The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2016

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Now acting as the technological cornerstone for businesses across the globe, the growth of cloud computing continues at a phenomenal rate – and as a result, the employer demand for cloud professionals has exploded.

In 2015, there were an estimated 18 million cloud computing jobs globally, according to WANTED Analytics, and it’s a number that is only set to increase with LinkedIn reporting ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one

By Ed Jones, 16 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise.

Research shows cloud spend going up in 2016 for two thirds of enterprises

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A report from analyst house Clutch has found two thirds of medium and large enterprises plan to increase their spend on cloud computing in 2016.

Of the 300 IT professionals surveyed, almost half (42%) said they would expect their cloud spend to go up by 11-30% with 14% opting for an increase between 31% and 50% and 7% anticipating even greater outlay. Comparatively, around a quarter (27%) said their cloud spending will remain mostly flat and only 6% said it would decrease in...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

Three essential tips for choosing a cloud partner program

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By Mathieu LeBlanc

If you’ve been selling cloud services for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to make a decent living as an independent. Yes, the demand for cloud services is high, but there’s a lot of other cloud resellers like you who are getting into the game. Recent statistics from MSP Alliance show that managed service providers (MSPs) generated revenue of...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Gartner argues cloud email is still immature – but gaining traction

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The cloud email market remains relatively immature with Microsoft ahead of Google in enterprise adoption, according to the latest figures from analyst house Gartner.

According to email server domain records of almost 40,000 public companies worldwide, only 8.5% of firms polled use Microsoft, compared to 4.7% on Google’s mail, with the remainder using on-premises, hybrid, hosted, or private cloud email systems.

Gartner also argues a trend of industries using different vendors;...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Enterprise SDN: Harnessing ‘containers as a service’

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Hyper-scale SDDC and enterprise SDN use cases

A major market for telcos will be the enterprise adoption of SDN. They will be able to harness the SDN/NFV innovations from the telco industry, and apply the technologies within their data centres, as well as using new telco services that they enable.

As SearchDataCenter describes, NFV offers the potential to unify the...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Developers, Enterprise.

Enterprise storage migration: Reliability key – but UK lagging behind

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The latest research from Western Digital Corporation has revealed that reliability continues to be more important than cost for enterprises looking to move their data to the cloud.

The survey, which polled 700 senior technology decision makers across three continents including in the energy, finance and healthcare industries, saw cloud budgets remain the leading growth area in IT, with more than four in five (84%) either planning, are completing or have completed cloud migrations.

Yet...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Why Hong Kong is playing “cloud catch up” – but moving quickly

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It may be strange to hear, but Hong Kong has fallen behind much of the rest of the world when it comes to adopting cloud computing.

Hong Kong is well known for being an enormous financial hub for south-east Asia and one of the busiest centres of economic activity in the world, so to think that they’re lacking on the technological front would seem out of character. And yet, that’s exactly the case.

In many ways, Hong...

By Rick Delgado, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Enterprise PaaS: Agile architecture for continuous innovation

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Although the MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that – a business model, not a technology – there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the cloud model PaaS (platform as a service).

This offers literally that – a platform as a service – and so it can play a central component part in enabling the Platform Business Model.

Enterprise vs cloud PaaS

Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the platform as a...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, DevOps, Enterprise, PaaS, Platform.

Enterprise IT in 2016: Why it is no longer enough to just be the best in your industry

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Over the course of 2015, we’ve seen many of the trends we predicted last year come to fruition. As cloud adoption in the UK soared past 84% in May, it was evident that we had been right that the technology would become even more mainstream. With enterprises aiming to become more mobile, 2015 has also seen the normalisation of “anytime, anywhere working” and the increased dependency on...

By Sean McAvan, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Security.

How growing hybrid cloud usage will double in two years

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Cloud enables IT agility, empowers DevOps teams and helps to transform legacy business models. The fifth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey investigates key trends in corporate cloud usage. This year's insightful survey findings offer perspective from cloud service practitioners across all industry sectors."Cloud has been gaining momentum year­-over-­year since the Future of Cloud Computing survey was launched five years ago. Looking at the adoption rates and trends at such a detailed level, it's undeniable that the most successful...

By David H Deans, 04 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Research.

Busting the myths: Three misconceptions deterring cloud adoption amongst UK SMEs

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Cloud technology has fundamentally altered the way people do business. For small and medium-sized firms in particular, it delivers sustainable, competitive edge. By presenting firms with the means to work smarter and quickly capitalise on opportunities, cloud and mobile technologies help to eliminate inefficiencies, facilitate flexibility, and ensures SMEs are as agile and...

By Ash Patel, 18 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise.

IBM announces Clearleap acquisition – will improve cloud users’ access to videos

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IBM has announced it has acquired Clearleap to improve cloud users' access to videos, by integrating with Clearleap's video library delivery platform.

The financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but IBM has said that the seven-year old company based in Georgia will be integrated into its cloud platform. Clearleap's platform securely delivers large video libraries to...

By Cloud Tech, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Why small business adoption of cloud storage still has some way to go

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Research from B2B research firm Clutch has revealed just over half (52%) of small businesses are using a cloud storage solution, with Dropbox the most popular and Apple the highest rated service.

According to the report, which polled 438 small business across the US and 744 full time employees, Dropbox was used by 53% of respondents, ahead of Google Drive (45%), Apple iCloud (34%) and Microsoft OneDrive (30%). Box, in comparison, was used by only 6% of respondents, indicating a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Analysing the enterprise ‘multi-cloud’ market: IBM and Virtustream lead the way

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By Neil McAvoy, CEO, CloudBestPractices.net

Although the hybrid cloud concept has become the popularised idea of how the enterprise market will inch its way into adoption of cloud services, twinning their own internal private cloud with public resources, this will be a short term label soon replaced by ‘multi-cloud‘.

I agree with the general direction of travel; however, I feel we’ll soon see the hybrid cloud definition as somewhat inadequate, as we’re really...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows

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More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

Collaboration and the cloud: How business needs to operate in the digital economy

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The emergence of the cloud has dramatically changed the way businesses operate and collaborate. With trends such as flexible working and the gig or sharing economy on the rise, communication is now more important than ever to enable colleagues to keep in touch regardless of time zone or location.

Here are just a few of the ways the cloud can be utilised to ensure effective collaboration:

Access anywhere

With...

By James Campanini, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users

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It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Stop talking about cloud – and start talking about what cloud can enable

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Cloud computing is still a very trendy topic of discussion among technology leaders around the world. It’s easy to see why; cloud adoption rates are on the rise and are predicted to continue their upward trend, while cloud service providers (CSPs) continue to roll out new features, products, and services.

Times are good in the world of cloud computing – but I believe...

By David Auslander, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Don’t forget the virtual environment for greater business collaboration

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As I’m writing this, I’m looking over at the foosball table that resides in the corner of the Dropbox office. It’s a hub of activity as two of my colleagues battle it out while they take a break from a planning session. There’s also a group of people huddled together on beanbags and sofas, armed with coloured markers and clearly intent on solving a challenge.

The atmosphere is informal but productive, and the reason they are able to work in this non-traditional...

By Mark Van Der Linden, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Why the culture shift is the most important factor in your cloud strategy

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In a recent study which spoke with 300 companies on cloud adoption, 82% of the enterprises stated they had a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014. The continual growth of cloud adoption, in particular for enterprises, is becoming increasingly tricky to ignore.

Before you make this big step, however, there are a number of factors you must take into consideration. What vendor will you select? How will you...

By Steve Lesley, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.