CNCF details advancements in cloud projects

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) held its Kubecon CloudNativeCon North America conference on 6th December 2017 and shared developments in its open-source cloud efforts.

The CNCF houses the Kubernetes container orchestration system and 13 additional cloud project that enable organisations to build cloud native architectures. The event, which had over 4,000 attendees, introduced new members and shared multiple project updates – such as 1.0 releases from the containerd, Jaeger, CoreDNS and...

By Cloud Tech, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, OpenSource.

Cloud Standards Customer Council publishes latest guide to cloud computing

The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published the latest version of its Practical Guide to Cloud Computing, which aims to give organisations a 10-step roadmap from developing business cases to moving to production.

The report, version 3.0, makes several changes to its predecessor, which was published in 2014, including updates to address maintaining cloud services and data residency management. As well as this, the ‘essential characteristics’ of cloud computing, opening the document,...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation, Research.

Acuity: Cloud biometric solutions will authenticate over 1tn transactions annually by 2022

Acuity expects cloud-based biometric solutions to authenticate more than one trillion transactions annually by 2022

Cloud-based biometric solutions are expected to drive the mobile biometric market to $50.6 billion in annual revenue by 2022, according to Acuity Market Intelligence.

Acuity predicts that more than 5.5 billion biometrically enabled mobile devices will create a global platform that would support one trillion cloud-based biometric transactions yearly by 2022.

Maxine Most, Acuity's Principal...

By Cloud Tech, 04 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Virtualised encryption: How it could be the killer app for NFV – and help with GDPR too

When it comes to meeting the new requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cloud users could well have the advantage. That may sound counter-intuitive; as one of the biggest hurdles facing companies that have migrated to the cloud is exposure of data, since the perimeter is no longer a firewall at the company edge.

GDPR is set to take effect on May 25, 2018. The end goal of this legislation is to strengthen and enforce the security of personal data.  This new legal...

By Bill Balmer, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

The future of SD-WAN: Rethinking the network and a market going mainstream

For those of you following the SD-WAN market, it comes as no surprise that VMware has announced its intent to acquire VeloCloud for an undisclosed amount. So how does it affect the SD-WAN market, and what does the future hold?

VMware’s latest acquisition: A case of ‘me too’?

VMware’s acquisition of VeloCloud comes on the heels of Cisco’s Viptela acquisition

By Steve Brar, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Virtualisation, VMware.

Alibaba CEO says cloud business “continues to defy gravity” as revenue increases 99% year on year

Alibaba Group has recorded cloud revenues of RMB 2,975 million ($342.1m) for its most recent quarter, up 99% year on year, with CEO Daniel Zhang telling analysts its cloud business “continues to defy gravity.”

The company said it was seeing ‘significant traction and diversification of customers and revenue’ in its cloud service, and will ‘continue to invest to further expand the market through valuable services for our cloud customers.’

Total revenues for the quarter hit...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Economy, Industry.

IBM eases out Bluemix name, rebrands all as IBM Cloud

IBM has rebranded its cloud, subsuming the Bluemix brand into an overall IBM Cloud offering.

Writing in a blog post announcing the move, Michael Mendenhall, chief marketing officer for IBM’s Watson and cloud arms, said the move was logical as the two brands had grown to be synonymous. There will be no changes to products offerings as a result of the move, while communications will start referring only to IBM Cloud and product names will...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, PaaS, Platform.

Exploding cloud myths, part 2: Why cloud is not digital transformation

Read almost any article on IT trends today and it’s likely that ‘digital’ and ‘digital transformation’ feature heavily. And yet there is confusion over what this actually means. It has been misappropriated by some, diluting everyone’s understanding. I have heard it used for anything from technology change to new application releases, or, even more cringeworthy, to describe any IT focused project.

The latest usage setting my teeth on edge are those IT transformation projects...

By Brian Murray, 25 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Industry.

How AWS Marketplace helps organisations get to grips with predictive maintenance

For large industries such as oil and gas, industrial automation, and healthcare, minimising unplanned maintenance of systems to ensure maximum output of workers is key.

This paper from Amazon Web Services outlines the importance of predictive maintenance to major industries, an example of predictive versus reactive maintenance, and how AWS Marketplace can help.

By James Bourne, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Industry, Infrastructure.

Alibaba passes one million paying cloud customers as CEO calls it ‘merely a starting point’

Alibaba has broken the one million mark for paying customers of its cloud computing business with revenues increasing 96% year over year, according to the company’s latest financial statement.

Revenues from cloud computing totalled RMB 2,431 million (£278m) in the quarter ending June 30, while the total number of customers was 1,011,000, up 15.7% from 874,000 in the previous quarter.

Alibaba clearly defines its cloud computing revenue in its reporting – something of a change to many other...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Industry, Infrastructure.