Finding the right Agile formula: Making CI, CT and CD work together

In today’s world of Agile, we know that development teams must offer products and services to end users on their terms, on their choice of devices, and at their convenience - creating and differentiating features that work perfectly regardless of how much time they have to build and release the new software. At the end of the day, this combination of velocity and quality can be make or break for brands, but achieving it is no easy feat.

We believe that teams which are trying to mature their DevOps...

By Eran Kinsbruner, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Google achieves 100% renewable energy target – becoming first public cloud to do so

Google has touted itself as the first public cloud provider to run all its clouds on renewable energy.

The company, which says it is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world – almost three times as much as Amazon and Microsoft, its primary cloud rivals – has been working to attain this goal for the best part of a decade.

With the belief that 2017 would be the year the ‘road to 100%’ would be completed, the company ramped up its efforts. 2016 saw Google’s...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure.

How converged systems revenue has reached $12.5 billion

Worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 9.1 percent year-over -year to $3.6 billion during the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Full-year sales surpassed $12.5 billion in 2017, representing a 9.4 percenet increase over the previous year and the first time the market surpassed $12 billion in a calendar year.

Converged systems market development

"The number of organizations deploying converged systems continued to expand through...

By David H Deans, 10 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research.

Alibaba Cloud expands to Turkey with new partnership

Alibaba’s cloud expansion continues: the company has announced an expansion into Turkey alongside E-Glober.

E-Glober, the only authorised agent and business partner of Alibaba.com in Turkey, will provide their local connections and insights with Alibaba Cloud’s global infrastructure to ‘provide a compelling offering to meet the digitalisation and international expansion needs of local companies’, as the press materials put it.

Alibaba is pushing its Elastic Compute Service (ECS) with...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Back to black: How to ensure a data centre’s critical infrastructure works when needed

For cloud providers and their many customers a robust and continuously available power supply is amongst the most important reasons for placing IT equipment in a data centre. It’s puzzling therefore why so many data centres fail repeatedly in measuring up to such a mission critical requirement.  

Only last month, for example, cloud service providers and communications companies were hit by yet another protracted power outage affecting a data centre in London. It took time for engineers from the...

By Simon Bearne, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, SLA.

Get smart: Achieving data-driven insights through a modernised IT infrastructure

Many organisations are beginning to rely on real-time insights to drive mission-critical business decisions, but a recent study by Accenture and HfS Research states that nearly 80% of companies can’t make data-driven decisions due to a lack of skills and technology. Based on a global survey, respondents reported that 50% to 90% of their data is unstructured and largely inaccessible.

As Debbie Polishook, group chief executive of Accenture Operations has commented: "Organisations need...

By Jeff Klaus, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Oracle enhances its UK cloud services with new region

Oracle has announced the availability of enhanced UK cloud services promising customers ‘unprecedented levels of performance and availability’.

The company will expand its UK cloud region, which comprises three physically separate, high bandwidth and low latency sites, and will offer a range of Oracle PaaS and IaaS services, as well as the highly publicised autonomous database service.

To that end, the company rolled out a couple of satisfied customers; the National Grid, who said using...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Platform.

Putting the D in VDI: How virtual desktop infrastructure got its desktop back

The point of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is to offer employees anytime, anywhere accessibility to your organization’s applications and data. VDI is a “desktop away from the desktop.” The problem is that more emphasis has had to be placed on the infrastructure part of VDI due to outdated technology that creates complexity. But newer VDI technology is about to restore the desktop to its rightful place.

A promising beginning

In a tradition dating back more than a quarter of a century,...

By Amitabh Sinha, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, VDI, Virtualisation.

Evaluating container-based VNF deployment for cloud-native NFV

The requirements of cloud native VNFs (virtual network functions) for telecom are different than IT applications – and VNF deployment using microservices and containers can help realising cloud-native NFV implementation success.

The best application for NFV is how it will be integrated, architected and further matured to strengthen 5G implementation for telecom service providers. Based on the current pitfalls related to VNF deployment and orchestration, making cloud-native VNF is the only solution in...

By Sagar Nangare, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Scalability, Virtualisation.

Why Kubernetes networking is hard – and what you can do about it

 

History tells us that networking is always the last piece of the puzzle. From mainframes, to virtual machines, and now with containers, providing compute and storage are the first two steps before the realisation sets in that all these little entities have to all communicate with each other.

