Microsoft takes clear lead in IaaS second place race, AWS still way out in front

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Microsoft has leapt ahead of its competition for second place in global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues, yet still continues to be dwarfed by Amazon Web Services, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The analyst house, which has covered the IaaS market in depth over the past few years, released a graph today which showed competitive pricing for cloud infrastructure services in Q3. Amazon retains its huge lead in the market, yet Microsoft is racing...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud storage wars: The Bitcasa and Microsoft stories are a sign of the times

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Opinion This week has seen two companies, very different in size, take two very different paths with its cloud storage capabilities.

Bitcasa announced last week it was binning its $10 a month unlimited cloud storage option for customers. The reason the company gave was two-fold; firstly there was a lack of demand, and secondly there was a group of “abusers” – in other words, businesses using individual storage accounts.

In a blog post, Bitcasa noted they could only see...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage.

The public v private cloud discussion is dead, says Verizon report

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Verizon’s yearly report on the state of enterprise cloud computing has found that the public v private debate, while “convenient shorthand”, is “inadequate to describe the massive variety of cloud services available today.”

The report, which features survey results from 451 Research of almost 1000 respondents, found a variety of interesting nuggets:

  • 65% of enterprises are using cloud computing
  • More than 80% of cloud spend is managed by the IT department – over half directly by the CIO
  • 71% of enterprises expect to...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

More than half of cloud conference attendees are adopting hybrid cloud strategy

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58% of attendees at the 2014 Cloud Expo and the AWS Summit, in New York, have indicated they are building hybrid cloud solutions for their organisations, according to a survey.

According to the survey, conducted by Avere Systems, the same number (58%) said they were planning on migrating at least some of their on-prem applications to the cloud within the next two years.

Archiving is the most popular aspect of enterprises that are being moved to the cloud, with 28% of the vote. This...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

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If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve...

By Nick Razey, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Cloud computing on a CV: The benefits explained

If you work within IT and your resume is missing the word “cloud”, you are mostly likely lagging behind your competition in the job market. When openings for seasoned IT professionals come about, you should expect the other applicants to be aggressive, educated and ready to talk about cloud. It is the one specific word could set your resume apart from others applying for the position you desire.

Since IT services seemingly are becoming more cloud oriented, it is becoming imperative to become a...

By CloudWedge, 14 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure.

After Google and Amazon slash their cloud prices, Microsoft follows suit

Microsoft has announced price cuts on its compute facility by up to 35% and its storage by up to 65%, days after Google and Amazon Web Services did likewise.

Perhaps this is the least surprising news of the year – Amazon’s price cuts being the second least surprising. That said, everyone suspected Redmond’s cloud announcement wasn’t going to be just renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure.

By James Bourne, 02 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage, Vendors.

Why organisations should consider cloud-based backup and recovery

Amrita Choudhury, Analyst, Software – Infrastructure Solutions

The last decade has seen massive growth in data volumes and there has been a corresponding seismic shift in the way in which organizations deal with data. While storage technology has become relatively affordable and improved, it has struggled to keep pace with the data growth.

Storage infrastructure expansion can be costly and is a continual process. Freeing up storage capacity is never an easy decision, with business requirements and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Storage.

Sony’s move to cloud gaming goes up a gear with PlayStation Now

Sony has announced PlayStation Now, a service which allows gamers to stream a variety of PlayStation titles across a range of devices without a console in sight.

The announcement was made at CES, with games from Sony’s previous three consoles being utilised and the service available on the PS4, the PS Vita, as well as Sony’s Bravia TV sets.

The technology for PlayStation Now came from Gaikai, a company which streams high-end video games. Gaikai was bought by Sony in July 2012 for $380m, a clear...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security.