How your enterprise data centre fits in the cloud: A guide

Since the birth of corporate computing, the data centre has been a mainstay. Like filing cabinets, notepads and the occasional wonky chair, the data centre forged its place at the heart of a profitable, effective organisation. Long had it been the de facto vehicle for all application deployment and, whether that organisation worked in retail, finance or IT, the relationship has served both the users and business well.

However, like many relationships, sometimes a head can be turned by something shiny and...

By Enzo Greco, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

IBM and CenturyLink extend collaboration to boost enterprise cloud connectivity

IBM has had another solid cloud quarter – and now the company is extending its collaboration with telecoms provider CenturyLink to beef up enterprise connectivity in new markets.

The move is part of a wider initiative, the IBM Cloud Direct Link Service Provider Program, which enables IBM customers to select their preferred provider for direct connectivity to IBM’s cloud. The initiative is available in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific with 21 partners on board including Digital Realty and...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Global public cloud IaaS industry grew 30% year on year – with AWS holding half of the market

The global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) public cloud services market grew by almost 30% in 2017 to total $23.5 billion (£18bn) according to the latest figures from Gartner – with Amazon Web Services (AWS) securing more than half of the global market.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s latest market share analysis, put Amazon Web Services (AWS) well in clear at the top of the tree with Microsoft a clear second place. No surprises there – yet Alibaba takes third place...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

The security slowdown: How to maximise cloud performance while keeping your data safe

Organisations are moving to public cloud infrastructures to do business faster with more customers. With the increase in traffic, though, comes a need for more inspection capacity that could potentially slow things down in the name of keeping data safe. Because performance is a baseline requirement for competing in the digital marketplace, security cannot be a bottleneck.

But how can you scale security performance to meet the growing performance demands of today’s cloud environments? You may think your...

By Matt Pley, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

AWS revenues go up 49% year on year, remains ‘in a league of its own’

Revenue for Amazon Web Services (AWS) went up 49% year over year to $6.1 billion (£4.6bn) representing another stellar quarter for the cloud infrastructure giant.

The AWS revenues, up from $4.1bn this time last year and up from $5.4bn in the previous quarter, comprise 11.5% of Amazon’s total revenues of $52.9bn.

In an analyst call after the announcement was made, Amazon chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky noted how AWS’ ability to save on infrastructure resources has helped not only the...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

How SD-WAN can help in meeting increasing cloud-based demands

The traditional corporate WAN (wide area network) architecture became prolific in the client/server architecture era. We designed and built WANs to largely support branch-to-datacentre.  On paper, these often looked like Clouds, but they are in effect hub and spoke networks – the hub being the data centre.  This worked reasonably well when most of our applications were hosted in one or two datacentres, and access to the Internet was centralised and only available through the Data centre...

By Calum Lamont, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Migration.

How worldwide blockchain spending is set to double in 2018

A blockchain acts as a digital distributed ledger of transactions or records. The ledger, which stores the information or data, exists across multiple participants in a peer-to-peer network. There's no single, central repository. Distributed ledgers technology (DLT) allows new transactions to be added to an existing chain of transactions using a secure cryptographic signature.

Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions is forecast to reach $11.7 billion in 2022, according to the latest global market study...

By David H Deans, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Infrastructure, Research.

More emphasis on cloud usage required before DevOps dreams can be realised, firms warned

The good news is that many organisations across Europe are looking to embrace a DevOps-centric approach to their application development and delivery. The bad news is that plenty of hurdles have to be overcome first to achieve this ambition.

That is the key finding from a new study by Claranet, which argues a greater emphasis on cloud usage and automation needs to be seen before DevOps dreams become a reality.

The report, which polled 750 IT professionals across Europe, found almost three in 10 (29%) had...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Research.

Alert Logic takes aim at container security problems with latest offering

If your organisation has been considering containers, then security concerns will almost certainly be paramount. Alert Logic, an information security provider, thinks it may have the answer.

The company has launched what is claimed to be the industry’s first intrusion detection system for containers which aims to ‘bring organisations powerful new capabilities to inspect network traffic for malicious activity targeting containers’, in the company’s words.

As Alert Logic is an AWS...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform, Security.

The cloud skills gap can be tamed – as an example from telecoms shows

Opinion There’s no denying that firms out there are experiencing a cloud skills gap.

Of course, with new technology, there logically follows a learning curve for the workforce at the coalface and the future workforce in training to traverse. But what I am suggesting is that this skills gap is not being found across the board. In fact, many firms were poised to move with the curve and are already benefiting from this thriving new market.

In the telecoms sector, for example, we’re seeing a different...

By Tom Sime, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Software.