Exponential-e collaborates with Microsoft to offer ‘render as a service’

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UK-based cloud and network provider Expontential-e has announced a collaboration with Microsoft Azure to provide a ‘render as a service’ (RaaS) platform for delivering near real-time rendering capabilities for industries that make use of 3D modelling, such as architecture, manufacturing and medicine.

The point and click solution is developed via the integration of Exponential-e’s high-speed, secure network with the hyperscale public cloud of Azure, and will...

By Cloud Tech, 15 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

AWS turns 10: A dominant market share, but does that tell the full story?

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Today marks a notable milestone in the history of cloud computing, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) turns 10 years old.

March 14 2006 saw a press release go out on the wire from Amazon announcing “a simple storage service that offers software developers a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs.” A decade on, AWS continues to hold a significant lead over the competition in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and while moving into other areas,...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure.

The key steps when migrating from a physical environment to the cloud

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As companies continue to step up the pace of migration to the cloud, many find themselves in the situation of having to bridge the gap between their physical and cloud infrastructures, which brings new challenges. IT has applications it regards as critical but lines of business have different application requirements that they regard as critical. As a result, IT often ends up becoming overloaded with requests, and as they attempt to satisfy demand with more resources, this can lead to...

By Monica Brink, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

New research questions conventional wisdom on cloud providers

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Updated 1522 GMT Two pieces of research have simultaneously hit the inbox of CloudTech, both with surprising findings in terms of choosing cloud providers. A study from Spiceworks argues Microsoft Azure is more popular than Amazon Web Services (AWS) for IT professionals, while analyst house Cloud Spectator has revealed a surprising name at the top of the best ranked European cloud service providers.

The Cloud Spectator report focuses particularly on performance as well as price factors, measuring vCPU,...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Vendors.

A warning shot: Why cloud security remains more important than ever

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With all the recent well-publicised hacking and malware attacks, not to mention numerous meteorological events that have affected companies around the globe over the last year, IT leaders are very aware of the need for robust cloud security and compliance.

That said it is infact now easier for companies to engage in poor security practices because users do not have the same control over their cloud infrastructure that they have over their own on-premise infrastructure. Often,...

By Monica Brink, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Security.

IBM opens first South African cloud data centre for managing SAP workloads

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IBM’s quest for cloudy world domination continues apace with the opening of its first cloud data centre in South Africa.

The new data centre is geared towards running SAP applications and workloads in the cloud, and involves IT provider Gijima and operator Vodacom as partners. From Gijima’s perspective, the move with IBM and Vodacom represents an extension of its hybrid cloud strategy, while for Vodacom, the deal will aim to put them at the forefront of IT solutions across...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Is it time for virtual reality to influence the data centre?

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The part virtual reality (VR) can play in the evolution of the data centre has been mooted as far back as 2013 – but now the future looks good so long as organisations’ infrastructure can stand up to it, according to Aegis Data.

Three years ago, writing for Data Center Knowledge, Rich Miller reported on data centre provider IO, whose latest innovation was to provide...

By James Bourne, 08 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The cloud is becoming more secure – but it’s still costly to keep it that way

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Fears over cloud security will continue to linger, but the situation is improving: almost two thirds (64%) of enterprises polled by analyst house Clutch argue cloud infrastructure is more secure than legacy systems.

36% of the 300 respondents polled said cloud was much more secure than legacy infrastructure, compared to 28% who argued it was “somewhat” more secure. Only 11% of respondents argued cloud was in any way less secure, with 1% saying it was ‘much...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Revealed: The best cloud computing companies and CEOs to work for in 2016

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Employees would most recommend Zerto, FusionOps, Google, OutSystems, AppDirect, Sumo Logic, Cloudera, HyTrust, Tableau Software and Domo to their friends looking for a cloud computing company to work for in 2016. These and other insights are from an analysis completed today to determine the best cloud computing firms and CEOs to work for this...

By Louis Columbus, 03 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

MWC takeaways: Making sure your infrastructure is secure for the connected world

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With Mobile World Congress over for another year, I’ve now had a chance to digest everything that was on show last week. This conference, which is arguably the planet’s best venue for mobile industry networking, looked at the Internet of Things and the connected world, anything and everything from developments such as 5G to newly connected toothbrush devices that ensure consumers brush their teeth as the dentist intended.

