Cloud continues to enable innovation in tough economic climate, says Cloud Industry Forum

100% of organisations are now accessing cloud-based services to meet their needs, with the most common motivation being its potential to offer greater flexibility of IT spend, and its ability to make them more agile as a business.

This is according to research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), which as published its latest research white paper, Tough times, but innovation springs internal. The CIF study also examined the continued prominence of artificial intelligence in...

Businesses in the UK are embracing the multicloud era

Nutanix, a specialist in hybrid multicloud computing, has revealed the findings of its sixth annual Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures global cloud adoption and related trends.

The 2024 report reveals that 84% of UK respondents are adopting a 'cloud smart' stance, placing the applications and workloads in datacentres, multiple clouds, the network edge and wherever they feel is the best match for them.In the UK, hybrid multicloud models are set...

Future-proof your business: cloud storage without the climate cost

With over half of all corporate data held in the cloud as of 2022, demand for cloud storage has never been higher. This has triggered extreme energy consumption throughout the data centre industry, leading to hefty greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Worryingly, the European Commission now estimates that by 2030, EU data centre energy use will increase from 2.7% to 3.2% of the Union's total demand. This would put the industry’s emissions almost on par with pollution from the EU’s...

Poor architectural visibility leading to cloud cost blowout, report warns

Almost three quarters of global companies polled by integration and automation provider Boomi exceeded their cloud budgets last year – and solving perennial problems from excessive storage to overconsumption of bandwidth remains elusive in many cases.

The findings were in a report conducted alongside Forrester Research, which polled 420 cloud decision makers globally. While two thirds (65%) of respondents said they were prioritising cloud cost management and optimisation (CCMO)...

Spike in cloud account compromises and email forwarding rule abuse detected

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Cybersecurity firm Red Canary has unveiled its sixth annual Threat Detection Report, examining the trends, threats, and adversary techniques that organisations ought to prioritise in the coming months and years.

The report tracks MITRE ATT&CK techniques that adversaries abuse most frequently throughout the year, and two new and notable entries soared to the top 10 in 2023: Email Forwarding Rule and Cloud Accounts. 

Red Canary’s latest report provides in-depth...

Half of EMEA cloud costs going to fees, but most plan to increase capacity

European organisations are still beleaguered by storage bills as 50% of all cloud storage costs in EMEA go to data access and usage fees rather than capacity, according to the 2024 Global Cloud Storage Index from Wasabi Technologies.

Still, EMEA companies see the value of cloud storage services and plan to increase their spend in 2024 in order to drive IT initiatives like application or infrastructure migration and development, and to improve business and operational initiatives...

Flexera 2024 State of the Cloud: Cost optimisation, FinOps and GenAI key takeaways

Flexera has admitted that 2024 is a ‘complex’ year for cloud adoption as the company publishes its latest State of the Cloud report – and while cost optimisation remains key, sustainability is slowly emerging as an important differentiator.

The report – the 13th – is often regarded as a benchmark study for the industry, with the IT and cloud management provider polling more than 750 decision makers around usage and trends.

Some trends are practically at the...

Generative AI ‘commonplace in cloud business models’ – as Azure leads the way

More than seven in 10 cloud environments are employing managed AI services according to a new analysis, with the common use of OpenAI, be it directly or through Azure SDKs, suggesting that generative AI tools are ‘quickly becoming commonplace in cloud business models.’

The study, from cloud security platform provider Wiz, analysed more than 150,000 public cloud accounts and noted that Microsoft ‘leads the pack’. 70% of Azure environments analysed include Azure AI Service...

Why companies continue to struggle with cloud visibility – and code vulnerabilities

A new report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has thrown up more difficulties organisations are facing in security remediation – and achieving visibility from code to cloud.

The report, produced in collaboration with security firm Dazz, polled just over 2,000 IT and security professionals to better understand current cloud environments and security tools. The results were less than confident.

Less than a quarter (23%) of organisations polled reported full...

64% of organisations see their use of multi-cloud increasing in the next two years 

62% of organisations are currently using a multi-cloud environment, with a further 18% actively in the process of transitioning to a multi-cloud environment.  

This is according to OVHcloud's recent executive report on the state of multi-cloud, which examined the views of more than 500 IT decision makers of large organisations in the UK.

Matt Tebay, sales director at OVHcloud, said: “Using the right cloud for the right workload is rapidly being accepted as the best...