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.

451 Research argues ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud is a red herring

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The cloud services sector is still a long way off from being a commodity market, according to the latest note from analyst house 451 Research.

The results, which have been published in the firm’s latest Cloud Price Index (CPI), show the ‘race to the bottom’ in cloud pricing, as exemplified by continued price cuts from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and others, is something of a misnomer and that the supply of higher value services will be key to long...

By James Bourne, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud security strategies: In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king

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New research released today by enterprise cloud hosting provider iland has revealed almost half (47%) of security workers “simply trust” their cloud providers to meet security agreements.

The findings, from 100 IT decision makers and security experts, appear in a study whose title – ‘Blind Trust is Not a Security Strategy: Lessons from Cloud Adopters’ – lays the problem on thick. Even though 78% of firms polled are using the cloud in some capacity, and...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Vendors.

Analysis: What does the role of the CIO look like in 2016?

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It is a question which carries more resonance as technology matures: what is the major role of the CIO today?

The usual responses range from improving business efficiency, to spearheading the organisation’s technological revolution. At the MIT Sloan CIO Conference earlier this month, the answer was simple. “The perfect CIO is enabling the perfectly friction-less business,” argued Steve...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

Amazon Web Services launches X1 instances on EC2 for SAP users

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has officially launched X1 instances for its EC2 cloud, which claim to have the most memory available in any SAP-certified cloud instance available today.

The instances have 2 terabytes of memory each and are, according to Amazon, a good fit for programmes such as the SAP HANA in-memory database, big data processing engines such as Apache Spark and Presto, as well as other high performance computing workloads. The memory available in X1 is eight times more...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Top 10 UK business disasters revealed: Is your business ready for the worst?

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Managed IT services provider IT Specialists (ITS) has put together a list of the top 10 business continuity disasters to hit the UK over the past 12 months, including storms Abigail, Desmond, Katie, as well as a fire at Holborn and power cuts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Heathrow Airport.

The list of disasters encompass various business situations, from the Forth Road Bridge Closure in December where 80,000 vehicles were diverted daily for 19 days, to the Heathrow power cut which...

Colocation market update: Equinix, Digital Realty, NTT see further growth

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The major colocation players continue to extend their leadership – and comfortably beat overall market growth – in large part due to significant acquisitions, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

According to the firm’s Q1 2016 figures, the top three vendors in the space remain Equinix, Digital Realty, and NTT, with 28%, 26%, and 41% year on year growth respectively. Yet while the analyst house argues the three firms grew well enough organically, the...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Microsoft and SAP expand partnership, running SAP HANA on Azure

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Tech giants Microsoft and SAP have announced a partnership enabling in-memory database platform SAP HANA to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud, as well as other integrations with SAP’s cloud and Office 365.

The announcement, made at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference with SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella onstage together, also includes management and security of custom SAP Fiori apps. Developing custom mobile hybrid apps on SAP HANA will also include support...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SAP, Software.

CIOs bemoan increasing IT complexity in their organisations…again

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More than three quarters (81%) of CIOs argue the ever-increasing complexity of IT infrastructure is creating a bottleneck for IT support, while a similar number (82%) argue IT support has become a “growing burden” on modern IT departments.

The results appear in a survey from end-to-end technology provider Trustmarque, which polled 200 UK CIOs and senior IT decision makers from large enterprises. More than half of CIOs polled (58%) admit they are struggling to offer a...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure.

How Santander embraced cloud storage for greater productivity and data security

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If you were to think of an industry that would be naturally reluctant to embrace technologies such as cloud and mobility for reasons of sensitive data privacy, which one would you think of first? The two most common answers are usually healthcare and banking – so it is therefore interesting to note how Santander has gone all in on enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) with cloud storage provider CTERA Networks.

According to the bank, the opportunity to move organisational...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Enterprise, Security, Software, Storage.

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.