Opinion: Clearing up multi-cloud confusion

There’s no denying the enormous effect that cloud has had on how we purchase and consume technology. In business it has been a game-changer, delivering levels of flexibility and agility previously denied by on-premise IT.

Today in the UK, cloud infrastructure spend now surpasses spend on legacy IT, with the divide set to become even greater in the coming years.

While a hybrid strategy has...

By Nick Fisk, 12 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

Why Africa’s cloud and data centre ecosystem will – eventually – be a land of serious opportunity

Take a look at the data centre footprint of the three largest cloud infrastructure vendors – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – and you are met with a breathless marketing message.

Azure (picture below, middle) promises 54 regions worldwide – the terminology differs for each one – promising ‘more global regions than any other cloud provider.’ AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Financial services moving to hybrid cloud – but rearchitecting legacy systems remains a challenge

The move to hybrid cloud is one which virtually every industry is undertaking – but the financial services industry is getting there ahead of most.

According to the latest data issued by Nutanix for its Enterprise Cloud Index Report, more than one in five financial organisations polled (21%) are deploying a hybrid cloud model today. This is up from the global average of 18.5%. 91% of those polled said hybrid cloud was their ‘ideal’ IT...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Getting past cloud cost confusion: How to avoid the vendors' traps and win

Cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google were created to provide compute resources to save enterprises money on their infrastructure. But cloud services pricing is complicated and difficult to understand, which can often drive up bills and prevent the promised cost savings. Here are just five ways that cloud providers obscure pricing on your monthly bill.

Terminology varies

By Jay Chapel, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Monitoring, Vendors.

Mirantis to help AT&T build Network Cloud for 5G

US telecom giant AT&T will be building the next generation of its Network Cloud for 5G with the help of cloud computing firm Mirantis, as part of a three-year deal reportedly to be more than £7.7mn ($10mn).

AT&T’s Network Cloud for 5G will be built via software from an open source project known as “Project Airship”, which was initially formed by the telecom company, along with SK Telecom, the OpenStack Foundation, and Intel in May of 2018.

Amy Wheelus, AT&T’s vice...

By Cloud Tech, 08 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Industry.

Databricks secures $250m funding as a16z claims its victory in big data platforms

It’s another big day for big data; analytics platform provider Databricks has raised $250 million (£193.3m) in a series E funding round and now sits atop a $2.75 billion valuation.

The funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), and featured participation from Coatue Management, Microsoft, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). In a statement, Ben Horowitz said that a16z was “thrilled” to invest in this funding round and that Databricks was the “clear winner in the big data...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Platform.

IBM makes leap in latest quantum computer release – but what does it all mean?

IBM thinks it has gained a head-start on the slowly emerging quantum market with the launch of what it has described as the first commercially useable integrated quantum computing system.

Quantum computing is based on the principles of quantum mechanics and aims to take advantage of subatomic particles existing in more than one state at any time. Its much-vaunted potential therefore is in its ability to read between the lines and...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Industry.

How the industry cloud computing market is gaining new momentum

As more CIOs and CTOs embrace hybrid IT infrastructure models, incorporating multi-cloud solutions, another key trend is gaining momentum. According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), five large industry groups are expected to spend a total of $37.5 billion on industry cloud solutions in 2018.

The five industry groups are healthcare, public sector, finance, retail and wholesale, plus the manufacturing sector. Among them, manufacturing grew the most, while retail and...

By David H Deans, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud adoption in the UK is outpacing the EU average

Research published by Eurostat reveals the UK is the sixth largest cloud users among other countries in the EU.

According to statistics published by the European Statistical Office, British enterprises claim to have a relatively high rate of cloud adoption, with 41.9% of companies adopting some form of cloud service. This is compared with the average of 26.2% in EU nations.

The UK is marginally behind some predominant Scandinavian countries like Finland, Sweden, and Denmark, which have 65.3%, 57.2%, and 55.6%...

By Cloud Tech, 19 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Europe, Industry.

Packet and Wasabi join hands to offer better cloud services than AWS

Cloud and edge computing infrastructure provider Packet, and hot cloud storage firm Wasabi, have joined hands to integrate their respective platforms to offer their customers cloud computing and storage services for less compared to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

David Friend, CEO of Wasabi, said: “Amazon has 100-some-odd cloud services. They do everything, but they don’t do anything particularly well. They’ve got one big integrated environment. But if you want the best content delivery network,...

By Cloud Tech, 10 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Industry, Platform.

’Are we there yet?’ Orienting the map to quantum computing

There is a lot of excitement about quantum computing these days. Quantum computing is a holistically new way to solve hard problems based on the principles of quantum physics. The theory has already shown the potential payoff from this new technology could be tremendous, by enabling new methods for drug discovery, material design, and artificial intelligence, just to name a few.

For high-end computing, quantum computing has great promise to change how high-performance computers and data centers of the future...

By Travis S. Humble, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

How the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix benefits financial institutions

The self-service and dynamic nature of cloud infrastructure creates challenges for risk and compliance professionals. Tools that worked well in the traditional data centre do not translate to the public cloud.  

Due to these concerns over regulatory compliance and security, as well as the complexity involved in replacing legacy systems, financial institutions are taking a more...

By Brian Johnson, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Industry, Security.

OpenStack ‘Rocky’ makes it easier to deploy on bare metal

Open source cloud platform OpenStack now powers 75+ public cloud data centres and thousands of private cloud services at a scale of more than 10 million compute cores.

Earlier versions of the platform were difficult to upgrade from one version to another. Moreover, it has been hard to deploy on bare metal. But now, these problems have been resolved with OpenStack 'Rocky' -- the platform’s 18th version.

OpenStack has always run on a variety of hardware architectures. However, bare...

By Cloud Tech, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platform.

Staying competitive and resilient in a multi-cloud world ​​​​​​​

Today’s businesses don’t have it easy. They are constantly challenged to stay resilient during a time of unprecedented disruption, change, and unforeseen adversity. That means ensuring critical applications and data are always available, to keep the business ticking along no matter what may be thrown at it.

With cyber attacks on the rise and more employees choosing flexible working practices, that becomes...

By Chris Fielding, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.

Why digital business talent is a top priority for CEOs

Who is leading digital transformation at the most forward-thinking organizations across the globe, and what are the most significant roadblocks to their progress? That depends, on who you ask. Let's consider the most common digital business challenges today, and how savvy leaders overcome them.

Digital growth tops the list of CEO business priorities in 2018 and 2019, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner. However, as growth becomes harder to achieve, CEOs are concentrating on changing...

By David H Deans, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Data & Analytics, Economy, Industry.

10 ways machine learning is revolutionising manufacturing in 2018

  • Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimising fab operations is achievable with machine learning.
  • Reducing supply chain forecasting errors by 50% and lost sales by 65% with better product availability is achievable with machine learning.
  • Automating quality testing using machine learning is increasing defect detection rates up to 90%.

Bottom line: Machine learning algorithms, applications, and platforms are helping manufacturers find new business models, fine-tune product quality, and optimise...

By Louis Columbus, 31 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Software.

Why manufacturing can’t afford not to invest in AI – and how the cloud enables it

Artificial intelligence (AI) is often touted as the brain behind Industry 4.0. Even the government is backing this emerging technology with its industrial strategy, which aims to “propel Britain to global leadership of the industries of the future including AI and big data”.

Yet research suggests that manufacturers are behind the curve. According to

By Dean McGlone, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Europe, Industry.

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: Blockchain, 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, 1 comment. 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.