Cloud autonomics: Moving to the holy grail of automated management and optimisation

Opinion The holy grail of IT operations is to achieve a state where all mundane, repeatable remediations occur without intervention, with a human only being called into service for any action that simply cannot be automated. This allows not only for many restful nights, but it also allows IT operations teams to become more agile while maintaining a proactive and highly-optimised enterprise cloud.

Getting to that state seems like it can only be found in the greatest online fantasy game, but the growing popularity of...

By Dusty Simoni, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Why a holistic approach to cloud transformation is key to success

As applications increasingly move to the cloud, businesses often voice concerns about soaring WAN costs as well as latency issues when accessing apps. The much-anticipated benefits of a cloud transformation, including greater efficiency and agility, risk being eroded when the user experience is unsatisfactory and costs spin out of control.

How, then, can organisations successfully tackle their transformation projects to avoid these pitfalls and fully realise the benefits of the...

By Mathias Widler, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

Microsoft and Reliance Jio team up in 10-year cloud deal to ‘transform Indian economy and society’

Updated 1650 BST Indian network operator Reliance Jio has announced a 10-year partnership with Microsoft to utilise and promote Azure and ‘accelerate the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.’

The alliance will comprise a variety of initiatives. Jio will move its non-network applications to...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How public cloud will become the driving force for connected cars

Opinion The cars we drive today are very different to the first models introduced in the late 1800s. Every aspect of the driving experience has evolved, innovating to meet customer needs, industry standards and to ensure passenger safety. Our new cars now offer voice assistants, can be fuelled by electric power, and typically include satellite navigation and collision detection as standard.

It’s time...

By Steve Meek, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Public, Security.

Analysing Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host and licensing changes: Risk, rage, and reward

Updated August 14 Microsoft is modifying some of its Azure licensing terms for dedicated hosted cloud services, with a knock-on effect of making services more expensive for customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Alibaba Cloud.

The move coincides with Microsoft launching Azure Dedicated Host, a service that enables users to run...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, Mobility, OpenSource.

Why it's time to make continuous cloud security part of your developer journey

Cloud computing hasn’t always been synonymous with great security. However, despite early fears that it was less secure than data centres, the cloud is now considered a useful - and secure - solution for most critical business functions. While some of its earliest adopters could afford to be somewhat blasé about security, that’s no longer the case. The latest generation of cloud entrants mainly operate in finance and government sectors, meaning...

By Gemma Allen, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

VMware extends Google Cloud deal, positions as hybrid partner of choice for the hyperscalers

VMware and Google Cloud have extended their partnership with the launch of a new offering which enables organisations to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The product, the snappily titled Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple – the latter being a verified VMware cloud partner – will give customers the opportunity to run VMware workloads on-prem, in the cloud, or as part of a hybrid...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, VMware.

IT operations in 2020: Five things to prepare for – from AIOps to multi-cloud and more

The threat of digital disruption has forced senior executives and technology leaders to rethink business models, data assets, and distribution channels, to create more innovative products and services that will delight customers and overcome more nimbler competitors. Over the last decade, enterprises have completely transformed the way they build, deploy, manage, and maintain mission-critical services as a response to increasing digitisation.

Capital One confirms data breach, cites cloudy approach as key to swift resolution

Capital One has confirmed a ‘data security incident’ which affected more than 100 million customers in the US and Canada – and while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been identified as the receptacle in which the data was stolen, both customer and vendor appear not to be to blame.

Paige A. Thompson, otherwise known as ‘erratic’, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court in Seattle on a charge of computer fraud...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

Gartner argues Amazon holds almost half of cloud infrastructure market in latest analysis

As the largest players have published their most recent financial results, Gartner has weighed up the situation and looked into its crystal ball – and has given Amazon a greater advantage than before.

The analyst firm has put together its latest forecast around the global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market and found growth of 31.3% in 2018. The worldwide IaaS market was rated at $32.4 billion (£26.2bn) last year, up from $24.7bn...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Research.

AWS and Google Cloud earnings beget laws of large numbers – and expectations – for cloud revenue

It is not only the law of large numbers which applies in cloud revenues, but also the law of large expectations. Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported revenues of $8.38 billion (£6.7bn) for its most recent quarter although a slight dip in growth saw pessimism from the analysts. Google Cloud, meanwhile, secured an annual run rate of $8 billion in its results to a much friendlier outlook.

Amazon’s downturn with AWS was...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

LinkedIn begins ‘multi-year’ migration to Microsoft Azure

LinkedIn has announced the launch of a ‘multi-year migration’ project to Microsoft Azure.

The move will see LinkedIn move its infrastructure across, having already utilised Azure for a variety of services including video delivery and machine translation across the social network’s news feed.

“Today’s technology landscape makes the need for constant reinvention...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

How can VDI support an edge computing strategy?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is, as the name suggests, a virtualisation technology that creates individual, fully personalised desktop virtual machines with user profile control. It has been in existence since 2006, and while it has experienced some variation in popularity, in recent times, it has seen considerable growth. This is reflected in market...

By Alan Conboy, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, VDI.

Microsoft Azure secures 64% growth with goal to build 'world's computer'

Microsoft has unveiled its fourth quarter results to almost universal acclaim, with revenue up 12% to $33.7 billion (£26.9bn) and Azure revenue growth up 64%.

The company has been resolutely sticking to a theme on its earnings reports. "Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results," the release read this time last year. It was "Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results" three months hence, and for Q2, "Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AT&T seals major cloud deals with IBM and Microsoft as edge, AI and 5G key

Update July 18 It has been a busy 24 hours or so for AT&T. The telecoms giant has announced partnerships with IBM and Microsoft, building out offerings and collaborating on the latter’s clouds with the aim of becoming a ‘public cloud first’ company.

IBM and AT&T announced a multi-year 'strategic alliance' whereby the...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Using hybrid cloud to power your business: A guide

In this modern world, organisations are facing great pressure to adapt rapidly and innovate to keep up with their competitors. Businesses are being forced to move faster and faster, with the only constant  being change: changing infrastructure, changing strategies and changing technologies. Transforming to a ‘digital business’ by implementing cloud services and platforms is no longer an option but an absolute necessity, failure to do so will lead to an...

By Tom Adams, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Does the rise of edge computing mean a security nightmare?

What do we mean by edge computing? In a nutshell, with edge computing you are processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of relying on the cloud - or, more specifically, a collection of data centres.

As a relatively new methodology, computing at the edge invites new security challenges as you are looking at new setups or new architecture. Some say...

By Yair Green, 11 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Exploits, Infrastructure, Security.

How Sophos looks to deep learning and the cloud for stronger security protection and delivery

Keeping your organisation secure in a device- and data-heavy world is tougher than ever. Utilising cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can lead to various issues – recent coverage has spoken of the problems of hackers ‘hijacking’ AI technology, for instance – but it can also...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

IDC: Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure to reach £398bn in 2023

The latest IDC study suggests that global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will be more than double by 2023, mainly driven by digital transformation deployments. According to the market researcher, spending will grow at a rate of 22.3 per cent from $229b (£182b) in 2019 to nearly $500b (£398b) in 2023.

Eileen Smith, programme director at IDC, said: “Adoption of public (shared) cloud services continues to grow rapidly. Enterprises, especially in professional services,...

By Cloud Tech, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public.