Microsoft cites ‘enormous’ opportunity in hybrid cloud and managed services era

An ‘enormous’ opportunity is afoot for cloud companies as more organisations move towards implementing hybrid cloud and managed services, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The report – which was conducted in association with 451 Research and which comes in at a whopping 127 pages – polled more than 1700 respondents in 10 geographies, and found that almost two thirds (62%) of overall cloud and hosting infrastructure spend comes bundled with value-added services. When it came to...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public.

Hybrid IT becoming ‘standard enterprise model’ but playbook still being worked out

The good news: enterprises are beginning to use technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and containers in production scenarios. Yet according to a new study from Dimension Data, management of hybrid IT environments remains a key challenge with automation the key.

The report, which polled 1,500 IT decision makers across four continents, found different motivators by region for utilising hybrid IT – defined here as ‘the usage of multiple deployment models to deliver a single workload...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Platform.

2017’s most important trends on business intelligence and analytics in the cloud

  • 78% are planning to increase the use of cloud for BI and data management in the next 12 months.
  • 46% of organisations prefer public cloud platforms for cloud BI, analytics and data management deployments.
  • Cloud BI adoption increased in respondent companies from 29% to 43% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Almost half of organisations using cloud BI (46%) use a public cloud for BI and data management compared to less than a third (30%) for hybrid cloud and 24% for private cloud.

These and many other insights are from the BARC Research and

By Louis Columbus, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

CIOs look to hybrid cloud future – with security a positive

CIOs are preferring hybrid cloud models with security the primary motivation for adoption, according to a new study from NetApp.

The research, which polled 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK, saw more than half of respondents in each country saying they use a combination of private and public cloud. Germany came out on top with 69%, compared with France (61%) and UK (58%). In terms of partner options, local service providers are the most popular, cited by a combined 26% of respondents,...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

More of the same: Challenges with DevOps evident but potential vast in new report

Quali, a company which specialises in providing cloud and DevOps automation software, took to a variety of US industry events during 2016 to ask attendees about their DevOps practices and the challenges they face. The verdict: almost half of applications in traditional environments were considered complex for cloud, while the current vendor ecosystem is open-ended with no main player winning out.

This makes for something of a refreshing change when compared to the majority of such studies which hit this...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Hybrid.

Get to know your cloud storage bill: How to choose the best options

When it comes to using a public cloud, there are incredible advantages – for a price. But what are you really paying for?

While the flat rate you see advertised may be appealing, there are several details that can raise or lower your cloud storage bill. Could you be paying for something you don’t need, and how can you lower your expenses by factoring in certain specifics before you choose a provider? Get a closer look at your cloud storage bill:

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By Rick Delgado, 15 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Software, Storage.

Three reasons 2017 will be the year of the hybrid cloud

The enterprise will increasingly live in a hybrid IT world in 2017, split between on-premises solutions and cloud environments. Recent reports have revealed that many organisations have already started to split their cloud budgets between public and private deployments, creating demand for hybrid cloud strategies that give businesses greater flexibility as well as more workload deployment options.

It’s easy to see why...

By Monica Brink, 08 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

What should CIOs expect from their managed cloud provider?

Opinion As digital transformation continues to dominate the IT landscape, cloud computing has helped a wealth of organisations to evolve. So true is the fact that Gartner predicts that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. The CIO of 2017 undoubtedly needs to embrace the cloud, but the transition is still a sizeable task without adequate help and guidance.

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By Jon Lucas, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud analytics: Don’t be cloud-washed by the new term on the block

Not surprisingly, with all the momentum in hybrid cloud infrastructure, we’re starting to hear the term “hybrid cloud analytics” pop up in the modern business intelligence (BI) market. However, it’s a term that is being overused and misunderstood as those in the industry seek to align with the latest trend. We see the future value of hybrid cloud computing as helping to empower customers to embrace a cloud strategy of their own versus having it dictated to them by a vendor.

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By Drew Clarke, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Software-defined storage, hybrid clouds, and getting the performance right: A guide

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In today’s data-intensive, hyper-connected world, storage solutions built on the vertical scaling model have become impractical and expensive. Enterprises are driven by the need to remain competitive while storing and managing petabytes of data. In this vein, ESG senior analyst Mark Peters believes that there is at last a straight line between how storage is configured and business value – if organisations can...

By Stefan Bernbo, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.