Security through visibility: Seeing into virtual and cloud networks

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Imagine an IT security team as a navy crew at sea. A torpedo blasts the ship’s side below the water line. As the water floods in, they can’t even see the hole, let alone fix it. Instead, everyone turns to the pumps to keep the ship afloat.

This is the state of many security programs today. Despite a plethora of point solutions, security teams lack visibility into what they’re trying to protect, their most pressing risks and the security tools at their disposal. Thus...

By Ravid Circus, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

Enterprise cloud strategies and taming the digital dragon

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In their 2014 CIO Agenda report Gartner describes how ‘Taming the Digital Dragon’ (12 page PDF) is key to digital transformation strategies, with the hybrid cloud platform model as the enabling technology blueprint and business model.

As their ‘We are here’ arrow describes, Gartner proposes we are at the transition point from a second to a third generation of IT, the shift from IT...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why are CIOs demanding hybrid cloud?

Cloud is big business. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is approaching $10 billion annual revenue. Microsoft Azure is approaching $3bn annual revenue. Then there’s Oracle Cloud, positioning themselves as the enterprise cloud for customers.

When a virtualisation giant like VMware and a cloud giant like AWS partner at an engineering level to deliver VMware on AWS bare metal so that customers can have a seamless hybrid cloud experience, you know the hybrid cloud model is for real.

If you are a VP/director of...

By Chandra Reddy, 28 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

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.

Verizon argues importance of hybrid IT as CIOs agree cloud improves competitiveness

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More than half of CIOs polled by Verizon and Harvard Business Review say their use of cloud computing has improved their organisation’s competitiveness; but hybrid IT is the primary method of coping with digital transformation struggles.

The study, which polled more than 300 business and IT executives worldwide, found that 63% of organisations are pursuing a hybrid IT approach, yet a third (32%) are struggling to integrate cloud with other systems.

The top barriers preventing...

By James Bourne, 10 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How to thrive in a hybrid cloud world: Data governance and management best practice

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The vast majority of companies who are moving to cloud applications also have a significant current investment in on-premise operational applications and on-premise capabilities around data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. This means that most of them will be working with a hybrid cloud/on-premise data management environment for the foreseeable future.

Moving at ‘cloud speed’, and setting up a new application in a matter of hours, is a big advantage in...

By Greg Hanson, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cutting through the noise and sorting out the hybrid and multi-cloud imbroglio

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The hybrid cloud: it’s a buzzword which refuses to go away.

This month is a case in point. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, arguably the two biggest and most influential cloud computing organisations, both made announcements on the theme.

The general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was seen as “another big step in hybrid cloud”, Microsoft argued, with a “cloud-ready OS” which “inherently enables hybrid cloud.” AWS, on...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

AWS and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership

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It had been rumoured, but now it’s confirmed: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware have announced a strategic alliance which will culminate in a new hybrid cloud service snappily titled ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’.

The two companies say the announcement will give customers a full software-defined data centre (SDCC) experience, combining leadership in private and public cloud. The service will run on AWS bare metal infrastructure, while the SDDC side will come predominantly...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, VMware.

IBM launches object storage for hybrid clouds, updates on VMware partnership

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IBM has made a couple of major cloudy launches, announcing what is claimed as the industry’s first object storage service for hybrid clouds, as well as elaborating on the partnership with VMware announced earlier this year.

IBM Cloud Object Storage is based primarily around the technology of Cleversafe, which was acquired by the Armonk giant in November last year, but also around SecureSlice, which...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Storage, VMware.

Getting funding models fit for cloud: How to stop holding businesses back

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When well implemented, cloud caters to the business need to be more agile, flexible and responsive. But many companies using cloud struggle to reap its full benefits. This often has less to do with cloud itself and more to do with how it’s managed across different functions. Most specifically, businesses are held back by outdated and decentralised funding and investment models, and by lines of business taking responsibility for IT deployment. 

Line of business managers...

By John Abel, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, 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.

Understanding the three key ways cloud can drive competitive advantage

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The fact of the matter is thus: if you want to stay ahead of the pack, you’ll need to get your head into and around the cloud. However, the reasons and rationale behind cloud migration are very different to that which greeted CTOs in the mid-2000s, and it is this shift that businesses and their staff need to be aware of today.

According to IDC: "more than 70% of western Europe enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, vastly driving the rate and...

By Sebastian Krause, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Gartner predicts global public cloud services market to break $200bn this year

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The global public cloud services market is set to break the $200 billion mark, going to $208.6bn (£157.8bn) at a 17.2% increase by the end of this year, according to the latest prognostication from analyst house Gartner.

Gartner’s verdict comes primarily through the rapid growth of cloud system infrastructure services, which the analysts expect to grow 42.8% this year, with cloud application services – SaaS – growing at a 21.7% clip, to reach $38.9bn.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

The importance of coexistence: Adopting an optimal IT infrastructure model

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Some mainstream IT buyers might think that most cloud infrastructure vendors and service providers are essentially alike. But there are key differences. Besides, given the body of market research to the contrary, there’s clearly no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" cloud solution.

Furthermore, if you believe that a hybrid cloud should support an IT agenda to...

By David H Deans, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

IBM study assesses improving hybrid cloud usage – with innovation the key

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A study from IBM has revealed a major increase in organisations having fully integrated cloud initiatives – but the cloud is not used for everything.

78% of the survey respondents, in the study of 1,000 C-suite executives entitled ‘Tailoring hybrid cloud: Designing the right mix for innovation, efficiency and growth’, say their cloud initiatives are fully integrated or coordinated, up from 34% in 2012. Among high performing organisations, this number rises further to...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

VMware’s announcements analysed: Pushing hybrid cloud and IBM partnership

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With the latest VMworld event kicking off in Las Vegas, end user computing giant VMware came prepared with a litany of news releases. Yet the news was more of an update than anything completely new; an extension of the company’s hybrid cloud strategy, as well as the continuation of a partnership with IBM.

Back in February last year, this reporter penned a piece arguing...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation, VMware.

EMC beefs up product portfolio with enterprise and native hybrid clouds

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EMC has announced the general availability of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 product, a new hybrid cloud offering aiming to help customers advance their cloud journey, as well as given more information on Native Hybrid Cloud.

“Understanding the needs of organisations to transform a more modern, automated, self-service IT environment, EMC continues to develop and deliver innovations into its cloud platforms that are designed, supported and sustained as one to help customers...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why hybrid is the answer if businesses want backup in the cloud

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With the global hybrid cloud market poised to reach $91 billion (£69bn) by 2021, as recent findings by analyst organisation Markets and Standards show, it is critical that companies assess whether their cloud strategy meets their evolving storage and recovery needs.

Businesses should resist the temptation for a “rough-and-ready” cloud...

By Jonathan Kamminga, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How hybrid cloud will enable streams of data to flow freely

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The world of business is changing. Disruptive shifts in power are forcing everyone to question the established status quo. In particular, savvy chief executives are tasking IT organizations to help create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile operational processes.

That's why the vast majority of IT and business leaders are joining forces on the organizations’ most pressing commercial needs and wants. They seek an open and flexible...

By David H Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The private vs public cloud debate: Which to deploy, and why consider hybrid?

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Cloud is often seen as the answer to a wide range of business challenges from business innovation to cost reduction. However, there is uncertainty as to whether corporations should operate a model of public, private or hybrid cloud. Here, we will discuss the common perceptions and misconceptions surrounding public and private cloud and the benefits to the enterprise in the adoption of a hybrid model.

Public vs private cloud

By Sebastian Krause, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.