IBM ends revenue decline, says it has strengthened cloud and blockchain leadership

IBM has finally stopped its revenue slide after more than five and a half years – with the company saying it has strengthened its position as the leading enterprise cloud and blockchain player.

The Armonk giant posted revenues of $22.5 billion (£16.2bn) for the fourth quarter of 2017, up 3.5% on this time last year, where revenues were at $21.7bn. Of this figure, 40% was comprised of the technology services and cloud platforms bucket, at $9.2bn, while 24% came from cognitive solutions and 18% was...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, 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.

AWS, Microsoft, Google and more respond on chip vulnerability issue

Leading cloud providers have said they are aware of and working on securing systems after the disclosure of two major chip-level security vulnerabilities earlier this week.

As first reported by The Register, a ‘fundamental’ design flaw in Intel’s processor chips, dubbed Meltdown, was followed by another flaw, called Spectre, found in chips from Intel, AMD and ARM. The latter was confirmed by Google researchers in a blog post

By James Bourne, 04 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Alibaba Cloud targets Indian SMEs with new data centre

Alibaba Cloud’s new data centre in Mumbai is slated to open in January 2018 and will cater for the increasing demand for cloud services arising from small and medium-sized enterprises.

In order to help enterprises of all sizes move to the firm’s platform, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba will create a local team of professional consultants to offer service planning, implementation, and after-sales support.

Taking into consideration the rapid growth displayed by the Indian economy, Alibaba Cloud...

By Cloud Tech, 20 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud trends to watch in 2018: Skills, security, and more

Despite the promise of hybrid cloud, many organisations will go into 2018 attempting to work out how to derive real value from it.

As we near the end of 2017, here we examine the top hybrid cloud trends to watch out for in the coming year.

Trend 1: Transforming customer experiences and targeted business outcomes with the Internet of Things

There’s still a great deal of speculation about the potential value that IoT will bring businesses. For IoT to deliver, it’s critical for businesses to stop...

By Pete Hulme, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Industry, Infrastructure.

How more industry cloud services are gaining momentum in 2017

Worldwide spending on industry cloud services in the finance sector - such as banking, insurance, securities and investment services - is expected to reach $3.2 billion in 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Furthermore, IDC expects the amount to more than double in 2021, amassing total worldwide spending of $7.2 billion.

Industry cloud market development

The manufacturing industry (both discrete and process combined) was a larger spender on industry cloud...

By David H Deans, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

CNCF details advancements in cloud projects

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) held its Kubecon CloudNativeCon North America conference on 6th December 2017 and shared developments in its open-source cloud efforts.

The CNCF houses the Kubernetes container orchestration system and 13 additional cloud project that enable organisations to build cloud native architectures. The event, which had over 4,000 attendees, introduced new members and shared multiple project updates – such as 1.0 releases from the containerd, Jaeger, CoreDNS and...

By Cloud Tech, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, OpenSource.

Cloud Standards Customer Council publishes latest guide to cloud computing

The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published the latest version of its Practical Guide to Cloud Computing, which aims to give organisations a 10-step roadmap from developing business cases to moving to production.

The report, version 3.0, makes several changes to its predecessor, which was published in 2014, including updates to address maintaining cloud services and data residency management. As well as this, the ‘essential characteristics’ of cloud computing, opening the document,...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation, Research.

Acuity: Cloud biometric solutions will authenticate over 1tn transactions annually by 2022

Acuity expects cloud-based biometric solutions to authenticate more than one trillion transactions annually by 2022

Cloud-based biometric solutions are expected to drive the mobile biometric market to $50.6 billion in annual revenue by 2022, according to Acuity Market Intelligence.

Acuity predicts that more than 5.5 billion biometrically enabled mobile devices will create a global platform that would support one trillion cloud-based biometric transactions yearly by 2022.

Maxine Most, Acuity's Principal...

By Cloud Tech, 04 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Virtualised encryption: How it could be the killer app for NFV – and help with GDPR too

When it comes to meeting the new requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cloud users could well have the advantage. That may sound counter-intuitive; as one of the biggest hurdles facing companies that have migrated to the cloud is exposure of data, since the perimeter is no longer a firewall at the company edge.

GDPR is set to take effect on May 25, 2018. The end goal of this legislation is to strengthen and enforce the security of personal data.  This new legal...

By Bill Balmer, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

The future of SD-WAN: Rethinking the network and a market going mainstream

For those of you following the SD-WAN market, it comes as no surprise that VMware has announced its intent to acquire VeloCloud for an undisclosed amount. So how does it affect the SD-WAN market, and what does the future hold?

