The clouds are rolling in: Three reasons to take the cloud plunge in 2018

In the past year, cloud technologies have dominated the headlines; not just the major players, but new and emerging platforms that promise to become mainstream in the very near future.

As more and more enterprises seek out the capabilities a cloud solution can provide, including data distribution, improved performance and controlled costs, we can anticipate this trend will only continue into the new year. This is apparent by the thousands of companies who already have a fully-baked cloud strategy in place or have one in the works....

By Jeff Klaus, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Why standard web hosting is not suitable for protected health information

Web and mobile applications are a key differentiator between healthcare providers in a highly competitive industry — customers want to be able to access their healthcare records, prescriptions, and associated data in the way that is most convenient to them. Healthcare providers who aren’t online are falling behind.

In the rush to build online services, it may be tempting to take shortcuts where protected health information (PHI) hosting is concerned. After all, a standard web hosting provider is...

By Melanie Purkis, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Migration.

Deloitte acquires cloud migration platform provider ATADATA

Updated Deloitte may be best known in the cloud industry for its forecasts and reports – but the consulting firm is making waves of its own with the acquisition of cloud platform provider ATADATA.

ATADATA offers a migration and mapping service across almost any infrastructure one cares to think of, from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Google Cloud, Oracle and VMware, with the company claims to be the only platform which can migrate SAP to AWS and Google.

Last year saw the launch of ATAsphere, certified by AWS,...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Migration, Platform.

Seven elements for a successful cloud migration plan

When it comes to cloud, the good news is that we’re past the period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Everyone now agrees that the cloud is a key part of any firm’s IT investment. The not-so-good news is that there is still confusion about what to move, how to move it, and the best practices needed to protect your investment.

This was the topic of our recent webinar with Dwayne Monroe, a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect at...

By Cloud Academy, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, Platform.

The multi-cloud imbroglio: What is it, what drives it, and how do you manage it?

A research report from BMC Software argues organisations are struggling to manage multi-cloud environments – with four in five respondents saying current multi-cloud management approaches need rethinking.

The study, which polled 1,000 IT decision makers across 11 countries, found that drivers of multi-cloud strategies were less than clear. The most popular reason was cost optimisation, cited by 45% of respondents, with agility (44%) and mitigating risk (40%) also highly cited.

It may however not be as...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Private, Public, Research.

VMware says it won’t support customers who opt for Microsoft’s Azure Migrate tool

Microsoft’s recent announcement and product update aimed at helping customers migrate from their VMware environments has, unsurprisingly, not gone down very well with the virtualisation giant.

On Monday, as announced in a blog post earlier this week, Microsoft will announce Azure Migrate, a free service, will become broadly available to all Azure customers. The key use case, and one which Corey Sanders, Azure...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Migration, Virtualisation, VMware.

Symantec chooses AWS as ‘strategic infrastructure provider’ for majority of cloud workloads

It may be holiday season in the US – but two companies who probably won’t be on the same Thanksgiving table are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. The two largest public cloud providers appear to have crossed paths again, this time over security giant Symantec.

Late last night, AWS issued a missive announcing that Symantec has chosen the Seattle firm as its ‘strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud workloads’.

According to the press materials, Symantec...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Microsoft, Migration.

Exploding cloud myths, part 3: Why the job is not finished once you have migrated

Moving to the cloud is not called a journey for nothing. Cloud journeys, like other transformations, comprise a never-ending bell curve of change.

So, while it may be tempting to crack open the champagne once you have migrated some initial services to the cloud and shift attention on the next item on the CIO’s ‘to do’ list, the job is far from over. This period simply marks the point at which the cloud journey veers off on a different tangent.

A business-driven transformation

Because moving...

By Brian Murray, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Migration.

New IDC paper assesses benefits and challenges when moving existing apps to the cloud

Born in the cloud services may be one thing – but what are the key aspects to look out for when migrating existing applications to the cloud? According to a new whitepaper from IDC, security, privacy, and compliance regulations came out on top for organisations.

