HPE, Cisco maintain lead in cloud infrastructure equipment market

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The competition in cloud seems tough as organisations are girding well to grab the lion’s share in the market. The new Q3 data from Synergy Research Group shows Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) maintained a narrow lead over rival Cisco in the strategically important cloud infrastructure equipment market.

The data showed Dell EMC challenging the top two after the completion...

By Cloud Tech, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture.

Agentless vs. agent-based cloud architectures: Why does it matter?

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In the world of security, monitoring and analytics solutions for IaaS cloud, there’s a lot of discussion and debate about agent-based vs. agentless service architectures. Your choice of agentless vs. agent-based cloud security can have a big impact on the efficiency of your day-to-day operations for security and compliance as well as your ability to protect your cloud environment in the future. It’s important to understand what the difference is, and be fully aware...

By Zohar Alon, 31 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Platform, Security.

Innovation and automation: Examining development in a multi-tenant world

Right now, students all over the country are leaving home, starting university, and moving into their halls of residence. From my experience, that’s usually a single building, teeming with rooms, where they can get to know one another, collaborate on ideas, and share student facilities, like cooking. It’s a cheaper way of living too.

A true multi-tenant architecture, in other words.

This got me thinking about software development within that same multi-tenanted architecture.

First things first:...

By Dr. Chris Boorman, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Software.

Opinion: Why there is no such thing as managed IaaS

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By Jason Deck, SVP of Strategy, Logicworks

The age of managed infrastructure is coming to an end. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have spent the last decade developing platforms that eliminate the manual, time-consuming maintenance of hardware, network, and storage, and enabling infrastructure to be controlled via software, i.e. infrastructure...

By Logicworks, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Chef launches ‘flagship’ product Automate, aims for greater enterprise DevOps rollouts

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IT automation software provider Chef has announced the launch of Chef Automate, claimed to be a flagship software product which ties together all of the company’s product portfolio.

Chef Automate aims to give users comprehensive visibility across all applications and their supporting environments, providing a single dashboard with access to analytics, trending data and health status of Chef-managed resources.

Other key features include a unified workflow, essentially a shared...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

The key cloud skills you need in 2016: AWS, Azure, Docker and more

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Jobs relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) have gone up 53% over the past year while job postings requiring Microsoft Azure experience have increased by 75%, according to new data from managed cloud provider Rackspace.

The research figures are not quite as marked as last year’s analysis, when job postings including Docker went up 991% year on year, but it’s still more of the same; Docker postings went up 341% over the past 12 months. DevOps skill sets went up a modest 53% in...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

Public cloud usage skyrockets but financing could be better, argues research

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While this publication has been examining the futures of the private and hybrid clouds – and naturally found both to be in demand – a new piece of research from Cloud Cruiser has found that the same is true for the public cloud, fuelled primarily by big data and analytics.

The study, which polled almost 200 respondents at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Summit last month in Chicago, found that 92% of respondents were currently using a public cloud, while even more (95%)...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Are the costs of cloud implementations overruling the benefits?

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Cloud computing has unquestionably had a dynamic effect on business growth and productivity, enabling mobile collaboration and scalable packages that allow for rapid expansion. One of the principal benefits given in favour of this model of computing is its ability to drive down costs, particularly when it comes to removing or reducing the need for upfront investment, and providing a stable, predictable IT subscription.

One might assume, then, that the

By Chris Ducker, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure.

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.

The key steps when migrating from a physical environment to the cloud

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As companies continue to step up the pace of migration to the cloud, many find themselves in the situation of having to bridge the gap between their physical and cloud infrastructures, which brings new challenges. IT has applications it regards as critical but lines of business have different application requirements that they regard as critical. As a result, IT often ends up becoming overloaded with requests, and as they attempt to satisfy demand with more resources, this can lead to...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

CORD: The telco central office rearchitected as a data centre

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The landscape

Network operators are in the throes of unprecedented challenges. The proliferation of video traffic, mobile devices, and OTT services has pushed operator networks into uncharted territory. According to Krish Prabhu, CTO of AT&T Labs, for example, data traffic has increased 100,000% in the last eight years, and looking forward, plans are now underway to roll out ultra-fast fiber and access to 100 cities across the US.

Network...

By Larry Peterson, 02 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why UK CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud providers

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, Managing Director at Logicworks UK

After speaking with hundreds of UK technology leaders about cloud adoption, it is clear that cloud technology is transforming business models and improving cost-efficiency in the enterprise.

Despite the positive results, IT leaders have also shared serious concerns. They usually sound something like this:

“The cloud is great. The support is mediocre at best.” “I am not sure my cloud provider understands my business.” “I spend thousands of...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Research details challenges of tracking cloud consumption

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Two thirds of respondents in a survey from Dimensional Research and Cloud Cruiser say they find it challenging to track cloud consumption for cost allocations.

The research, which quizzed IT professionals who attended the AWS Global Summit events in San Francisco and New York in April and July this year, found almost four in five (79%) are pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy. Almost a third (30%) of respondents saying they will grow cloud services by more than half in the coming year,...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Economy.

Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud

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Advances in software architecture over the last eight to 10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Despite this progress, today’s software applications, web-based or not, continue to still either provide a slower response or become completely non-responsive too often.

Utilising software like Chaos Monkey, which challenges a software application’s distributed systems by taking random instances offline, allows...

By ZapThink, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, Software.

How a hybrid cloud architecture stops the data loss and shadow IT threat

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Cloud computing continues to evolve at a fast pace, while having a large impact on modern businesses.  Many organisations are considering or trialling cloud adoption, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, once again, showing its continuing momentum.

Cloud provides organisations with many benefits, such as the potential to reduce costs while increasing value by allowing the more...

By Ian Finlay, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Security and advanced automation in the enterprise: Getting it right

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By Phil Christensen, Senior Engineer, DevOps

Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise.

While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security policies piled on top of custom code that only a few engineers know how to work with.

The security of your system should not...

By Logicworks, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Security.

Docker raises $95m in series D funding: Analyst describes “huge gamble” ahead

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Open container platform Docker has announced $95m (£64.3m) in series D funding, in a move to “address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardised on Docker’s technology.”

The funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with eight other firms putting their change in the bowl, including new investors Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Docker’s last funding round, in September 2014, was $40m...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Hybrid cloud adoption set to triple in three years according to new research figures

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Hybrid cloud adoption is set to triple in the next three years with economics as the primary driver, according to new research from Peer 1 Hosting.

The study, which polled over 900 IT decision makers in the UK and North America, found cutting IT costs (49%) was the biggest IT priority within their organisations. Improving processes and operational efficiencies (45%) was also a popular response.

Currently, more than half (52%) of those polled said their primary IT approach was to use...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Organisations are aggressively adopting cloud – but can’t find the right security roadmap

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90% of users polled in the LinkedIn Information Security group claim they are either very or moderately concerned about public cloud security.

The survey, sponsored by CloudPassage, aimed to give a comprehensive examination of current security mindsets from a more than 250,000 respondent base with a broad section of company sizes, experience and cloud mindset.

Here are the key stats:

  • 71% of respondents are either in planning stages, actively implementing or in production with cloud environments. Hybrid cloud deployments are most common with 7 out...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Security, Virtualisation.