For most of the last 30 years, that communication has been facilitated over Ethernet where different ends of a communication at the application layer bind to each other using IP addresses and port numbers. But...

By Pete Johnson, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices.

GoDaddy goes all-in on AWS, citing containers expertise as key

Hosting provider GoDaddy is going all-in on Amazon Web Services (AWS) moving the ‘vast majority of its infrastructure’ over to Amazon as well as maintaining an active interest in containerised apps.

The move, announced by AWS, will see GoDaddy utilise various services, including Amazon EKS, its elastic container service for Kubernetes launched at the company’s re:Invent event at the end of November. Other services being used include P2, AWS’ general purpose GPU instances ‘to...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Infrastructure, Platform.

Eight steps for a pain-free cloud migration: Assessment, migration and support

Cloud adoption by UK companies has now neared 90%, according to Cloud Industry Forum, and it won’t be long before all organisations are benefiting to some degree from the flexibility, efficiency and cost-savings of the cloud. Moving past the first wave of adoption we’re seeing businesses ramp up the complexity of the workloads and applications that they’re migrating to the cloud. Perhaps...

By Monica Brink, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Security.

In today’s cloud world – phones don't need to be frozen out

Over the past few weeks in the UK, thanks to the ‘Beast from the East’ – with a third instalment potentially on its way – we have seen the usual grinding to a halt of the nation as snow has hit.

For business, such a simple, uncontrollable and unexpected event can be eventful, painful and even catastrophic depending on your business type and how you have planned for such occurrences. Snow has a wide sweeping effect, but also consider unfortunately in today’s times, terror attacks...

By Ian Moyse, 26 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, UnifiedComms.

Keeping the multi-cloud world safe: Ensuring control and visibility

The world is going multi-cloud. Organisations seek the efficiency, speed, scalability and reduced costs that cloud promises and are rapidly moving applications and data into more hybrid environments – including to more than one cloud.

According to Cisco’s most recent Global Cloud Index, data centre application growth is exploding in this new multi-cloud world. By 2021,...

By Chintan Patel, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Security.

How IT integrated systems revenue will reach $12.3 billion

More CIOs and CTOs are seeking to gain benefits of a simplified and more manageable IT infrastructure for their organisations. As a result, worldwide integrated systems revenue is forecast to total $12.3 billion in 2018 - that's an increase of 18.4 percent from 2017, according to the latest study by Gartner.

The hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) segment will experience the strongest growth (55 percent). By contrast, integrated stack systems will experience a five percent decline.

IT integrated systems...

By David H Deans, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

How the cloud super-providers see the changing landscape

Earlier this week, analyst firm Cloud Spectator published its latest report on combining price and performance in the cloud. In the main, its results mirrored previous studies; that the Amazons, Microsofts and Googles of this world may not be the best option for some organisations compared with the high performance, cheaper price specialists.

So what of the behemoths, and how are their...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How multi-cloud is forcing organisations to take a more sophisticated cloud approach

Organisations are taking a more sophisticated approach to cloud vendor selection and management with multi-cloud at the heart of this change, according to industry research firm Cloud Spectator.

The company has released its latest price-performance analysis for public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers in North America, and found again that behemoths Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform struggle in the rankings against smaller players.

Hosting provider 1and1...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research, Storage.

Oracle cloud revenue continues strong growth with more autonomous services promised

It’s the same old story for Oracle as its Q318 financial results were announced; strong cloud revenues, but what about the rest of the portfolio?

Oracle announced total revenues of $9.8 billion (£7bn) over the past three months, with total cloud revenues contributing 16% of the overall figure at $1.6bn. Cloud revenues have gone up 32% year over year; cloud software as a service, the much larger bucket, saw revenues of $1.15bn at a yearly increase of 33%, while cloud platform as a service and...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure.

The top five reasons for a multi-cloud infrastructure

Having been focused in the cloud sector for more than 12 years now, I have experienced much fast paced change and continued assumptions, misunderstanding and over-promising of cloud as the saviour of all ills.

Cloud is used as a generic term and yet covers a wide plethora of sub form factors (SaaS – software as a service, PaaS – platform as a service and IaaS – infrastructure as a service) and delivery mechanisms (private, public and hybrid clouds). Within these you then have a growing...

By Ian Moyse, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Regulation, SaaS , Security, Software.