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?

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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.

The hype around cloud computing has been justified, say enterprises

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85% of respondents in a Tata Communications survey say that cloud computing had lived up to industry hype in their experience, with 23% saying cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity was the most popular benefit according to 69% of those polled, with better access to data (65%) and reductions in costs (63%) also highly cited. 83% of respondents admitted they experienced benefits they weren’t expecting to see.

The report added to the plethora of...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Cloud making inroads into the capital markets sector, report finds

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Slowly but surely, capital markets and investment companies are clearly understanding the benefits of cloud computing, with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and data management as the most popular options.

That’s the verdict of a report from TABB Group, based on data from 66 buy-side and sell-side firms. The adoption figures are relatively low – only 23% of companies questioned say they’re comfortable using the public cloud, while two thirds said security concerns...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Microsoft offers 100GB of OneDrive storage to Dropbox users

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Users of Dropbox can take advantage of 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage though a Microsoft promotional deal.

This latest storage giveaway from Microsoft appears available for all, unlike the US-only Bing Rewards scheme announced earlier in February. Yet it’s an interesting play to get more users to sign up for OneDrive, which is already free and unlimited to Office 365...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Rackspace posts solid financial results, continues to bang drum for managed cloud services

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Rackspace has announced solid fourth quarter financial results, with adjusted EBIDTA at $165m, up 25% year on year, and net revenue up 16.4% from Q413.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $36.9m, up 5.1% year on year, while return on capital in the quarter went up to 15.5% from 9.6% in 2013.

The company’s...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

DevOps adoption rises and hybrid cloud strategy deepens in new study

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The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud report has found DevOps adoption increase year on year in enterprises, as well as a continued push towards a hybrid cloud strategy.

The survey, of 930 respondents, found 82% of enterprises want a multi-cloud strategy; 55% want to pursue hybrid cloud, compared to 13% multiple public cloud and 14% multiple private. This is up from 74% and 48% respectively the previous year. “Hybrid cloud is (even more) the strategy of choice for...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft gives $500k of Azure credits, Office 365 subscriptions to Y Combinator startups

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Microsoft is giving $500,000 (£328,000) of free Azure hosting credit to Y Combinator (YC) startups, according to YC president Sam Altman.

The Redmond giant will also be offering YC firms in the Winter 2015 batch and beyond three years of Office 365 subscription, access to Microsoft developer staff, as well as one year of CloudFlare and DataStax enterprise services.

In a blog post published on February 9, Altman notes the company “[doesn’t] want to leave software...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Gartner analyst muses on why so many are upset with their private cloud

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According to survey figures released by Gartner, 95% of attendees at the analyst house’s Datacentre Conference in Las Vegas are unhappy with their private cloud deployments.

The 140 respondents were given six potential options to explain what was going wrong with their private cloud, alongside a ‘nothing is going wrong’ option. 31% cited a failure to change the operational model, 19% said it was simply doing too little, and 13% cited...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Research.

Microsoft offers 100GB of OneDrive storage for US Bing Rewards users

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It seems Microsoft can’t give away enough cloud storage at the minute: US-based users of Bing Rewards can grab 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

Bing Rewards, as you’d expect, is an incentive-based service that allows users to collect points the more they use Microsoft’s search engine which can then be exchanged for rewards such as e-gift cards. However according to Windows...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Storage.