IBM announces new Bluemix services for greater cloud migration and data insights

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IBM has announced a series of new cloud data services on Bluemix, its developer-friendly platform as a service (PaaS) offering, aiming to help businesses accelerate their migration and glean better insights from their data.

There are three services in total. The snappily-titled IBM Decision Optimisation on Cloud, which is in beta, helps organisations digest a large amount of data, including predictions, business goals and transactional figures, and spit them out as decision...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Google beefs up cloud machine learning offerings with new groups and APIs

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Google has been pushing the message of machine learning as it aims to tempt more customers onto its cloud – and this push continues with the launch of a new group focused on delivering cloud-based machine learning solutions to businesses, as well as a new API.

“Building a centralised team within Google Cloud will accelerate our ability to deliver machine learning products and services to enterprise customers in every industry,” wrote Rob Craft, group lead for...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Google, Platform.

Steer into the innovation fast lane: Creating a nimbler infrastructure

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In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive business world innovation is not just a differentiator – it’s fast becoming the new normal. Businesses are looking to disrupt the markets they operate in before they find themselves on the receiving end of disruption and so have made innovation a top priority.  

Equally, innovation on its own is no guarantee of success, it must be done quickly.  Each company is in a race against its competitors to come up with...

By Dain Hansen, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Platform.

Cisco argues global cloud traffic to hit 14 ZB by 2020 in latest study

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It’s that time of year again: Cisco has released its latest cloud index survey, and the numbers keep getting bigger. This time, global cloud traffic is predicted to rise from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015, to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020, assisted by greater data centre virtualisation and increased migration to cloud architectures.

The figures from this time...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

Golem aims to create Airbnb and Uber for computing through blockchain

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Say hello to Golem. The goal of the Golem project is to allow users to rent unused computing power – think Airbnb for computers – and to create, not entirely modestly, ‘the new way the Internet will work’. But how is it going about this mission?

The answer: by utilising blockchain and paying users in cryptocurrency. In theory, the Golem network will be a decentralised ecosystem where dedicated software and the combined power of users’ machines will be able...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Blockchain, Developers, OpenSource, Platform.

No change here: AWS continues to dominate public IaaS and PaaS markets

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Another quarter, another period of dominance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in public cloud IaaS – according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The figures tell a similar story from previous quarters; the market leaders are growing faster than the rest of the market, but while Microsoft and Google are growing faster than AWS, the Seattle-based giant still holds 45% of the worldwide public IaaS space, dwarfing Microsoft, Google, and IBM’s shares put together.

When it...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Research.

Agentless vs. agent-based cloud architectures: Why does it matter?

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In the world of security, monitoring and analytics solutions for IaaS cloud, there’s a lot of discussion and debate about agent-based vs. agentless service architectures. Your choice of agentless vs. agent-based cloud security can have a big impact on the efficiency of your day-to-day operations for security and compliance as well as your ability to protect your cloud environment in the future. It’s important to understand what the difference is, and be fully aware...

By Zohar Alon, 31 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Platform, Security.

OpenStack revenues to exceed $5bn by 2020 – with private cloud the lynchpin

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Revenues from OpenStack business models will surpass $5 billion (£4.08bn) by 2020 and grow at a CAGR of 35%, according to the latest figures from 451 Research.

The numbers, which are being released to coincide with the day before the latest OpenStack Summit, puts the exact figure at $5.7bn by 2020, from $4.6bn the previous year and $3.5bn in 2018.

“We continue to believe the market is still in the early stages of enterprise use and revenue generation,” said Al Sadowski,...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform, Private.

Containers, NFV and SDN most interesting technology for OpenStack users

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With the OpenStack jamboree in Barcelona only a week away, it’s a good time to note the technologies driving its users forward – and according to the latest survey data, containers lead the way, with NFV (network function virtualisation) and bare metal also seeing an uptick.

The user study from OpenStack, which has been running semi-annually since 2013 and polled almost 400 respondents, found that container technologies continue to lead the way, cited by 78% of...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Hypervisors in cloud computing: What is out there for you?

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Choosing a cloud provider may seem like a trivial thing. You could go with the choice that most of the world has already made and pick the clear leader in the cloud space — AWS. However, as the public cloud market matures, the volume and range of relevant enterprise options expand. Depending on your requirements, you might find one of the other cloud providers out there more suitable, mainly because of the

By Ariel Maislos, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Platform, Public, Virtualisation.