Why 2016 needs to be the year of granularity for cloud

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A recent business conversation led to the establishment of the fact that the data centre business is becoming more cutthroat than ever. Price wars, advanced offerings, upsells and what not are the usual tactics that have been used, but now competing forces are pressuring data centre providers to go beyond the usual and utilise something new.

Data centre businesses are now relying more and more on leveraging strategic footprints, global presence and larger capabilities to educate and work...

By Ian Khan, 10 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cutting the cord: Why the cloud is the future of app delivery

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IT is challenged by the line of business to deliver a competitive edge to compete in a global market. Securely delivering apps and data to any device is a core IT workflow to enable productivity. 

However, if you are like most companies, your IT budget is not growing at the same pace as demand for IT services. To be more agile, the current paradigm around app delivery needs to be turned upside down. IT needs to cut the cord.

IT’s evolution: From plow horse to racehorse

IT and the work world have come a long way. Remember the days when the IT department issued you a standard black PC and employees worked at desks? Back then, IT was focused on analysing available IT solutions and then executing multiyear plans. It was common for IT to be working on multi-year programs for SharePoint, ERP, and CRM systems.

Those days are gone. Today, businesses are competing in a much faster paced environment, which requires them to...

By Jimmy Chang, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, VDI.

Three essential tips for choosing a cloud partner program

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By Mathieu LeBlanc

If you’ve been selling cloud services for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting harder to make a decent living as an independent. Yes, the demand for cloud services is high, but there’s a lot of other cloud resellers like you who are getting into the game. Recent statistics from MSP Alliance show that managed service providers (MSPs) generated revenue of...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Why company culture is key to cloud success

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If you ask any successful company for the key to their success, or ask any employee why they are happy in a position, the answer is almost always “the people”. But what makes happy, productive people is usually fueled by a thriving company culture.

Company culture is not built with free lunches, ping pong tables, and bring-your-pet-to-work days. Only companies that develop more meaningful values soar ahead of the rest.

Technology companies and particularly those in the cloud space have a unique...

By Logicworks, 05 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Latest cloud infrastructure research shows yet more AWS dominance

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This is not the most surprising news you will hear today: a note published by Synergy Research argues Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) domination of the cloud infrastructure market continues. The Seattle giant held 31% of the worldwide market in 2015, the researchers argue, with Microsoft (9%), IBM (7%) and Google (4%) trailing.

Despite the yawning gap between the market leader and the rest, all four companies continue to grow ahead of the overall rate, as Synergy chief analyst John...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How cloud providers are fighting the data sovereignty fight for European customers

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For many US-centric cloud providers, Europe is quickly becoming a fierce battleground for their business. Earlier this week, Oracle announced plans to recruit up to 1400 cloudy salespeople across EMEA, while data centres are popping up all over the continent, from Microsoft’s commitment to the UK by the end of 2016 to IBM SoftLayer

By James Bourne, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

From artisans to autonomics: How the automation polar shift will happen

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Since the end of the 19th century, humans have been fascinated with the idea of artificial intelligence and self-governing machines – from the early novels by HG Wells to the Hollywood blockbusters 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator and Ex-Machina.  And while this fascination will probably never subside, one thing is certain: In the not so distant future, machines will become increasingly useful to us.

One area ripe for this advancement is IT infrastructure management....

By Jamie Tyler, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Global public cloud services market to top $200bn this year, Gartner asserts

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Analyst house Gartner has looked into its crystal ball again, and predicts the worldwide public cloud services market will reach $204 billion (£142.8bn) in value by the end of this year.

The majority of the revenue will come through cloud advertising at $90.3bn in 2016 growing at 13.6%. Business process as a service (BPaaS), which Gartner defines broadly as “the delivery of business process outsourcing services that are sourced from the cloud and constructed for...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Six things to look for in a cloud MSP

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In the world of infrastructure as code, large and small businesses need a team that understands how infrastructure enables faster deployment and smarter product development. In the cloud, costs depend more on how day-to-day workflows are managed, not just on what hardware is running — so processes and reporting are more complex. Companies need a partner to not just fill in the gaps, but to tell them where the gaps are. They need experts not phone support.

