Cloud - it's not rocket science

We have all heard of cloud computing and we all know what it does. It’s undeniable, the cloud has revolutionised IT and will ultimately replace a significant portion of today’s IT services. Yes, it’s here to stay.

With such a saturated and competitive market, vendors are offering an array of cloud models and services, which are relatively easy to acquire. Whether it is public, private or hybrid, enterprises’ choices in the cloud are endless.

Nowadays, they can even choose to adopt a...

By Lee Fisher, 09 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Trends.

Hybrid cloud computing overview and benefits

A hybrid cloud offers both affordability and security by splitting business requirements so that each process demand goes into the right cloud

As we witness high adoption rates for the public cloud and the private cloud, businesses are turning towards a hybrid cloud computing solution. The reason is obvious; in the initial days of cloud computing technology, enterprises used public clouds extensively for VDI, RDP and BYOD requirements. However, over the last few years security issues,...

By 2X Software, 05 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Hybrid, VDI, Virtualisation.

5 ways CIOs should measure the cloud

The choice to move to cloud is becoming clearer every day. But the choices within that decision are becoming more fraught as the marketplace develops and a wider selection of delivery models and platforms.

The onus is also increasingly falling on CIOs to be the chief decision makers with regards to how cloud should fit within the organization.

Here are a few measures for how to best determine what cloud will be best for your business.

The technology

The component pieces of the cloud provider’s technology need...

By Logicworks, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, VMware.

Verizon and Gartner reports reveal roadmap for enterprise cloud

According to a report from Verizon, enterprises are increasing their average monthly cloud spend by 45% with cloud environments becoming “more mainstream”.

The overall sense from the Verizon report, which was conducted between January 2012 and June 2013, was that the enterprise cloud was becoming more and more critical to business strategy.

Cloud-based storage capability went up by 90% during this time, with cloud-based memory usage increasing 100%.

The report examined the current state of the...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Vendors.

Delivering business optimisation through cloud consolidation

Increasingly business complexity, broader technology adoption and changing expectations have forced a shift in the role of the IT department and how it delivers services.

Part of this change has been driven by the advent of cloud computing, which has allowed CIOs to decrease operational budgets and focus more on designing and building applications as well as innovation.

The benefits of cloud computing are well established, but although it helps 'do more with less' it has drawbacks of its own. As such, what...

By Jonathan Birch, 29 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise.

Amazon cloud “in league of its own” – and why it may never change

Two separate pieces of research released this week have found its way to CloudTech HQ, and both have come to the same conclusion: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is miles ahead of the competition in terms of providing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) services.

This isn’t surprising in itself, but let’s not forget these companies Amazon is skinning are among the biggest on the planet.

Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant, on IaaS, unsurprisingly put Amazon in its...

By Cloud Tech, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, IaaS, Microsoft, SLA.

Salesforce.com tops list of Talkin’ Cloud 2013 CSPs

Talkin’ Cloud has come up with its yearly Talkin’ Cloud 100, comprising a century of cloud’s best and brightest players. And, in a fiercely competitive field, it was Salesforce.com who came out on top of this year’s list.

Salesforce beat Amazon into the silver medal position, with Microsoft, Oracle and Google completing the top five.

Admittedly, it says something about the strength of the ecosystem where SAP (6th) didn’t make the top five and Workday (11th) the top 10. Terremark,...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, PaaS, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, SAP, Vendors.

How cloud service advances reward the bold leaders

Are you one of those independent executives that uses strategic foresight to gain a decisive lead over competitors that tend to follow the crowd? Granted, it takes courage to make bold moves -- and follow the path that's less traveled. Big rewards tend to go to the confident, not the cautious. What's your business technology investment strategy for 2013, and beyond?  Does your corporate foresight anticipate success, based upon your ability to deploy quantum-leap technological advances -- like

By David H Deans, 22 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

The CIO – the man behind the cloud. But, what cloud solution will really transform business?

Today it is generally accepted that businesses large and small are actively embracing cloud computing. Speculation is over and today companies are getting down to the real business of incorporating cloud services and platforms into formal IT portfolios.

