AWS is top enterprise cloud service – but beware the consumer threat

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular enterprise cloud service according to a report released today from Skyhigh Networks – but the research also fired a broadside at how companies are struggling to block consumer products.

The reports, which are quarterly and based on data from more than 1.6 million users, noted a huge disparity in companies saying they block certain services and the amount of employees actually blocked.

80% of companies say they block Dropbox, but...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Storage.

IBM ditches chipmaking business, looks to cloud as Q3 numbers get slammed

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Analysis If Google is struggling with its numbers, then there isn’t much hope for everyone else. The third quarter financial results have been a bit of a struggle across the board, but the big legacy tech vendors are really starting to feel the heat.

Oracle’s revenues only went up 3% year on year, lower than Wall Street expected, while SAP’s marginally went up

By James Bourne, 21 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Analysis, Industry.

SAP’s Q3 results show solid cloud growth, but is it good enough for THE cloud company?

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SAP has released its third quarter results, with cloud subscriptions and total revenue going up over 2013 figures, but software revenues taking a downturn.

Cloud subscriptions and support hit €738 million (£584.1m), a jump of 51% from Q313’s €488m (£386.2m), at an increase of 51%. Software revenues were at €2.53bn, a downturn of 3% from €2.61bn in...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, SAP.

ISO publishes new cloud computing standards and definitions

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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing, in an attempt to “put some order in the chaos” for users.

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing was put together by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the final version hitting the stands in September 2011. In it, cloud computing is defined as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry.

Cloud service providers and end users: Let's lose the rigidity of the SLA, argues exec

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A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement.

Paul Marland, Claranet director of account management, believes that cloud service today is far more dynamic. Contracts can – and should – change dependent on the customer’s need, and the classic SLA prohibits that.

“The vast majority of SLAs don’t really get to the heart of...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SLA.

EMC snaps up Cloudscaling, looks to expand in OpenStack markets

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Tech giant EMC has bought open cloud provider Cloudscaling, according to reports, bolstering the firm’s push towards OpenStack.

The reports, which first surfaced in Bloomberg, gave little information regarding further details, but suggested that the deal was worth less than $50m.

Cloudscaling...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, Analysis, OpenSource.

Edward Snowden advises users to move away from Dropbox, Facebook, Google

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Edward Snowden has told an audience at the New Yorker Festival to “get rid” of Dropbox as it doesn’t support encryption or protect private files, instead opting for a service such as SpiderOak.

The whistleblower, who was taking part in a ‘virtual interview’ through Google Hangouts, also criticised Facebook and, ironically, Google, although conceded their efforts in keeping user data safe were improving.

Yet when asked what someone who...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Storage.

Salesforce unleashes Wave analytics cloud, aims to disrupt industry

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Cloudy giant Salesforce has announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, as its Dreamforce event in San Francisco. The platform is designed to make it easier than ever before to explore data, and take action from any device.

You can’t say it wasn’t coming. Last month Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted out a “top secret” version of the Dreamforce schedule, and it soon came to people’s...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Salesforce.

Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows

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Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group.

The research, which surveyed CIOs from financial services firms with more than 1000 employees, saw that 72% of respondents fear the cloud because of concerns over data not being backed up, and issues of disaster recovery.

Two in five (40%) respondents aren’t currently using cloud...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data, DisasterRec.