Microsoft announces $1bn cloud pledge for “public good”

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed a three part philanthropic initiative whereby the tech giant will donate $1 billion (£704m) of cloud computing resources towards non-profit organisations and education over the next three years.

The Redmond firm argues the cloud is a vital resource for “unlocking the secrets held by data”, in terms of communications and problem solving, better delivery of services, and helping organisations work in a more productive and...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public, Software.

How manufacturing leaders are falling for the public cloud

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85% of line of business (LOB) decision makers in the manufacturing industry are using at least one form of public cloud service, according to a new research study.

The report, released jointly by EMC, VCE, and VMware – all now part of Dell in some capacity after the whopping $67 billion deal for the former in October – polled more than 600 decision makers...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Public.

IDC: Global cloud infrastructure hit $7.6bn in Q315

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Global cloud IT infrastructure, incorporating public and private, hit $7.6 billion (£5.32bn) in the third quarter of 2015, according to a research note from IDC.

HP, with a 15.7% market share in 3Q15 and revenue of $1.18bn, remains the top dog in cloud infrastructure according to the researchers, gaining in share from the previous year (15.0%). Dell and Cisco are in joint second place – the result of two vendors being less than one statistical point apart –...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Cloud Spectator study reveals surprising list of top 10 cloud providers

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Here’s something that may raise a few eyebrows: 1&1 has been named the best value infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider according to a new benchmark report from Cloud Spectator.

The report, a follow up to last year’s verdict which found Amazon EC2 had “significant” cost advantages investing long term, saw a 350% performance difference...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Google responds to AWS price cuts, claims “still performance leader in public cloud”

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Last week this publication reported Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) 51st price cut, lowering prices of C4, M4 and R3 instances in its EC2 cloud. Now, Google has responded, claiming it leads the way among the cloud giants.

“Developers running cloud-based apps and services will find out whether it’s a happy new year or not once they take a look at their...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Public.

2016 cloud computing forecast: Private, hybrid, and automation

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As we look forward to 2016, there is a lot to reflect on and forecast in cloud. Below you will find my top predictions for the year ahead.

RIP private cloud

The biggest missed story of 2015 has been the profound failure of the private cloud.

Just a few years ago, the private cloud was IT’s solution to remaining relevant to their business partners. I remember attending OpenStack Boston 2011 at the height of the private cloud movement, where everyone seemed convinced of the...

By Joe Kinsella, 04 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Trends.

The storm brewing: What is fuelling public cloud growth?

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Public cloud adoption is set to continue to grow in 2016. However, recently published research from IT monitoring provider ScienceLogic confirmed there is still some confusion, which could impact enterprise adoption.

Fundamentally, there is a lack of understanding around the ability to simplify workload visibility and management for IT teams as cloud usage becomes more mainstream. Almost half...

By Tim Pitcher, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public.

The One Public Estate programme: A catalyst for public sector cloud adoption

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In 2016, the One Public Estate programme will see 100 councils receive £31 million of funding in order to help them make better use of public sector property.

The idea is that local public sector bodies – from neighbouring councils to emergency services – start disposing of, or sharing, buildings in order to reduce running costs, free up property/land for redevelopment and raise money.

In a sector where money is scarce, one of the most compelling areas for...

By Ivan Harris, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Public, PublicSector.

Spending review demands faster move to cloud for public sector

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If we have learned anything about budget announcements over the past 10 years, it is to prepare yourself for the unexpected. I’d be surprised, however, if anyone predicted the extent to which the 2015 Autumn Statement put such an emphasis on the role of IT in the transformation of government.

Lean government

With substantial job cuts resulting from reduced funding right across the public sector, the Chancellor’s clear objective is that by 2020, processes which still...

By Andrew Hawkins, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Private, Public, PublicSector.

Public cloud growing at pace – but hidden issues remain

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Public cloud adoption will continue to grow at a rapid pace, but a lack of understanding will prohibit adoption in some organisations, according to the latest research from hybrid IT monitoring provider ScienceLogic.

The research, which polled more than 1,600 IT professionals, found 62% of organisations are already using at least one public cloud, while more than four in five (83%) expect public cloud spend to increase in the next 12 months. Of the main public cloud providers,...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.