Cloud security and small businesses – what you need to know to avoid the pitfalls

Today we work in a world that is increasingly connected, convenient and cloud-based. This comes with a world of benefits not just for enterprises, but also for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs).

It’s now easier than ever to share documents in the cloud, video-conference with colleagues across the world and compile resources so that global teams can quickly access them from shared storage. The downfall,...

By Dirk Morris, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

The key to ‘elite’ DevOps success in 2018: Culture, cloud infrastructure, and abandoning caution

If you think your organisation has gotten serious about DevOps, the bad news is that a small group of companies are raising the bar higher than ever. But things can change depending on how you implement cloud infrastructure.

That is the primary finding from DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment Team) in its most recent State of DevOps report, which polled almost 1,900 global professionals and was put together primarily...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps, Google, Infrastructure, Research.

Datrium secures $60m series D funding to go beyond hyperconverged infrastructure

Datrium, a California-based hybrid cloud infrastructure provider, has raised $60 million (£45.8m) in series D funding, with the aim of helping enterprises ‘overcome major obstacles in data analysis and storage.’

The round was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, as well as featuring new participation from Icon Ventures. NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners – who regular readers of this publication would recognise as investors in

By James Bourne, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure.

Data centre infrastructure figures continue to rise – driven by public cloud and enterprise servers

As cloud usage continues to skyrocket, getting prime data centre real estate is a bigger priority than ever. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, over the past two years quarterly spend on data centre hardware and software has grown by 28%.

Total data centre infrastructure equipment revenues, taking into account cloud, non-cloud, hardware and software, hit $38 billion in the second quarter of...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft digs down on Azure outage, explores data loss and failover question

Microsoft has put together a post-mortem on what it described as an 'unprecedented' Azure outage - exploring an interesting question of data loss and failover capability.

The outage, which affected customers on the VSTS - or Azure DevOps - service in the South Central US region, required more than 21 hours to recover all facilities, as well as an additional incident regarding a database which went offline taking another two hours to resolve.

As the status page - which originally went down with the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth team up for greater multi-cloud optimisation tools

It’s certainly a sign that the cloud industry is seriously mature – when we’re not just talking about multiple clouds, but multiple cloud management providers.

ParkMyCloud and CloudHealth Technologies, two companies in the cloud optimisation and management space, have announced an extension of their partnership with multi-cloud in mind.

The integrated product aims to...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

How hybrid industrial cloud computing is gaining momentum

Why do most internet of things (IoT) analytics operations occur in the cloud? The public cloud offers a centralised location for large amounts of affordable storage and computing power. But there are many instances in which it makes more sense to perform analytics closer to the thing or activity that is generating or collecting data ­– equipment deployed at customer sites.

This is particularly true in industrial and manufacturing environments, which are familiar with the challenges of managing...

By David H Deans, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Platform.

The cloud is here – but managing its costs and optimizing benefits is up to you

A decade ago, early adapters enthusiastically embraced cloud computing, but the larger business world waited skeptically with questions such as ‘how safe is this?’ ‘How much will it cost?’ ‘Will it really improve productivity?’ ‘Will it give me a competitive edge?’

Today, there is still some hesitation around migrating to the cloud. Because the cloud is still considered fairly new technology, there hasn’t been an established trust in it yet. Some...

By Amanda Vernazza, 06 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Global public cloud computing revenue trends: How hybrid and multi-cloud will dominate

The global public cloud computing market continues its predictable growth trend. By and large, it's viewed as an IT commodity, where customers have no loyalty to cloud service providers that follow a 'race to the bottom' mindset -- providing the lowest price at a given moment in time. That said, everything about this business model seems somewhat tentative.

The worldwide cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 29.5 percent in 2017 to reach a total revenue of $23.5 billion --...

By David H Deans, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Staying competitive and resilient in a multi-cloud world ​​​​​​​

Today’s businesses don’t have it easy. They are constantly challenged to stay resilient during a time of unprecedented disruption, change, and unforeseen adversity. That means ensuring critical applications and data are always available, to keep the business ticking along no matter what may be thrown at it.

With cyber attacks on the rise and more employees choosing flexible working practices, that becomes...

By Chris Fielding, 31 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.

More organisations moving from proof of concept to initial SD-WAN projects

One in five global companies has implemented an initial software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) project, while many more are at the proof of concept stage.

This is according to survey results from Teneo, an ‘as a service’ technology provider. The study, conducted alongside Sapio Research and which polled 200 senior IT and networking managers in the US and UK, found that increasing pressure on company...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Software.

VMworld 2018: Multi-cloud strategies, AWS partnership blossoms, vSAN and NSX updates, and more

At VMworld in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, with the help of some of the best and brightest in the cloud industry, expanded on partnerships and products, as well as the evolution of the multi-cloud landscape.

For the second year running, Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), took to the stage to give an update on AWS’ growing partnership with VMware, alongside new features. The announcement of an expansion...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, VMware.

Cloud hyperscaler capex broke $53 billion for the first half of 2018, says Synergy Research

The capital expenditure of the largest cloud infrastructure players continues to rise – and according to Synergy Research, the first half of 2018 has seen record figures being published.

Total capex for the first half of this year among the hyperscale operators hit $53 billion (£41.1bn), compared with $31bn this time last year. Q2’s figures did not quite match Q1, but this is down to an anomaly, Synergy...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues healthy growth – but security not on the same page

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues to grow significantly, but security awareness is not growing with it, according to new research from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its latest report, used company domains to identify cloud apps deployed in 20,000 organisations across Europe.

Less than half (47%) of organisations analysed had a single sign on (SSO) tool in use,...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Protecting your company’s crown jewels: Building cloud-based backup and DR into ransomware defence

It’s a sad fact of life that whenever someone owns anything of value, there’s someone else out there who wants to get their hands on it illegally. Today’s corporate crown jewels are the critical data on which organisations depend and the highwaymen are cybercriminals, who have built a lucrative industry from ransomware attacks that disrupt businesses, steal data and aim to extract payment from their victims.

Tackling this scourge is a critical challenge for IT managers on several levels, but...

DigiPlex aims to reuse waste data centre heat in Oslo apartments with new partnership

As technology continues to improve, so too does the responsibility of infrastructure providers in ensuring an environmentally-friendly future. Nordic data centre firm DigiPlex has announced a scheme whereby waste heat from its facilities will be reused in residential apartments across Oslo.

The company signed a letter of intent with Fortum Oslo Varme, Norway’s largest district heating supplier, to see to the needs of...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.