Google Cloud launches sole-tenant nodes for improved compliance and utilisation

Google Cloud has announced the launch of sole-tenant nodes on Google Compute Engine – helping customers in various industries around compliance in the process.

The new service, which is currently in beta availability, gives customers ownership of all VMs, hypervisor and host hardware, going against the traditional cloud use case of multi-tenant architecture and shared resources.

“Normally, VM instances run on physical hosts that may be shared by many customers,” explained Google’s Manish Dalwadi and...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Compliance, Google, Infrastructure, Security.

Why enterprises are creating a self-induced skills gap despite strong cloud appetite

Enterprises have a serious appetite to move their resources to the cloud at one level – but a lack of skills and resistance to change from some quarters is holding organisations back.

That’s the key finding from new research from global cloud provider Skytap. The study, in conjunction with 451 Research, may have many rolling their eyes in a manner suggesting they have seen it before – yet it still proves companies are not getting to grips with the change.

More than two thirds (67%) of the...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, ERP, Infrastructure, Research.

IBM and CA Technologies team up to help give mainframe a cloudy edge

They are two companies who have spent more time espousing the benefits of the mainframe than most – and now IBM and CA Technologies have forged a new partnership designed to make the technology more accessible in a cloud and DevOps landscape.

The collaboration will see new services being launched to help organisations develop, test, and monitor applications in the mainframe. The services will be available on IBM’s Cloud Managed Services on zSystems, otherwise known as zCloud.

Clients using zCloud...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Three ways machine learning is revolutionising zero trust security

Bottom line: Zero Trust Security (ZTS) starts with Next-Gen Access (NGA). Capitalizing on machine learning technology to enable NGA is essential in achieving user adoption, scalability, and agility in securing applications, devices, endpoints, and infrastructure.

How next-gen access and machine learning enable zero trust security

Zero Trust Security provides digital businesses with the security strategy they need to keep growing by scaling across each new perimeter and endpoint created as a result of growth....

By Louis Columbus, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Security, Software.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2018

As businesses of every size push forward with cloud projects in 2018, the demand for cloud skills is accelerating. Public cloud adoption is expected to climb significantly and the IDC predict spending will reach £197 billion in just three years.

But as cutting-edge technologies, like machine learning, continue to reshape the job market the skills gap looms large across the industry. With over 350,000 specialists needed to help fill cloud roles there’s clearly a massive opportunity for...

By Alex Bennett, 23 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Developers, Security.

How Alibaba Cloud has moved up the ranks to become a cloud leader – with global expansion key

The rise of Alibaba Cloud, to become a major player in cloud infrastructure, is a fascinating one.

Between 2014 and 2016, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) saw the top right box change not one iota. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was out on its own, followed by Microsoft, then a gap to the rest. 2014 had a swarm of ‘visionary’ players, but by 2016 only Google remained to take third place.

Last year, however, things changed. The top right of course remained the same, but...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure.

Five reasons why machine learning can make resumes obsolete

  • Hiring companies nationwide miss out on 50% or more of qualified candidates and tech firms incorrectly classify up 80% of candidates due to inaccuracies and shortcomings of existing Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), illustrating how faulty these systems are for enabling hiring.
  • It takes on average 42 days to fill a position, and up to 60 days or longer to fill positions requiring in-demand technical skills and costs an average $5,000 to fill each position.
  • Women applicants have a 19% chance of being eliminated from consideration for a job after a recruiter screen and...

By Louis Columbus, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Software.

Ryanair goes all-in on AWS - with machine learning capability cited as key

The AWS Summit, in London, has seen a few pieces of news emerge - including a new customer and new functionality - with machine learning at the heart of it.

The cloud infrastructure behemoth announced Ryanair will be going all-in, with the Irish-headquartered airline set to close 'the vast majority' of its data centres in the coming three years. This includes moving from Microsoft's SQL Server to Aurora, Amazon's MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database engine.

Ryanair said machine learning, from...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

It’s time to build a multi-cloud strategy to make the best of falling public cloud prices

This year will see a marked increase in competition for public cloud dollars – and not just from incumbents like Amazon and Google. As demand for the cloud grows, big companies from China are making significant moves to expand their global reach – with Alibaba in particular moving aggressively into Europe and the United States.

The public cloud spend of a typical Fortune 500 can quickly escalate to eight or nine digits on an annual basis. Snap alone is paying hundreds of millions of...

By Spencer Kimball, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Containers, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Alibaba posts $700 million quarterly cloud revenues, cites AI in strategic plays

Revenues at Alibaba have soared to $9.8 billion US (£7.2bn) for the company’s most recent quarter – with cloud computing revenues nudging $700 million.

