The cloud in 2020: Enterprise compatibility with edge computing, containers and serverless

In the future, as we speed down the motorway in our self-driving vehicles, historians will mark the 2010s as the decade of the cloud. Some would argue that the tenets of cloud computing were established in the 1960s, when U.S. government scientist J.C.R. Licklider planned an “intergalactic computer network”. In 2006 the cloud...

Google Cloud acquires Alooma to bolster enterprise data migration capabilities

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian promised an aggressive approach to enterprise cloud strategy going forward – and the company has immediately put its money where its mouth is with the acquisition of California and Tel Aviv-based startup Alooma.

Alooma aims to solve a key problem for enterprise organisations in their move to the cloud by offering a single data pipeline which is able to crunch data from various...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Google, Infrastructure, M&A.

How channel partners are set to drive new cloud computing growth

The worldwide cloud computing infrastructure market had another strong quarter in Q4 2018, as spending grew 46 percent to nearly $23 billion. The total outlay on cloud infrastructure in 2018 exceeded $80 billion - that's up from $55 billion in 2017 according to that latest market study by Canalys.

This investment makes cloud computing services one of the most important sectors in the IT industry, not just by the rate of growth, but also due to its expanding size.

Cloud computing infrastructure market...

By David H Deans, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Healthcare firms go for the hybrid cloud approach with compliance and connectivity key

It continues to be a hybrid cloud-dominated landscape – and according to new research one of the traditionally toughest industries in terms of cloud adoption is now seeing it as a priority.

A report from enterprise cloud provider Nutanix has found that in two years’ time, more than a third (37%) of healthcare organisations polled said they would deploy hybrid cloud. This represents a major increase from less than a fifth...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Containers, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

How new cloud agents are increasing confidence in the public cloud

By now, articles espousing migrating to the cloud are a dime a dozen. You can find everything from simple how-tos to complete lift and shift project plans being touted as the best way to migrate. At face value, the advantages and cost savings of moving enterprise applications to the public cloud are easy to grasp. Why wouldn’t your enterprise leverage the scale and power of the cloud, which grows as your business grows, without the huge...

By Erik Freeland, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

IBM focuses on second chapter of cloud story at Think – hybrid and open but secure

It’s seconds out for round two of the cloud story – one which has hybrid and multi-cloud at its core, and is open but secured and managed properly.

That was the key message from IBM chief executive and chairman Ginni Rometty at IBM’s Think Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

“I’ve often said we’re entering chapter two – it’s...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How to solve visibility issues from AIOps: A guide

Considering that the language that underpins artificial intelligence (AI), LISP, turns just 60 years old this year, there can be little doubt now that the technology itself has been adopted by the masses. AI has become a critical part of how businesses operate in an extremely short stretch of time - in 2017 alone, 61% of business had implemented AI in some way....

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud chief Kurian advocates aggressive enterprise sales strategy in opening salvo

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian is looking to give his new employer a stronger enterprise presence – by using old-school sales tactics.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, the former Oracle veteran noted his plan to hire more salespeople, focus more aggressively on large traditional companies, as well as look at fresh deals with systems integrators.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Relational databases ‘here to stay’ in the enterprise amid greater cloud and data complexity

Reports of the death of the relational database have been greatly exaggerated – at least in the enterprise.

According to a new study from Progress Software – the company’s latest annual data connectivity report – while the on-premises relational database behemoths of SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle have declined year on year, the cloud push is not yet forthcoming for mission-critical workloads.

By James Bourne, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

How a multi-cloud approach works and what it means for your organisation: A guide

A recent IDG survey reported that 89% of businesses have, or plan to, invest in digital initiatives this year. But despite the buzz around digital transformation, implementing it isn’t always smooth sailing – only 44% fully adopted the approach. Introducing new company-wide initiatives can be a daunting prospect for leaders,...

