Cloud hardware spending passed $4bn across EMEA for 2014, IDC asserts

The prognosticators have been at the tea leaves and crystal balls again. This time, an IDC study has found that cloud hardware spending will break $4bn (£2.34bn) across EMEA in 2014.

The report, entitled EMEA IT Infrastructure Hardware for Public and Private Cloud 2011-2018 Forecast, saw year on year growth of 19% and “confirmed that cloud is the major disruption factor in the EMEA infrastructure hardware market”, according to a press release.

According to the researchers 15% of infrastructure spend in...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Research.

NetSuite acquires e-commerce provider Venda for greater European investment

Cloudy ERP and CRM provider NetSuite has snapped up London-based e-commerce provider Venda in a move which signals a concerted effort by both companies for omnichannel commerce in the cloud.

The two companies told CloudTech they had first met about four years ago, with the deal – the terms of which were not disclosed – coming about as both firms “share the same DNA”, according to Venda CTO and co-founder James Cronin.

Pete Daffern, president EMEA at NetSuite, told CloudTech: “We’ve been...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Enterprise.

Can bare metal beat virtualised public cloud for NoSQL database performance? Internap says yes

Internet content delivery provider Internap has today released a series of results which show a better benchmark performance on big data transfer from its bare metal offering as opposed to Amazon and Rackspace public clouds.

The numbers, which were crunched by performance aggregator Cloud Spectator, aimed to quantify performance differences when operating in-memory NoSQL databases in virtualised public cloud and automated bare metal cloud environments, and found that bare metal outperformed both Amazon and...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Research.

IBM and SoftLayer celebrate first anniversary together, launch new capabilities on Watson

It’s time to dust off the bunting and get out the birthday cake, as IBM commemorates one year since acquiring SoftLayer – and to celebrate, it’s announcing a series of new features linking up SoftLayer with Watson.

Last month CloudTech trailed the news that Watson and SoftLayer were going to coalesce, and so it has proved, with IBM announcing Watson Engagement Advisor on SoftLayer, which aims to give the insight of...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS.

Rackspace plays to its strengths with new Managed Cloud offering

Rackspace has today announced a managed services offering called Managed Cloud which aims to give flexibility on managed services but with DIY-styled pricing.

The new Managed Cloud service offers two options: Managed Infrastructure, which offers what seems to be a standard 24x7 access to engineering support plus other features including architectural, security and launch guidance, and Managed Operations, which is essentially Rackspace managing the account 24x7.

Speaking to CloudTech, Rackspace VP technology and...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Vendors.

Fujitsu announces £1bn cloudy funding, strengthens IaaS, PaaS, SaaS commitment

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced a strengthening commitment to cloud computing with a 200 billion yen (approx £1.2bn) investment over the next two financial years.

In a move that will remind CloudTech readers of competitors IBM and HP, Fujitsu is putting its eggs in one basket to “achieve its growth strategy” – in other words, bringing new offerings to market, growing its customer base and deepening deployments.

“Fujitsu has a vision of a human-centric intelligent society, one where...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Vendors.

Microsoft CEO Nadella reinforces mobile-first, cloud-first vision in company memo

Satya Nadella’s tenure as Microsoft CEO officially began in February, but with the release of his first company-wide memo emphasising a mobile-first, cloud-first ethos, the new boss has certainly got his feet under the table.

The email to all employees, which can be seen on the Microsoft website, doubles down on the vision of Nadella, who previously headed up enterprise and cloud before taking the chief exec’s job. Nadella informed employees that...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft.

TwinStrata gets snapped up by EMC as part of VMAX product shift

Cloud-integrated storage provider TwinStrata has been acquired by cloudy giant EMC as part of a shift of its VMAX product to more agile enterprise storage.

The full product name is VMAX³ Family, which claims to be a hugely powerful system compared to the previous iterations. VMAX³ offers up to three times faster performance and half the total cost of ownership when stood next to the previous generation product.

According to EMC, the new portfolio aims to offer greater simplicity and agility while...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Data, Storage.

Autotask: “We have to earn everybody’s trust again – which we will do”

After CRM and business IT provider Autotask suffered a severe outage yesterday, CloudTech caught up with VP engineering Adam Stewart to get the lowdown on what happened, and what happens from here

Exclusive Late on Monday and into part of Tuesday, cloudy IT management software provider Autotask went down for English speaking customers in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, as CloudTech reported.

The root cause, according to Autotask VP engineering Adam Stewart, was a capacity spike that brought the...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec, Interview, SLA.

UK cloud computing usage continues to rise, CIF finds

Cloud computing has officially hit the mainstream in the UK, according to the latest research published by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).

The research, conducted in June 2014, found that more than three quarters (78%) of organisations had “formally” adopted at least one cloud-based service, which indicated a 15% growth since the last research undertaken in September 2013.

Of that number, almost half (45%) use only one cloud service, while 28% use two, 13% use three and 14% use four or more,...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research.

Autotask hits the skids, leaves customers in the dark

Updated 1357: CRM and business IT solutions provider Autotask has reportedly gone down, with the company citing “a known issue in a few zones”.

The company posted this tweet 18 hours ago at the time of writing, but has since gone deathly quiet to customers’ ire, including not replying to a request for comment from CloudTech:

We are currently working on a known issue in a few zones. If you have any questions please contact support. We will keep you updated!

— Autotask (@Autotask)

By James Bourne, 02 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, DisasterRec, SLA.

SoftLayer launches London data centre, has Europe in its sights

IBM has announced a new UK data centre from SoftLayer will launch later this month – with France and Germany also in the IaaS provider’s sights for this year.

The new data centre will complement SoftLayer’s existing Amsterdam offering, as well as the Point of Presence London network. The move comes just a month after Salesforce launched their own London data centre.

IBM describes London as a key cloud market,...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, IaaS.

Couchbase secures $60m in funding, toots own horn with benchmark figures

It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks for Couchbase. Not only has the NoSQL database provider rounded up $60 million (£35.2m) in series E funding, but has also released benchmark figures which significantly outperform the competition, including MongoDB and DataStax.

The latest round of funding featured two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund, along with existing venture capital investors, to bring overall figures to $115m (£67.6m).

It’s not often that companies get to the...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Developers.

More than half of data stored is inactive, report finds

A survey of more than 250 IT professionals from cloud storage provider TwinStrata has found that more than half of organisations have at least half their data as inactive, taking up valuable storage space.

The report defines inactive or passive data as data which has been untouched for 60 days, and found that 56% of those polled had more than half their data inactive. A quarter (22%) of respondents added that three quarters of their stored data was inactive.

Digging down further into the survey data the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Research, Storage.

Salesforce and Philips hook up to deliver connected healthcare

Remember Marc Benioff’s connected toothbrush? There’s more where that came from. Salesforce and Philips have announced a strategic partnership to deliver a more collaborative health system.

In a media roundtable this morning, the companies revealed two clinical applications which have already been created and will be available on the platform this summer. Philips eCareCoordinator and Philips...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Public.

IBM pumps up big data offering on its cloud marketplace with ECM

IBM has announced a new big data service available on its app-store-esque IBM Cloud Marketplace from today, called IBM Navigator on Cloud.

The service, an IBM press release boasts, “is transforming how organisations engage with business content and make it more usable and interactive across the enterprise to deliver better results and improve decision making.” In plain English, this means employees can synchronise data and content across any browser, desktop and mobile device.

“IBM is...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, IaaS.

Customers miss out as vendors fight cloud wars, research argues

As the cloud wars gain pace from the big vendors, customers are losing out due to overwhelming failure rates, according to new research from enterprise cloud infrastructure provider iland.

“Stories about successful cloud implementations are captivating, but the reality is that cloud is more complex than many news headlines make it out to be,” said EMA vice president Dennis Drogseth. “Companies must be self-aware.”

The research, of more than 400 professionals across three continents,...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

SaaS adoption ploughs on while IaaS and PaaS reach tipping point, research shows

Software as a service (SaaS) adoption has more than quintupled since 2011 with the front office leading the way, research from North Bridge Venture Partners has shown.

The data, which polled 1358 respondents, found that SaaS was becoming increasingly important as a CIO priority, behind security software and business intelligence, hitting 74% adoption this year. IaaS and PaaS, in comparison, lag behind on 56% and 41% adoption respectively.

The report revealed fairly solid figures for cloud adoption and...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS .

Code Spaces RIP: Code hosting provider ceases trading after “well-orchestrated” DDoS attack

Code Spaces, the web-based SVN and Git hosting provider, has ceased trading after revealing a devastating DDoS attack which wiped its cloudy data would cost too much to both resolve and keep the company going.

The unauthorised user gained access to the company’s EC2 control panel, created a series of backup logins and randomly deleted items to the extent where most of Code Spaces’ data had disappeared, with no backups in place. The attacker had also demanded a large sum of money to stop the DDoS,...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec, Security.

SAP: The challenges and opportunities in becoming 'the' cloud company #CloudWF

It's one of the more interesting uses of capitalisation CloudTech had seen in recent times. SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe outlined their company's plans to become THE cloud company following Q1 results, as the software giant looks to shift its traditional on-prem image to a more agile cloud-first model.

And according to SAP UK&I managing director Kevin Kimber, the signs are pointing in the right direction for this business transformation.

"It's hugely ambitious," he tells CloudTech. "It's never been done...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SAP.