The figures represent another good quarter for the Chinese eCommerce giant, whose cloud push continues to intensify. Cloud revenues, which topped at $699m went up 103% year over year, while total revenues saw a 61% yearly increase.

Alibaba puts its revenues in four buckets; core commerce, which was at $8.1bn, cloud, digital media and...

By James Bourne, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Economy, Infrastructure.

AWS and Microsoft bask in strong financials – but is AI the battleground for the next ‘cloud wars’?

Amazon and Microsoft have joined IBM and Google in reporting its quarterly numbers – and the good news just keeps on coming for the hyperscalers and the cloud market in general.

Amazon announced total revenues of $51 billion (£36.9bn) in the first quarter, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing $5.4bn (£3.94bn), or 10.6% of all revenues. This compares favourably with this time last year, AWS hitting $3.66bn of total revenues of $35.7bn in Q117, with AWS passing $5bn for the first time

By James Bourne, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Economy, Google, Microsoft, Vendors.

Google Cloud securing ‘larger, more strategic’ deals as latest financials announced

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says his company’s cloud operations are ‘growing well’ with larger, strategic deals in place as more impressive financial results were revealed.

The company’s parent, Alphabet, posted Q118 financials earlier this week with $31.15 billion (£22.3bn) in total revenue for the quarter. Advertising revenues were at $26.6bn, while ‘other’ revenues – of which Google Cloud is a part – hit $4.35bn, a 35% increase on this time last year....

By James Bourne, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Google.

How machine learning quantifies trust and improves employee experiences

By enabling enterprises to scale security with user behaviour-based, contextual intelligence, next-gen access strategies are delivering Zero Trust Security (ZTS) enterprise-wide, enabling the fastest companies to keep growing strong.

Every digital business is facing a security paradox today created by their proliferating amount of applications, endpoints and infrastructure on the one hand and the need to scale enterprise security without reducing the quality of user experiences on the other. Businesses face a...

By Louis Columbus, 16 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Security, Software.

Learning from the masters of DevSecOps: Getting security right at scale

With the relentless 24/7 nature of the digital economy, many customers I talk to are under pressure to continually release and update their apps. Making this happen is a challenge in itself. But keeping those apps secure can be even more problematic – especially when security is left to the end of the development cycle.

That may seem an unlikely approach in today’s heightened IT security climate. But in my experience, it’s all too common. Under pressure to get their apps out fast, firms...

By Aruna Ravichandran, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Security.

Five ways machine learning can save your company from a security breach meltdown

  • $86bn was spent on security in 2017, yet 66% of companies have still been breached an average of five or more times.
  • Just 55% of CEOs say their organizations have experienced a breach, while 79% of CTOs acknowledge breaches have occurred. One in approximately four CEOs (24%) aren’t aware if their companies have even had a security breach.
  • 62% of CEOs inaccurately cite malware as the primary threat to cybersecurity.
  • 68% of executives whose companies experienced significant breaches in hindsight believe that the breach could have been prevented by implementing more...

By Louis Columbus, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

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.

Oracle announces first autonomous database service, promises to ‘redefine cloud database’

Larry Ellison praised Amazon for ‘inventing’ the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market – but with the announcement of the first service based on Oracle’s much-touted autonomous database, the company aims to go bigger and better than the IaaS behemoth.

At an event yesterday, Ellison announced the launch of the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud. As the company put it, the new product ‘delivers all of the analytical capabilities, security features, and high availability of...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, PaaS, Platform.

How AI will influence the world of cloud-based collaboration and conferencing

Those who attended Cloud Expo Europe earlier this week took their opportunity to assess the next level of cloud services, ranging from blockchain, to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The cloud underpins these technologies and enables them to flourish, while as this publication has previously reported, the M&A cycle has been lit up by it. But what are some of the practical applications for...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Software.

Keeping the multi-cloud world safe: Ensuring control and visibility

The world is going multi-cloud. Organisations seek the efficiency, speed, scalability and reduced costs that cloud promises and are rapidly moving applications and data into more hybrid environments – including to more than one cloud.

According to Cisco’s most recent Global Cloud Index, data centre application growth is exploding in this new multi-cloud world. By 2021,...

By Chintan Patel, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Security.

How the cloud super-providers see the changing landscape

Earlier this week, analyst firm Cloud Spectator published its latest report on combining price and performance in the cloud. In the main, its results mirrored previous studies; that the Amazons, Microsofts and Googles of this world may not be the best option for some organisations compared with the high performance, cheaper price specialists.

So what of the behemoths, and how are their...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Vendors.