Microsoft’s latest Azure customers revealed; Hershey, Maersk, UBS, and more

Microsoft has announced a slew of new customers using its Azure cloud services at its Digital Difference event in New York, including financial services provider UBS and confectioner Hershey.

The customer announcements came alongside the release of a new study, sponsored by Microsoft and put together by Harvard Business Review (HBR), which found less than half of business leaders have a coherent digital strategy despite 80% saying their industry will be positively impacted by digital transformation within...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Case Studies, Microsoft, Platform.

Organisations looking to spend more on AWS cloud-native services, research says

Spend on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-native services, including serverless compute AWS Lambda, data warehouse Amazon Redshift, and streaming platform Amazon Kinesis, is set to go up this year, according to a new study from 2nd Watch.

The Seattle-based firm, an AWS premier partner, found that of 1,000 US IT and business executives, almost half (48%) said they plan to spend at least 10% more on Amazon’s cloud-native options. 35% of all respondents said they planned to spend between 10% and 20% more,...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Platform.

Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products.

The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Infrastructure, Platform, Security, Software.

Tencent gears up for greater GPU acceleration and AI possibilities with NVIDIA

Tencent’s cloud computing services will be beefed up with GPU accelerators from NVIDIA to ‘help advance artificial intelligence for enterprise customers’, the companies have announced.

The collaboration will include plugging Tencent’s cloud into NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture to connect multiple GPUs, as well as offering services incorporating Tesla P100, P40 and M40 GPU accelerators.

In other words, this means companies on Tencent’s cloud will be able to harness features...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Hybrid IT becoming ‘standard enterprise model’ but playbook still being worked out

The good news: enterprises are beginning to use technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and containers in production scenarios. Yet according to a new study from Dimension Data, management of hybrid IT environments remains a key challenge with automation the key.

The report, which polled 1,500 IT decision makers across four continents, found different motivators by region for utilising hybrid IT – defined here as ‘the usage of multiple deployment models to deliver a single workload...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Platform.

Google gets Colgate, Verizon, HSBC on board – a customer step up for enterprise cloud

“Cloud is just an incredibly cool place to be working right now – it’s where a lot of the digital revolution for every industry is going on.”

So began Diane Greene, Google’s cloud SVP to launch the company’s Next conference in San Francisco. But aside from the hype, industry commentators have argued that this was the week in which Google’s enterprise cloud offering came of age. With new customers including Colgate-Palmolive, eBay and Verizon, and existing customers...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Platform, SAP.

Rackspace announces first managed services deal for Google Cloud Platform

Rackspace has announced a partnership with Google Cloud to become its first managed services support partner.

The news, revealed at the time of Google’s Cloud Next event in San Francisco, represents an alignment between the two companies’ ‘obsession’ with customer service and support, Rackspace said. The two companies will collaborate on a new managed services offering for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers which will be made available later this year.

Rackspace already has...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

How data acceleration will make the blockchain even more secure

Michael Salmony, executive adviser at Equens, spoke about ‘Making Tea on the Blockchain’ at the Financial Service Club in January 2017. He argued that blockchain is but one solution. Other options for making smart and secure transactions should also be considered. He even goes so far as to ask on Linkedin: ‘Blockchain - not for payments?

Questions like this one are important because so many people have been jumping onto the...

By David Trossell, 08 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Platform.

If you can’t take your lab to the cloud – bring your cloud to the lab

The pace of change today dictates that almost every organisation of a business move fast and compete, or face disruption. With technology playing such a central role regardless of the type of business, there’s considerable focus on adopting software as an organisational lubricant and various cloud-based models to facilitate operational simplicity and ease of consumption.

Over the past decade considerable organizational energies have been spent on data center optimization, automation as well as laying...

By Shashi Kiran, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Why IBM believes quantum computing is the next big cloud hit after AI and blockchain

IBM has released a new API for its Quantum Experience program, which will enable developers to build interfaces between its cloud-based quantum computers and its classical equivalents.

According to Gartner’s most recent hype cycle, from August last year, quantum computing – the process of using quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as entanglement, to perform operations – will take more than 10 years to hit the mainstream.

IBM defines it thus. “While technologies that currently run on...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform.