Latest research shows three clear tiers in cloud infrastructure services

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The dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cloud infrastructure has long been apparent – but a new note from analyst house Synergy Research argues the space is in three distinct tiers, with AWS all on its own at the top table.

Amazon currently holds 31% of the global market share, with Microsoft, IBM and Google between them holding 22%. The next 20 vendors, including CenturyLink, Oracle, Rackspace, Salesforce and VMware, have 27% share between them. As previous research...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

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Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk. Singapore (76.7), New Zealand (74.4) and Australia...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Privacy, Security.

Businesses suffering from lack of knowledge over GDPR, report finds

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The updated EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is coming in the next two years – but businesses are at risk of fines because of gaps in knowledge, according to new research from Trend Micro.

More than a quarter (26%) of companies don’t know how much time they have to become compliant, according to the report which surveyed 100 senior IT decision makers in the UK. Almost one in five (18%) are not currently aware that they face fines, while a third...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

Why the move to public cloud in large enterprises continues apace

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More than half of large companies plan to migrate to public cloud systems in the coming two years, according to a new report from migration and disaster recovery provider CloudEndure.

The survey, which polled more than 250 global IT professionals in the first quarter of 2016, found that across organisations of all sizes, public clouds and private clouds are set to grow 22% and 15% in year over year for the coming two years. Virtual and physical machines, by contrast, are expected to...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Public, Research.

Microsoft catching up with Salesforce in SaaS revenues, argues research

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Microsoft has Salesforce in its sights as the leading cloudy software as a service (SaaS) vendor, according to the latest note from analyst house Synergy Research.

According to the research, the overall enterprise SaaS market grew by almost 40% in 2015, with forecasts from Synergy suggesting it will more than triple in size within five years. The consumer SaaS market, on the other hand, is only a third the size of the enterprise with a lower growth rate.

Microsoft’s...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

How IT is struggling to cope with the weight of SaaS applications

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Corporate IT departments are drowning in the deluge of SaaS app requests, according to a report from BetterCloud.

The data, the first in a two part set, reveals how IT departments are “overworked and overwhelmed”, and a simple lack of time is prohibiting further cloud software being integrated into companies. Almost three quarters (73%) of IT pros surveyed feel guilt over this, saying they believe their end users lack SaaS apps that would increase productivity. In contrast,...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, SaaS , Software.

Google Compute Engine falls over for 18 minutes, promises to do better next time

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Google’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering Compute Engine lost connectivity across all regions for 18 minutes on April 11 after problems experienced with a bug in its network configuration management software.

In a status update discussing the outage and how it occurred posted yesterday, the search giant confirmed the event affected Compute Engine only, and bemoaned how its ‘canary step’ process – a configuration deployed to a single site to...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, SLA.

Two in three OpenStack deployments are in production, argues new research

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Almost two thirds (65%) of OpenStack deployments are now in production, up 33% from this time last year, according to the latest user survey by the OpenStack Foundation.

The report, the seventh of its kind and featuring responses from more than 1,600 users, finds organisations are moving towards OpenStack as the default open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) API.

Not surprisingly, IT (68%) is where the largest number of OpenStack bods are based, followed by telecoms (14%) and...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Why CIOs are worrying about the future of their IT infrastructure – and their own role

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CIOs continue to mop their brow over whether their IT infrastructure is good enough to meet their organisation’s long term requirements whilst worrying about where they fit in, according to a new piece of research released by EMC.

The survey, of more than 2700 business and IT professionals in EMEA, examined the CIO’s perspective of what is to be expected in five years’ time, and found that three quarters believe they need to launch new products and services in...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

IDC: Global cloud infrastructure market hit £20bn in 2015 – with HPE at the top

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The global cloud infrastructure market has grown 22% year on year to hit a $29 billion (£20.4bn) value in 2015 with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the top of the tree, according to the latest research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst house’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, sees HPE atop the list of infrastructure vendors, with fourth quarter revenues of $1.3bn (£915m) representing a 15.8% overall market...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Intel and HyTrust figures indicate confidence in software defined data centre

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2016 may well be the year where the software defined data centre (SDDC) will become a fixture in the US, according to a study released by Intel and HyTrust.

