A 2018 cloud trend – the return of the on-premises solution?

Research published earlier this year by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) revealed that the rate of cloud adoption by UK-based businesses has reached 88%. The top three reasons respondents gave for cloud take-up were delivery flexibility, operational cost savings and scalability.

For many businesses, public cloud has been an attractive, effective way to build out their existing models and experiment with new ones, but it has often been...

By Gary Watson, 19 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Software, Storage.

Small businesses ‘confident’ about cloud storage security – but is that confidence misplaced?

The verdict has come in for small businesses securing their clouds: good in parts, but could be better.

That’s according to the latest security survey from B2B research firm Clutch. In its latest report, which polled 300 US small business with a maximum of 500 employees, 90% of respondents overall said their cloud was secure, representing a small increase from the previous year.

More than half of organisations polled said they use encryption – cited by 60% of respondents – employee training...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

Moving the Middle East to the cloud: Why it is time to seize the opportunity

With its giant, gleaming skyscrapers and seemingly endless wealth, Dubai is often viewed as being one of the world’s most high tech cities. When it comes to digital innovation, Dubai, one of seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, with a population of 2.5 million, has one of the highest levels of ICT adoption in the region, both by the public and government.

Over the past two decades a number of digital transformation initiatives, with titles such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai e-government, have...

By Debbie Garside, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

NetApp posts $1.42bn Q218 revenues, CEO says company ‘substantially outpacing’ competition

NetApp has disclosed its most recent financial figures – revenues of $1.42 billion (£1.07bn) for Q218, up 6% year over year with CEO and president George Kurian telling analysts the company ‘continues to substantially outpace the growth of the all-flash array market and competitors’.

Alongside the total quarterly revenues, NetApp posted a GAAP net income of $175 million, up from $109m this time last year, with predicted net revenues to be in the range of $1.425bn and $1.575bn in the...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

Box introduces framework to apply machine learning to cloud content

Cloud content management company Box has unveiled Box Skills, a framework for applying machine learning tools such as computer vision, video indexing, and sentiment analysis to stored content. Box Skills will facilitate businesses to re-imagine the business processes considered as impractical to digitise or automate or too expensive.

At BoxWorks 2017, Box previewed three initial Box Skills currently in development, leveraging machine learning tools from IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud to solve...

By Cloud Tech, 13 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Storage.

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.

AWS launches per-second billing for EC2 and EBS services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to move to a per-second billing model for its EC2 and EBS services from October 2.

The move aims to go one step ahead of its competitors, Microsoft, Google et al, who have been since 2013 been utilising per-minute billing for its services.

Given the developments of products such as AWS Lambda, among others in the serverless realm, it makes sense to make the shift. AWS said many of its customers had been ‘dreaming up applications’ for EC2 that utilised a larger number...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Storage.

New MIT research proposes flash memory caching model to make data centres more efficient

A new piece of research from MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (CSAIL) has proffered a new system for data centre caching using flash memory – potentially meaning more energy efficient and economical computing.

According to the researchers, the system they created, dubbed BlueCache, is able to keep up with requests flooding the data centre by ‘pipelining’, allowing the next instructions to be fetched while the processor performs arithmetic operations.

This...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Storage.

Box announces revenues up 28% year on year as company zones in on AI

Box has announced revenues up 28% year over year beating analyst expectations, with the company “well-positioned” to hit its $1 billion revenue target.

Total second quarter revenues for the cloud storage provider were at $122.9 million (£95.1m), with revenue for the six months ended July 31 at $240.1m. Billings for Q218 were at $139.5m, up 31% from this time last year.

Despite this, shares went down in the immediate aftermath of earnings being revealed, albeit having recovered somewhat at...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

Intel runs rule over new data centre storage design

It is not quite available yet – but Intel has shed some light on its plans in the data centre storage space with the announcement of a new form factor which could enable up to one petabyte of storage in a 1U rack unit.

The new ‘ruler’ form factor (above), named as such for self-evident reasons, “shifts storage from the legacy 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch form factors that follow traditional hard disk drives” and “delivers on the promise of non-volatile storage technologies to...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Storage.

Google announces price cuts on cloud SSD storage

Google has announced a price cut on its local SSD (solid state disk) storage attached to on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines – to the tune of up to 63%.

