Organisations need to ‘acknowledge challenges’ in not keeping 100% uptime, argues Veeam

It’s the big downtime downturn; according to a new study from Veeam, three in four organisations admit they are not able to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Cloud Data Management Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 senior business and IT leaders across 13 countries. Ultimately, the need for more sophisticated data management...

The cloud awakens: What needs to happen now to move from teenage kicks to adulthood

Having worked in the cloud computing arena for approaching 14 years I have seen many changes in technology, strategy and opinion of clients in their views to cloud technology platforms and solutions. 

Attitudes to cloud adoption have changed, going through many phases from the ‘we’ll never go cloud’ to ‘we’ll use it in simple non...

By Ian Moyse, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Microsoft and Oracle partner up to interconnect clouds – with retail customers cited

Here’s proof that cloudy collaboration can happen even at the highest levels: Microsoft and Oracle have announced an ‘interoperability partnership’ aimed at helping customers migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Organisations who are customers of both vendors will be able to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly. The Oracle Ashburn data centre and...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

NASCAR moves onto AWS to uncover and analyse its racing archive

As sporting teams and franchises continue to realise the value of their archive – and balk at how much data it commands – many are in the process of migrating their operations to the cloud. NASCAR is the latest, announcing it will utilise Amazon Web Services (AWS) for archiving purposes.

The motor racing governing body is set to launch new content from its archive, titled ‘This Moment in NASCAR History’, on its...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Enterprises not seeing total fulfilment with cloud strategies – but hybrid remains the way to go

For enterprises looking to migrate to the cloud, with sprawling workloads and data, it can be a long, arduous journey. According to a new survey, more than two thirds of large enterprises are not getting the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys.

The study from Accenture, titled ‘Perspectives on Cloud Outcomes: Expectation vs. Reality” – polled 200 senior IT professionals from large global...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

Google confirms network congestion as contributor to four-hour cloud outage

Google has confirmed a ‘network congestion’ issue which affected various services for more than four hours on Sunday has since been resolved.

A status update at 1225 PT noted the company was investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine, later diagnosed as high levels of network congestion across eastern USA sites. A further update arrived at 1458 to confirm engineering teams were working on the issue before the...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

Hyperscaler cloud capex declines – but ‘enormous barriers’ remain to reach the top table

The spending of the cloud hyperscalers has come to a comparative halt, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that in the first quarter of 2019 total capex across the largest cloud vendors totalled just over $26 billion, representing a 2% downturn year on year. This excludes Google’s $2.4bn outlay on Manhattan real estate which pushed the Q118 figures even further, and not including...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Why the real multi-cloud motivator is choice - rather than lock-in

Multi-cloud is one of the biggest initiatives for enterprises today; however, if you analyse the justification for this trend, so much of it is driven by fear — fear of lock-in, fear of outages, fear of cost. And while those concerns may be valid, the enterprises that are realising the value of multi-cloud have an even more compelling reason for it: choice.

A few years ago, battle lines were drawn. For the most part you either used AWS, Azure, or GCP in addition...

Doubling down on disaster recovery-as-a-service – for business continuity and beyond

The prospect of an IT outage is one of the key issues that keeps IT professionals awake at night.  In the past two years, 93% of organisations have experienced tech-related business disruption and, as a result, one out of five experienced major reputational damage and permanent loss of customers. From natural...

New figures show increasing Chinese influence across Asia Pacific cloud markets

Amazon may still have an iron grip on cloud infrastructure across all geographies – but in Asia Pacific (APAC) at least, Chinese cloud providers are closing the gap.

That’s according to a new study from Synergy Research, which argues the top three players in China are now in the top six across APAC as a whole. Alibaba is ranked at #2, while Tencent is at #4 and Sinnet at #6, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google filling the...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Alibaba, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud providers are under attack - and sabotaged services will freeze operations

Over the next two years, cloud service providers will be systematically sabotaged by attackers aiming to disrupt critical national infrastructure (CNI) or cripple supply chains. Organisations dependent on cloud services will find their operations and supply chains undermined when key cloud services go down for extended periods of time.

