Autotask partners with Microsoft CSP programme to maximise Azure opportunity

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IT management software provider Autotask has announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme and MessageOps to launch CSP Boss.

The product is aimed at Autotask customers looking to “maximise the cloud services opportunity”. Service providers can automate management, billing and support of Microsoft’s cloud portfolio, including Office 365, Azure, and SharePoint, while value added services can also be provided in the form of...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Containers going mainstream, but deployment still a headache

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A survey of 200 IT professionals surveyed by IT and cloud operations provider NetEnrich has revealed that 70% are using containers today, but integration with existing IT environments remains a challenge.

The research found that while seven in 10 use container technology, with another 21% of respondents indicating they plan to move soon, more than half (55%) admitted integrating containers into current IT systems was the biggest issue. Security concerns (53% of respondents)...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Platform.

Boeing and Ryanair looking to take advantage of cloud and big data platforms

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The airline industry has traditionally been ripe for technological innovation – and a couple of examples have hit CloudTech’s inbox with regard to how different providers are currently utilising big data and cloud.

Boeing has announced an agreement with Microsoft to build a cloud-based platform for its range of analytics tools, aiming to transition many of the airline’s commercial aviation applications into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Among the applications ready to move into...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Infrastructure, Platform.

What you need to know about infrastructure as code – and why now

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The new generation of infrastructure management technologies promises to transform the way we manage IT infrastructure. But many organisations today aren’t seeing any dramatic differences, and some are finding that these tools only make life messier. As we’ll see, infrastructure as code is an approach that provides principles, practices, and patterns for using these technologies effectively.

Why infrastructure as code?

Virtualisation, cloud, containers, server automation, and...

By Kief Morris, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Why you can’t afford to play Russian roulette with your network

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With the advent of software defined networks (SDN), NFV (network function virtualization), and new network equipment, networks are being upgraded at a faster pace than ever before.  But dropping a new piece of equipment into a live network environment is a lot like playing Russian roulette – you have no way of knowing if a bullet is in the chamber or not. Luckily, network test labs can help you spot network problems before anyone pulls the trigger to go live.

Let’s...

By Joan Wrabetz, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Monitoring, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Oracle and Fujitsu to team up for enterprise cloud services in Japan

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Oracle and Fujitsu have announced a new strategic alliance to deliver enterprise-grade cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries.

The partnership aims to bring Oracle’s cloud application and platform services to Fujitsu’s cloud service, K5; installing Oracle’s cloud services into its data centres in Japan and connecting them to K5.

The first Oracle cloud app being offered to Fujitsu customers as part of the new deal is Oracle HCM Cloud, regarding,...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Platform.

Gartner forecasts the end of ‘no-cloud’ corporate policies by 2020

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It’s certainly implausible to think of businesses incorporating a ‘no internet’ policy at their place of work, even when the web was in an embryonic state. This will naturally extend to cloud policies at work, according to analyst house Gartner, who predicts that by 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be a thing of the past.

The analysts did not stop there, however, filling out a few more betting slips in the process. Gartner also predicts that by 2019,...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising the manufacturing industry

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Every manufacturer has the potential to integrate machine learning into their operations and become more competitive by gaining predictive insights into production.

Machine learning’s core technologies align well with the complex problems manufacturers face daily. From striving to keep supply chains operating efficiently to producing customised, built- to-order products on time, machine learning algorithms have the potential to bring greater predictive accuracy to every phase of...

By Louis Columbus, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Platform, Software.

Couchbase rounds off a busy period – but is an IPO imminent?

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It has been a particularly busy year for database platform provider Couchbase – and the company hopes that things will become a whole lot busier.

Earlier this week Couchbase launched 4.5, which continues its move to create joins between NoSQL and SQL through the SQL-based query language N1QL. The latest iteration includes greater security capabilities, alongside faster queries and graphical tools to more easily explore data models.

In March, the Mountain View-based firm announced the conclusion...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Platform.

How Trulia is using Hadoop and big data to power one of the largest global real estate sites

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In one form or another, businesses have always employed data analysis to inform decision making. But today’s state of the art big data analytics platforms like Hadoop have taken things to a whole new level.

This new level of business functionality, called converged infrastructure, optimises business processes across an entire enterprise by grouping multiple IT components into a single computing package.

For example, converged infrastructure may include components like servers, storage,...

By Rick Delgado, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Platform.