Microsoft makes Azure Data Box generally available for heavy duty data migration

More and more enterprise data is being transferred to the cloud, but sometimes the journey can break the network's back - which calls for less virtual and more physical solutions.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Data Box, a physical box which organisations can order, fill up, and then return to Redmond for it to be uploaded to an Azure environment. 

Companies and users can store up to 100 TB per standard box, with variables either way. The newly announced Data Box Heavy can...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hardware, Microsoft.

AWS, Microsoft, Google and more respond on chip vulnerability issue

Leading cloud providers have said they are aware of and working on securing systems after the disclosure of two major chip-level security vulnerabilities earlier this week.

As first reported by The Register, a ‘fundamental’ design flaw in Intel’s processor chips, dubbed Meltdown, was followed by another flaw, called Spectre, found in chips from Intel, AMD and ARM. The latter was confirmed by Google researchers in a blog post

By James Bourne, 04 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Vendors, Virtualisation.

IDC: Public cloud accounts for just over a third of worldwide IT infrastructure sales

International Data Corporation (IDC) has said that public cloud providers are reshaping the IT market; being responsible for a third of all the servers, data storage, and Ethernet switching equipment sales.

As per the IDC research, public cloud companies crossed a milestone during Q2/2017, now accounting for just over a third (33.5%) of worldwide IT infrastructure sales, an increase of 34.1% y/y. The revenue totaled $8.7 billion.

During Q2/2017, the Private cloud generated $3.7 billion in sales, an...

By Cloud Tech, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Public.

How enterprises can catch up on user experience – by reengineering the network

In today’s digital marketplace, business agility is praised above all else. Agility, after all, provides the opportunity to change services on a dime and ensure that customer needs are met, and expectations exceeded. But agility is a big concept and often it can be ill-defined and poorly executed upon. However, if your company wants to keep its competitive edge, it has to achieve this goal. As such, the question becomes, how do you do it?

The answer might be simpler than you think. It lies in better user experience....

By Steve Foster, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Hardware, Infrastructure.

Off-The-Shelf Technology Sparks Maker Space Race

Using an Intel Galileo microcontroller, a Styrofoam cooler and other do-it-yourself components, technology analyst Jamel Tayeb launched an odyssey to prove the space race is for anyone.

A few days before Elon Musk called off the launch of SpaceX’s AsiaSat 6 to “review all potential failure modes and contingencies again,” another inventor reaching for space sent his makeshift spacecraft 97,000 feet into near space, where it cracked through the Earth’s stratosphere before landing in an...

By Richard Potts, 16 March 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Hardware, OpenSource.

IBM refocuses hardware strategy on high-value technologies

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Ovum Software

IBM has announced that it will invest more than $1bn in the new IBM Watson Group, as well as $1.2bn to expand its global cloud computing footprint to 40 data centers worldwide in 15 countries across five continents. On January 23, 2014, IBM also announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Lenovo to sell the Chinese company the majority of its x86 server business in a $2.3bn deal that includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Trends.

Cloud–network integration is coming to global cloud services

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise

Cloud services have been available for several years, and any provider of enterprise services or hardware is now a cloud service provider. Recently, new services have been emerging that offer different versions and types of cloud–network integration (CNI) services. Most cloud services are networks of cloud services or “clouds of clouds.”

To perform well, applications require strong integration and bonds between cloud services and related network...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hardware, Vendors.

Forrester says on-premise will “revive” in 2014 despite SaaS surge

IT growth in 2014 will exceed 2013, but it will be another year until we see “strong” growth in the global tech market, according to the latest report from Forrester Research.

The paper, entitled ‘A Better But Still Subpar Global Tech Market In 2014 And 2015’, pretty much does what it says on the tin, predicting that business and government IT purchasing will increase 6.2% in US dollars in 2014, aside from purchases of telecommunications services.

This is a “distinctly better” return...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Research, SaaS .

How big data is a key part of Intel’s data centre vision

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Solutions

Intel recently shared its long-term strategic vision of how corporate data centers will evolve. Big Data processing plays a central role, driven by a future of escalating data volumes from mobile, cloud, and “Internet of Things” sources. Intel is starting to pull together a portfolio of offerings as a foundational infrastructure for analyzing Big Data. Not surprisingly, this is a hardware-centric...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hardware, Storage.

Oracle unveils faster Exalytics platform

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently unveiled a faster version of its Exalytics in-memory analytics database. The company claims the X3-4 version delivers up to 25× performance improvements over its predecessor, thanks largely to pure and simple hardware upgrades – i.e. more memory. Ovum does not doubt the sheer speed of Exalytics, particularly for data analysis where ASAP is simply not quick enough. We see the most immediate applicability for such an ultra-responsive...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hardware.