Why going ‘cloud native’ is the key to success with NFV

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MWC “I get the feeling the momentum is there – people are understanding architecturally how to make it work now,” says Steve Gleave, senior vice president of marketing at Metaswitch Networks.

Gleave could be speaking about any emerging technology within reason, but in this instance, it’s NFV (network functions virtualisation), the concept of taking old school network appliances and replacing them with software. And at Mobile World Congress this year, it’s more than...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How cloud is ‘background radiation’ in a record tech M&A 2016

The cloud tech IPO landscape may have struggled a little of late, but the analysts at EY – formerly Ernst & Young – argue that on a global scale, 2016 saw an all-time record high in overall technology activity due to the “massive digital transformation” caused by disruptive technologies.

The overall aggregate 2016 value of $466.6 billion (£373bn) was up 2% over 2015’s previous record, while the Q416 figure of $117.2bn was down 38% year over year.

For the full year of...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Gartner: Public cloud market to reach $246bn in 2017 with IaaS and SaaS at forefront

First IDC made its forecast on the public cloud, and now Gartner has done likewise, predicting that public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to total $246.8 billion (£198.1bn).

IDC’, by comparison, said global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure would reach $122.5bn by the end of this year with seven out of eight primary geographic regions to record CAGRs of more than 20% in the next five years.

Outside of ‘cloud advertising’ – “cloud-based...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research, Software.

IDC says global spending on public cloud services to hit $122.5bn in 2017

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Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will hit $122.5 billion by the end of this year at an increase of almost 25% on 2016, according to the latest note from IDC.

The analyst house argues that discrete manufacturing, professional services, and banking are the primary public cloud service industries based on market share today, while professional services (23.9% compound annual growth rate), retail (22.8%) and media (22.5%) are expected to be the fastest growers....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft vow to improve cloud conditions after CMA review

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Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have vowed to improve their terms and conditions of cloud storage contracts after a review from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the body has announced.

The giants join BT, Dixons Carphone, Dropbox, Google, JustCloud, Livedrive and Mozy in moving forward with improved conditions. Common areas where Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft will make changes include giving ‘adequate notice’ to customers before significant changes are made to the...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, SLA, Software, Storage.

Azure usage continues to grow – but organisations need channel help to succeed

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It continues to gain traction whilst still being significantly behind the market leader; but what underpins this growth? A new study from NetEnrich has found that while Microsoft Azure continues to see impressive usage figures, companies have to rely on channel providers to help them make the most of their implementations.

The survey, which garnered the views of more than 80 IT professionals in large and midmarket companies, found 46% of respondents were running at least half of...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Where is the true state of the cloud in 2017? Analysing two influential reports

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Two reports have hit this publication’s inbox around the ‘state of the cloud’ in recent days; a study from RightScale argues the market is growing at a solid clip, while the summary from Bessemer Venture Partners’ (BVP) Byron Deeter found an industry which struggled at the start of 2016 but has since roared back.

While both reports differ – RightScale focuses on the adoption and vendors, while Deeter looks almost exclusively at the financial angle –...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

Nutanix, HPE and Cisco top 451 rankings for servers and converged infrastructure

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Nutanix is the leading vendor for converged infrastructure ahead of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco, while the latter two and Dell are jostling for prime position in the server space, according to a report from 451 Research.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s most recent Voice of the Enterprise study, argues that server spending remains ‘steady’ despite enterprises continuing to move workloads to the cloud; almost half (49.4%) of those polled say...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research.

Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

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Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet.

The study, put together in conjunction with Vanson Bourne and polling 900 end user IT leaders across European mid-market businesses, found almost half (45%) of finance companies polled had already developed a DevOps approach. This compared favourably against other industries, such as retail, software, and...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Industry, Infrastructure.

