Gartner argues cloud email is still immature – but gaining traction

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The cloud email market remains relatively immature with Microsoft ahead of Google in enterprise adoption, according to the latest figures from analyst house Gartner.

According to email server domain records of almost 40,000 public companies worldwide, only 8.5% of firms polled use Microsoft, compared to 4.7% on Google’s mail, with the remainder using on-premises, hybrid, hosted, or private cloud email systems.

Gartner also argues a trend of industries using different vendors;...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Dropbox, Box, Egnyte beef up Microsoft Office partnerships

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Cloud storage providers Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, and Citrix ShareFile have announced updates which allow the ability to co-author documents in real time on Microsoft Office products.

The update comes as further validation of Microsoft’s policy for collaboration on Office as opposed to competition, having initially launched the Cloud Storage Partner Program in February 2015. The Redmond giant courted controversy after

By James Bourne, 27 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Access and identity governance in the cloud: Problems and solutions

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There has been a consistent growth and increase in cloud application usage over the past five years as organisational IT leaders have realised the benefits of implementing them. This is also, in part, because of the fact that there is a major increase in remote employees, who need applications in the cloud to be able to work. Cloud applications have many obvious benefits to an organisation, such as improving efficiency, reducing costs and improving security.

Once these applications are...

By Dean Wiech, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Security, Software.

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.

Enterprise storage migration: Reliability key – but UK lagging behind

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The latest research from Western Digital Corporation has revealed that reliability continues to be more important than cost for enterprises looking to move their data to the cloud.

The survey, which polled 700 senior technology decision makers across three continents including in the energy, finance and healthcare industries, saw cloud budgets remain the leading growth area in IT, with more than four in five (84%) either planning, are completing or have completed cloud migrations.

Yet...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Analysing the future for storage

There is still a perception within IT that the move to an all-flash array storage platform will be far too expensive to carry out at any speed, and that they should wait until the natural ageing of existing magnetic spinning disks reach the end of their useful life. But the question should not just be around cost, but around the risks and value to the business of moving to the next platform.

This resource from Quocirca and Kaminario examines the key theories and comparisons between traditional disk-based and...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

NetApp confirms $870m SolidFire acquisition – but don’t think this is all about flash

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Cloud storage and data management firm NetApp has announced the acquisition of all-flash storage system provider SolidFire for $870 million (£586m) in cash.

The all-flash offering across three key market segments – traditional enterprise infrastructure buyers, application owners and next-generation infrastructure buyers – is a key reason for the purchase, NetApp argues.

“This acquisition will benefit current and future customers looking to gain the benefits of...

By James Bourne, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Software, Storage.

How much money is your cloud slurping up? Businesses still in the dark, says survey

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Many organisations continue to be left in the dark when it comes to providing details on cloud costs and consumption, according to research released by Cloud Cruiser.

The survey, which polled almost 350 IT professionals who were at the AWS re:Invent shows in 2014 and 2015, found almost half (42%) of respondents saying it continues to be difficult to properly allocate public...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Microsoft, Software.

Sage One reaches 100,000 UK subscriptions, affirms cloud accounting uptake

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Accounting software provider Sage has announced it has hit 100,000 subscriptions of its cloud-based Sage One product, with the user base comprising more than half of customers already using Sage.

The numbers indicate the small business sector is alive and kicking when it comes to utilising cloud software, and Sage describes it as “one of many milestones that helps us to connect our customers to accountants and partners with real time and intuitive information about their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SaaS , Software.

Amazon offering unlimited cloud storage for $5 a year in Black Friday tie-in

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Amazon is offering customers an unlimited one year cloud storage deal for $5 to tie in with its Black Friday promotions.

The deal, which would normally cost users $59.99, may be of most interest to Microsoft customers, after the company recently shuttered its unlimited OneDrive plans. In that instance, a few spoiled it for the many; a company blog post...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.