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.

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.