Goodbye 2017, hello 2018: The best cloud stories of last year – and how this year will shape up

It’s been another exciting year in the cloud computing space. From blockchain, to AI, to containers and microservices, the technological developments have made for interesting reading – as well as the continued pushes by the leading companies in the ecosystem.

Below, CloudTech has put together five trends which shaped 2017, featuring some of the biggest stories of last year, as well as a series of predictions from executives on what they expect from 2018.

2017

The AWS/Azure competition – with Alibaba and Oracle on...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Kubernetes, Microsoft, Trends.

IBM ramps up quantum computing ecosystem with 20 qubit processor systems

IBM has been solidly building its efforts in quantum computing over the past couple of years – and a new milestone has been reached with the launch of upgraded systems featuring 20 qubit processors, with 50 qubits on the way.

The company describes the latest news as “rapid advances in quantum hardware… as IBM continues to drive progress across the entire quantum computing technology stack, with focus on systems, software, applications and enablement.”

Quantum computing is gaining...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform, Trends.

Why software-defined storage revenue will reach $16.2 billion

As more CIOs and CTOs prepare for the data deluge that's driving demand for enterprise storage solutions, savvy IT infrastructure vendors are already offering next-generation systems that meet the evolving requirements of their customers' digital transformation projects.

Software-defined storage (SDS) is one of several new technologies that are rapidly penetrating the IT infrastructure of enterprises and cloud service providers. SDS is gaining traction because it meets the demands of the next-generation data...

By David H Deans, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Software, Storage, Trends.

Why three quarters of executives are researching and launching IoT projects in 2017

  • Manufacturing-based IoT connections grew 84% between 2016 and 2017, followed by energy & utilities (41%).
  • 73% of executives are either researching or currently launching IoT projects.
  • The IoT platform market is expected to grow 35% per year to $1.16B by 2020.
  • B2B uses can generate nearly 70% of the potential value enabled by IoT.

These and many other fascinating findings are from Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017,...

By Louis Columbus, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform, Software, Trends.

Huawei’s cloudy Connect announcements analysed: Microsoft, AI, and more

Huawei’s Connect event kicked off earlier today – and the announcements flowed at a pace with its cloud offering front and centre of the majority of the news.

First off was the announcement of a partnership between the Chinese giant and Microsoft with Redmond’s apps being released on Huawei’s platform as part of an ‘in-depth cooperation on the public cloud.’

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal the deal whereby more Microsoft enterprise-level...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Trends.

Cloud education struggling at US universities – meaning an even wider skills gap

Cloud computing skills are certainly in demand, whether it is microservices, containers, or DevOps. Yet according to a new US study, colleges and universities are struggling to adapt.

A new report from B2B research company Clutch says that despite LinkedIn naming ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one global skill of 2016, spiralling costs of course resources, limited expertise on-campus and the pace of innovation in the industry were contributing factors to the struggle.

“I do...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research, Trends.

Why the data protection world is a vampire – and what to do about it

“The world is a vampire.” The words to the Smashing Pumpkins song kept coming to mind as I listened to the discourse of a leading tier one carrier CISO.

I was in New York City attending one of the technical seminars that constantly come up projecting what the new New Thing is going to be. This rendition was on the insecure world of data flowing across networks. I mused that this time there was some fire to go along with the smoke. Snowden had just come on to the world stage and shone light on all...

By Bill Balmer, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software, Trends, UnifiedComms.

What will 2017 bring for the storage industry?

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In a field as competitive as the storage market is, knowing what’s going to happen before it actually happens can be extremely valuable. And right now, the storage market is going through some big transitions, some of which are upending the industry.

This is kind of to be expected when dealing with a business that incorporates the latest technological advances, but even with that in mind, the rapid evolution underway at the moment is impressive to watch. The storage market as we...

By Rick Delgado, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Trends.

Traditional software giants are starting to kick it in the cloud — so what’s next?

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For years the benefits of the cloud have been the subject of much debate within the IT industry. In the past, sceptics claimed that the cloud wasn’t reliable or secure — although Gartner sought to dispel that myth. Now, the sceptics are harder to find and Gartner doesn’t have to dispel as many cloud myths. Our latest Businesses @ Work report shows that companies are not only enabling...

By Phil Turner, 16 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software, Trends.

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.