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.

Cloud-based security services growth to reach $3.1bn

Given the differences in market maturity, cultural acceptance and local IT infrastructures, considerable regional differences exist in the deployment rates of cloud-based security systems. They all play a part in the level of spending dedicated to this delivery model -- when compared with on-premises business technology deployments. Moreover, privacy remains an inhibitor in the deployment of all forms of cloud-based services by the late adopter market segment. In particular, it's a big issue in those regions and countries with strong...

By David H Deans, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Security.

Cloud-enabled enterprise and the opportunity for CIOs

It is over five years since the term ‘cloud’ was first adopted into the mainstream to describe a fundamental change in how – and where – information technology is deployed.

Cloud’s building blocks had been developing for several years prior: the rise of the Internet as a backbone for service delivery; hardware platforms so powerful that they could run multiple web scale workloads; and the opening of standards for application and infrastructure architecture; all contributed to the...

By Russell Poole, 06 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, ERP.

What you might have missed: 5 recent developments in cloud computing

The cloud continues to expand and develop at a phenomenal rate. Here’s a roundup of five recent developments in the field and what they mean for business.

There is a consensus that the cloud and cloud software is now unavoidable. Little surprise then, that vendors and technologists alike are constantly pushing the boundaries to create new products and services.

1. IBM invests $8 million in Spanish cloud data center

Computing...

By John Cheney, 01 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, CRM, Enterprise.

The key lessons of the Healthcare.gov fiasco

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One of the advantages ZapThink brings to the discussion of Enterprise IT is our global perspective. As we travel the world, we hear the opinions of many people across many countries and industries. From this context we can confirm that most of the planet believes the US government is the laughing stock of the developed world.

First, we...

By ZapThink, 01 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Industry.

Oracle accelerates database and cloud strategy

Tim Jennings, Chief Analyst & Research Fellow, Enterprise IT

Oracle’s September 2013 customer event was notable for a series of announcements designed to help the company’s customers improve the speed and agility of their information systems. The flagship news revolved around Oracle’s core competence of database technology, with forthcoming releases of an in-memory option for Oracle Database 12c that promises to significantly speed up analytic queries, and of an...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

The scariest business data horror stories [infographic]

Trick or treat!You’ll be hearing this a lot soon. Halloween may be all about ghosts and goblins, but businesses have much bigger threats to worry about… such as losing the critical business data that’s stored on their employees’ computers and in-house servers.

To put you in the Halloween spirit, we’ve gathered some of these terrifying stats into one spooky infographic. So brace yourself and read at your own risk! But don’t panic! There are solutions that can help protect your business from the terrifying prospect of unwanted...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Infographic.

5 ways cloud computing is changing product management

Cloud computing has become a major part of how IT organizations are approaching infrastructure requirements. To better support critical applications, networks, and websites, cloud infrastructure through CSPs, managed, and self-service models have become the go-to resource for a range of associated benefits.

However, given the ease with which it can be utilized, cloud infrastructure has appeal beyond the IT department. In fact, many other organizations within businesses readily jump into cloud usage to support...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Cloud allows companies to double revenue, claims IBM study

The latest cloud study, this time from IBM, has revealed that companies who use cloud computing as a competitive advantage can expect to have their revenue margins doubled compared to those who don’t have high adoption.

In the global survey of over 800 business decision makers and users, IBM found that leading organisations are moving to the cloud to move away from their competitors in a crowded space.

The report puts companies into three categories: pacesetters, who are “deploying cloud on a...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, Research.

SAP and SAS partner for fast big data in-memory analytics

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information ManagementSAP and SAS announced a new partnership to create a joint product roadmap for in-memory analytics solutions. The aim is to make SAS’s advanced analytics software run smoothly on SAP’s HANA in-memory platform, helping joint customers run bigger, more complex, and faster analysis workloads. The combination of technologies is potentially compelling for customers looking to mine intelligence out of Big Data. However, depending on which...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Industry.

Three main barriers between AWS and businesses

Recently Gathering Clouds’ friend and cloud computing expert David Linthicum dug into a few ways in which AWS continues to create gaps between its offering and businesses.

While Linthicum focused on cost, contract, and utility-based computing issues, we thought we would explore a few other obstacles that still keep AWS from full enterprise adoption.

While we are sure AWS will eventually...

By Logicworks, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Enterprise, PaaS.

Why SoftLayer believes in a “really good” future with IBM #AppsWorld

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer has been making all the right noises since its acquisition by IBM back in July.

Earlier this month CloudTech reported on the health of the IBM-SoftLayer relationship, with many IBM divisions reputed to be actively collaborating with the SoftLayer team to migrate existing apps and develop new ones.

And for Jonathan Wisler, EMEA general manager, speaking at

By James Bourne, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Interview.