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.

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.