NTT research argues why shadow IT should be embraced - again

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More research has arrived detailing the importance of embracing shadow IT as opposed to cordoning it off, this time from NTT Communications, which has found almost four in five (78%) of organisations have employees using cloud services without the knowledge of IT.

The research, which polled 500 IT and business decision makers across the EU, found that more than half (57%) believe shadow IT practices are happening across at least half of the departments in their organisation, while...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

How cloud accelerates machine learning – and is redefining the enterprise in 2016

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Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.

Industries where machine learning is making an impact  

The good news for businesses is that all the data they have been saving for years can now be turned into a competitive advantage and lead to strategic goals being accomplished....

By Louis Columbus, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Software, Storage, Trends.

Case study: I built XenDesktop, I built View

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There’s been a fundamental shift in the way we work since the year 2000. Over time the desk job became the home office/plane/coffee shop job, over the objections of those nostalgic for the traditional 9-5. Employees wanted access to their work wherever they happened to be and technical staff scrambled to keep up with the demand. Enter virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

When VMware introduced the first VDI product in...

By Cloud Tech, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Software, VDI, Virtualisation, VMware.

Egnyte focuses on data governance and reshapes EFSS strategy with Protect release

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Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) firm Egnyte has announced the launch of Egnyte Protect, a product which aims to give IT and line of business greater control and visibility of their content both in the cloud and on-premise.

The move positions Egynte away from the traditional EFSS buckets and moves the firm towards data and information governance, a space Egnyte claims to be worth eight times more than their current opportunity. Isabelle Guis, chief marketing and strategy...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Box financial results look good on the surface, but analysts unconvinced

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It has been a week of good and bad news for enterprise cloud storage provider Box with the announcement of first quarter financial results. The company announced record first quarter revenue of $90.2 million (£62m), an increase of 37% from this time last year – but because renewals were down, analysts came out of the quarter feeling somewhat unconvinced.

“We had a solid start to fiscal 2017,” said Box CEO Aaron Levie in the firm’s earnings call,

By James Bourne, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Hybrid cloud and software defined data centres: How companies can have it both ways

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the fastest growing enterprise company that the world has ever seen - a testament to the fact that huge numbers of businesses are moving their data to the cloud not only to save on costs but to be able to analyse their data more effectively.  Netflix, Airbnb, the CIA and other high-profile organisations now run large portions of their businesses on AWS. Yet with lingering concerns about a ‘big bang’ move to cloud, many businesses are...

By David Richards, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software.

UK government report advocates fairer terms for cloud storage users

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Around 30% of UK adults use cloud storage in a personal capacity, according to a report released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – but the governing body notes concerns over some vendor practices which conflict with consumer law.

The report, which can be found in full here at a whopping 218 pages, shares concerns, such as companies being able to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Research, SLA, Software, Storage.

Here’s why private and hybrid cloud are here to stay

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When private and hybrid cloud technology first appeared, some pundits predicted that they wouldn’t last. Wasn’t everything going to the public cloud? But last they did, and there are several good reasons why private and hybrid cloud are here to stay.

For one thing, some companies are balking at the cost of maintaining public cloud deployments once their workloads and storage grow into the tens of petabytes. In addition, some vertical markets (financial services, for example)...

By Steve Garrison, 26 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, SaaS , Software.

How to enable the ISV community with cloud computing

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Access to computing resources has been democratised through access to low cost cloud platforms. Network access is now high-speed, low-cost and almost ubiquitous. Together, this means that cloud provides a perfect platform for the development and scalable delivery of applications. And the ISV community has a significant opportunity to take advantage.

Delivering value for customers

The SaaS model creates new opportunities for both ISVs and their customers. Consumption-based charging...

By Sean McAvan, 20 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft and SAP expand partnership, running SAP HANA on Azure

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Tech giants Microsoft and SAP have announced a partnership enabling in-memory database platform SAP HANA to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud, as well as other integrations with SAP’s cloud and Office 365.

The announcement, made at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference with SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella onstage together, also includes management and security of custom SAP Fiori apps. Developing custom mobile hybrid apps on SAP HANA will also include support...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SAP, Software.