DevOps gaining ground in businesses, but data security fears linger


The DevOps movement is gaining ground in the UK with spending topping £1 million for one in three UK organisations, according to latest research published by Delphix.

More than three quarters (77%) of organisations surveyed said they had introduced dedicated budgets and support teams for DevOps. Companies have on average introduced seven DevOps initiatives over the past 24 months, with this figure expected to rise to nine in the next two years.

The influences for DevOps are evident....

By James Bourne, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Swedish government study advocates tax cut for data centre providers


A study by the Swedish government has pushed for a 97% reduction in electricity taxation for data centres in the Scandinavian country by January 2017.

The study, which has been sent to the country's Ministry of Finance, proposes a 0.005 krona, or USD 0.0006/kWh, pricing for data centres in Sweden as well as a 97% tax cut for data centres and data service providers.

Industries such as manufacturing already enjoy tax breaks on its power and electricity requirements, which the report asserts...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Dell agrees $67bn EMC deal: An “enterprise powerhouse” or “the walking dead”?


Tech giants Dell and EMC have announced a definitive agreement worth $67 billion (£43.7bn) which claims to “bring together the industry’s leading innovators in digital transformation, software-defined data centre, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security.”

Under the terms of the agreement, which will according to the two companies create “the world’s largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company,” EMC stockholders...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A.

CIOs continue to bemoan IT complexity, report shows


Cloud computing has been cited by CIOs as one of the biggest contributors to IT complexity, according to a report released this week by Trustmarque.

Two thirds (66%) of survey respondents claim cloud is a primary reason for IT complexity, ahead of legacy technology (51%) and software licensing (51%). Almost three quarters (71%) said it was increasingly difficult to understand the right technology to use, while 61% agreed that finding the right solution to their business need was...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO.

The hybrid IT conundrum: How to effect seamless enterprise transformation


The term ‘enterprise transformation’ is frequently heard, relating to organisational change and moving away from legacy technologies. Accenture defines it as a “fundamental shift [of] strategy, in response to major disruptions through a complete, business-driven remodelling of how a company structures itself.” But how far down the company does change go?

Antonion Piraino, chief technology officer at IT management software provider ScienceLogic, argues...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform.

Research details challenges of tracking cloud consumption


Two thirds of respondents in a survey from Dimensional Research and Cloud Cruiser say they find it challenging to track cloud consumption for cost allocations.

The research, which quizzed IT professionals who attended the AWS Global Summit events in San Francisco and New York in April and July this year, found almost four in five (79%) are pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy. Almost a third (30%) of respondents saying they will grow cloud services by more than half in the coming year,...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Economy.

Google launches new US East Coast data centre


Google has unveiled a new data centre with three new zones in the US east coast region, adding South Carolina to Iowa, Belgium and Taiwan as its primary data centre locations.

The expansion move comes two weeks after Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz decried Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for having, at the time, 12 regions combined compared with Microsoft’s 19.

“This will open up our services to customers that were waiting on a US East Coast...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

US and China will continue to lead for data centre location, analyst notes


A note from Synergy Research has shed light on the most popular data centre geographies, with the US and China coming out on top.

Not surprisingly, the US is the most popular location for cloud and internet data centres in Q215. After analysing the data centre footprint of 13 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, 44% of data centres were in the US. China (10%) was in clear second place, ahead of Australia, the UK, Japan, and Singapore (all 5%), with Germany and...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

Employee cloud storage trends uncovered in latest research


Research released by WinMagic reveals two thirds of employees do not know their company policy on cloud storage – and its usage is putting business data at risk.

The survey, which quizzed 1,000 office workers at companies with 50 or more employees, found a marked difference in employees’ usage of cloud storage; 41% of respondents said they used cloud services at least once a week, while 42% never touch them.

5% of those who said they use cloud storage once a week do so at...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Software defined data centres will be vital for business agility – but not just yet


Analyst house Gartner argues the software defined data centre (SDCC), otherwise known as the virtual data centre (VDC), is not the right choice for every IT organisation today – but long term it will be crucial to the evolution of an agile digital business.

The SDDC is whereby IT infrastructure is virtualised and delivered ‘as a service’, leading to greater levels of automation, flexibility and, in turn, business agility. The development is seen as crucial by the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Virtualisation.