Nation states that engage in a digital cold war will aim to disrupt economies and take down CNI by sabotaging cloud infrastructure through traditional physical attacks or by...

Is your cloud spend out of control? How to rein in your purchasing

If the weather isn't quite up to scratch it is hard to resist the lure of an all-inclusive family holiday. The azure blue sea, pristine white sand, and masses of food and drink - interspersed with a spot of swimming to burn off some of the excesses. 

But fast-forward to check out and you get a nasty surprise: a larger than expected bill. Those extras excluded from your “all-inclusive” deal were too tempting for your teenagers: how did they consume so many snacks between the...

By Andrew Logan, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Infrastructure, Monitoring.

VMware acquires Bitnami to accelerate multi-cloud and enterprise deployments

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Bitnami, a provider of application packaging and delivery, to help accelerate app delivery for multi-cloud use cases.

Bitnami, based out of San Francisco, offers organisations the capability to deploy a multitude of applications through its libraries either natively or across a plethora of cloud providers. The company was a graduate of Y Combinator and was noted for a reticence on funding, only accepting a seed round in May 2013.

This need for greater enterprise...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, M&A, VMware.

Google Cloud launches Osaka data centre region, cites strategic importance of Japan

Google Cloud has announced the official launch of its Osaka cloud data centre region, making it the second facility in Japan and the 20th overall.

The Osaka region, as with all Google Cloud facilities aside from Iowa, has three availability zones and comes with the standard product set, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

The...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

Why legacy IT vendors are seeking cloud niche viability

Leading hyperscale cloud service providers continue to disrupt the traditional IT infrastructure vendor landscape, as more enterprise CIOs and CTOs expand their adoption of multi-cloud strategies that marginalise the remaining applications for on-premises data centres.

Legacy IT vendors that were reluctant to evolve their business model will now seek niche cloud market segments where they can differentiate their offerings. There's no viable growth path that's based upon...

By David H Deans, 15 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Vendors.

Four key ways to optimise your cloud spending in 2019: A guide

The last six years have seen a rapid acceleration in the use of cloud computing. Enterprises of all sizes and across industries are now turning to cloud infrastructure and pursuing cloud-first strategies. As IT departments increasingly shift workloads into public clouds while they simultaneously convert existing on-premises virtualised environments to support cloud-like capabilities, optimising cloud spending has become an intense focus for many organisations.

By Angela Tripp, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Exploring WAN data acceleration: Is edge computing really necessary?

Most traditional forms of dealing with network and data latency, as well as packet loss, fall short of their promise. This includes WAN optimisation. SD-WANs are great, but their performance can also be improved by adding a WAN data acceleration layer. With the growth of the Internet of Things, therefore, organisations are looking for new ways to reduce the impact of latency and packet loss.

David Linthicum, chief cloud...

By Graham Jarvis, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

SAP embraces AWS, Microsoft and Google for clearer cloudy customer journeys

For vendors who aren’t at the very top tier of the cloud industry, it can sometimes be a case of Muhammad and the mountain. You can use their migration path to the cloud, or you can just get Amazon, Microsoft, or Google to do it for you. SAP appears to understand this, if its newest launch, Embrace, is anything to go by.

The company announced at its SAPPHIRE NOW event a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS),...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, SAP, Vendors.

Red Hat gets Microsoft and IBM CEOs on stage to double down on open, hybrid future

Ever had that feeling of regret when you find you’re double booked? Well, spare a thought for the enterprise and developer tech world this week. On the US West Coast, Microsoft Build has just completed in Washington while Google I/O charges on in California. On the Atlantic side, meanwhile, ProgressNEXT continues in Florida – where sister publication

By James Bourne, 09 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Kubernetes, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

Supply chains and digital transformation: How Manutan rebuilt its systems and strategy

Executive summary: Distributing giant Manutan moved from a reactive customer engagement strategy to a proactive approach through going cloud-native. While the process had various roadblocks, the sense of engagement and community was key. Xavier Laurent, director of value added services at Manutan, has ‘lived the journey of transformation’ over the past 10 years and discusses how the company meets customer demand in the digital...

By Ian Moyse, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Architecture, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure.