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.

Google Cloud catches up to AWS with Transfer Appliance

Google Cloud has caught up to AWS with a physical ‘Transfer Appliance’ to move your data from your own local servers into the giant’s cloud.

Amazon already has a solution which it calls ‘Snowball’ and features 50TB or 80TB capacities in a ruggedised appliance which the company sends to your premises so you can fill it with your data locally before it heads back to your preferred AWS data centre. The idea, of course, is that you can benefit from a much quicker transfer without the...

By Cloud Tech, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Industry.

Oracle is hiring 1000 employees for fast-growing cloud business

After reporting a 58% year-on-year revenue growth in its cloud businesses and garnering sales of $4.6 billion worth from cloud computing software and hardware, multinational computer technology giant Oracle Corporation is expanding its cloud computing services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Cloud-related products now account for more than 12% of Oracle’s total sales.

Tino Scholman, vice president of Oracle’s cloud computing for the region, said: "Our cloud business is growing at incredible...

By Cloud Tech, 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

How innovation accelerators will drive global ICT growth

Emerging technologies, such as IoT, robotics, and augmented reality or virtual reality (AR/VR), will drive the next wave of growth in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, increasing the overall opportunity to $5.5 trillion by 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC forecast illustrates that the ICT sector is dependent upon new technology innovation for growth, as traditional business technology revenue streams begin...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Industry, Public.

Opinion: Is cloud the answer for telephony?

Telephony was among the first communication platforms to be used and has been around for nearly 150 years. For most of this time, it existed as traditional hard-wired, exchange based technology.

Over the last 10 to 15 years a revolutionary change occurred with the advent of IP Telephony (IPT) using Internet technology coinciding with the popularity of other services such as the World Wide Web, streaming, and online. This is when the term Unified Communications was first coined, bringing together separate...

By Alan Pritchard, 23 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Industry.

Driving business value from a digital transformation

The term “digital transformation” is practically ubiquitous right now, widely affecting both corporations and consumers alike.

Take, for example, the shift in the nature of owning digital assets. Less and less do we buy physical DVDs, CDs or even music downloads, but instead access an almost unlimited supply of music, movies and TV programmes on demand via our Spotify and Netflix accounts.  The modern day challenge is to figure out where is the content you want to absorb.  Was the show...

By Matt Leonard, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Cloud computing goes beyond tipping point in financial services, says DTCC

Cloud computing has reached a ‘tipping point’ in financial services with capabilities and cost efficiencies moving ahead of on-premise data centre equivalents, according to The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC).

The company, which provides financial transaction and data processing services for the global financial industry, has issued a new report, titled ‘Moving Financial Market Infrastructure to the Cloud’. The tipping point, the report argues, comes from a change in...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation, Security.

Why there is a clearing in the cloud for financial services

The financial services sector is one of the prime markets that stands to gain many benefits from cloud computing but, to date, this has proved rather difficult. This is hardly surprising when one considers the heavy regulation within this industry. On top of this there is also a lot of fear from organisations pertaining to potential security risks with the control of data still very much a primary concern. Barely a day goes by without the announcement of the

By Monica Brink, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Infrastructure.