloud infrastructure services, released earlier this week – which shows Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft on their own in the leaders’ zone.

It’s always a fun exercise comparing between technologies and between years to see what has changed in the eyes...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google own more than half of global cloud infrastructure market

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google continue to grow more quickly than their smaller competitors and own between them more than half of the global cloud infrastructure service market.

That’s according to the latest figures put out by Synergy Research, who issued a note after Amazon and Alphabet – the parent company of Google – put out

By James Bourne, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.