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.

AWS hits $7.4bn in Q4 revenues, comprised three quarters of 2018 overall Amazon profit

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the benchmark for Amazon’s profit lines and continues to improve.

The company announced revenues for AWS of $7.43 billion (£5.68bn), an increase of 45% from this time last year, with AWS revenues comprising more than 10% of Amazon’s overall sales for the quarter, up from 8.4% the year before. AWS made $2.18bn after expenses for Q4, giving it a full year profit of almost $7.3bn, or...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft cites ‘layers’ of Azure and cloud depth in more positive financial results

Microsoft’s investor relations team is evidently not frightened about repeating itself when it comes to financial announcements season. “Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results,” the company proclaimed in July; “Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results,” it tooted in October; and now, “Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter results.”

Given the...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Security.

SAP bets big after breaking €20bn in 2018 cloud and software revenues

SAP broke €20 billion in yearly cloud and software revenues in 2018, hitting or exceeding its raised outlook metrics in the process – and the company wants more, targeting €35bn in total revenue by 2023.

The Q4 2018 financial results saw total cloud and software revenues hit €6.3 billion (£5.5bn), representing 85% of total revenues that quarter. Naturally this statistic is somewhat obfuscatory...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software, Vendors.

Global cloud market hit $250bn in 2018: Slower growth natural but boom ‘will continue’

As a new year dawns, it marks the perfect time to assess the industry landscape. According to the latest note from Synergy Research, 2018 saw the cloud market hit $250 billion (£196bn) globally, with a 32% annual growth.

While plenty of the critical acclaim goes on the public cloud infrastructure side of the house, the analyst firm posited that all market segments had risen comfortably over the past 12 months.

By James Bourne, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Plenty of investment is taking place in machine learning – but the skills gap isn’t going away

If you thought the cloud skills gap was bad, then it’s only going to get worse as more emerging technologies mature.

According to a new report from Cloudera, more than half of the 200 European IT managers surveyed said they were reticent at adopting machine learning technologies because they did not have enough skills and knowledge of the area.

As might be expected, plenty of...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Research, Software.

Exploring the 2019 cloud computing jobs market: Salaries, locations, and the best companies to work for

  • $146,350 is the median salary for cloud computing professionals in 2018
  • There are 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. today available from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide today
  • Oracle, Deloitte and Amazon have the highest number of open cloud computing jobs today
  • Java, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), software development, DevOps, Docker and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are the most in-demand skills
  • Washington DC, Arlington-Alexandria, VA, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA,...

By Louis Columbus, 06 December 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure.

India to create more than one million cloud computing jobs by 2022, report notes

Cloud computing will continue to be a business driver across the globe – and according to a new report, India will see significant growth in the coming years.

Great Learning, an ed-tech platform provider, argues that more than one million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022. The potential salaries for cloud professionals in the country represents a step up from traditional IT engineers, the report adds.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Netskope secures $168m series F funding to further accelerate enterprise cloud security

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has announced the close of a series F funding round of $168.7 million (£130.5m) to ‘further cement [its] position as the leader in accelerating security transformation throughout the enterprise’, in the company’s words.

The funding round was led by existing investor Lightspeed Venture Partners – whose interests in the cloud security space have included

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Security.