Oracle buys NetSuite for $9.3bn to further strengthen its cloud story

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Updated 1758 BST Oracle has announced the acquisition of cloud ERP software provider NetSuite for $9.3 billion (£7.07bn).

The move had been rumoured strongly for the past couple of weeks – and certainly in the back of people’s minds for asignificantly longer period of time – yet the agreement was confirmed today, and is expected to close later this year subject to usual...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: ERP, M&A, SaaS , Software.

Lack of encryption for sensitive cloud data worrying for businesses, argues Gemalto

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Though cloud-based resources are becoming increasingly important to companies’ IT operations and business strategies, only a third of sensitive cloudy data is encrypted, according to the latest research from digital security provider Gemalto.

The findings, conducted in association with the Ponemon Institute, found more than nine in 10 UK firms (92%) don’t encrypt more than three quarters of their sensitive data sent via the cloud, while almost four in 10 (39%) do not encrypt...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Privacy, Security.

Why CIOs cannot ‘blindly trust’ public cloud services in their organisation

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Cloud maturity is on the rise, although plenty of problems remain, according to the latest survey data from service management technology provider Fruition Partners.

The study, which was undertaken by Vanson Bourne and polled 400 CIOs from the UK and US, found that for almost three quarters (73%) of respondents, “significant” financial waste is occurring with cloud adoption without IT insight. Yet 85% of CIOs polled believe cloud is reducing their organisations’...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Software.

Autotask partners with Microsoft CSP programme to maximise Azure opportunity

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IT management software provider Autotask has announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme and MessageOps to launch CSP Boss.

The product is aimed at Autotask customers looking to “maximise the cloud services opportunity”. Service providers can automate management, billing and support of Microsoft’s cloud portfolio, including Office 365, Azure, and SharePoint, while value added services can also be provided in the form of...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

95% of enterprises say their cloud office migration has been a success

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For the vast majority of IT decision makers, cloudy offices fit their organisations like a glove. That’s one of the key findings from a study released by software vendor BetterCloud, which found 95% of the almost 270 respondents agree that Office 365 and Google Apps suit their workplace needs well.

Comparing the two, however, is something which is too tempting to resist. 44% of Google Apps users say that system fits their needs ‘very well’, compared with 39% for...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Software.

HyperGrid promises “next generation” of hyper-converged infrastructure

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Hyper-converged all flash infrastructure vendor Gridstore and application lifecycle management platform provider DCHQ have merged to launch HyperGrid, which is claimed to be the industry’s first ‘hyper-converged infrastructure as a service’ (HCIaaS) offering.

To translate, the new HyperGrid product aims to combined hyper-converged infrastructure with a pay as you consume pricing model. “HCIaaS is the first solution that bridges the needs of traditional and...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Software.

Containers going mainstream, but deployment still a headache

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A survey of 200 IT professionals surveyed by IT and cloud operations provider NetEnrich has revealed that 70% are using containers today, but integration with existing IT environments remains a challenge.

The research found that while seven in 10 use container technology, with another 21% of respondents indicating they plan to move soon, more than half (55%) admitted integrating containers into current IT systems was the biggest issue. Security concerns (53% of respondents)...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Developers, Platform.

Almost half of UK councils are yet to put cloud plans together, research finds

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Even though almost three quarters of the major UK councils say they use cloud technologies for data storage in some capacity, almost half say they are yet to formulate plans to use cloud computing.

That’s the main finding from not for profit IT service provider Eduserv, in responses provided by the top 100 councils in the UK. 44% of those polled said they did not have a strategy or IT policy in place – and of that number, only 15% say they are exploring or considering a...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Public, PublicSector.

Dropbox and Egnyte move to leaders section in Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant

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Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Egnyte represent the leaders’ section in the latest Gartner enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) Magic Quadrant.

The 2016 rankings show an interesting correlation year on year; Dropbox and Egnyte move from the challenger and visionary sections respectively, while the overall number of vendors, 13, represents a step down from 16...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Software, Storage.

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

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IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.

