Enterprise-owned data centres still ‘essential’ despite cloud growth, research notes

Enterprises may be starting to move workloads to the cloud, but enterprise-owned data centres remain the ‘primary compute venue’ with workloads staying consistent over the past three years, according to new research from the Uptime Institute.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 data centre and IT professionals globally, argues that enterprises continue to see the data centre as ‘essential’ to their digital-centric strategies with the majority of budgets increasing or staying...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft’s latest Azure customers revealed; Hershey, Maersk, UBS, and more

Microsoft has announced a slew of new customers using its Azure cloud services at its Digital Difference event in New York, including financial services provider UBS and confectioner Hershey.

The customer announcements came alongside the release of a new study, sponsored by Microsoft and put together by Harvard Business Review (HBR), which found less than half of business leaders have a coherent digital strategy despite 80% saying their industry will be positively impacted by digital transformation within...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Case Studies, Microsoft, Platform.

The key themes underpinning the continued momentum for UK cloud adoption

I recently read with interest the results of the latest Cloud Industry Forum research survey into UK Cloud adoption and a couple of aspects jumped out at me, undoubtedly mirroring the experience iland is having within the UK market.

Overall cloud adoption rates among British businesses now stand at 88% and the rate of cloud adoption has increased by a whopping 83% since 2010, with an increase of 5% since last year.  In fact, today, we rarely speak with a customer that isn't...

By Monica Brink, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Approach with caution: how to choose the right driver for your journey to the cloud

The recent survey by 451 Research and Microsoft proves that investment in cloud hosting and managed services is soaring, with almost two thirds of overall cloud and hosting infrastructure spend comes aligned with value-added services. 

As the number of organisations moving towards the cloud increases, so too does the demand for the expertise, knowledge and tools that make the transition...

By Jon Lucas, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.

Two in three enterprises at least planning on moving to DevOps, survey finds

A new survey from machine data analytics provider Sumo Logic has found more than two thirds of enterprises either plan to adopt DevOps or are already doing so, while four in five are currently or plan to use at least one public cloud service.

The study, titled ‘The New Normal: Cloud and DevOps Analytics Tools Reign in the Modern App Era’ and put together alongside UBM Technology, found that of the 230 IT operations, app development and information security professionals polled, 67% are utilising...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, DevOps, Enterprise, Public, Research.

Microsoft study warns of difficulty organisations face in attracting cloud skills

More than one in three companies admit it has been either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to find specific cloud skills for their organisation, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The dreaded ‘cloud skills gap’ has been long reported by this publication – ‘the trend will continue further through 2013’, this reporter once warned – but in the Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Microsoft.

Deloitte strengthens cloud options with acquisition, new jobs and studios

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Deloitte has announced the acquisition of Day1 Solutions, a cloud consulting business, to expand its options and accelerate clients’ digital transformation.

The consulting giant is also adding 3,000 new US-based high tech engineering jobs, as well as opening a series of cloud studios in Orlando, New York, and Washington D.C.

Day1 Solutions is a certified Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, and its website now links to Deloitte’s cloud page....

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, M&A, Migration.

Microsoft cites ‘enormous’ opportunity in hybrid cloud and managed services era

An ‘enormous’ opportunity is afoot for cloud companies as more organisations move towards implementing hybrid cloud and managed services, according to a new study from Microsoft.

The report – which was conducted in association with 451 Research and which comes in at a whopping 127 pages – polled more than 1700 respondents in 10 geographies, and found that almost two thirds (62%) of overall cloud and hosting infrastructure spend comes bundled with value-added services. When it came to...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public.

The key aspects to consider when executing a smooth move to the cloud

As the benefits of cloud computing become more pronounced, more businesses are migrating to the cloud. Greater scalability, flexibility and financial security often come as a result of making the shift to cloud computing - and those are just a few of the advantages. The allure of the cloud is well known. However, the fine details of cloud migration and implementation are often overlooked.

Migrating to the cloud is more

By Rick Delgado, 24 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration, Privacy.

CIOs look to hybrid cloud future – with security a positive

CIOs are preferring hybrid cloud models with security the primary motivation for adoption, according to a new study from NetApp.

The research, which polled 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK, saw more than half of respondents in each country saying they use a combination of private and public cloud. Germany came out on top with 69%, compared with France (61%) and UK (58%). In terms of partner options, local service providers are the most popular, cited by a combined 26% of respondents,...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

Rackspace announces first managed services deal for Google Cloud Platform

Rackspace has announced a partnership with Google Cloud to become its first managed services support partner.