The cloud is challenging...

By Logicworks, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How hybrid cloud is the “great enabler” of digital transformation

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Almost nine out of 10 (88%) respondents in a survey conducted by tech giant EMC believe hybrid cloud capabilities are ‘important’ or ‘critical’ to organisations who wish to enable digital business transformation.

The study, which polled more than 900 respondents, with one third in EMEA, found an overwhelming need for digital business initiatives. 92% said their company’s strategy called for such, while 90% said digital business was a “top priority”...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Culture over technology: The key to DevOps success

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Don’t take this the wrong way. As anyone who has been reading my articles can tell, I am all about the technology that enables DevOps but sometimes the greatest change in the enterprise comes from non-technical places.

To many of you reading this statement, that might be a radical concept – but when it comes to overarching changes such as implementing a DevOps program, culture is much more important than what code repository to use. DevOps in particular not only...

By David Auslander, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Microsoft announces $1bn cloud pledge for “public good”

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed a three part philanthropic initiative whereby the tech giant will donate $1 billion (£704m) of cloud computing resources towards non-profit organisations and education over the next three years.

The Redmond firm argues the cloud is a vital resource for “unlocking the secrets held by data”, in terms of communications and problem solving, better delivery of services, and helping organisations work in a more productive and...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public, Software.

How manufacturing leaders are falling for the public cloud

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85% of line of business (LOB) decision makers in the manufacturing industry are using at least one form of public cloud service, according to a new research study.

The report, released jointly by EMC, VCE, and VMware – all now part of Dell in some capacity after the whopping $67 billion deal for the former in October – polled more than 600 decision makers...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Public.

IDC: Global cloud infrastructure hit $7.6bn in Q315

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Global cloud IT infrastructure, incorporating public and private, hit $7.6 billion (£5.32bn) in the third quarter of 2015, according to a research note from IDC.

HP, with a 15.7% market share in 3Q15 and revenue of $1.18bn, remains the top dog in cloud infrastructure according to the researchers, gaining in share from the previous year (15.0%). Dell and Cisco are in joint second place – the result of two vendors being less than one statistical point apart –...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

Why Hong Kong is playing “cloud catch up” – but moving quickly

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It may be strange to hear, but Hong Kong has fallen behind much of the rest of the world when it comes to adopting cloud computing.

Hong Kong is well known for being an enormous financial hub for south-east Asia and one of the busiest centres of economic activity in the world, so to think that they’re lacking on the technological front would seem out of character. And yet, that’s exactly the case.

In many ways, Hong...

By Rick Delgado, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Anything AWS can do: Microsoft announces new Azure VM price cuts

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Microsoft has announced price reductions of up to 17% on its Azure D-series Dv2 virtual machines, in an evident play against Amazon Web Services (AWS) following its own price cuts.

Just how evident this latest move is occurs when Microsoft cloud platform director of marketing Nicole Herskowitz calls AWS out. In a blog post, Herskowitz writes: “It is worthwhile to note that the Azure...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Cloud pricing “starting to stabilise” after continued cuts, research argues

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The start of any year is always a good time to take stock, inspect the landscape, and see where the puck is moving. That is exactly what Tariff Consultancy (TCL) has done, with the company’s latest cloud pricing report revealing that while enterprise cloud computing prices have dropped by two thirds on average since 2014, the race to the bottom is finally letting up.

The report, entitled ‘Pricing the Cloud 2 – 2016 to 2020’, assessed a total of 24 vendors,...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Research.

Cloud Spectator study reveals surprising list of top 10 cloud providers

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Here’s something that may raise a few eyebrows: 1&1 has been named the best value infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider according to a new benchmark report from Cloud Spectator.

The report, a follow up to last year’s verdict which found Amazon EC2 had “significant” cost advantages investing long term, saw a 350% performance difference...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Google responds to AWS price cuts, claims “still performance leader in public cloud”

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Last week this publication reported Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) 51st price cut, lowering prices of C4, M4 and R3 instances in its EC2 cloud. Now, Google has responded, claiming it leads the way among the cloud giants.

“Developers running cloud-based apps and services will find out whether it’s a happy new year or not once they take a look at their...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Public.