Amazon offering unlimited cloud storage for $5 a year in Black Friday tie-in


Amazon is offering customers an unlimited one year cloud storage deal for $5 to tie in with its Black Friday promotions.

The deal, which would normally cost users $59.99, may be of most interest to Microsoft customers, after the company recently shuttered its unlimited OneDrive plans. In that instance, a few spoiled it for the many; a company blog post...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Public cloud growing at pace – but hidden issues remain


Public cloud adoption will continue to grow at a rapid pace, but a lack of understanding will prohibit adoption in some organisations, according to the latest research from hybrid IT monitoring provider ScienceLogic.

The research, which polled more than 1,600 IT professionals, found 62% of organisations are already using at least one public cloud, while more than four in five (83%) expect public cloud spend to increase in the next 12 months. Of the main public cloud providers,...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Datacentreplus MD Mashukul Hoque on carving a niche for SME customers


Meet Datacentreplus. The company, based in Manchester, UK, is aiming to find a gap in the North West data centre market by serving the small to medium business customer.

“We believe colocation and dedicated server hosting should be simple,” a missive on the company’s website reads. “We’re getting back to basics and offering no-nonsense, straightforward colocation and dedicated servers, with a focus on quick delivery and great customer service that does not...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The future of the data centre: Sustainability, the IoT, and downsizing


The push is on to better streamline unused data centre capacity – and according to a missive from network provider Emerson Network Power, 2016 will see a greater emphasis on shared service distributed cloud computing models.

According to the company’s five trends shaping the data centre landscape for 2016, enterprises which have data centres either as ‘comatose’ – buildings which have not delivered computing services for at least six months – or data...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

Why small business adoption of cloud storage still has some way to go


Research from B2B research firm Clutch has revealed just over half (52%) of small businesses are using a cloud storage solution, with Dropbox the most popular and Apple the highest rated service.

According to the report, which polled 438 small business across the US and 744 full time employees, Dropbox was used by 53% of respondents, ahead of Google Drive (45%), Apple iCloud (34%) and Microsoft OneDrive (30%). Box, in comparison, was used by only 6% of respondents, indicating a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

How data centre investments are transforming IT industry – and why it won’t slow down


As global spend on cloud infrastructure continues to rocket, leading cloud providers have to up their game and invest billions of dollars in expanding their network of hyperscale data centres.

That’s according to the latest data released by Synergy Research. The company notes the top four cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM – have approximately 110 data centres located in 20 different countries.

More than $25 billion has been spent in...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Report assesses how ISVs take their cloud solutions to market


A report from the Cloud Technology Alliance has assessed how independent software vendors (ISVs) take their cloud solutions to market, and found the age old discussion over who owns the customer relationship remains unsolved.

39 companies responded to the survey, 72% of respondents based on North America and 26% in EMEA. Of the respondents, only 36% say they expect channel partners to be self-sufficient in closing business, while 33% of ISVs surveyed expect their channel partners to...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

DevOps skills continue to be in high demand, survey shows


A survey from Puppet Labs shows DevOps engineers earn “noticeably higher” salaries than the majority of other job titles.

More than half (55%) of those polled in the 2015 DevOps Salary Report earn $100,000 per year or more, according to the research. The only job role which is more likely to provide greater remuneration is architect, which includes cloud or infrastructure architect and systems architect.

“Now that organisations are learning the benefits of DevOps,...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure.

IHS forecast shows SDN deployments ramping up in 2015


Software defined networking (SDN) will move from early adopters into the hands of mainstream buyers by 2017, according to the latest research note from IDS.

The findings, which appear in the latest IHS Infonetics Data Centre and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software report, also show the market for ‘in use’ SDN Ethernet switches – ostensibly the real market for SDN, compared with the Ethernet switches that lie dormant – at $1.4 billion this year, nearly doubling...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Research, Software.

FCA argues no “fundamental reason” why financial firms cannot move to the cloud


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a report arguing there is “no fundamental reason” why financial organisations cannot move to cloud-based models so long as the guidelines the body issues are adhered to.

“Our aim is to avoid imposing inappropriate barriers to firms’ ability to outsource to innovative and developing areas, while ensuring that risks are appropriately identified and managed,” the FCA argues. “We see no fundamental reason...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows


More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

Microsoft announces UK data centres to arrive by late 2016


Microsoft has announced it is to launch commercial cloud services from the UK, making Azure and Office 365 available from UK data centres by late 2016.

The Redmond giant already has data centres in 20 locations – or regions, if you prefer semantically – across five continents, yet its representation in Europe has been comparatively low, with only two data centres in Ireland and the Netherlands respectively. Back in September, cloud platform marketing general manager Mike...

By James Bourne, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How the boardroom is becoming the key driver of cloud adoption


Three in five (61%) cloud migration projects are driven by business leaders, according to the latest research from Rackspace and Vanson Bourne.

The study, which polled 250 IT decision makers and 250 business leaders throughout October, showed plenty of boardroom-centric concerns topping the list for driving cloud adoption. The most popular motivation for migrating to the cloud was reducing IT cost (61%), followed by increased organisational resilience (50%), improved security (38%) and...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.

Bitcasa CEO Brian Taptich: Competing with Microsoft, Amazon, Google a “suicide mission”


Brian Taptich, the CEO of developer-centric cloud storage provider Bitcasa, has told this publication that Microsoft shuttering its unlimited OneDrive storage policy is “definitely not a failure” and other players in the space are risking a “suicide mission” by competing against the hypervendors on their own terms.

Earlier this...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Dropbox bolsters enterprise play, engages in competitor bashing


Cloud storage provider Dropbox has launched a new enterprise product, as well as making other announcements at an event in San Francisco.

For those asking the inevitable question of ‘doesn’t Dropbox already have an enterprise product?’, then the answer is yes – Dropbox for Business, which has more than 100,000 users – but this product enhances those features to include new account management tools for greater security.

Among these are a suspended user...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users


It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Cisco argues worldwide cloud traffic will reach 8.6 zettabytes by 2019


Global cloud traffic will more than quadruple between now and the end of 2019 from 2.1 to 8.6 zettabytes (ZB), according to research from Cisco.

The findings, which appear in the firm’s latest Global Cloud Index study, put a variety of reasons for this explosion in growth, from the continued popularity of public cloud services in the business domain, the increased degree of virtualisation in private clouds, and growth of M2M connections.

A zettabyte is 10 to the power of 21...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Storage.

The verdict on city council disaster recovery plans: Good, but could do better


The good news: all of the UK’s major city councils have disaster recovery (DR) plans in place. The bad news: two in five will not have tested them within the past 12 months.

The figures come amidst a new Freedom of Information (FoI) request from disaster recovery specialists Databarracks, which found that 38% of city councils in the UK’s major cities are not regularly testing their DR systems. Databarracks argues this is more of an issue with public sector organisations;...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Oracle unveils Intel big data partnership while attacking IBM and SAP


The Oracle OpenWorld 2015 event, which kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, had what one would expect from such a conference; product and integration announcements, alongside a smattering of competitor bashing.

First off, the announcements. Oracle unveiled the Exa Your Power Program, a system which enables customers to migrate off IBM Power systems to Oracle Engineered Systems through Intel technology. The program, which is jointly funded by both Oracle and Intel, offers customers a...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Platform, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google: How cloud underpins their financial figures


Yesterday was a pretty busy day if you were tracking financial results, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google all declaring their figures. And it was an impressive showing on the cloud side for the three tech giants, with Microsoft announcing Azure usage and compute usage more than doubling year on year and Amazon Web Services (AWS) showing similar quarterly and yearly growth.

AWS brought in $2.09bn for the firm in Q315, compared with $1.17bn for this time last year, with $5.47bn in the nine...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.