EMC beefs up product portfolio with enterprise and native hybrid clouds

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EMC has announced the general availability of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 product, a new hybrid cloud offering aiming to help customers advance their cloud journey, as well as given more information on Native Hybrid Cloud.

“Understanding the needs of organisations to transform a more modern, automated, self-service IT environment, EMC continues to develop and deliver innovations into its cloud platforms that are designed, supported and sustained as one to help customers...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

On a wing and a prayer: How to really make your DevOps practices soar

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All too often, the restrictions of engineering seem to us like the laws of physics. Think back to when horse-drawn carriages were the best available mode of transportation. Drivers could only get to their destinations so quickly, given the needs of the horses, the wheels of the carriages themselves, and the quality of the roads. A trip from one city to another could take several days. At the time, that didn’t seem like an opportunity for revolutionary...

By Adam Bowen, 19 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps.

Why CIOs need to be strong in picking a cloud strategy – and sticking to it

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This time last year, Fruition Partners, an IT solutions provider, released a report which assessed the state of cloud adoption through the eyes of the CIO. The study bemoaned the rise of shadow IT and gave three best practice tips to control cloud sprawl, by focusing on the user to provide a better service, focusing on business needs, and focusing on IT strategy and how to make better use of IT service management (ITSM).

12 months on and, to quote Led Zeppelin, the song remains the same. 62% of...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Security, Software.

95% of enterprises say their cloud office migration has been a success

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For the vast majority of IT decision makers, cloudy offices fit their organisations like a glove. That’s one of the key findings from a study released by software vendor BetterCloud, which found 95% of the almost 270 respondents agree that Office 365 and Google Apps suit their workplace needs well.

Comparing the two, however, is something which is too tempting to resist. 44% of Google Apps users say that system fits their needs ‘very well’, compared with 39% for...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Software.

Containers going mainstream, but deployment still a headache

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A survey of 200 IT professionals surveyed by IT and cloud operations provider NetEnrich has revealed that 70% are using containers today, but integration with existing IT environments remains a challenge.

The research found that while seven in 10 use container technology, with another 21% of respondents indicating they plan to move soon, more than half (55%) admitted integrating containers into current IT systems was the biggest issue. Security concerns (53% of respondents)...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Platform.

Chef launches ‘flagship’ product Automate, aims for greater enterprise DevOps rollouts

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IT automation software provider Chef has announced the launch of Chef Automate, claimed to be a flagship software product which ties together all of the company’s product portfolio.

Chef Automate aims to give users comprehensive visibility across all applications and their supporting environments, providing a single dashboard with access to analytics, trending data and health status of Chef-managed resources.

Other key features include a unified workflow, essentially a shared...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

How IoT, big data analytics and cloud continue to be high priorities for developers

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  • 56.4% of developers are building robotics apps today.
  • 45% of developers say that Internet of Things (IoT) development is critical to their overall digital strategy.
  • 27.4% of all developers are building apps in the cloud today.
  • 24.7% are using machine learning for development projects.

These and many other insights are from the Evans Data Corporation Global Development Survey, Volume 1 (PDF, client access) published earlier this month. The...

By Louis Columbus, 27 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers.

A guide to planning for application resiliency in cloud environments

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As businesses look to clouds for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability. Here, we examine how requirements around fault tolerance and disaster recovery can impact choice of cloud or architecture strategies within a cloud. 

Planning for application resiliency in cloud environments can present special challenges. Strategies can be similar to those used in traditional data centres,...

More than a quarter of enterprise cloud apps deemed risky, CloudLock argues

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A new piece of research from cloud security provider CloudLock argues that more than a quarter of cloud apps connected to corporate environments were seen as high risk.

The report, the firm’s Q2 2016 Cloud Cybersecurity Report, gave a generally pessimistic warning over the threats of shadow IT. From 2014 to 2016, CloudLock has observed an almost 30 times increase in apps used under shadow IT, from 5,500 to almost 160,000. What’s more, over half of third party apps are...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Security.

Netskope study argues majority of cloud apps are not ready for EU GDPR

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Three quarters of cloud apps used by businesses are not equipped for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to the latest study from cloud security services provider Netskope.

