AT&T moving databases and application workloads to Oracle’s cloud

Oracle and AT&T have announced a strategic agreement whereby the telco will move thousands of its large scale internal databases to Oracle’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), the companies have announced.

AT&T will gain global access to Oracle’s cloud portfolio, both in the public cloud and on AT&T’s Integrated Cloud, to include Oracle’s IaaS, PaaS, database as a service, and software as a service. This will help ‘increase...

By James Bourne, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Software.

Cisco acquires Viptela in $610m deal for souped-up SD-WAN goodness

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Viptela, a provider of software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology, for $610 million (£471.9m).

The acquisition will give Cisco more beef in terms of network deployments in an increasingly cloud app-heavy, Internet of Things (IoT)-connected technological landscape. The networking giant aims to combine Viptela’s cloud-first network management, orchestration and overlay technologies with its own routing platforms and services, with Cisco...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Software, Virtualisation.

Salesforce report argues IT stands at a ‘crossroads of change’

A new report from Salesforce sheds further light on the shifting sands of IT; eight out of 10 UK tech leaders say IT is now the primary enabler of customer experience, while three quarters admit IT is currently undergoing the biggest historical shift of its role.

“IT stands at a crossroads of change,” a post from Devon McGinnis, editorial manager of marketing research at Salesforce explains. “Companies are increasingly adopting customer-centric models. Business units like sales, customer...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Software.

How the cloud wars are beginning to enter a new phase

Opinion Imagine a business where the product keeps getting better and better, like storage space and video quality, but the prices keep falling steadily as the product continues to improve. It’s happening in cloud computing – and this ‘race to zero’ has people in the industry deeply worried.

The current leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), slashed their prices an astounding 44 times in the past six years. Amazon’s strategy, it seems, is more of a low cost, high volume model. This strategy...

By Rick Delgado, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

SAP continues cloud shift with new cloud bookings up 49% year on year

SAP has announced its cloud subscriptions and support hit €905 million (£768.7m) in the first quarter of 2017, up 34% from the previous year, with new cloud bookings up 49% to €215m.

It’s the continuation of a long-running theme for the German software giant, with the company trying to shift its revenue base over from traditional software to cloud for the past few years. Software licenses and support remains strong however, up to €3.42bn from €3.17bn this time last year at an...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software.

Microsoft looks to simplify IoT with SaaS for new release

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft IoT Central, a software as a service (SaaS) offering which aims to reduce the complexity of Internet of Things solutions for customers.

The new launch goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s current platform as a service (PaaS), Azure IoT Suite, built on the Azure cloud, with the latter enabling deep customisation and control of implementations. IoT Central ‘has the potential to dramatically increase the speed at which manufacturers can innovate and bring...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Cloud pricing war moves from VMs to object storage, 451 Research argues

The battlefield for cloud pricing will shift from virtual machines to object storage, with databases among others undergoing similar pressures in the next 18 months, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

The trend of vendors undercutting each other for VMs has long been apparent; take January last year as just one example, where Microsoft announced price reductions of up to 17% on its Azure D-series...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Vendors.

Bridging the data fragmentation gap left by SaaS and the cloud

Software as a service (SaaS) undoubtedly holds major benefits, but unfortunately they continue to be accompanied by major data headaches.

SaaS first really started taking hold in 2007 and most organisations have never looked back since – after all, it offered the promise of significant savings, total cost ownership, and a simplified IT environment. The delivery model is now considered utterly vital to the running of those organisations, thanks in part to the disruptive assets that have only become...

By Steven Boyle, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, SaaS , Software.

Okta rings the bell on IPO as shares soar

The cloud tech IPO landscape has arguably stalled in recent years with the M&A landscape heating up alongside it – but one company looking to buck that trend is identity and management provider Okta, who officially rang the bell today after going public last month.

According to CNBC, the company’s shares went up 37% in the aftermath of its public debut, trading at around $23.

“We’re proud that today is Okta’s first day...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Software.

VMware to sell vCloud Air to OVH for ‘next step’ in evolution

VMware has announced it is to sell its cloud offering based on the software-driven data centre (SDDC), vCloud Air, to French cloud computing provider OVH in what was described as ‘the next step in vCloud Air’s evolution’.

OVH, with more than one million customers and 260,000 servers deployed, is a long-time VMware partner. The company was cited by analyst firm Cloud Spectator in February as the second-best infrastructure as a...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, M&A, Software, VMware.