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.

AWS, Azure or Google: Do the differences between cloud providers really matter?

When evaluating public cloud providers,  it is easy to get hung up on the differences. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud each have their own terminology, pricing, service catalog, and purchasing variations. But do these differences ultimately matter? 

Compute options

Though we are able to align comparable products across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud,...

By Katy Stalcup, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Cloud services and infrastructure spending breaks $150bn in six months, says Synergy

While spending across cloud infrastructure may be suffering something of a minor blip, cloud services spending appears to be shoring things up.

The latest analysis from industry analyst Synergy Research shows that, for the first half of 2019, operator and vendor revenues broke $150 billion, at a rise of 24% year on year.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Lacework secures $42 million in funding round to forge ahead with ‘Snowflake for security’ plan

Lacework, a provider of end-to-end cloud security automation across the biggest public clouds, has raised $42 million (£34m) in a financing round aimed at building momentum and educating security teams.

The funding, which was put together by Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Ventures, will be aimed at ‘supporting product innovation and go-to-market activities to help educate security, compliance and DevOps teams...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

How AWS certifications are increasing tech salaries by up to $12k per year

  • AWS and Google certifications are among the most lucrative in North America, paying average salaries of $129,868 and $147,357 respectively
  • Cross-certifying on AWS is providing a $12K salary bump to IT professionals who already have Citrix and Red Hat/Linux certifications today
  • Globally, four of the five top-paying certifications are in cloud computing

These and many other insights of which certifications provide the highest salaries by region of the world are from the recently published 

By Louis Columbus, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Software.

AWS and Google Cloud earnings beget laws of large numbers – and expectations – for cloud revenue

It is not only the law of large numbers which applies in cloud revenues, but also the law of large expectations. Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported revenues of $8.38 billion (£6.7bn) for its most recent quarter although a slight dip in growth saw pessimism from the analysts. Google Cloud, meanwhile, secured an annual run rate of $8 billion in its results to a much friendlier outlook.

Amazon’s downturn with AWS was...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

CircleCI secures $56 million series D funding to further expand CI/CD focus

CircleCI has secured $56 million (£44.8m) in series D funding to further its presence and product – with one investor arguing the company is the ‘DevOps standard’.

The San Francisco-based provider of continuous integration and delivery software has taken its total funding to $115.5 million, having most recently raised $31m for its series C in January

By James Bourne, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

Microsoft Azure secures 64% growth with goal to build 'world's computer'

Microsoft has unveiled its fourth quarter results to almost universal acclaim, with revenue up 12% to $33.7 billion (£26.9bn) and Azure revenue growth up 64%.

The company has been resolutely sticking to a theme on its earnings reports. "Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results," the release read this time last year. It was "Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results" three months hence, and for Q2, "Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The six pillars of cloud cost optimisation – and how to get them to work for you

Let me start by painting the picture: You’re the CFO, or manager of a department, group, or team, and you’re ultimately responsible for any and all financial costs incurred by your team/group/department. Or maybe you’re in IT and you’ve been told to keep a handle on the costs generated by application use and code development resources.

Your company has moved some or all of your projects and apps to the public cloud, and since things seem to be running pretty smoothly from a...

By Stefana Muller, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Enterprises not seeing total fulfilment with cloud strategies – but hybrid remains the way to go

For enterprises looking to migrate to the cloud, with sprawling workloads and data, it can be a long, arduous journey. According to a new survey, more than two thirds of large enterprises are not getting the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys.

The study from Accenture, titled ‘Perspectives on Cloud Outcomes: Expectation vs. Reality” – polled 200 senior IT professionals from large global...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

Is your cloud spend out of control? How to rein in your purchasing

If the weather isn't quite up to scratch it is hard to resist the lure of an all-inclusive family holiday. The azure blue sea, pristine white sand, and masses of food and drink - interspersed with a spot of swimming to burn off some of the excesses. 

But fast-forward to check out and you get a nasty surprise: a larger than expected bill. Those extras excluded from your “all-inclusive” deal were too tempting for your teenagers: how did they consume so many snacks between the...

