A guide for floating down the Amazon

With Amazon's rapid success in the cloud market comes increased awareness of what it can, and even more importantly, cannot do.

The success is easy to explain, with Amazon's attractive price point and ever-growing set of technical functionality. The roadblock to wider adoption is equally easy to explain:

"Businesses want a full...

By BMC Communities, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public.

It's not you, it's me: How IT can stop the mobility-cloud break up

Enterprises see a lot of promise in mobile devices. Their users should be more productive now that they can craft presentations on the go. Their employees should have more opportunities to collaborate now that they can share documents anytime via their smartphones. Right?

Well, not really. For too many businesses, the promise of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has been swallowed up by mobile workflow challenges and insecure, consumer-grade cloud sharing solutions.

It would be easy to predict the...

By Moti Rafalin, 24 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Mobility, Security.

Effective cloud operations will make or break your initiative’s success

CIOs, engaged in cloud initiatives, have identified one of their top goals - a need for a cloud strategy. The reason; cloud initiatives not only directly impact technology but the effect extends significantly to business processes and organisational resources. A strategy that aligns process, technology and business service delivery is critical to the future returns on the initiative.

During the course of IT’s mere fifty years of evolving operational models nothing has accelerated, and to varying degrees disrupted the norms...

By BMC Communities, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, CIO, Enterprise, SaaS .

How cloud integration is defining the future of CRM

Scribe SoftwareThe future of customer relationships depends more on context than transactions.   And this trend is accelerating, driven by the integration of social media into customer relationship management (CRM), rapid gains in usability of CRM and integration applications, and the global growth of the...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, ERP.

How cloud-based collaboration boosts performance

Online collaboration has evolved during the last decade, delivering even greater value - thanks to a new generation of business technology applications. Forbes Insights released "Collaborating in the Cloud," a Cisco-sponsored study examining the ways business leaders increasingly look at cloud collaboration as a way to increase productivity, accelerate business results and enhance innovation across borders and functions. The research combines a global survey of...

By David H Deans, 21 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, SLA.

Service virtualisation provides a practical approach to delivering DevOps

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst Ovum ITEven today’s most successful organizations will not survive the converged business future by merely doing the same things they currently do only differently. What is needed is a shift to do different things. Ovum believes that rapid, assured, and sustained business innovation is imperative to an organization’s success. IT leaders therefore need to effectively harness technological advances, cut time to market, and improve quality and performance.Many organizations are...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Enterprise, SLA, Virtualisation.

Vendor-agnostic data centres: Fact or fantasy?

In some ways, everything about IT is about creating uniformity. Standard configurations. Synchronized patches. 1000 identical laptops shipped to all employees. We place a high premium on "everything being exactly the same."  And for good reason - if everything is the same, management and administration becomes far far easier. And while we enjoy the fantasy of racks and racks of identically-configured servers humming away in the icy cold data centre of the future, anyone who knows what a data centre smells like (mmm, silicon)...

By BMC Communities, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Scalability, Storage.

Oracle puts applications in the Fast Data lane

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, IT – Enterprise SolutionsWith the X3 generation of the Oracle Exadata and Exalogic engineered-systems platforms significantly upping the amount of Flash (SSD) and memory (DRAM), Oracle is now cranking up the speed on its applications portfolio. With Flash and DRAM prices plummeting, it is now cost-effective to persist, rather than temporarily cache, data. Oracle claims that much of its existing application portfolio can run up to 16x faster, unmodified, on the X3-2 Oracle Exadata and Exalogic...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CRM, Enterprise, Storage.

PaaS market to hit $6.5bn by 2016, says new report

The platform as a service (PaaS) market is expected to reach $6.45bn by 2016 and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 50%, with application infrastructure and middleware PaaS expected to grow the fastest.

That’s the big takeaway from analysts TechNavio, having published the latest industry report entitled Global Platform as a Service Market 2012-2016.

According to the researchers, the market currently stands at $1.31bn, with that number expecting to rise to $1.85bn...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PaaS, Public, Research, Trends.