The study, ‘Critical Application and Business KPIs for Successful Cloud Migration’, polled 600 enterprises and was conducted alongside application performance management provider AppDynamics. Naturally, the paper exists to point...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

More shared responsibility confusion among cloud hoppers, Barracuda notes

Another day, another research study which reveals the benefits of the public cloud tinged with security concerns.

This time, a report from Barracuda Networks has shown that while respondents – 300 IT decision makers from companies across the US – expect the percentage of their infrastructure in the public cloud to almost double in five years, three quarters (74%) say security concerns restrict their organisations’ migration.

Yet perhaps the most worrying aspect of the research was around...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Don’t take the cloud plunge without a formal ROI assessment, Unisys warns

If you’re taking the plunge and migrating to cloud technologies, make sure you do a full return on investment (ROI) assessment – as companies who do are almost 50% more successful in realising cost savings.

This is the key finding from a new study issued by global IT provider Unisys. The report, conducted by IDG, polled 400 IT and business executives across eight countries and found four out of five respondents expected cost savings from adopting the cloud. An even higher number (82%) of those...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Economy, Migration.

HPE to acquire Cloud Technology Partners to bolster consulting services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced it is to acquire Cloud Technology Partners (CTP) to extend its cloud consulting presence and beef up its hybrid IT capabilities.

Cloud Technology Partners, whose SVPs include renowned thought-leader David Linthicum, have specialisms in a variety of environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) – the company announced it had achieved AWS security competency in June – and Google Cloud’s application development specialisation. The company was...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, M&A, Migration.

Execs concerned at missing out on latest cloud advancements, survey warns

More than four in five respondents to a survey from Commvault and CITO Research say they are at least ‘very concerned’ about missing out on new advancements in cloud technology.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) in this space is real. Of the 100 IT leaders polled, more than two thirds said they were worried about keeping up to date with the latest products and iterations across the primary cloud providers. The most popular methods of keeping up to date were through reading tech publications and...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.

AWS aims at enterprise data migration with Migration Hub and Glue launches

At the AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services focused predominantly around enterprise migration – and launched two new products aimed at taking the difficulty out of data analysis and transfer.

The cloud infrastructure giant announced the launch of AWS Migration Hub, a tool which aims to help organisations migrate their assets from on-prem data centres to Amazon’s cloud, as well as the general availability of AWS Glue, a product first announced in December last year which eases the process of...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

How to become a 'dynamic' cloud user to reap cost and agility benefits

As organisations move towards more sophisticated multi-cloud environments, leveraging DevOps, containers and more, they will see greater agility, lower cost, and faster time to market.

This is the verdict of digital performance monitoring and management provider New Relic, who gathered more than 500 responses from organisations across the US, UK, Germany, and France. As first reported by ZDNet, the company put its findings

By James Bourne, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Migration, Public.

Seven key network metrics for a cloud-driven world

Today’s IT teams aren’t so different from the IT teams of days gone by. They’re still committed to running businesses smoothly by testing technology, measuring the results, and re-calibrating. But much of the technology they’re using and managing has changed dramatically. Enterprises are much more distributed than they used to be, with more remote offices and users accessing resources...

By Christine Cignoli, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration, Monitoring, Software.

How companies can boost their website in China’s clouded market

Company name translated into Chinese? Tick. Chinese social media accounts up and running? Tick. A Chinese-language website? Tick.

The IT team managing your Chinese website clicks ‘deploy’, and you’re now on the way to conquering the lucrative Chinese market.

The euphoria of global expansion endures for a few days, but then the teething problems start stacking up. Website availability is patchy. No one is coming to your site — except for spammers and existing customers who complain...

By Alibaba Cloud, 04 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Scalability, SLA.

The top three approaches for improving cloud migration and security

For many enterprises, migrating towards a cloud delivered approach for IT systems is an attractive proposition. Cost efficiency and business agility are big drivers for CIOs to make the move.  Most modern companies have either started migrating toward a public cloud or they are in the early planning and analysis phases of doing so.

At the same time, making the jump from on-site infrastructure to cloud-hosted platforms is not free of challenges such as, regulations, data governance, billing and cost...

By Mike Kail, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Migration, Regulation, Security.

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.