Top 10 disasters of 2016 reaffirm need for cloud business continuity strategy

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With 2016 drawing to a close – and some may argue with good cause – it is time to assess the landscape throughout the year. According to figures published by managed service providers IT Specialists (ITS), the 10 largest business continuity disasters of the year in the UK include storms, fires, and power outages.

Particularly observant readers of this publication will note a similar study was conducted by ITS

By James Bourne, 09 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

IBM launches new Bluemix continuous delivery and DevOps services

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IBM has announced the launch of new services on its Bluemix platform which are focused on continuous delivery, DevOps, and simplifying app development in the cloud.

IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery gives DevOps teams a central hub to create, manage, and scale toolchains, which are integral to the app development process, as well as providing toolchain templates designed to be provisioned enterprise-wide with minimum fuss. The templates can also be used to help build microservices,...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

Equinix buys 29 data centres from Verizon for $3.6 billion

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Data centre firm Equinix has announced its intention to purchase 24 data centre sites, consisting of 29 data centre buildings, from Verizon for $3.6 billion (£2.85bn).

The portfolio includes approximately 900 customers and are based exclusively in the US and Latin America. Equinix will open three new markets, in Culpeper in Virginia, Houston, and Bogota, and will add almost 2.5 million gross square feet to the company’s overall footprint.

“This unique opportunity...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

How software asset management needs to adapt to changing cloud conditions

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A new report issued today by Flexera Software argues that software asset management (SAM) needs to evolve to keep up with software as a service (SaaS) and virtualisation moving into the mainstream.

The study, which polled almost 500 respondents answering questions on enterprise and application production, found that for 20% of respondents, more than a quarter of their software is SaaS-based, while 39% say more than a quarter is virtualised. Interestingly, while three quarters say 80% or...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

SimpliVity and Huawei team up in hyperconverged play

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Hyperconverged: it’s a word which elicits knowing nods from those in the industry, and looks of panic from those few who haven’t heard of it. Yet hyperconverged infrastructure, bundling in compute, storage, networking and virtualisation in a software-centric architecture, is here to stay, and Massachusetts-based SimpliVity has today announced a deal to put its OmniStack technology on Huawei FusionServer in a new collaboration.

The offering is available on SimpliVity's...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation.

CA Technologies acquires Automic in €600m deal

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US tech giant CA Technologies has announced its intent to acquire business automation software provider Automic in a reported €600 million (£505m) deal.

The move is to enhance CA’s European reach, as well as adding automation and orchestration capabilities across its portfolio.

“With the acquisition of Automic, we will deliver automation, scale work flows and business processes while reducing costs and greatly improving accuracy,” said Ayman Sayed, CA...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Software.

Latest survey data warns SMBs are not using automation for cloud backups

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Almost 70% of small businesses in a survey from B2B analyst and reviews firm Clutch say they rely on their cloud storage provider for backups, with only 15% opting for automated services and 12% not bothering at all.

The findings appear as the second of two reports on SMBs and cloud strategy, with the first in November advising that many small firms are risking their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

Box on track for positive free cash flow target after solid Q317 results

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Cloud storage provider Box has announced its Q317 financial results, with revenue hitting a record $102.8 million (£81.3m), an increase of 31% on the same time last year.

Billings in the third quarter was $112.4m, up 26% from this time last year, while GAAP operating loss was at $37.8m, lower than expected. The company says it is on track to achieve positive free cash flow by the end of Q4, while its guidance has been raised to $397-$398m, up from $394-$396m.

“Our results this...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

AWS launches refreshed T2, R4, C5 and I3 instances, snags Workday as new customer

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a new series of instances for its cloud infrastructure, both expanding current instance families and creating new categories.

At Re:Invent in Las Vegas today, Andy Jassy, AWS chief executive, announced XL and 2XL segments for its T2 series of instances, which are aimed more at the simpler workload, as well as I3, the next generation of its high I/O instances, C5 for more compute intensive workloads, and R4 for memory intensive...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure.

UpCloud raises £3.4m in series A for competitive high performance cloud

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Say hello to UpCloud. The Finland-based cloud provider has secured €4 million (£3.4m) in a series A funding round, and is looking to expand its team with the proceeds.