The report comes hot on the heels of a survey conducted by the firm back in February which argued businesses were not sure if they would keep up with the upcoming legislation, which is set to drop in two years’ time and includes provisos over the right to be forgotten, as...

The key cloud skills you need in 2016: AWS, Azure, Docker and more

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Jobs relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) have gone up 53% over the past year while job postings requiring Microsoft Azure experience have increased by 75%, according to new data from managed cloud provider Rackspace.

The research figures are not quite as marked as last year’s analysis, when job postings including Docker went up 991% year on year, but it’s still more of the same; Docker postings went up 341% over the past 12 months. DevOps skill sets went up a modest 53% in...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Containers, Developers, DevOps.

IBM announces availability of quantum computing for testing on IBM cloud

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IBM is making available quantum computing to the public, allowing people to access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor.

Scientists at the company have manufactured quantum processor that can be accessed via a quantum computing platform delivered through the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device.

The cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, called IBM Quantum Experience, facilitates...

By Cloud Tech, 04 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

Docker security: How to monitor and patch containers in the cloud

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Nearly a quarter of enterprises are already using Docker and an additional 35% plan to use it. Even sceptical IT executives are calling it the future. One of the first questions enterprises ask about containers is: What is the security model? What is the fallout from containerisation on your existing infrastructure security tools and processes?

The truth is that many of your current tools and...

By Logicworks, 21 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Containers, Developers, Platform.

Conducting containers in the cloud: Evaluating orchestration options

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The standard has been set for containerisation. It’s Docker. Need an identical copy of your application stack in multiple environments? Package it once for Docker and away you go. It’s simple, and it’s why we love containers. That was all you needed back in 2015 – but things are changing fast.

Now that containers have proved their viability, it’s on to the next big area for innovation: orchestration. This is where there’s even more competition and the...

By Mat Keep, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Kubernetes, OpenSource, Platform.

How IT is struggling to cope with the weight of SaaS applications

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Corporate IT departments are drowning in the deluge of SaaS app requests, according to a report from BetterCloud.

The data, the first in a two part set, reveals how IT departments are “overworked and overwhelmed”, and a simple lack of time is prohibiting further cloud software being integrated into companies. Almost three quarters (73%) of IT pros surveyed feel guilt over this, saying they believe their end users lack SaaS apps that would increase productivity. In contrast,...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, SaaS , Software.

Big data applications for the enterprise: Have they finally come of age?

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A recent survey by consulting firm NewVantage Partners reveals that the portion of U.S. companies using big data in the past three years has jumped from 5% to 63% of those companies, 70% now say that big data is critically important to their business, up from 21% in 2012.

Big data has revolutionised research methodology by making it possible to measure all of the data. Whether predicting earthquakes, providing real-time weather alerts or just analysing the best traffic patterns, big data...

By John Ottman, 15 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

More enterprises using Microsoft and Google apps in tandem, research reveals

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Office 365 continues to be the most popular cloud app used by enterprises ahead of Salesforce and Box, while Slack has jumped in workplace popularity, according to the latest figures from identity management provider Okta.

Increasingly, enterprises are using both Office 365 and Google Apps, the fourth most popular service overall. Traditionally, Okta argues, industries such as finance, biotech and construction are more likely to be Microsoft houses compared to more digital businesses which prefer...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Google, Research, Software.

Analysing a new model for connecting the cloud

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Growth in cloud over the last three years has been phenomenal. It has changed the enterprise IT landscape and is finally driving change in global networks. And as cloud growth continues to rise, enterprises need new and innovative models for connecting their cloud services.

Research firm Gartner expects that global spending on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) reached almost $16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8% from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from...

By Jerzy Szlosarek, 22 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platform.

The key steps when migrating from a physical environment to the cloud

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As companies continue to step up the pace of migration to the cloud, many find themselves in the situation of having to bridge the gap between their physical and cloud infrastructures, which brings new challenges. IT has applications it regards as critical but lines of business have different application requirements that they regard as critical. As a result, IT often ends up becoming overloaded with requests, and as they attempt to satisfy demand with more resources, this can lead to...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.