OpenStack revenues to exceed $5bn by 2020 – with private cloud the lynchpin


Revenues from OpenStack business models will surpass $5 billion (£4.08bn) by 2020 and grow at a CAGR of 35%, according to the latest figures from 451 Research.

The numbers, which are being released to coincide with the day before the latest OpenStack Summit, puts the exact figure at $5.7bn by 2020, from $4.6bn the previous year and $3.5bn in 2018.

“We continue to believe the market is still in the early stages of enterprise use and revenue generation,” said Al Sadowski,...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform, Private.

Box and Skyhigh Networks come together for greater cloud security and governance


Cloud security services provider Skyhigh Networks and enterprise cloud storage firm Box have announced a partnership designed to enable greater data governance for Box customers.

Users can identify sensitive data, automatically classify it, and enforce collaboration control policies through Skyhigh and Box Security Classification, all without requiring any change in customer behaviour.

To put the partnership into context, take a situation where an employee uploads a document with...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Software, Storage.

Google announces low latency cold storage Coldline in “major refresh”


Google has announced a ‘major refresh’ of its cloud storage options, including Coldline, a new storage class aimed at long-term archival and disaster recovery.

The revamped storage classes are multi-regional, for highest availability of frequently accessed data, such as video and business continuity, regional, for data accessed frequently within a region such as data analytics and general compute, Nearline, for infrequent access, and Coldline.

“Whether a business needs to...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Storage.

Cutting through the noise and sorting out the hybrid and multi-cloud imbroglio


The hybrid cloud: it’s a buzzword which refuses to go away.

This month is a case in point. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, arguably the two biggest and most influential cloud computing organisations, both made announcements on the theme.

The general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was seen as “another big step in hybrid cloud”, Microsoft argued, with a “cloud-ready OS” which “inherently enables hybrid cloud.” AWS, on...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Containers, NFV and SDN most interesting technology for OpenStack users

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With the OpenStack jamboree in Barcelona only a week away, it’s a good time to note the technologies driving its users forward – and according to the latest survey data, containers lead the way, with NFV (network function virtualisation) and bare metal also seeing an uptick.

The user study from OpenStack, which has been running semi-annually since 2013 and polled almost 400 respondents, found that container technologies continue to lead the way, cited by 78% of...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform. launches professional version of its AI personal assistant


Artificial intelligence (AI) software provider has announced the launch of the Professional version of its personal assistant product.

The personal assistant, Amy – or twin brother Andrew – schedules meetings on behalf of users, saving plenty of admin time. All users need to do is connect their calendars to, and cc Amy or Andrew, who does the rest.

The beta version was launched in June 2014, and since then the New York-based...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Microsoft launches cloud services due diligence checklist


Microsoft has launched a cloud services due diligence checklist aimed at providing organisations with more standardised procedures for their potential cloud push.

The checklist is based on the emerging ISO/IEC 19086 standard which focuses on cloud service level agreements, and gives structure to organisations of all sizes and sectors to identify their objectives and requirements, before comparing the offerings of different cloud service providers.

“Cloud adoption is no longer simply a...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Privacy, Security, SLA.

AWS and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership


It had been rumoured, but now it’s confirmed: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware have announced a strategic alliance which will culminate in a new hybrid cloud service snappily titled ‘VMware Cloud on AWS’.

The two companies say the announcement will give customers a full software-defined data centre (SDCC) experience, combining leadership in private and public cloud. The service will run on AWS bare metal infrastructure, while the SDDC side will come predominantly...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, VMware.

One in three public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ for cloud


A new research report from software and business services provider Agilisys has found that more than a third of public sector firms have ‘no concrete plans’ to adopt cloud-based technology.

The findings, which appear in the 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey, found that of the 180 respondents, 36% had no plans to migrate to the cloud.

Almost 60% said that cloud adoption would help to reduce on-site maintenance and IT support requirements, which may indicate it is not a lack of...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Software.

IBM launches object storage for hybrid clouds, updates on VMware partnership


IBM has made a couple of major cloudy launches, announcing what is claimed as the industry’s first object storage service for hybrid clouds, as well as elaborating on the partnership with VMware announced earlier this year.

