American Airlines moves consumer facing apps to the cloud – with IBM’s help

American Airlines is moving critical applications, including its customer-facing mobile app and check-in kiosks, to IBM’s cloud, the latter has announced.

The move builds upon the two companies’ partnership, first announced last year, with the airline also moving workloads and tools such as its Cargo customer website to the IBM cloud.

The two companies have agreed to rewrite applications to IBM’s cloud platform as a service (PaaS), as well as establishing a cloud-native architecture....

By James Bourne, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, Public.

Some things should not go public: The risks of a single-cloud strategy

Both Amazon and Microsoft cloud users experienced majorly disrupted services earlier this year due to unforeseen outages on both the AWS and Azure platforms. Customers faced disrupted services with no access to vital apps or data and some companies were left without access to crucial SaaS-based technologies that inhibited business operations across the globe. This outage was met with the swift realisation that the public cloud may not always be the most appropriate solution for every workload. Keeping all...

By Chuck Dubuque, 23 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, SLA.

Report affirms continued cloud spend for US businesses in 2017

More than two thirds of businesses plan to increase their cloud computing spending in 2017, according to a new report from B2B research provider Clutch.

The report, which polled 283 IT professionals at businesses across the United States, also found that for almost half (47%) of organisations, increased cost is a key challenge with their cloud provider.

48% of those polled said they expect to increase their cloud computing spend by 11%-30% this year, compared to 14% of respondents for a 31-50% increase. 23%...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Opinion: Is the use of public cloud ‘fundamentally disempowering’?

Speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Boston last month, Edward Snowden warned that the use of public cloud providers is ‘fundamentally disempowering’.

As reported by ZDNet, Snowden told the audience – through video conference, of course – that ‘we can’t let people be mindless when they’re building clouds.’ “You give them money, and they provide you with a service, but you are also...

By Cloud Tech, 20 June 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

How AWS and Azure’s competition improves public cloud adoption

  • Public cloud spending is predicted to grow quickly, attaining 16% year-over-year growth in 2017.
  • Cowen’s AWS segment model is predicting Revenue and EBITDA to grow 25% and 26.8% annually from 2017 to 2022.
  • Microsoft Azure is viewed as the platform that customers would most likely purchase or renew going forward (28% of total vs. AWS at 22%, GCP at 15%, and IBM at 10%).

These and many other fascinating insights are from Cowen’s study published this...

By Louis Columbus, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Public, Research.

Why companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it

‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.

Moving to ITaaS is an operational shift, where IT is run as a business and therefore can be optimised according to business needs. Companies that run hybrid IT environments,...

By Kirk Panitz, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Private, Public, SLA.

Turbonomic touts support for AWS and Azure public cloud with new release

Turbonomic, a Boston-based cloud and virtualisation software provider, has announced new support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure public cloud environments with general availability of its 5.9 iteration.

The company says the move will ‘enable customers to confidently accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud’, with support offerings include visibility of all workloads regardless of where they reside, and lowering of public cloud bills by 30% on average.

Other features include being...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Migration, Public.

A deeper dive into cloud security as a service: Advantages and issues

In a recent article which focused on cloud security I presented a comparison between security-as-a-service and traditional style security tooling in the cloud. This installment is a deeper dive into the security as a service (SECaaS) paradigm.

It would seem to me that a natural outgrowth of the cloud computing and 'everything as a service' paradigm that the technology world is...

By David Auslander, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Public, Security.

3 tips before hitting accept on your public cloud contract

Data protection - specifically backup, archiving and disaster recovery - sits at the top of the cloud use case list right now. But did you carefully read and negotiate your public cloud contact to meet your business requirements before sending?

This resource from Veritas looks at the three vital aspects you need to work through with your cloud provider before hitting 'accept'.

By James Bourne, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Public.

Cloud security best practice: Security as a service or cloud security tooling?

A recent survey on cloud security and cloud adoption found that the single biggest impediment to moving to the public cloud was continued concerns around security.

While there has been tremendous progress in the area of cloud security in recent years, another important finding of the LinkedIn survey was that legacy tools, reconfigured for use in the public cloud just don’t work. This is mostly due to the nature of the cloud...

By David Auslander, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public, Security.