IBM and SAP’s cloud financials continue to impress – but bigger hitters still to come

IBM has delivered its third consecutive quarter of growth – with cloud revenue up 20% and now representing almost a quarter of the company’s total revenue.

The company posted total revenues of $20 billion (£15.4bn) for the most recent quarter, up from $19.3bn this time last year, with six month revenues of $39.1bn, compared with $37.4bn from the year before.

Alongside cloud – which has hit $18.5bn in revenue over the past 12 months – IBM cited AI, analytics, blockchain and...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, SAP.

The data centre of tomorrow: How the cloud impacts on data centre architectures

As the enterprise world continues speeding towards complete digitization, technologies like cloud and multi-cloud are leading the charge. Yes, cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are changing the way enterprises consume IT resources. Having cloud-grade infrastructure at an enterprise’s fingertips opens up opportunities that simply did not exist before.

But are the effects of cloud limited to a collection of somewhat ephemeral infrastructure residing in...

By Mike Bushong, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Security.

The perils of not having disaster recovery - or, why we love a good reserve parachute

One of the most important but often missed steps in having a reliable infrastructure is disaster recovery (DR). Surprisingly, most companies decide either to not implement DR or to implement it halfway. Here, I intend to explore common terms and understandings in disaster recovery; how to leverage the cloud, different types, the plan and important considerations, as well as the economic impact.

Regional vs. zone/domain DR

DR can be implemented at regional or zone/domain level, depending on needs. I advocate...

By Nazareno Feito, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Security.

Walmart and Microsoft team up for five year strategic cloud deal

Walmart is making Microsoft its preferred cloud provider – with machine learning and artificial intelligence a key focus.

The two companies – both rivals of Amazon – have signed a five year strategic partnership deal with Walmart looking to utilise ‘the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions’, as the retailer put it.

A ‘significant portion’ of walmart.com and samsclub.com will be migrated to Azure, including its cloud-powered checkout, while Walmart and...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Netskope acquires Sift Security for next generation IaaS tools

Netskope is looking to the next generation of cloud security with the acquisition of Sift Security.

The acquisition, which closed in June, will see Sift's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) breach detection and visualisation tool Cloud Hunter move into Netskope's Security Cloud offering.

"By bringing Sift Security into our 'one cloud' architecture, we will take Netskope for IaaS (and as a result, the entire Netskope Security Cloud) to a new level," wrote Sanjay Beri, Netskope CEO,

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Security.

How cryptomining is the attack vector du jour - as hackers increasingly target cloud infrastructure

Cryptojacking is on the way to replacing ransomware as the biggest threat for consumers and enterprises - and new research reveals the size of the effect crypto is having on cloud infrastructures.

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software, in its 'Cyber Attack Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Report', found that in the first half of this year, the number of organisations impacted by cryptomining malware doubled to 42%, compared with 20.5% from the second half of 2017.

What's more, the top three most common...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Why enterprises feel more susceptible to threats than ever before

  • Identities, not systems, are the new security perimeter for any digital business, with 81% of breaches involving weak, default or stolen passwords.
  • 53% of enterprises feel they are more susceptible to threats since 2015.
  • 51% of enterprises suffered at least one breach in the past 12 months and malicious insider incidents increased 11% year-over-year.

These and many other fascinating insights are from SecurIT: the Zero Trust Summit for CIOs and CISOs held last month in San Francisco, CA.

By Louis Columbus, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Majority of organisations favouring multi-cloud strategies, Virtustream argues

Multi-cloud is here to stay, that much we already know – but the sheer extent of its growth is helping enterprises move mission-critical applications to the cloud.

That is the key finding from a new report by cloud technology provider Virtustream. The study, titled ‘Multi-cloud Arises from Changing Cloud Priorities’ and conducted alongside Forrester, found the vast majority (86%) of respondents see their current cloud strategy as multi-cloud. What’s more, 60% of enterprises polled said...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Broadcom acquires CA Technologies for $18.9 billion to help ‘build leading infrastructure company’

Semiconductor giant Broadcom has announced the acquisition of software provider CA Technologies for $18.9 billion (£14.3bn) in cash to ‘build one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies.’

The move will aim to give Broadcom a financial boost in a variety of areas. In an investor presentation (PDF), the company cited CA’s...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, M&A, Software.

Why digital business transformation depends on public cloud networking

Companies increasingly seek digital business transformation. From a purely technology perspective, most pieces are in place for this transformation to occur. But too often, one thing is inhibiting the process: public cloud networking complexity.

The public cloud is becoming the new foundation for what the cloud does. Important things will continue to happen in on-premises data centres, intelligent edge devices, and branch offices. But more new enterprise applications are emerging whose centre of gravity...

By Steven Mih, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Public, Virtualisation.

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.

Container usage among developers reaching tipping point, says DigitalOcean

If your organisation is not allowing its developers to use container technologies, then you will very soon be in the minority, according to the latest analysis from DigitalOcean.

The company, in its latest quarterly Currents report assessing developer trends in cloud computing, found 49% of devs are now using containers in some form. Of that number, JavaScript (57%) was the most popular language used with them, ahead of Python (46%), PHP (36%), and Go (28%). Three in five (60%) said they were using containers...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Research.

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.

Tighten your belts: The four cloud resources most likely to eat up your budget

For the past several years, I have been warning companies to watch out for idle cloud resources. This often means instances purchased “on demand” that companies use for non-production purposes like development, testing, QA, staging, etc. These resources can be “parked” when they’re not being used (such as on nights and weekends). Of course, this results in great savings. But this doesn’t address the issue of how idle cloud resources extend beyond your typical virtual...

By Jay Chapel, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

IBM looks to further European cloud expansion with new customers and availability zones

IBM is looking to build upon recent cloud momentum – and the company is expanding in Europe after securing several new customers in healthcare, logistics, energy and more.

The announcements showcase how many prospective IBM clients are utilising the company’s cloud for its artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain capabilities. Credit Mutuel, a French bank, is deploying IBM Watson virtual assistants across all of its business lines – run on IBM’s cloud in France with a...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Europe, Infrastructure, Software.

The DNA of adaptability: How Kubernetes hosts and manages a plethora of different workloads

We live in an environment where everything is changing. Business requirements are changing. User demands are constantly in flux and always evolving. And our infrastructure is also continually changing. Frankly, the infrastructure has always been in a constant state of change, but in the past we pretended that we could get it to a point of stability — that we could reach a state of “done.” Once we finished setting up that totally stable infrastructure, then we could run everything on top with...

By Cornelia Davis, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Google Cloud investigates automated customer service practices after complaint

Google Cloud Platform has said it will conduct a detailed review of its abuse prevention processes after a customer complained about its treatment.

The unnamed customer, who works in the renewable energy industry, wrote in a Medium post that the company was a few days away from ‘losing everything’ after Google’s automated system pinged it for questionable activity.

Those who get pinged will receive a variety of emails...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure.

Avoiding cloud vendor lock-in: It’s all in the planning

The cloud computing world is becoming increasingly dominated by a small number of IT giants aiming to be your one-stop services shop. From infrastructure to software, one vendor could hypothetically provide an organisation’s entire IT system. Naturally, this is appealing to users that want to simplify their estate and partner with a well-established and reliable cloud host – but ask yourself, do you really want all your eggs in one basket?

With risks like hacking and large-scale...

By Jon Lucas, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.