Microsoft Azure secures 64% growth with goal to build 'world's computer'

Microsoft has unveiled its fourth quarter results to almost universal acclaim, with revenue up 12% to $33.7 billion (£26.9bn) and Azure revenue growth up 64%.

The company has been resolutely sticking to a theme on its earnings reports. "Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results," the release read this time last year. It was "Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results" three months hence, and for Q2, "Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AT&T seals major cloud deals with IBM and Microsoft as edge, AI and 5G key

Update July 18 It has been a busy 24 hours or so for AT&T; the telecoms giant has announced partnerships with IBM and Microsoft, building out offerings and collaborating on the latter’s clouds with the aim of becoming a ‘public cloud first’ company.

IBM and AT&T announced a multi-year 'strategic alliance' whereby the telco...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Using hybrid cloud to power your business: A guide

In this modern world, organisations are facing great pressure to adapt rapidly and innovate to keep up with their competitors. Businesses are being forced to move faster and faster, with the only constant  being change: changing infrastructure, changing strategies and changing technologies. Transforming to a ‘digital business’ by implementing cloud services and platforms is no longer an option but an absolute necessity, failure to do so will lead to an...

By Tom Adams, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Does the rise of edge computing mean a security nightmare?

What do we mean by edge computing? In a nutshell, with edge computing you are processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of relying on the cloud - or, more specifically, a collection of data centres.

As a relatively new methodology, computing at the edge invites new security challenges as you are looking at new setups or new architecture. Some say...

By Yair Green, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Exploits, Infrastructure, Security.

How Sophos looks to deep learning and the cloud for stronger security protection and delivery

Keeping your organisation secure in a device- and data-heavy world is tougher than ever. Utilising cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can lead to various issues – recent coverage has spoken of the problems of hackers ‘hijacking’ AI technology, for instance – but it can also...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

IDC: Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure to reach £398bn in 2023

The latest IDC study suggests that global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will be more than double by 2023, mainly driven by digital transformation deployments. According to the market researcher, spending will grow at a rate of 22.3 per cent from $229b (£182b) in 2019 to nearly $500b (£398b) in 2023.

Eileen Smith, programme director at IDC, said: “Adoption of public (shared) cloud services continues to grow rapidly. Enterprises, especially in professional services,...

By Cloud Tech, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public.

Gartner notes the inexorable shift of the database market to the cloud

The database market continues to shift to the cloud – and according to Gartner, three quarters of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform by 2022.

The finding, which appears in the analyst firm’s latest report, ‘The Future of the DBMS Market is Cloud’, revealed how artificial intelligence was influencing the need for greater data usage. Only 5% of databases will be cloudless by...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Three essential questions to ask VDI providers in the cloud era

As the workforce has become more dispersed, organisations have looked to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to provide 24/7, anywhere access to corporate apps and desktops. But legacy VDI has fallen far short of its promises, especially when it comes to performance and simplifying IT. However, with cloud adoption accelerating, organisations have the opportunity to completely transform end user computing, deliver beyond the promise of VDI, and take advantage of new levels of agility that drive...

By Amitabh Sinha, 28 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, VDI.

How cloud is transforming manufacturing and financial services in 2019

Two of the world’s most traditional industries have ascended to the cloud.

To meet new demands from an increasingly tech-centric world, manufacturing and financial services are harnessing digital to transform how they do business. These longstanding industries are often perceived as less flashy in comparison with some of their more technology-forward counterparts, like media and entertainment or life sciences, but the reality is that they’ve found creative, compelling ways to adopt cloud computing...

By Rachel Dines, 26 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure.

Cloud IaaS revenue will top $150 billion in 2023, says Frost & Sullivan

Demand for cloud computing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is expected to drive the current $45.6 billion market toward $150.7 billion by 2023 - that's a compound annual growth rate of 27 percent, according to the latest worldwide market study by Frost & Sullivan.

Enterprises are using cloud services for strategic benefits such as supporting digital transformation efforts rather than for tactical ones, like reducing IT infrastructure costs and the hardware or software maintenance burden.

This...

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

McAfee notes gap between cloud competence and transformation – with CASBs key to success

It is another case of mind the gap, according to McAfee: while the vast majority of companies are seeing some level of business acceleration through their cloud initiatives, only a fraction are exploiting its full potential.

The security provider has released a special edition of its Cloud and Risk Adoption Report, which polled 1,000 enterprise organisations worldwide alongside collating data from anonymised cloud events across its...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Why cloud projects need a small team of effective IT stakeholders to keep things going

Before the cloud, IT projects had a definitive start and end. Choosing the right leadership team to keep all players on task was paramount to success. In the cloud era, instead of distinct start and end points, IT leads continual cycles of change and improvement. In a way, this means that projects are never done. As well, projects are continually evolving.

Project leaders must sometimes make decisions on the fly about platforms and technologies, to minimise redundancy and sprawl or in response to an urgent...

By Marcus Bearden, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The six pillars of cloud cost optimisation – and how to get them to work for you

Let me start by painting the picture: You’re the CFO, or manager of a department, group, or team, and you’re ultimately responsible for any and all financial costs incurred by your team/group/department. Or maybe you’re in IT and you’ve been told to keep a handle on the costs generated by application use and code development resources.

Your company has moved some or all of your projects and apps to the public cloud, and since things seem to be running pretty smoothly from a...

By Stefana Muller, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

The silence of the cloud: What is truly driving growth – and what should be?

Opinion Cloud in various iterations has been around now for approaching 20 years (longer if you go back the concept of compute as a public utility introduced by scientist John McCarthy in the 1960s), many remembering seeing iterations such as the ASP (application service provider) as a failed step along that journey until we matured to the SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and varying other ‘as a service’ offerings now in the market.

By Ian Moyse, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How the combination of cloud and AI is influencing IT investment strategy

The pace of change from a traditional capital-intensive IT infrastructure model to a more flexible hybrid multi-cloud services model is influencing enterprise spending trends across the globe.

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.79 trillion in 2019 -- that's an increase of just 1.1 percent from 2018, according to the latest global market study by Gartner.

IT infrastructure market development

"Currency headwinds fuelled by the...

By David H Deans, 10 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Delusions of infrastructure grandeur: How cloud-native brings its own complexity

It is a truth universally acknowledged that managing fewer things is easier than managing lots of things. Yet, why do so many of us in tech exalt "scale" as a paramount virtue? The cloud-native arena is a particularly interesting focal point for this exact debate.

The cloud-native community is disrupting many long-held technological conventions, making us rethink how we should build the...

By Deepak Giridharagopal, 07 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Platform.