UK businesses remain ‘risk-averse’ and lagging behind in cloud strategy, Intel argues

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Organisations in the UK are among the least likely globally to have a cloud-first strategy, according to a new report from Intel Security.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 senior IT professionals, found the UK had pretty miserable scores across the board compared to their international brethren. The UK’s score of 70% for businesses who are cloud-first – whilst still a reasonable number – lagged behind the global average of more than 80%, while only 7% of UK...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

SAP promises ‘new generation of intelligent cloud ERP’ with latest offering

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German software giant SAP has unveiled its roadmap for the ‘next generation’ of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) with the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

S/4HANA, SAP’s public cloud offering which was originally released towards the end of 2015, is being updated with a new architecture of in-memory in combination with contextual analytics, digital assistant capabilities and machine learning, according to the press materials.

In other words, SAP is...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft unveils new offering to combat patent trolls in the cloud

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Microsoft has announced the launch of the Azure IP Advantage program to help protect intellectual property from ‘patent trolls’ in the cloud.

Patent trolls, defined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as companies or people who ‘use patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming up with new ideas’, are becoming an increasing problem with code and products hosted on cloud servers.

As a result, Microsoft is making 10,000...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Legal, Microsoft, Security.

Cloud and IT skills gap comes to the fore again in new research

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The cloud and IT skills gap has been a long-suffering gripe for many organisations; and a new research study from Robert Half Technology shows the problem is by no means resolved yet.

According to the study, which was based on interviews with more than 100 CIOs and IT executives across the UK, three quarters (74%) of CIOs and IT directors polled admitted they frequently encountered IT professionals who were not up to the task. Yet only two in five (38%) say they use standardised skills...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Research.

Threat from cloud providers keeps MSPs up at night – with Google the biggest challenger

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The majority of managed service providers (MSPs) believe their hottest competition is coming from cloud providers as opposed to fellow MSPs, with Google the vendor to fear most, according to a new piece of research from Sonian.

The study, released today and titled ‘A New World Order: How MSPs are Trying to Survive and Thrive in a Cloud-First World’, featured responses from more than 300 managed service vendors, and found in general a rather nervous...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Storage, Vendors.

AWS hits $3.5bn in revenue for Q416, takes on ‘surge’ from Microsoft, IBM, and Google

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit $3.54 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an almost 50% increase from this time last year, according to Amazon’s latest financial results.

The cloud infrastructure leader earned $926m in operating profit at a 26% margin, while its annual operating profit margin was at more than 25%. Third quarter revenue for AWS was $3.2bn, while overall Amazon revenue was at...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Dropbox makes Paper generally available and hits billion-dollar revenue milestone

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced two new products focusing on cross-platform storage and collaboration, as well as revealing it has become the fastest software as a service (SaaS) vendor to hit the $1 billion revenue run rate threshold.

According to various reports, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced the financial milestone at an event in San Francisco earlier this week. Fastest of course does not mean first; the company has a way to go before it catches up with the likes...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Eseye on embracing cloud, Amazon Web Services, and the IoT

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“We changed our business model to align with cloud,” explains Nick McNamara, VP sales Europe at connectivity provider Eseye.

The company has doubled down on both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) strategically, as McNamara, speaking at the IoT Tech Expo event last week, explains. “All connectivity providers, whether you’re an MNO, an MVNO, or like us a smart MNO, sell megabytes per month,” he says. “We no longer sell megabytes...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Data Sovereignty, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Cloud leaders enjoy greater agility – but it’s easier than you think to get there

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If your business is ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud adoption, then prepare for a hit of good news; organisations which execute a strategic cloud plan are growing revenue 2.3 times faster than their competition and are on average generating a 35% lift year on year in top line revenue.

But for those not quite there, what are the strategies which need to be examined? These and other findings comprised a new study from CloudHealth Technologies which argues cloud-leading...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure.

The quarterly verdict: How do Google, IBM and Microsoft all stack up?

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It’s that time again; another quarter passes by and with it comes a variety of financial reports from the big hitters. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, IBM, and Microsoft have all filed within the past week – so what do the figures all mean?

Top line highlights:

  • IBM’s cloud revenue was at $13.7 billion for the full year of 2016, up 35%, while fourth quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $4.2bn
  • Microsoft’s commercial cloud annualised revenue run rate hit $14 billion, with Azure revenue up 95% in constant currency...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.