Microsoft to acquire Affirmed Networks to get onto AWS’ wavelength

Microsoft has announced it is to acquire Affirmed Networks, a provider of network functions virtualisation (NFV) software – as the telecoms space heats up for the biggest cloud players. 

As 5G is becoming more of a reality, cloud vendors see their role as enabling telecom operators to deploy and maintain next-generation networks more efficiently.  

“At Microsoft, we intend to empower the telecommunications industry as it continues its move to 5G and support both...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Virtualisation.

Keep your foot on the gas: Maintaining momentum after your cloud migration

For a significant number of companies, beginning their cloud migration journey is hard. In spite of the greater scalability, flexibility, optimisation, and lower costs for big data in the cloud, organisations struggle to mobilise their teams to begin their cloud journey. Once they have successfully migrated their workloads to the cloud, however, a lot of organisations think the journey is finished.

By Kunal Agarwal, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Migration.

Lloyds Banking Group signs up to Google Cloud in five-year partnership

Google Cloud continues to secure the big-ticket clients, with the company announcing that Lloyds Banking Group is set to embark on its ‘cloud transformation’ journey with Google.

The bank is investing a total of £3 billion ($3.9bn) between 2018 and 2020 in wider IT initiatives, and in this five-year deal, Lloyds will deploy various Google Cloud services focused around the customer experience....

By James Bourne, 10 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

IDC notes IT spending decline – yet sees the upside for private cloud infrastructure

Hyperscale cloud providers are experiencing some market saturation. Vendor revenue from IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, declined in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) as the overall IT infrastructure market continues to experience weakening sales following strong growth in 2018.

The decline of 1.8 percent year-over-year was much softer than in 2Q19 as the overall spend on IT infrastructure for cloud...

By David H Deans, 02 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Vendors.

How SaaS, AI and machine learning are boosting sports broadcasting: A guide

The sports broadcasting industry has a problem. Fan bases are growing, as are viewing figures; but it is becoming harder and far more expensive for sports broadcasters and rights holders to manage, package and distribute their content. Obsolete methods of distribution that require expensive software and hardware packages, sold on fix term licenses, are hindering broadcasters from making back-end efficiencies that can ultimately lead to enhanced fan experience.

By Matt Bowman, 26 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, SaaS , Software.

Security versus productivity: Exploring the double-edged sword of the cloud

Adopting cloud technologies has become a common strategy among organisations across all sectors taking the road towards digital transformation. The benefits are evident: businesses that maximise all that the cloud has to offer often see a significant improvement in productivity.

However, the journey is not without its stumbling blocks and...

By Iain Shearman, 20 February 2020, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Don’t forget to budget for business objectives to gain digital transformation ROI

Digital transformation is hugely important and extremely difficult. No matter what form an organisation’s transformation takes, it’s bound to introduce new and unanticipated challenges and costs even as it leads to positive long-term outcomes.

While increased challenges and costs are a normal part of digital transformation, they can trigger C-suite leaders to recalibrate their...

By Chris Rechtsteiner, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Monitoring, Software.

If your enterprise is still on the fence around cloud - here's what you need to know today

Cloud infrastructure services are rapidly becoming the de facto choice for enterprise IT workloads. According to Gartner, the 2019 worldwide revenue from public cloud IT services is expected to grow by 17.5% and will become a $330 billion dollar industry by 2022. Cloud-based technology is no longer an emerging trend, it’s mainstream, with 69% of enterprises moving business-critical workloads to the cloud.

What is the appeal of the cloud?

Cloud technology enables an agile working environment that can...

By Marty Puranik, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Transitions, tracking and teams: How to get your initiatives up to multi-cloud nine

At the most basic level, nearly every company now uses SaaS systems from different cloud providers. Hybrid private/public clouds are also becoming the preferred option for enterprises, and these networks are inherently distributed. This means most organisations are currently dealing with the challenges of managing networks and services from multiple vendors. They’re having multi-cloud headaches.

We all want

By Paul Mercina, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

How to create a cloud centre of excellence: A guide

You may have heard that creating a cloud centre of excellence (CCoE) is formative in your cloud strategy, resulting in a huge difference in the value of cloud migration for an organisation. Here’s how to plan it out for success.

What is a cloud centre of excellence?

In the simplest terms, a CCoE is a team of experts, either in-house or external, who have the knowledge,...

By Lahav Savir, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Migration.

Building confidence and power: Exploring greater female leadership and participation in cloud and data analytics

Analysis Last month, Forbes published its list of America’s 100 most innovative leaders. The report’s methodology was based on four ‘essential leadership qualities of top founders and CEOs’. These were, in no particular order, perception in the media for innovation, social connections, and ‘value creation’, both in terms of track record and investor expectations.

There was, however, one glaring...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Big Data, Developers, Industry.

How companies can tell good cloud sprawl from bad: A guide

Now that operating in the cloud is officially mainstream, it’s gotten a reputation for costing more than expected. Cloud sprawl, however, is rarely the problem – in fact, we like to think of sprawl as a symptom. On the bright side, it’s often a symptom of creativity and innovation by your IT team. On the dark side, it’s also often a symptom of poor planning and a lack of governance.

By Brendan Caulfield, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Overused but misunderstood: Unlocking clarity and confidence in the cloud

The manufacturing industry might have been slow to adopt cloud-based technologies, but the benefits are now widely recognised with many companies relying on it to automate processes and drive efficiencies. In fact, you can’t move in today’s technology driven world without hearing the term ‘cloud’. It provides the foundation for the way we run our lives both at work and at home—so much so that the term itself is almost redundant. 

Although cloud is an accepted part of...

By Kerrie Jordan, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

No Mickey Mouse Microsoft migration: Walt Disney Studios utilising Azure for content workflows

Walt Disney Studios is looking to the cloud for new ways to create, produce and distribute its content – and the media behemoth has chosen Microsoft to help.

The companies have signed a five-year ‘innovation partnership’ which will see Disney utilise Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to ‘help accelerate innovation at The Walt Disney Studios for production and post-production processes’ – or ‘scene to...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Microsoft, Platform, 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.

Microsoft and Reliance Jio team up in 10-year cloud deal to ‘transform Indian economy and society’

Updated 1650 BST Indian network operator Reliance Jio has announced a 10-year partnership with Microsoft to utilise and promote Azure and ‘accelerate the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.’

The alliance will comprise a variety of initiatives. Jio will move its non-network applications to...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

IDC: Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure to reach £398bn in 2023

The latest IDC study suggests that global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will be more than double by 2023, mainly driven by digital transformation deployments. According to the market researcher, spending will grow at a rate of 22.3 per cent from $229b (£182b) in 2019 to nearly $500b (£398b) in 2023.

Eileen Smith, programme director at IDC, said: “Adoption of public (shared) cloud services continues to grow rapidly. Enterprises, especially in professional services,...

By Cloud Tech, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public.

The cloud awakens: What needs to happen now to move from teenage kicks to adulthood

Having worked in the cloud computing arena for approaching 14 years I have seen many changes in technology, strategy and opinion of clients in their views to cloud technology platforms and solutions. 

Attitudes to cloud adoption have changed, going through many phases from the ‘we’ll never go cloud’ to ‘we’ll use it in simple non...

By Ian Moyse, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Hyperscaler cloud capex declines – but ‘enormous barriers’ remain to reach the top table

The spending of the cloud hyperscalers has come to a comparative halt, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that in the first quarter of 2019 total capex across the largest cloud vendors totalled just over $26 billion, representing a 2% downturn year on year. This excludes Google’s $2.4bn outlay on Manhattan real estate which pushed the Q118 figures even further, and not including...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.