Enabling a more holistic approach to SD-WAN adoption: A guide

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) has been all the rage for a number of years. We’ve all heard about the benefits: Optimising transport cost with Internet connectivity instead of MPLS. Application visibility. Simplified network management. To be sure, they are real. According to Gartner, by the end of 2019, more than 50% of new managed WAN deployments incorporated SD-WAN and IDC expect that 80% of enterprises will define their SD-WAN strategy within the next 24 months.

While most...

By Johan Ottosson, 09 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software, Trends, Virtualisation.

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna cites 'essential, ubiquitous hybrid cloud' in first missive

IBM's new CEO Arvind Krishna has written of the importance of hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) in the company's roadmap going forward.

In a letter to all employees dated April 6, Krishna's first day in charge - and published on LinkedIn - the IBM chief executive noted that an 'essential, ubiquitous hybrid cloud platform' was key to making the company 'the most trusted technology partner of the 21st...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Cloud IT infrastructure spending stormed back in Q4 to secure modest yearly growth, says IDC

Total end user spending on IT infrastructure products for cloud environments recovered significantly in the most recent quarter bringing overall 2019 levels above the red line, according to IDC.

Following two consecutive quarters of spending decline for server, enterprise storage and Ethernet switch for cloud, Q419 saw $19.4 billion (£x) in spending at a 12.4% year-over-year growth. Total spending for the year, at $66.8bn, saw 2.1% annual growth.

IDC noted that, aside from occasional swings, the IT...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Trends, Vendors.

Marriott reported another data breach: Why cyber risk assessment is important

Marriott International — the multinational hospitality company behind the third-largest hotel brand in the world — reported a major data breach on March 31 2020, marking its second major data breach in the last two years. This data breach is expected to leak the information of 5.2 million guests worldwide.

“Marriott said Tuesday approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have been affected. The information taken may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalty information for...

Microsoft to acquire Affirmed Networks to get onto AWS’ wavelength

Microsoft has announced it is to acquire Affirmed Networks, a provider of network functions virtualisation (NFV) software – as the telecoms space heats up for the biggest cloud players. 

As 5G is becoming more of a reality, cloud vendors see their role as enabling telecom operators to deploy and maintain next-generation networks more efficiently.  

“At Microsoft, we intend to empower the telecommunications industry as it continues its move to 5G and support both...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Virtualisation.

Keep your foot on the gas: Maintaining momentum after your cloud migration

For a significant number of companies, beginning their cloud migration journey is hard. In spite of the greater scalability, flexibility, optimisation, and lower costs for big data in the cloud, organisations struggle to mobilise their teams to begin their cloud journey. Once they have successfully migrated their workloads to the cloud, however, a lot of organisations think the journey is finished.

By Kunal Agarwal, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Migration.

Hyperscale operators invest hard in data centres amid modest overall capex, says Synergy

In the land of the hyperscale cloud operators, all remains relatively rosy in the garden. New data from Synergy Research shows that hyperscale operator capex set a new record in the most recent quarter.

In total, more than $32 billion was laid down in the fourth quarter of 2019, beating the previous record set by Q418. Synergy noted that a lot of spend – and strategy – was going into data centres. Capex...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Waste not, want not: How enterprises can avoid an idle cloud estate

The cloud lies at the heart of digital transformation. In the 2019 European Insight Intelligent Technology Index (ITI), 42% of IT decision makers deemed it one of the most critical technologies for their digital innovation initiatives. As a result, organisations are investing heavily in the cloud to drive their projects forward, spending...

By Alex Guillen, 25 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Software.

How to accelerate your hyperconverged healthcare cloud: A guide

In the race for digital transformation, even in healthcare, there is a need to implement the right systems and solutions to maximise uptime, increase operational performance and to reduce downtime. However, it isn’t as simple as going out to a supermarket to buy a loaf of bread. There are so many potential solutions and systems on the market claiming that they do the job - but do they?

