Cloud usage in healthcare on the up, new research argues

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More than half of respondents in a survey from cloud migration services provider SADA Systems say cloud-based apps are improving patient satisfaction and leading to better treatment.

The survey, which polled more than 300 North American IT professionals, found Microsoft was the primary cloud infrastructure platform for healthcare organisations, cited by 42% of respondents. Google (29%) and Amazon (27%) trailed behind. In terms of mobile device management, Microsoft (55% of...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Industry, Security, Software.

Research argues overconfidence in disaster recovery is ‘common and costly’

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A new UK study from cloud disaster recovery provider iland has found that 95% of respondents have faced an outage or data loss in the past year – with 87% of that number saying it triggered a failover.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Matters and which specifically polled 250 UK decision makers responsible for their company’s IT disaster recovery plans, also found that of the 87% who had executed a failover, while 82% said they were confident it would be successful, 55%...

By James Bourne, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

IBM launches Norway cloud data centre, citing continued Nordic demand

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IBM has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre in Oslo, Norway, becoming the latest vendor to support a growing need for cloud in the Nordics.

The new facility, which takes IBM’s global cloud data centres to 48 in total with 12 in Europe, offers the full range of IBM’s cloud infrastructure services, from bare metal to virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking. Customers will also have access to a plethora of other options, from platform as a...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Microsoft announces greater availability in German data centres

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Microsoft has announced its new German Azure data centres are being managed by a subsidiary of telco giant Deutsche Telekom in what is being claimed as a ‘first of its kind’ European business model.

The German data centre regions, in Magdeburg and Frankfurt, were announced at the end of 2015 and opened earlier this year. Yet being under the control of a ‘data trustee’, T-Systems International, enables customers with additional controls on their data, as well...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

“Amazon’s lead is over”: Oracle launches next generation IaaS data centres

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Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and chief technology officer, has claimed that “Amazon’s lead is over” in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space after Oracle announced the launch of next generation data centres at its OpenWorld event in San Francisco.

The event came days after the software giant released its first quarter 2017 financial...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How the British Medical Journal ditched its old culture for a DevOps environment

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During a recent VMworld keynote, Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of VMware, gave special praise to General Electric (GE). For a company which was founded when Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, its continued innovations through cloud, analytics, and more has helped it remain the only company still standing from the original 12 listed as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), founded in 1840, a full 52 years before GE, is another...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Oracle’s cloud sales approach $1bn, attacks Workday and AWS in results

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Oracle has announced total revenues of $8.6 billion (£6.6bn) in its first quarter 2017 financial results, up 3% in constant currency and with the cloud change at the heart of it.

Addressing analysts after the results were announced, Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO, said in her first remarks, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha: “Clearly, we are pleased with our...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.

Gartner predicts global public cloud services market to break $200bn this year

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The global public cloud services market is set to break the $200 billion mark, going to $208.6bn (£157.8bn) at a 17.2% increase by the end of this year, according to the latest prognostication from analyst house Gartner.

Gartner’s verdict comes primarily through the rapid growth of cloud system infrastructure services, which the analysts expect to grow 42.8% this year, with cloud application services – SaaS – growing at a 21.7% clip, to reach $38.9bn.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

Evernote moves to Google’s cloud, cites machine learning as key factor

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Note-taking app provider Evernote has announced it is moving to Google Cloud Platform and is ditching its own servers and networks.

The company, which celebrated its eighth anniversary earlier in the summer, said in a company blog post that the current arrangement did not give Evernote the ‘speed and flexibility’ needed for the future.

What was more interesting in the move, as confirmed by both Evernote and...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Platform.

HPE still leads the way in cloud infrastructure ahead of Cisco and Dell

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The company may only be a week old – but Dell Technologies is already challenging the traditional leaders in the cloud infrastructure space, according to new data released from Synergy Research.

Naturally, this statement isn’t quite telling the whole truth. Even though Dell Technologies came into being on September 7, the company’s history, having come about

By James Bourne, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Two in three CIOs yet to formulate ‘comprehensive’ GDPR strategy

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Businesses have been warned and they’ve been previously shown up for not having the required knowledge over the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – now, a new piece of research from mainframe firm Compuware argues that more than two thirds of...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Privacy.

Lack of vendor support hinders channel cloud push, research finds

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Even though almost all of the channel recognises the potential benefits of cloud computing, only two thirds of companies polled by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Intermedia say they are offering cloud services today.

The research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne and polled 150 senior decision makers from managed service providers, value added resellers and systems integrators, found there were ‘significant’ barriers when it came to channel organisations selling...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Oregon joins AWS government cloud – while UK councils turn down G-Cloud

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it has signed a criminal justice information services (CJIS) agreement with the State of Oregon, enabling AWS GovCloud services available to the state’s law enforcement officers.

Oregon joins California, Colorado, and Minnesota among others in signing up to AWS’s cloud services. The provider has two availability zones in its US GovCloud data centre.

“We are committed to doing our part as a cloud service provider by giving...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Regulation.

The Forbes cloud 100: Slack, Dropbox, and DocuSign rated top three private cloud firms

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Slack has been ranked as the number one private company leading cloud computing in 2016, according to research conducted by Forbes.

The messaging app provider, which was noted by Netskope in recent research to be among the top 20 cloud apps used by businesses for the first time, finished ahead of cloud storage firm Dropbox (#2) and electronic signature provider DocuSign (#3)....

By James Bourne, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Netskope research shows how cloud malware and ransomware remain issues

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According to the latest research from cloud security provider Netskope, almost 44% of malware found in cloud apps have delivered ransomware, while almost 56% of malware-infected files in cloud apps are shared publicly.

The study, which appears in the company’s latest Netskope Cloud Report, found that the number of cloud apps keep going up in enterprises; 824 on average, up from 777 during the last quarter. Microsoft continues to beat Google as the most popular cloud app, with...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Microsoft announces UK data centres open as MoD moves to the cloud

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Microsoft has announced its UK data centres are open for business for both Azure and Office 365, with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust among the first customers.

The move was first mooted in November last year, alongside expansions in the Netherlands and Ireland. At the time Microsoft promised the UK regions, in London, Durham, and Cardiff, would arrive by late...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Are virtualisation workloads causing memory issues at your organisation?

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A new survey from memory and storage providers Crucial argues almost half (47%) of IT professionals are planning to upgrade their server memory in the next 12 months as virtualisation workloads bite.

Given who is providing the survey data, the results aren’t exactly a surprise. But some of the statistics are illuminating.

Taking its findings from 350 IT decision makers in the US and central Europe, on average IT professionals are running 29 virtual machines per physical server. Yet...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Research, Software, Virtualisation.

Interoute launches Stockholm virtual data centre zone with growing Nordic demand

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Cloud services platform provider Interoute has launched a new virtual data centre zone in Stockholm, following the launch of similar zones in Istanbul and Singapore earlier this year.

The move represents the “growing regional demand for fast local cloud services” in the Nordics, with Interoute already employing 100 workers in the region with offices in Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm.

One Interoute customer looking to reap the benefits of better and...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

451 Research: 60% of workloads running in cloud by 2018 – and the rise of cloud-first

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According to the latest forecast from 451 Research, three in five enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by mid-2018, up from two in five (41%) today.

The analyst firm argues there will be strong growth in particular enterprise workload categories, including data and analytics and business applications. In the same timeframe, almost a quarter (23%) of enterprise workloads will be software as a service (SaaS), compared to 12% for IaaS. 451 argues that IaaS will be the highest...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Huawei’s three tenets for making the most of the cloud opportunity

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With an increasingly open IT ecosystem, there are three key principles for all businesses, from SMBs to enterprises, to make the most of their lot: cooperation over competition, benefit sharing, and creating a bigger market rather than fighting for a larger share.

That was the verdict of Guo Ping, rotating CEO of Chinese telco Huawei, at the company’s Huawei Connect event. “Essentially, marketplace advantages will come from within an organisation, as has traditionally...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.