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

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.

Google Cloud bolsters security offerings at RSA – as Thales report warns of more breaches

Google Cloud has beefed up its security offerings to include greater threat detection, response integration, and online fraud prevention.

The news, announced at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, focused predominantly on enterprise security product Chronicle, which was ‘acquired’ by Google Cloud last year having been a bet of the...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Half of Indian enterprises will operate hybrid multi-cloud environments by 2021, predicts IDC

Half of the enterprises in India will be operating in a hybrid multi-cloud environment by 2021, according to predictions from analyst firm IDC.

The finding appears as part of the company’s India-contextualised Worldwide Cloud Predictions for 2020 and beyond. Alongside this, by 2021, IDC predicted that 30% of Indian enterprises will deploy unified VMs, Kubernetes, and multi-cloud management processes and tools to support robust...

By Cloud Tech, 24 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Public, Research.

Security versus productivity: Exploring the double-edged sword of the cloud

Adopting cloud technologies has become a common strategy among organisations across all sectors taking the road towards digital transformation. The benefits are evident: businesses that maximise all that the cloud has to offer often see a significant improvement in productivity.

However, the journey is not without its stumbling blocks and...

By Iain Shearman, 20 February 2020, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

Google Cloud acquires Cornerstone to help customers migrate their mainframes

Google Cloud’s shopping list shows no signs of abating, with the company announcing the acquisition of Cornerstone Technology, a mainframe specialist.

The 30-year-old provider, based in the Netherlands, has an overall remit of ‘helping customers protect and improve their investments in essential legacy enterprise applications’, in Cornerstone’s own words. Cornerstone uses automation to break down programs, turn them into...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Infrastructure, M&A, Platform.