Analysing the importance of cloud usage tracking and cost management

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If organisations could track all cloud consumption and usage across the enterprise, the majority (57%) would utilise it to improve IT forecasting.

That was the key takeaway from a survey undertaken by enterprise software provider Cloud Cruiser, who collared 279 IT professionals at the recent Microsoft Ignite event in Chicago. Interestingly, 16% of respondents admitted they did not use Microsoft cloud technologies.

39% of those polled said they would use more wide-ranging tracking skills...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Research, SaaS , Software.

Hybrid the future for now, but Microsoft on track to convert customers to the cloud

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A report from enterprise mobile collaboration provider harmon.ie argues Microsoft is making progress in moving its customers’ productivity software to the mobile cloud, yet on premise remains important.

The company, which offers a tool which puts all Microsoft productivity tools within a single screen, notes Microsoft has a stronghold on productivity suites. 97% of respondents polled said they expect their clients’ use of Office 365 to increase in the coming 12 months,...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, SaaS , Software.

Google Apps or Microsoft Office? Survey argues which cloud office is best for your business

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If you’ve ever talked to an acquaintance about what technology they use at their place of work, then this might be the article for you: a survey from BetterCloud has found the benefits of Google Apps and Microsoft Office for organisations of all sizes.

The report argues there is a “clear trend” for larger organisations to run Office 365 as opposed to Google Apps – Office 365-based organisations are more than four times larger and five years older on average,...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Hybrid, SaaS , Software.

Public or private cloud storage? The industry’s growing so quickly, you can have both

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Updated A recent survey from cloud storage and data protection hardware provider CTERA Networks found that while employees at more than half of organisations use public file, sync and share services, almost three quarters said they were looking for an alternative.

The report recognised what CTERA highlights as a growing interest and need for enterprise-grade, private cloud storage solutions. Box portrays itself as...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software, Storage.

CIO and head of IT, not CEO, most likely to have final say on cloud adoption

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Cloud usage is rocketing amongst UK business users – but the final decision making falls to the head of IT or the chief information officer in almost three in five (59%) cases, according to latest research.

The research, from cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, shows more organisations are turning to cloud for all their business needs, with UK cloud penetration reaching a high of 84%.

78% of businesses are using more than one cloud-based service, figures which correlate

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, SaaS , Software.

The CXO view: We’re still unconvinced on cloud storage security

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Less than one in three delegates polled at the Infosec 2015 event in London believe the cloud is a safe storage solution for corporate data.

The survey from digital encryption and USB specialist iStorage, which questioned more than 270 respondents including heads of IT, CIOs and CTOs, saw almost half (48%) say they do use cloud technology to store confidential information. 54% of those polled say they still use USB devices to store information.

Over three quarters (78%) said they were currently...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Security, Software, Storage.

Dropbox announces user base exceeds 400 million, with eight million business users

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Dropbox has announced its number of users has exceeded 400 million, with more than eight million business customers also on board.

The figures, disclosed on the occasion of the cloud storage provider’s eighth birthday, also reveal an impressive growth in the UK market, opened up six months ago. The company has grown from three to 10 offices over the past year.

According to the figures, 4,000 edits to documents are made each second on Dropbox, with users syncing 1.2 billion files...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security, Software, Storage.

IBM and Box team up to “transform work in the cloud”

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Tech giant IBM and enterprise cloud storage provider Box have announced a wide-ranging partnership, aimed at content management and social collaboration to improve the enterprise cloud and digital push.

The two companies aim to integrate their existing products and services to develop new solutions across multiple verticals, from medicine, to engineering and academia.

Among the developments proposed, Box will integrate with IBM’s enterprise content management solution, as well as...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Cloud-based collaboration: What the private sector can learn from the public sector

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The Cloud World Forum event, which starts tomorrow in London and will have this publication in attendance, will more than likely discuss business cloud strategies, security fears, as well as the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps concepts.

Among the list of expected attendees, there is a not unreasonable amount of security professionals from the private sector. Also there is cloud-based enterprise collaboration...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Has software defined networking finally come of age?

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Can VMware's NSX finally fulfil the promise of SDN?

The first time I heard the acronym SDN was more than 10 years ago. At that time SDN was the cool way of saying “once the networking guys have racked, stacked and wired the switching and routing components we can install tools on a server and configure them through those tools from the comfort of the NOC”.

This was much more than just standard monitoring and management; we could setup whole networks and change them around, in...

By David Auslander, 22 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Software, Virtualisation, VMware.