What all these new technology innovations...

By Monica Brink, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Infrastructure, Privacy, Security.

Hung up on hybrid: The rise of cloud 2.0 and what it means for the data centre

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By Steve Davis, marketing director, NGD

We’ve seen it many times before; first generation technology products creating huge untapped marketplaces but eventually being bettered either by their originators or competitors. Think VCRs and then CDRs, both were usurped by DVRs and streaming, or the first mobile phones becoming the smartphones of today – the list goes on.

Cloud computing is no exception. The original ‘product’ concept remains very much in vogue...

By Steve Davis, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Scale up or scale out: Why this remains a key problem for data centres

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Servers have always powered businesses and also formed the backbone behind how they run and operate. There has been a marked increase in reliance on servers, which are now being used to do things they never used to do before.

Looking at an industry where servers play an integral role, data centre administrators can be said to be the most advanced and complex folks in the IT world. Workloads on servers, and the servers themselves are getting more complex now especially...

By Michael Moreland, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Incident response on the AWS cloud and the case for outsourcing

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By Jason Deck, VP strategic development, Logicworks

It is 4pm on a Friday before a holiday, right before your team leaves for a long weekend. An engineer on your team suddenly cannot connect to certain instances in your AWS environment. The error is affecting the largest projects and biggest customers — across hundreds of instances — including DR.

What happens now?

The answer to this question depends on your support model. In most...

By Logicworks, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Cloud disaster recovery on the increase but challenges remain, says CloudEndure

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While the vast majority of organisations hope for 99.9% uptime throughout the year, 57% of companies polled by CloudEndure say they had at least one outage in the past three months.

The survey, which quizzed 141 IT global IT professionals, found organisations are, in general, gaining confidence in cloud disaster recovery (DR) solutions. This is noticed in the key risks to system availability. The number one risk remains human error, followed by network failures and application bugs....

By James Bourne, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Wikibon research argues ‘true’ private cloud market is smaller than AWS share

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Organisations are starting to conflate the private and public clouds – yet new research from Wikibon finds the market size of ‘true’ private cloud implementations is lower than the revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading public infrastructure as a service player.

Wikibon’s research aims to clarify private cloud and differentiate between solutions marketed by vendors and implementations by businesses. The research body assesses the true private cloud at $7...

By James Bourne, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Why Verizon shutting down part of its public cloud is “no surprise”

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Verizon is to shut down part of its public cloud service, according to an email sent to customers, with an analyst arguing the telco’s pushback comes as “no surprise”.

In the email to Verizon Cloud customers, as posted by Kenn White on Twitter, users of Verizon’s Public Cloud and Reserved Performance Cloud Spaces services will have to make other plans by April 12, when the virtual servers will be switched...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure.

Research shows cloud spend going up in 2016 for two thirds of enterprises

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A report from analyst house Clutch has found two thirds of medium and large enterprises plan to increase their spend on cloud computing in 2016.

Of the 300 IT professionals surveyed, almost half (42%) said they would expect their cloud spend to go up by 11-30% with 14% opting for an increase between 31% and 50% and 7% anticipating even greater outlay. Comparatively, around a quarter (27%) said their cloud spending will remain mostly flat and only 6% said it would decrease in...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

How to cross the DevOps chasm in a safe and reliable manner

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If you read IT blogs regularly, you would assume DevOps is already the status quo, that everyone has ‘crossed the chasm’, and are practicing continuous delivery on a daily basis. We read about all these amazing companies releasing hundreds of times a day using a mature DevOps model and release automation. Well, the reality is these exceptional companies are just that – the exceptions. Most companies are just setting out on their DevOps journey,...

By Dr. Chris Boorman, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

The state of the cloud in 2016: DevOps, Docker momentum grows as hybrid hits its stride

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Hybrid cloud adoption has grown significantly while DevOps and Docker uptake continues to explode, according to the latest RightScale State of the Cloud research report.

The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 technical professionals, found that the more things change, the more they stay the same with regards to the overall trends pervading the cloud industry. Hybrid cloud adoption has gone up from 58% in 2015 to 71% among respondents, with private cloud going up from 63% to 77%....

By James Bourne, 10 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Research.