The startup, which was founded in 2011, currently has four data centres in Chicago, Frankfurt, Helsinki, and London, and was recently named by Deloitte as one of the top three fastest growing technology firms in Finland.

UpCloud aims squarely at the ‘cost-effective, high performance’ space, and is naturally...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, M&A.

Sweden confirms tax break for data centres following government study

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Swedish data centre operators are to enjoy a vastly reduced electricity tax rate for providing their services after Sweden’s parliament confirmed new legislation.

The move will see the rate for data centres in Sweden move to 0.005 krona, or 0.00054 US dollars per kWh, as of January 1 2017 at a 97% cut.

Last year, a government-led study advocated the move, arguing that the data centre industry should be on an equal footing to the likes of manufacturing, which already has tax breaks on its power...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Rackspace becomes latest cloud firm to build Frankfurt data centre

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Managed cloud services provider Rackspace has announced it is to open a data centre in Germany, citing the strict data protection laws in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region as key to the move.

While it is Rackspace’s first foray into continental Europe in this manner, the company will join a host of other players in Frankfurt, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and IBM. Alibaba announced a similar move

By James Bourne, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

AI may help create more sustainable data centres – but work still to do

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Enterprise data centre provider Aegis Data argues in its latest note that utilising artificial intelligence (AI) could be key in winning the battle for sustainable data centres.

“There’s no escaping the reality that as more connected devices and technology trends sweep the market, more demands will be placed on the data centre to provide the high-powered servers and cooling systems required,” said Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis. “But in the pursuit of...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

IBM launches four new UK data centres fused with AI

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IBM has announced it is to add four new cloud data centres in the UK, tripling its capacity and aiming to keep up with client demand.

The announcement comes almost two months to the day since the Armonk giant committed to a cloud data centre in Norway citing rising demand in the Nordics, and one day after eCommerce behemoth Alibaba

By James Bourne, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe.

VMware notes good and bad with decentralised IT – and how cloud is driving it

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It’s a discussion which has rumbled on for years; does a centralised or decentralised model of IT work best? According to new research commissioned by VMware, cloud computing has become key to the decentralisation of IT – and while it may ease the pressure in some areas, security, management and compliance issues remain.

The latest release, titled State of the Cloud, represents the second half of VMware’s study, with the former, The IT Archipelago, being conducted by the...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Alibaba cloud goes global, launching four new data centres by end of 2016

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Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba has beefed up its cloud operations with the announcement of four new data centres opening by the end of 2016 in Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.

The German data centre, located in Frankfurt, will be run in partnership with Vodafone, while Sydney will host the Australian data centre with a dedicated team. Japan’s data centre opening will continue Alibaba’s partnership with SoftBank announced earlier this year, while the launch...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IBM announces new Bluemix services for greater cloud migration and data insights

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IBM has announced a series of new cloud data services on Bluemix, its developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering, aiming to help businesses accelerate their migration and glean better insights from their data.

There are three services in total. The snappily-titled IBM Decision Optimisation on Cloud, which is in beta, helps organisations digest a large amount of data, including predictions, business goals and transactional figures, and spit them out as decision...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Goldman Sachs upgrades Microsoft to ‘buy’ after Azure growth

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Goldman Sachs has upgraded its rating on Microsoft from ‘neutral’ to ‘buy’ after praising the company’s Azure growth.

According to a report from StreetInsider, Goldman Sachs’ Heather Bellini raised the price target from $60 to $68 noting Azure’s continued growth; 100% or greater, year over year, in eight of the...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Service providers need to join forces to address enterprise IT complexities

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A new report from Tata Communications offers a warning for service providers; their solutions do not always meet the expectations of enterprises.

The research, which was conducted by IDC among enterprises and service providers across 32 countries, saw enterprises rank security, cited by 52% of respondents, cloud (43%) and mobility (32%) as their primary technology priorities.

But there may be a gap between what enterprises want and what service providers can give. Enterprises see...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Clutch survey warns about security of small businesses using free cloud storage

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Small businesses continue to put security as their main priority when selecting a cloud storage provider, yet many continue to risk their security by choosing free solutions, according to a new survey from analyst firm Clutch.

According to the survey, which polled almost 300 small and medium businesses who use at least one cloud storage platform, 25% of respondents admit they use a free cloud storage product, compared to 71% who said their organisations pay for cloud storage.

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By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Storage.