Business use cases for software-defined storage going up – but with a caveat

The vast majority of respondents polled by DataCore say they plan to or have already moved to software-defined storage, with simplifying different models of storage the primary business driver.

The study, which polled 426 IT professionals currently using or evaluating various storage models, found that simplifying storage was the primary reason for implementing software-defined storage for 55% of respondents. Future-proofing infrastructure was cited by 53% of those polled, while avoiding hardware lock-in was...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts for 2017

  • Cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.
  • Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.
  • 74% of Tech Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) say cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business in 2017.

Cloud platforms are enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks in 2017 than many analyst and advisory firms predicted. Combined with...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

Why SaaS is a ‘runaway train that’s showing no signs of stopping’ in business

Three quarters of organisations say 80% of their apps will be software as a service (SaaS) by 2020, while 38% of companies are already running ‘almost entirely’ on SaaS, according to a new report from BetterCloud.

The report, which polled more than 1,800 IT professionals, also found that larger organisations are not the laggards that many believe. Only a quarter (27%) of medium to large enterprises have the vast majority of their applications as SaaS today, but this number is expected to rise to...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

How virtualisation is a vital stepping stone to the cloud

It is true to say that there has been a lot of talk about virtualisation over the years and you would be forgiven for thinking that every server and every storage system has had some kind of virtualisation treatment, but there are still some companies out there who have yet to virtualise and indeed realise the benefits that both virtualisation and cloud offer.

So for those who have not gone down the virtualisation route let me summarise the benefits from a business and technical perspective and whilst we are...

By Richard Stinton, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Virtualisation.

Aryaka report reveals 50% of enterprise traffic is composed of cloud and SaaS traffic

Global enterprise wide area network (WAN) traffic saw an increase of 200% annually, with almost 50% of enterprise traffic composed of cloud and SaaS traffic, according to the latest study from Aryaka.

Aryaka has collated data of enterprise WAN traffic from over 5000 sites in 63 countries in different industries over the past four years to analyse trends, response times and inconsistencies in application performance, WAN reliability and bandwidth access. The report analyses the threshold of the network...

By Cloud Tech, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

IBM touts its cloud platform as quickest for AI with benchmark tests

IBM claims it has the fastest cloud for deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) after publishing benchmark tests which show NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators on the IBM Cloud can provide up to 2.8 times more performance than the previous generation in certain cases.

The tests, when fleshed out, will enable organisations to quickly create advanced AI applications on the cloud. “Deep learning techniques are a key driver behind the increased demand for and sophistication of AI applications,”...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform, Software.

Six classic ERP system security problems – and how to avoid them

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a must for every business. The need to store and access more and more data makes it impossible to operate without proper business software. Furthermore, the desire to access this information on the go means that most companies are choosing cloud solutions.

The benefits are countless – more efficient, decreasing costs, easier to maintain, just to name a few. The main problem that it poses is the increased risk of security breach – the privacy of the...

By Kaloyan Dimitrov, 10 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: ERP, Security, Software.

How cloud can neutralise the telephony hot potato

Telephone systems and PBXs (private branch exchange) have historically been a hot potato in a business; an important service for users needing firm ownership and the most obvious bucket thrown into being that of the traditional IT team. This IT team is often frustrated that they do not have the telecoms experience to know what they are dealing with.

Over the years I have lost count of the times the IT team has commented – both from customers and businesses I have worked within – of struggling with...

By Ian Moyse, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Salesforce, Software, Vendors.

Why the data protection world is a vampire – and what to do about it

“The world is a vampire.” The words to the Smashing Pumpkins song kept coming to mind as I listened to the discourse of a leading tier one carrier CISO.

I was in New York City attending one of the technical seminars that constantly come up projecting what the new New Thing is going to be. This rendition was on the insecure world of data flowing across networks. I mused that this time there was some fire to go along with the smoke. Snowden had just come on to the world stage and shone light on all...

By Bill Balmer, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software, Trends, UnifiedComms.

Five ways configure price quote software is revolutionising selling today

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) continues to be one of the hottest enterprise apps today, fuelled by the relentless need all companies have to increase sales while delivering customised orders profitably and accurately. Here are a few of the many results CPQ strategies are delivering today:

  • Companies relying on CPQ are growing profit margins at a 57% greater rate year-over-year compared to non-adopters.
  • 89% improvement in turning...

By Louis Columbus, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.