Hybrid multi-cloud computing investment trends and CIO strategies

As more enterprise CIOs and CTOs embrace hybrid multi-cloud deployment strategies, business technology vendors and cloud service providers must continue to evolve their go-to-market approach - in recognition of the prevailing IT infrastructure investment trends.

Vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, grew 47.2 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), reaching $16.8 billion, according to the latest worldwide...

By David H Deans, 21 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

New malware strain can evade and uninstall cloud security software, researchers warn

The good news: your organisation has finally gotten around to installing some top of the range cloud security tools. The bad news: malware has been developed which can evade detection from them.

The nefarious discovery from threat actor Rocke was made by Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, with the security researchers noting that it was ‘to the best of [their] knowledge the first malware family that developed the unique capability to target and...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Enterprises more confident with cloud than ever – but still concern over security issues

Another year, another study on cloud adoption – and if it’s surprising statistics you want, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Yet this may be seen as a good thing. As the report released by NetEnrich shows, the numbers on infrastructure and public cloud usage for enterprise continues to tick over, while security remains vital and DevOps still has a long way to go to mass adoption.

By James Bourne, 17 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Walgreens selects Microsoft as strategic cloud provider in seven year deal

Pharmaceutical giant Walgreens Boots Alliance is making Microsoft its strategic cloud provider, focusing on connecting Walgreens stores and health information systems with a sprinkling of artificial intelligence (AI) on top.

The companies have signed a seven-year agreement with various strands. On the practical side, Walgreens will roll out Microsoft 365, the latter’s enterprise suite, to more than 380,000 employees and...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

More data centre M&A deals than ever – and expect more cannibalisation to come

The data centre market saw an uptick in terms of the number of M&A deals in 2018 – but the total value has dipped, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that while the number of acquisitions and transactions last year grew to 68, their value slipped to approximately $16 billion, shaving almost $5bn off last year’s total.

In terms of...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Six best practices for increasing AWS security in a Zero Trust world

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported $6.6B in revenue for Q3, 2018 and $18.2B for the first three fiscal quarters of 2018.
  • AWS revenue achieved an impressive 46% year-over-year net sales growth between Q3, 2017 and Q3, 2018 and 49% year-over-year growth for the first three quarters of the year.
  • AWS’ 34% market share is bigger than its next four competitors combined with the majority of customers taken from small-to-medium sized cloud operators according to 

By Louis Columbus, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Compliance, Infrastructure, Security.

Three key predictions for the cloud industry in 2019: Multi-cloud, governance and blurred lines

In 2019, we can expect the cloud industry to continue to thrive - with impressive cloud adoption across all industries, accompanied by an improvement in solutions and integrated data tools to best meet user needs. These advancements will substantially enhance operations in the cloud, leading it to ultimately become the preferred platform for all enterprise applications.

Looking ahead, we will see companies move beyond standard...

By Joe Kinsella, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Trends.

Enterprise cloud journeys in 2019: Plain sailing or storms on the horizon?

A rising tide of regulatory, governance and security concerns, a paucity of talent experienced in large-scale transformation, and boardroom concerns over the real business impact can make cloud migration feel like a journey towards shark-infested waters.

Despite these challenges, 2019 will be the year in which the UK’s largest enterprises get serious about moving production workloads to the...

By Allan Brearley, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Equinix and Alibaba Cloud focus on Asia Pacific in latest data centre launches

The race for cloud supremacy in the emerging Asia Pacific regions continues apace, with new data centre launches planned for Singapore and Indonesia by Equinix and Alibaba Cloud respectively.

Equinix announced that $85 million had been invested in a seven-storey site called SG4, which is expected to open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 1,400 cabinets available in the first instance. The site’s name reflects...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The Morlocks are here: Why computing’s new paradigm is the time machine

Opinion We had the desktop. Then came the cloud. And next, we’ll have the time machine.

The Time Machine is one of the classic 60s-era sci-fi films. Based on the H.G. Wells novel, a Victorian-era inventor (Rod Taylor) gets propelled into the year 802,701 A.D. by a barber chair with a roulette wheel grafted onto it. In the distant future, he meets the Eloi, a future breed of humans that look like they just popped over from the...

By Michael Kanellos, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure.

It’s time to diversify your cloud portfolio – or bank on failure

You don’t have to be a Wall Street professional to understand the reasons to invest in more than one company. So, why would a business choose a strategy of investing in a single cloud? It doesn’t make sense in today’s marketplace.

Initially, cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, AWS or Google Cloud were commodities using pricing as a competitive advantage. But today, these providers are differentiating themselves with...

By Joshua McKenty, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, 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.

Four cloud security predictions for 2019: Containerisation, load balancers, and more

The cloud is a vital part of any enterprise infrastructure. The convenience of having a database that can be accessed from any location has dramatically improved efficiency within workforces. While many companies had previously been afraid of making the move, as the open nature of the cloud makes it less secure than on-premise solutions, new advances in cloud security have vastly reduced the number of successful attacks. With 2019...

By Stephen Dallas, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Containers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Farewell 2018, hello 2019: The last 12 months in cloud – and what’s on the horizon

2018 was yet another fascinating year when it came to cloud computing, along with the emerging technologies which complement and rely on the cloud.

As the ecosystem has matured and organisations’ confidence has increased, conversations have shifted gear accordingly. RightScale’s

By James Bourne, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Security, Software.

How the industry cloud computing market is gaining new momentum

As more CIOs and CTOs embrace hybrid IT infrastructure models, incorporating multi-cloud solutions, another key trend is gaining momentum. According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), five large industry groups are expected to spend a total of $37.5 billion on industry cloud solutions in 2018.

The five industry groups are healthcare, public sector, finance, retail and wholesale, plus the manufacturing sector. Among them, manufacturing grew the most, while retail and...

By David H Deans, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

AWS re:Invent 2018 roundup: Product reviews, analysis, and the DevOps wildcard

Opinion AWS re:Invent is always rich in product launches. Some products are entirely new, while others are updates or enhancements to existing tools. The 2018 event was no exception. In case you missed it, here’s a drive-thru on some of the best products – and one important statement – from this year’s show.

AWS Marketplace for Containers

Announced at the Global Partner...

By Lars Cromley, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Airlines bracing for exponential growth: How the cloud will be critical for success

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted that by the end of 2018, global air traffic passenger demand is projected to grow 7% year over year. IATA also forecasts passenger numbers will continue increasing, with an expected 8.2 billion people traveling by 2037, more than doubling the number of air...

By Krishna Mohan, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Scalability.

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.