Software-defined storage, hybrid clouds, and getting the performance right: A guide

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In today’s data-intensive, hyper-connected world, storage solutions built on the vertical scaling model have become impractical and expensive. Enterprises are driven by the need to remain competitive while storing and managing petabytes of data. In this vein, ESG senior analyst Mark Peters believes that there is at last a straight line between how storage is configured and business value – if organisations can...

By Stefan Bernbo, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

What is the point of hybrid cloud – or, is it time to re-evaluate hybrid?

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Opinion There used to be a buzz around hybrid cloud. The idea was simple, host your mission critical applications in-house where they were more secure and manageable and then burst into the cloud for additional capacity.

Sounds great; but in reality, it didn't really work. Many organisations tried and while some succeeded most failed. Why? The primary issue was network latency between stacks but there was also a huge degree of complexity in orchestrating different technology platforms...

By Mike Bainbridge, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Is hybrid cloud in danger of becoming lost in translation?

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In the last year hybrid cloud adoption has ramped up as both cloud users and cloud vendors have matured. Yet there is still confusion in the market about what it means to go truly hybrid with many CIOs unable to agree when it comes to the true definition of hybrid cloud.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, “[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique...

By David Richards, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The ‘torchbearer CIO’ and how hybrid IT continues to fuel digital transformation

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Information technology advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before.

So, how are savvy CIOs leading this transition?

Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market...

By David H Deans, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Hybrid.

Why flexibility in cloud services is key to ERP success in today’s age

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In the fast-moving digital world, being able to quickly adapt to disruptive business processes and changing business needs is key to success and survival. While organisations might be able to adapt their strategy and culture, they also need their business systems to adapt to these new processes and requirements. The need for flexibility and near real-time response to changing business processes is especially essential for an organisation’s core ERP system.

Here are five reasons why...

By Stephan Romeder, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, ERP, Hybrid.

How serverless, cognitive computing, and blockchain will influence cloud this year

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As the sun rises on 2017, a highlight of this New Year will be the gathering strength of the cloud. If the big question posed by businesses and their CIOs in 2016 was whether they should migrate to the cloud; in 2017 the question will be what is the best way to get there.

A recent IBM survey of more than 1,000 C-suite executives from 18 industries found that almost every company we surveyed is using cloud, but only in pockets of their business. 78% of...

By Sebastian Krause, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Hybrid.

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, 1 comment. 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.