The latest move from Google will see costs drop by $0.080 per gigabyte per month in the majority of US regions for on-demand VMs, while the company also announced prices were being lowered on preemptible VMs.

Local SSD is a high performance, physically attached block storage offering, and can be the most viable option for workloads such as...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

Interoute deploys Cloudian for new storage service

Interoute has announced it has rolled out a cloud-based storage service based on Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage technology.

The new service, which is part of Interoute’s Virtual Data Centre (VDC) platform, aims to provide customers with ‘fast, reliable and highly durable cloud-based storage for unstructured data, backups and archives at very low cost’, in the company’s own words. It will be available across the entire Interoute platform of 17 virtual data centre zones...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Software, Storage.

Gartner changes EFSS Magic Quadrant to content collaboration with Box and Microsoft leading

Box and Microsoft lead the way on vision and execution in Gartner’s recently released Magic Quadrant for content collaboration platforms – but it doesn’t quite tell the full story.

If you are unfamiliar with the name of the report, there is a good reason. The Quadrant was previously known as EFSS (enterprise file sync and share), with the analyst firm changing the definitions this year to reflect a shift in the market.

As Box puts it, content collaboration platforms ‘go beyond EFSS to...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Research, Security, Software, Storage.

10 ways to protect your data on the AWS platform

One of the worst data breaches in US history recently made the headlines, and it's a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting data on platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The personal details of nearly four out of every five adult Americans, including virtually every registered voter, were recently exposed online thanks to sloppy security practices. The data not only included contact details and birth dates, but also...

By Sekhar Sarukkai, 07 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Storage.

Why it is time to accept that cybercrime is a real danger

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The world recently witnessed the WannaCry attack. This threat is a wake-up call to everyone that the danger of cybercrime is exponential.

While we need to be ready to see global attacks of this nature increase, the technology that is required to combat these hazards exists now. From vulnerability detection and anti-virus, device and network monitoring, to management tools and data backup, businesses...

By Mark Cattini, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Storage, Vulnerabilities.

Box and Microsoft expand partnership with look at machine learning

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Box and Microsoft have announced an expansion to their partnership – with machine learning as part of the potential benefits.

The two companies will align on sales efforts – co-selling Box with Azure, for instance – with the former using the latter as a ‘strategic public cloud platform’.

Yet it is the machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) aspect which leapt out most. The references in the press materials were all shrouded in modal verbs like...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Analysing the growing global demand for hybrid flash array storage

The emergence of hyperscale cloud service providers transformed the enterprise computing environment. IT infrastructure vendors have learned to adapt to shifts in market demand and embrace the ongoing changes that have affected the data centre server and storage markets. Enterprise CIOs and CTOs have also modified their traditional budget allocations.

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 0.5 percent year-over-year, reaching $9.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17),...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Amazon shuts down unlimited cloud storage plan

Amazon has told customers it will no longer offer an unlimited cloud storage plan – although Prime members will continue to benefit from the service.

In an updated FAQ page, the company confirmed new customers will have the choice of 100 GB for $11.99 and 1 TB for $59.99, with those wishing for more able to go up to 30 TB at an additional $59.99 per terabyte. Any customer who signs up for storage with Amazon will automatically get 5 GB for...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Software, Storage.

Business use cases for software-defined storage going up – but with a caveat

The vast majority of respondents polled by DataCore say they plan to or have already moved to software-defined storage, with simplifying different models of storage the primary business driver.

The study, which polled 426 IT professionals currently using or evaluating various storage models, found that simplifying storage was the primary reason for implementing software-defined storage for 55% of respondents. Future-proofing infrastructure was cited by 53% of those polled, while avoiding hardware lock-in was...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

How the cloud wars are beginning to enter a new phase

Opinion Imagine a business where the product keeps getting better and better, like storage space and video quality, but the prices keep falling steadily as the product continues to improve. It’s happening in cloud computing – and this ‘race to zero’ has people in the industry deeply worried.

The current leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), slashed their prices an astounding 44 times in the past six years. Amazon’s strategy, it seems, is more of a low cost, high volume model. This strategy...

By Rick Delgado, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Software, Storage.