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...

Vonage and AWS leverage communications and network APIs to deliver solutions

Vonage, a specialist in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation and a part of Ericsson, has collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate the availability of new solutions to millions of AWS developers through AWS Marketplace.  

This collaboration will bring together Vonage’s platform, which is based on communications APIs and network APIs that connect to communications service provider (CSP) networks, Ericsson’s 5G network...

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...

SAP Emarsys integrates enterprise loyalty for supercharged personalisation

Customer loyalty is paramount, but brands are struggling to keep up with consumers’ evolving expectations and complex tech stacks.

SAP Emarsys, a customer engagement platform, and Annex Cloud, a SaaS loyalty management platform, are announcing a native integration to incentivise customer interactions and deliver highly personalised, loyalty-driven omnichannel experiences that grow customer lifetime value. 

The SAP Emarsys Customer Engagement Platform executes...

Pluralsight: On why cloud skills acquisition is a continuous journey

If you suspect that the cloud skills gap has not been lessened in recent years – or, indeed, has actually gotten wider – then take this statistic from Pluralsight into account. The online learning provider notes that, while 98% of customers the company has spoken to have started their cloud journey, only 7% have got the skills they need to go through with it.

To find out why this is, the company’s State of Cloud 2023 report is a useful reference point.

In short, it...

HSBC partners with Google Cloud to grow climate tech ecosystem

HSBC has partnered with Google Cloud to accelerate climate mitigation and resilience through financing and support for companies in the Google Cloud Ready – Sustainability (GCR-Sustainability) programme.

GCR-Sustainability is a validation programme for companies with solutions available on Google Cloud that help customers achieve goals including carbon emission reduction, increased sustainability in value chains, and processing of ESG data to help identify climate...

How one major bank rebuilt its cloud – and aligned it to the business strategy

The telecoms and banking sectors have a little more in common than you may think. While many analysts have posited a technological future where the two sectors converge, there is another area of similarity. They both have major core strength and significant user bases; yet both still run on a lot of legacy IT.

Himanshu Jha (left) notes the commonalities, as well as the differences. He is in a good position to do so. Having spent a decade in the former, at Verizon and BT -...

Verizon Business brings multi-cloud management solution to network-as-a-service offering

Verizon Business today announced Network as a Service (NaaS) Cloud Management, a new service that allows businesses to control application components and network architecture across multiple cloud environments - public, private and hybrid - all on one unified online portal.

The new solution is designed to work with Verizon Business’ NaaS offering and vastly simplify multi-cloud management as part of the NaaS flexible service-model fabric.

Multi-cloud networking...

Hitachi Vantara and Cisco unveil next-gen Hybrid Cloud Managed Services

Cisco building in Amsterdam.

Hitachi Vantara, the data storage, infrastructure, and hybrid cloud management subsidiary of Hitachi, has announced the next evolution of its partnership with Cisco, introducing an innovative suite of hybrid cloud services designed to address ongoing data management challenges faced by modern enterprises.

The joint offering, Hitachi EverFlex with Cisco Powered Hybrid Cloud, is unique because it integrates automation solutions and predictive analytics to give organisations a...

IT leaders are choosing hybrid cloud strategies due to flexibility, cost-effectiveness and security 

25% of organisations surveyed in the UK have already moved half or more of their cloud based-workloads back to on-premises infrastructures, or are considering doing so, in a phenomenon known as cloud repatriation.

This is according to a recent study by Citrix, a business unit of Cloud Software Group, in which 350 IT leaders were questioned on their current hybrid cloud strategies. The survey showed that 93% of respondents had been involved with a cloud repatriation project in the...