LA Clippers to use Amazon Web Services for CourtVision platform

The LA Clippers are moving their CourtVision game-watching platform onto Amazon Web Services (AWS) and using machine learning to drive greater insights.

Clippers CourtVision, which was created alongside the NBA’s video tracking technology provider Second Spectrum, will have its data stored and analysed on AWS in real-time. The system uses cameras in every NBA arena to collect 3D spatial data, including ball and player locations...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Case Studies, Software.

IBM focuses on second chapter of cloud story at Think – hybrid and open but secure

It’s seconds out for round two of the cloud story – one which has hybrid and multi-cloud at its core, and is open but secured and managed properly.

That was the key message from IBM chief executive and chairman Ginni Rometty at IBM’s Think Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

“I’ve often said we’re entering chapter two – it’s...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How to solve visibility issues from AIOps: A guide

Considering that the language that underpins artificial intelligence (AI), LISP, turns just 60 years old this year, there can be little doubt now that the technology itself has been adopted by the masses. AI has become a critical part of how businesses operate in an extremely short stretch of time - in 2017 alone, 61% of business had implemented AI in some way....

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud chief Kurian advocates aggressive enterprise sales strategy in opening salvo

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian is looking to give his new employer a stronger enterprise presence – by using old-school sales tactics.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, the former Oracle veteran noted his plan to hire more salespeople, focus more aggressively on large traditional companies, as well as look at fresh deals with systems integrators.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Exploring the links between AI, 5G and IoT – and how cloud computing underpins them all

Sponsored If the agenda and sessions at MWC 2019 don’t explicitly mention cloud computing, then there’s a good reason. The emerging technologies that will be explored at the show, which runs as ever in Barcelona from February 25-28, from artificial intelligence (AI), to 5G, to the Internet of Things, all need cloud to underpin them.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking there won’t be any presence on that front. The vendor literature is naturally full of...

By Cloud Tech, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Software.

Why businesses should keep their head in the clouds if they want to succeed

EU adoption of cloud computing increased to 26% in 2018, up from just 18% from four years prior, according to new research published by Eurostat. However, while the majority of EU businesses are utilising cloud services for emails and file storage, fewer are embracing more advances cloud-based business applications like accounting software, ERP, CRM data analytics, or team productivity tools.

For business leaders, cloud...

By Chris Martin, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Software.

Relational databases ‘here to stay’ in the enterprise amid greater cloud and data complexity

Reports of the death of the relational database have been greatly exaggerated – at least in the enterprise.

According to a new study from Progress Software – the company’s latest annual data connectivity report – while the on-premises relational database behemoths of SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle have declined year on year, the cloud push is not yet forthcoming for mission-critical workloads.

By James Bourne, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

How a multi-cloud approach works and what it means for your organisation: A guide

A recent IDG survey reported that 89% of businesses have, or plan to, invest in digital initiatives this year. But despite the buzz around digital transformation, implementing it isn’t always smooth sailing – only 44% fully adopted the approach. Introducing new company-wide initiatives can be a daunting prospect for leaders,...

By Michel Paulin, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

How to tackle the multi-cloud security challenge

A growing number of organisations are adopting a multi-cloud strategy in a bid to avoid over-reliance upon one vendor and reduce the risk of threats like DDoS attacks. This generates cost savings, yields performance optimisation, and improves up-time to ensure that operations run at all times.

Abandoning a ‘one-cloud-fits-all’ approach and using multiple services from different cloud providers delivers a raft of...

By Steve Armstrong, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Mirantis to help AT&T build Network Cloud for 5G

US telecom giant AT&T will be building the next generation of its Network Cloud for 5G with the help of cloud computing firm Mirantis, as part of a three-year deal reportedly to be more than £7.7mn ($10mn).

AT&T’s Network Cloud for 5G will be built via software from an open source project known as “Project Airship”, which was initially formed by the telecom company, along with SK Telecom, the OpenStack Foundation, and Intel in May of 2018.

Amy Wheelus, AT&T’s vice...

By Cloud Tech, 08 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Industry.