By Andrew Logan, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

Unravel Data secures $35 million series C funding to help combine APM with big data muscle

Meet Unravel Data. The California-based big data software provider has secured $35 million (£27.1m) in a series C funding round – with the aim of revamping the application performance management (APM) space.

The round was led by Point72 Ventures, with participation from Harmony Partners, as well as existing investors Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, and M12, formerly Microsoft Ventures.

By James Bourne, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Economy.

Sumo Logic secures $110 million in series G round to focus on DevSecOps use cases

Sumo Logic, a California-based big data and analytics platform provider, has announced an $110 million (£84.5m) funding round – and secured a more than $1 billion valuation in the process.

The funding round, which was led by Battery Ventures and also featured contributions from Tiger Global Management and Franklin Templeton, will aim to in the company’s own words continue to keep its position ‘as the SaaS...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, DevOps, Economy, Platform.

Google’s cloudy head count and revenues remain on the up – but specifics are still a while off

Google is still not quite ready to divulge specifics around its cloud – yet the numbers continue to rise, whether it is from revenues or employees.

Alphabet’s Q1 earnings, published yesterday, saw total revenues of $36.3 billion (£27.8bn) for the most recent three months, an uptick of 16% on the previous year. Google’s other revenues, of which Google Cloud forms a part, shifted up 25% to $5.4bn...

By James Bourne, 30 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Google.

You’re not seeing the savings you expected from multi-cloud – so what do you do now?

A recent Gartner report estimated that 80 percent of organisations will overshoot their cloud budgets by 2020 because of a lack of optimisation. Obviously, this frustrates executives. It’s particularly hard to deal with in the case of multi-cloud environments, where each provider’s bill might be a million-plus lines long.

By Josh Quint, 30 April 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Monitoring, Vendors.

Bitglass secures $70m series D funding to further enhance CASB space

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Bitglass has announced a $70 million (£53.6m) funding round aimed at consolidating its leadership of the CASB and cloud security market.

The round, a series D, included a new investor in the shape of Quadrille Capital, as well as existing investors Future Fund, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Norwest, and Singtel Innov8. NEA, as regular readers of this publication will be aware, is a regular investor in the cloud space, with...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Portworx secures $27 million series C funding, unveils update to container management platform

Portworx, a provider of storage and data management software for containers, has announced a $27 million (£20.5m) series C funding round – and touted record revenue and customer growth in the process.

The company’s series C, putting its total funding at $55.5m, was co-led by Sapphire Ventures and the venture arm of Mubadala Investment Company, with new investors Cisco Investments, HPE and NetApp joining Mayfield...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Management, Economy, Kubernetes, Platform.

Cloudera looks to being a true multi-cloud home and calls out Amazon as primary competitor

Cloudera posted total revenues of $144.5 million (£108.9m) for its most recent quarter, and while it may have disappointed investors, the company said its ‘enterprise data cloud’ strategy with Hortonworks on board will help turn things around.

Of total revenues for the quarter ending January 31 – up 36% from this time last year – 85% of it came from subscriptions, while the remainder came from...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

VMware posts strong 2019 financial results citing AWS partnership and ‘tech breaking out of tech’

VMware has closed off its 2019 fiscal year with record annual revenues, solid upticks across the board and considerable strength on its partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Revenue was $2.59 billion (£1.96bn) across the quarter, at a 16% uptick on this time last year, while for the fiscal year it was $8.97bn, a yearly increase of 14%. License revenues were at $1.2bn, or 47.5% of overall quarterly revenues,...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Economy, Infrastructure, VMware.

Google boasts strong cloud performance in Q4 – but is shy over revealing specifics

Updated 1820 GMT Google has claimed that the number of its cloud deals exceeding $1 million has ‘more than doubled’ over the past 12 months in what it called a ‘strong’ year – yet remained reticent in disclosing details over run rates.

The company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results, published late yesterday, saw Google’s ‘other’ revenues – of...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure.