Can the cloud go all the way to the edge?

There is lots of conversation in the industry at the moment around the impact that edge computing is going to have on the cloud and specifically if it is going to kill the cloud, or at the very least impact its ability to cope.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the predicted future ubiquity of sensors, the cloud and associated technologies in their current state won’t be able to cope with the sheer amount of data being generated by machines – and won’t be able to keep up with the...

By Dave Ricketts, 13 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why cloud-native virtual network functions are important for NFV

Virtual network functions (VNFs) are software implementations of network function equipment packaged in virtual machines, on top of commercial off the shelf hardware NFV infrastructure. VNFs are a core part of NFV – as we know the base of NFV was to virtualise the network functions and software based to reduce cost and gain full control over network operations with added agility and flexibility benefits. We can say that the majority of NFV operations are focused towards how VNFs can be served in NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microservices, Virtualisation.

A guide: SD-WAN as a tool for your cloud-first strategy

Following a cloud-first strategy is great for IT budgets and business agility but places new demands on the network. Cloud first can significantly impact network operations, as an increasing percentage of traffic flows directly to, from, and between clouds.

Unfortunately, the traditional MPLS architecture simply cannot support the economics or agility required for a cloud-first strategy. MPLS can be costly and time-consuming to configure and requires that Internet-bound traffic be backhauled to a centralized...

By Gayle Levin, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure.

Why blockchain holds ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems

Blockchain technologies hold ‘great promise’ for securing connected devices and systems, according to a new paper from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The report, put together by the alliance’s Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group and titled ‘Using Blockchain Technology to Secure the Internet of Things’, explores the intersection between the two technologies, as well as giving an extensive overview of deployment options.

As the report puts it, a cloud-enabled...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Blockchain, Infrastructure.

Why hyperscale cloud providers lead the server market

IT vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 19.9 percent year-over-year to reach $17 billion in the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17), According to the lattest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

While demand from cloud computing service providers has driven overall market performance in the past, other areas of the server market are beginning to show growth. Worldwide server shipments increased 11.1 percent year over year to 2.67 million units in 3Q17.

Server systems market...

By David H Deans, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

From grassroots to the cloud: How SD-WAN can provide a solution

Air travel: what a gift to global business! Any executive from any country can leap onto a plane and, within a few hours, be busy in any overseas commercial centre or branch office. Only it is not quite like that.

The fact is that, for all the wonders of modern aviation’s high-speed links between major airports across the globe, the typical journey between a distant branch office and the nearest airport (at both ends) can be so tiresome and unpredictable that frustrating and unproductive hours can be...

By Michael Wood, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

UKCloud becomes first European provider to offer cloud GPU computing service

GPUs are becoming ever more attractive to cloud service providers and customers as the demand for intensive computing increases – and UKCloud has become the first European cloud service provider to offer a cloud GPU computing service through NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 and M60 units.

UKCloud, formerly Skyscape, offers services for the public sector as well as healthcare. The company said the move for GPUs came about through its ‘maniacal focus’ on service excellence following customer demand...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Technical debt and the cloud: The key steps to repaying your development deficit

Opinion Many years ago, I compared the concept of technical debt to a mismanaged baseball team. The baseball team in question spent untold millions on ageing veterans, rather than home-grown talent that could take them into the future. IT departments the world over tend to exhibit the same behaviours in retaining ageing technology rather than keeping up with upgrades, new methodologies, and new paradigms.

The obvious result of this lack of foresight is the gathering of overwhelming technical debt. After years of...

By David Auslander, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Assessing the growing need for robust project management in cloud deployments

According to a PwC study, 97% of organisations believe project management is critical to business performance and organisational success, and in my opinion there are good reasons for that. Project management methodologies provide a proven framework to break down complexity, and bring together people, processes, technology, organisational structure and tools.

Typically, project management techniques are used for large IT infrastructure and large technology led change programmes. But, as we move more and more...

By Andrean Georgiev, 24 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS aims at enterprise data migration with Migration Hub and Glue launches

At the AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services focused predominantly around enterprise migration – and launched two new products aimed at taking the difficulty out of data analysis and transfer.

The cloud infrastructure giant announced the launch of AWS Migration Hub, a tool which aims to help organisations migrate their assets from on-prem data centres to Amazon’s cloud, as well as the general availability of AWS Glue, a product first announced in December last year which eases the process of...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.