Golden State Warriors use Google Cloud to up their game

American professional basketball team Golden State Warriors will use Google Cloud’s data-crunching technology to improve the performance of the players.

Apart from improving their game on court, the NBA champions will also use Google Cloud to track analytics to crunch scouting reports and better rope in athletes. According to Google Cloud, this data can easily be shared with coaches, staff and players.

It is also reported that the basketball team is planning to host a mobile app on the Google Cloud...

By Cloud Tech, 07 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google.

Databricks secures $250m funding as a16z claims its victory in big data platforms

It’s another big day for big data; analytics platform provider Databricks has raised $250 million (£193.3m) in a series E funding round and now sits atop a $2.75 billion valuation.

The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and featured participation from Coatue Management, Microsoft, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). In a statement, Ben Horowitz said that a16z was “thrilled” to invest in this funding round and that Databricks was the “clear winner in the big data...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Platform.

Google boasts strong cloud performance in Q4 – but is shy over revealing specifics

Updated 1820 GMT Google has claimed that the number of its cloud deals exceeding $1 million has ‘more than doubled’ over the past 12 months in what it called a ‘strong’ year – yet remained reticent in disclosing details over run rates.

The company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results, published late yesterday, saw Google’s ‘other’ revenues – of...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

Secure cloud transformation: A four-step strategy for the CIO

By Matt Piercy, VP and general manager, Zscaler EMEA

The business IT environment is changing rapidly and, as a result, today’s CIOs have to tackle a number of big challenges. 20 years ago, applications and data were stored on an individual’s computer. Today, cloud-delivered applications, services, and infrastructure are transforming business processes, services, and models.

By Zscaler, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data Centres, Mobility, Software.

How DevOps professionals are struggling with the daily troubleshooting grind

If your organisation is either focusing on DevOps or employs plenty of developers, make sure you keep an eye on their workloads – or face an exodus.

That’s the primary finding from IT management software provider SolarWinds. In its latest report, which polled 336 DevOps, developer and web product manager professionals (WPMs) in the US and Canada, many workers across sectors are fed up with troubleshooting being the...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Research.

AWS hits $7.4bn in Q4 revenues, comprised three quarters of 2018 overall Amazon profit

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the benchmark for Amazon’s profit lines and continues to improve.

The company announced revenues for AWS of $7.43 billion (£5.68bn), an increase of 45% from this time last year, with AWS revenues comprising more than 10% of Amazon’s overall sales for the quarter, up from 8.4% the year before. AWS made $2.18bn after expenses for Q4, giving it a full year profit of almost $7.3bn, or...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft cites ‘layers’ of Azure and cloud depth in more positive financial results

Microsoft’s investor relations team is evidently not frightened about repeating itself when it comes to financial announcements season. “Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results,” the company proclaimed in July; “Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results,” it tooted in October; and now, “Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter results.”

Given the...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Security.

Fulfilling the promise of NFV with reconfigurable computing

With so many new technologies vying for attention, it can be difficult for CISOs to know which ones merit attention. Will this solution save time? Will it make our organisation more productive, or enable us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do? These questions need to be considered before adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

What makes...

By Daniel Proch, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Infrastructure.

SAP bets big after breaking €20bn in 2018 cloud and software revenues

SAP broke €20 billion in yearly cloud and software revenues in 2018, hitting or exceeding its raised outlook metrics in the process – and the company wants more, targeting €35bn in total revenue by 2023.

The Q4 2018 financial results saw total cloud and software revenues hit €6.3 billion (£5.5bn), representing 85% of total revenues that quarter. Naturally this statistic is somewhat obfuscatory...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software, Vendors.

Understanding Kubernetes today: Misconceptions, challenges and opportunities

Any discussion of Kubernetes is best started with an understanding of why we need Kubernetes. Kubernetes helps us manage containers, which dominate application development now because they enable portability, faster application development, and greater independence for developers. Once we started using containers in great volume, we needed a way to automate the setup, tear down, and management of containers - that's what Kubernetes does.

By Ali Golshan, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Platform, Security.