Fujitsu aims to help CIOs master hybrid IT through new functionality


Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced new functionality which the company claims will help CIOs to deliver hybrid IT environments without compromising compliance and data security.

The company is announcing Fujitsu Cloud Services Management, which builds on the previous Fujitsu Cloud Integration Platform and aims to enable unified management of various cloud environments, across different departments within an organisation.

Fujitsu is also announcing an extension of its range of standardised...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Public sector fighting hidden costs of cloud computing, report reveals


Even though the public sector is adopting cloud as a key part of its IT strategy, new research from Sungard Availability Services has revealed the sector is facing a large number of challenges in managing and operating cloud environments.

According to the report, entitled ‘Digital by Design: Avoiding the cloud hangover in the UK public sector’, UK public sector organisations are spending over £300 million each year on ‘hidden costs’ associated with their...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: PublicSector.

Microsoft: How the cloud conversation has changed – and the edge on AWS


Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz has told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference of the explosive growth in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and how the company is differentiating against rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and IBM in the cloud.

With Deutsche Bank’s Karl Keirstead asking the questions, Schutz noted the varied nature of Microsoft’s customer base gives it the advantage over AWS.

By James Bourne, 21 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Lack of vendor visibility is number one pain point for cloud customers

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New survey data revealed by the SANS Institute shows more issues cloud providers face in keeping their customers happy, with a lack of visibility into operations the biggest bugbear for clients.

The report, entitled ‘Orchestrating Security in the Cloud’, spoke to 485 IT professionals and found lack of visibility was cited by 48% of respondents as a problem. A lack of virtual machine and workload visibility was selected by 46% of those polled, while vulnerabilities...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Public cloud generating more than $20bn quarterly for IT companies


A note released by Synergy Research shows the public cloud continues to make significant inroads into the overall IT market, generating over $20 billion (£12.9bn) in quarterly revenues for IT firms.

According to the research, public cloud operators provide $10bn in quarterly revenues for key technology and IT supplies, while generating $12bn themselves in revenues from infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

Synergy classifies the leading vendors into...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

SMBs urged to put disaster recovery plans in place after damning report findings


Smaller businesses are less likely to have a business continuity plan in place – and according to disaster recovery (DR) and backup provider Databarracks, there needs to be a stronger culture shift to put it right.

According to the vendor’s most recent Data Health Check report, only a quarter (27%) of small businesses have business continuity plans, compared to 68% of medium-sized firms and 75% of large organisations. Of the organisations with a plan in place, 88% had a...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Box announces Q2 financial figures, hits 50,000 customers


Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced its second quarter financial results, with revenue at $73.5 million (£47.6m) and a customer base of over 50,000.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ending July 31, Box announced revenue figures at an increase of 43% year over year. Billings were at $79.6m, an increase of 45% from the same period last year, while non-GAAP operating loss was at 45% of revenue, down from 57% in fiscal year 2015.

The SaaS provider noted among its 50,000...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

CIO dissatisfaction with cloud providers revealed in latest survey


Even though 93% of businesses are now using the cloud in some capacity, expectations are exceeding specific gains according to a new survey from cloud provider ElasticHosts.

More than four in five (84%) UK-based CIOs believe their cloud provider could do more to reduce the burden on in-house IT staff, and a similar number (80%) believe the pricing structure is a “rip off.”

Top of the list of grievances was slow response time to customer service queries, cited by 47% of...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

HP overhauls Cisco in cloud infrastructure equipment space


HP has finally overtaken Cisco in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, according to latest figures released by Synergy Research.

The two companies had been virtually neck and neck in the previous two quarters’ analysis, yet Synergy argues HP has grabbed the lead by virtue of its investment in the server and storage space, which now accounts for almost two...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Personal cloud market to hit $90bn by 2020, research study claims

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The global personal cloud market is expected to top almost $90 billion (£58.5bn) in revenue by 2020, according to the latest forecast by Allied Market Research.

The research firm anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.1% between 2015 and 2020, with growing customer awareness cited as boosting growth and personal cloud for individuals continuing to lead the market.

Individual users will comprise around 60% of total market revenue by 2020 according to Allied,...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Software.