AWS continues to dominate cloud infrastructure services market

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The cloud infrastructure services market continues to grow at a rapid rate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) at the summit, and latest Q1 data from Synergy Research reveals AWS remains bigger than its four nearest competitors.

The data reveals how the trend of the cloud infrastructure market has been similarly plotted for the past year. AWS was not the fastest growing company during Q115, with only 49% growth, yet retains a larger slice of the market than Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM and...

By James Bourne, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why your cloud needs more than great customer service

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When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure.

This solution may be adequate for several months or even years. But most enterprises ultimately find that a one-size-fits-all cloud solution no longer actually...

By Logicworks, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Migration, Public.

Moving workloads to the cloud: A comprehensive guide

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The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organisations.

Of course, it is essential for organisations to maximise the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimising risks. Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services. For many businesses of small and medium size, it represents a...

By Pierluigi Paganini, 23 April 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration, Platform, Software.

Cloud ‘reality check’ in store for IT leaders, report affirms

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As we’re now full swing into 2015, there is certainly a greater understanding over the potential – and the limitations – of cloud computing. Research from NTT Communications has explored the varying issues and argued there needs to be a smoother migration path from the corporate data centre to the cloud.

Similarly, even though cloud will claim a growing share of IT budgets in coming years, many IT decision makers don’t believe it is living up to its potential.

The...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, PaaS, Platform.

Hybrid cloud adoption set to triple in three years according to new research figures

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Hybrid cloud adoption is set to triple in the next three years with economics as the primary driver, according to new research from Peer 1 Hosting.

The study, which polled over 900 IT decision makers in the UK and North America, found cutting IT costs (49%) was the biggest IT priority within their organisations. Improving processes and operational efficiencies (45%) was also a popular response.

Currently, more than half (52%) of those polled said their primary IT approach was to use...

By James Bourne, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Why hybrid cloud is the way forward for IT leaders - and how to get there

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Updated As cloud continues to be mainstream, the question amongst progressive IT departments when rolling out new applications is shifting from “why cloud?” to “which cloud?” Currently, the public cloud is dwarfed by private and on-premise solutions, with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger stating that the latter represents over 90 per cent of the total business. Furthermore, Gartner has estimated that by 2020, on-premise cloud will...

By Sean McAvan, 10 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Traditional banks vs. disruptive competitors: Why agile infrastructure matters

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By Martin Cooper, Technical Director of SolidFire

There are few industries which can match the financial services sector for the sheer volume of rules and regulations governing personal information and data. This complex set of requirements and regulation creates unique tension within well-established financial services companies. They have to operate and update existing infrastructure, but also need to develop and expose new services to a...

By Martin Cooper, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why desktop virtualisation leads the way in the VDI market

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By Michele Gasparoli, Channel Marketing Manager, Praim

The virtualisation market in general and desktop virtualisation in particular has progressed over the years to support changing business needs.

Until a few years ago, as anyone who implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure would testify, substantial resources and advanced skills both in networking and storage were needed to successfully complete a virtualisation project. These types of installations were adopted only by large customers with...

By Praim, 07 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, VDI.

A four step guide to triple your savings on AWS deployments

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The playground for cloud infrastructure providers is busy, as the most recent  Gartner report shows, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), though being challenged by Microsoft Azure, still look like the unattainable leader. What makes Amazon appear a cure-all solution and how many of its services de facto bring tangible benefits to cloud neophytes?

AWS comes with a stack of tempting benefits such as elastic...

By Vadim Belski, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration.

Why big data’s big promises are finally within reach

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By Adam Spearing, VP Platform EMEA, Salesforce

Let’s face it - until very recently big data has been a big letdown. Data warehouses and data analytics tools have historically proven difficult to design, build, and maintain. How much storage space will be necessary? How much data is there? What data management tools can the organisation afford and, just as important, what expertise is available in-house to build and run the data warehouse or data analytics platform?

InformationWeek recently...

By Salesforce.com, 30 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Private vs public vs hybrid cloud: Which one to choose?

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Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective...

By Logicworks, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Why the conversation needs to change in the cloud arena

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Sipping a coffee outside the hubbub of Cloud Expo Europe, Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre provider Interoute, has something on his mind.

The vast majority of the activity going on in the ExCeL arena, he surmises, will be vendors pitching their position. Nothing unusual with that at a trade show, you might say, but Finnie wants the conversations to go one step further.

“I think one of the things we’re hoping for is people start to put two and two...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

NaviSite’s Sumeet Sabharwal on the evolution of desktop as a service

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At the back end of 2014 Sumeet Sabharwal, group vice president and general manager at NaviSite, penned a company blog explaining how the year had been “significant” for desktop as a service (DaaS) on a number of fronts. Maturation of technology, expansion of the provider landscape, and expansion of endpoint devices, such as the support of Chromebooks, have helped create a maelstrom going into...

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

The CIO focus on public cloud: "A viable option, but not a top consideration”

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A survey from analyst house Gartner has found that infrastructure and operations leaders should institute a ‘cloud-first’ consideration for every project on an application by application basis.

The report, entitled “Flipping to Digital Leadership: The 2015 CIO Agenda”, surveyed more than 2800 CIOs and found public cloud was an option for IT projects, but only a first consideration for a small minority.

15% of those polled aren’t considering cloud computing...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Cisco and HP top cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM slips

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The latest figures from Synergy Research have found Cisco and HP to be the leaders in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM, the clear market leader in Q412, slips further down the table.

The analysts point to IBM selling off its server business to Lenovo – which is now the seventh largest vendor in the space – as a key point in the Armonk firm’s downturn.

Cisco has a clear lead in public cloud infrastructure, while HP is on top in private cloud,...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How Red Bull North America gained its wings and flew to a different cloud storage provider

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Red Bull North America has chosen Egnyte as its enterprise cloud sync and share provider having replaced Box in a “huge” client win for the Mountain View firm.

One of the key draws for Red Bull was the use of Egnyte’s API to connect to the sales team’s iPads, enabling the team to work in the field as well as leveraging Egnyte’s back end storage.

The announcement represents a validation of Egnyte’s strategy going forward, with the company focused...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Case Studies, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Organisations are aggressively adopting cloud – but can’t find the right security roadmap

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90% of users polled in the LinkedIn Information Security group claim they are either very or moderately concerned about public cloud security.

The survey, sponsored by CloudPassage, aimed to give a comprehensive examination of current security mindsets from a more than 250,000 respondent base with a broad section of company sizes, experience and cloud mindset.

Here are the key stats:

  • 71% of respondents are either in planning stages, actively implementing or in production with cloud environments. Hybrid cloud deployments are most common with 7 out...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Security, Virtualisation.

Financial firms accessing cloud more readily yet roadblocks still remain, say CSA

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61% of financial businesses are developing a cloud strategy within their organisation, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The paper, in conjunction with CipherCloud and interviewing over 100 global participants across the financial sector, found that businesses are slowly but surely moving into the cloud, with a mix of leveraging private and public cloud the optimum strategy.

The findings came out of the Financial Services Working Group (FSWG), an...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

Analysing the rise of the distributed cloud model

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The current model for public cloud computing is an optimisation of the traditional construct of internet-facing data centres: maximise the scale of the facility to serve as broad a market as possible, using the Internet as the means of distribution.

This model is wedded to a separation of the compute from the 'dumb network', or to use the original terminology of some 40 years ago, we are still in a world where we separate processing (computing) from inter-process communication...

By Matthew Finnie, 05 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

CIA claims its Amazon Web Services cloud is at ‘final operational capability’

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It was one of the most fascinating battles of 2013: who would win the lucrative CIA cloud computing contract? Two horses were in the race, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM; and it was the former who eventually came out on top despite appeals from the latter.

Now, according to CIA chief information officer Doug Wolfe, the AWS cloud has attained “final operational capability”.

As...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private.