By Graham Jarvis, 24 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

Updated April 2 As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far, although at the time of print (March 23)

By James Bourne, 24 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

How cloud providers are changing the outlook for IoT data and analytics management

CIOs and CTOs are exploring new ways to extract insights from their enterprise data assets with analytics tools. While they continue to invest in on-premises solutions, they're also looking to public cloud service providers.

As cloud computing providers grow their footprint in the Internet of Things (IoT) value chain, their investments in data and analytics services are accelerating.

Based on the review of cloud service provider offerings, recent acquisitions, and the competitive outlook, ABI Research now...

By David H Deans, 23 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

China cloud infrastructure services grew 67% in Q419 says Canalys – as Covid-19 response praised

China’s cloud computing market continues to intrigue because of its potential – and according to a new study from analyst firm Canalys, cloud infrastructure services in China grew 67% in Q419, making the country’s spend at more than one tenth of the overall market.

Total spend reached $3.3 billion (£2.8bn) in the quarter, with Alibaba Cloud accounting for almost half (46.4%) of outlay making it the...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

IDC finds how organisations investing in cloud-based quantum computing seek to gain competitive edge

IDC, in its recent study titled ‘Quantum Computing Adoption Trends: 2020 Survey Findings’ has found that organisations currently investing in cloud-based quantum computing technologies are expecting to see improved AI capabilities, accelerated business intelligence, and increased productivity and efficiency.

During its initial stage, the study indicated that as cloud-based quantum computing is still at its nascent...

By Cloud Tech, 17 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Pentagon to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of JEDI Microsoft cloud contract award

Updated 1530 GMT The Pentagon has asked a federal court for 120 days to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of the decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion (£7.9bn) federal cloud computing contract.

The ruling, in a court order published on Thursday, noted that Amazon Web Services (AWS), who last month won a...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation.

Cloud complexity and ‘terrifying’ IoT means organisations’ asset visibility is worsening – report

As security best practice continues to be a battle between organisations closing the gap of hackers who stay one step ahead, a new report from cybersecurity asset management provider Axonius has argued the complexity of cloud infrastructure means companies are ‘rapidly’ losing sight of their asset landscape.

The study, put together by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and which polled 200 North America-based IT and...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Software.

Lloyds Banking Group signs up to Google Cloud in five-year partnership

Google Cloud continues to secure the big-ticket clients, with the company announcing that Lloyds Banking Group is set to embark on its ‘cloud transformation’ journey with Google.

The bank is investing a total of £3 billion ($3.9bn) between 2018 and 2020 in wider IT initiatives, and in this five-year deal, Lloyds will deploy various Google Cloud services focused around the customer experience....

By James Bourne, 10 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Major League Baseball makes Google Cloud official cloud partner as AWS strikes out

Updated March 6 Major League Baseball (MLB) has selected Google Cloud as its official cloud partner, bringing to an end the company’s long-standing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In what both companies described as a ‘powerful multi-year collaboration’, MLB will migrate its cloud and on-premise systems to Google Cloud, as well as move Google in to power tracking technology Statcast. Machine learning...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

A day in the trenches with IT operations: How to create a more seamless practice

Traditionally, IT operators are responsible for ‘keeping the lights on’ in an IT organisation. This sounds simple, but the reality is harsh, with much complexity behind the scenes. Furthermore, digital transformation trends are quickly changing the IT operations responsibility from ‘keeping the lights on’ to ‘keeping the business competitive’.

Cloud computing accelerating climate change is a misnomer, scientists find

Data centre workloads, powered by the rise in cloud computing, may not be the threat to the climate many have feared, according to a new report.

The study, published in the journal Science last week, argued that while global data centre energy has increased over the past decade, this growth is negligible compared with the rise of workloads during that time.

According to the research, 2018 saw global...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Virtualisation.

IDC notes IT spending decline – yet sees the upside for private cloud infrastructure

Hyperscale cloud providers are experiencing some market saturation. Vendor revenue from IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, declined in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) as the overall IT infrastructure market continues to experience weakening sales following strong growth in 2018.

The decline of 1.8 percent year-over-year was much softer than in 2Q19 as the overall spend on IT infrastructure for cloud...

By David H Deans, 02 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Vendors.