Google signs up for OpenStack Foundation, tries to get jump on Microsoft and Amazon

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Google has unveiled itself as the newest corporate sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation, promising to commit engineering resources and further collaborate on technologies such as app catalogue Murano and API service Magnum.

Mark Collier, chief operating officer of the OpenStack Foundation, wrote in a blog post announcing the news: “Few companies understand cloud-native apps at scale like Google, so I expect big things as Google developers contribute to OpenStack projects like...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

After support expires, many organisations still cling to Windows Server 2003

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Figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) reveal more than half (51%) of organisations polled with between 21 and 200 employees and almost three quarters (72%) of firms with more than 200 employees are still reliant on Windows Server 2003, despite the support from Microsoft having expired on July 14.

Naturally, this may not be the most surprising news you will read today. Back in April, this publication spoke with hybrid IT provider Zynstra and cloud storage provider CTERA Networks and concluded...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Chef cooking with gas as Amazon Web Services rollout announced

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IT automation and DevOps provider Chef has announced its availability in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace, expanding its collaboration with the infrastructure giant and offering one click deployment for AWS users.

Chef, whose clients include Facebook, Splunk and GE, now enables AWS customers to migrate workloads from on premise data centres to AWS, as well as migrate, deploy, automate, and manage change in the cloud.

Ken Cheney, VP business development at Chef, said: “Chef...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

IBM unleashes NVIDIA GPU on SoftLayer cloud for faster processing power

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While the rest of the tech media marvelled at the world’s first seven nanometre chips unveiled by IBM earlier this week, the Armonk giant has quietly pushed out a couple of impressive cloud announcements alongside it.

IBM – who, let us not forget, wants to be seen as a cloud-first organisation – has announced the availability of NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators on bare metal cloud servers. In other words, it...

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

For data centres, connectivity and cooling are key – but it’s the people inside who count

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It’s common for data centre providers to outsource the running of their facilities to outside companies; they provide the building, power and cooling and get other people to run the data centre itself.

These outsourced companies may sign a three, four or five year contract (or for even less if they come in halfway through) and so there is little incentive for the engineers and technicians to improve the smallest things that ultimately pay dividends later on down the line. Those...

By Mike Bennett, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure prices rise for European and Australian customers

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Pretty much every cloud software or infrastructure pricing article this publication has ever penned has announced the news of lower prices. Google in particular continues to strenuously follow Moore’s Law, the latest being back in May when Compute Engine instance prices were slashed.

This time, however, it’s different: Microsoft is revising its cloud prices, with...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

No shortage of options in Gartner’s cloud managed hosting Magic Quadrant

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It’s that time of year again: Gartner has released its Magic Quadrant for cloud-enabled managed hosting, with 16 vendors in all assessed.

Seven vendors made the top right leaders section of the report; BT Global Services, CenturyLink, Claranet, Colt, Interoute, Rackspace and Verizon. Interoute scored top in completeness of vision, while Rackspace emerged victorious on ability to execute.

Of the two highest scoring players’ strengths and cautions, Interoute was...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

HP tops IDC cloud infrastructure market rankings, ahead of Dell and Cisco

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IDC’s ranking of cloud infrastructure providers is in: HP has hit the top of the charts, with Dell and Cisco making up the top three.

The findings, which arrive in the analyst house’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, cover storage, server and Ethernet switch and show HP’s revenue growing 37.4% between 1Q14 and 1Q15, and market share at 15.7% for total 1Q15 revenues of $985 million. Dell, in second, has first quarter revenues of $745m, a market...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public.

The five ways to make cloud success a reality for your business

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Everyone is looking for that silver bullet which makes their cloud implementations a success. It’s little wonder that events such as Cloud World Forum and Cloud Expo are at the forefront of executives’ minds.

At Cloud World Forum in London last week, MongoDB VP strategy Kelly Stirman spoke of five directions in which the industry is changing, and how companies can make their cloud success a reality: embrace failure, double down on ops, and pick your partners wisely.

