IDC claims IBM is vendor of choice for US enterprise IaaS market

An independent study from analyst house IDC has revealed that IBM is the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) vendor of choice for US enterprise buyers, well ahead of rivals Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services.

Of the three competitors, only Google made the top five vendors, with Cisco, HP and AT&T all ahead. IBM was one of ‘the top three vendors that [respondents] believe can provide infrastructure as a service for private and/or public, most effectively’ according to 35% of respondents....

By James Bourne, 13 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS.

Box strikes deal with General Electric, enterprise investments pay off

Around 300,000 General Electric employees are going to be using Box as a standard for content sharing and collaboration, the cloud storage provider has announced.

Following the rumours that Box was to delay its much-vaunted IPO, this client win comes as timely news for Aaron Levie and company.

Levie wrote in a blog post that he was “incredibly excited” to be partnering with “one of the most tech-centric companies of the Fortune...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

Analysing Canada's cloud to help cure cancer

Is there anything cloud can’t do? Canada is investing in a cloud biotech infrastructure that could potentially help solve one of the worst problems of humankind: cancer.
 
Sources say that the Canadian government has invested over $6.7m USD into infrastructure that is designed to analyse genetic data that could bring us closer to a cure. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council first began working on this project and other organisations such as Genome Canada, the Canada Foundation for...

By CloudWedge, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

If hybrid is the Holy Grail of IT, we must look beyond the clouds

By Paul Cragg, CTO, Easynet

Golf clubs, cars and IT rarely get talked about in the same sentence outside a board meeting, but surprisingly they have one thing in common: they all come in hybrid form. All combine different features to create a single, better product with improved performance. And all are created from designs based on technology innovation.

For the sake of argument, I’m going to leave golf clubs and cars well alone so we can focus here on hybrid IT, which several surveys confirm to be...

By Easynet G.S., 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Vendors.

Oracle’s recent acquisitions fill gaps in the Oracle Marketing Cloud

Gerry Brown, Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement

Between October 2013 and February 2014 Oracle made three acquisitions that enhance the Oracle Marketing Cloud proposition. The first acquisition was Compendium for marketing content management; the second was Responsys, a cross-channel marketing platform; and the third BlueKai, a data management platform and data marketplace focused on the marketing industry.

Many “core” marketing technology applications are already provided by the Oracle Marketing...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Enterprise.

IBM's Doug Clark on the company's move towards 'IBM as a service'

Earlier this week, IBM announced another series of cloudy launches, chief of which being the IBM Cloud Marketplace, a ‘one stop shop’ for IBM’s IaaS, PaaS and SaaS portfolio. CloudTech caught up with Doug Clark, cloud leader at IBM UK&I, to find out more.

“Everybody is moving to as-a-service,” Doug Clark, cloud leader at IBM UK&I says. “Almost the entire landscape is moving there.”

With the release of the IBM...

By James Bourne, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS .

It’s cloudy business as usual for SAP as first quarter figures are revealed

SAP’s first quarter 2014 figures, released last week, revealed that while the tech giant’s cloud subscription numbers were going up, its software revenues continue to stall.

This will come as no surprise to those who have been following events with the German firm, who indirectly prophesised this outcome back in January with the Q413 numbers sheet.

At the time, SAP said in a statement that the ‘fast-growing cloud business along with growth in support revenue will drive a higher proportion of...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, SAP.

How Big Data is driving Cloud adoption among businesses

A survey report published on the ExpertIP blog late last year showed that enterprise CIOs see big data as the technology that will cause the biggest organizational impact over the next few years. However, given the complexity of the systems involved, only 40% of the CIOs are expected to rise up to the big data challenge by 2017.

One area where big data is expected to be a...

By Anand Srinivasan, 22 April 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research.

HP: Trying to stand out from the crowd in the DRaaS space

Back in September, Nirvanix announced to its customers that they had two weeks to move its data before the company went down the plughole.

As the enterprise cloud storage provider waved the white flag, Gartner research director Kyle Hilgendorf noted in a blog post that the analyst house’s paper on cloud exit strategies was one of the least popular in the collection.

“I suspect it is because cloud exits are not nearly as sexy as...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, IaaS, Virtualisation.

Cisco announces global “Cisco Powered” cloud ecosystem, Intercloud

Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Practice, Jens Butler, Principal Analyst, IT Services

Cisco has announced its creation of a global cloud platform, branded Intercloud. It has also named some of its initial partners, which include a variety of cloud infrastructure players: Telstra, Allstream, Canopy, Ingram Micro, Logicalis Group, MicroStrategy, OnX Managed Services, SunGard Availability Services and Wipro. Although it is not a large group, it does include a mix of telcos, managed services providers, IT services...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise.

