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.

Analysing security and regulatory concerns with cloud app migration

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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. It is therefore worth examining how security and compliance requirements can impact choice of cloud or architecture strategies within a cloud. 

Maintaining privacy for data that must be protected for business or regulatory reasons is a substantial concern in cloud migration, public or private. Security and...

By Bryan Solie, 11 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

A warning shot: Why cloud security remains more important than ever

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With all the recent well-publicised hacking and malware attacks, not to mention numerous meteorological events that have affected companies around the globe over the last year, IT leaders are very aware of the need for robust cloud security and compliance.

That said it is infact now easier for companies to engage in poor security practices because users do not have the same control over their cloud infrastructure that they have over their own on-premise infrastructure. Often,...

By Monica Brink, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security.

Enterprises given another warning over cloud app GDPR compliance

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More than 4% of enterprises have put their data at risk by sanctioning cloud apps laced with malware, according to research released by cloud security provider Netskope.

The study, which uses anonymised data from millions of users in the global Neskope Active Platform, found 88% of apps used were not enterprise-ready, while almost half (43%) of apps analysed keep data for more than a week after the service has ended, going against the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

How to ensure enterprise cloud app use complies with the GDPR

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After months of fine tuning and approvals from various bodies, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is almost upon us.

When the GDPR finally becomes law in spring of this year after passing a final stage of approval, organisations will have two years to comply with the regulation. Two years might seem plenty of time, but the complex picture of cloud use in modern enterprises means that GDPR compliance will be a challenge. A recent Netskope and YouGov survey found that...

How performance requirements can prove a stumbling block for cloud transformation

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As businesses look to cloud for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability.

Some applications have specific kinds of performance requirements that may limit or eliminate their eligibility for virtualisation, which is fundamental to optimising cloud efficiencies.  These performance characteristics come in various flavours: A requirement for specialty hardware, a requirement for...

By Bryan Solie, 15 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platform, Virtualisation.

Cutting the cord: Why the cloud is the future of app delivery

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IT is challenged by the line of business to deliver a competitive edge to compete in a global market. Securely delivering apps and data to any device is a core IT workflow to enable productivity. 

However, if you are like most companies, your IT budget is not growing at the same pace as demand for IT services. To be more agile, the current paradigm around app delivery needs to be turned upside down. IT needs to cut the cord.

IT’s evolution: From plow horse to racehorse

IT and the work world have come a long way. Remember the days when the IT department issued you a standard black PC and employees worked at desks? Back then, IT was focused on analysing available IT solutions and then executing multiyear plans. It was common for IT to be working on multi-year programs for SharePoint, ERP, and CRM systems.

Those days are gone. Today, businesses are competing in a much faster paced environment, which requires them to...

By Jimmy Chang, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, VDI.

Datical: Why DevOps is right for every organisation

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For a concept which merges different stakeholders within a business, it is perhaps not surprising that recent research concerning DevOps shows a fractured landscape. 84% of respondents surveyed by Gleanster Research in August defined DevOps in a multiple choice poll as “developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production”, while 69% opted for “using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps.

Access and identity governance in the cloud: Problems and solutions

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There has been a consistent growth and increase in cloud application usage over the past five years as organisational IT leaders have realised the benefits of implementing them. This is also, in part, because of the fact that there is a major increase in remote employees, who need applications in the cloud to be able to work. Cloud applications have many obvious benefits to an organisation, such as improving efficiency, reducing costs and improving security.

Once these applications are...

By Dean Wiech, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Security, Software.

The three keys to DevOps success – and why most businesses aren’t doing it

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A business-led approach, collaborative IT resources and adopting key controls are the three main factors to DevOps success – but many UK businesses are still struggling with it, according to a new study from CA Technologies.

The report, entitled ‘Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw’ which polled more than 500 respondents from Europe, found only one in 10 (11%) UK organisations are in the category of ‘advanced DevOps adopters’, defined as organisations who have...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Why the cloud does not just “work”

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Everyone knows that migrating workloads to the cloud is challenging. But many assume that after you get to the cloud, all you have to worry about is maintaining your applications.

After all, you have outsourced infrastructure management to AWS, right? No more racking and stacking servers, no more switches and hypervisors.

While AWS will maintain the physical infrastructure that supports your virtual environment, it is not initially set-up to help you configure those virtual instances...

By Logicworks, 05 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows

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More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

The challenge of finding the hybrid cloud sweet spot

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The benefits hybrid cloud can bring to businesses are not in doubt. What is less understood, however, is how much is too much?

No organisation is likely to jump in with both feet, placing almost all their IT services on public cloud servers due to concerns about control. Yet at the same time, finding the sweet spot - where the business is gaining the maximum benefit from a perfect balance of on-premise IT, private cloud and public cloud services can be extremely difficult.

Has the...

By Andy Soanes, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Accelerating cloud storage and reducing the effects of latency

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Over a number of years there has been a long and hard fought battle to secure the ability to ‘accelerate anywhere’ any data type to, from and across a cloud area network (ClAN) to allow fast access to applications, or to secure data as a part of a back-up and archiving strategy. According to Claire Buchanan, chief commercial officer at self-configuring infrastructure optimise networks (SCION) vendor Bridgeworks, this battle is still ongoing....

By Graham Jarvis, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Research details challenges of tracking cloud consumption

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Two thirds of respondents in a survey from Dimensional Research and Cloud Cruiser say they find it challenging to track cloud consumption for cost allocations.

The research, which quizzed IT professionals who attended the AWS Global Summit events in San Francisco and New York in April and July this year, found almost four in five (79%) are pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy. Almost a third (30%) of respondents saying they will grow cloud services by more than half in the coming year,...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Economy.

A roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates for Q315

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  • The global SaaS market is projected to grow from $49B in 2015 to $67B in 2018, attaining a CAGR of 8.14%.
  • Global spending on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to reach $16.5B this year, an increase of 32.8% from 2014.
  • Cloud applications will account for 90% of worldwide mobile data traffic by 2019, compared to 81% at the end of last year.

These and other insights are from recent cloud computing forecasts and market estimates published by research and advisory...

By Louis Columbus, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform, Software.