Google Cloud unveils premium support offering to further woo enterprise customers

Google Cloud continues to push its wares for an enterprise base with the launch of a premium support offering for enterprise and mission-critical requirements.

The service builds upon current offerings, of providing technical account managers and 15-minute SLOs (service level operations). Any companies with premium support will have their cases handled directly by the best of the best – or ‘context-aware...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

Cloud infrastructure trends: Usage continues to rise – with AWS-VMware workloads soaring in parallel

85% of organisations expect to have the majority of their workloads cloud-based by the end of 2020, according to a new study from AllCloud.

The study, which polled more than 150 IT decision makers at organisations where at least 300 employees were using cloud infrastructure, found seven in 10 respondents already ran at least half of their workloads on the cloud.

When it came to...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Get ready for a seismic shift in business structure for 2020 – underpinned by cloud

The technology industry is advancing at a rapid pace, with new developments like IoT and AI moving on leaps and bounds within the span of mere months. The broader impact of this is that the very structure of business is being altered by this acceleration, and the management of such technologies is becoming a discipline – and a necessity – in itself.

In 2020, it will be more important than ever to have the proper...

By Henrik Nilsson, 15 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud unveils retail updates, expands Lowe’s and Wayfair partnerships

Google Cloud has announced it is expanding its retail acceleration program (RAP) among other initiatives designed to scale up retailers’ cloud projects.

The moves were announced at NRF 2020, the biggest event in the retail space, with Google doubling down on its message to accelerate retailers’ digital growth and customer experience – pinned together with its data expertise.

By James Bourne, 14 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Bundesliga goes all-in on AWS, cites ML and AI expertise for archiving as key

Yet another sporting franchise is signing up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to utilise its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities. The Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight football league, has announced it its going all-in on AWS to beef up its statistical acumen as well as improve the fan experience.

Among the technologies in AWS’ arsenal being used by the Bundesliga are image and video...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Case Studies, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

What will drive 2020 in cloud governance? In a hybrid world, a solid strategy is key

Now that we are a few weeks into 2020, we should consider what lies ahead in the ever-evolving world of cloud governance. What seems certain is that when it comes to IT governance there is still the same need to balance the benefits of agility and speed which come from decentralisation, against key business risks be they security and/or cost management.

In fact, what is meant by cloud governance really depends on where you sit...

By Jay Chapel, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

VMware Cloud on AWS implementation best practice: How to accelerate benefits with upfront planning

By now, most businesses have made or are at least planning to make the shift to the cloud. As the benefits of a hybrid and multi-cloud environment become well-known, organisations are turning to VMware’s hybrid cloud platform: VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS offers organisations scalability, support for strategic initiatives, and cost savings for use cases like data...

By Duan Van Der Westhuizen, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, VMware.

The decade in cloud: Analysing the ‘remarkable transformation’ through SaaS, IaaS and PaaS rise

The dawn of a new decade represents a good opportunity for a more rounded assessment of cloud computing to take place – and according to industry analyst Synergy Research, the ‘remarkable transformation’ has seen the enterprise data centre hit hardest.

Synergy has kicked off 2020 with a couple of notes looking back at wider enterprise IT spending, as well as the impact of SaaS revenues. As the decade began...

Melissa Di Donato, CEO, SUSE: On cloud journeys, hyperscaler complexity, and daring to be different

When Melissa Di Donato joined SAP in 2017, having counted Salesforce, IBM and Oracle among her previous employers, she told this publication it was like ‘coming home.’ Now, as chief executive of Linux enterprise software provider SUSE, it is more a step into the unknown.

Yet it is not a complete step....

By James Bourne, 06 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Software.

Why attaining hybrid IT nirvana means a mix of digital growth and 'digital trust'

In many organisations today, IT is more than a utility: it has become an essential platform for their ongoing business development. Therefore, they crave a superior IT experience for their employees and other key stakeholders. For most, cloud computing is a fundamental ingredient of the digital transformation agenda.

The common commercial use cases for public cloud services have already been exploited by many organisations. Front-office applications, such as customer relationship management,...

By David H Deans, 03 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

One third of data centre spend goes into hyperscalers’ pockets through Q3, finds Synergy

While good technology analysis revolves around exploring new markets, conducting research and publishing authoritative market share scores, sometimes insights can be gleaned by just freshening up current figures. Long-time cloud infrastructure Synergy Research has done just that in its latest note which focuses on continued hyperscaler dominance.

The latest data from Synergy has shown that data centre hardware and software...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Microsoft and AT&T expand upon partnership to deliver Azure services on 5G core

Microsoft and AT&T have beefed up their strategic partnership, announcing a new offering where AT&T’s growing 5G network will be able to run Azure services.

The companies will be opening select preview availability for network edge compute (NEC) technology. The technology ‘weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers,’ as the companies put it.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Study shows continued cloud maturation in Nordics – with manufacturing a standout

A new report from Nordic IT services provider Tieto has found the region’s cloud landscape has matured significantly since 2015 from both a strategic and operational perspective – with Sweden and Finland fighting for supremacy.

The study, the latest Cloud Maturity Index which was based on responses from almost 300 decision-makers across the public and private sectors in the Nordics, placed almost one in five (18%)...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

The new hybrid cloud will transform IT operations: How the big three clouds are responding

CIOs have been telling their cloud partners for years now that they’re not ready to fully commit to the public cloud. They have existing infrastructure investments which they’re loathe to jettison and some applications and workloads can’t easily move off site. In other cases, IT needs workloads to run nearby in the data centre to satisfy the extreme low latency requirements for services on the factory floor or in the emergency room.

By Wael Altaqi, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Google Cloud plots a stronger course for European customers with London Next event

Google Cloud has taken its Next event to London – and the company stressed its commitment and capabilities to European businesses in the process.

The company took to the ExCeL to announce a variety of product updates and customer news, with Anthos, its hybrid cloud services platform, top of the bill.

The general availability (GA) launch of Migrate for Anthos, announced today, aims to provide a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Enterprises risking data disaster by not fully exploring cloud backup timeframes, research says

The issue of shared responsibility in cloud security is an issue which refuses to go away. Yet according to a new report from backup and disaster recovery managed services provider (MSP) 4sl, organisations are risking a data disaster by misunderstanding cloud providers’ backup processes.

The study, which polled 200 UK enterprises, found a majority of respondents believe the backup times for their various cloud products are longer than the...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Research, Software.