Egnyte launches in Europe: Why the CEO believes the time is right

Enterprise file-sharing platform provider Egnyte has today announced significant expansion in Europe, hiring a general manager and opening up a London branch.

The company has moved Mark Rattley to the top EMEA job, with the former EMC vice president of sales coming on board as vice president and general manager for the new Egnyte Europe.

Egynte isn’t just looking to London for expansion however, with a data centre previously opened in the Netherlands, as well as a 25-strong design and engineering team...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Europe, Storage.

Interoute launches new VDC in Hong Kong, expands global footprint

Cloud services provider Interoute has announced the launch of a new virtual data centre (VDC) in Hong Kong, joining other vendors in setting up shop in the lucrative Asian region.

The company also announced that its customers can move data and apps across the entire services platform, across VDC zones, for no cost.

Lee Myall, the general manager of Interoute’s enterprise app store CloudStore, told CloudTech that while European expansion was still key, this was big news for Interoute on a global...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise.

FlintHosts to offer charities free shared and discounted cloud hosting

UK-based hosting provider FlintHosts has announced the launch of Flint|Charity, a service which offers free shared hosting and discounted cloud hosting to charities.

The free shared package allows for up to 1GB of storage, one hour of free technical support and a name check from the company, while the cloud package offers the requisite name check, hosting on Flint’s enterprise level platform at a 50% discount with fully managed service.

Paul Hopkinson, FlintHosts managing director, believes having...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Storage.

Adopting the cloud: The network strikes back

With every passing day, more and more IT managers are taking the plunge and opting for the world of cloud. This comes as no surprise when you consider the benefits it brings: adopting cloud gives employees the freedom to work where they want, whilst still cutting costs for businesses.

But with any new technology as soon as the honeymoon period is over, the real work begins. Cloud traffic is growing at an alarming rate, but this the pressure is on the network operators carrying the cloud, not the enterprises...

By Geoff Bennett, 03 April 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

Open hybrid cloud: The private vs public debate is resolved

As an informed senior executive, you already know that it's no longer a question of whether cloud service adoption is the right forward-thinking business technology strategy, but rather how you will leverage the abundance of new resources to outpace your competition.More companies will be working within very heterogeneous cloud service environments, thereby putting more pressure on IT organizations that must deal with these additional complexities, according to a recent market study by Cloud Connect and the Everest Group.Their latest market study reveals the increasing influence of cloud services on IT budgets, staff skills and business strategy. Moreover, the findings within the "2014 Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey" report debunks hyped-up...

By David H Deans, 27 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Private, Public, Research.

Aaron Levie signs off chairman’s letter “Go cloud!” as Box prepares for IPO

You can’t say it wasn’t coming. Cloud storage provider Box has announced its public offering after a huge amount of rumour and conjecture, with the overall amount raised expected to hit around $250m.

The company is looking to trade under the NYSE symbol ‘BOX’ and confirms reports in January that the cloud storage bods had confidentially filed.

The number of shares and their price wasn’t disclosed in the...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Storage.

Why managed AWS isn't just about managing AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is like an F-16 Fighting Falcon.  In the right hands it can be nimble, graceful, and extremely powerful.  Not to mention that it often destroys other cloud platforms in a dogfight…  However, an important part of the analogy is the understanding that the AWS fighter plane comes in a thousand pieces with “some assembly required.”

Managed AWS services attempt to take care of some of...

By Logicworks, 24 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, IaaS.

Why hybrid clouds will continue to rise to the top of the enterprise agenda

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Cloud service providers and consumers approach hybrid clouds from a public as well as a private cloud perspective. The objective for both is to run workloads where it makes the most sense at a technology and/or business level.

While hybrid clouds’ center of gravity will shift toward public clouds, it will do so quite slowly as enterprises increasingly mix and match the variety of hybrid cloud options available on the market, from connective to blended and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 24 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid.

Three quarters of charities say IT not up to scratch, survey reveals

Research from Eduserv has revealed that for three in four UK charities, inertia from the IT department is stunting growth and putting doubt into future fundraising activities.

The research, of 100 digital and IT leaders in UK charities including Oxfam, Macmillan and Unicef, found concern from heads of digital over moving with the times. Survey respondents argued this lack of ‘digital transformation’ would impact fundraising (73%), reputation (71%), and the ability to deliver the right services...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Research.