VMware’s latest acquisition: A case of ‘me too’?

VMware’s acquisition of VeloCloud comes on the heels of Cisco’s Viptela acquisition

By Steve Brar, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Virtualisation, VMware.

Alibaba CEO says cloud business “continues to defy gravity” as revenue increases 99% year on year

Alibaba Group has recorded cloud revenues of RMB 2,975 million ($342.1m) for its most recent quarter, up 99% year on year, with CEO Daniel Zhang telling analysts its cloud business “continues to defy gravity.”

The company said it was seeing ‘significant traction and diversification of customers and revenue’ in its cloud service, and will ‘continue to invest to further expand the market through valuable services for our cloud customers.’

Total revenues for the quarter hit...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Industry.

IBM eases out Bluemix name, rebrands all as IBM Cloud

IBM has rebranded its cloud, subsuming the Bluemix brand into an overall IBM Cloud offering.

Writing in a blog post announcing the move, Michael Mendenhall, chief marketing officer for IBM’s Watson and cloud arms, said the move was logical as the two brands had grown to be synonymous. There will be no changes to products offerings as a result of the move, while communications will start referring only to IBM Cloud and product names will...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, PaaS, Platform.

Exploding cloud myths, part 2: Why cloud is not digital transformation

Read almost any article on IT trends today and it’s likely that ‘digital’ and ‘digital transformation’ feature heavily. And yet there is confusion over what this actually means. It has been misappropriated by some, diluting everyone’s understanding. I have heard it used for anything from technology change to new application releases, or, even more cringeworthy, to describe any IT focused project.

The latest usage setting my teeth on edge are those IT transformation projects...

By Brian Murray, 25 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Industry.

Alibaba passes one million paying cloud customers as CEO calls it ‘merely a starting point’

Alibaba has broken the one million mark for paying customers of its cloud computing business with revenues increasing 96% year over year, according to the company’s latest financial statement.

Revenues from cloud computing totalled RMB 2,431 million (£278m) in the quarter ending June 30, while the total number of customers was 1,011,000, up 15.7% from 874,000 in the previous quarter.

Alibaba clearly defines its cloud computing revenue in its reporting – something of a change to many other...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud catches up to AWS with Transfer Appliance

Google Cloud has caught up to AWS with a physical ‘Transfer Appliance’ to move your data from your own local servers into the giant’s cloud.

Amazon already has a solution which it calls ‘Snowball’ and features 50TB or 80TB capacities in a ruggedised appliance which the company sends to your premises so you can fill it with your data locally before it heads back to your preferred AWS data centre. The idea, of course, is that you can benefit from a much quicker...

By Cloud Tech, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Industry.

Oracle is hiring 1000 employees for fast-growing cloud business

After reporting a 58% year-on-year revenue growth in its cloud businesses and garnering sales of $4.6 billion worth from cloud computing software and hardware, multinational computer technology giant Oracle Corporation is expanding its cloud computing services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Cloud-related products now account for more than 12% of Oracle’s total sales.

Tino Scholman, vice president of Oracle’s cloud computing for the region, said: "Our cloud business is growing at incredible...

By Cloud Tech, 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

How innovation accelerators will drive global ICT growth

Emerging technologies, such as IoT, robotics, and augmented reality or virtual reality (AR/VR), will drive the next wave of growth in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, increasing the overall opportunity to $5.5 trillion by 2020, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC forecast illustrates that the ICT sector is dependent upon new technology innovation for growth, as traditional business technology revenue streams begin...

By David H Deans, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Industry, Public.

Opinion: Is cloud the answer for telephony?

Telephony was among the first communication platforms to be used and has been around for nearly 150 years. For most of this time, it existed as traditional hard-wired, exchange based technology.

Over the last 10 to 15 years a revolutionary change occurred with the advent of IP Telephony (IPT) using Internet technology coinciding with the popularity of other services such as the World Wide Web, streaming, and online. This is when the term Unified Communications was first coined, bringing together separate...

By Alan Pritchard, 23 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Industry.

Driving business value from a digital transformation

The term “digital transformation” is practically ubiquitous right now, widely affecting both corporations and consumers alike.

Take, for example, the shift in the nature of owning digital assets. Less and less do we buy physical DVDs, CDs or even music downloads, but instead access an almost unlimited supply of music, movies and TV programmes on demand via our Spotify and Netflix accounts.  The modern day challenge is to figure out where is the content you want to absorb.  Was the show...

By Matt Leonard, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.