AWS slashes data transfer costs, simplifies other cloud pricing

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has dramatically cut its rates for several types of data transfers, as well as changing how it prices reserved EC2 instances.

In a blog post published yesterday by Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist, the firm is reducing its rates for outbound data transfer, along with data transfer to and from CloudFront, AWS’ content delivery network. Data transfer from AWS to CloudFront is now free of charge.

Prices aren’t going down at the same rate across the...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Heroku delivers Performance Dynos to Europe, shows relevance of PaaS market

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Heroku, the Salesforce-owned developer platform, has announced the availability of its Performance Dynos toolset for its European customers, signalling a greater intent for expansion on the continent.

Performance Dynos enables companies to build and run large scale apps, as it contains 12 times the memory of a single Heroku Dyno. The move for European expansion was a natural one; in 2014 the number of apps built on Heroku in Europe went up by nearly 180%.

As a result, it gives companies...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Companies ploughing money into SaaS investment but still aware of the risks

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A survey from analyst house Gartner has found key drivers for software as a service (SaaS) include redirection of in-house staff to other responsibilities, as well as quick deployment and faster access to innovation.

The research, which polled across 10 countries in May and June this year, found that respondents were still not fully satisfied by going all in to the cloud, instead opting for a mix of SaaS and on-premises.

Even though Gartner expects the traditional deployment model...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PaaS, Platform, Research, SaaS , Software.

IBM announces deal with WPP, taps into greater big data and analytics

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IBM has announced that communications services group WPP has extended its partnership with the tech giant, providing a service delivery and technology platform to run WPP’s operations in the cloud for $1.25bn (£797m).

The current agreement will last for seven years, with WPP able to expand the use of big data and analytics and deploy new products and services through Big Blue.

“As the world’s largest communications group, we are seeking to exploit...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud365 moves in to Equinix’s Melbourne data centre for Australian cloud push

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Equinix has announced that app hosting provider Cloud365 has selected its first Melbourne data centre to consolidate its push in Australia.

With Cloud365’s infrastructure deployed across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the US, the deal makes sense geographically as the Melbourne ME1 data centre can allow a high-speed, low latency and high availability cloud environment for its customers.

The deal represents a significant win for Equinix, who partnered up with Google...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing and the changing role of the CIO: Which is best for your business?

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Cloud computing has been named as one of 12 disruptive technologies which will change the relationship between the CIO and the boardroom, according to a report by Advanced 365.

The evolving role of the CIO, and the C-suite in general, has long been a feature of modern business. Opinions differ, whether it’s a wag who proclaims CIO to mean ‘career is over’, or whether it’s a report which advocates more fluency and fluidity between executives.

The Advanced 365...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2014, 3 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

Meet Zenedge, the firm which protects the entire enterprise ecosystem in the cloud

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Zenedge has announced the general availability of its latest Zenshield DOME platform with a simple goal: to protect your enterprise from what it perceives to be its weakest link.

That weakest link is a firm’s partner and supplier ecosystem, which Zenedge insists is a more likely target for hackers trying to infiltrate an enterprise in the cloud.

The product is a security platform as a service (SPaaS), and can be extended to a retailer’s partner and supplier network so...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Exploits, Platform, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Docker vulnerability exposed, users urged to upgrade for cloud security

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Docker, the Linux container for run-anywhere apps, has a major vulnerability in all but the latest version of its software which can enable malicious code to extract hosted files.

The vuln, described as ‘critical’ in severity, was first spotted by Red Hat’s security researcher Florian Weimer and independent researcher Taunis Tiigi, with Docker crediting them in a security advisory.

“The Docker engine, up to and...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Vulnerabilities.

Look closer to home for the biggest cloud security issue, SME execs told

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The biggest threat to cloud security among IT is the company’s employees unintentionally exposing data, according to the latest research figures from CloudEntr.

The study, which took 438 survey responses from industries including financial and manufacturing, found three quarters (75%) of smaller businesses are most worried about their workforce when it comes to securing data in the cloud. Larger IT firms were more concerned about hackers using employee credentials to get...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Moving to the cloud is “so easy your mother could do it”, exec claims

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Danvers Baillieu, chief operating officer at VPN provider hidemyass, says he can’t understand companies who are reluctant to move to the cloud because it’s so easy to set up “your mother could do it.”

Baillieu spoke to CloudTech after research from Reconnix earlier this month found the majority of UK businesses weren’t ready to move to the cloud, citing a lack of...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why more organisations than you think have failed or stalled their cloud migrations

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Nearly half of organisations polled in a recent survey admitted they had failed or stalled their cloud hosting implementations, with a further half claiming they had to alter their budget and a whopping 70% force to make changes to their design.

These are the latest figures from a study of 358 respondents conducted by INetU and THINKStrategies entitled “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, which aims to show CIOs and business managers it’s not a “walk in...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Migration.

Enterprise cloud adoption goes up – and the bets are on SDN and NFV to make the most of it

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The IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study has found the number of firms who have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud continues to go up – but it’s the technology underneath this adoption which is the most interesting.

The latest research, which polled 1672 respondents and aimed to measure cloud computing trends among technology decision makers, found over a third (38%) were “comfortable” hosting in the cloud given the state of...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Virtualisation.

Anything Microsoft can do, Google can too: 1TB of storage for new Chromebook customers

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Google has announced one terabyte of free Drive storage to every customer who buys a Chromebook, rated at around $240 (£153).

The move is the latest in a long, long series of price cuts, bluffs and double bluffs from the main cloud infrastructure players to make users part with their cash.

Describing it as “a bonus for the holiday season” Alex Vogenthaler, Google Drive group product manager,

By James Bourne, 24 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Storage.

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, Platform.

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, Platform.