Cloud is no longer seen as just a nice to have; it’s considered an enabler of business transformation – with even Gartner predicting most enterprises will have adopted cloud by the end of...

By Sam Johnston, 19 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Rackspace survey: Hybrid cloud is future for three in five enterprises

You can’t move at the moment for surveys advocating the importance of hybrid cloud strategy – and this latest one, from Rackspace Hosting and conducted by Vanson Bourne, is no different.

60% of IT top brass see the hybrid cloud as the bright, shiny future for IT operations, with a third of that number (19%) completely integrated, compared to only 41% who are partially hybrid-oriented.

The primary reason for hybrid adoption over pure public cloud systems was more control, according to 59% of those...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Migration, Research.

How big data improves - and complicates - predictive analytics

By Andy Flint, FICO

Analytics depends on data — the more, the merrier. If we’re trying to model, say, the behaviour of customers responding to marketing offers or clicking through a website, we can build a far stronger model with 10,000 samples than with 100.

You would think, then, that the rise of Big Data and its seemingly inexhaustible supply of data would be every analyst’s dream. But Big Data poses its own challenges for modelling. Much of Big Data isn’t what we have historically...

By Andy Flint, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Oracle unveils faster Exalytics platform

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently unveiled a faster version of its Exalytics in-memory analytics database. The company claims the X3-4 version delivers up to 25× performance improvements over its predecessor, thanks largely to pure and simple hardware upgrades – i.e. more memory. Ovum does not doubt the sheer speed of Exalytics, particularly for data analysis where ASAP is simply not quick enough. We see the most immediate applicability for such an ultra-responsive...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hardware.

Changing the conversation around IT operations management

database structureIn today’s cloud-filled world, the conversation around operations management is – as it should be – all about service assurance. Can IT deliver the server, storage, networking, and application resources necessary to meet business needs? The focus on service assurance isn’t really a new concept – it’s been talked...

By Zenoss, 09 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SLA, Vendors.

Integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

The ever-increasing significance and adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) in enterprise IT has concealed the issues inherent to the shift from a traditional model for software delivery to an “as-a-service” model. Despite the emergence of similar delivery models (i.e. integration-as-a-service), integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption. The situation has not improved much over the last couple of years, as IT still does not consider integration as a...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

SDN and going “beyond the cloud” top digital trends for 2013, says Accenture

Software defined networking (SDN), as well as moving “beyond the cloud”, are two of the seven technology trends which will change the game for enterprise, according to the latest industry report.

For companies looking to take the next step and move ahead of the competition, establishing a sophisticated digital strategy is paramount. This much we already know of course, but IT consultancy firm Accenture has gone a step further and noted the trends underpinning it – with SDN featuring...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Virtualisation.

Mitigating the data exposure risk of cloud-based email

Of the concerns people have about cloud security today, data control and data loss rank high—just second behind BYOD according to Infonetic’s April 2013 report. No wonder the market for cloud-based security services is growing at 69%.

Despite the popularity of texting and social networking, email remains the preferred method of communication in the enterprise, transporting not only the data within the messages themselves but via the attachments they carry with them.

While most large enterprises...

By Glen Vondrick, 23 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Hybrid, Security.

How effective identity management reins shadow IT and password sprawl

By Quinton Wall, Director of Technical Platform Marketing, Salesforce.com - @quintonwall

The cloud has sped up and simplified many aspects of IT. Enterprises and end-users alike have incredibly swift and affordable access to more applications and IT resources than ever before.

This access helps cut or keep costs low and enables businesses to innovate and respond to evolving market demands. However, in other ways,...

By Salesforce.com, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Enterprise, IaaS, Mobility, Salesforce, Security.

Oracle CAF targets dynamic cloud app development and deployment

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Ovum, Software Solutions Group

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) is an out-of-the-box, pre-integrated cloud infrastructure solution built around Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS). Release 12c of Oracle CAF is now generally available and is designed for building cloud-based, dynamic enterprise applications. In addition to WLS 12c, the release comprises Oracle Coherence 12c, Oracle Tuxedo 12c, Oracle Traffic Director/Web Tier 12c, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder, along with...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure.