Analysing the enterprise ‘multi-cloud’ market: IBM and Virtustream lead the way

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By Neil McAvoy, CEO, CloudBestPractices.net

Although the hybrid cloud concept has become the popularised idea of how the enterprise market will inch its way into adoption of cloud services, twinning their own internal private cloud with public resources, this will be a short term label soon replaced by ‘multi-cloud‘.

I agree with the general direction of travel; however, I feel we’ll soon see the hybrid cloud definition as somewhat inadequate, as we’re really...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows

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More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

Collaboration and the cloud: How business needs to operate in the digital economy

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The emergence of the cloud has dramatically changed the way businesses operate and collaborate. With trends such as flexible working and the gig or sharing economy on the rise, communication is now more important than ever to enable colleagues to keep in touch regardless of time zone or location.

Here are just a few of the ways the cloud can be utilised to ensure effective collaboration:

Access anywhere

With...

By James Campanini, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users

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It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Stop talking about cloud – and start talking about what cloud can enable

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Cloud computing is still a very trendy topic of discussion among technology leaders around the world. It’s easy to see why; cloud adoption rates are on the rise and are predicted to continue their upward trend, while cloud service providers (CSPs) continue to roll out new features, products, and services.

Times are good in the world of cloud computing – but I believe...

By David Auslander, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Don’t forget the virtual environment for greater business collaboration

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As I’m writing this, I’m looking over at the foosball table that resides in the corner of the Dropbox office. It’s a hub of activity as two of my colleagues battle it out while they take a break from a planning session. There’s also a group of people huddled together on beanbags and sofas, armed with coloured markers and clearly intent on solving a challenge.

The atmosphere is informal but productive, and the reason they are able to work in this non-traditional...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Why the culture shift is the most important factor in your cloud strategy

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In a recent study which spoke with 300 companies on cloud adoption, 82% of the enterprises stated they had a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014. The continual growth of cloud adoption, in particular for enterprises, is becoming increasingly tricky to ignore.

Before you make this big step, however, there are a number of factors you must take into consideration. What vendor will you select? How will you...

By Steve Lesley, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The hybrid IT conundrum: How to effect seamless enterprise transformation

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The term ‘enterprise transformation’ is frequently heard, relating to organisational change and moving away from legacy technologies. Accenture defines it as a “fundamental shift [of] strategy, in response to major disruptions through a complete, business-driven remodelling of how a company structures itself.” But how far down the company does change go?

Antonion Piraino, chief technology officer at IT management software provider ScienceLogic, argues...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform.

More than three quarters of firms concerned over consumer grade cloud storage

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A new paper from Osterman Research in conjunction with CTERA Networks argues a clear need for organisations to adopt enterprise grade file sync and share (EFSS) software due to security and shadow IT fears.

Naturally, the conclusion of the report is less than surprising given CTERA’s continued push against consumer grade (CFSS) software. Back in July the firm released research detailing how three quarters of firms are looking for an alternative to public file sync and share services....

By James Bourne, 07 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

The dangers of the 1% in cloud environments: Users remain the big security risk

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The concept of the 1%, in economic terms, usually refers to wealth inequality; however, a recent report from CloudLock shows that in cloud environments, 75% of the security risk can be attributed to just 1% of users.

This instance, of course, has more in common with the Pareto principle, whereby approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes, than anything else. Yet the report analyses a trend familiar to the readers of this publication; a key security risk when moving data...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Finance sector looking further to the cloud – but beware security risks

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More proof arrives that financial organisations are becoming more comfortable with cloud technologies: according to the latest industry outlook from Skyhigh Networks, the average financial services company uses more than 1,000 cloud services, with collaboration tools the most popular type of application used. But is it a good thing?

The report, which focuses on real life data from 3.7 million employees at banks, insurance companies and credit card firms among others, found the...

By James Bourne, 25 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Big data, cloud, mobility, and why IT needs to move at the speed of business

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“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change” – Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Successful businesses require the ability to change and increasingly to adapt quickly, to be agile to new approaches and technologies and be flexible to the needs of the business and customers.

We are at the wake of monumental change and how businesses service and engage...

By Ian Moyse, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Management, Enterprise, Mobility.

Collaboration and agility shows why enterprise cloud is “worth the effort”

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A new report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services argues that as cloud usage in the enterprise continues to rise, collaboration is now the key benefit ahead of business agility.

The research, which had more than 450 participants and was sponsored by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, found 84% of respondents agreeing their organisation’s use of cloud computing had increased in the past year. 72% said their use of cloud increased collaboration options, while 71% argued business...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Collaboration, Enterprise.

Google is moving towards the hosted desktop – but they can go one step further

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Recently I read a fascinating article by Rachel King in the WSJ CIO Journal titled “Google moves its corporate applications to the Internet”. This article was of particular interest to me because I manage a company that offers a hosted desktop solution to SMEs, and what is described as Google’s “new approach” is the approach that our customers have been...

By Joseph Blass, 11 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Security.

Sifting through an explosion of choice to build the right cloud infrastructure for you

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When it comes to deploying IT infrastructure, selecting the right model is crucial. Fundamental to this decision, IT departments must make sense of the options available to them and understand their strengths and weaknesses.

But this isn’t as simple as deciding which model is better. It’s about understanding which model is right for the business — right now and into the future. With such a...

By Martin Cooper, 07 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Gartner’s enterprise file sync and share Magic Quadrant offers surprises and opportunities

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Once again, the tea leaves and crystal balls are out at Gartner headquarters as the analyst house looks to predict the shape of the enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) industry. Accellion, Box, Citrix and Syncplicity occupy the top right leaders section in this iteration, while Microsoft, Google and – perhaps surprisingly – Dropbox again sits in the challengers square.

EFSS, as Gartner defines it, is “a range of on-premises or cloud-based capabilities that...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Microsoft reveals cloud growth but $3.2bn net loss in latest financial results

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Microsoft has reported a $3.2 billion net loss for the second quarter of 2015, the worst in the company’s history, but backed it up alongside continued strong cloud growth.

It was always going to look nasty. Following the $7.5bn writedown of its Nokia offshoot, the analysts were prepared to sink their teeth into the Redmond giant as its latest financial results came through. Yet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was unrepentant, arguing the cloud and mobile gains were pushing the...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Economy, Enterprise, Microsoft, Software.

Security and advanced automation in the enterprise: Getting it right

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By Phil Christensen, Senior Engineer, DevOps

Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise.

While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security policies piled on top of custom code that only a few engineers know how to work with.

The security of your system should not...

By Logicworks, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Security.

Hybrid the future for now, but Microsoft on track to convert customers to the cloud

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A report from enterprise mobile collaboration provider harmon.ie argues Microsoft is making progress in moving its customers’ productivity software to the mobile cloud, yet on premise remains important.

The company, which offers a tool which puts all Microsoft productivity tools within a single screen, notes Microsoft has a stronghold on productivity suites. 97% of respondents polled said they expect their clients’ use of Office 365 to increase in the coming 12 months,...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, SaaS , Software.