The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is estimated by Gartner to hit $111 billion, going up to $216bn by 2020. Business process outsourcing – with the cloud segment of...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

Microsoft looks to cloud as key strength of latest financial results

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Microsoft cited the strength of its cloud portfolio on the firm’s ‘customer momentum’ as it reported a $3.1 billion (£2.4bn) net income for the quarter ending June 30.

Revenue was $20.6bn GAAP, with operating income at $3.1bn. Office commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 5%, heavily driven by the Office 365 side, while Office consumer products and cloud services grew 19%.

For Azure, revenue grew 102%, with Azure compute usage more than doubling year on...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Boeing and Ryanair looking to take advantage of cloud and big data platforms

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The airline industry has traditionally been ripe for technological innovation – and a couple of examples have hit CloudTech’s inbox with regard to how different providers are currently utilising big data and cloud.

Boeing has announced an agreement with Microsoft to build a cloud-based platform for its range of analytics tools, aiming to transition many of the airline’s commercial aviation applications into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Among the applications ready to move into...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Infrastructure, Platform.

Box deploys RingCentral to modernise comms platform, saving almost $1m per year

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Enterprise cloud software provider Box is working with cloud communications provider RingCentral to unify its global enterprise communications in order to save up to $900,000 per year.

Box will deploy RingCentral Office, the comms vendor’s flagship UCaaS (unified communications as a service) platform, as well as planning to utilise RingCentral products which integrate with both Google for Work and Salesforce. RingCentral notes that the openness of its platform, as well as its...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Software, UnifiedComms.

IDC notes how public cloud IaaS is ‘transforming enterprise IT value chain’

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A short research note from analyst house IDC argues how enterprise acceptance and adoption rates are driving strong growth of public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

According to IDC forecasts, public cloud IaaS revenues are set to more than triple, from $12.6 billion (£9.5bn) in 2015 to $43.6bn in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 28.2% over that period. The public cloud IaaS market grew 51% in 2015, according to IDC, with that growth expecting to slow after...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Microsoft secures major court win with ramifications for global cloud data storage

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A federal court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to hand over data stored in other countries, overturning an original decision from a magistrate judge in 2014 and giving a shot in the arm for cloud security and data sovereignty.

The key asset in the case was data located in Microsoft’s data centre in Dublin, after the US Department of Justice had wanted to...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Kief Morris: On DevOps, containers, and empowering end to end services

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The concept of infrastructure as code (IaC), where computing infrastructure is managed and configured by automation rather than through manual processing, has been around for a while. Mark Burgess’ work on CFEngine, an open source configuration management system dating back to 1993, laid the groundwork, while DevOps.com introduced its readers to the concept back in May 2014. But what does the landscape look like in 2016?

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Chef launches ‘flagship’ product Automate, aims for greater enterprise DevOps rollouts

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IT automation software provider Chef has announced the launch of Chef Automate, claimed to be a flagship software product which ties together all of the company’s product portfolio.

Chef Automate aims to give users comprehensive visibility across all applications and their supporting environments, providing a single dashboard with access to analytics, trending data and health status of Chef-managed resources.

Other key features include a unified workflow, essentially a shared...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

Who should be in charge of big data analytics: the CIO, CFO, or a specialist?

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A new report from big data analytics provider Mu Sigma argues that higher performing companies are four times more likely to use a consistent approach to big data analysis, while consensus is divided on whether the CIO or CFO should be in charge.

The findings come from a survey of 150 large enterprises which turn over at least $500 million (£377.2m) a year, and draw some interesting conclusions on how large firms prioritise their data crunching. 23% of those polled said the CIO...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

FCA gives green light to financial firms using cloud technologies – but with a caveat

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a series of guidelines on how financial firms can migrate to the cloud and provisionally giving the green light to them.

“We see no fundamental reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules,” the report notes.

The authority notes that they have successfully supported many firms to use cloud and other IT service...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Migration.

Google study: Examining how cloud trust relates to business performance

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Cloud technology can create positive business outcomes for businesses – but only if the organisation is willing to foster business transformations that leverage what the cloud offers.

That is the key finding from a report published by The Economist and sponsored by Google on how trust in cloud computing correlates with business performance.

The report, which is based on a global survey of more than 450 executives in 10 countries across five continents, finds 38% of enterprise...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.