The news, revealed at the time of Google’s Cloud Next event in San Francisco, represents an alignment between the two companies’ ‘obsession’ with customer service and support, Rackspace said. The two companies will collaborate on a new managed services offering for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers which will be made available later this year.

Rackspace already has...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Cloud becoming ‘dominant vehicle’ for business analytics, says new report

A new study from Informatica and Deloitte has found that cloud is “well on the way” to being the dominant vehicle for business analytics.

The report, which was conducted at the end of last year alongside Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and consulted more than 400 global business and technology leaders, found that cloud was either a key or important part of the analytics strategy for 91% of respondents.

In addition, self-service was considered a key component with cloud-ready organisations...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Azure usage continues to grow – but organisations need channel help to succeed

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It continues to gain traction whilst still being significantly behind the market leader; but what underpins this growth? A new study from NetEnrich has found that while Microsoft Azure continues to see impressive usage figures, companies have to rely on channel providers to help them make the most of their implementations.

The survey, which garnered the views of more than 80 IT professionals in large and midmarket companies, found 46% of respondents were running at least half of...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

UK businesses remain ‘risk-averse’ and lagging behind in cloud strategy, Intel argues

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Organisations in the UK are among the least likely globally to have a cloud-first strategy, according to a new report from Intel Security.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 senior IT professionals, found the UK had pretty miserable scores across the board compared to their international brethren. The UK’s score of 70% for businesses who are cloud-first – whilst still a reasonable number – lagged behind the global average of more than 80%, while only 7% of UK...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Cloud and IT skills gap comes to the fore again in new research

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The cloud and IT skills gap has been a long-suffering gripe for many organisations; and a new research study from Robert Half Technology shows the problem is by no means resolved yet.

According to the study, which was based on interviews with more than 100 CIOs and IT executives across the UK, three quarters (74%) of CIOs and IT directors polled admitted they frequently encountered IT professionals who were not up to the task. Yet only two in five (38%) say they use standardised skills...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Research.

Cloud wrangling in the digital age: How to get the right skill set

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The forecast for the digital era is cloudy all over. According to a recent IDC FutureScape on cloud market predictions, 50% of IT spending and 60% of IT infrastructure spending will be cloud based by 2018. Between 60% and 70% of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. 

IDC also forecast that 65% of organisations’ IT assets will be offsite, in co-located, hosting and cloud data centers by 2018. One-third of IT staff will be working at...

By Antonella Corno, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Cloud leaders enjoy greater agility – but it’s easier than you think to get there

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If your business is ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud adoption, then prepare for a hit of good news; organisations which execute a strategic cloud plan are growing revenue 2.3 times faster than their competition and are on average generating a 35% lift year on year in top line revenue.

But for those not quite there, what are the strategies which need to be examined? These and other findings comprised a new study from CloudHealth Technologies which argues cloud-leading...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure.

Three major cloud trends for 2017: SMBs, vendors, and architecture

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With adoption growing, service provision changing and the emergence of true cloud architecture, this is going to be a big year for cloud computing. Here is the story behind each trend:

SMBs drive cloud adoption

Small and medium-sized businesses will be the driving force behind the cloud adoption not only because the cloud presents an amazing and cost-effective opportunity to utilise the services they are not able to...

By Jan-Jaap Jager, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Infrastructure.

CIOs fear outdated IT budgeting is slowing down cloud adoption

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If the goal for CIOs is to go to the cloud, one thing is holding them back, according to a new report from Trustmarque: outdated budgeting models.

The report, titled ‘Highlighting operational and financial barriers to cloud’, argues more than half (55%) of UK CIOs polled believe out of date capex models are slowing down their adoption of cloud services. An overwhelming 87% say existing software licensing agreements are another cause of delay – a higher figure...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

IBM adds three new advancements to Watson Cloud platform

IBM has added three new advancements to the Watson Cloud platform: real-time Speaker Diarisation (beta) support available via the Watson Speech to Text API, Visual Recognition tagging with a built-in set of visual labels, and the Watson Discovery Service.

With these new capabilities, developers will be able to add intelligent visual recognition and speech to text capabilities to web and mobile...

By Cloud Tech, 21 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption.