Chef aims to cook on gas with newly unveiled ‘100% open always’ mentality

Software and DevOps provider Chef has announced a commitment to move to open source for all of its software going forward, saying it “welcomes any use of its open source projects for any purpose.”

The move will see Chef use the Apache 2.0 license and allows open source collaboration under the four essential freedoms of FOSS (free and open source software); to run the program as wished for any purpose, to study how...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

SD-WAN and cloud: A marriage made in heaven or a match made in hell?

Paul Stuttard, director of Duxbury Networking, argues in South African online magazine IT Web that SD-WAN is a marriage made in heaven. Why? SD-WAN technology has the ability to optimise the cloud, while speeding up access to cloud-based applications, he claims. Stuttard further explains that just 10 years ago organisations were advised to prepare for the impact of cloud computing on their networks.

By Graham Jarvis, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Software.

Gartner and Synergy studies show continued cyclical cloud spend

The cloud industry continues to go up and up – both in terms of global public cloud revenue and spending on data centre hardware and software.

Those are the key findings from two separate research studies, from Gartner and Synergy Research respectively.

Gartner found the worldwide public cloud services market is set to hit $214.3 billion (£164.1bn) in 2019, up 17.5% from...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

The cloud migration landscape: Multi-cloud and hybrid battle for supremacy as security remains key

A new study from data virtualisation provider Denodo makes for an interesting snapshot of where cloud migration trends sit today, with security remaining top of mind and hybrid and multi-cloud architectures key.

The findings of the study, which surveyed more than 200 business executives and IT professionals, would not have come as a major surprise to regular readers of this publication. Perhaps some of the figures may have...

Getting past cloud cost confusion: How to avoid the vendors' traps and win

Cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, and Google were created to provide compute resources to save enterprises money on their infrastructure. But cloud services pricing is complicated and difficult to understand, which can often drive up bills and prevent the promised cost savings. Here are just five ways that cloud providers obscure pricing on your monthly bill.

Terminology varies

By Jay Chapel, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Monitoring, Vendors.

Operating and maintaining systems at scale with automation: A guide

For the large or midsize MSP, managing numerous customers with unique characteristics and tens of thousands of systems at scale can be challenging. In this article I want to pull back the curtain, so to speak, on some of the automation and tools that I have used to solve these problems. The approach has three main components: collect, model and react.

Collect

By Ken Weinreich, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure.

Organisations looking to get best of breed and guaranteed app availability with ‘true’ multi-cloud

Multi-cloud is rapidly becoming the de facto deployment model for organisations of all sizes – and a new report from hybrid cloud software provider Turbonomic has found that the vast majority of respondents ‘expect workloads to move freely across clouds.’

The study, the company’s 2019 State of Multicloud Survey which polled almost 850 respondent across multiple IT functions, found the key drivers for...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Research.

How ‘AI at the edge’ is creating new semiconductor demand

As more CIOs and CTOs focus attention on selecting the best-fit IT infrastructure for their particular cognitive computing needs, vendors of semiconductor technologies are exploring new ways to optimize their investment in solutions at the edge of enterprise networks.

Revenue from the sale of artificial intelligence (AI) chipsets for edge inference and inference training will grow at 65% and 137% respectively between 2018 and 2023, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research.

During...

By David H Deans, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Addressing the concerns of data management and sovereignty in multi-cloud and edge scenarios

MWC Barcelona last month heavily focused on two fast-emerging technology trends; 5G and edge computing. Together, they will significantly impact businesses by enabling massive volumes of digital data to transfer between cloud servers located in multiple regions around the world as well as between IoT devices and edge nodes. This is due to the hyper-fast speed of 5G networks and edge computing architectures that have micro-clouds and data centres located closer to...

Alibaba Cloud looks to integrated and intelligent future at Beijing summit

Alibaba Cloud has taken the opportunity provided by its most recent Beijing Summit to elaborate on its near 10-year history – and explore a more integrated and intelligent future.

The company noted that its cloud arm was ‘becoming the main business focus of Alibaba Group’ and that cloud adoption was ‘expected to continue and become more immersive in the traditional sectors across China.’  

By James Bourne, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

HPE aims to deliver on hybrid cloud consultancy prowess with Right Mix Advisor launch

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been focused on the long road of what it calls the ‘innovative enterprise’ and building up its cloud consultancy with the acquisitions of RedPixie and Cloud Technology Partners. Now, it is ready to put that knowledge to the test.

The company has announced the launch of HPE Right Mix Advisor, which is claimed to be an industry-first product recommending the ‘ideal hybrid cloud...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

How to simplify and accelerate multi-cloud strategies with SDN

Hybrid cloud is becoming the go-to approach to cloud because it gives enterprises the best of both private and public cloud. They gain the security and reliability of private cloud for mission-critical data and applications, while also benefitting from the cost-efficiency and flexibility of public cloud. According to a 451...

By Jerzy Szlosarek, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

AWS will support NVIDIA’s T4 GPUs focusing on intensive machine learning workloads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will release its latest GPU-equipped instance with support for NVIDIA’s T4 Tensor Core GPUs with a particular focus on machine learning workloads.

The specs, while not fully there yet, promise so far AWS-custom Intel CPUs, up to 384 gibibytes (GiB) of memory, up to 1.8 TB of fast local NVMe storage, and up to 100 Gbps in networking capacity.

From NVIDIA’s side,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure.

How are faster networks advancing the next generation of data centres?

We are witnessing significant uplift in data transmission speeds offered by network connectivity providers. Service providers are now promising speeds in hundreds of MBs to GBs with which, for instance, we can see live streaming of Blu-ray movie prints without any buffering.

Such network speeds are set to trigger many new technology possibilities. Businesses cannot afford to stay behind, as they have to take into account new...

By Sagar Nangare, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Trends.

Cloudera looks to being a true multi-cloud home and calls out Amazon as primary competitor

Cloudera posted total revenues of $144.5 million (£108.9m) for its most recent quarter, and while it may have disappointed investors, the company said its ‘enterprise data cloud’ strategy with Hortonworks on board will help turn things around.

Of total revenues for the quarter ending January 31 – up 36% from this time last year – 85% of it came from subscriptions, while the remainder came from...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Public.

Intel, Google, Microsoft and more team up for CXL consortium to supercharge data centre performance

Intel, Google and Microsoft are among nine tech giants who have teamed up to launch a new industry group to advance data centre performance.

The group, which also includes Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, HPE and Huawei, is looking at solidifying Compute Express Link (CXL), an emerging high-speed CPU-to-device and CPU-to-memory interconnect. The particular focus is on high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Addressing cloud sprawl: Combining security best practices with business foundations

The rate of cloud adoption has been nothing short of remarkable. According to IDG, 90% of organisations will have some portion of their applications or infrastructure running in the cloud this year, with the rest expected to follow suit by 2021. And while most organisations currently run more than half (53%) of their business on traditional networks,

By Lior Cohen, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

Why we should take the brakes off digital transformation with cloud-based connectivity

As companies continue to bring more internal and external data sources and services together, the demand for digital connectivity is growing exponentially. 

The crucial connectivity layer, which lies at the heart of most transformation projects, is hugely important in facilitating this. Yet, as it exists below the surface, its significance often goes unappreciated by senior managers and, let’s be honest, due to its complexity it is often unloved by CTOs and lead architects too.

Many see the integration...

By Graham Woods, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Demystifying the multi-cloud strategy: The key steps organisations need to take today

The cloud industry is moving at lightning speed, with enterprise adoption of multi-cloud becoming increasingly mainstream due to the need for faster digital transformation. Gartner predicts that 90% of organisations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities by 2020.

There are, of course, many benefits to deploying a multi-cloud strategy, including mitigating the risk of disaster through a single point of failure, business agility and cost saving. Having said this, multi-cloud should not be used...

By Richard Brown, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Vendors.