Dare you move to the cloud using a ‘finger in the air’ calculation?

In 1747 Lord Chesterfield used the immortal line ‘Take care of the pence; for the pounds will take care of themselves’ in a letter to a friend.  It still holds true today. The cost of a cappuccino and avocado on sourdough every morning on the way into the office soon adds up.

But however lax we are with our pennies, none of us would continue to pay the barista for that early morning caffeine hit if we decide to give up coffee. Oddly, though, that is what many large businesses do every day...

By Andrew Logan, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Organisations need ‘reality check’ on cloud costs, research advocates

How do you balance your cloud and on-premises budget – and how do you get the most out of it? It has long been a problem for organisations once they decide they want to move their systems to the cloud – and according to new research from SoftwareONE, companies continue to suffer from high costs and low visibility.

The study, which polled 300 C-level and IT decision makers in North America, had some interesting data points alongside some less surprising results. More than half (53%) of those polled...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Why it’s time for manufacturers to take security in the cloud seriously

Manufacturers deal with sensitive data every day. This includes test and quality data, warranty information, device history records, and especially the engineering specifications for a product that are highly confidential. Trusting that data to a cloud-based application or cloud services provider is a major step, and manufacturers need to fully educate themselves about the security risks and advantages of cloud-based software.

As we prepare to enter the second...

Equinix keeps Digital Realty at arm’s length in colocation market – with global expansion key

Equinix is moving ahead of Digital Realty and NTT in the colocation market helped by two acquisitions in the most recent quarter, according to the latest figures from Synergy Research.

The company completed its acquisition of Australian data centre provider Metronode last month – having been first announced in December – alongside announcing the acquisition of the Infomart building in Dallas for $800 million.

According to the Synergy figures, Equinix and Digital Realty are growing far quicker than...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Running extreme workloads in the cloud: A guide

As any IT professional knows, running large and resource intensive workloads in the cloud is extremely difficult. The cloud is often billed as a panacea, but the truth is that for most organisations, architecting large workloads in the cloud is a heroic endeavour – one that must be executed with exact precision. There is no margin for error, and one small misstep can result in nightmares for CIOs.

According to the Forrester study, "Cloud...

By Jake Echanove, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Orchestration in the cloud: What is it all about?

Can orchestration be considered a better alternative to provisioning and configuration management, especially in the case of cloud-native applications? We can look at this from a variety of angles; comparing against data centre-oriented solutions; differentiating orchestration of infrastructure (in the cloud and out of the cloud) versus containers (focusing mostly on cloud), as well as looking at best practices under different scenarios.

It’s worth noting here that this topic can span not only a...

By Nazareno Feito, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform.

Cloud hyperscaler capex spend goes into overdrive in Q1, argues Synergy

If you want to challenge the leading cloud infrastructure providers, you are going to need some seriously deep pockets. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, hyperscaler cloud capex spending hit a record $27 billion (£20.1bn) in the most recent quarter.

The top five spenders in the industry remain Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, with Alibaba, IBM, JD.com, NTT, and Tencent comprising the top 10.

Google kicked off the quarter by announcing

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

How digital business skill demand is driving IT investment

Strategic investment in business technology is led by CIOs and CTOs that launch new digital transformation initiatives. Those digital growth plans result in the modernization of IT infrastructure. However, an internal IT staff skills shortfall will continue to fuel demand for more savvy and experienced digital business talent.

Worldwide revenues for IT Services and Business Services totaled $502 billion in the second half of 2017 (2H17) -- that's an increase of 3.6 percent year-over-year (in constant...

By David H Deans, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, Infrastructure, Public.

How Alibaba Cloud has moved up the ranks to become a cloud leader – with global expansion key

The rise of Alibaba Cloud, to become a major player in cloud infrastructure, is a fascinating one.

Between 2014 and 2016, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) saw the top right box change not one iota. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was out on its own, followed by Microsoft, then a gap to the rest. 2014 had a swarm of ‘visionary’ players, but by 2016 only Google remained to take third place.

Last year, however, things changed. The top right of course remained the same, but...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure.

