UKCloud becomes first European provider to offer cloud GPU computing service

GPUs are becoming ever more attractive to cloud service providers and customers as the demand for intensive computing increases – and UKCloud has become the first European cloud service provider to offer a cloud GPU computing service through NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 and M60 units.

UKCloud, formerly Skyscape, offers services for the public sector as well as healthcare. The company said the move for GPUs came about through its ‘maniacal focus’ on service excellence following customer demand...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Amazon Web Services and Nokia team up for greater service provider cloud transition

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Nokia are coming together to speed up the migration of service provider applications to the cloud, the latter has announced.

Through the deal, Nokia will support service providers throughout their AWS implementation with consulting, design, integration, migration and operation, alongside Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, through AWS Greengrass and Amazon Machine Learning among others.

On the strategic side, both companies will work together for 5G and edge cloud, including...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Software.

Exploding cloud myths, part 1: Why the cloud does not solve all business continuity and DR pains

With all the hype about how cloud delivery brings new levels of flexibility and availability, many organisations may be falling for misleading reports claiming that moving to a cloud model somehow diminishes the need to worry about business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR).

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Like the parody disaster movie Airplane, it would just take one thing to go wrong and you could find yourself in quite a pickle, but without any of the...

By Brian Murray, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

How finance executives are embracing multi-cloud service models

CIOs and CTOs are developing comprehensive hybrid IT infrastructure models, in response to growing demand from CFOs and line of business leaders that request access to applications hosted via both on-premises private cloud and off-premises public cloud offerings.

That's why savvy technology leaders must therefore align with the most qualified vendors and service providers that enable them to manage and support these complex multi-cloud scenarios. Furthermore, the chosen provider must demonstrate vertical...

By David H Deans, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

More shared responsibility confusion among cloud hoppers, Barracuda notes

Another day, another research study which reveals the benefits of the public cloud tinged with security concerns.

This time, a report from Barracuda Networks has shown that while respondents – 300 IT decision makers from companies across the US – expect the percentage of their infrastructure in the public cloud to almost double in five years, three quarters (74%) say security concerns restrict their organisations’ migration.

Yet perhaps the most worrying aspect of the research was around...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Research, Security.

Organisations losing revenue due to lack of cloud expertise, Rackspace warns

Two in three UK IT decision makers polled in a new study say their organisation is losing out on revenue as they lack specific cloud expertise.

The report, put together by Rackspace and the London School of Economics, polled 950 IT decision makers and 950 IT pros and found 67% of the latter believed they could bring greater innovation to their organisation with the ‘right cloud insight’. 85% said greater expertise within their organisation would help them recoup the return on their cloud...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Security.

Power to the people: The key to successful cloud implementations

The key to successful cloud technology implementation lies with the workforce.

Implementing new cloud hosted technology in companies of any size presents challenges and opportunities. It also induces uncertainty and anxiety among the workforce who may see their jobs under threat. There is no doubt that some companies introduce new technology to reduce headcount. But simply replacing people with technology implies that the human capital of the organisation remains underdeveloped and while short-term savings...

By John Stokoe, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Don’t take the cloud plunge without a formal ROI assessment, Unisys warns

If you’re taking the plunge and migrating to cloud technologies, make sure you do a full return on investment (ROI) assessment – as companies who do are almost 50% more successful in realising cost savings.

This is the key finding from a new study issued by global IT provider Unisys. The report, conducted by IDG, polled 400 IT and business executives across eight countries and found four out of five respondents expected cost savings from adopting the cloud. An even higher number (82%) of those...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Economy, Migration.

Why have a strategy for cloud management?

With the general cloud hype and the widely declared corporate intent to base future business solutions on cloud technology stacks, businesses may take the view that deploying cloud solutions involves little more than accessing a vendor’s cloud portal and following a few clicks, have your virtual services deployed and ready for operations.

Whilst this approach will give an enterprise a cloud-based virtual environment, what’s delivered is far from being part of a corporate information...

By Paul Ryder, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Security.

What is driving cloud adoption in 2017?

If you’ve moved your enterprise infrastructure into the cloud, to say you’re not alone is an understatement. In researching our latest infographic, it’s clear that more and more enterprises are adopting cloud models and increasing their spending for cloud technologies. It’s also clear that, as cloud options and models increase, building in-house cloud skills and expertise will be necessary to keep pace with advancing cloud technologies and to optimize ROI.

So what's driving cloud...

