Understanding the difference between DRaaS and backup for your business

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According to a report by one of the big four auditors, KPMG, more than 40% of companies that suffer a major business disruption are unable to recover from the long-term impact of the failure and go out of business within two years.

To avoid this fate, organisations must have a solid disaster recovery strategy in place. Cloud-based disaster recovery and backup solutions are giving companies of all sizes access to business continuity capabilities that were once only available to...

By Lilac Schoenbeck, 16 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why more enterprises are running Microsoft applications on the AWS cloud

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Microsoft revenue from Windows Server rose a remarkable 46% in 2015, even while revenue from on-premises licenses fell 2%. The source of growth? Cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), whose customers would rather pay pennies per hour for a license than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on on-premises licenses.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is ramping up efforts to make the case that you should run Windows Server or any application from Microsoft on AWS. There have been...

By Logicworks, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Latest research shows three clear tiers in cloud infrastructure services

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The dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cloud infrastructure has long been apparent – but a new note from analyst house Synergy Research argues the space is in three distinct tiers, with AWS all on its own at the top table.

Amazon currently holds 31% of the global market share, with Microsoft, IBM and Google between them holding 22%. The next 20 vendors, including CenturyLink, Oracle, Rackspace, Salesforce and VMware, have 27% share between them. As previous research...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

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Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk. Singapore (76.7), New Zealand (74.4) and Australia...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Privacy, Security.

Why the move to public cloud in large enterprises continues apace

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More than half of large companies plan to migrate to public cloud systems in the coming two years, according to a new report from migration and disaster recovery provider CloudEndure.

The survey, which polled more than 250 global IT professionals in the first quarter of 2016, found that across organisations of all sizes, public clouds and private clouds are set to grow 22% and 15% in year over year for the coming two years. Virtual and physical machines, by contrast, are expected to...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Public, Research.

CTERA aims for converged infrastructure customers with updated cloud storage portfolio

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CTERA Networks has introduced a number of updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio to improve flexibility, efficiency and storage capacity for remote office IT environments.

The new line-up can be deployed from KVM or VMware servers, which is suited for organisations investing in virtualised or converged infrastructure IT. It also includes a virtual application configuration for enterprises to use current their remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware, while also getting the...

By Cloud Tech, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

Why the era of the intelligent cloud has arrived

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Enterprises are impatient to translate their investments in cloud apps and the insight they provide into business outcomes and solid results today.

The following insights are based on a series of discussions with C-level executives and revenue team leaders across several industries regarding their need for an Intelligent Cloud:

  • In the enterprise, the cloud versus on-premise war is over, and the cloud has won. Nearly all are embracing a hybrid cloud strategy to break down the barriers that held them back from...

By Louis Columbus, 19 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The key to maximising the advantages of cloud security

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By Paul Fletcher, Security Evangelist at Alert Logic

Despite the pervasive use of the cloud to handle complex, secure workloads, many organisations question whether the cloud is natively secure. They still think that the security of a system depends on their ability to touch and control a physical device. Visibility from layer one (physical) up to layer seven (application) of the OSI Model gives us security professionals a good gut feeling.

Veteran systems administrators are challenged to both...

By Logicworks, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security.

Google Compute Engine falls over for 18 minutes, promises to do better next time

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Google’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering Compute Engine lost connectivity across all regions for 18 minutes on April 11 after problems experienced with a bug in its network configuration management software.

In a status update discussing the outage and how it occurred posted yesterday, the search giant confirmed the event affected Compute Engine only, and bemoaned how its ‘canary step’ process – a configuration deployed to a single site to...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, SLA.

Why CIOs are worrying about the future of their IT infrastructure – and their own role

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CIOs continue to mop their brow over whether their IT infrastructure is good enough to meet their organisation’s long term requirements whilst worrying about where they fit in, according to a new piece of research released by EMC.

The survey, of more than 2700 business and IT professionals in EMEA, examined the CIO’s perspective of what is to be expected in five years’ time, and found that three quarters believe they need to launch new products and services in...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Infrastructure, Research.

IDC: Global cloud infrastructure market hit £20bn in 2015 – with HPE at the top

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The global cloud infrastructure market has grown 22% year on year to hit a $29 billion (£20.4bn) value in 2015 with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the top of the tree, according to the latest research note from IDC.

The findings, which appear in the analyst house’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, sees HPE atop the list of infrastructure vendors, with fourth quarter revenues of $1.3bn (£915m) representing a 15.8% overall market...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Research argues IT hasn’t shrugged off cost cutting reputation yet

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The divide between the IT and line of business departments, and the role of the IT department today, has frequently come in for scrutiny. Yet according to new research from Claranet, the role of IT continues to be one of cost cutting.

The survey, which polled 900 IT leaders across Europe, found almost half (46%) identify cost reduction as a core function for IT today, a number which has risen sharply from 34% the previous year. In terms of other priorities, revenue generation as...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Infrastructure.

Organisations start to address the subtleties of securing 'as a service' propositions

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According to a recent Verizon report, 94% of companies expect more than a quarter of their workloads to be in the cloud within two years. The enterprise is moving to a cloud model of IT service consumption and delivery for a variety of reasons: IT organisations can become more responsive to business requirements by scaling up on demand, operations are refocused toward the...

By Jeff Denworth, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Privacy, Security.

Why colocation is becoming the “nexus” of cloud and enterprise IT

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Global colocation revenues are going up and are in track to reach more than $33bn (£23bn) by 2018 according to the latest forecast from 451 Research. Yet the latest figures, argue the analysts, mean the data centre industry is maturing rather than in any trouble.

2015 was the best year on record for deals in the data centre, hosting and managed services sector, according to 451. The two most prominent companies in the colocation space are Digital Realty and Equinix; the former...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why the resiliency of the mainframe is not a surprise in the cloud computing age

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Cynics have been foretelling the imminent demise of the mainframe since the early 1990s, but all the evidence continues to point to the contrary. Today, 96% of the world’s banks and 71% of Fortune 500 companies continue to run mainframes, generating 30 billion transactions every single day. If these figures weren’t convincing enough, the latest earnings from IBM clearly show the mainframe is still booming, with sales from its...

By Chris O'Malley, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Yin and WAN? Analysing the relationship between network and cloud provider

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More than half (56%) of businesses have expressed concern over security gaps at the point between their wide area network (WAN) and public cloud provider, according to a recent research study.

The report, conducted by IDG and commissioned by XO Communications, argues this potential pain point could compromise data used in the cloud. Less than two in five (38%) of the 55 survey respondents say they have good visibility into their WAN cloud connection points, while the biggest security...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research.

Google announces data centre expansion plans: 12 more regions by 2017

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Google has announced a major expansion of its cloud data centres, with two new regions to start running this year and another 10 to be available by the end of 2017.

The news comes days after a note from Synergy Research which found the US remains far out in front as the number one location for data centres. Google’s two upcoming launches will include one US site, a US Western region in Oregon, with another...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

US increases data centre dominance, research finds

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The US has continued to grow its data centre footprint moving further ahead of China and Japan, according to the latest analyst note from Synergy Research.

Almost half (46%) of major cloud and internet data centre sites are now based in the US, according to the research, up from 44% when the last analysis was conducted back in October. China, previously accounting for one in 10 data...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

A guide to continuous development and the cloud: Software’s solution for today

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Many organisations are taking a DIY approach to their hosting needs and even some of their development needs. It’s worthwhile to note though that hosting software can be a complicated and costly affair, and organisations that attempt to take on the task often find a number of hidden costs buried beneath the surface that are ultimately unexpected or surprising to them.

Before taking on this challenge, it may be a good idea to stop and ponder where those hidden costs are and...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 21 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure.