Software defined data centres will be vital for business agility – but not just yet

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Analyst house Gartner argues the software defined data centre (SDDC), otherwise known as the virtual data centre (VDC), is not the right choice for every IT organisation today – but long term it will be crucial to the evolution of an agile digital business.

The SDDC is whereby IT infrastructure is virtualised and delivered ‘as a service’, leading to greater levels of automation, flexibility and, in turn, business agility. The development is seen as crucial by the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Virtualisation.

Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud

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Advances in software architecture over the last eight to 10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Despite this progress, today’s software applications, web-based or not, continue to still either provide a slower response or become completely non-responsive too often.

Utilising software like Chaos Monkey, which challenges a software application’s distributed systems by taking random instances offline, allows...

By ZapThink, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, Software.

How a hybrid cloud architecture stops the data loss and shadow IT threat

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Cloud computing continues to evolve at a fast pace, while having a large impact on modern businesses.  Many organisations are considering or trialling cloud adoption, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, once again, showing its continuing momentum.

Cloud provides organisations with many benefits, such as the potential to reduce costs while increasing value by allowing the more...

By Ian Finlay, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Box announces Q2 financial figures, hits 50,000 customers

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Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced its second quarter financial results, with revenue at $73.5 million (£47.6m) and a customer base of over 50,000.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ending July 31, Box announced revenue figures at an increase of 43% year over year. Billings were at $79.6m, an increase of 45% from the same period last year, while non-GAAP operating loss was at 45% of revenue, down from 57% in fiscal year 2015.

The SaaS provider noted among its 50,000...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

CIO dissatisfaction with cloud providers revealed in latest survey

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Even though 93% of businesses are now using the cloud in some capacity, expectations are exceeding specific gains according to a new survey from cloud provider ElasticHosts.

More than four in five (84%) UK-based CIOs believe their cloud provider could do more to reduce the burden on in-house IT staff, and a similar number (80%) believe the pricing structure is a “rip off.”

Top of the list of grievances was slow response time to customer service queries, cited by 47% of...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Personal cloud market to hit $90bn by 2020, research study claims

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The global personal cloud market is expected to top almost $90 billion (£58.5bn) in revenue by 2020, according to the latest forecast by Allied Market Research.

The research firm anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.1% between 2015 and 2020, with growing customer awareness cited as boosting growth and personal cloud for individuals continuing to lead the market.

Individual users will comprise around 60% of total market revenue by 2020 according to Allied,...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

More than three quarters of firms concerned over consumer grade cloud storage

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A new paper from Osterman Research in conjunction with CTERA Networks argues a clear need for organisations to adopt enterprise grade file sync and share (EFSS) software due to security and shadow IT fears.

Naturally, the conclusion of the report is less than surprising given CTERA’s continued push against consumer grade (CFSS) software. Back in July the firm released research detailing how three quarters of firms are looking for an alternative to public file sync and share services....

By James Bourne, 07 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

SaaS provider Apttus raises $108m series C funding, takes aggressive approach

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Software as a service (SaaS) provider Apttus has secured $108 million (£70.4m) in series C funding, just seven months after its previous funding round.

Apttus delivers SaaS apps providing an unbroken funnel throughout the sales process, with the company claiming to pioneer the ‘quote to cash’ cycle, which is an end to end process covering an entire sales lifecycle in the cloud. The latest cash injection comes after a $37m round in September 2013 and $41m in February...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Finance sector looking further to the cloud – but beware security risks

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More proof arrives that financial organisations are becoming more comfortable with cloud technologies: according to the latest industry outlook from Skyhigh Networks, the average financial services company uses more than 1,000 cloud services, with collaboration tools the most popular type of application used. But is it a good thing?

The report, which focuses on real life data from 3.7 million employees at banks, insurance companies and credit card firms among others, found the...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Why cloud MSPs are software companies

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By Jason Deck, vice president of strategic development, Logicworks

When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.

Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualised data centres or moved to the public cloud, servers, switches,...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Software, Virtualisation.