According to the report, which polled the views of more than 500 senior business executives, 65% of respondents – and 66% from the C-suite – expect increased adoption in this area, while 62% of CxO respondents argue there will be faster deployment in 2016, while roughly half expect greater tangible benefits (49%) and more...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Software.

IBM and SAP update partnership for greater cloud and on-prem capabilities

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IBM and SAP have announced their latest strategic partnership, building on a deal struck in 2014 between Big Blue and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Described at the time as “SAP’s biggest news sitting on one of IBM’s biggest investments”, the latest announcement offers cloud-based solutions, with IBM and SAP collaborating on industry-specific cloud operations, as well...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Platform, SAP.

SDN and the software defined data centre: Opportunities and challenges ahead

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Imagine you had just arrived at London Euston railway station and wanted to walk to Leicester Square. A map from a well known search engine provider reliably informs us that it is roughly a 30 minute jaunt, but if you did not have that option, you could ask passers-by for directions ad nauseam at each junction until – assuming you do not get duff advice – you reach your destination.

This represents a good analogy for the state of more traditional networks – ‘move...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Software, Virtualisation.

Research argues IT hasn’t shrugged off cost cutting reputation yet

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The divide between the IT and line of business departments, and the role of the IT department today, has frequently come in for scrutiny. Yet according to new research from Claranet, the role of IT continues to be one of cost cutting.

The survey, which polled 900 IT leaders across Europe, found almost half (46%) identify cost reduction as a core function for IT today, a number which has risen sharply from 34% the previous year. In terms of other priorities, revenue generation as...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Infrastructure.

Why colocation is becoming the “nexus” of cloud and enterprise IT

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Global colocation revenues are going up and are in track to reach more than $33bn (£23bn) by 2018 according to the latest forecast from 451 Research. Yet the latest figures, argue the analysts, mean the data centre industry is maturing rather than in any trouble.

2015 was the best year on record for deals in the data centre, hosting and managed services sector, according to 451. The two most prominent companies in the colocation space are Digital Realty and Equinix; the former...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

More enterprises using Microsoft and Google apps in tandem, research reveals

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Office 365 continues to be the most popular cloud app used by enterprises ahead of Salesforce and Box, while Slack has jumped in workplace popularity, according to the latest figures from identity management provider Okta.

Increasingly, enterprises are using both Office 365 and Google Apps, the fourth most popular service overall. Traditionally, Okta argues, industries such as finance, biotech and construction are more likely to be Microsoft houses compared to more digital businesses which prefer...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Research, Software.

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.

Google announces data centre expansion plans: 12 more regions by 2017

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Google has announced a major expansion of its cloud data centres, with two new regions to start running this year and another 10 to be available by the end of 2017.

The news comes days after a note from Synergy Research which found the US remains far out in front as the number one location for data centres. Google’s two upcoming launches will include one US site, a US Western region in Oregon, with another...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

US increases data centre dominance, research finds

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The US has continued to grow its data centre footprint moving further ahead of China and Japan, according to the latest analyst note from Synergy Research.

Almost half (46%) of major cloud and internet data centre sites are now based in the US, according to the research, up from 44% when the last analysis was conducted back in October. China, previously accounting for one in 10 data...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

IBM acquires Optevia for public sector CRM SaaS play

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IBM has announced the acquisition of Microsoft software as a service (SaaS) specialist Optevia, ramping up its offering for CRM SaaS in the public sector.

Optevia’s specialism in Microsoft Dynamics CRM firms makes an interesting avenue for IBM, given how dominant Microsoft is in the public sector. Among Optevia’s more recent customers include Wealden District Council, who announced in October “significantly improved customer services” using Dynamics CRM.

The company

By James Bourne, 18 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, SaaS , Software.