Rule number one,...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Real use cases: Why 50% of enterprises are choosing hybrid cloud

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Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017.

Why are enterprises going hybrid? Below are four use cases that demonstrate how enterprises determine what, when and how to move to the cloud.

Case 1: Testing...

By Logicworks, 25 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

‘Airbnb for cloud’: How the sharing economy will end the mega-hosters’ monopoly

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Cloud as a concept has been discussed for years. While it has often been misunderstood, one of the persistent themes has been that cloud is about ‘infrastructure on tap’, like water or electricity.

A public cloud consumer, an enterprise or SME hosting apps in the cloud has a basic expectation that its cloud provider supplies pretty much unlimited infrastructure, without a long term contract. The customer just pays for however much capacity it uses. That goes against the...

By Ditlev Bredahl, 24 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud implementations: The sooner the better for the CIO

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Adopting cloud can often raise as many questions as it answers. The business questions focus on how cloud will deliver increased agility, efficiency and productivity; but predicting the answers to these questions in an ever-changing landscape is no easy task. As a result, many CIOs are grappling with complex 10-year roadmaps, and missing out on the ‘quick wins’ a hybrid approach could deliver in the interim. Through an incremental approach, small shifts to cloud can be...

By James Butler, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Cloud migration: From monolith to microservices

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A cloud migration project can be a relatively simple exercise, where applications are migrated ‘as is’, to gain benefits such as elastic capacity and utility pricing, but without making any changes to the application architecture, software development methods or business processes it is used for.

There may be a clear business for doing so, such as the hardware platform becoming obsolete; however the organisation overall won’t realise any additional benefits...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration.

Microsoft and HP top data centre infrastructure market, claims research

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Over the last four quarters, spend on data centre infrastructure hit $114 billion – and Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are the vendors at the top of the tree.

That’s the verdict from industry analysts Synergy Research. Microsoft is particularly dominant in the software market, with 72% of share compared to VMware on 17%. Yet that comprises less than a quarter (23%) of the overall data centre infrastructure market.

On the hardware side, HP (19%) is the largest vendor, followed...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

The cloud complexity gap: Making software more intelligent to address complex infrastructure

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Over the past 15 years, we have seen a unique trend emerge in managing infrastructure - ­ increasing complexity. Oddly enough, it began with the mainstream adoption of virtualisation and has rapidly accelerated since the introduction of cloud computing. To further exacerbate the issue, the ability of software that can manage that complexity - ­ what analysts such as Gartner call IT...

By Joe Kinsella, 17 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software.

IBM SoftLayer opens up Italian data centre, fuelling demand for local cloud services

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IBM has opened up its first cloud data centre in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan, strengthening its European empire.

The data centre, which runs on SoftLayer infrastructure, allows customers to more easily manage, run and store data through less latency and stronger data sovereignty.

The move follows previous openings in the UK, Germany and France. The...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Deutsche Telekom promises to double cloud revenue by 2018, plans European domination

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German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has released a bullish statement of intent detailing its plans to more than double its cloud revenue in Europe by 2018.

The company, which specifically called out Google and Amazon as its primary competition, also announced an extension to its partnership with Huawei, originally announced in March, for IT infrastructure and private cloud solutions.

DT’s annual revenue from business customers currently stands at €1 billion...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Amazon Web Services announces next generation EC2 instances

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced M4 instances for its EC2 cloud, adding another selection of compute instances to an already well-established list.

The M4 instances will deliver processing power with custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 Haswell processors, and aim to provide lower network latency and jitter – the variation between packets arriving – through Enhanced Networking. M4 also offers dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS).

AWS claims M4 instances...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

How to accelerate government IT and hybrid cloud with a DevOps boost

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The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. But when management consultants and industry analysts talk about how IT innovation is changing many organisations, government leadership of this key trend typically isn't top of mind.That said, a new market study by MeriTalk reveals that approximately two-thirds of American federal government IT leaders say DevOps adoption will help agencies shift into the cloud computing fast lane.Agile methodologies, continuous integration and continuous delivery are...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.