HP tops IDC cloud infrastructure market rankings, ahead of Dell and Cisco

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IDC’s ranking of cloud infrastructure providers is in: HP has hit the top of the charts, with Dell and Cisco making up the top three.

The findings, which arrive in the analyst house’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, cover storage, server and Ethernet switch and show HP’s revenue growing 37.4% between 1Q14 and 1Q15, and market share at 15.7% for total 1Q15 revenues of $985 million. Dell, in second, has first quarter revenues of $745m, a market...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public.

The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business

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Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds.

At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one,...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Vendors.

CIO and head of IT, not CEO, most likely to have final say on cloud adoption

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Cloud usage is rocketing amongst UK business users – but the final decision making falls to the head of IT or the chief information officer in almost three in five (59%) cases, according to latest research.

The research, from cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, shows more organisations are turning to cloud for all their business needs, with UK cloud penetration reaching a high of 84%.

78% of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service, figures which correlate

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, SaaS , Software.

Four in five execs think conventional security is not enough for cloud environments

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Earlier this week, this publication reported on a C-level study which showed a distinct lack of trust in cloud storage for fully securing corporate data. Now, a new survey from CloudPassage sheds light on the security executive perspective; 80% of security execs in North America don’t believe conventional network security solutions are enough to protect their cloud computing...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Cloud providers aren’t sharing their metadata – and it leads to bad trust with customers

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The verdict on cloud vendors has come in from a new research study by Forrester: must do better in assuaging compliance fears, building support issues, and making customers feel wanted.

The survey, of 275 IT decision makers in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore, revealed some eye-opening findings. 39% of UK respondents agreed with the statement “my cloud provider doesn’t know me or my company”. One in three argued “my provider charges me for every...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Vendors.

The CXO view: We’re still unconvinced on cloud storage security

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Less than one in three delegates polled at the Infosec 2015 event in London believe the cloud is a safe storage solution for corporate data.

The survey from digital encryption and USB specialist iStorage, which questioned more than 270 respondents including heads of IT, CIOs and CTOs, saw almost half (48%) say they do use cloud technology to store confidential information. 54% of those polled say they still use USB devices to store information.

Over three quarters (78%) said they were currently...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Security, Software, Storage.

Dropbox announces user base exceeds 400 million, with eight million business users

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Dropbox has announced its number of users has exceeded 400 million, with more than eight million business customers also on board.

The figures, disclosed on the occasion of the cloud storage provider’s eighth birthday, also reveal an impressive growth in the UK market, opened up six months ago. The company has grown from three to 10 offices over the past year.

According to the figures, 4,000 edits to documents are made each second on Dropbox, with users syncing 1.2 billion files...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Software, Storage.

IBM and Box team up to “transform work in the cloud”

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Tech giant IBM and enterprise cloud storage provider Box have announced a wide-ranging partnership, aimed at content management and social collaboration to improve the enterprise cloud and digital push.

The two companies aim to integrate their existing products and services to develop new solutions across multiple verticals, from medicine, to engineering and academia.

Among the developments proposed, Box will integrate with IBM’s enterprise content management solution, as well as...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Cloud-based collaboration: What the private sector can learn from the public sector

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The Cloud World Forum event, which starts tomorrow in London and will have this publication in attendance, will more than likely discuss business cloud strategies, security fears, as well as the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps concepts.

Among the list of expected attendees, there is a not unreasonable amount of security professionals from the private sector. Also there is cloud-based enterprise collaboration provider Kahootz. The company’s primary...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

The state of the cloud in 2015: “Bullish” VC firm predicts tipping point

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Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a venture capital firm which has been investing in cloud computing for almost 20 years, has released a bullish prediction on cloud trends in the coming years.

Software as a service (SaaS) is approaching 30% of total application spend, compound annual growth rate hitting 17.6% between 2013 and 2018. On premise, by contrast, is at 2.8%. BVP also argues the ‘tipping point’ of cloud CRM will hit in 2016; by 2018, the VC firm expects cloud CRM to...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, M&A, SaaS , Salesforce.

Microsoft and HP top data centre infrastructure market, claims research

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Over the last four quarters, spend on data centre infrastructure hit $114 billion – and Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are the vendors at the top of the tree.

That’s the verdict from industry analysts Synergy Research. Microsoft is particularly dominant in the software market, with 72% of share compared to VMware on 17%. Yet that comprises less than a quarter (23%) of the overall data centre infrastructure market.

On the hardware side, HP (19%) is the largest vendor, followed...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Is your data centre prepared to withstand a natural disaster?

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Research from Zenium Technology Partners has found that one in two organisations are not operating a data centre that could continue to function after a natural disaster.

The report, entitled ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’, found that half of companies polled has experienced disruption with their data centre due to Mother Nature, with respondents experiencing five incidents in total on average. Despite this, 45% of those polled insisted their data centre was flood...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

IBM SoftLayer opens up Italian data centre, fuelling demand for local cloud services

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IBM has opened up its first cloud data centre in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan, strengthening its European empire.

The data centre, which runs on SoftLayer infrastructure, allows customers to more easily manage, run and store data through less latency and stronger data sovereignty.

The move follows previous openings in the UK, Germany and France. The...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Deutsche Telekom promises to double cloud revenue by 2018, plans European domination

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German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has released a bullish statement of intent detailing its plans to more than double its cloud revenue in Europe by 2018.

The company, which specifically called out Google and Amazon as its primary competition, also announced an extension to its partnership with Huawei, originally announced in March, for IT infrastructure and private cloud solutions.

DT’s annual revenue from business customers currently stands at €1 billion...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Amazon Web Services announces next generation EC2 instances

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced M4 instances for its EC2 cloud, adding another selection of compute instances to an already well-established list.

The M4 instances will deliver processing power with custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 Haswell processors, and aim to provide lower network latency and jitter – the variation between packets arriving – through Enhanced Networking. M4 also offers dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS).

AWS claims M4 instances...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

CIO survey reveals importance of mainframe – but also the skills gap with it

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IBM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mainframe last year – and new research from Compuware reveals the technology is still as important as ever for CIOs.

The research, which polled 350 enterprise CIOs, found almost nine in 10 (88%) see the mainframe as a “key business asset over the next decade”, while a similar number (89%) see mainframe code as “valuable corporate intellectual property” and four in five (78%) believe it is a “key enabler of...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Box announces strong financial figures, raises forecast

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Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced first quarter revenue figures of $65.6 million, a 45% increase year over year.

The company noted billings of $69.8m for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 and a non-GAAP operating loss of $32.6m – 50% of revenue. This contrasts with first quarter of fiscal 2015, whereby non-GAAP operating loss was 69% of revenue. GAAP operating loss for this quarter was at 71% of revenue, compared to the previous year’s 83%.

Box also gave an...

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

Number of cloud apps in the enterprise declines for first time – is IT fighting back?

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The average number of cloud apps used per enterprise has declined for the first time, according to the latest data from Netskope.

This shift – which the company notes is “consolidation efforts from IT begin[ning] to take hold” – is exacerbated by the lack of enterprise-grade security in most cloud apps. 89.6% of apps used are not enterprise-ready, and 90% of data loss prevention violations occur in cloud storage apps.

The latter point is of most concern....

By James Bourne, 10 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Privacy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Latest research studies examine enterprise cloud and big data adoption strategies

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The latest figures on European cloud computing adoption, this time from managed services provider Easynet, shows only one in 10 enterprises are using public cloud.

The research, which polled 660 IT decision makers at companies with more than 1000 employees, found that cloud had been adopted by almost three quarters (74%) of European enterprises. In total, almost half (47%) used private cloud, compared with 17% utilising hybrid cloud, and the remaining 26% naturally staying on-premise.

The...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe.

New CenturyLink EMEA MD Richard Warley: In IaaS, the telco should win

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Richard Warley, the new EMEA managing director of communications giant CenturyLink, argues the natural winners in the cloud and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space should be the telcos – and he’s relishing the chance of leading the charge.

Warley’s appointment represents a near full-circle transformation, having been managing director of SAVVIS up until 2008, which CenturyLink acquired in 2011. Indeed, it goes further than that; the new EMEA MD was speaking to...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure.