Converged infrastructure for a network-enabled cloud and gaining competitive advantage

Cloud computing services supported by converged networks will create new opportunities for forward-looking senior executives to make informed decisions and gain significant new strategic competitive advantages.

According to the latest market study by Frost & Sullivan, transaction data is the new currency for the digital enterprise and high-speed, dedicated and secure network connections are crucial for senior decision makers to monetize their commercial data residing in cloud services.

Furthermore, an...

By David H Deans, 24 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Skytap secures $45m in funding round led by Goldman Sachs

Skytap, a Seattle-based public cloud provider, has announced it has raised $45 million (£35.2m) to push forward its product development and market expansion.

The round was led by Goldman Sachs, with Hillel Moerman, managing director who co-heads the investment firm’s private capital investing (PCI) group, joining Skytap’s board of directors as a result.

Skytap offers an alternative to the public cloud mindset of ‘forcing customers to rewrite their traditional applications before...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Containers: The road ahead to enterprise adoption

It is indisputable that containers are one of the hottest tickets in open source technology, with 451 Research projecting more than 250% growth in the market from 2016 to 2020. It’s easy to see why, when container technology has the ability to combine speed and density with the security of traditional virtual machines and requires far smaller operating systems in order to run.

Of...

By Marco Ceppi, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, OpenSource, Platform, Virtualisation.

A guide: Top tips to avoid cloud buyers' remorse

Only a fool believes that moving enterprise applications to the cloud is a panacea for the majority of the challenges facing today’s CIOs. Even cloud migration itself, like any IT project, presents a number of complex challenges. My favourite piece of advice is to think the same as you would if buying a house: don’t be impulsive. By taking the time to develop a clear focus at the outset, cloud buyers can eliminate unwanted costs and complications down the road. First and foremost, be clear around...

By Brian Murray, 09 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

How enterprises can catch up on user experience – by reengineering the network

In today’s digital marketplace, business agility is praised above all else. Agility, after all, provides the opportunity to change services on a dime and ensure that customer needs are met, and expectations exceeded. But agility is a big concept and often it can be ill-defined and poorly executed upon. However, if your company wants to keep its competitive edge, it has to achieve this goal. As such, the question becomes, how do you do it?

The answer might be simpler than you think. It lies in better user experience....

By Steve Foster, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Hardware, Infrastructure.

Navigating pain points when migrating your enterprise to the cloud

Many enterprises are jumping on the cloud to modernize their IT. Cloud computing not only provides an on-demand highly scalable compute, storage and network infrastructure, it allows IT to spin up an environment in minutes, driving agility the enterprise has never seen before.

However, moving workloads to cloud or refactoring them to run natively in the cloud is not easy. Once those workloads are running in the cloud, monitoring and managing them is required. IT needs all the help it can...

By Javed Sikander, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Migration.

How to alleviate the networking pain in hybrid cloud deployments

As cloud deployments have become more complex—with hybrid cloud environments growing in number and importance—networking technologies have not kept pace with advancements in cloud computing and storage. In fact, hybrid cloud networking has become a serious pain for enterprises across industries.

Fortunately, new approaches are emerging that will help IT teams better anticipate these issues, and to ultimately overcome the complexity and related project delays that currently plague them.

At a...

By Steven Mih, 13 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software.

Six ways cloud ERP is revolutionising how services deliver results

  • Cloud ERP is the fastest growing sector of the global ERP market with services-based businesses driving the majority of new revenue growth.
  • Legacy Services ERP providers excel at meeting professional & consulting services information needs yet often lack the flexibility and speed to support entirely new services business models.
  • Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) is quickly emerging as a must-have feature in Services-based Cloud ERP suites.

From globally-based telecommunications providers to small & medium businesses (SMBs) launching new...

By Louis Columbus, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP, Software.

How blockchain technologies are set to transform 10 industries

Exclusive It is still early days for the potential of blockchain technologies to become apparent - yet according to Jeremiah Owyang, founder of industry advisory group Crowd Companies, blockchain is already showing its worth in the legal and supply chain industries.

Owyang, formerly a Forrester analyst and founding partner at Altimeter Group, has for the past four years having founded Crowd Companies been helping organisations navigate the choppy digital waters of the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

How artificial intelligence is revolutionising enterprise software in 2017

  • 81% of IT leaders are currently investing in or planning to invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • Cowen predicts AI will drive user productivity to materially higher levels, with Microsoft at the forefront.
  • Digital Marketing/Marketing Automation, Salesforce Automation (CRM) and Data Analytics are the top three areas ripe for AI/ML adoption.
  • According to angel.co, there are 2,200+ Artificial Intelligence startups, and well over 50% have emerged in just the last two years.
  • Cowen sees Salesforce ($CRM), Adobe ($ADBE)...

By Louis Columbus, 21 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Software.

CIOs and factors overlooked when changing your cloud

By Clint Gilliam, Virtual CIO, GreenPages Technology Solutions

The topic of cloud computing currently ranks in the top-five of IT articles published for IT professionals. Daily we hear about the benefits of this new world, the range of exciting new services now available, and of course how to make the transition.

Even with the valuable insights provided by these articles, there is one critical aspect given too little attention or even overlooked entirely.  Specifically, how to plan for a breakup.

If one...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

IBM and Nutanix seal deal for enterprise hyperconverged initiative

IBM and Nutanix have announced a ‘multi-year’ initiative which aligns Nutanix’s enterprise cloud platform with IBM’s Power Systems server line to give large enterprises greater opportunities with hyperconverged deployments.

The two companies aim to put together a product which brings new workloads to hyperconverged. Alongside the mission-critical elements, such as databases and enterprise apps, as well as cloud native workloads like containers, there is also scope for ‘next...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Aryaka report reveals 50% of enterprise traffic is composed of cloud and SaaS traffic

Global enterprise wide area network (WAN) traffic saw an increase of 200% annually, with almost 50% of enterprise traffic composed of cloud and SaaS traffic, according to the latest study from Aryaka.

Aryaka has collated data of enterprise WAN traffic from over 5000 sites in 63 countries in different industries over the past four years to analyse trends, response times and inconsistencies in application performance, WAN reliability and bandwidth access. The report analyses the threshold of the network...

By Cloud Tech, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Puppet on a string of successes: New products, partners and customers announced

The DevOps landscape got something of a timely boost with a couple of recent pieces of news; open source software provider Puppet announced figures indicating ‘global momentum’ as well as product updates, while CyberArk secured the acquisition of Conjur for $42 million (£32.7m).

Puppet said Thursday that it had added more than 250 new enterprise customers over the past 12 months. The company added that more than 37,000 companies – including more than three quarters of the Fortune 100...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Platform.

Enterprise-owned data centres still ‘essential’ despite cloud growth, research notes

Enterprises may be starting to move workloads to the cloud, but enterprise-owned data centres remain the ‘primary compute venue’ with workloads staying consistent over the past three years, according to new research from the Uptime Institute.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 data centre and IT professionals globally, argues that enterprises continue to see the data centre as ‘essential’ to their digital-centric strategies with the majority of budgets increasing or staying...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Five ways configure price quote software is revolutionising selling today

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) continues to be one of the hottest enterprise apps today, fuelled by the relentless need all companies have to increase sales while delivering customised orders profitably and accurately. Here are a few of the many results CPQ strategies are delivering today:

  • Companies relying on CPQ are growing profit margins at a 57% greater rate year-over-year compared to non-adopters.
  • 89% improvement in turning...

By Louis Columbus, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Salesforce report argues IT stands at a ‘crossroads of change’

A new report from Salesforce sheds further light on the shifting sands of IT; eight out of 10 UK tech leaders say IT is now the primary enabler of customer experience, while three quarters admit IT is currently undergoing the biggest historical shift of its role.

“IT stands at a crossroads of change,” a post from Devon McGinnis, editorial manager of marketing research at Salesforce explains. “Companies are increasingly adopting customer-centric models. Business units like sales, customer...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Software.

Worldwide data creation set to top 163 ZB by 2025, argues Seagate

The global data landscape will total an eye-watering 163 zettabytes by 2025, up from 16 ZB last year and the equivalent of watching the entire Netflix catalogue 489 million times, according to a new missive from Seagate.

The study, Data Age 2025, was put together in conjunction with research firm IDC, and finds that within the next decade enterprises will become the primary creator of the world’s data, at 60% by 2025. “Business leaders will have the opportunity to embrace new and unique business...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Two in three enterprises at least planning on moving to DevOps, survey finds

A new survey from machine data analytics provider Sumo Logic has found more than two thirds of enterprises either plan to adopt DevOps or are already doing so, while four in five are currently or plan to use at least one public cloud service.

The study, titled ‘The New Normal: Cloud and DevOps Analytics Tools Reign in the Modern App Era’ and put together alongside UBM Technology, found that of the 230 IT operations, app development and information security professionals polled, 67% are utilising...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, DevOps, Enterprise, Public, Research.

Overcoming cybersecurity challenges with managed IT services

If there is one thing we can be certain about when it comes to cybersecurity, it’s that the landscape will remain dynamic and turbulent over the coming years. Today, news headlines are dominated by cyberattacks and breaches that span across all industries – causing security to be top of mind for almost all businesses. However, these headlines don’t seem to be slowing down, which means that businesses are still struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape.

So, what are the...

By Continuum Managed Services, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Vulnerabilities.