The five most significant announcements from Microsoft Ignite – and what they mean for you

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella placed the focus on consistent developer experiences in multi- and hybrid-cloud, alongside the announcements of new initiatives for “cloud-delivered quantum computing.” Nadella, in his keynote speech in Orlando, also emphasized the role of a consistent and reliable management platform across various cloud environments – including AWS and Google Cloud.

By Tanuj Mitra, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Even if your cloud workloads are complex and data is privileged – it’s still on the customer to secure

Another day, another example of misunderstanding shared responsibility when it comes to cloud security. Or is it?

A new report from identity and access management (IAM) provider Centrify has argued that while many organisations understand the basics of shared responsibility, the increasing complexity of workloads means that confusion occurs when it comes to privileged access.

The...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Exploring the commercial advantages of blockchain technologies – and what CIOs need to do about it

The initial commercial interest in cryptocurrency IT infrastructure was the potential to enable an alternative to government-backed fiat currencies. However, now most of the forward-looking focus is on blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins the new applications.

Although deployments are still very much in the realm of the early adopter, blockchain has proven advantages across several vertical industries: it is safe, decentralised, transparent and can reduce intermediary costs.

Blockchain use case...

By David H Deans, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

IBM touts first financial services-specific public cloud after Bank of America collaboration

IBM is looking to target financial services customers with the launch of what is being claimed as the world’s first financial services-ready public cloud – in association with Bank of America.

In some respects, this can be seen as a glorified customer update. Bank of America will be a ‘committed collaborator’ to use the platform, built on IBM’s public cloud, and will host key applications to support its...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

With Azure Arc, Microsoft aims to go beyond traditional hybrid cloud – with Anthos and Outposts for company

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Microsoft’s most eye-catching announcement at MS Ignite earlier this week was around Azure Arc which, similar to AWS Outposts and Google Anthos, allows Azure to run and be run on its hyperscale rivals.

The rationale, as the company has put it in the press materials, was to go beyond the usual definitions of hybrid cloud in an area which is rapidly becoming more than table stakes for...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Looking to the ‘HyPE’ of cloud storage: How HPE is looking to help with hybrid cloud

Analysis Cloud storage is old hat right? It’s the simpler part of cloud and is after all just storage. So how can cloud storage be more interesting to explore and deliver greater value to the customer?

Having had a recent expert and exclusive briefing from inside HPE from my position as an industry cloud influencer, there is a powerful and relevant story to tell that forms a base of the HPE cloud strategy and a value for those in cloud...

By Ian Moyse, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software, Storage.

A guide to enterprise cloud cost management – understanding and reducing costs

For the enterprise, managing cloud costs has become a huge problem. Public cloud continues to grow in popularity and top providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google offer competitive prices to attract enterprises. But your search to save money shouldn't stop there. There are many factors - some of which IT teams initially overlook - that can increase a public cloud bill. Fortunately, organisations can avoid any unwanted billing...

By Yair Green, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

Why cloud IT infrastructure demand continues to fluctuate as 2019 draws to a close

Demand for computer servers, disk storage systems, and networking hardware deployed within an enterprise hybrid cloud environment remains strong. Moreover, the investment in non-cloud on-premises infrastructure seems assured by the CIO and CTO need to deliver superior security and compliance with IT regulatory requirements in several key industries.

According to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products for cloud...

By David H Deans, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Digital Realty to acquire Interxion for $8.4bn in biggest data centre deal ever

Digital Realty has announced it is to acquire Interxion in an $8.4 billion (£6.52bn) transaction which is touted as the largest data centre deal in history.

Interxion, a provider of European colocation data centre services, will join the Digital Realty team to create a ‘leading pan-European data centre presence’. The companies estimate the combined entity will cover more than two thirds of the GDP in Europe,...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A.

Microsoft beats AWS to $10bn JEDI contract: Defining multi-cloud and analysing administrative influence

Analysis The announcement from the Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday that Microsoft had been awarded the long-detailed $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud computing contract elicited responses of surprise from many in the industry.

The release confirming the contract to Microsoft made for interesting reading. Transparency was the name of the game: the award was ‘conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations’, it ‘cleared review by the GAO and Court of...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector.

AWS reports $8.99bn in revenues for Q319 - yet slowing growth concerns analysts

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced revenues of almost $9 billion for the most recent quarter - but growth fell on last year's totals meaning a more subdued outlook.

AWS posted $8.99bn (£7bn) for Q319 at a growth of 35% year on year - however this compares with 37% growth for Q219, and a 46% growth rate for this time last year. Amazon's cloud arm now represents 12.8% of Amazon's overall revenues, compared with 11.8% for the previous year's quarter.

Naturally, many of the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

If your enterprise is still on the fence around cloud - here's what you need to know today

Cloud infrastructure services are rapidly becoming the de facto choice for enterprise IT workloads. According to Gartner, the 2019 worldwide revenue from public cloud IT services is expected to grow by 17.5% and will become a $330 billion dollar industry by 2022. Cloud-based technology is no longer an emerging trend, it’s mainstream, with 69% of enterprises moving business-critical workloads to the cloud.

What is the appeal of the cloud?

Cloud technology enables an agile working environment that can...

By Marty Puranik, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Microsoft again secures strong revenues with ‘material growth’ in $10m Azure contracts noted

Microsoft has reported revenues of $33.1 billion (£25.7bn) for its most recent quarter, with CEO Satya Nadella emphasising the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in building out cloud applications.

Writing the headline for Microsoft’s quarterly earnings release requires conforming to some kind of template: ‘Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Transitions, tracking and teams: How to get your initiatives up to multi-cloud nine

At the most basic level, nearly every company now uses SaaS systems from different cloud providers. Hybrid private/public clouds are also becoming the preferred option for enterprises, and these networks are inherently distributed. This means most organisations are currently dealing with the challenges of managing networks and services from multiple vendors. They’re having multi-cloud headaches.

We all want

By Paul Mercina, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

The rise of SD-WAN: How scaling cloud services is key to growing a digital business

  • 93% of enterprises are securing remote locations with a centralised approach that rarely scales to secure every endpoint and identity of remote branch locations, leaving an enterprise more vulnerable to a breach
  • Enabling network security is the greatest challenge enterprises face when managing a highly distributed network with numerous remote locations
  • In an era of cloud-first networks, nine out of 10 companies are still relying on centrally managed networks that don’t scale for remote system users, creating productivity bottlenecks
  • 75% of enterprises experience...

By Louis Columbus, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Scalability, Security.

Kubernetes and multi-cloud: How to monitor your modern applications effectively

Many companies are moving to a new way of delivering service to customers based on microservices. Rather than building huge and monolithic apps, microservices uses small and interconnected application components instead. These modern applications tend to be easier to update and expand than those traditional applications, as replacement services can be slotted in using APIs rather than requiring full rewrites.

To support this design...

By Mark Pidgeon, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Containers, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Monitoring.

OVH rebrands as OVHcloud, claims more than 70% of revenues are cloud-based

OVH has announced it is changing its name to OVHcloud to mark the company’s 20th birthday – and double down on its ambitions.

The move was announced at OVH's annual jamboree, renamed this year from #OVHSummit to #OVHcloudSummit.

The company has long-held a goal to provide an alternative to the cloud hyperscalers for the European market. OVHcloud cites clarity as the...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Trends.