Big data must become a first-class citizen in the enterprise

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise SolutionsFew topics have lately drawn more hype and scrutiny than Big Data. Having originated with Internet firms, Big Data has captured enterprise attention with examples that show how organizations, from public sector to financial services firms, telcos, and media derived insights that improved customer retention, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. Big Data has drawn media attention with examples that touch people’s lives, such as the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

Companies spending less on office space thanks to cloud

The overlap between cloud computing and enterprise mobility is becoming ever more pronounced. And according to a new survey from Rackspace Hosting, the proliferation of cloud computing, and mobilising workforces means that companies are likely to spend far less on office space.

It’s not strictly correct to call this a ‘new’ survey. It’s the third in a series on the state of cloud computing from the global hosting provider, called ‘Cloud Computing: State of Play’.

By James Bourne, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Migration.

Is the age of the digital enterprise upon us?

Matthew Smith, UK director of business solutions, Software AG

Analyst houses IDC and Gartner are of the same mind: the age of the Digital Enterprise is upon us.

In IDC’s view: “For the past several years, the IT industry’s transition to the Third Platform, built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and big data analytics technologies, has dominated the annual Predictions…for 2013, IDC predicts the transition to the Third Platform will shift into high gear, as the...

By Matthew Smith, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Brass tacks: Answering the security questions that matter

Enterprise security can be a labyrinthine, complex beast with many moving parts, dozen upon dozen of requirements, needs, implications, options and alternatives.

But when we get down to the nitty gritty (the brass tacks if you will), security can be simplified by six simple questions:

WHO is logging in?

WHAT are they accessing/viewing?

WHERE is the device from which that person logs in?

WHEN was any asset changed/modified/moved

HOW are they authorised/credentialed?

WHAT is the impact of the event?

Now determining the answers to those questions might require a bit of...

By Cloud Security, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Proactive security is required in highly regulated industries

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure and SecurityMaintaining security that meets the risk and compliance requirements of the enterprise is a constant challenge. Systems and networks are becoming more open and accessible, but at the same time, threats have become more advanced, persistent, and complex. This is a particularly important issue in highly regulated markets such as financial services, where failure to protect sensitive information will have a negative effect on the business and how it is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hacking, Infrastructure, Security.

Microsoft remains top software vendor as cloud increases its influence

The International Data Center (IDC) has released a report which reveals that Microsoft remains the largest software vendor globally through 2012 revenues and overall market share.

Figures from the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker put the Washington-based tech giant at a 17.1% market share, lower than its 2011 figure of 17.4% but still nearly twice as far ahead as its nearest competitors, IBM and Oracle.

IBM has an 8.5% market share, compared to Oracle’s 8.1%, with SAP and Symantec comprising the...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Research, SaaS .

Open cloud: Creating new opportunities for enterprise storage

An open cloud must have freely accessible, open application programming interfaces (APIs), the freedom to move data between providers at will and no on-site hardware requirement, according to Alex Williams writing at TechCrunch. 

And an open cloud is federated, meaning that your organization can move data, images and files across multiple cloud environments at will.

These factors make the cloud a perfect platform for storage...

By Rackspace, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, Storage.

Microsoft fronts up for cloud battle with Infrastructure Services release

Microsoft has stepped up its cloud push by releasing Windows Azure Infrastructure Services this week, and pricing it in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Infrastructure Services is designed to help Windows Azure customers migrate their applications into the cloud, and, as the title suggests, it is primarily an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution – although it encompasses both platform as a service (PaaS) and hybrid scenarios.

“Our announcement today is a significant step...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, PaaS, Vendors.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise expands its cloud vision

Brian Riggs, Principal Analyst, EnterpriseThrough 2013 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALU-E) will roll out a set of solutions on which its partners can offer a range of hosted unified communications (UC) services. The company’s strategy is different to those of its competitors in that it will deliver separate solutions for enterprises and SMBs, as well as a set of application services. These will be offered to operators, and also sold to value-added resellers and distributors that want to compete not...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

Analysing the importance of cloud’s role in the enterprise

Aryaka, a company which offers wide area network optimisation in the cloud, has collated together several pieces of research emphasising the importance of cloud in a modern enterprise.

Pooling together studies from the likes of CIO Insight, Forrester and IDC, Aryaka has examined cloud strategies at different points of the enterprise, predominantly assessing the UK market.

Among the statistics cited in the infographic include an interesting summation of the top cloudy growth areas. According to the 1300 people...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .