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.

3 ways application development is thankful for MSPs

In honour of the upcoming holiday, we wanted to spend a little time exploring how application development and product management can leverage managed services as well as (or better) other parts of the organization more traditionally associated with such outsourcing partnership.

Smaller organizations have few, if any infrastructure-specific employees, but instead focus hiring product and development roles to improve the development cycle and strength of features for an application. This makes a lot of sense,...

By Logicworks, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Vendors.

With Salesforce SuperPods public cloud can be private - but should it?

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Salesforce announced a private SuperPod hosting of the Salesforce offering for HP at Dreamforce. This announcement appears to open the door to a more nuanced hybrid delivery model where the distinction between public and private cloud services is becoming a matter of customer choice.

The SuperPod may provide a bridge that enables some customers to access the benefits of SaaS while keeping data in dedicated infrastructure. Enterprises, however,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Salesforce.

AWS’s elastic database cloud thickens

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a series of updates to its expanding database services portfolio at its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, reinforcing its ability to run multiple database workloads with elastic scale in the AWS cloud. While AWS offers a comprehensive menu of best-of-breed cloud services, Ovum would like to see a more integrated platform approach. AWS has disrupted the price barriers for large-scale data processing in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Public, Virtualisation.

New Zealand’s national census delivers valuable lessons about cloud services

Kevin Noonan, Research Director, Public Sector

Although there is general acceptance that cloud services are here to stay, a number of enterprises are still skeptical about whether cloud computing is really up to the job when it comes to delivering big and complicated government services. Against this backdrop, the New Zealand government’s successful national census provides valuable lessons about how to drive a large-scale cloud implementation, as we explain in our recent report Driving Government Innovation...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.

Can the enterprise afford to pass up PaaS?

With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firmly built into how enterprise IT operates, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems a distant third for how big businesses are accessing cloud.

But should that be the case?

When we think of PaaS, you typically think of smaller companies starting up applications in the cloud. However, PaaS has a role to play in companies at scale.

According to Joe...

By Logicworks, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

How cloud is giving CIOs a bigger seat at the boardroom

Bill Gates once said: “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.”

In many ways this quote could also be used to nicely summarise the biggest change in the business world over the last 10 years - the evolution of information.

Information management and analysis has always been vital to businesses, that much is obvious. But while information has always been there, it’s...

By Pontus Noren, 14 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Enterprise.