IBM rolls out dedicated BlueMix platform, gives customers more DevOps options

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IBM has announced the rollout of new cloud-based DevOps services to enable enterprises to develop software faster, as well as launching a single-tenant version of its platform as a service (PaaS) Bluemix.

The aim with DevOps is to apply agile development principles to the larger, slower-moving enterprise market. With the cloud-based offering from IBM, organisations can now utilise collaborative lifecycle management either on-premise or as a managed service, as well as reduce time...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS.

Microsoft Azure cloud outage blamed on undetected testing bug

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Microsoft Azure cloud storage went down for several hours overnight knocking various sites and services offline, with the tech giant blaming the fault on an undetected bug during testing.

The incident can be located on the Azure status history page, under ‘Multiple Azure Services’ and multiple regions.

 “From 19 Nov 2014, 00:52 to 05:50 UTC a subset of customers using Storage, Virtual Machines, SQL Geo-Restore, SQL...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, IaaS.

Take a look at how cloud helped a cancer charity increase donations by 40%

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The Canadian Cancer Society (CCSSK), based in Saskatchewan, has launched an omni-channel engagement centre utilising cloud telephony from NewVoiceMedia and Salesforce, and found charitable donations had increased by 40%.

At the society’s Relay for Life event, participation went up 30% and pledge numbers increased by 70%. The company looked to the cloud primarily to provide a greater customer experience. Utilising Salesforce data, employees were able to create more...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PublicSector.

Verizon announces its Cloud Marketplace is open for business

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions has announced the official launch of its Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a store for software certified to operate in the Verizon cloud.

The communications provider has been aggressive in its cloud push in recent months, and is opening up this one-stop shop with a variety of partners, including AppDynamics, Hitachi and Juniper Networks.

“The launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace is an important milestone in the ongoing evolution of our cloud...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public.

Yes, we’re all in the cloud - but use it to develop enterprise apps? Not yet

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A report from CipherCloud and Gigaom Research has revealed while most companies are in the cloud, they’re still reticent about using it to develop enterprise applications.

According to the research, just less than half (44%) of respondents had already made cloud deployments, with only 14% saying it would take them more than a year to deploy. 83% of respondents said they had adopted public cloud. Yet only 21% of those surveyed said they were using the cloud as a platform to...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise.

Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink: On change for telcos as they move to the cloud

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Feature CenturyLink is a cloud provider on a mission. With nearly fifty years’ experience in the traditional telecommunications space, it’s looking to challenge the main storage and infrastructure players.

The Louisiana-based firm is going about it in all the right ways. The company launched CenturyLink Private Cloud back in August, offering the...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Interview, PaaS.

New report lays out how best to migrate your existing applications to the cloud

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The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published a new document assessing best practice for migrating applications to the cloud, including data transfer requirements and application performance management (APM).

The latest 16 page release is a supplementary document to the 28 page behemoth (pdf) released in December 2013 outlining a migration roadmap for businesses in six easy steps; assess...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Migration.

Forrester 2015 predictions report explains how cloud will be “the motivator”

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. Everyone who’s got an opinion will be telling the world and his dog about their predictions for cloud computing in 2015. CloudTech will bring you the very best of these in due course, but for now analyst house Forrester has got theirs in early and proclaimed 2015 is the year when companies fighting the cloud will finally be a thing of the past.

The report, entitled “Predictions 2015: The Days of Fighting the Cloud Are Over”, examines 10...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, IaaS, Research.

Cloud best practices: Compliance, campaigns and SLAs

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The cloud computing track at Apps World Europe yesterday threw up a series of interesting case studies, opinions and analysis.

John Finch, CIO of the Bank of England, spoke in the keynote session and revealed the bank’s use of cloud technologies only extended to the public-facing front end; John Pillar, CTO of Discover & Deliver spoke of a huge cloud-based IT project at former employer Marks & Spencer, and a morning panel session examined SLAs and mobile cloud best...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, SLA.

Most UK businesses not ready to move to the cloud, cite in-house skills as problem

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More than four in five (82%) of UK IT leaders believe they are not fully ready to move to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers because of a shortage of in-house skills, with Microsoft Azure as the most trusted IaaS provider.

The research, commissioned by Reconnix, found that despite the general air of reticence moving apps from traditional servers to the cloud was at least a high or medium priority for 88% of those polled.

Yet there’s a problem – and it’s...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS.

IBM to startups: We’ll give you $120k to build your business in the cloud

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IBM has today announced the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups, which aims to help aspiring firms to the tune of $120,000 (£75,000) if they get a foot up on IBM’s cloud platform.

Those who get the funding will be able to access the entire set of jewels in IBM’s cloudy crown, including SoftLayer infrastructure, Aspera’s data transfer, Cloudant’s database as a service, and Twitter’s social analytics, after the firms’ partnership

By James Bourne, 10 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, PaaS.

SAP names cloudy former Microsoft exec Quentin Clark as CTO

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German tech giant SAP has announced former Microsoft corporate vice president (CVP) Quentin Clark as its new chief technology officer.

Clark was previously at Microsoft, where he’d served for 20 years, as CVP for business applications, reporting directly to then executive vice president Satya Nadella. He helped oversee the delivery of various data products including Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI, and BI in Microsoft Office.

His job role at SAP

By James Bourne, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SAP.

From one cloud to many: The current trend of cloud adoption

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Over the next 12 months, the majority of business applications will be deployed to the cloud, with most of these being deployed to multiple clouds across multiple geographies.

That’s the key trend from a survey conducted by Equinix, in which the overwhelming majority of the 659 global respondents (77%) said they planned to deploy to multiple clouds in the next year, and a similar number (74%) expect a larger budget in 2015 for cloud services.

91% of new cloud-based offerings...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research.

Interoute opens up second virtual data centre zone in Germany

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Cloud services provider Interoute has announced it will open up a new virtual data centre (VDC) zone in Frankfurt on December 1.

The new VDC zone is the seventh to be launched in 2014, the 14th overall, and the second in Germany, alongside the zone in Berlin launched in 2012. The firm launched data centres in Milan, Hong Kong, New York, London, Slough and Madrid this year.

It’s another step towards protecting data of European customers within EU borders, and offers ultra low,...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS.

NetSuite goes aggressive in ad campaign, targets Sage

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Updated “All Sage lines terminate here.” This is the opening statement of an advert placed in yesterday’s Financial Times and Metro by NetSuite.

Parodying a railway network, the ad asks: “Has your business come to the end of the line with Sage?” adding it had poached 500 customers from its rival.

CEO Zach Nelson has approved the campaign, seeing it as an ideal time to further European expansion for NetSuite. Nelson is planning to move to the UK for a period next...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise.

Salesforce customers: Learn from Code Spaces’ swift demise

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A benchmark report by Adallom into the uptake of software as a service (SaaS) applications has found that Salesforce customers have the highest percentage of privileged access users – and warned about the problems that may cause businesses.

On average 7% of users on Salesforce accounts are privileged or have admin access, compared with 4% for Google Apps, 2% for Box and 1% for Office 365, the other three services analysed.

The report gave a grave warning over the prevalence...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Security.

Dropbox and Microsoft partner for Office 365 storage: What does this mean for OneDrive?

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Cloudy storage provider Dropbox has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft whereby the service is being integrated more closely with Microsoft Office 365.

Dropbox customers will be able to access their accounts directly from Office apps, edit Office files from the Dropbox app, as well as sharing Dropbox links from Office.

In a blog post on the Dropbox website, head of product Ilya Fushman wrote: “We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Storage.

More than three quarters of workloads will be through cloud data centres by 2018

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By 2018, 78% of workloads will be processed by cloud data centres, while annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes (ZB).

These are the two main takeaways from Cisco’s latest Cloud Index study, which aims to show the extent of growth of global data centre and cloud-based IP traffic.

Annual global data centre IP traffic will reach 8.6 ZB by the end of 2018, up significantly from last year’s total of 3.1 ZB. Workload density for cloud data centres will reach...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Research.

7 reasons why cloud governance is a challenge: Should we eradicate shadow IT?

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Another day, another report bemoaning shadow IT for cloud computing. SafeNet’s Challenges of Cloud Information Governance study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, is the latest to put the blame of compromising data at the door of unapproved IT activity.

Shadow IT, which involves employees bypassing company policy on website and technology usage, has meant cloud security is “stormy”, according to the report. More than half (55%) of the 1,864 IT and IT security...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Security.