Couchbase rounds off a busy period – but is an IPO imminent?

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It has been a particularly busy year for database platform provider Couchbase – and the company hopes that things will become a whole lot busier.

Earlier this week Couchbase launched 4.5, which continues its move to create joins between NoSQL and SQL through the SQL-based query language N1QL. The latest iteration includes greater security capabilities, alongside faster queries and graphical tools to more easily explore data models.

In March, the Mountain View-based firm announced the conclusion...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Platform.

AWS and Microsoft get FedRAMP approval for sensitive cloud data

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Another day, another piece of good news for both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS); the vendors are two of three companies which have been given authority by the US government for federal agencies to use them for sensitive cloud data.

Azure and AWS, alongside CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS, have been given the green light under the new FedRAMP High Baseline requirements. The full, mammoth spreadsheet documenting each guideline can be found

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Research shows greater uptake in virtualised environments for regulated industries

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According to the latest research from virtualisation technology provider HyTrust, the software defined data centre (SDDC) is moving further towards the mainstream, with many regulated industries moving around half of their critical workloads over to SDDC and virtualisation.

The study, snappily titled ‘Industry Experience: the 2016 State of the Cloud and Software Defined Data Centre in Real World Environments’, surveyed more than 500 executives across a wide variety of...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public, Research, Virtualisation.

Cloud Industry Forum hails SLALOM as “major step forward” for cloud SLAs

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SLALOM, a European Commission-established initiative which aims to provide greater clarity for businesses dealing with cloud service level agreements (SLAs), has launched its final set of standardised contact terms, with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) arguing it ‘reduces the uncertainty’ of migrating to the cloud.

The CIF, who is listed as a partner of SLALOM alongside service provider Atos, legal firm Bird and Bird and various educational institutions, says research into the...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Samsung acquires Joyent in greater cloud push after finding synergies

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Samsung has agreed to acquire California-based cloud provider Joyent, adding another cloud platform to the Korean giant’s ever-increasing portfolio of mobile, cloud and IoT services.

The move came after Samsung assessed a “wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space”, and saw Joyent as the standout with an “experienced management team with deep domain expertise and a robust cloud technology,” according...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, M&A.

NTT research argues why shadow IT should be embraced - again

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More research has arrived detailing the importance of embracing shadow IT as opposed to cordoning it off, this time from NTT Communications, which has found almost four in five (78%) of organisations have employees using cloud services without the knowledge of IT.

The research, which polled 500 IT and business decision makers across the EU, found that more than half (57%) believe shadow IT practices are happening across at least half of the departments in their organisation, while...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

More than a quarter of enterprise cloud apps deemed risky, CloudLock argues

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A new piece of research from cloud security provider CloudLock argues that more than a quarter of cloud apps connected to corporate environments were seen as high risk.

The report, the firm’s Q2 2016 Cloud Cybersecurity Report, gave a generally pessimistic warning over the threats of shadow IT. From 2014 to 2016, CloudLock has observed an almost 30 times increase in apps used under shadow IT, from 5,500 to almost 160,000. What’s more, over half of third party apps are...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Security.

What does the EU referendum mean for the GDPR legislation?

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On June 23, a referendum is being held to determine whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. But what does this mean for businesses – and in particular, what does it mean with regard to the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation?

In April this year, after months of mooting and deliberation, the European Union set out new data protection laws that businesses will have to adhere to within two years or face significant fines – up to 4% of...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe.

Netskope study argues majority of cloud apps are not ready for EU GDPR

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Three quarters of cloud apps used by businesses are not equipped for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to the latest study from cloud security services provider Netskope.

The report comes hot on the heels of a survey conducted by the firm back in February which argued businesses were not sure if they would keep up with the upcoming legislation, which is set to drop in two years’ time and includes provisos over the right to be forgotten, as...

HPE edging out Cisco in cloud infrastructure space, argues research

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Cisco continue to battle it out for supremacy in the cloud infrastructure market with HPE having the slight advantage, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The note, which assesses the most recent Q1 data, sees Cisco just ahead of HPE and Dell in public cloud hardware, but HPE more dominant in the private cloud hardware space, capturing more than 20% of the overall market. In cloud software, Microsoft has more than 40% share and is...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Why the move to DevOps means more than greater business agility

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Moving to a DevOps approach in your organisation has long been advocated as being a good idea – but what benefits does it provide? A new piece of research from managed cloud services provider Claranet argues better quality of applications is the key reason to move over.

The study, which surveyed 900 IT decision makers across Europe, argues the classic reason for moving to DevOps, greater business agility, is not a catch-all. Indeed agility (55%) was only the third most popular...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps.

Egnyte focuses on data governance and reshapes EFSS strategy with Protect release

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Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) firm Egnyte has announced the launch of Egnyte Protect, a product which aims to give IT and line of business greater control and visibility of their content both in the cloud and on-premise.

The move positions Egynte away from the traditional EFSS buckets and moves the firm towards data and information governance, a space Egnyte claims to be worth eight times more than their current opportunity. Isabelle Guis, chief marketing and strategy...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Assessing the opportunities and pain points presented by a multi-cloud strategy

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A study released by VMTurbo argues more than half (57%) of organisations polled do not have a multi-cloud strategy in place.

The survey, which polled 1,368 organisations, also found 35% had no private cloud strategy while 28% did not have a public cloud strategy. VMTurbo was keen to note, however, that not having a strategy in this instance did not mean organisations had not examined a cloud strategy before dismissing it and sticking with on-prem; they had given adoption...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

AWS EC2 falls over in Sydney for six hours, stormy weather blamed

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) took a hit in its Sydney region for six hours over the weekend, according to official status updates, with stormy weather being blamed as the source of the problem.

The alarm was first raised on June 4 at 2247 PDT – or 1547 on June 5 Sydney time – with AWS announcing it was investigating increased connectivity issues for EC2 instances in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 region. An hour later, a “power event” was cited as the culprit, with power...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Box financial results look good on the surface, but analysts unconvinced

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It has been a week of good and bad news for enterprise cloud storage provider Box with the announcement of first quarter financial results. The company announced record first quarter revenue of $90.2 million (£62m), an increase of 37% from this time last year – but because renewals were down, analysts came out of the quarter feeling somewhat unconvinced.

“We had a solid start to fiscal 2017,” said Box CEO Aaron Levie in the firm’s earnings call,

By James Bourne, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

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.

How Asia Pacific businesses who are utilising cloud are forging ahead

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Businesses in the Asia Pacific region who use cloud services are more than twice as likely to have a greater presence in international markets, according to new research from NetSuite and Frost & Sullivan.

The study, which surveyed more than 800 mostly C-suite executives across Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines and Singapore, found 70% of cloud-enabled firms surveyed were “internationalised” compared to 22% of their non-cloud brethren, while...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

UK government report advocates fairer terms for cloud storage users

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Around 30% of UK adults use cloud storage in a personal capacity, according to a report released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – but the governing body notes concerns over some vendor practices which conflict with consumer law.

The report, which can be found in full here at a whopping 218 pages, shares concerns, such as companies being able to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Research, SLA, Software, Storage.