Shining a light on shadow IT - and how to ensure you get it right

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The nature of work is evolving; employees are mobile and cloud-enabled, free to work anywhere from almost any device. In response to this shift, the BYOD trend has emerged stronger than ever. Coupled with this is the growth of employees desiring more accessible applications. However, these factors have undoubtedly contributed to the emergence of shadow IT, which is creating a problem for many IT departments.

Applications such as Dropbox are increasingly being used by employees for business...

By Angelo di Ventura, 25 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Most UK employees unaware of employers’ cloud computing policy, claims research

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The majority of UK office workers are in the dark about their employer’s cloud computing policy, and even if they do know they’re likely to ignore it, according to research published by Trustmarque.

The report’s findings, of over 2000 employees, saw the growth of cloud applications used in the workplace, be it approved or through shadow IT, continue to grow, meaning security and compliance fears grow with it. It’s a similar finding to

By James Bourne, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Microsoft offers 100GB of OneDrive storage to Dropbox users

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Users of Dropbox can take advantage of 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage though a Microsoft promotional deal.

This latest storage giveaway from Microsoft appears available for all, unlike the US-only Bing Rewards scheme announced earlier in February. Yet it’s an interesting play to get more users to sign up for OneDrive, which is already free and unlimited to Office 365...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Analysing emerging technologies across the cloud storage landscape

There has been an influx of emerging technologies across the storage landscape. Many vendors are using the exact same hardware but are figuring out ways to do a lot of smarter things with the software. In this post, I’ll cover a handful of vendors who are doing a great job innovating at the software layer to improve storage technology and performance.

Nimble

Nimble was founded by the same people who did Data Domain and does data compression. Their success led to EMC buying...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

IBM launches Spectrum Storage for hybrid cloud, invests $1bn in software defined storage

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IBM has launched IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage portfolio which adds a layer of intelligent software to store each piece of data at the optimal cost maximising performance and security.

The tech giant has also put more than $1bn of investments into its storage software portfolio over the next five years.

Software defined storage is an interesting area, where the programming that controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage. It’s not to everyone’s taste,...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office

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Cloud storage provider Box has joined the Microsoft Cloud Storage Program, integrating with Microsoft Office to enable businesses to seamlessly access content across devices and platforms.

The new collaboration includes enabling users to open, edit and save documents back to Box directly from Office for iOS, and is available today for free, with integration with Office Online arriving later this year.

“We’re excited to deepen our commitment to openness in the enterprise...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

AWS remains most popular enterprise cloud service, according to Skyhigh report

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the most popular enterprise cloud service, according to the latest quarterly report from Skyhigh Networks, while the number of cloud services used by firms continues to rise.

According to the report the average employee uses 27 apps at work, while the average number of cloud services in use per company was 897 in Q414, which compares favourably against 831 in Q3 and 626 in Q413. The biggest rise in app type was development, which saw a 97% spike in...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Collaboration, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Microsoft offers 100GB of OneDrive storage for US Bing Rewards users

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It seems Microsoft can’t give away enough cloud storage at the minute: US-based users of Bing Rewards can grab 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

Bing Rewards, as you’d expect, is an incentive-based service that allows users to collect points the more they use Microsoft’s search engine which can then be exchanged for rewards such as e-gift cards. However according to Windows...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

What can MSPs gain from linear growth and recurring revenue?

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By Bernardo Reyes

We’ve reached it, the critical stage between cloud growth and cloud maturity. And there’s no need to deny that with cloud maturity come great opportunities. Just like Uncle Ben said, right? But more seriously, as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), how can you be sure that adding the cloud to your organisation now is right? Did you at all consider the cloud as a more...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

New report assesses the importance of cloud services to SMBs for marketing and collaboration

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A report published by BCSG has revealed how awareness and uptake of cloud services in small to medium businesses (SMBs) is on the rise.

The survey, of 600 European participants across all stages of small business, from micro businesses to pre-startups, found 64% of SMBs are already using cloud-based software, while the average number of applications in use is three.

78% of respondents say they are considering purchasing new solutions in the next two to three years – potentially...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Collaboration, Software.