IBM Cloud Object Storage is based primarily around the technology of Cleversafe, which was acquired by the Armonk giant in November last year, but also around SecureSlice, which...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Storage, VMware.

More apps are being stored in the cloud – but are we putting too much faith there?


While two thirds of organisations polled by cloud storage and data protection provider CTERA Networks deploys more than a quarter of its applications in the cloud, protecting them is a different story altogether.

The findings appear in a report entitled ‘Game of Clouds’ – no prizes for guessing the theme – which makes the research concept clear.

“The emergence and tremendous growth of cloud computing in the enterprise is taking IT environments to uncharted...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Migration, Security, Storage.

Oracle and Verizon announce latest cloud partnership with SDN at forefront


Oracle and Verizon have announced a new partnership which aims to ‘make the move to cloud easier for global organisations.’

The deal combines Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect services, which utilises Verizon’s network to transfer data and apps securely to cloud service providers, to create the snappily-titled Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect. The combination of software defined networking (SDN) from the Verizon side and in-region...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Mobility, Vendors.

How cloud and IoT services are driving deployment of public key infrastructures


A new study from Thales and the Ponemon Institute has found that, for more than three in five businesses polled, cloud-based services were the biggest trend driving the deployment of applications using public key infrastructures (PKI).

PKI refers to the ability for users and organisations to send secure data over networks; as defined by TechTarget, it “supports the distribution and identification of public encryption...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

More money in big data initiatives, Gartner argues – but is the ROI still unclear?

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The big data landscape is approaching a state of maturation: according to the latest note from analyst house Gartner, more money is being invested in big data but fewer companies are deciding to commit.

The research, which polled almost 200 members of the Gartner Research Circle, found that 48% of companies have invested in big data this year – up 3% from this time last year – but also argued that only a quarter (25%) plan to invest in the coming years, down from 31%...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

IDC outlook sees global cloud IT infrastructure revenue at $7.7bn for Q216


According to the latest research from analyst house IDC, worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenue hit $7.7 billion (£6.05bn) in the second quarter of 2016, at a growth rate of 14.5%.

The data, which comes from the company’s latest worldwide quarterly cloud IT infrastructure tracker, found Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) remains top of the tree for global infrastructure vendor revenue, with the same market share – 16.4% - as this time last year, although not growing as...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Volta sees post-Brexit opportunity as data centre expansion revealed

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IP EXPO Never mind Brexit – London-based Volta Data Centres says an opportunity is afoot after launching another floor of its data centre site.

The vendor, which operates off a single site in central London, says enquiries have gone up by around 50% since the referendum result in June. Jonathan Arnold, Volta managing director, explains: “I think those [enquiries] that are linked to Brexit are very much looking at planning for the future because there is clearly still that...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Europe.

Big data technology market speeding up – with NoSQL and Hadoop at forefront


The big data technology landscape is varied and vast – and a new report from Forrester examines the key strands, with non-relational databases taking the bulk of the honours.

The report, claimed to be a first of its kind from the analyst firm titled Big Data Management Solutions Forecast 2016 to 2021, argues NoSQL and Hadoop will see the biggest growth during the five year period, with the markets growing 25.0% and 32.9% per year respectively. The analysts also claim that the big...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Google announces eight new cloud regions and greater customer integration


As night follows day, so one player in the cloud infrastructure space announces something, another has to respond.

Or at least that’s what it feels like. Google has announced eight new locations for its Cloud Platform service, with three in Europe – including the UK – and three in Asia Pacific, shortly after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new plans for a data centre zone in...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS announces Paris data centre region plans


Cloud infrastructure giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to launch a data centre region in Paris, making it the fourth zone after the UK, Ireland and Germany.

It’s worth noting here that AWS’ UK plans are just that at the moment, with the company confirming at a recent event that the UK data centres were going ahead despite the Brexit referendum vote. Yet according to Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, writing in a blog post, the company’s expansion in...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

How Great Western Railway is getting its compliance on the right track


Great Western Railway (GWR) has enlisted the help of CoreStream to provide a new system for its compliance and regulations.

Like many organisations, ensuring compliance is vital – but for GWR it may count more than others. The railway operator is governed by a franchise agreement which includes more than a thousand obligations – and failing to comply with them can result not only in fines, but also disqualification from future franchise bids.

As a result, the company...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.