Interoute claims CloudStore is “game changer” for cloud computing

Cloud service provider Interoute has announced the launch of CloudStore, an enterprise app store which doubles up as a compute and storage facility, hosting OS and databases, as well as business apps.

Interoute, known for its virtual data centre and owning Europe’s largest cloud platform, is further focusing its efforts on the enterprise – understandable, given that’s where most of its client base lies – but featuring a much more rounded...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Storage.

Cloud cited as key driver for redefining CIO role [infographic]

A new survey from Brocade has revealed the extent of the changing CIO role in enterprise – and put cloud adoption as a major driver of it.

The research, which asked 100 CIOs from the EMEA sector (Europe, Middle East, Africa) found the following top-line takeaways:

  • 50% of the CIOs polled expect that cloud adoption will result in their jobs involving less time fretting over the company IT infrastructure
  • One third of CIOs confirmed that cloud services had been deployed by their business without involving the IT department
  • Two in three envisage that by...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infographic.

Symantec survey examines increase in “rogue clouds”

A new research report from Symantec has warned against the use of ‘rogue’ clouds for best practice.

The survey, entitled ‘Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud’, spoke to IT execs at 3,236 organisations across nearly 30 countries worldwide and found that there was a link between using rogue clouds and losing confidential information, resulting in hidden costs.

A rogue cloud is one which is...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Security.

IBM’s stack on big data management and governance

By Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Solutions, Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Information ManagementThe big data phenomenon presents a challenge for data management, a complex IT discipline that many organizations still struggle to deal with effectively today, even with their “small” data sets. As data grows, so too does data uncertainty – and with it lowered quality and trust. IBM is in the process of extending its InfoSphere family of data integration...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

Is cloud computing ready for prime time?

By John Dixon, Senior Solutions Architect

A few weeks ago, I took part in another engaging tweetchat on cloud computing. The topic: is cloud computing ready for enterprise adoption? You can find the transcript here.

As usual with tweetchats hosted by CloudCommons, five questions are presented a few days in advance of the event. This time around, the questions were:

  • Is public cloud mature enough for enterprise adoption?
  • Should public cloud be a part of every...
  • By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public, Security, Virtualisation.

    Amazon Web Services starts to assert itself

    By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum SoftwareAt the end of November 2012, Amazon Web Services (AWS) held its first partner and customer conference in Las Vegas. Dubbed AWS “re: Invent”, the event was a success. It enabled AWS to assert itself as a large and influential player in the IT marketplace. However, as well as AWS’s strengths, it also highlighted some of its traditional weaknesses. These include poor communications and an inability to put forward messages adapted to the needs of enterprise executives.

    A...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Security.

    What are the top 3 myths about cloud ERP software?

    The growth of cloud computing has caused a paradigm shift in all sorts of business applications, but perhaps most notably in ERP software.

    As noted in a previous article, cloud ERP is growing like wildfire as more and more businesses move to their ERP system to the cloud.

    But as cloud ERP becomes more popular, misconceptions about it also spread and it becomes more difficult to separate fact from fiction. In an effort to do just so, here are the top 3 myths about cloud...

    By Acumatica, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

    How enterprise will win back data control in 2013

    In 2012, we began losing our battle against data, as the amount of digital data being created, stored and shared reached new heights. At the same time, we witnessed a record build out of centralized infrastructure, as cloud vendors and enterprises built or expanded datacenters around the globe in an attempt to store and manage all this data. And the pace of both of these are only accelerating as we enter the new year.

    This data escalation combined with the continued forces of consumerization and gamification...

    By Margaret Dawson, 21 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Forecasts.

    Cloud ERP is the next big thing in the cloud

    By Sharon Florentine

    The Cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) landscape is expanding, and competition is heating up. Back in July 2012, Web-based business software provider NetSuite’s Q2 revenue and earnings numbers were the first indicators of a growing trend in the Cloud ERP space.

    As Ben Kepes reported in the Cloud Ave blog, NetSuite’s subscription and support revenues were $61 million, a 27...

    By Rackspace, 07 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

    AT&T & IBM join forces (again)

    Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Telecoms, Ovum

    In October 2012 AT&T and IBM announced a new strategic relationship that uses the telco’s secure private network to access the tech company’s back-end infrastructure. The goal is to give Fortune 1000 customers access to IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) services with AT&T’s VPN network services. IBM and AT&T plan to launch the new service in early 2013. Either company could take the lead, but it seems likely that...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.

    Cloud computing to remain high on the agenda in 2013

    Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

    Cloud computing has emerged as a major disruptive force for both IT vendors and users. It is still very early days, and 2013 will see cloud computing continue to evolve rapidly as vendors and enterprises get to grips with the opportunities and challenges it represents. In the Ovum report, 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing, Ovum points out that cloud computing is an increasingly crucial IT and business enabler.

    Enterprises are slowly coming to terms with it, and vendors are...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 15 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts.

    VMware begins a new phase in its evolution

    By Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, IT Software

    VMware has been the force behind many of the server infrastructure virtualisation transformations that have taken place in the data centre over the last decade.

    The infrastructure virtualization market is now reaching maturity, with about 50% of x86 data centres now virtualised, and VMware needed to extend its solutions to expand beyond server virtualization.

    At VMWorld 2012 Europe, more than 8,000 delegates witnessed the shift in emphasis as VMware’s new...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Virtualisation, VMware.

    Challenges of data privacy in the era of cloud computing

    More than eight in ten companies are now using some form of cloud computing solution; proof that the benefits of the cloud are becoming more widely accepted amongst enterprises.

    Moreover, positive steps are being made toward further boosting cloud services in the EU.

    In September, Neelie Kroes, Europe's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, released the paper, "

    By Mark Dunleavy, 06 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Europe, Security.