By Michel Paulin, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

How to tackle the multi-cloud security challenge

A growing number of organisations are adopting a multi-cloud strategy in a bid to avoid over-reliance upon one vendor and reduce the risk of threats like DDoS attacks. This generates cost savings, yields performance optimisation, and improves up-time to ensure that operations run at all times.

Abandoning a ‘one-cloud-fits-all’ approach and using multiple services from different cloud providers delivers a raft of...

By Steve Armstrong, 11 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Google boasts strong cloud performance in Q4 – but is shy over revealing specifics

Updated 1820 GMT Google has claimed that the number of its cloud deals exceeding $1 million has ‘more than doubled’ over the past 12 months in what it called a ‘strong’ year – yet remained reticent in disclosing details over run rates.

The company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results, published late yesterday, saw Google’s ‘other’ revenues – of...

By James Bourne, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

AWS hits $7.4bn in Q4 revenues, comprised three quarters of 2018 overall Amazon profit

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the benchmark for Amazon’s profit lines and continues to improve.

The company announced revenues for AWS of $7.43 billion (£5.68bn), an increase of 45% from this time last year, with AWS revenues comprising more than 10% of Amazon’s overall sales for the quarter, up from 8.4% the year before. AWS made $2.18bn after expenses for Q4, giving it a full year profit of almost $7.3bn, or...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft cites ‘layers’ of Azure and cloud depth in more positive financial results

Microsoft’s investor relations team is evidently not frightened about repeating itself when it comes to financial announcements season. “Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results,” the company proclaimed in July; “Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results,” it tooted in October; and now, “Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter results.”

Given the...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Security.

Fulfilling the promise of NFV with reconfigurable computing

With so many new technologies vying for attention, it can be difficult for CISOs to know which ones merit attention. Will this solution save time? Will it make our organisation more productive, or enable us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do? These questions need to be considered before adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

What makes...

By Daniel Proch, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Understanding Kubernetes today: Misconceptions, challenges and opportunities

Any discussion of Kubernetes is best started with an understanding of why we need Kubernetes. Kubernetes helps us manage containers, which dominate application development now because they enable portability, faster application development, and greater independence for developers. Once we started using containers in great volume, we needed a way to automate the setup, tear down, and management of containers - that's what Kubernetes does.

By Ali Golshan, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Platform, Security.

Albertsons cites competition in Microsoft move – but is the retail cloud battle all it seems?

The battle for retailers’ cloud dollars continues apace, with grocer Albertsons the latest organisation to pledge its allegiance to Microsoft.

According to a CNBC report, Microsoft has signed a three-year deal to make Azure Albertsons’ preferred public cloud. The retailer, who owns the Safeway and Vons supermarket chains, will deploy the Microsoft 365 suite to employees as well...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, Vendors.

How AI can help IT teams see through the clouds of complexity

Businesses understand the importance of providing seamless customer journeys, but we’ve seen a growing spate of digital service outages and software performance problems in recent months. There have been online banking outages that have left customers unable to pay bills on time, while problems with major payment systems have left shoppers unable to use their bank cards at the checkouts.

These problems seriously disrupt...

By Michael Allen, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Containers, Infrastructure.

The four barriers between your business and global connectivity – and how to break them down

Throughout 2018, many global enterprises turned to networking technologies such as software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) to cost-effectively meet burgeoning bandwidth demands without having to sacrifice simplified WAN management and better application performance.

This trend will continue into 2019 as enterprises with a global presence embrace networking technologies such as SD-WAN as a key tool to...

By Ian McEwan, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Vendors, Virtualisation, VMware.

Assessing the Gartner Magic Quadrant for cloud management platforms: How CMPs have ‘come of age’

Transitioning to the cloud is not so much taking a fresh plot of land and building up from there, but more trying to renovate an existing property. For larger organisations with sprawling IT outfits, it can be particularly complicated even once the bulk of the work has been done, with on-premise systems here, public cloud workloads there, and private cloud in between.

What’s more, organisations are realising that one size may not fit...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.