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.

How cloud adoption is changing the business landscape

A 2013 IBM survey shows that the cloud’s strategic importance to decision-makers, such as CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, HR directors, and procurement executives, is poised to double from 34 percent to 72 percent, vaulting over their IT counterparts at 58 percent.

The survey found that one out of five organizations is ahead of the curve on cloud adoption.  Moreover, they are achieving a competitive advantage by using cloud-based...

By Logicworks, 13 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry.

The real story behind enterprise cloud penetration within the verticals

Last year Gartner released numbers that pointed to the growth of cloud computing from 2011 to 2016, specifically, the growth of cloud computing by vertical industry.  According to Gartner, anticipated growth opportunities put these industries at the top when it comes to global IT spending, which includes cloud computing:

$84,074M – Banking & Securities

$70,683M – Communications, Media & Services

$63,589M – Manufacturing & Natural Resources

$34,611M –...

By Logicworks, 27 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research.

The path to good cloud architecture uses SOA

What does SOA bring to cloud computing?  Most of those who design cloud architecture and build cloud-based systems don’t understand the answer to that question.  However, certain patterns are emerging that prove SOA is a best practice to define good cloud architecture…even though it may not be called SOA.

Many enterprises are just tossing things out of the enterprise onto public and private clouds and...

By Logicworks, 20 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Developers, Enterprise.

Rackspace CEO retires, claims time “as good as any” to step down

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is to retire after eight years heading up the open cloud provider, with co-founder Graham Weston stepping back into the breach on an interim basis.

Weston, who was chief exec from 1999 to 2006, said in a blog post that “what we build from here, we will build on the shoulders of a giant.”

In a conference call with analysts, Napier noted that “now is as good a time as any” for him to step aside, citing...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource.

Zynstra launches O365Connect, aims to take on hybrid SMB market

UK-based hybrid cloud startup Zynstra has announced the launch of O365Connect, aimed at helping SMBs with a managed IT solution which brings the best of both on-premise and cloud worlds.

The product was developed in association with Microsoft – the name gives that one away – and HP, who is an OEM partner of Zynstra, and is aimed at businesses between five and 250 employees.

Zynstra O365Connect handles various tasks, from networking to file management, to Office 365, as well as maintaining a full...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Microsoft.

China Unicom enters cloud race with Wo-Cloud service

The past couple of weeks have seen a variety of updates from players looking to up their cloudy stake in China, including Amazon and IBM.

Now China Unicom has joined the race, offering a service called Wo-Cloud, according to a report from Web Hosting Daily.

According to the firm’s president, Lu Yimin, China Unicom will focus on the IaaS and PaaS area.

“China Unicom will rely on its advantages in...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, IaaS, M&A, PaaS.

The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand

It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.

For now, it remains on the “slope of enlightenment” -- but it’s a technology right on the cusp of an evolution that will expand...

By Len Padilla, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Virtualisation.

Google seriously joins the IaaS party as Compute Engine goes live

Google has announced general availability of its Compute Engine IaaS platform, with the search giant aiming to play alongside the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in infrastructure as a service.

The service was available to developers and as a preview for companies to sign up back in May. Now, it’s been fully launched – and the Mountain View giant hasn’t set the bar too high with a 99.95% SLA.

CloudTech readers will know full well the issues with

By James Bourne, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS.