Smarter clouds, smarter businesses: How AI is transforming the cloud computing industry

The latest addition to the ever-expanding collection of IT buzzwords, artificial intelligence (AI) seems to mean all things to all people. No matter which industry you turn to – from retail to finance, manufacturing to healthcare – AI is touted as a ‘game-changer’ and the answer to any number of problems. 

This hype is driving real change: worldwide spending on cognitive and AI systems is

By Dr. Wanli Min, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Software.

Banks want to move to the cloud – but they need better models to do it efficiently

Banks are recognising the benefits of cloud computing – but progress remains slow.

That’s the verdict of consulting firm Accenture, who has released a new report focused on how banks need to win in the digital age.

The report, which showcased the opinions of 35 executives at global banks who were responsible for technology and information security, found very few to have...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

’Are we there yet?’ Orienting the map to quantum computing

There is a lot of excitement about quantum computing these days. Quantum computing is a holistically new way to solve hard problems based on the principles of quantum physics. The theory has already shown the potential payoff from this new technology could be tremendous, by enabling new methods for drug discovery, material design, and artificial intelligence, just to name a few.

For high-end computing, quantum computing has great promise to change how high-performance computers and data centers of the future...

By Travis S. Humble, 29 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

Exploring cloud-based archival: The benefits, challenges and opportunities

In today’s enterprise, your data is your lifeblood. Everything you do and every decision you make is about how to create, utilise and protect your data. IT resilience, data protection and backups all play a part in making sure that your data is always accessible and available when you need it.

As part of your IT resiliency strategies, you build processes and infrastructure to ensure mission-critical applications can be recovered as quickly as possible via a...

By Will Urban, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Why cloud visibility matters: Gaining insights for performance and compliance

Cloud adoption is growing at a rapid pace because it enables organisations to scale their business models and meet consumer demands faster than ever before. However, with a proliferation of data and an ever-more-complex web of cloud-based business systems to manage comes a lot more user activity. As a result, many businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and more are looking for more ways to monitor how users interact with cloud applications and customer data.

This article will share how organisations are...

By Mike Mason, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

Cloud Academy launches new tools to aim to close the cloud skills gap

The skills gap has been a thorn in cloud computing’s side for longer than many in the industry would care to remember. Cloud Academy hopes to create a change in mindset with its latest release.

The training company has announced the launch of Cloud Roster and Cloud Catalog, two products which aim to provide a fuller picture of the cloud jobs and skills landscape.

Cloud Roster is...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

IBM launches multi-cloud management tool, continues to emphasise open, AI-driven future

IBM is making a big bet into the multi-cloud game with the launch of a new management tool aimed at integrating workloads from different providers.

The Multicloud Manager tool runs on IBM’s Kubernetes-based Cloud Private platform, and, while being optimised on IBM’s cloud, will allow organisations to manage and integrate workloads from other cloud vendors including Amazon, Microsoft, and Red Hat.

By James Bourne, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

A roundup of 2018 cloud computing forecasts and market estimates

Cloud computing platforms and applications are proliferating across enterprises today, serving as the IT infrastructure driving new digital businesses. The following roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates reflect a maturing global market for cloud services, with proven scale, speed and security to support new business models.

CIOs who are creating compelling business cases that rely on cloud platforms as a growth catalyst are the architects enabling these new business initiatives to...

By Louis Columbus, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

Companies still hitting cloud roadblocks despite extensive preparation, research finds

Organisations are recognising the benefits of the cloud and making extensive preparation – but they are still experiencing various problems with implementation, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by IT provider Softchoice, and which polled 250 IT decision makers across North America, found preparation for cloud initiatives was, on the whole, exemplary. 83% of those polled said they assessed existing...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues healthy growth – but security not on the same page

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues to grow significantly, but security awareness is not growing with it, according to new research from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its latest report, used company domains to identify cloud apps deployed in 20,000 organisations across Europe.

Less than half (47%) of organisations analysed had a single sign on (SSO) tool in use,...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Asia Pacific organisations facing ‘cloud chasm’ as maturity struggles, IDC warns

The vast majority of Asia Pacific organisations remain early in their cloud maturity according to IDC – with either ‘ad hoc’ or ‘opportunistic’ initiatives the order of the day for now.

The findings appear in the analyst firm’s latest IDC MaturityScape Benchmark, for Asia Pacific nations excluding Japan, and show that while progress is slow, moves are being made. More than 20% of organisations have moved from ‘ad hoc’ to ‘opportunistic’ over the past...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Research.

The cloud skills gap can be tamed – as an example from telecoms shows

Opinion There’s no denying that firms out there are experiencing a cloud skills gap.

Of course, with new technology, there logically follows a learning curve for the workforce at the coalface and the future workforce in training to traverse. But what I am suggesting is that this skills gap is not being found across the board. In fact, many firms were poised to move with the curve and are already benefiting from this thriving new market.

In the telecoms sector, for example, we’re seeing a different...

By Tom Sime, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Software.

Major League Baseball expands AWS partnership for AI and machine learning capabilities

Twas the week before earnings, and all in the cloud, vendors announced new customers, and took off the shroud.

That's certainly the case with Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Major League Baseball (MLB) extending its partnership with the Seattle cloud giant for its machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning expertise.

MLB already runs various workloads, including its facts and figures base, Statcast, on AWS. The new initiatives aims to improve the experience for armchair fans as well as...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Applications, Software.

New study notes network trouble organisations face amid strong public cloud adoption

Public cloud adoption will continue to go up and up – but as hybrid initiatives go up with them, concerns persist over how to handle cloud migration challenges.

That’s the key finding from the latest study by VIAVI Solutions. The IT and network testing provider, in its most recent State of the Network Global Study, polled more than 600 IT professionals and found more than half (56%) of enterprises polled had made the leap to public cloud as of this year. This number is set to go up to 72% by...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Why you need to work through the growing pains to make the most out of multi-cloud

It’s no surprise that the cloud is highly utilized in the enterprise for everything from workloads to failover to DevOps. According to a 2018 State of the Cloud Survey, multi-cloud adoption has arrived —81 percent of respondents currently use a multi-cloud strategy, and organizations leverage almost five clouds on average. To stay ahead of the curve, CIOs need to implement a multi-cloud strategy sooner than...

By Gaurav Yadav, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public.

If you’re adopting the cloud in your organisation, you don’t have to start from scratch

Your organisation recently launched its cloud adoption journey. Executives are supportive, and grassroots enthusiasts add energy to your effort. The whole initiative launched with proper planning and focus, and your task force is working well together.

Despite the strong start, many days feel like a slog. Progress is slow, and teams regularly surface new hurdles that they must overcome before the organisation can bring its first critical workloads online in the public cloud. Pressure is mounting for a quick...

By Jeff Townes and Sean Beard, 06 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Alibaba Cloud eyes further EMEA expansion with launch of partner program

Alibaba Cloud’s expansion outside of China and Asia Pacific has been well documented – and now the provider is firming up its commitments with the launch of a new EMEA partner program.

The partner program will aim to look at four key areas; developing digital transformation in targeted vertical industries; supporting the development of talent; advancing technology innovation; and enhancing marketplaces.

The overall effect, in the company’s words, is ‘to create an inclusive ecosystem...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure.

HPE puts $4 billion aside to invest in the intelligent edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has seen the future – and it’s all about the intelligent edge.

The company has announced a $4 billion (£3.04bn) investment over four years in technologies and services to deliver personalised user experiences, seamless interactions, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve customer experiences and adapt in real time.

HPE cited Gartner figures which argue that by 2022 three quarters of enterprise-generated data will be created and...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, Platform.

Organisations continue to hit cost pitfalls with cloud migration, says Rackspace

The cloud journey is costing a bit more than organisations realise, according to new research from Rackspace.

The findings appear in a new report, titled ‘Maintaining Momentum: Cloud Migration Learnings’. The study, conducted by Forrester and polling more than 300 organisations in the UK, France, Germany and the US, argued that while half of business and IT decision makers polled saw cost reduction as a key driver for cloud adoption, two in five (40%) said their migration costs were still higher...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, SaaS .

Why digital transformation spending will reach $1.1 trillion – and what happens from here

Across the globe, CEOs continue to promote business technology-enabled growth. Worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable digital transformation (DX) is forecast to be more than $1.1 trillion in 2018 - that's an increase of 16.8 percent over the $958 billion spent in 2017, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

DX spending will be led by the discrete and process manufacturing industries, which will not only spend the most on DX solutions but also...

By David H Deans, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Research.