The five most significant announcements from Microsoft Ignite – and what they mean for you

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella placed the focus on consistent developer experiences in multi- and hybrid-cloud, alongside the announcements of new initiatives for “cloud-delivered quantum computing.” Nadella, in his keynote speech in Orlando, also emphasized the role of a consistent and reliable management platform across various cloud environments – including AWS and Google Cloud.

By Tanuj Mitra, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

How to avoid the big upcoming cloud storage problem – which could run you down

When organisations migrate to the cloud they have an application problem: deciding which apps to migrate and in what order as well as which ones to reconfigure as cloud-native. Once in the cloud they have a data problem: budgets that are flat or in decline and data volumes that are growing exponentially.

Where people go wrong is thinking ONLY about the application problem in advance. All too often when we cross the road we look left or right when we should be looking both left AND right.

It is wrong to think...

By Bill Mew, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Migration, Software, Storage.

Microsoft again secures strong revenues with ‘material growth’ in $10m Azure contracts noted

Microsoft has reported revenues of $33.1 billion (£25.7bn) for its most recent quarter, with CEO Satya Nadella emphasising the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in building out cloud applications.

Writing the headline for Microsoft’s quarterly earnings release requires conforming to some kind of template: ‘Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How AI developers are driving new demand for IT vendor services

Preparing for the adoption of new technologies is challenging for many large enterprise organisations. That's why savvy CIOs and CTOs seek information and guidance from vendors that can assist them on the journey to achieve digital business transformation. Meanwhile, investment in artificial intelligence (AI) systems and services will continue on a high-growth trajectory.

According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), spending on AI systems will reach $97.9 billion...

By David H Deans, 15 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Research, Software.

Kubernetes and multi-cloud: How to monitor your modern applications effectively

Many companies are moving to a new way of delivering service to customers based on microservices. Rather than building huge and monolithic apps, microservices uses small and interconnected application components instead. These modern applications tend to be easier to update and expand than those traditional applications, as replacement services can be slotted in using APIs rather than requiring full rewrites.

To support this design...

By Mark Pidgeon, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Monitoring.

What’s new in Gartner’s 2019 hype cycle for AI – and what businesses need to know about

  • Between 2018 and 2019, organisations that have deployed artificial intelligence (AI) grew from 4% to 14%, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey
  • Conversational AI remains at the top of corporate agendas spurred by the worldwide success of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and others
  • Enterprises are making progress with AI as it grows more widespread, and they’re also making more mistakes that contribute to their accelerating learning curve

These and many other new insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Research, Software.

How to make your SaaS startup stand out from the crowded cloud landscape

The SaaS model has lowered the barriers for budding software entrepreneurs to build and commercialise exciting new products, creating new markets that cater to nearly any vertical or niche you can think of. Gartner Inc. currently estimates the number of SaaS companies in existence at around a quarter of a million and predicts that the worldwide...

By Daniel Twigg, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, SaaS , Scalability, Software.

SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery for AWS, Azure and GCP: A guide

The public cloud offers a myriad of options for providing high availability and disaster recovery protections for SQL Server database applications. Conversely, some of the options available in a private cloud are not available in the public cloud. Given the many choices and limitations, the challenge faced by system and database administrators is determining the best available options for each application running in hybrid and purely public clouds.

Sainsbury’s looks to Google Cloud for machine learning as retail cloud case studies continue to climb

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is collaborating with Google Cloud on machine learning for greater customer insights – in another example of a cloud partnership among major retailers.

The company is looking at building machine learning solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in association with Accenture, to ‘provide new insights on what customers want and the trends driving their eating habits’, in the words of Alan Coad,...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Chaos engineering is integrated into the DevOps toolchain – but what about IT ops?

Chaos engineering (CE) is the discipline of experimenting on a system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production. This approach is becoming commonplace in DevOps practices; but how would its application extend to IT operations?

In truth, CE for IT operations offers a similar...

By Michael Fisher, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Platform, Software.

Google achieves ‘quantum supremacy’ with new experiment – reports

It may sound like an amalgam of a James Bond and a Jason Bourne film title, but Google may have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ in what was described as “a milestone towards full scale quantum computing.”

Quantum computing, while still at a very early stage, is becoming something of a key battleground for the biggest cloud companies. The technology is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, where...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Hardware, Infrastructure.

Oracle wants to say goodbye to shared responsibility by ramping up autonomous next-gen cloud approach

The concept of shared responsibility in cloud computing is one which continues to be, if not so much a rancour, an ongoing concern. In February, for instance, research from Check Point Software found that, for more than a quarter of respondents, cloud security was the provider’s responsibility.

By James Bourne, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Four ways to migrate to the cloud without missing a beat: A guide

It wasn’t too long ago that the enterprise IT industry considered the cloud an outlier. Companies knew the cloud was a readily available option, but they chose to use it sparingly. Now, however, cloud technology is the first and only option many companies consider.

Time has shown that the cloud's advantages aren’t overstated. It offers the flexibility and scalability necessary to...

By Colum Donahue, 16 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

VMworld 2019: Going big on Kubernetes, Azure availability - and a key ethical message

VMware has kicked off its 2019 VMworld US jamboree in San Francisco with a series of updates, spanning Kubernetes, Azure, security and more.

The virtualisation and end user computing giant issued no fewer than five press releases to the wires alone today, with CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Sanjay Poonen continuing to emphasise the company's 'any cloud, any application, any device, with intrinsic security' strategy.

Chief of these on the product side was around VMware Tanzu, a new product portfolio...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Kubernetes, Migration, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

The Globe and Mail moves to AWS, combining SageMaker with Sophi analytics platform

Publishing and media companies continue to utilise the cloud for their archival and architectural needs – and The Globe and Mail is the latest to move across.

The Canadian news brand has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider, citing the Seattle giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities as key to its decision.

By James Bourne, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Software.

Why a holistic approach to cloud transformation is key to success

As applications increasingly move to the cloud, businesses often voice concerns about soaring WAN costs as well as latency issues when accessing apps. The much-anticipated benefits of a cloud transformation, including greater efficiency and agility, risk being eroded when the user experience is unsatisfactory and costs spin out of control.

How, then, can organisations successfully tackle their transformation projects to avoid these pitfalls and fully realise the benefits of the...

By Mathias Widler, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

How the energy industry is embracing cloud computing: Three key areas of success

Cloud technology is helping companies in every industry do more with less. In specific industry verticals, the cloud can play a key role in pushing the industry into successful digital integration. The energy sector, which is my company's expertise, is an example of how the cloud can transform an industry's operating procedures. Adoption isn't yet widespread yet, but the industry's shift to the cloud is picking up speed as we catapult into the next decade.

In energy, legacy systems that rely...

By Vince Dawkins, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Industry, Scalability, Software.

The state of the MSP in 2019: Why flexibility and further moves to the cloud are key

Managed service providers (MSPs) are in a fascinating place right now. They more often than not have plenty of longevity, while the vast majority believe today is as good as ever to be in the industry.

Yet the two points can be conflated. With longevity comes a need to change course, to avoid falling behind competitors. But as organisations continue to move to the cloud, and as their cloudy workloads become increasingly complex, the role of the MSP becomes increasingly vital. It is just about where exactly...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Case Studies, Research, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

IT operations in 2020: Five things to prepare for – from AIOps to multi-cloud and more

The threat of digital disruption has forced senior executives and technology leaders to rethink business models, data assets, and distribution channels, to create more innovative products and services that will delight customers and overcome more nimbler competitors. Over the last decade, enterprises have completely transformed the way they build, deploy, manage, and maintain mission-critical services as a response to increasing digitisation.