How to botch a cloud migration in three easy steps – and how to remedy it

Today, the cloud is where everyone wants to be; there is no place like it, and nothing makes your clients happier. Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch – but it’s also fair to say that not everyone can dive into the cloud with their current architecture. Many times, it takes a complete re-engineering process in order to carry a company – or even a simple product – into any cloud.

Here are three areas to think about to ensure you do not carry out a disastrous cloud migration.

Rush it and think...

By Nazareno Feito, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Verizon moves to AWS as preferred public cloud provider

Verizon is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred public cloud provider – migrating more than 1,000 business critical applications and backend systems in the process.

The announcement, made by AWS, notes that Verizon first started working with the cloud infrastructure behemoth in 2015, with the latest wave of migrations ‘part of a corporate-wide initiative at Verizon to increase agility and reduce costs through the use of cloud computing.’ Among the migrations are a series of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Migration.

How cloud scalability is seducing the financial sector

The financial sector, while forging ahead in other areas of digital transformation, has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud and there has been good reason for it: banks have to deal with highly sensitive data and sharing data storage and compute resources with others could not even be envisaged, let alone adopted.

However, just under two years ago, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new guidance for firms outsourcing to the...

By Monica Brink, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Scalability.

Google Cloud aims squarely at enterprise with Velostrata acquisition

Google is set to acquire enterprise cloud migration provider Velostrata, citing the Israel-based company’s ‘technical strength’ as key alongside potential capabilities for their customers around advanced data analytics and machine learning.

Velostrata’s primary goal is to speed up enterprise’s cloud transitions through what it calls ‘real-time agentless workload streaming’ – in other words, decoupling compute from storage without an effect on performance....

By James Bourne, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Migration.

How to pick a cloud your CIO will love: Three questions to ask

It will come as no surprise to those of you already leveraging cloud services that Forrester Research predicted that in 2018, cloud computing will become a must-have business technology. The scalability, agility and cost model allow IT teams to redirect their energy toward accelerating business initiatives without worrying about costly infrastructure investments.

As many have learned, however, it’s...

By Monica Brink, 11 May 2018, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

Ryanair goes all-in on AWS - with machine learning capability cited as key

The AWS Summit, in London, has seen a few pieces of news emerge - including a new customer and new functionality - with machine learning at the heart of it.

The cloud infrastructure behemoth announced Ryanair will be going all-in, with the Irish-headquartered airline set to close 'the vast majority' of its data centres in the coming three years. This includes moving from Microsoft's SQL Server to Aurora, Amazon's MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database engine.

Ryanair said machine learning, from...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

Cloud migration best practices: Preparing for change

When the moment comes that you decide it’s time to move your business to the cloud: rejoice! As my favorite Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “You’ve just taken your first step into a larger world.”

Your deciding factor to make the move might have been any number of things:

  • Cost
  • Need for growth
  • Flexibility
  • Keeping up the competition
  • Security
  • Productivity

But adapting your business for success in the cloud isn’t the easiest nut to crack. Some might think of it the way they would about moving from an old house to a new one: cram everything into a box, make the move, unload in your...

By Marty Puranik, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

Google Cloud to launch in Switzerland, furthering global expansion

Google Cloud is already expanding into five new regions this year – and now Switzerland can be added to the list.

The move to open facilities in Zurich will mean Google has half a dozen regions in Europe, taking the overall total of existing and announced regions to 20. The Swiss zones will open in the first half of 2019, Google said.

“Customers in Switzerland will benefit from lower latency for their cloud-based workloads and data, and the region is also designed for high availability, launching with three...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

VDI deployment best practices: A guide

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can bring significant benefits to organisations looking to be more agile, as well as reduce the cost and complexity of managing a variety of client desktops, laptops, and mobile handheld devices.

Organisations using VDI are able to benefit from centralised desktop management, rapid deployment, lower support costs, standardised deployment, increased security, and other management efficiencies. However, VDI can also bring along several challenges to organisations who do not...

By Brandon Lee, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, VDI, Virtualisation.