Eradicate human error and make your cloud implementation a picnic

Sunshine, sandwiches, scenic views, and not a care in the world besides the occasional wasp. Everyone loves a picnic.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for PICNIC, an enduring acronym in IT circles standing for Problem In Chair, Not In Computer. The term, dating back to the 1980s, was first employed by frustrated IT professionals weary of dealing with computer problems arising from user error rather than any actual issues with the...

By Matt Lock, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery for AWS, Azure and GCP: A guide

The public cloud offers a myriad of options for providing high availability and disaster recovery protections for SQL Server database applications. Conversely, some of the options available in a private cloud are not available in the public cloud. Given the many choices and limitations, the challenge faced by system and database administrators is determining the best available options for each application running in hybrid and purely public clouds.

Is performance engineering still needed when it comes to cloud?

Opinion Now that cloud vendors are delivering features constantly, which are backed with hard data and with good specs, the question which comes to mind is: shall we continue to measure, as we did in the days of the data centre, or shall we blindly trust the vendor and save ourselves plenty of time and duplicated effort?

This is a question I asked myself some time ago – and it has taken me some time to come up with an answer I’m happy with.

By Nazareno Feito, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data Centres, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Sainsbury’s looks to Google Cloud for machine learning as retail cloud case studies continue to climb

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is collaborating with Google Cloud on machine learning for greater customer insights – in another example of a cloud partnership among major retailers.

The company is looking at building machine learning solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in association with Accenture, to ‘provide new insights on what customers want and the trends driving their eating habits’, in the words of Alan Coad,...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud launches in Poland as European data centre expansion continues

Google Cloud’s European expansion continues with the launch of a new region in Poland, alongside unveiling strategic partnerships.

The new region will be hosted in Warsaw as part of Google’s commitment to Central and Eastern Europe. Prospective customers of the region will have access to the usual products, from Compute Engine to App Engine, to Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

By James Bourne, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

How companies can tell good cloud sprawl from bad: A guide

Now that operating in the cloud is officially mainstream, it’s gotten a reputation for costing more than expected. Cloud sprawl, however, is rarely the problem – in fact, we like to think of sprawl as a symptom. On the bright side, it’s often a symptom of creativity and innovation by your IT team. On the dark side, it’s also often a symptom of poor planning and a lack of governance.

By Brendan Caulfield, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

Google achieves ‘quantum supremacy’ with new experiment – reports

It may sound like an amalgam of a James Bond and a Jason Bourne film title, but Google may have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ in what was described as “a milestone towards full scale quantum computing.”

Quantum computing, while still at a very early stage, is becoming something of a key battleground for the biggest cloud companies. The technology is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, where...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Hardware, Infrastructure.

AWS, Azure or Google: Do the differences between cloud providers really matter?

When evaluating public cloud providers,  it is easy to get hung up on the differences. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud each have their own terminology, pricing, service catalog, and purchasing variations. But do these differences ultimately matter? 

Compute options

Though we are able to align comparable products across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud,...

By Katy Stalcup, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Cloud services and infrastructure spending breaks $150bn in six months, says Synergy

While spending across cloud infrastructure may be suffering something of a minor blip, cloud services spending appears to be shoring things up.

The latest analysis from industry analyst Synergy Research shows that, for the first half of 2019, operator and vendor revenues broke $150 billion, at a rise of 24% year on year.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

Oracle wants to say goodbye to shared responsibility by ramping up autonomous next-gen cloud approach

The concept of shared responsibility in cloud computing is one which continues to be, if not so much a rancour, an ongoing concern. In February, for instance, research from Check Point Software found that, for more than a quarter of respondents, cloud security was the provider’s responsibility.

By James Bourne, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Four ways to migrate to the cloud without missing a beat: A guide

It wasn’t too long ago that the enterprise IT industry considered the cloud an outlier. Companies knew the cloud was a readily available option, but they chose to use it sparingly. Now, however, cloud technology is the first and only option many companies consider.

Time has shown that the cloud's advantages aren’t overstated. It offers the flexibility and scalability necessary to...

By Colum Donahue, 16 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Public cloud revenue will reach $500 billion in 2023: The key factors driving it

The pace of cloud computing adoption will accelerate as more organizations explore hybrid IT strategies. CIOs and CTOs will fine-tune the mix of on-premises and managed cloud services for their user's varied applications and workloads.

Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will more than double over the 2019-2023 forecast period, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

With a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3 percent, public...

By David H Deans, 16 September 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, Public, Research, SaaS , Software.

The 2019 Forbes Cloud 100 analysed: Stripe top again amid big data boom and strong exits

Forbes has put out its latest Cloud 100, and while payments provider Stripe remains top of the shop the big five has a refreshing feel to it.

Stripe remains at #1 for the third successive year in the media firm’s list of private cloud companies – as in cloud companies which are privately held – while behind it the top five consists of data warehouse Snowflake, robotic process automation (RPA) provider UiPath, infrastructure...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M&A, Private, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Lacework secures $42 million in funding round to forge ahead with ‘Snowflake for security’ plan

Lacework, a provider of end-to-end cloud security automation across the biggest public clouds, has raised $42 million (£34m) in a financing round aimed at building momentum and educating security teams.

The funding, which was put together by Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Ventures, will be aimed at ‘supporting product innovation and go-to-market activities to help educate security, compliance and DevOps teams...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

Five key tips to prioritise the security of DevOps tools and processes

The demands of today’s tech-savvy customer have placed huge emphasis on software development and user experience as a barometer for success. DevOps adoption has grown rapidly as a result, with many businesses looking at routes to either introduce or accelerate DevOps workflows within their IT organisations.

‘Tool chains’ are an integral part of any DevOps programme, helping...

By Josh Kirkwood, 11 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Security.

Microsoft expands European Azure presence with Germany and Switzerland launches

Microsoft has announced the launch of new Azure availability in Germany and Switzerland, citing increased data residency and security concerns as key to European expansion.

Azure is now available from cloud data centre regions located in Zurich and Geneva, for the Switzerland release announced at the end of last month, while Germany’s newest regions are in the North and West Central zones, in Berlin and...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

New initiative aims to create ‘first ocean-powered data centre’ in Scotland

Remember Project Natick, Microsoft’s experiment last year in placing a data centre underwater off Orkney? A little further down the Scottish coast, another company is looking to use the ocean waves to create sustainability in infrastructure – but through a slightly different method.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy is looking to build the first ‘ocean-powered data centre in the world’ in Caithness, with the aim of...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud security woes strike again – and it’s double trouble for multi-cloud users, research finds

A survey of C-suite executives from Nominet has found that, for more than half of respondents, cloud security remains a concern – which becomes even more critical when multi-cloud comes in.

The study, which polled 274 CISOs, CIOs and CTOs, found 52% were at least moderately concerned about security with regards to cloud adoption. One in five respondents said they were ‘very’ concerned, compared to one in 10 who said...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Software.

Why adaptability is critical to meet future data centre demands

The next wave of technology innovation is already here with new applications transforming the way we live, work and travel. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud-based services, 4K videos and 5G networks, data centre operators must provide more data capacity and higher computing power if they hope to keep up with the unprecedented demands.

The sheer scale and scope of the gap...

By Andreas Sila, 30 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.