By Cloud Academy, 30 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Why commodity management companies are shifting towards the cloud

Much like the earth’s climate has been undergoing a gradual shift, so has the climate for cloud-based business applications and systems. The use of cloud-based applications for personal purposes including email, picture-sharing, and listening to music has become ubiquitous.

As a result, people have become accustomed to accessing what they want, when they want, from wherever they want. Their tolerance for traditional desktop software has diminished. Each day, more businesses are embracing the cloud as...

By Rajeev Warrier, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, ERP, Security.

Execs concerned at missing out on latest cloud advancements, survey warns

More than four in five respondents to a survey from Commvault and CITO Research say they are at least ‘very concerned’ about missing out on new advancements in cloud technology.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) in this space is real. Of the 100 IT leaders polled, more than two thirds said they were worried about keeping up to date with the latest products and iterations across the primary cloud providers. The most popular methods of keeping up to date were through reading tech publications and...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research.

A guide: Top tips to avoid cloud buyers' remorse

Only a fool believes that moving enterprise applications to the cloud is a panacea for the majority of the challenges facing today’s CIOs. Even cloud migration itself, like any IT project, presents a number of complex challenges. My favourite piece of advice is to think the same as you would if buying a house: don’t be impulsive. By taking the time to develop a clear focus at the outset, cloud buyers can eliminate unwanted costs and complications down the road. First and foremost, be clear around...

By Brian Murray, 09 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Seven key network metrics for a cloud-driven world

Today’s IT teams aren’t so different from the IT teams of days gone by. They’re still committed to running businesses smoothly by testing technology, measuring the results, and re-calibrating. But much of the technology they’re using and managing has changed dramatically. Enterprises are much more distributed than they used to be, with more remote offices and users accessing resources...

By Christine Cignoli, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Migration, Monitoring, Software.

How companies can boost their website in China’s clouded market

Company name translated into Chinese? Tick. Chinese social media accounts up and running? Tick. A Chinese-language website? Tick.

The IT team managing your Chinese website clicks ‘deploy’, and you’re now on the way to conquering the lucrative Chinese market.

The euphoria of global expansion endures for a few days, but then the teething problems start stacking up. Website availability is patchy. No one is coming to your site — except for spammers and existing customers who complain...

By Alibaba Cloud, 04 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Scalability, SLA.

Oracle is hiring 1000 employees for fast-growing cloud business

After reporting a 58% year-on-year revenue growth in its cloud businesses and garnering sales of $4.6 billion worth from cloud computing software and hardware, multinational computer technology giant Oracle Corporation is expanding its cloud computing services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Cloud-related products now account for more than 12% of Oracle’s total sales.

Tino Scholman, vice president of Oracle’s cloud computing for the region, said: "Our cloud business is growing at incredible...

By Cloud Tech, 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry.

Four in five companies not getting most out of cloud investments, research warns

Only one in five organisations are getting the most out of their cloud investments with 96% saying it could do with a ‘makeover’, according to new survey results from Fugue.

The research, which garnered the responses of more than 300 IT operations professionals, found the majority of those polled said compliance and security concerns, unexpected downtime, and a plethora of cloud management tools available today, means their investments are not hitting the right mark.

When asked why the cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

We won’t be put off our cloud strategy by cyber threats, organisations affirm

Four in five respondents say cloud adoption in their organisations will not be put off by high profile cyber-attacks, according to a new study from software and IT services provider Advanced.

The survey, which polled more than 500 senior executives in UK organisations and was conducted through Techmarketview, found that the majority of firms said they were concerned about security and data protection in the cloud, with 82% and 68% responding respectively, yet prefer to carry on with their migration...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Security.

Why companies are shifting to ‘IT as a service’ – and what you need to do about it

‘IT as a service’ (ITaaS) is on the rise as companies realise the benefits of contracting an IT service provider for all their business technology needs. While ITaaS is not a new concept, it has become a go-to operational model for medium-to-large sized companies that need 24/7 monitoring, managing, and sustaining of company technology.

Moving to ITaaS is an operational shift, where IT is run as a business and therefore can be optimised according to business needs. Companies that run hybrid IT environments,...

By Kirk Panitz, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Private, Public, SLA.

CIOs getting the cloud message, new research affirms

More than nine in 10 UK CIOs and IT decision makers polled by Trustmarque say they plan to migrate their on-premise apps to infrastructure, platform, and software as a service clouds within five years.

The study, which took the opinions of 200 CIOs and senior IT decision makers from enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, also found that public sector CIOs were more likely to move quickly compared to their private sector counterparts.

Not surprisingly, cost saving was the biggest benefit according to the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure.