CIO dissatisfaction with cloud providers revealed in latest survey

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Even though 93% of businesses are now using the cloud in some capacity, expectations are exceeding specific gains according to a new survey from cloud provider ElasticHosts.

More than four in five (84%) UK-based CIOs believe their cloud provider could do more to reduce the burden on in-house IT staff, and a similar number (80%) believe the pricing structure is a “rip off.”

Top of the list of grievances was slow response time to customer service queries, cited by 47% of...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.

HP overhauls Cisco in cloud infrastructure equipment space

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HP has finally overtaken Cisco in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, according to latest figures released by Synergy Research.

The two companies had been virtually neck and neck in the previous two quarters’ analysis, yet Synergy argues HP has grabbed the lead by virtue of its investment in the server and storage space, which now accounts for almost two...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Personal cloud market to hit $90bn by 2020, research study claims

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The global personal cloud market is expected to top almost $90 billion (£58.5bn) in revenue by 2020, according to the latest forecast by Allied Market Research.

The research firm anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.1% between 2015 and 2020, with growing customer awareness cited as boosting growth and personal cloud for individuals continuing to lead the market.

Individual users will comprise around 60% of total market revenue by 2020 according to Allied,...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

The case for disaster recovery services beyond business continuity

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Disaster recovery isn’t a new concept for IT. We’ve been backing up data for years to offsite locations, and used in-house data duplication in order to prevent the risks of losing data stores. But now that cloud adoption has increased, there have been some shifts in how traditional disaster recovery is being handled.

First, we’re seeing increased adoption of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Gartner stated that between 2012 and 2016, one third of organisations are going to...

10 ways big data is revolutionising supply chain management

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Big data is providing supplier networks with greater data accuracy, clarity, and insights, leading to more contextual intelligence shared across supply chains.

Forward-thinking manufacturers are orchestrating 80% or more of their supplier network activity outside their four walls, using big data and cloud-based technologies to get beyond the constraints of legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) systems. For...

By Louis Columbus, 07 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud adoption frustration: It’s not whether you move, it’s who you move with

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Three quarters of UK businesses are experiencing frustration with cloud adoption, according to a new study from Arlington Research and StratoGen.

The research, which polled 1,000 UK senior business executives, found more than a third (36%) of respondents admitting they host fewer than 10% of their IT applications in the cloud. One in five polled said their main issue with cloud technology was the cost, while 17% cited insufficient availability of applications and 16% opted for a...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Infrastructure.

Why hybrid cloud is so important - and why the market prediction is so large

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Now we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the models are performing.  Public cloud has its own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT teams.  But there is another model that is winning over IT teams, the hybrid cloud, and it has good reason to.

With the rise of cloud models, we’ve heard a lot about the benefits of public...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 03 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

FAA moves to the cloud through CSC, Microsoft and Amazon in potential $1bn contract

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CSC has announced a contract win with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worth $108 million (£70.4m) alongside Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other business partners.

The contract, potentially worth $1 billion over 10 years, will see the FAA move to a hybrid cloud environment, with CSC consolidating data centres and migrating data and systems across using the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool.

The news was

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Are you sure your data centre is really as secure as you think it is?

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Data centres are only as secure as the connectivity that links them up to a network. They can otherwise be prone to cyber-attacks or information security breaches, which can have catastrophic consequences for any organisations that wish to transmit data and backup data between their own data centres. With network latency being an issue that needs to be addressed, the transmission to and from data centres or to the outside world could increase the risks associated with...

By Graham Jarvis, 28 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Demystifying AWS Spot Instances through three use cases

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Around six years ago, Amazon introduced an EC2 usage option at very low costs: Spot Instances. With EC2 Spot Instances, you can save money, but there’s a catch - they won’t necessarily be available when you need or want to use them. Managing and strategising around such temperamental instances can be challenging, not to mention unsuitable for AWS customers who are looking to provide stable online end user experiences.

Amazon created this type of resource in order to...

By Sharon Wagner, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Why cloud MSPs are software companies

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By Jason Deck, vice president of strategic development, Logicworks

When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.

Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualised data centres or moved to the public cloud, servers, switches,...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Software, Virtualisation.

How All Things Code’s move to the cloud aligns with key SMB trends

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More and more small businesses are moving to the cloud. According to a recent survey from BT Business and the British Chambers of Commerce, cloud usage among UK SMBs has grown by 15% year on year to 69%, while more than half of respondents cite cloud computing as crucial in driving business flexibility.

Take app development house All Things Code. The Northamptonshire-based firm, in business less than two years and with only six employees, has deployed iland’s Enterprise Cloud...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Gartner expects five years for hybrid cloud to reach productivity: Are they right?

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Gartner has released its latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, and while the likes of autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things sits atop the peak of inflated expectations, hybrid cloud computing is a bit further down the line heading straight for the trough of disillusionment.

The analyst house groups a bunch of technologies in three different stages and heavily influenced by its nexus of forces – mobile, social, cloud and information. Hybrid cloud comes under the...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Trends.

Reliability matters in the cloud: Check the performance markers

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Cloud vendors claiming to be the “fastest” or “best performing” deserve a little scepticism. While speed and performance can appear impressive if conditions are aligned in a particular way, it doesn’t mean they will hold up in the long-term.

For companies searching for the right cloud provider, data on performance expectations is essential as it relates to picking the right host, managing scalability, and effectively spending on resources. Companies can use the...

By Jamie Tyler, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure.

It’s time to break down the regulation barriers to cloud adoption

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There is no doubt that cloud computing has now achieved mainstream deployment in the UK. Recent research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) found that some 78% of UK organisations have adopting at least one cloud based service, an increase of 15% over previous figures. More telling is that turning to the cloud is now not just the reserve of large blue-chip organisations, with 75% of SMEs also embracing cloud...

By Matthew Munson, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Sifting through an explosion of choice to build the right cloud infrastructure for you

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When it comes to deploying IT infrastructure, selecting the right model is crucial. Fundamental to this decision, IT departments must make sense of the options available to them and understand their strengths and weaknesses.

But this isn’t as simple as deciding which model is better. It’s about understanding which model is right for the business — right now and into the future. With such a...

By Martin Cooper, 07 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Alibaba eyes up $1bn cloud computing push

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E-commerce giant Alibaba has announced an additional $1 billion (£641,000) investment in Aliyun to expand the international presence of its cloud computing arm.

The money will also be used to develop new cloud and big data solutions for its customers, as well as support an “alliance-based global cloud computing ecosystem.”

Aliyun currently provides public cloud services in five data centres across China and Hong Kong, while earlier this year their first overseas...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public.

Springs.io claims to be first UK pure play container cloud service

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Meet Springs.io. This container-based cloud infrastructure provider claims to offer the first pure-play container cloud service in the UK.

The company builds upon the auto-scaling Linux container technology from hosting provider ElasticHosts, whose CEO, Richard Davies, is the founder of Springs.io. One of the key facets of cloud computing is the ability to ‘pay as you go’ – but Davies argues this can be taken one step further. With billing based on actual usage rather...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google “leave rest behind” in cloud infrastructure market

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The revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google in cloud infrastructure services commands more than half of the worldwide market, according to new data from Synergy Research.

The figures reveal the combined market share of the ‘big four’ at 54% of the overall cloud infrastructure market, comparing favourably with Q214 (46%) and Q213 (41%). AWS holds a 29% market share at the top, with each of the big four cloud providers increasing their share of the...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.