DevOps automation: Financial implication and benefits with AWS

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Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. This article is about how DevOps automation in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment has tangible financial implications and benefits.

It is no surprise that cloud computing brings with it monetary advantages, which are realised when an organisation trades fixed capital expenditure (CAPEX) for variable operational expenditure (OPEX) on a pay-as-you-go usage model...

By Logicworks, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, DevOps, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

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A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.

The report finds different wins for different providers, with SoftLayer remaining the least expensive provider for larger Windows offerings, Microsoft Azure being the most inexpensive block storage offering, while CenturyLink and Rackspace block storage was most expensive yet could...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Verizon Cloud goes out in planned maintenance, aims for seamless updates going forward

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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’

The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Infrastructure.

CIOs still concerned over public cloud, Google usage dwindling in new report

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CIOs surveyed by investment firm Piper Jaffray in its latest study have reported dissatisfaction with public cloud solutions, and are departing Google as their choice of public cloud provider.

The report, which polled 112 CIOs across eight industries, found nearly three quarters (73%) had allocated budget to private, hybrid or public cloud projects in 2015, yet the security of public cloud was cited by 35% of respondents as the primary reason for keeping data on premise.

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By James Bourne, 08 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Google, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research.

How cloud service providers can effectively monetise and deliver the ultimate cloud offering

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The cloud ecosystem has ushered in an exciting era of open access to world-class computing power, resources, storage, development framework and software applications. With this has come an explosion of innovation. While cloud service providers (CSPs) have enabled innovation and cost reduction for their customers, they have likewise been challenged to leverage the power of the cloud to innovate around monetisation and billing. This has resulted in business risks, such as:

  • Becoming a commodity provider due to high CSP customer churn resulting from lack of...

By Raman Abrol, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform, SaaS , Software.

New paper assesses change in management approach for hybrid cloud IT

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As cloud continues to pervade businesses, the primary role of central IT will be to protect sensitive data, maintain centralised software and optimise IT spending, managing chargebacks to line of business.

This is the key takeaway from a study published by IDC and Red Hat. Entitled ‘How IT is planning for its hybrid reality’, the study examines how many of the challenges facing IT with the proliferation of cloud relate back to business rather than technology.

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By James Bourne, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

A review of cloud in 2014 - and what's on the horizon for 2015

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2014 was an extremely busy year for cloud computing, as more and more businesses migrate and cloud increasingly becomes the de facto setting for IT. The competition between vendors for infrastructure as a service continued ferociously, with Microsoft and IBM cutting back some of AWS’ market dominance.

Before we look at what might happen in 2015, here’s a quick reminder of the main events and highlights from 2014:

Cloud in 2014

March: IBM rebrands as a cloud-first company, lays out its...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

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As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially

By David H Deans, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Do you need a cloud strategist for your migration? Most firms don’t think so

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Despite the vast majority of companies looking to expand their cloud infrastructure over time, only 14% of respondents in a NuoDB survey said they had a specific cloud strategist to oversee it.

60% of the 200 plus respondents at the Cloud Expo and AWS re:Invent events said they saw cloud as one of their companies’ top three business or IT initiatives, yet seem happy enough for their current IT team to take charge of their cloud migration projects.

This is seen as particularly...

By James Bourne, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS slashes data transfer costs, simplifies other cloud pricing

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has dramatically cut its rates for several types of data transfers, as well as changing how it prices reserved EC2 instances.

In a blog post published yesterday by Jeff Barr, AWS chief evangelist, the firm is reducing its rates for outbound data transfer, along with data transfer to and from CloudFront, AWS’ content delivery network. Data transfer from AWS to CloudFront is now free of charge.

Prices aren’t going down at the same rate across the...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

IBM announces deal with WPP, taps into greater big data and analytics

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IBM has announced that communications services group WPP has extended its partnership with the tech giant, providing a service delivery and technology platform to run WPP’s operations in the cloud for $1.25bn (£797m).

The current agreement will last for seven years, with WPP able to expand the use of big data and analytics and deploy new products and services through Big Blue.

“As the world’s largest communications group, we are seeking to exploit...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Cloud365 moves in to Equinix’s Melbourne data centre for Australian cloud push

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Equinix has announced that app hosting provider Cloud365 has selected its first Melbourne data centre to consolidate its push in Australia.

With Cloud365’s infrastructure deployed across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the US, the deal makes sense geographically as the Melbourne ME1 data centre can allow a high-speed, low latency and high availability cloud environment for its customers.

The deal represents a significant win for Equinix, who partnered up with Google...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Moving to the cloud is “so easy your mother could do it”, exec claims

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Danvers Baillieu, chief operating officer at VPN provider hidemyass, says he can’t understand companies who are reluctant to move to the cloud because it’s so easy to set up “your mother could do it.”

Baillieu spoke to CloudTech after research from Reconnix earlier this month found the majority of UK businesses weren’t ready to move to the cloud, citing a lack of...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2014, 2 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure.

Anything Microsoft can do, Google can too: 1TB of storage for new Chromebook customers

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Google has announced one terabyte of free Drive storage to every customer who buys a Chromebook, rated at around $240 (£153).

The move is the latest in a long, long series of price cuts, bluffs and double bluffs from the main cloud infrastructure players to make users part with their cash.

Describing it as “a bonus for the holiday season” Alex Vogenthaler, Google Drive group product manager,

By James Bourne, 24 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Storage.

What to move to the cloud: A more mature model for SMEs

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By Chris Chesley, Solutions Architect

Many SMBs struggle with deciding if and what to move to the cloud. Whether it’s security concerns, cost, or lack of expertise, it’s often difficult to map the best possible solution. Here are eight applications and services to consider when your organization is looking to move to the cloud and reduce their server footprint.

What to move to the cloud

1. Email

Obviously in this day and age email is a...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 November 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.

IBM to startups: We’ll give you $120k to build your business in the cloud

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IBM has today announced the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups, which aims to help aspiring firms to the tune of $120,000 (£75,000) if they get a foot up on IBM’s cloud platform.

Those who get the funding will be able to access the entire set of jewels in IBM’s cloudy crown, including SoftLayer infrastructure, Aspera’s data transfer, Cloudant’s database as a service, and Twitter’s social analytics, after the firms’ partnership

By James Bourne, 10 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

Dropbox and Microsoft partner for Office 365 storage: What does this mean for OneDrive?

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Cloudy storage provider Dropbox has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft whereby the service is being integrated more closely with Microsoft Office 365.

Dropbox customers will be able to access their accounts directly from Office apps, edit Office files from the Dropbox app, as well as sharing Dropbox links from Office.

In a blog post on the Dropbox website, head of product Ilya Fushman wrote: “We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Storage.

Microsoft takes clear lead in IaaS second place race, AWS still way out in front

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Microsoft has leapt ahead of its competition for second place in global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues, yet still continues to be dwarfed by Amazon Web Services, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The analyst house, which has covered the IaaS market in depth over the past few years, released a graph today which showed competitive pricing for cloud infrastructure services in Q3. Amazon retains its huge lead in the market, yet Microsoft is racing...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud storage wars: The Bitcasa and Microsoft stories are a sign of the times

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Opinion This week has seen two companies, very different in size, take two very different paths with its cloud storage capabilities.

Bitcasa announced last week it was binning its $10 a month unlimited cloud storage option for customers. The reason the company gave was two-fold; firstly there was a lack of demand, and secondly there was a group of “abusers” – in other words, businesses using individual storage accounts.

In a blog post, Bitcasa noted they could only see...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage.